If the wanderlust in you is a little lost, then this list might help! Last night, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia revealed the forerunners in the segments of travel, hospitality, trendsetting, and conscious travel — the theme for the year, at the Reader’s Choice India’s Best Awards 2019 held at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. Read on to know if your favourites made the cut. By Bayar Jain

Travel, for us, is no child’s play. It requires planning mixed with the right dose of spontaneity, coupled with oodles of fun. Last night, too, personified this very essence of travelling. Held at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi, this year’s edition of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards celebrated the pioneers of this field. Our readers voted across categories, such as destinations, hotels, facilitators, service providers, or even trendsetters in this sphere – both Indian and international. We honoured them all!

Moreover, the underlying theme of conscious travel found a space during the event too, with the winners of categories such Best Emerging Green Destinations, Hero for Earth, and Photography for a Cause being felicitated as well. Adding to the fun-filled event were our Pouring Partners, Ballantine’s and Gifting Partner, Smytten.

Here is a complete list of the winners:


Best State: Tamil Nadu | Gujarat

Best Emerging Green Destination: Arunachal Pradesh | Sikkim

Best Heritage Destination: Madhya Pradesh | Odisha

Best Cultural Destination: Chhattisgarh | Punjab

Best Honeymoon Destination: Kerala | Himachal Pradesh

Best Wedding Destination: Rajasthan | Goa

Best Family Destination: Andhra Pradesh | Assam

Best Spiritual Destination: Jharkhand | Uttarakhand

Best Food Destination: Karnataka | West Bengal

Best Destination Spa: Shamana Spa at Grand Hyatt GoaKairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village

Best Heritage Hotel: The Leela Palace, Udaipur | Imperial New DelhiAlila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur (Editor’s Choice)

Best Boutique Hotel: Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner | Suryagarh, Jaisalmer

Best Eco-Friendly Luxury Hotel: The Leela Palace, Chennai | Andaz Delhi

Best Sustainable Luxury Resort: Namah, Uttarakhand | Kumarakom Lake Resort

Best Hotel for Women Travellers: Grand Hyatt Mumbai & Residences | The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotels & Residences

Best Business Hotel: THE Park, Kolkata | Le Meridien New DelhiPark Hyatt Chennai (Editor’s Choice)

Best Family Hotel: Alila Diwa GoaGrand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty (Editor’s Choice)

Best Bleisure Hotel: The Lodhi | Conrad Bengaluru

Best Indian Hotel Group: The Oberoi Hotels and Resorts

Best Wedding Venue: ITC Grand GoaInterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

Best Luxury Hotel Chain: ITC Hotels

Best New Hotel: ITC Royal BengalThe Roseate Ganges

Editor’s Choice Hotel of the Year: The Oberoi, New Delhi

Best Hotel Popular Choice Award: The Lodhi

Editor’s Choice Best New Business Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

Trendsetter Hotel of the Year: Andaz Delhi


Best Country: Singapore | Switzerland

Best City: Tel Aviv | Vienna

Best Green Destination: New Zealand | Thailand

Best Heritage Destination: Uzbekistan | Mexico

Best Honeymoon Destination: Oman | Mauritius

Best MICE Destination: Hong Kong | California

Best Wedding Destination: Monaco | Dubai

Best Food Destination: Tokyo | Marrakesh

Best Family Destination: Spain | South Africa

Best Luxury Destination: Paris | Lake Como

Best Adventure Destination: Finland | Peru

Editor’s Choice Best Discovery Destination: AlUla 

Best New Hotel: Westin Maldives Miriandhoo

Best Business Hotel: Fullerton Hotel SingaporeThe Oberoi, Dubai (Editor’s Choice)

Editor’s Choice Best Bleisure Hotel: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Best Heritage Hotel: Ciragan Palace KempinskiGalle Face Hotel

Best Luxury Resort: The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al ZorahJumeirah Beach Hotel

Best Hotel Group: Hyatt Hotels | Hilton Hotels & Resorts

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Where do i 𝑏𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑛? Begin by taking a deep breath. Exhale deeply and LET GO. Listen to the sounds of nature. Read a book. Journal. Do whatever it takes to let life outside your immediate experience go. The relentless pace of modern life has conditioned us to 'do' all the time, leaving little space to just 'be'. Take each day as it comes knowing that like nature, your energy levels will fluctuate of their own accord to bring you back into organic equilibrium and your true source of vitality. #wellness #emotionalhealth #emotions #tobe #health #wellnessreterat #wellnessjourney #kohsamui #retreat #healingholiday #healthretreat #reconnect #feel #live #love #nature #retreatthailand #luxuryresort #luxuryretreat #zen #detoxretreat

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Best Destination Spa: Kamalaya Koh SamuiInterContinental Fujairah Resort

Best Amusement Park: Universal Studios Singapore

Best Integrated Resort: Resorts World Sentosa Singapore

Best Duty-free Shopping: Kuala Lumpur International Airport | Dubai Duty Free

Best International Airport: Changi Airport

Best International Airline: Singapore Airlines

Best Cruise (International): Regent Seven Seas

Best One Stop Shopping Destination: Outletcity MetzingenBicester Village

Best Destination Spa for International Travellers: Oberoi Sukhvilas

Service Providers

Best Hotel Loyalty Programme: World of Hyatt | Club ITC

Best Airport Lounge: Plaza Premium Lounge | Vistara Lounge


Hero for Earth: Afroz Shah

Photography For A Cause: Dr. Latika Nath

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That INCREDIBLE Winter Holiday in Europe 💙💙 Europe is one giant winter wonderland but to have the best time, you should always choose a destination that ticks all the boxes you have in mind whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or with kids. Here are some of our favourites with suggestions – swipe right & read along ☺️😊 * Photo 1. Switzerland for luxurious rail and road trips, ideal for couples & families 💙 * Photo 2. Paris because its PRICELESS sipping into a hot bath in winter time with the twinkling Eiffel outside your window 🛁💙 * Photo 3. Hunting for Northern Lights in Finland or Norway, ideal for solo travellers, couples, & families 💙 * Photo 4. Christmas markets in Vienna, Bucharest, or Prague ideal for foodies 💙 * Photo 5. A road trip in Scandinavia, ideal if you have 10 days or more. This is Pyha Luosto National Park in Finland 🚗💙 * Photo 6. Exploring Iceland, especially its ice caves that form under glaciers each year, ideal for adventurers 💙 ✨ ✨ Detailed guides to ALL these places on our website as always. Hope this gave you some new ideas for your bucket – dream, plan, go – winter is just around the corner 😊💙

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Best Eco-Friendly Fashion Brand: Nicobar

Food Blogger: Shivesh Bhatia

Related: The Results Are Out: Here Are the Winners of India’s Best Awards 2017