Travel Awards

Winners of the 2018 Marco Polo Club Members’ Choice Awards

Plan your next adventure using this directory of 25 award-winning Asian hotels, cities, and travel experiences, chosen by Cathay Pacific’s most frequent flyers

Last year saw the launch of the Marco Polo Club Members’ Choice Awards, with thousands of Marco Polo Club members voting for their favourite travel experiences across 11 categories. This year, we’ve taken things to another level, with 25 categories split into five overarching themes of Service, Style, Innovation, Experiences and our home city, Hong Kong.

First, a panel of travel experts met to whittle down a shortlist of options, before the decision was put into the hands of Marco Polo Club members. At the final count, over 13,000 voted. These awards reflect the views of Asia’s most well-travelled connoisseurs and highlight some of the best hotels, cities and travel experiences in Asia. Here are the winners.

Marco Polo Club Members Choice Awards, Best services

Best Service: Hotel Brand

Mandarin Oriental

Best Service: Boutique Hotel Brand

The Sukhothai

Best Hotel Spa

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (Thailand)

Most Welcoming City

Bangkok (Thailand)

Friendliest Country


Marco Polo Club Members Choice Awards, Best style

Coolest Neighbourhood

Daikanyama, Tokyo (Japan)

Most Stylish Hotel

The Ritz Carlton, Kyoto (Japan)

Most Fashionable City

Tokyo (Japan)

Where To Be Seen: Restaurants

Zuma (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Where To Be Seen: Bars

Sky Bar, Bangkok (Thailand)

Macro Polo Club Members Club Awards, Innovation

Most Progressive Business District

Central (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Smartest City

Tokyo (Japan)

Best Travel App

Google Maps

Macro Polo Club Members Choice Awards, Experience
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Best Asian Wilderness Adventure

Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

Most Thrilling Ski Resort

Niseko, Hokkaido (Japan)

Top City For Culture

Kyoto (Japan)

Top Country For Culture


Best Family Resort

Sentosa Island (Singapore)

Best Shopping Destination

Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, China)

Hong Kong, Marco Polo Club Members Choice Awards, best of hong kong
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Best Hong Kong Hotel

The Peninsula

Best Restaurant


Best Bar


Best Club


Most Exciting Neighbourhood


The Unforgettable Hong Kong Experience

Star Ferry


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