Two Singapore hotels made rank on the World’s 50 Best Hotels 2023 list

Asia's strong showing of 18 hotels listed includes four properties placing in the top five

Dawson Tan
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Dawson Tan
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Raffles Hotel Singapore
Photograph: Ralf TootenRaffles Hotel Singapore

Flying the Singaporean flag high at the inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels awards ceremony that took place in London are two of our very own hotels on this Little Red Dot. And that honour goes to the emblematic Raffles Singapore, coming in hot at the #17 spot, as well as the plush Capella Singapore at Sentosa placing at #28.

Reigning at the very top is Passalacqua (#1), a family-owned luxury boutique hotel on the idyllic shores of Lake Como, Moltrasio, Italy. For the uninitiated, the exclusive 24-room property sits on the grounds of an 18th-century villa and is best known for its spectacular terraced gardens running down to the water.

While the European continent outclassed with a grand total of 21 properties listed, it was Asia that came through with a dazzling report card. Out of the 18 properties listed, four made it into the top five placings: clinching second spot and winner of the best hotel in Asia award is Rosewood Hong Kong (#2); Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (#3); The Upper House (#4) in Hong Kong; and Japan’s Aman Tokyo (#5).

The winners of the inaugural World’s 50 Best Hotels list were decided from the votes of 580 well-travelled industry experts – all of them within the hotel and travel industry, handpicked by the Academy Chair across nine regions internationally. Maintaining a 50/50 gender balance, this year’s electorate is mainly comprised of hoteliers, travel journalists, and qualified luxury travellers.

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