AIRWAYS Hotel in Port Moresby has been named fifth in the Huffington Post review of top hotels.
Huffington Post contributor, travel pioneer and ‘father’ of modern adventure travel, Richard Bangs, has published a list of the top 10 hotels he’s experienced, selected for “being special, extreme in cosiness, service and that ineffable quality of heart.”
According to Bangs, Papua New Guinea is a special destination. He calls it “a country as diverse and bewitching as any on earth.”
“Things have improved [including] the signature hotel in the capital, The Airways, an oasis just a stone’s throw from the airport.
“It is at once luxurious and whimsical, with a DC-3 Dakota aircraft set into the side of the hotel, and lobby decorations crafted from fuselages,” Bangs wrote.
“The Vue restaurant has been renovated and offers brilliant food (and fresh coconut water), with a delectable view of the Owen Stanley Ranges, Bootless Bay and the nearby international runway.
“Set in a hillside in a secure, park-like setting, some 200 species of fruit colour in the lush botanical gardens, among a staggering array of native orchids.
“Vapourisers on the ground floor fill the open spaces with a divine aroma, and if that isn’t appealing enough, there is always the cigar bar. I asked for a late check-out just so I could hang about this sanctuary a little longer.”
Sushil Gordon, Airways general manager, said: "We are delighted to receive this accolade from one of the world’s top travel writers, and on one of the world’s most-read websites.
"It will inspire us to maintain and increase our standards as PNG's leading hotel. It also shows what we can all achieve in PNG if we remain committed to excellence."
In consecutive years, Airways has received the world luxury hotel award, the world luxury spa award and the world travel award as Australasia’s leading airport hotel.