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~TAJ Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives #2 in the World, #1 in Asia The Pierre, A Taj Hotel #12 in New York City Taj Lake Palace, Rambagh Palace, Taj Palaces Delhi and Taj Mahal Palace are Top 10 in India~

MUMBAI (October 18, 2012) - Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has once again scored top honors in the eyes of Conde Nast Traveler (CNT) readers; a record 46,476 readers participated in 2012's 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards. Each year they raise the bar, Taj rises to the occasion with consistent ratings above 90 for top performing properties. In 2012, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, an exclusive, private island resort encircled by clear blue waters, garnered a near perfect 99.6 out of 100! This was the second highest mark in the survey, earning them a #2 ranking out of the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.” They scored 100 out of 100 for rooms, service, food, location, and design.

Top 100 in the world: - Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives - #2, rating 99.6

"We are very grateful to be recipients of this wonderful award and honored to be recognized with such esteem by CNT's discriminating readers,” notes Ranjit Phillipose, General Manager of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives. "From our tree house to the Deep End (restaurant) Jiva Spa and surrounding blue lagoon, our staff has been happily dedicated to making Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives the best private beach hideaway in the world."

Thanks to their exceptional service and exotic locales, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces continues to captivate the vigorous curiosity of CNT readers, invoking them to boldly go where so few follow. The annual survey, announced October 16 in New York, also honored Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces with the following accolades:

Top 25 hotels in NYC: - The Pierre - A Taj Hotel, New York - #12, rating 89.3

Top 10 hotels in India: - Taj Lake Palace - #3 (94.2) Rambagh Palace - #4 (91) Taj Palaces Delhi - #8 (85.4) Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai - #9 (84)

Top 15 resorts in Asia: - Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives - #1 (99.6).

"Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world (our readers) pick the world's superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and cities," said editor in chief, Klara Glowczewska. "In its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers' Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop"

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 99 hotels in 56 locations across India with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.

Sheila Donnelly & Associates
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