The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 were announced last night at a ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London.
This year’s keynote speech was delivered by Wladimir Klitschko, two-time world heavyweight champion boxer and newly turned boutique hotelier.
Other esteemed guest presenters and speakers included Juliet Kinsman, founder of BOUTECO, the only independent authority for eco boutique hotels, Elisabeth Visoanska, founder of VISOANSKA PARIS and Paolo Macchiaroli, founder of My Private Villas.
The Boutique Hotel Awards, in its seventh year, is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising ‘unique excellence’ among boutique hotels.
The winners were selected from over 600 Nominees in over 80 countries. Each entrant was nominated by a member of the Awards Nomination Committee, comprised of 70 leading trailblazing travel experts.
The Awards then coordinated hundreds of judge evaluation visits to each shortlisted nominee who documented different aspects of the guest experience covering five categories; dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and most importantly staff service and overall emotional impact.
The 2017 World’s Best Category Winners:
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World’s Best Boutique Hotel
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, South Africa
World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel
Qualia, Whitsundays, Australia
World’s Best City Hotel
The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
World’s Best Classic Hotel
The Chester Grosvenor, England
World’s Best Culinary Hotel
Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel
Ca Maria Adele, Venice, Italy
World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway
Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece
World’s Best New Hotel
Kensho, Mykonos, Greece
World’s Best Relaxation Retreat
Castello Di Guarene, Italy
World’s Most Romantic Hotel
Aenaon Villa, Greece
World’s Most Sustainable Hotel
Cottar’s Safari Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya
World’s Best Wellness Spa
Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, Italy
World’s Best Private Villa
Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas and
Coco Prive, Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives