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:




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




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