The inaugural Asia Awards of Excellence debuted on March 31 in Macau, celebrating the best in travel, hospitality, design and more. Spanning 36 categories, from the region’s finest beach resort, to the best meeting and convention hotel, the nominees were judged by a panel of experts including travel editors, key opinion leaders, and celebrity travelers.
If you’re planning a holiday, consider one of these winner’s from the night for an unbeatable break.
1. Palazzo Versace, Dubai – Designer Hotel Winner
One of Dubai’s leading 5 star fashion hotels, the Palazzo Versace is reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace. Fitted with lush Italian furnishings and featuring a high ceiling entrance, the hotel feels like remote and ethereal – even though it’s only 15 minutes away from the airport.
2. Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Hotel, Korea - Heritage Hotel Winner
Located in the heart of Incheon, the Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Hotel offers guests a chance to experience true Korean hospitality. Choose between traditional Ondol beds or western rooms to personalise a perfect stay.
3. Fairmont Chengdu, China – New Hotel Opening Winner
Set in the capital of the Sichuan Provence, the Fairmont is surrounded by the city’s rich cultural and historical sites. Only minutes away from the region’s best shopping, spas and famous panda sanctuary you’ll never be bored.
4. Lanson Place Hotel Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Small Luxury Winner
A small boutique hotel located in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay, Lanson Place Hotel houses 194 luxury rooms. Refined with a modern, western design, the space exudes opulence without being extravagant.
5. Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Thailand - Family Hotel Winner
Only a short walk from the beach, this secluded resort overlooks the Andaman Sea, giving the whole family a picture-perfect vista. Kids will love the direct access to the large Lagoon Pool, while the adults will savour the freshly caught seafood at the Big Fish Restaurant.
6. Regent Taipei, Taiwan - Business Hotel Winner
Located in the bustling capital of Taiwan lies the Regent Taipei, boasting a rooftop pool with expansive views. With seven distinct dining options, a health club and a spa, you’ll never want to leave – though it would be a shame to miss out on the amazing cuisine just outside the hotel.
7. Shangri-la Resort and Spa Boracay, Philippines - Beach Hotel Winner
Overlooking the ocean and surrounded by forest, the Shangri-la Resort and Spa is a luxurious escape from city life. Walk along the 350-meter-long private beach front, relax in one of two elegant outdoor pools or get your adrenaline pumping with a kayaking tour or scuba adventure.
8. Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou, China - Hotel Spa Winner
Featuring a range of massage services and sauna facilities, the Mandarin Hotel Guangzhou is the ultimate spa hotel in China, with six treatment suites, a VIP suite, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. The 25 metre, temperature-controlled outdoor pool has a stunning view of downtown Guangzhou.
9. Dusit Thani, Maldives - Hotel Resort Winner
Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, the resort is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and a clear turquoise lagoon. A private beachfront, treetop spa and one of the country’s largest infinity pools make this an outdoor paradise.