All Eyes on Asia Awards of Excellence – Gala Awards Evening Celebrated Industry’s Best

Central, Hong Kong – April 2, 2017 – Asia Awards of Excellence held its inaugural Awards Ceremony and Grand Gala Dinner on March 31, 2017 at glistening Macao Tower, Macao, China. The glamorous event gathered industry elites from hospitality, travel and finance, as well as celebrities and VVIPS to honor the best of the best in hospitality. The event quickly became Asia’s most anticipated new awards platform, redefining and continuously advancing luxury and corporate travel throughout Asia.

Macao Tower - event venue

Awards were presented to the top nominees in several categories selected by a curated judges’ panel comprised of well-respected travel editors, celebrity jet-setters, business elites and key opinion leaders in their respective feilds. Judges included Joseph Chen (Group CEO of UP Concierge Limited), Eric Kwok (Managing Director of UP Concierge Limited), Narcisa Pheres (Creative Director and CEO of Italian fashion house Pheres), Jocelyn Luko and Anthony Sandstorm (celebrity couple and TV/film personalities), Anson Chan ( Chairman of Bonds Group of Companies), and Kevin Daniel Dwyer (Creative Director of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty).

The big winners of the night included;           

Asia’s Most Excellent Beach Resort – Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines

Shangri-la Boracay Beach Hotel winner

Asia’s Most Excellent Destination Hotel – Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar (Destionation Hotel winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Romantic Hotel – Hanging Gardens of BaliHanging Gardens Bali

Asia’s Most Excellent Wellness Resort – Ayana Resort and Spa BaliAyana Spa & Resort Bali (Wellness Resort winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Presidential Suite – Mandarin Oriental TaipeiMandarin Oriental Taipei Presidential Suite winner

Asia’s Most Excellent Hotel Resort – Dusit Thani MaldivesDusit Thani Maldives (Hotel Resort winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Designer Hotel – Palazzo Versace DubaiPalazzo Versace Dubai (Designer Hotel winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Heritage Hotel- Gyeongwonjae Ambassador IncheonGyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon (Heritage Hotel winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Business Hotel – Regent TaipeiRegent Taipei (Business Hotel winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Hotel Spa – Mandarin Oriental GuangzhouMandarin Oriental Guangzhou Hotel Spa winner

Asia’s Most Excellent New Hotel Opening – Fairmont ChengduFairmont Chengdu1

Asia’s Most Excellent Contemporary Hotel – Mandarin Oriental MacauMandarin Oriental Macau (Contemporary Hotel winner1)

Asia’s Most Excellent Family Hotel – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach

Phuket Marriot Nai Yang Beach Family Hotel winner

Asia’s Most Excellent Small Luxury Hotel – Lanson Place Hotel Hong KongLanson Place Hotel Hong Kong (Small Luxury winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Hotel Renovation – Grand Hyatt Hong KongGrand Hyatt Hong Kong (Hotel Renovation winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Integrated Hotel – Galaxy MacauTMGalaxy Macau Integrated Hotel winner

Asia’s Most Excellent Urban Resort – Meixi Lake Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha

Asia’s Most Excellent Boutique Hotel – The Upper House Hong KongUpper House

Asia’s Most Excellent Meeting & Convention Hotel-Sheraton Grand MacaoSheraton Grand Macao (Meeting & Convention) winner

Asia’s Most Excellent Luxury Hotel – The St. Regis Macao, Cotai CentralSt. Regis Macao (Luxury Hotel Winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent City Break Hotel – Conrad Macao, Cotai CentralConradMacao City Break winner1

Asia’s Most Excellent Themed Hotel – The Parisian Macao

Asia’s Most Excellent Casino Hotel 2017 – The Venetian Macao

Asia’s Most Excellent Villa Resort – Karma Kandara BaliKarma Kandara (Villa Resort winner)

Asia’s Most Excellent Hotel Brand – Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

The evening hosted over 120 VIPs, distinguished guests, and elite media thanks to sponsors including UP Premiere Concierge ( ), Samsonite (, Sky Shuttle (, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty, Godiva (, Santoni (, G.H.Mumm, Jacob’s Creek, and Kaprice Resort Wear ( “We are thrilled that the first Asia Awards of Excellence was such a success and would like to thank all our sponsors, guests and nominees for helping to make the memorable night possible. Big congratulations to all our winners. We look forward to next years’ event and celebrating excellence in our industry,” said Sherry F. Alvarado and Tammy Fong Partnership Directors of AAOE.

Asia Awards of Excellence Awards Ceremony
Asia Awards of Excellence 2017 Awards Ceremony
Joseph Chen UP Premiere Concierge Group CEO
Mr. Joseph Chen UP Premiere Concierge Group CEO
Mr. Eric Kwok Managing Director of UP Premiere Concierge
Mr. Eric Kwok  Managing Director of UP Premiere Concierge
Anthony Sandstrom and Dusit Thani Maldives (Hotel Resort winner) Representative Frances Wong
Celebrity judges Mr. Anthony Sandstrom and Ms. Jocelyn Luko
Indian Hotelier Manvendra Singh Shekhawat and judge Narcisa Pheres
Indian Hotelier Mr. Manvendra Singh Shekhawat and judge Ms. Narcisa Pheres
Tammy Fong Partnership Director & Carmen Chiu of Godiva Chocolates
Ms. Tammy Fong AAOE Partnership Director & Ms. Carmen Chiu of Godiva Chocolates
Roger Lienhard and Mrs. Lienhard SVP Galaxy Macau
Mr. Roger Lienhard and Mrs. Lienhard SVP Galaxy Macau
Anson Chan, Jenny Chow of K11, and Danielle Hou of King Fook
Businessman and judge Mr. Anson Chan with Ms. Jenny Chow of K11 and Ms. Danielle Hou of King Fook Jewellery
Patricia Cheong former Ms. Macao
Former Macao Beauty Queen Ms. Patricia Cheong
Sandra Tikal and Shaker Akbhar
Sandra Tikal General Manager and Shaker Akbhar Commercial Director of Palazzo Versace
Mr. Ling VP of All in Pay China and President of Merchant Services and Mr. Alex Lam CTO of UP Premiere Concierge
Socialite Amanda Lui
Hong Kong Socialite Ms. Amanda Lui
Marcus Kwok and Nicole of TVB
Mr. Marcus Kwok and Ms. Nicole Leung of TVB
Macao Socialite Cristina Telhado Borges and Mafalda Melo of Galaxy Macau
Macao Socialite Ms. Cristina Telhado Borges and Ms. Mafalda Melo of Galaxy Macau
Kamla Hiranand of KAPRICE Resort Wear
Mrs. Kamla Hiranand of Kaprice Resort Wear
Kaprice Resort Wear Show
Robbie + Timmy
Mr. Roberto J. Francisco AAOE Social Media Editor, Ms. Sherry F. Alvarado AAOE Partnership Director, Mr. Timothy Sanchez AAOE Managing Editor
Lisa Ray Bollywood + International Actress
Ms. Lisa Rani Ray International and Bollywood Actress
Mrs. Chen of UP Premiere Concierge
Mrs. Maggie Chen of UP Premiere Concierge

Bikaner, Jaipur, Udaipur – Incredible India

Rambagh Palace
Rambagh Palace Jaipur, India

Exotic travels inspire the works of my jewelry and fashion designs. India has been my underlying inspiration, especially Rajasthan, which evokes a similarity Venice, Italy. Jaipur, the beautiful “Pink City”, is also a source of continued inspiration with its decadent palaces, red city walls that are illuminated at night, and its sensory experience, filled with exotic flavors, spices and smells. India, for me, is truly the country of love. Every moment and piece of architecture reflects a man’s love for another, encompassing the beauty of their union and adoration. Spending time in-and-around these landmarks is a culturally rich experience.

In Jaipur, I absolutely love Rambagh Palace, the former residence of the royal family. Now a Taj property, its beautiful heritage and opulent rooms live on in grandeur. Its divine for an afternoon tea, enjoying sunset vistas, taking in the moon rising over the city, and breathing in the rich history. It’s one of the best keep secrets in the city and gives you a glimpse into royal life. It’s truly a secret escape with the entire city at your feet.

Narcisa Pheres – Asia Awards of Excellence 2017 judge