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India’s Best Awards 2017 by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia was a glorious evening of celebrations at ITC Maurya, New Delhi. The hosts of the event were none other than Massimo Monti, Bjorn Rettig, and Parineeta Sethi. There were a number of celebrities among the guests. Those include Former Indian Women Cricket Team Captain Anjum Chopra, Entrepreneurs Navin Ansal and Raseel Gujral Ansal, Designer Reynu Tanndon, Indian business Woman Priya Paul, Designer Raghavendra Rathore, and Entrepreneur and Beauty Expert Shahnaz Husain. In fact, every winner was no less than a celebrity in any regard. And logically, those who don’t win the race but do their best while performing their duty are no less than a winner. Keeping in mind that this was an international award ceremony. There were various categories of awards and everything was in the context of travel and leisure.

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A Ballet Performance at the Awards

India’s Best Awards 2017 Reader’s Poll as part of results of Travel + Leisure India and South Asia declare many tops on global and domestic front. These include top hotels, cities, destinations, airlines, and a lot more. These results come straight through thousands of Travel + Leisure Magazine readers across the globe. As a matter of fact, these readers include industry experts, travelers, professional photographers, individuals, etc. The year 2017 witnesses the 11th anniversary of this prestigious magazine and this is the sixth edition of these awards. In fact, the polling was live on their website for two months during September and October this year. For statistics purposes, there were around 150,000 votes that were 30% higher than the previous year. Press Department and Official spokesman of the German Embassy, Hans Christian WINKLER was the guest of honor at the award ceremony at Nandiya Gardens, ITC Maurya, New Delhi.

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Former Indian Women’s Cricket Team Captain Anjum Chopra

Best Awards 2017 Reader’s Poll Results

Other prominent guests were 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. Among 57 categories there were 97 awards to announce. In fact, there were more than 450 nominees in these categories. These categories belong to every possible range that connects to travel and leisure. Like, cruise, business hotel, best country, best cities, honeymoon destinations, destination spa, airport, emerging destination, and so on in domestic and global spectrum. In fact, the competition in Best Awards 2017 was quite close in many categories. Among celebrities and public figures, there were beautician Shenaz Hussain, Priya Paul (Chairperson of the Appejay Surendra Park Hotels), fashion designer Raghvendra Rathore, and Kalyani Chawla (Founder, Lulu & Sky).

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Bjorn Rettig CEO India Burda Asia and Social Entrepreneur Kalyani Chawla

Björn Rettig, CEO Burda India says,Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is undoubtedly the market leader in the luxury travel segment in India. Travel+Leisure is entirely devoted to connecting high net worth individuals to the world’s most extraordinary places and curate unmatched premium experiences, whether in print or digital. For our readers travelling is their lifestyle, and we are proud that so many of them voted for their favourites to make them win accolades at this year’s spectacular Travel+ Leisure awards.”

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Parineeta Sethi,Designer Raghavendra Rathore and Indian Business Woman Priya Paul

Parineeta Sethi, Director, Exposure Media Marketing Private Ltd. says, “It is with great pleasure that we host India’s Best Awards every year. Over the past two months, our team has tabulated the votes that over 450 nominees have received in 57 categories through our online voting process on In our sixth edition of India’s Best Awards this year, we introduced 10 new categories so that due credit is given to destinations and hotel brands that have re-positioned themselves anew. These include awards for the Best Luxury Hotel Chain-India, which went to ITC Hotels, Best Domestic Food Destination which went to West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, and Best International Adventure Destination which went to Canada and South Africa.”

A complete list of winners is as below:

India’s Best Awards List 2017



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- 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

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