Cape Town - The World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia was held in Vietnam recently to recognise the best in Asia Travel from luxury and boutique hotels, to beach destinations and some of the best airlines.
Asia is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world; it’s an easily accessible and affordable destination that offers something for every type of traveller from the backpacker sourcing budget deals to the luxury traveller looking for world-class service and privacy. Whether you are after whiskey buckets, the serenity of nature, a variety of diverse cultures, traditions and religions, adrenalin-filled adventures or gastronomic feasts, Asia is the one.
Here are some of the winners of the prestigious World Travel Awards which acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry.
In the Australasia category, Queenstown with its mountainous backdrop in New Zealand came out as the region’s top destination and Malaysia beat all the usual suspects and won the title for top destination in Asia.
You might want to look for flights and consider dishing up a slice of Asia for your next vacation.
Asia’s leading destination: Malaysia
Malaysia is an all-in-one destination offering anything and everything; city escapes in Kuala Lumpur, island adventures on Rendang Island, heritage journeys in Melaka, foodie delights in Penang and mountain adventures in Sabah. And there is more. It is not that hard to understand why Malaysia is Asia’s leading destination.
Asia’s leading beach destination: Philippines
If you need a vacation filled with islands, beaches, palm trees, hammocks and cocktails, then the tropical Philippines has your name written all over it. The turquoise, white and green sea- and landscapes of the Philippines is serenity at first sight.
Asia’s leading airport: Changi Airport, Singapore
As one of the largest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia, Changi Airport makes long distance flights and layovers a pleasure thanks to its excellent wi-fi, free massage chairs and the beautiful Changi and Butterfly Garden.
Asia’s leading city break destination: Hong Kong
Towering skyscrapers, light shows, quick nature breaks, plenty of shopping opportunities and a good public transport system is all what got Hong Kong the title as Asia’s leading city break.
Africa’s leading luxury train: Deccan Odyssey
The Deccan Odyssey – described as the blue limousine on rolling wheels in India – is a luxurious experience where guests can choose between six itineraries that will take from a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to unspoiled beaches and vineyards.
Asia’ leading boutique hotel: The Sarojin, Thailand
Opulence at its best in Thailand, this beachfront hotel with its tropical gardens, spa facilities and a white sand private beach is situated in the Phang Nga province, approximately one hour from Phuket’s airport.
Asia’s leading low cost airline: Air Asia
Air Asia is the largest airline in Malaysia offering low cost flights to more than 100 destinations in and around Asia and Australasia.
Asia’s most responsible tourism award: El Nido Restorts
El Nido resorts is a group of sustainable islands resorts in the El Nido and Taytay districts of Palawan in the Philippines offering enriching and unique experiences.
Some of winners in the Australasia regions include:
Australasia’s leading boutique hotel: Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia
Australasia's leading airport: Brisbane Airport, Australia
Australasia's leading family resort: Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Australasia's Most Romantic Resort: The Remote Resort, Fiji Islands
The winners of the regional awards will go on to qualify for the World Travel Awards grand finale, which takes place on the 2nd of December in the Maldives.
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