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Guntû took home the Transport award at AHEAD Asia

AHEAD Asia announces region's best hotels for 2019

Dezeen promotion: a historic hotel in China and a cocoon-like guest lodge in Sri Lanka are among the hospitality projects commended in this year's AHEAD Asia Awards.

Celebrating design-focused hospitality projects from across the globe that provide exceptional guest experiences, submissions to the AHEAD Awards programme are divided into four regions: Asia, Americas, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa.

AHEAD Asia Awards winners 2019: Amanyangyun Shanghai
Amanyangyun Shanghai by Kerry Hill Architects was named as Hotel of the Year

Entries were reviewed by a judging panel made up of leading hoteliers, architects, interior designers and industry commentators.

The 2019 Asia winners were announced in a ceremony at Singapore's Andaz Hotel, all praised by AHEAD Awards founder Matt Turner for "reflecting the region's rich cultural history and dynamic modernity".

AHEAD Asia Awards winners 2019: Amanyangyun Shanghai
Amanyangyun Shanghai also came top in the Guestrooms category

Amanyangyun Shanghai designed by Kerry Hill Architects was the big winner of the evening, taking home the Hotel of the Year award.

Occupying a couple of Ming and Qing dynasty buildings that had been on the point of demolition, Amanyangyun was applauded by judges for its "brilliant, hard-fought efforts to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of a province".

The hotel also won in the Guestrooms, Hotel Conversion, and Visual Identity categories.

AHEAD Asia Awards winners 2019: The Middle House
The Middle House landed it first place in the Lobby & Public Spaces category

Several other winning hotels were also located in China, with the Middle House in Shanghai by Lissoni Associati named first place in the Lobby & Public Spaces category. According to the judges the hotel achieved a balance of "luxury and locality" in its entrance hall, which is decked out with emerald green ceramic tiles and has a 3,760-piece Venetian chandelier.

The Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat by Neri & Hu, a 20-room boutique hotel that the judging panel loved for its labyrinthine-like quality, came top in the Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces category.

AHEAD Asia Awards winners 2019: The Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat
The labyrinth-like Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat by Neri & Hu was the winner of the Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces category

Other notable winners include Guntû, which took home the Transport award. The 19-room hotel designed by Yasushi Horibe is set inside a boat that floats in Japan's Seto Inland Sea, offering what judges described as a "beautifully relaxing mobile hospitality experience".

Sri Lanka's Wild Coast Tented Lodge designed by Nomadic Resorts scooped the Resort Hotel award. Surrounded by dryland forests, the hotel comprises of a series of round, cocoon-style tents that are meant to resemble the boulders seen in the surrounding landscape.

AHEAD Asia Awards winners 2019:
The Wild Coast Tented Lodge won the Resort Hotel category

Earlier this year the previous annual AHEAD Awards culminated in a global biennale, where winners from each region went head-to-head for worldwide titles – Alila Yangshuo, a hotel designed by Beijing studio Vector Architects, was named as the Ultimate Winner.

See below for the full list of this year's AHEAD Asia award winners:

Bar, Club or Lounge
Bar Trigona at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Event Spaces
InterContinental Perth City Centre, Australia

Amanyangyun Shanghai, China

Hotel Conversion
Amanyangyun Shanghai, China

Hotel Newbuild
Rosewood Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hotel Renovation & Restoration
Eaton HK, Hong Kong

Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat, China

Lobby & Public Spaces
The Middle House Shanghai, China

Resort Hotel
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka

Yun House at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Spa & Wellness
The Middle House Shanghai, China

Presidential Suite at The Westin Perth, Australia

Guntû, Seto Inland Sea, Japan

Visual Identity
Amanyangyun Shanghai, China

The New Concept of the Year Award
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat Yangzhou, China

The Outstanding Contribution Award
Bill Bensley

The AHEAD Asia Hotel of the Year
Amanyangyun Shanghai, China