Three water-villa resorts win major accolades for excellence
In the past week two separate water-villa resorts have been tapped for prestigious honors within the hotel industry. Both are in Asia and both already had a great reputation so these recognitions are really no surprise, but still it should give potential guests just that much more confidence in both of them.
Baros Maldives named World's Leading Water Villa Resort for 2011
The World Travel Awards are relatively new and this is only the second year that they have handed out the honor for the “Leading water villa” resort, which has been taken down by Baros Maldives this time around. Baros is already incredibly popular and receives rave reviews from nearly 100% of past guests, although with water villas starting over US$1,000 per night even in low season, it's among the more expensive resorts in the Maldives.
The awards are voted on by travel industry professionals, yet it's hard to give them too much weight considering that certainly very few of them have even visited Baros Maldives or many of the other nomitated resorts. The spread-out nature of the Maldives combined with the 75 or so water-villa resorts means that it would take many months and a huge bank account in order to actually compare all the resorts to one another. Still, Baros is doing something right, and those who can afford to stay there will feel even better about booking.
Other nominees in the category
- Adaaran Prestige Water Villas, Maldives
- Waldorf Astoria Maldives (formerly Beach House Maldives)
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Soneva Gili by Six Senses Maldives named World's Leading Villa Resort and Spa for 2011
This is the first time an award has been given in this category, and the debut honors go to the well-regarded Soneva Gili Resort in the Maldives. It's also known has having the largest overwater bungalow in the world (over 15,000 square feet or 1400 square meters), but it's also known as a top resort for the rich and famous, among others. It has a casual “No news, no shoes” policy, with all of its villas being overwater and huge.
Other water villa resorts nominated in this category
Pangkor Laut in Malaysia named among Travel and Leisure's Top 500 World's Best Hotels
This one may not sound terribly impressive at first, but consider that there are many hundreds of thousands of hotels in the world, if not millions. Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia is the only water-villa resort in Asia to have made the cut, meaning that not a single one of the Maldives water villa resorts show up. The only other overwater resort on the list is the InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa in Bora Bora.
Looking at the 500 World's Best Hotels you can clearly see that this is a big honor, as probably half the spots, if not more, are taken up by the famous luxury hotel chains like Park Hyatt, InterContinental, Four Seasons, and Ritz-Carlton. For an independent hotel to get noticed among these chains is certainly an achievement.