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Oberoi Udaivilas is the world's best hotel

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Last updated on: December 24, 2007 21:23 IST
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The Oberoi Udaivilas, the luxury hotelĀ in Udaipur has been rated the best hotel in the world. This is the first time an Indian property has grabbed the No 1 spot. The Udaipur property also tops the lists for best small hotel and best hotel in Asia.

Three out of the top five hotels in Asia are in India. The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been ranked the third best hotel in Asia and 10th best in the world while the The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is at No 4 in Asia and at No 11 in the world.

Thai hotels account for more than one in four of the properties selected as Asia's best. And while classics still reign -- The Oriental Bangkok debuted at No 1 in 1996 and comes in at No 2 this year -- the popularity of hotels such as Amanpuri, Banyan Tree, and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai are proof that T+L readers now eagerly venture beyond Thailand's capital to beach resorts on Phuket and jungle retreats in the north.

Top 50 Hotels in Asia

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Rank

2006

Name

Score

1

2

Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

94.36

2

7

The Oriental, Bangkok

94.23

3

15

Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, India

92.56

4

5

Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

92.50

5

3

The Peninsula, Bangkok

92.41

6

9

Four Seasons Resort, Chiang Mai, Thailand

91.90

7

25

Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore

90.59

8

n/a

The Strand, Yangon, Burma

90.56

9

10

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

90.37

10

16

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

90.15

11

n/a

Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok

89.93

12

4

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

88.83

13

43

Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

88.61

14

39

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei

88.59

15

8

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India

88.55

16

12

Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong

88.50

17

27

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

88.28

18

14

Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore

88.24

19

23

Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai

88.08

20

22

The Peninsula, Beijing

87.87

21

13

Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand

87.86

22

26

The Imperial, New Delhi

87.19

23

33

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

86.80

24

n/a

Conrad Bangkok

86.76

25

30

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand

86.39

26

n/a

St Regis Hotel, Shanghai

86.32

27

47

Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

86.24

28

n/a

Langham Hotel, Hong Kong

85.90

29

21

InterContinental, Hong Kong

85.69

30

11

Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand

85.50

31

40

Sofitel Metropole, Hanoi

85.47

32

n/a

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so , Tokyo

85.45

33

n/a

The Regent, Shanghai

85.39

34

41

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

85.37

35

46

JW Marriott Bangkok

85.32

36

42

Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok

85.18

37

32

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

85.12

38

19

Evason Ana Mandara Resort & Spa, Nha Trang, Vietnam

85.05

39

6

Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa

85.00

40

n/a

Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City , Vietnam

84.88

41

17

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

84.82

42

18

St Regis Hotel, Beijing

84.64

43

37

Park Hyatt, Tokyo

84.50

44

n/a

Raffles The Plaza, Singapore

84.25

45

29

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, Thailand

84.19

46

38

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

84.17

47

n/a

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

84.03

48

n/a

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

83.51

49

36

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok

83.04

50

n/a

The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

83.01

* "N/A" means that the property was not among the top-ranked in this category last year.


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