Las Vegas – The Virtuoso®, a worldwide luxury travel network, revealed the winners of the coveted prize during the 30th Virtuoso Travel Week Best of the best. During the 12th annual Hotels & Resorts dinner, approximately 1,700 of the best luxury traveling figures gathered to honor the top 10 hotels. hoteliers of the year. The event honored several segments of the catering industry, from the best family program to leading sustainable tourism, but the highlight was the Adare Manor in Ireland, which won the award in the most prestigious category of the event: Hotel of the Year.
To reach the results, more than 1,000 virtuoso desks were heard, with voices from more than 17,500 Virtuoso consultants from 50 countries. The editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE were also consulted, and named the partner hotels that formed the list of finalists. The winners of the prize Best of the best will be featured in the September / October issue of the publication and a public reach of 200,000 luxury travelers from around the world.
"The winners of the Best of the best This year is a very diverse group with a worldwide appeal, with historic and contemporary hotels, big and small boutique properties alongside well-known luxury brands, "says Albert Herrera, Senior Vice President of Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso." These characteristics, with their dedication to continually innovating to improve the guest experience set a high quality standard for the entire Virtuoso portfolio. We are very proud to say that the best features in the world are part of our network and that we are inspired by the creativity that each of them has to open new avenues for the luxury hospitality industry, "he says.
With an extensive portfolio of more than 1,300 hotels, resorts, villas and private islands in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is the industry's most respected hotel program. Founded in 1992 with only 20 hotels, it includes more five-star characteristics than any other program, with quality and diversity as its brands.
Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1992 with only 20 hotels and has become one of the most respected hotel programs in the industry. Today it has an extensive portfolio of more than 1,300 hotels, resorts, cottages and private islands in more than 100 countries and includes the largest number of 5-star properties in the segment,
Below is a complete list of the winners of the Best of the best from 2018 Virtuoso in each category:
Hotel of the year – an iconic hotel that symbolizes excellence in luxury hospitality and acts as a positive change in your community.
Winner: Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
After a long process of restoration, renovation and expansion that lasted 21 months, Adare Manor reopened in November 2017, a new start for this historic building. The warmth of the staff, personal service and extraordinary experiences give the guests a sense of home and belonging.
Best design – excellent architecture and design, newly built, refurbished or restored.
Winner: The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
The name Silo Hotel celebrates the fact that the building used to be used as a grain silo. Currently, the property is a unique boutique located at MAAC – the new Museum of Contemporary African Art. "The design and the views from every suite are breathtaking, and the location and access to the MAAC is a fantastic added value." – Helena Andren, Travel Beyond, Virtuoso Agency
Best dining experience – a hotel restaurant that offers gastronomy, wine list, service, atmosphere or even an exceptional view.
Winner: Meadowood Napa Valley – The Restaurant, St. Helena, California, USA.
The restaurant offers modern American cuisine, fruits of the relationship with craftsmen, producers and local suppliers. The 1,000 square meter garden produces unique seasonal crops with biological and sustainable techniques to improve the relationship between the landscape, the food system and the community. "The service was exceptional, with attention to detail from the moment we arrived.The menu is excellent menu and the prices are attractive." – Jay Johnson, consultant for Coastline Travel, Virtuoso agency
Best bar – a fun social location with innovative drinks, mixologists and an inviting staff and an atmosphere of seduction that creates an environment that is conducive to & # 39; see and be seen & # 39 ;. winner: Brown's Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel – The Donovan Bar, London, United Kingdom
The recently renovated Donovan Bar is named after the famous photographer Sir Terence Donovan. No wonder, the walls of the bar are covered with the works of the artist and enhance the attractive and accessible design. The bar offers exclusive cocktails, an intimate atmosphere and a perfect location in Mayfair. "A great mix of modern and traditional English with fantastic drinks and great service." – Miriam Geyser, KK Travels Worldwide, Virtuoso agency
Leadership in sustainable tourism – a quality that demonstrates commitment to the pillars of sustainable tourism, including environmentally responsible practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage and social and economic benefits for the local community.
Winner: Six Senses Douro Valley – Lamego, Portugal
The Six Senses Douro Valley is located in the Douro-ecosystem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 3,500 different types of plants. The property makes every effort to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of its activities and to continuously monitor the performance of this commitment.
Best family program – a family environment that offers programs for children of all ages, including creative, educational and adventure activities.
Winner: The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg, Montana
Children aged 4-12 can enjoy the Little Grizzlies Kids Club, where trained staff will introduce them to the Frontier West in an exciting and safe way, providing education and entertainment. "The property has many different programs, but I chose the Ranch Life Day Adopt a horse Cowboys teach children about safety and care for horses, for a group tour on horseback and lace workshops It is also fun and educational as children explore the & # 39; Wild West & # 39; of the US. "- Valerie Wilson, Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., Virtuoso agency
Best wellness program – an exceptional focus on balance between mind and body, proven by his excellent nutritional or diet programs, fitness and wellness classes, spa experiences and an inspiring location.
Winner: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – Castries, St. Lucia
BodyHoliday offers wellness experiences in a beautiful Caribbean environment, including healthy and tasty meals, spa treatments, yoga, outdoor activities, luxury accommodations, knowledgeable staff and excellent service. "They provide their well-being to a level above the more than 150 spa's they have visited.The facilities, located on a beautiful and intimate beach, include many fitness activities every day, such as sailing, hiking, cycling, spinning, boxing, golf and more … The experience was great! "- Karen Benson, travel experts, Virtuoso Agency
Best Virtuoso Rookie – the newcomer to the Virtuoso network since August 2017.
Winner: Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris, France
The renovation of Hôtel de Crillon has resulted in a luxurious and cozy interior, including beautiful suites, a bar that attracts good reviews and a beautiful new swimming pool. "Impeccable and fantastic renovation of an iconic building, a team that embraces the partner agencies and warmly welcomes them, best staff Concierge in Paris! Great new bar where Parisians also love." – Victoria Boomgarden, Direct Travel Luxury, Virtuoso agency
Dear Ambassador of Hotel Virtuoso – an executive (other than a general manager or administrative director) who embodies the virtuoso spirit of the power of the human connection and strives for the mutual benefit of Virtuoso consultants and their brand, property or group of properties.
Winner: Andrea Filippi, Belmond
Hotelier of the year – an experienced manager who shows unrivaled leadership and vision, passion for the industry, dedication to the Virtuoso travel consultants and attention to detail.
Winner: Patrizio Cipollini, Four Seasons Firenze Hotel, Florence, Italy
For more information about Virtuoso and its hotels and resorts in more than 100 countries, including online booking with more than 1,100 luxury properties, visit: www.virtuoso.com