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South Africa and France – Best Honeymoon Destinations

Shangri-La’s - Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Travel + Leisure – India’s Best Awards 2016′


On 17th November 2016, I attended Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2016′.  The venue of the event was Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. It was one of Delhi’s nippy evening but the travel enthusiasts of the capital came forward to raise a toast to 49 awards across different categories. The categories ranged from the best country, emerging destination, cruise, business hotel, airport, destination spa, and honeymoon destinations in India and across the world. The winners were chosen by magazine’s discerning readers through 100% digital voting process. This starry night was no different than usual awards nights. The awards were announced, winners were called out on the stage and the good work of the brands was cheered by travelers from around the world. But, yes the travel revelations were amazing. Some of the countries and states that emerged as winners showed that this new generation is definitely bent upon changing the face of travel. The most brighter side of the award function was that it was a master wish-list for travelers.


Travel industry trends as well as choices of travelers are changing!!


Each winner this year reflects a changing business and cultural climate, the fact that readers are travelling deeper, and that they are seeking new and varied experiences. As always, it is wonderful to inspire our readers and be inspired by them,” says Ruchira Bose, Editor, Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.



India's Best Awards 2016
Minister Eduardo Martinez Curiel, Sushmita Gupta, Mr. Hassam Maddah- Ministry of Israel, Ruchira Bose


The chief guest for the evening was Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, delivered a keynote speech and presented awards to the winners. Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, the Italian Ambassador to India, also graced the occasion. The evening saw many other known names in the travel and lifestyle industries. Classical musician Ustaad Shujaat Khan, Padmashri Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan, spiritual guru Anita Achariaji, Priya Paul, Chairperson of The Apeejay Surendra Park Hotels, tech guru Rajiv Makhni, former Indian cricketer Atul Wassan, Anil Lepps, CEO, India Bulls and Monisha Bajaj, designer Dhruv Kapur, and Tripoto co-founder Michael Lyngdoh were invited to present the awards. Travel + Leisure magazine is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.



Travel, Leisure, Awards, New Delhi
Travel + Leisure India & South Asia hosts India’s Best Awards 2016



If this is what we call changing travel trends, I must say these results brought a fresh perspective in the travel world. As a travel blogger, I love keeping myself updated with latest travel news and I can bet the list below is quite different from the general lists which keep floating on the internet. While Abu Dhabi won the top spot with Thailand as best wedding destination, South Africa along with France was voted top honeymoon destination.  If wildlife and ‘adventure in the bush’ are new favorites among newly weds, I am absolutely delighted at the travelers choices. But at the same time, the result left me surprised because I hardly saw any couples-newly weds or honeymooners in my 45 days trip in South Africa a few months ago.


With easy accessibility of visa, Thailand have been doing really well for last few years but Abu Dhabi came as a happy surprise. In contrast to glamorous Dubai, this Emirate maintains an exclusive stature and definitely needs more love from travelers.



 Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s India’s Best Awards 2016 Readers’ Poll Chose The Top Destinations, Hotels, Cities, Cruises, Airlines, and More.



Favorite Destinations, Hotels, Cities, Cruises, Airlines and More



While I have been closely covering the heart of India-Madhya Pradesh on my blog these days, I was very happy to see the Best State award given to Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. Telangana is a beautiful and unexplored state and I am glad more travelers will discover its gems. Best emerging destinations came out to be ‘Andhra Pradesh’ & ‘Tamil Nadu.’


Israel and Mexico were chosen as the best cultural destinations. I have been really curious around Israel for couple of months and now I am really looking forward to visiting it soon. Mexico has been on the favorites list for long.  Internationally, the best emerging destination slot was shared by Germany and Bulgaria.


Canada surpassed all other countries to win the Best Adventure Destination while I always thought New Zealand or South Africa were more about thrilling experiences. This also means that we do have information about countries but there is lot more to discover about the beautiful places around the globe. 






India’s Best Awards List 2016


Best Country – Singapore & Australia


Best City – Hong Kong


Best Emerging Destination – Bulgaria & Germany


Best Heritage Destination – Israel & Mexico


Best Honeymoon Destination – France & South Africa


Best Wedding Destination – Thailand & Abu Dhabi


Best Food Destination – Spain & Japan


Best Family Destination – Switzerland


Best Luxury Destination – Italy & Ireland


Best Adventure Destination – Canada


Best State – Telangana & Madhya Pradesh


Best Emerging Destination – Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu


Best Heritage Destination – Bihar & Odisha


Best Cultural Destination – West Bengal & Karnataka


Best Honeymoon Destination – Kerala


Best Wedding Destination – Goa & Puducherry


Best Family Destination – Gujrat & Maharashtra


Best Spiritual Destination – Uttarakhand


Best New Hotel – InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram


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


Best Boutique Hotel – Namah, Jim Corbett


Best Hotel For Women Travellers – Leela Palace, New Delhi & Ritz Carlton-Bangalore


Best Business Hotel – Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi & The Park, New Delhi


Best Luxury Business Hotel – Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway


Best Luxury Resort – The Oberoi Udaivilas Udipur


Best Destination Spa – Kumarakom Lake Resort


Best Hotel Group – The Oberoi Group & The Taj Group


Best New Hotel – Andaz Amsterdam & Palazzo Versace, Dubai


Best Business Hotel – JW Marriott Marquis Dubai & Park Hyatt Tokyo


Best Heritage Hotel – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore


Best Luxury Resort – One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives


Best Hotel Group – Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Marriott International)


Best Destination Spa – Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi


Best Hotel Loyalty Programme- SPG – Starwood Preferred Guest


Best Golf Resort- The Address Montgomerie Dubai


Best Luxury Safari Resort- Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa


Best Airport-International- Changi Airport, Singapore


Best Airline- International- Lufthansa and Emirates


Best Airport-India- Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3


Best Airline-Domestic- Vistara


Best Airport Lounge- Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse


Best Duty Free Shopping- Mumbai Duty Free


Best Amusement Park- Universal Studios, Singapore


Best Integrated Resort- Resort World Sentosa, Singapore


Best Tour Operator- Abercrombie & Kent India, Cox & Kings India


Best Cruise- Regent Seven Seas


Mr. Jidhu and Ms. Trisha Singh were awarded Best Amateur Travel Photographer and Best Travel Blogger respectively.


Happy Traveling!!!

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