India’s Maharajas’ Express has been ranked among the top rated trains in the world, while The Plaza New York was rated among the best hotels for the super-rich, says a survey. According to a New World Wealth survey, Maharajas’ Express has been ranked fourth on the list as per preferences of the super rich, while Eastern & Oriental Express (Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand) was rated the best globally. According to The Maharajas’ Express’ website, the train has “redefined the luxury travel experience by offering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations providing a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Incredible India…” It offers various travel packages with train fares ranging from around $3,000, and going up to nearly $24,000 (Rs 16 lakhs). Other top rated trains globally include, Blue Train (South Africa), Pride of Africa (Rovos Rail), The Orient Express (Europe and Turkey). Meanwhile, among the luxury hotels, the iconic Plaza Hotel of New York, owned by crisis-ridden Sahara group, has been rated as the second most rated hotel by the super rich of the world. The list was topped by The Bellagio, Las Vegas. The survey, conducted by the wealth intelligence company, New World Wealth, has ranked the trains and hotels on the basis of votes by the multi-millionaires. It said it interviews over 800 HNWIs every year in order to determine their preferences. Among the other top rated hotels, Mandarin Oriental (London) was ranked third on the list, while Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Antibes) and Raffles (Singapore) were placed in the fourth and fifth place respectively. The report further said that Africa dominated the top rated trains list with both the Pride of Africa and the Blue Train featuring, while the bulk of the top rated hotels are relatively small. Only the Bellagio has more than 300 rooms.
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