The winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016 were announced last week at the glittering Awards ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London.
The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and travel industry influencers from all four corners of the world, including representatives from CNN Travel, Elite Traveler, The Telegraph, Spear’s Magazine, Boat International, Time Out, The Financial Times and hoteliers around the world.
This year’s amazing keynote speech was delivered by Tim Dingle, a pre-eminent figure in leadership and motivation training. Other esteemed guest presenters and speakers at the event included Brian McCabe, CEO of JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts, Alex Buchanan representing Best Travel Services, Paolo Macchiaroli, founder of My Private Villas, Elisabeth Visoanska, founder of VISOANSKA PARIS and Brian Froelich, Chairman of JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts.
The World Boutique Hotel Awards is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels. The Awards, now in its 6th year, honoured the people behind these outstanding properties and have enjoyed being featured in publications such as The New York Times, Daily Mail, Spear’s Magazine and The SundayTimes, following this international event.
The Awards gala dinner also brought together members of The Master Key Society, with guests given a speech by founding member Manolis Vordonis, owner of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. He and Awards Founder Edward Gabbai shared the concept behind this new collaborative venture, established to create valuable relationships exclusively among the Award Winners by facilitating hotel exchange visits between them.
Quoting Muhammad Ali, Klitschko said, “‘Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. It is what we do in 11 Mirrors, that is what we do all here. To all of the winners congratulations from my side. Thank you for an amazing evening!’” – Wladimir Klitschko, Owner of 11 Mirrors, World’s Best City Hotel 2016.
“‘Many of the stories here are similar. Many are adventures. Many of them have a love story behind them. But they are all about what we believe to be an extraordinary space for people. Everyone here shares those attributes.’” – Greogor Nassief, Owner of Secret Bay, World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016.
“‘The World Boutique Hotel Awards was a truly inspiring evening celebrated with passionate hoteliers from around the world. We are excited to work with these fantastic boutique hotels and their inspired and inspiring leaders. We look forward to helping convey their unique luxurious features to an American audience hungry for new and interesting experiences.’” – Brian Froelich, Chairman of JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts.
The 2016 World’s Best Category Winners are listed below.
WORLD’S BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Secret Bay Hotel, Dominica
World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: El Nido, Pangulasian Island, Philippines
World’s Best City Hotel: 11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine
World’s Best Classic Hotel Hotel: Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
World’s Best Culinary Hotel: Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel: Kau Manor, Estonia
World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
World’s Best New Hotel: Hotel Gotham, Manchester, United Kingdom
World’s Best Relaxation Retreat: The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali, Indonesia
World’s Most Romantic Hotel: Aenaon Villas, Santorini, Greece
World’s Most Sustainable Hotel: Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
World’s Best Wellness Spa: Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
World’s Best Private Villa: Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas