Asia's very own award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, DestinAsian, have announced the winners of its first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards.
"These awards are particularly meaningful because they reflect the views of our readers who are seasoned travelers for business and leisure," said DestinAsian Founder and Publisher, Ronald Liem.
"Our own research shows they are frequent travelers for fun and profit, that they travel extensively and have a tremendous knowledge of the Asian region," he added.
Voting for the first DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards was held in the latter half of last year through a survey which sought readers' opinions on their favorite destinations, hotels, and airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. Readers were required to nominate a winner in each category and provide a short explanation on the reasons for their choice.
Bali Reigns Supreme
In addition to taking overall honors as the most preferred holiday destination, three Bali hotels also earned recognition:
• Best Leisure Destination – Bali. In the words of the publication: "A perennial favorite, Bali came out well ahead of other regional escapes as the island you most like to visit. Why? Despite security concerns, you continue to favor its 'laid-back feeling,' its 'never-ending beauty,' and its 'beautiful beaches,' not to mention Bali's 'people, food, culture, sights, spas... all superb.'"
• Best Hotel, Bali – Ritz Carlton Bali Resort & Spa. Again, the words of the magazine's editors: "Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa Earning distinction among Bali's many luxurious resorts is no mean feat; but then, the award-winning Ritz-Carlton has racked up its fair share of kudos since opening in 1997. So it's no surprise that you singled out this cliff-top retreat as your preferred holiday address on the Island of the Gods. Top marks went to its 'beautiful villas' and 'breathtaking views' of the Indian Ocean, as well as its 'excellent spa and hydrotherapy pool.'"
• Best Leisure Hotel Group – Four Seasons Resort. - Voted the best overall leisure hotel management group, Four Seasons operates two hotels in Bali.
[Ritz Carlton Bali Resort & Spa]
[Four Seasons Jimbaran Resort-Hotel]
[Four Seasons Sayan Boutique-Hotel, Ubud]
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