This year at Travel+Leisure India & South Asia, we received an overwhelming response from our readers for India’s Best Awards 2017. Close to 150,000 votes were cast in 57 categories to select 97 winners that range from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, destination spa, and honeymoon destinations in India and across the world, thousands of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s discerning readers have voted robustly and discriminatingly and the competition was very close in most categories.

 

The guest of honour for the evening, Press Department and Official spokesman of the German Embassy, Mr. Hans Christian WINKLER deliverd a key note speech and presented a few awards. Mr. Inaki Vitorika, Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain, and Sujit Banerjee, Secretary General, World Travel and Tourism Council were some of the esteemed guests who graced the occasion.

 

A glittering awards ceremony—attended by designer Raghavendra Rathore, beauty expert Shahnaz Hussain, entrepreneur Navin Ansal among others— was held at ITC Maurya, Chanakyapuri on November 17 to felicitate the leaders of the travel and hospitality industry. Browse through our slideshow to know the biggest winners of the evening.

 

 

 

A complete list of winners follows:

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Best Country – Switzerland

 

Best City – Dubai, UAE & Melbourne, Victoria

 

Best Emerging Destination – Korea & Bahrain

 

Best Heritage Destination – Israel & Mexico

 

Best Honeymoon Destination – France & Thailand

 

Best MICE Destination – Hong Kong & Japan

 

Best Wedding Destination – Abu Dhabi & Macau

 

Best Food Destination – Rome, Italy & Madrid, Spain

 

Best Family Destination – Austria

Best Luxury Destination – Baden Baden, Germany & Monte Carlo

 

Best Adventure Destination – South Africa & Canada

 

Best Business Hotel – Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai

 

Best Heritage Hotel – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

 

Best Luxury Resort – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives & The Venetian Macao

 

Best Hotel Group – Hyatt Hotels Corporation & AccorHotels

 

Best Destination Spa – Palazzo Versace Dubai & Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

 

Best Hotel Loyalty Programme- SPG – World of Hyatt

 

Best Golf Resort- Address Montgomerie, Dubai

 

Best Luxury Safari Resort- Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzani & Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa

 

Best Amusement Park- Dubai Park & Resorts

 

Best Theme Park- Universal Studios Singapore

 

Best Integrated Resort- Resort World Sentosa, Singapore

 

Best Cruise- Regent Seven Seas Cruises

 

Best One-Stop Shopping Destination – Bicester Village, UK & Fashion Island California

 

DOMESTIC

 

Best State – Gujarat & Tamil Nadu

 

Best Emerging Destination – Assam

 

Best Heritage Destination – Madhya Pradesh & Odisha

 

Best Honeymoon Destination – Kerala & Jammu & Kashmir

 

Best Wedding Destination – Goa & Rajasthan

 

Best Family Destination – Himachal Pradesh

 

Best Spiritual Destination – Bihar

 

Best Adventure Destination – Sikkim

 

Best Food Destination – Andhra Pradesh

 

Best New Hotel – The LaLit Mangar, Faridabad & Andaz Delhi

 

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

 

Best Boutique Hotel – Namah  & Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Kerala

 

Best Hotel for Women Travellers – The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences & Park Hyatt Hyderabad

 

Best Business Hotel – Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre & Le Méridien New Delhi

 

Best Family Hotel – Fairmont Jaipur & InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

 

Best Luxury Business Hotel – Park Hyatt Chennai & The St. Regis Mumbai

 

Best Luxury Hotel – The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra & ITC Grand Bharat, Gurugram

 

Best Luxury Resort – Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa & Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

 

Best Destination Spa – Shamana Spa, Grand Hyatt Goa & Ananda Spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

 

Best Hotel Group – The Park Hotels

 

Best Luxury Hotel Chain – ITC Hotels

 

Best Airport-International- Singapore Changi Airport

 

Best Airline- International- Singapore Airlines and Emirates

 

Best Airport-India- Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

 

Best Airline-Domestic- Vistara

 

Best Airport Lounge- Etihad, Abu Dhabi & Lufthansa, Frankfurt

 

Best Duty-Free Shopping- Delhi Duty Free & Munich Airport Duty Free

 

Best Luxury Travel Curator- TUI & Cox & Kings India

 

Best Travel Photographer (Tripoto Powered) – Aamir Wani

 

Best Travel Writer (Tripoto Powered)– Sreshti Verma

 

Best Digital Influencer – Rufus Reynolds