Over 64,000 Travellers Nominate “Asia’s Best Hotels & Resorts”

Best Selling Book Launches Second Edition

HONG KONG, Sept. 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — The second edition of the best- selling Asia’s Best Hotels & Resorts, the region’s only accommodation guidebook based on travellers’ genuine opinions, was launched today. The new edition has 25 percent more hotels, 64 additional pages and includes a loyalty card — a first for the travel publishing industry — which gives discounts and a USD 15 rebate to purchasers who register with HotelClub.com.

The book contains 400 hotels and resorts covering 22 Asian countries and is an authoritative guide on where to stay on business or for pleasure. It is the culmination of an online survey conducted in 2004, in which over 64,000 nominations for 3,732 hotels and resorts were received from travellers in 162 countries. The editors and independent hotel inspectors sifted through comments and scores to select the most popular choices, and a team of expert travel writers compiled the entries.

Published in association with Insight Guides, the 384-page guide includes country overviews, and every hotel is rated on eight criteria including ambience, value for money, staff attitude, family friendliness and dining options. Maps highlight each hotel’s location and over 1,000 full-colour photographs convey their ambience.

The book is available from most major bookstores starting September 1 for HK$ 195 or can be purchased online at: www.hotelclub.com/guidebook/orderbook.asp .

Excerpt: Top Hotels and Resorts

Top Hotels
1 Peninsula Hong Kong
2 Oriental Bangkok Thailand
3 Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
4 Peninsula Bangkok Thailand
5 Grand Hyatt Shanghai China
6 Makati Shangri-La, Manila Philippines
7 Raffles Hotel Singapore
8 Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok Thailand
9 Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
10 Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
11 Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
12 Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
13 Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
14 Fullerton Singapore
15 Conrad International Hong Kong

Top Resorts
1 Banyan Tree Phuket Thailand
2 Datai Langkawi Malaysia
3 Shangri-La’s Mactan Island Resort Philippines
4 JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Thailand
5 Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa Indonesia
6 Grand Hyatt Bali Indonesia
7 Pangkor Laut Resort Malaysia
8 Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay Indonesia
9 Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort Malaysia
10 Banyan Tree Bintan Indonesia
11 Westin Resort Hotel Macau
12 Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi Malaysia
13 Sheraton Grande Laguna Beach Phuket Thailand
14 Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Malaysia
15 Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Thailand

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