Travel’s best was given its definitive list by Virtuoso luxury travel network for the tenth year standing last week. Its Best of the Best standouts included the gorgeous and beloved Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano in Italy, which was named the coveted “Hotel of the Year.”
Virtuoso surveyed its 390-plus agencies and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors to identify the winners in each of the categories, ranging from most innovative experience to best achievement in design.
Hotel of the Year: Borgo Egnazia, Savellerti di Fasano, Italy
Going for the Gold: “Borgo Egnazia and the area of Puglia is one of the exciting new destinations in Italy that one could ever encounter. The hotel has an amazing ambiance, warm and friendly people, incredible food and a spiritual spa.” – Annette Sordoni, Protravel International.
Best Achievement in Design: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Seeing Is Believing: “The design of the hotel is a feast for your eyes! From the moment a guest enters, they are transported to a visual fantasy land, which has sophistication and style that is unparalleled. …Not to mention the world class art collection!” – Judy Stein, Ovation Vacations.
Best Culinary Experience: The Farmhouse Restaurant, Farmhouse Inn, California, U.S.
Most Important Meal of the Day Re-Invented: “Don’t skip breakfast here! It is a real culinary awakening – hearty, seasonal, and farm-fresh.” – Ken Neibaur, Cardoza Bungey Travel.
Best Bar: The New York EDITION, New York, U.S.
Let’s Toast: “Craft cocktails are a must.” – Rachelle Matheson, Jigsaw Travel, a Virtuoso agency. “Don’t miss the Espresso Martini.” – Reece Farmilo, Out and About Travel.
Best Family Program: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
It’s a Family Affair: “The hotel has an amazing family program that introduces children to the culture of the city before they go out and explore it in person.” – Robert Merlin, SmartFlyer, a Virtuoso agency. “The painting lessons are awesome and a fun way to incorporate culture.” – Kimberly Wilson Wetty, Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.
Best Spa: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Say Spaaaah: “The spa has a gorgeous setting with breathtaking views of Lake Como, and wonderful treatments that incorporate natural herbs. Lake Como is magical and the new Grand Hotel Tremezzo Spa is where the magic happens for all their guests.” – Isabel Bernardo, Ovation Vacations.
Most Innovative Guest Experience: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Access, Access, Access: “Take advantage of the exclusive opportunity to visit the falls early in the morning before the Iguassu National Park opens and again in the evening after it closes.” – Alex Korey, KK Travels Worldwide.
Sustainable Tourism Leadership: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Tourism with a Conscience: “andBeyond Phinda has been a conservation leader since breaking ground in the early 1990s. Today, Phinda remains one of the world’s most successful ecotourism projects. Ongoing conservation successes include being home to the fourth largest cheetah population in South Africa and helping relocate 14 rhinos to other safe havens.” – Costas Christ, Virtuoso Director of Sustainability.
One to Watch: Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
A Classic Making a Comeback: “I instantly fell in love with the location and the historic charm of the building. I can’t wait to see the Hotel Eden; I know it will again be my go-to hotel in Rome.” – Jessica Ourisman, Brownell.
Hotelier of the Year: José Silva – Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Paris, France
The Royal Treatment: “He is all about the guest experience and exceeding expectations.” – Phoebe Weinberg, Greatways Travel.