In a night filled with all the champagne and glamorous figures to rival any Academy Awards, the winners of the 2016 World Boutique Hotel Awards were announced on 9th November, at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London.
Now in its 6th year, the World Boutique Hotel Awards are exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among all types of boutique hotels around the globe. 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.
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.
And the winners are:
2016 Overall winner – World’s Best Boutique Hotel: Secret Bay Hotel, Dominica
2016 Category winners:
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