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Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces Set High Standards in Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards 2012:

~Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives rated no. 1 in Asia and no. 4 in the world; Taj Lake Palace rated no. 1 in Asia and no. 16 in the world~

24th January, 2012

Mumbai, 24th January, 2012: Several hotels from the portfolio of Taj Hotels, Resort & Palaces have been rated as Asia and the world's best properties in the Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards 2012. Not only does Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur steal the show as the Best Hotel in Asia and India and ranking sixteen in the world, it also ranks second for the Best Service in the country. In addition to this, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives, shines through on the international platform with a rank of number one and number four in the list of top 25 All Inclusive Resorts in Asia and the World respectively.

The extraordinarily beautiful Taj Lake Palace appears like a jeweled lotus seemingly afloat on the soft, shimmering waters of Lake Pichola. Every on of its romantic rooms whispers stories or royalty, and the decorative gilt moldings, sculpted marble columns, and fine fretwork screens make this palace a breathtaking treat for guests.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, a world-renowned favourite, is spread idyllically along a pristine beach and serene lagoon and seamlessly extends the magic of the island's blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services.

Other Taj and Vivanta by Taj hotels that feature in Trip Advisor's Top 25 include:
VBT - Komarakom, Kerala
Rank 5 - Best Hotel in India
Taj Mahal, New Delhi
Rank 18 / 15 - Best Hotel in India / Best Service in India
Taj Exotica, Goa
Rank 19 - Best Hotel in India / Best Luxury Hotel in India
Taj West End, Bangalore
Rank 24 / 11 - Best hotel in India / Best Luxury Hotel, India
VBT - Kovalam, Kerala
Rank 25 - Best Hotel in India
VBT - Fort Aguada, Goa
Rank 22 - Best All-Inclusive Resort in Asia
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Rank 7 - Best Luxury Hotel in India
Taj Bengal, Kolkata
Rank 20 - Best Luxury Hotel in India
Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
Rank 25 - Best Luxury Hotel in India
VBT Whitefield, Bangalore
Rank 7 - Trendiest Hotel in India
VBT Panaji, Goa
Rank 24 - Trendiest Hotel in India
Taj Cape Town, South Africa
Rank 3 - Best Luxury Hotel in Africa
Blue, Sydney
Rank 9 / 11 - Trendiest Hotel in Australia / South Pacific

TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and over 60 million reviews and opinions. Named as 'Traveler's Choice 2012', these awards and rankings are based on about 20 million reviews submitted by travelers on Trip Advisor, which has been awarding these rankings for the last ten years.

With these awards, Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces has reaffirmed its reputation for excellence derived from the superior standards of quality maintained to provide guests with unique and memorable experiences.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 94 hotels in 54 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, Taj Mahal Palace, 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.

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