Juli 11, 2005

'Tourismus-Oscar' für Bali

Das auflagenstärkste Reisemagazin der USA, «Travel and Leisure», hat Bali das fünfte Jahr in Folge zum weltweit besten Inselziel erklärt, gefolgt von Santorini in Griechenland. Die Wertung entspricht anderen ähnlichen Umfragen, wie z.B. des Conde Nast Traveler, das Bali im November 2004 ebenfalls zur besten Insel der Welt gekührt hatte.



Gleichzeitig wurde das Four Seasons Resort in Sayan/Ubud zum weltbesten Hotel gekürt. Wie einer der führenden Mitarbeiter des Magazins, Mark Orwoll heute im amerikanischen Fernsehen erläuterte war dies der erste Sieg dieses Resorts. Allerdings hat das Schwesterhotel des Ubud Four Seasons in Bali am Strand von Jembaran die Konkurrenz im Jahre 2001 gewonnen. Wie Mark dann weiter ausführte gibt es zwischen den beiden Hotels allerdings einige wichtige Unterschiede:

The thing I like about all three of this year's resorts is that they are in exotic locations and, even more importantly, each offers what I would call an "authentic experience." They belong in their settings in terms of architecture, the activities offered, even the clothes the staff wears — all very much beholden to the tradition of those places. The Four Seasons in Bali at Sayan is not a beach resort like its sister property. It's up in the highlands in the Ayung River Valley. It's a beautiful tropical interior island setting, surrounded by a gorge with the Ayung River flowing nearby. But it's also just 10 minutes from Ubud, which is the cultural and artistic center of Bali, a very spiritual place. So this resort will attract a much more cultural traveler, beyond just laying out on the beach. None of this year's top three resorts are on the water. With resorts you often think golf or beach — and that describes none of these. They offer experiences you're not going to get in your own backyard.

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