Apparently 40,000+ readers of London-based The Daily Telegraph think Oberoi is the best hotel group.
It is worth noting that the Telegraph is owned by Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay, who also own The Ritz, London.
It is fair to say, says Mary Gostelow, that many of those newspaper readers are boomers who favour elaborate afternoon teas, as at The Ritz.
Cunard, joint winner of the cruise sector, is cited for its afternoon teas, and dressing for dinner (the other cruise winner, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, winning for smaller ships, is accoladed for nothing being too much trouble). Interestingly, Oberoi also has ships, in the form of Nile cruises. Singer Katy Perry chartered one, the divine Zahra, for her birthday: had she and her guests been included in the poll it would have lowered the median age a little.
Oberoi is not, as the Telegraph says, still family-owned. The power at that group, ‘Biki’ Oberoi, who does have a son and a nephew to help him, has considerable investment from Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries. One runner-up in the hotel group category, Red Carnation, is, however, still 100% owned by the Tollman family. The other runner-up, Anantara, is part of the fast-growing Bangkok-based Minor Group.
When it comes to favourite destinations, top is New Zealand, followed in order by Japan, The Maldives, Bhutan, South Africa, Botswana, Canada, Australia, Namibia and Italy.