Award Descriptions

Best Achievement in Design 
This award recognizes the significance of outstanding architecture and design of a hotel or a hotel component (room or suite product, restaurant, spa, public space, etc.), whether it’s a newly constructed property, a renovation, or a historic restoration. 

Best Dining Experience

This award recognizes excellence in hotel restaurant dining that offers outstanding food, wine list, service, ambiance, or even a remarkable view.

Best Bar
This award recognizes a hotel bar that offers a lively, convivial, and entertaining social meeting spot where innovative drinks, lively mixologists and servers, as well as an enticing atmosphere, create a “see and be seen” buzz. 

Best Family Program 
This award recognizes a property highlighted by a family-friendly environment that offers special programs and activities for children of all ages, from creative activities to educational endeavors and active adventures. 

Best Wellness Program
This award recognizes a hotel with an outstanding focus on mind/body balance, as evidenced by its excellence in nutrition or diet programs, fitness and wellness classes, spa experiences, and inspiring location. 

Best Virtuoso Newcomer 
This award recognizes the most noteworthy addition to the Virtuoso network. In order to qualify, the property must have joined Virtuoso since August 2017. 

Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador
This award recognizes a hotel executive (other than a general manager or managing director) who embodies the Virtuoso ethos of the power of human connection and strives for the mutual benefit of Virtuoso advisors and their brand, property, or group of properties. 

Hotelier of the Year 
This award recognizes an experienced hotel manager who demonstrates unparalleled leadership and vision, an unrelenting passion for the industry, an engaged commitment to our network of Virtuoso travel advisors, and an astute appreciation for detail. 

Hotel of the Year
This award recognizes an iconic hotel that epitomizes excellence in luxury hospitality and acts as a beacon for positive change in its local community, particularly in developing markets.