Five Taiwanese hotels took away awards at the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards held at the St. Regis in Doha, Qatar, including four local brands.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards offers recognition to global, continental, and country hotels in over 60 categories and across 50 different countries, all based on votes cast by the public.
At the annual gala, three Taiwanese hotels won awards in the country division, including Fleur De Chine Hotel for Best Luxury Family Hotel; Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi, for Best Luxury Mountain Resort; and Mandarin Oriental Taipei, for Best Luxury Hotel Brand. Two Taiwanese hotels won in the the regional division, including Howard Beach Resort Kenting for Best Luxury Beach Resort and Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei for Best Luxury New Hotel.
Of these five winning hotels, four were local Taiwanese brands, the only exception was the relative newcomer, the Mandarin Oriental Taipei, which is a part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, a member of the British-owned Jardine Matheson Group.
The Armani Hotel Dubai was announced as the overall winner of this year's World Luxury Hotel Awards with the title of the 2016 Global Hotel of the Year. During the awards ceremony, Thailand led the pack in the global division will 11 out of the 53 awards including Best Luxury Spa Hotel, Best Luxury Honeymoon Hotel, Best Luxury Adult Beach Resort, among other prizes.
Anton Perold, Managing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards summed up what it is that defines a luxury hotel:
“True luxury is no small feat, it takes a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered. This is the definition of luxury, this is what defines a World Luxury Hotel Awards winner.”
Next year's World Luxury Hotel Awards will be held at the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz on Dec 2, 2017.