Top of the Class: Hotels in Asia with the Highest Grades

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Schools dole out final grades and, like the Harvard of hotels, so do we. We continue highlighting Kiwi Collection’s top properties by region, and next tackle an exotic expanse that includes India, China, Thailand and Japan. Herewith, the four hotels and resorts in Asia with the highest HQ (hospitality quotient).

Park Hyatt Shanghai
This one has both a head for business (it’s within the Shanghai World Financial Center building in Shanghai’s business center) and its head in the clouds (it occupies the 79th to the 93rd floors). It’s no stranger to “Best Corporate Hotel” awards.
Percentage grade: 95
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Rooms, Food & Beverage, Spa & Fitness, Attention to Detail, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Design, the highest nightclub in the world, Tai Chi classes, and 24-hour concierge and butler service.

COMO Shambhala Estate
Far from the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan city like Shanghai is this jungle estate in Bali that perpetually lives in a state of relaxation. This student of serenity has lots to teach the overworked and exhausted (starting at the spa sounds good).
Percentage grade: 95
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Rooms, Spa & Fitness, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design and Location
Aptitudes: Away from it all, architecture, nature, yoga and Pilates.

The Peninsula Shanghai
Like Great Gatsby was required reading, this grand property which also tips its cap to the Golden Age (especially its opulent Salon de Ning) is required staying when in Shanghai. Kiwi Collection guest Will gave it a 10 out of 10 saying, “Touch of elegance at every corner of our hotel room… sheer class.”
Percentage grade: 94
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Generosity & Value, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design, Location and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Art Deco-inspired, five restaurants, boutique shopping, proximity to sights.

Taj Falaknuma Palace
Perched on a hilltop in Hyderabad, India, the Taj-owned property is a palace in the truest sense of the word. While there’s plenty of space to roam around in (it sits on 32 acres), there’s just 60 rooms, quite modest for a place so lavish.
Percentage grade: 92
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design and Location
Aptitudes: World’s longest dining table (101 seats), stables, vintage cars, ballrooms, billiards.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
With views of Victoria Harbor, this hotel in the International Finance Center is home to the world’s only three Michelin Star Chinese restaurant and two other Michelin Star restaurants. But fine dining isn’t the only luxury it offers.
Percentage grade: 91
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms, Food & Beverage, Spa & Fitness and Location
Aptitudes: Fine dining, rooftop infinity pool, and spa and steam rooms.

Honorable Mentions:
Trisara
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Thai hospitality, secluded Phuket location in private bay, personal plunge pools, and yachts.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms and Location.
Aptitudes: Proximity to designer shopping, 24-hour concierge, spa, and spaciousness.

Amankora
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Wow/Hip Factor, Location and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Nature (it’s high in the Himalayan Mountains), solitude, rustic style, local cuisine, and views.

Soneva Kiri by Six Senses
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Wow/Hip Factor, Architecture & Design and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Eco-friendly, family-friendly, design, private electric buggies, and unique dining.

Alila Villas Soori
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Rooms and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Culinary journeys, Bali beach location, and outdoor BBQ.

The Ritz Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Service, Rooms and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Towering city views, four restaurants, and spa.

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Attention to Detail, Architecture & Design, Location and Fit to Promise
Aptitudes: Design, Bali location, 24-hour butler and room service, and private pools.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Percentage grade: 90
Best subjects: Perfect 10s in Food & Beverage and Architecture & Design
Aptitudes: Michelin Star dining (restaurant only seats seven), full-service wedding chapel and sky-high city views.

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