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Umaid Bhawan Palace is World’s Best Hotel: TripAdvisor

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THE best hotel in the world has been named by TripAdvisor at their annual Travellers’ Choice awards.

The impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur in India took out top spot for 2016, it’s one of the last great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world. Built between 1928 and 1643, the impressive property is not just a hotel, but a museum as well as being the main residence of the Jodhpur Royal Family. The hotel hosted the wedding of model and actress Liz Hurley to Indian businessman Arun Nayahad in 2007 who later divorced in 2011.

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According to TripAdvisor, an average stay is $1055.77 per night and the most affordable month to visit is July when it drops to $561 per night.

A TripAdvisor reviewer said, “The palace was gorgeous, the weather heavenly, but what made our experience memorable was the completely professional, yet totally personalised service we got, befitting royalty!”

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Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia took out second place with a much cheaper nightly rate of $286. Followed by the Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento, Italy where an average stay will set you back $808 per night.

The top 10 luxury hotels in Australia were also named with Saffire Freycinet in Coles Bay, Tasmania taking out first place with an average rate of $2248.78 per night.

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“We are delighted to be awarded the top luxury hotel in Australia once again by the TripAdvisor audience. This accolade is invaluable in helping us to continue to provide a truly unique experience for our guests,” said Justin King, general manger of Saffire Freycinet.

Top 10 hotels in the world

1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur — Jodhpur, India

Average rate of $1055.77 per night. Most affordable month to visit: July ($561)

2. Shinta Mani Resort — Siem Reap, Cambodia

Average rate of $286 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($246)

3. Bellevue Syrene — Sorrento, Italy

Average rate of $808 per night. Most affordable month to visit: November ($523)

4. Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa — Hanoi, Vietnam

Average rate of $156 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($135)

5. Achtis Hotel — Afitos, Greece

Average rate of $144 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($115)

6. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons — Great Milton, United Kingdom

Average rate of $1,671 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($1,400)

7. Mirihi Island Resort — Mirihi, Maldives

Average rate of $1,523 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($1,103)

8. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba — Palm Eagle, Aruba 

Average rate of $673 per night. Most affordable month to visit: October ($479)

9. Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa — Lance aux Epines, Grenada 

Average rate of $1,159 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($774)

10. Hotel Ritta Höppner — Gramado, Brazil 

Average rate of $266 per night. Most affordable month to visit: April ($230)

Top 10 Australian Luxury Hotels

1. Saffire Freycinet — Coles Bay, Tasmania

Average rate of $2244.78 per night. Most affordable month to visit: September ($1902.63)

2. Spicers Vineyard Estate — Pokolbin, New South Wales 

Average rate of $546.68 per night. Most affordable month to visit: August ($527.80)

3. Longitude 131 — Yulara, Northern Territory 

Average rate of $1200 per person per night (all inclusive).

4. Emirates One&Only — Wolgan Valley, New South Wales 

Average rate of $1383.52 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($1910.70)

5. Southern Ocean Lodge — Kangaroo Valley, South Australia 

Average rate of $1100 per person per night (all inclusive). Most affordable month to visit: May-September for cool season deals

6. Qualia Resort — Hamilton Island, Queensland 

Average rate of $1289.36 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($1,124.34)

7. Islington Hotel — Hobart, Tasmania

Average rate of $510.72 per night. Most affordable month to visit: May ($457.87)

8. Park Hyatt — Sydney, New South Wales

Average rate of $1092.91 per night. Most affordable month to visit: June ($997.73)

9. Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort — Cairns, Queensland

Average rate of $140.61 per night. Most affordable month to visit: March ($125.51)

10. Emporium Hotel — Brisbane, Queensland 

Average rate of $271.51 per night. Most affordable month to visit: January ($227.05)

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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