Virtuoso has revealed the 50 hotels and hospitality greats nominated for its coveted Best of the Best awards. The nominees are part of the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program, which includes over 1,300 properties in more than 100 countries.
This year, two Australian properties have been recognised with nominations, including Victoria’s Jackalope Hotel and Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in NSW.
Each property in the portfolio recognises guests who booked through a Virtuoso travel advisor with VIP treatment and exclusive advantages worth more than $500 per visit. Travellers may also access these benefits by reserving their stay at more than 1,100 properties at Virtuoso. Each property offers the convenience of booking online while also giving guests the peace of mind that comes with knowing that a Virtuoso travel advisor is behind the scenes tending to their travel needs.
The network, along with editors of Virtuoso Life magazine, selected the contenders in each of the 10 categories, recognising those hotels and professionals that are elevating the bar in their respective areas. The Sustainable Tourism Leadership award acknowledges hotels that exemplify the commitment to the three pillars of sustainable tourism: preserving the environment, supporting local economies and celebrating cultures.
“Every year Virtuoso engages our entire network to discover the hotels and professionals that are leading the way and inspiring others, whether it’s their partners, peers or guests,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Global Product Partnerships. “These nominees are trendsetters, consistently providing experiences that are distinctly unique and beyond compare. The Best of the Best Awards celebrate those who embody the Virtuoso spirit by demonstrating leadership in furthering service and innovation in an industry where excellence is the norm.”
Virtuoso travel advisors are currently casting their votes. Winners will be announced on 14 August, 2019, during Virtuoso Travel Week at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Among the Awards and Nominees are:
Le Bar Long, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, Paris, France
Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside – Florida, U.S.
The Chapel Bar, The Jaffa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tel Aviv – Tel Aviv, Israel
The Flying Stag, The Fife Arms – Ballater, U.K
Z Bar, Peninsula Chicago – Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Best Dining Experience
Doot Doot Doot, Jackalope Hotel, Mornington, Australia
Francis Mallman at Chateau La Coste, Villa La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, Corinthia Hotel London, London, U.K.
Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Restaurant Le Gabriel, La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Paris, France
Best Wellness Program
Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Lake Garda, Italy
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona, U.S
SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain
The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Chandigarh, India
Sustainable Tourism Leadership
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley, Australia
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Vermejo, A Ted Turner Reserve, Raton, New Mexico, U.S.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Best Virtuoso Newcomer
Capella Ubud, Bali, Ubud, Indonesia
Heckfield Place, Hook, U.K.
Hotel Lutetia, Paris, France
Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Six Senses Duxton, Singapore, Singapore
Hotel of the Year
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France
Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna, Austria
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
The Lowell, New York City, New York, U.S.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lead image: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley