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2016 Best of the Best Awards


This year marks a truly exciting milestone at Virtuoso Travel Week – the 10th Annual Best of the Best Awards!  The awards include 10 distinct categories that honor and recognize Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts partners.  The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Hotels & Resorts Dinner in Las Vegas.


Congratulations to the winners:

Best Achievement in Design

  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
  • The Langham, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • The Temple House, Chengdu, China

Best Culinary Experience

  • The Farmhouse Restaurant – Farmhouse Inn, California, U.S.
  • IGNIV – Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
  • Michel Guérard – Les Prés d’Eugénie-Michel Guérard, Eugénie-les-Bains, France
  • Shang Place – Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • The Colony Grill Room – The Beaumont, London, UK

Best Bar

  • J.K. Lounge – J.K. Place Firenze, Florence, Italy
  • Prohibition – Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Polo Bar – Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
  • Gold Bar – The New York EDITION, New York, U.S.
  • Off the Record – The Hay Adams, Washington D.C., U.S.

Best Family Program

  • Hotel Le K2, Courchevel, France
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji, Savusavu, Fiji
  • Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • The Peninsula Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Best Spa

  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
  • La Réserve Genève, Geneva, Switzlerand
  • Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
  • Six Senses Laamu Hotel, Laamu Atoll, Maldives
  • The Mayflower Grace, Connecticut, U.S.

Most Innovative Guest Experience

  • Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  • Carmel Valley Ranch, California, U.S.
  • Estancia La Bamba de Areco, San Antonio De Areco, Argentina
  • Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
  • Schloss Elmau, Elmau, Germany

Sustainable Tourism Leadership

  • andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Blancaneaux Lodge, Central Farm, Belize
  • Cavallo Point – The Lodge at Golden Gate, California, U.S.
  • Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
  • UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil

One to Watch

  • D Hotel Maris, Marmaris, Turkey
  • Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotà, Bogotà, Colombia
  • Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
  • Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
  • Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Hotelier of the Year

  • Deborah Yager Fleming – Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Nikheel Advani – Grace Bay Club, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
  • Philip Barnes – Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
  • José Silva – Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Paris, France
  • Roberto Payer – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel of the Year

  • Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
  • Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri Di Fasano, Italy
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Ritz Paris, Paris, France