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T+L World's Best Awards 2011 announced


Published on Jul 8, 2011

Bangkok, July 7—Bangkok has retained the No. 1 spot as Worlds Best City in
Travel + Leisure’s magazine’s 16th annual World’s Best Awards readers’ poll for the second year. Elsewhere, Bali is No. 1 island in Asia, and the second favorite in the world. Meanwhile, hotels in the region that placed on the list of Top 100 Hotels Overall include the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai, La Résidence Phou Vou in Luang Prabang, Laos, and The Peninsula Bangkok (ranked Nos. 7, 16 and 40, respectively), among others.
The Best International Airline as voted by readers across the globe is Singapore Airlines, with Thai Airways International coming in at No. 9. Australia and New Zealand also performed well, with the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand bagging 11th place on the list of Top 100 Hotels Overall. Meanwhile, Discovery Shores in the Philippines was named best spa in Asia.
Recognized as the industry’s most coveted awards, ratings from readers of Travel + Leisure’s international editions—Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Travel + Leisure Turkey, Travel + Leisure China, Travel + Leisure South Asia and Travel + Leisure Mexico—were counted in the results, which will be published in Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia in the August issue out August 1.
Bangkok scored the top city spot in 2008 as well as 2010, while Bali has moved up a notch since 2010 when it was placed as readers’ fourth favorite island in the world. Singapore Airlines remains the world’s favorite international airline—it has been ranked the World’s Best International Airline for each of the 16 years of the survey. In Asia, the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi was voted as the region’s second-favorite resort; in the city hotels category, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok bagged the top spot among properties in Asia, while The Peninsula Bangkok was placed at No. 4.
“This year is another triumph for our region,” said Matt Leppard, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. “Not only has Bangkok bagged the coveted top spot again, Bali also remains hugely popular, moving up in the overall ranking in 2011, and almost all of our world-class hotels and resorts are among global traveler’s favorites. Overall, Asia has, again, proven itself to be the world’s favorite place to stay.”
“Meanwhile, our airlines reflect the region’s emphasis on service and have earned their rankings with consistency, reliability and quality,” he added.
“It’s clear that remote and exotic destinations—places that convey a sense of authenticity and adventure—are ruling the day once again in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards,” said Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure in the U.S.
TOP CITY HOTEL IN ASIA Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand


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