Thailand In Style Reviews Thailand's Award Winning Hotels in 2008

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Thailand In Style reviews award winning hotels within its existing collection of boutique hotels in Thailand along with some very welcome new additions.

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Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel 2008

Over the course of 2008 Thailand continued to garner multiple travel awards and accolades from international organizations and bodies. Thailand In Style reviews award winning hotels within its existing collection of boutique hotels in Thailand along with some very welcome new additions.

"Thailand's hotel industry continues to push the boundaries, innovating, adapting and changing to satisfy latest market trends and consumer needs," says Miguel Cunat, CEO of Thailand In Style. "Four out of the top five hotels featured in the Condé Nast (UK) Readers Traveler Awards 2008 (Overseas Leisure Hotels, Asian and Indian Subcontinent), are in Thailand for example and the very admirable list goes on."

In Bangkok the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok swept the board in the Gallivanter's Guide Awards ranking 3rd in the Best City Hotel Worldwide category, 1st in Best City Hotel in Southeast Asia and 2nd in the Best General Manager Worldwide category. In Luxury Travel Magazine's 2008 Gold List the Oriental was voted the 5th Best Overseas Hotel and came 23rd in the "Hotel or Resort you Dream of Visiting" category. The Oriental Bangkok also held its place in the Conde Nast (US) Traveler Gold List for 2008 and took 4th place in Travel + Leisure Magazine's "Top 50 Hotels in Asia".

The Sukhothai added to its impressive roster of accolades in 2008 when it was voted best hotel in Thailand in Institutional Investor's 2008 World's Best Hotels survey and claimed third place in Business Traveler Asia Pacific Awards "Best Business Hotel in Bangkok" category.

Relative newcomer to the boutique hotel scene in Bangkok, Seven Hotel, with just six rooms careered onto the Conde Nast (US) 2008 Hotlist Hotels; "The Thai capital is awash in hotels of all shapes and sizes, but tucked into a cul-de-sac off Sukhumvit Road, this town house turned B&B will satisfy hotel-design fans".

In the North of Thailand, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai was listed 7th in the Top 20 International Resorts Category of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report's 25th Annual Survey of The World's Best Hotels, Resorts & Hideaways. Travel + Leisure Magazine voted it the fourth "Best Hotel Overall", number 7 in their "Top 50 Hotels in Asia" category and included it in their "Top 15 Small Hotels" list.

Sister hotel, the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai scored first place in the Conde Nast (US) Traveler 2008 Readers Choice Awards; "The venerable hotel chain pitches its first tent with these 15 luxe shelters scattered on 200 rugged acres along the Thai-Burmese border" says Conde Nast in their review.

Further south in Thailand on the island of Phuket, Indigo Pearl, was voted among Asia's Top 25 Best Leisure Hotels and Resorts in the Smart Travel Asia 'Best in Travel Poll 2008'. Indigo Pearl emerged from a field of over 1,000 to join the Best Leisure Hotel & Resort in Asia rankings.

Amanpuri, the first ever property in the exclusive Aman collection and still considered by many as one of its finest, continues to hold a prominent place in the Conde Nast (US) 2008 Hotel Gold List and The Chedi Phuket was voted the "highest standard/comfort of accommodation in the region" in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Travel Awards Top 100.

Up the coast from Phuket, the multi-award winning Sarojin, a haven of beachfront luxury in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, continued to expand its archive of awards and accolades in 2008 when, for the third consecutive year running at the World Travel Awards 2008 it was awarded "Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel 2008". Wine Spectator also awarded the Sarojin's Fiscus Restaurant the "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2008".

Six Senses have once again exploded onto the international award scene with the opening of Six Sense Hideaway Yao Noi. A small island of Phuket's southern tip, Koh Yao Noi is a world apart from its more noisy neighbor. Open for less than a year it is featured as hot property in Conde Nast Traveler's (UK) 2008 Hotlist, considered as one of the year's Hottest Island Destinations by the Sydney Morning Herald and collected the 2008 "Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award for Luxury and Boutique Resorts" at the Wild Asia Awards which supports the conservation of natural areas and communities dependent upon their resources.

Across Thailand's peninsula to the island of Samui where Six Senses Hideaway Samui not only walked away with the award for the best hotel in Asia & the Indian Subcontinent, but scored so highly that it made the number one spot in Conde Nast's 'Best of the Best' Top 100. Readers raved about its sophisticated ambience/decor, environmental friendliness, lovely location and extensive leisure facilities.

"In a competitive world of luxury hotels and resorts with myriad high-quality properties, the fact that Thailand has some of the world's best hotels and resorts is a strong testament that the country is a truly unique and favorite destination among international travelers."

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Thailand In Style is a Thailand based travel design company that specializes in offering travel consultation and services for clients visiting Thailand and Indochina. Thailand In Style hand-selects Boutique Hotels and Villas in Thailand and offers a full portfolio of concierge style services including chauffeured cars, expert guides and a wealth of local travel advise all designed to ensure that guests can sit back and derive maximum satisfaction from their time whilst in Thailand. Thailand In Style provides interesting alternatives and "out of the box" ideas which provide a conversational currency long after the holiday itself has finished.


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