Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Siargaos Dedon Island Resort ranks no. 37 in the worlds 100 Best Hotels and Resorts

(Photo by: Zeny Pallugna)
General Luna, Siargao Island, Philippines ---  The Dedon Island Resort in Siargao Island receives another prestigious recognition from an International Traveller, a widely read international magazine, as No. 37 among the 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the world through the help of an esteemed judging panel of 17 expert travel writers.
International Traveller quotes:   Remote islands in the Philippines are still a tad off the grid, but resorts like Dedon Island are going to change that. This design-savvy haven fuses traditional Philippine architecture with striking designer woven furniture.
Villas are open and airy with deeply shaded decks and sensational showers – stepping beneath them is akin to bathing under a cascading waterfall. Food is deliciously uncomplicated with lots of seafood and local organic produce.
There’s eco-friendly everything, a spa, a bar (try the indigenous calamansi fruit juice), an outdoor cinema and an Adventure Manager. Service is spot on (and usually one step ahead of you). 
Size Nine villas
Did you know The island of Siargao is celebrated for its surfing break aptly named Cloud 9. The tube waves are legendary… dude!
The magazines concept of ‘the best’ was actually quite simple --- the hotel or resort has to be the most unique, special and exceed all reasonable expectations on customer experiences.
In the selection of the judging panel, International Traveller used three criteria that includes expertise, a global reach and a variety of interests and tastes represented. The panellists range from adventure lovers to a-billion-count-Egyptian-cotton-only travellers. Among the panel, which has a combined 230 years of experience, are Claire Wrathall, part of the editorial team who launched Condé Nast Traveller (UK); Sunshine Flint, contributing editor at BBC Travel; and former Vogue editor Kirstie Clements. (International Traveller, September 4, 2013).
Here is a list of 100 Best Hotels and Resorts in the world excluding Australia.
02. Laucala, Fiji
03. Singita Sasakwa, Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania
04. Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda, Italy
05. Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
06. Amangiri, Canyon Point, USA
07. Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
08. Mashpi Lodge, Quito, Ecuador
09. Alila Villas, Uluwatu, Indonesia
10. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, USA
11. Wharekauhau Lodge, Wairarapa, New Zealand
12. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland
13. Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi, South Africa
14. Blackberry Farm, Tennessee, USA
15. Hotel Saint-Barth, Isle de France, Saint BarthÉlemy
16. Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand
17. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
18. Cocoa Island by Como, Maldives
19. Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, Namibia
20. J.K. Place, Capri, Italy
21. Amanbagh Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
22. Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, China
23. Niki Club, Nasu, Japan
24. Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Mexico
25. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, USA
26. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, China
27. Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Canada
28. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Patagonia, Chile
29. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, China
30. Song Saa Private Island, Koh Ouen, Cambodia
31. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
32. Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
33. One & Only The Palm, Dubai, UAE
34. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India
35. Canal House Amsterdam, The Netherlands
36. The Upper House, Hong Kong
37. Dedon Island Resort, Siargao, Philippines
38. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, UAE
39. Jade Mountain, Soufriére, St Lucia
40. La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco
41. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Cape Town, South Africa
42. Huka Lodge, Taupo, New Zealand
43.The Connaught, London, UK
44. The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, Los Angeles, USA
45. Four Seasons,George V Paris, France
46. Hassler Roma, Rome, Italy
47. Le Meurice Paris, France
48. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence, Italy
49. Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy
50. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, Canada
51. Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa Colerne, UK
52. Parrot Cay by Como, Turks and Caicos
53. Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne, Switzerland
54. Hotel de Russie, Rome, Italy
55. Turtle Island, Fiji
56. Fusion Maia, Danang, Vietnam
57. Uma by COMO, Punakha Valley, Bhutan
58. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico
59. Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
60. Long Beach Lodge Resort, Tofino, Canada
61. Ayana Resort & Spa, Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia
62. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay, New Zealand
63. Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar, Tanzania
64. Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
65. L’Iglesia Hotel, El Jadida, Morocco
66. Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
67. Botanique Hotel & Spa, Campos do Jordão, Brazil
68. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, South Africa
69. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge namib-Naukluft Park, Namibia
70. Mercer Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
71. Playa Vik José Ignacio, Raro José Ignacio, Uruguay
72. Sofitel Legend Metropole, Hanoi, Vietnam
73. Le Bristol Paris, France
74. Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, Canada
75. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore, India
76. Amanzo’e Kranidi, Greece
77. Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy
78. Twin Farms, Barnard, USA
79. Il Salviatino, Fiesole, Italy
80. Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi, Italy
81. The Peninsula Shanghai, China
82. Brody House, Budapest, Hungary
83. The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, USA
84. Park Hyatt Seoul, South Korea
85. Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, UK
86. Crillon Le Brave, Provence, France
87. Claridge’s, London, UK
88. Awasi, Atacama, Chile
89. Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, Hawaii Island
90. Hotel Stelor, Gotland Island, Sweden
91. Das Stue, Berlin, Germany
92. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
93. The Carlyle, New York, USA
94. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
95. Royal Mansour, Marrakesh, Morocco
96. The NoMad, New York, USA
97. The Goring, London, UK
98. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Male, Maldives
99. Six Senses Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
100. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Moorea, French Polynesia
Siargaos popularity can be traced back in early 1990s when a famous surf photographer and writer, John Callahan, discovered Cloud 9 surf break (named after the local no-melt chocolate bars) and published an article about his surf expedition in the island. It was also recognized by CNN.Go as worlds ten best surf spot for two consecutive years (2012-2013).  The discovery of Cloud 9 as a world-class surfing destination stimulated tourist arrivals and tourism investors, making it the number one source of international visitor arrivals in Caraga Region. (By Zeny C. Pallugna)

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