20 Award-Winning Hotels in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur
Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur are four of the most popular destinations in Asia Pacific for business and leisure travellers. Luckily for both sets, this quartet is home to some of the most awarded hotels in the world.
The Fullerton, Singapore – Photo credit
Singapore is a white-hot hotel market where big players spare no cost to wow a well-to-do business jetset. Hospitality in the city-state, as a result, is upper echelon.
A premier property, The Fullerton has a trove of accolades from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure and, impressively, a Singapore Architectural Heritage Award.
Icon as much as hotel, the list of kudos for the Raffles includes a spot on Travel + Leisure‘s “Top 500 World’s Best Hotels” and Condé Nast Traveler‘s “Gold List”.
The swish Mandarin Oriental is a past “Best in Singapore”, “Top 20 in Asia” and “Top 100 Hotels Worldwide” honouree. The hotel’s restaurant and spa contend for awards on a yearly basis as well.
Category-buster Marina Bay Sands is the bona fide Burj Al Arab of Singapore and has won awards for architecture, on-site entertainment, food service and luxury rooms.
If Changi Airport is the best airport on the planet, it owes much to a slate of top-shelf hotels. Of the lot, the Crowne Plaza wins the most hardware from industry experts and critics.
Sydney is a world-class metropolis that stands to benefit tremendously from the world’s pivot towards Asia (indeed, the windfall has been in sufficient evidence for some time). For evidence, look no further than the city’s hotel scene.
The Shangri-La’s diverse list of accolades includes “Best Redeveloped Hotel”, Australian Hotel Association National Awards for Excellence 2012 and “Finalist of Best Luxury Hotel Spa”, World Luxury Spa Awards, 2012.
The Grace is a 10 Year Sustainability Achievement Award Winner and a HotelClub finalist for “Best Hotel in New South Wales”.
The Hilton Sydney not only has one of the best hotel chefs (Luke Mangan) and bar tenders (Grant Collins) on staff, it has won awards for sustainability, hi-tech and luxury.
“Best Boutique Hotel”, “Best Design” and “Best Restaurant” are just three of the plaudits on the Establishment’s impressive résumé.
A major world hub needs quality airport hotels. The Stamford Plaza is one of the best in Asia Pacific.
Melbourne’s class of hotels is completely in line with the city’s status as one of the most livable in the world. Quality is in full evidence, from hip art hotels to executive apartments.
The plush Park Hyatt was a Travel + Leisure top 2 city hotel for Australia in 2011.
Tourism Accommodation Australia’s “Best Apartment Style Accommodation” has gone to Citadines on Bourke for the past two years.
You simply never see a list of best luxury hotels in Asia Pacific without The Langham.
Will Deague, the CEO of Asian Pacific Group and Art Series, is up for 2012 Australian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year on November 29. The Blackman, Cullen and Olsen have all won awards from Australian Gourmet Traveller, Condé Nast and others.
The PARKROYAL won “Best Airport Hotel in Australia/Pacific” at the 2012 World Airport Awards.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
KL is the star of the show in tourist magnet Malaysia. As such, the range of hotels in the alpha city is extraordinary.
ASEAN Green Hotel Award 2012 and “Top 100 Asia Hotels” (Condé Nast) – just the tip of the iceberg for the superlative Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur.
The PARKROYAL KL won “Best Luxury Hotel Spa” at the most recent World Luxury Spa Awards.
HotelClub and scores of others have put the Prince Hotel & Residence on the hospitality excellence map in Asia.
City and national tourism awards seem to come easy for the Traders KL. The hotel’s SkyBar is also the best in the city.
Kuala Lumpur has a fine airport hotel too. The Pan Pacific is seldom not in the SKYTRAX top 10 in Asia.