Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau Hosts Inaugural Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific Event 2023, Revealing Best Hotels, Resorts, Spas, and More, as Voted by Readers 

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau Hosts Inaugural Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific Event 2023, Revealing Best Hotels, Resorts, Spas, and More, as Voted by Readers 

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau, a BurdaLuxury brand, recently hosted its first Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific event at Park Hyatt Bangkok. Celebrating the destinations, hotels, and experiences that make Asia Pacific so outstanding in hospitality, the inaugural event spotlighted the individuals, hotels, and brands shaping the landscape of travel and hospitality in 16 countries in the region, and beyond. Winners were chosen through a readers’ survey open to anyone in the world, during March and April of 2023, and were ranked in top-10 or top-5 lists, depending on the category and destination. 

An evolution of the brand’s Asia’s Best Awards 2022, the Luxury Awards Asia Pacific 2023 included an expanded list of countries and award categories. From five-star urban escapes to idyllic private-island beach resorts, innovative spas, Instagram-worthy swimming pools, exceptional airlines and airports, captivating cruises, reputable travel agents, exclusive travel experiences, and more, the awards showcased the best of Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the South Pacific, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

“We’re here to celebrate breaking boxes and boundaries, forward thinking innovation, and next-generation luxury,” Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong and Macau’s editor-in-chief, Jeninne Lee-St. John, told the audience of top-level hoteliers who attended the event on June 5. “We’re here to thank you for your clairvoyant service that gives guests what they want before they know to ask and offers what they’ll love before they’ve ever had a taste of it. You inspire us but more importantly you inspire our readers. You send them home with outstanding experiences and memories and new friends that they hold in their hearts. And I know this because they voted you into this room tonight.” 

The full Top 10 and Top 5 lists of the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards 2023 winners are available at the Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific site. 

No. 1 WINNERS, BY COUNTRY

AUSTRALIA  
Best City Hotels: Como The Treasury 
Best Beach or Island Hotels: The Langham Gold Coast 
Best Country Hotels or Lodges: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley 
Best Hotel General Managers: Steve Molnar, Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas 
Best Hotel Pools: Sofitel Sydney, Darling Harbour 
Best Hotel Spas: Como The Treasury 

CAMBODIA  
Best City Hotels: Rosewood Phnom Penh 
Best Beach, Island or Upcountry Hotels: Shinta Mani Wild, Preah Sihanouk 
Best Hotel General Managers: Daniel Simon, Phnom Penh 
Best Hotel Pools: Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh 
Best Hotel Spas: Six Senses Krabey Island 

HONG KONG  
Best Hotels: Rosewood Hong Kong 
Best Hotel General Managers: Jill Goh, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong 
Best Hotel Pools: K11 Artus 
Best Hotel Spas: The Oriental Spa at Landmark Mandarin Oriental 

INDONESIA  
Best City Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan 
Best Beach Resorts: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay 
Best Upcountry Hotels: Capella Ubud 
Best Hotel General Managers: Marcel Kloet, The St. Regis Bali Resort 
Best Hotel Pools: The Apurva Kempinski Bali 
Best Hotel Spas: Ayana Resort Bali 

JAPAN  
Best City Hotels: W Osaka 
Best Beach or Upcountry Hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto 
Best Hotel General Managers: Go Kondo, W Osaka 
Best Hotel Pools: Hoshinoya Okinawa 
Best Hotel Spas: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto 

LAOS  
Best Hotels: Amantaka 
Best Hotel General Managers: Anshul Sharma, Sofitel and 3 Nagas M Gallery Luang Prabang 
Best Hotel Pools: Sofitel Luang Prabang 
Best Hotel Spas: Le Spa at Sofitel Luang Prabang 

MACAU  
Best Hotels: Mandarin Oriental Macau 
Best Hotel General Managers: Saurabh Mishra, Galaxy Hotel Macau 
Best Hotel Pools: Grand Hyatt Macau 
Best Hotel Spas: Banyan Tree Macau 

MALAYSIA
Best City Hotels: EQ Kuala Lumpur 
Best Beach or Upcountry Resorts: The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi 
Best Hotel General Managers: Grant Young, The Westin, Desaru Coast 
Best Hotel Pools: The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi 
Best Hotel Spas: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang 

MALDIVES 
Best Resorts: Anantara Kihavah 
Best Resort General Managers: Idu Ribeiro, W Maldives 
Best Resort Pools: Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi 
Best Resort Spas: Joali Being 
Most Outrageous Villas: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Stella Maris Ocean Villa 
Best House Reefs: Anantara Kihavah – Baa Atoll 
Best Resorts for Families: Patina Maldives 

NEW ZEALAND 
Best City Hotels: Park Hyatt Auckland 
Best Country Hotels or Lodges: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers 
Best Hotel Spas: Paihia Beach Resort & Spa 

PHILIPPINES 
Best City Hotels: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila 
Beach, Island or Upcountry Resorts: Banwa Private Island 
Best Hotel General Managers: Preet Singh, The Farm at San Benito 
Best Hotel Pools: Shangri-La Boracay 
Best Hotel Spas: The Farm at San Benito 

SINGAPORE 
Best Hotels: Raffles Singapore 
Best Hotel General Managers: Peter Draminsky, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 
Best Hotel Pools: Marina Bay Sands 
Best Hotel Spas: Oasia Spa, Oasia Resort Sentosa 

SOUTH KOREA 
Best City Hotels: Four Seasons Seoul 
Best Beach or Upcountry Hotels: Park Roche Resort & Wellness, Jeongseon 
Best Hotel General Managers: Brian Harris, Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas 
Best Hotel Pools: Grand Hyatt Seoul 
Best Hotel Spas: Grand Hyatt Seoul 

SOUTH PACIFIC 
Best Resorts: Como Laucala Island 
Best Resort General Managers: Nowdla & Bill Keefe, Namale Resort & Spa 
Best Resort Spas: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa 
Best Resort Pools: Namale Resort & Spa, Savusavu, Fiji 
Most Outrageous Villas: St. Regis, Bora Bora 
Best House Reefs: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji 
Best Resorts for Families: Castaway Island Resort, Fiji 

THAILAND 
Best City Hotels: Kimpton Maa-Lai Hotel 
Best Beach or Island Resorts: Rosewood Phuket 
Best Upcountry Hotels: 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai 
Best Hotel General Managers: John Blanco, Capella Bangkok 
Best Hotel Pools: Park Hyatt Bangkok 
Best Hotel Spas: Sindhorn Kempinski 

VIETNAM 
Best City Hotels: Capella Hanoi 
Best Beach or Island Resorts: Regent Phu Quoc 
Best Upcountry Hotels: Azerai La Residence, Hue 
Best Hotel General Managers: Alexander Schoell, Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon 
Best Hotel Pools: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa 
Best Hotel Spas: La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery 
 

BEST DESTINATIONS 

CITIES 
1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Singapore
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4. Hong Kong
5. Tokyo, Japan
6. Hanoi Vietnam
7. Luang Prabang, Laos
8. Hue, Vietnam
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
10. Taipei, Taiwan

ISLANDS 
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Palawan, Philippines
3. Phuket, Thailand
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
5. Boracay, Philippines
6. Koh Samui, Thailand
7. Penang, Malaysia
8. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
9. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
10. Sri Lanka

TRANSPORTATION, No. 1 WINNERS 

Best Cruise Lines: Silversea Cruises 
Best Airlines: Singapore Airlines 
Best Airports: Singapore Changi 

REGION-WIDE CATEGORIES, No. 1 WINNERS 

Best Integrated Resorts: The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel 
Best Hotel Loyalty Programmes: IHG One Rewards 
Best Travel Agents or Specialists: Scott Dunn 
Best Hotel Experiences: How to Train Your Dragon Boat, Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou 

“We are thrilled to have hosted the first-ever Travel + Leisure Luxury Awards Asia Pacific event. The occasion brought together influential figures from the hospitality and travel sectors, providing a unique opportunity for networking, collaboration, and recognition,” said Björn Rettig, CEO of BurdaLuxury. “We are proud to showcase the exceptional destinations and experiences that define Asia’s hospitality landscape, and we look forward to launching more initiatives that celebrate luxury travel in the region.” 

Renowned Thai singer Rasmee, whose band excitingly blends traditional molam music from the Isaan region with blues and soul, performed live at the party. Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino, Campari, Grey Goose, Dewar’s and Lady Trieu were beverage partners.  

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About Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau 
Finding creative ways to tell meaningful stories and celebrate authentic luxury experiences, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau explores destinations through the perspective of the individuals that make travel so special. The Asian edition of the world’s leading travel brand, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macau is the go-to source of travel inspiration, with an audience of luxury travellers, high net-worth individuals, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. Travel + Leisure globally and in Asia enjoys a remarkable history of credibility and is the bible of luxury travel in Asia and abroad. 

About BurdaLuxury 
BurdaLuxury is one of Asia’s most vibrant and progressive independent media houses. Its portfolio includes a variety of successful regional publishing brands in the lifestyle, luxury and travel markets across Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Print publications include AUGUSTMAN, HELLO! Magazine Thailand, Prestige, PIN Prestige, Architecture + Design and Travel + Leisure India & South Asia. Digital offerings include Lifestyleasia.com, Augustman.com, PrestigeOnline.com, PinPrestige.com, Architectureplusdesign.in and Travelandleisureasia.com. BurdaLuxury is part of the Hubert Burda Media family, one of the largest media companies in Germany. Operating in 14 countries, Burda employs more than 11,000 people and owns 550 media brands.   

Media Contact 
Netty Venita Prommaporn 
Regional Head of Communications & Corporate Development, BurdaLuxury 
venita.p@burdaLuxury.com  

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