Asia’s Best Airline: Singapore Airlines
Was there ever any doubt? From Bandar Seri Begawan to Barcelona and everywhere in-between (now including Sao Paolo), Singapore Airlines stands tall as one of the world’s premier carriers. www.singaporeair.com
Favorite Budget Airline: AirAsia
Tony Fernandes and company are never short on ideas. In less than a decade, AirAsia has gone from new budget carrier to one of the world’s favorite airlines, budget or otherwise. You know it’s a force to be reckoned with when you see its name on referee’s jerseys and billboards in the legendary stadiums of English football. www.airasia.com
Asia’s Best Hotel: Banyan Tree
With 16 resorts around the world, Ho Kwon Ping’s Banyan Tree chain has redefined the way people view luxury getaways. Private villas, exclusive locations and unrivalled views are hallmarks of Banyan Tree’s properties. Two new resorts in China will open this year, followed by six in 2012 spread across India, Vietnam, Portugal and China once more. www.banyantree.com
Best Boutique Hotel: Wanderlust
Hotelier Loh Lik Peng’s creation, which followed Hotel 1929 and New Majestic Hotel is a tribute to modern design and the theme of each floor here was conceptualized by artists and cutting-edge local design firms. With quirky furniture, rooms separated into categories like Pantone, Mono and Whimsical, an excellent French-ish eatery downstairs, Kiehl’s toiletries and an open-air Jacuzzi, this win is no surprise at all. 2 Dickson Rd., 6396-3322, www.wanderlusthotel.com.
Best Business Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
While it’s finely placed between Marina Bay and the CBD, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore offers much more than breathtaking views. Great dining options (Summer Pavilion), bars (Chihuly Lounge) and some of the best concierges in the business, the place has it all. 7 Raffles Ave., 6337-8888, www.ritzcarlton.com.
Best Weekend Getaway: Bali
Rabid dogs, overcrowded beaches and traffic jams that Jakarta would balk at haven’t put you off; Bali still comes out tops when you need to take a quick break.