Travel Leisure Awards Announced

Results of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2016 Readers’ Poll Announced Today Revealing Top Destinations, Hotels, Cities, Cruises, Airlines, and More as Voted by Thousands of the Magazine’s Discerning Readers

Posted on 18/11/2016 By

On its 10th Anniversary in the South Asian region, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia announced the results of its fifth edition of the India’s Best Awards today. The digital polling was conducted through their website over a period of five months since August this year, which culminated in the announcement and Awards Ceremony in New Delhi.


Best Spiritual Destination – Uttarakhand
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The chief guest for the evening was Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, delivered a keynote speech and presented awards to the winners. Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, the Italian Ambassador to India, also graced the occasion.

With 49 awards across different categories that picked winners based on thousands of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s discerning readers who have voted robustly and which made the competition very close in most categories.

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Additionally, the last two awards for the evening were decided by the travel community Tripoto, for the best blogger and amateur photographer.

“This year, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in India, we went 100% digital in the voting process. And we heard a resounding response. Over 5 months, the team watched the backend and saw votes racking up in real time on mobile, tablet and our website Each winner this year reflects a changing business and cultural climate, the fact that readers are travelling deeper, and that they are seeking new and varied experiences,” remarked Ruchira Bose, Editor, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.

A complete list of winners follows:

India’s Best Awards List 2016

Best Country – Singapore & Australia

Best City – Hong Kong

Best Emerging Destination – Bulgaria & Germany

Best Heritage Destination – Israel & Mexico

Best Honeymoon Destination – France & South Africa

Best Wedding Destination – Thailand & Abu Dhabi

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Best Food Destination – Spain & Japan

Best Family Destination – Switzerland

Best Luxury DestinationItaly & Ireland

Best Adventure Destination – Canada

Best State – Telangana & Madhya Pradesh

Best Emerging Destination – Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu

Best Heritage Destination – Bihar & Odisha

Best Cultural Destination – West Bengal & Karnataka

Best Honeymoon Destination – Kerala

Best Wedding Destination – Goa & Puducherry

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Best Family Destination – Gujrat & Maharashtra

Best Spiritual Destination – Uttarakhand

Best New Hotel – InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram

Best Heritage Hotel – The Imperial, New Delhi & The Taj Falaknuma

Best Boutique Hotel – Namah, Jim Corbett

Best Hotel For Women Travellers – Leela Palace, New Delhi & Ritz Carlton-Bangalore

Best Business Hotel – Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi & The Park, New Delhi

Best Luxury Business Hotel – Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway

Best Luxury Resort – The Oberoi Udaivilas Udipur

Best Destination Spa – Kumarakom Lake Resort

Best Hotel Group – The Oberoi Group & The Taj Group

Best New Hotel – Andaz Amsterdam & Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Best Business Hotel – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai & Park Hyatt Tokyo

Best Heritage Hotel – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

Best Luxury Resort – One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Best Hotel Group – Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Marriott International)

Best Destination Spa – Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi

Best Hotel Loyalty Programme– SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Golf Resort– The Address Montgomerie Dubai

Best Luxury Safari Resort– Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

Best Airport-International– Changi Airport, Singapore

Best Airline– International- Lufthansa and Emirates

Best Airport-India– Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3

Best Airline-Domestic– Vistara

Best Airport Lounge– Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse

Best Duty Free Shopping– Mumbai Duty Free

Best Amusement Park– Universal Studios, Singapore

Best Integrated Resort– Resort World Sentosa, Singapore

Best Tour Operator– Abercrombie & Kent India, Cox & Kings India

Best Cruise– Regent Seven Seas


Jidhu and Trisha Singh were awarded Best Amateur Travel Photographer and Best Travel Blogger respectively.

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