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The Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017

first_imgThe Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017The Boutique Hotel Awards gala dinner 2017The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 were announced last night 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, The Sunday Times, Boat International, Time Out and The Financial Times.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.Information On The AwardsThe 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 7th year, honours the people behind these outstanding properties and bringing together members of The Master Key Society; where relationships are built exclusively among the Award Winners by facilitating hotel exchange visits between them.Awards ProcessWhat makes a Boutique Hotel Award meaningful? Simply put, the hotels and private villas are actually visited. It is the only independent awards organisation in hospitality where each and every property is visited personally by an experienced hotel judge which specialises in each category and too where decisions on winners depend on true first-hand guest experience at the property.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 whose business it is to be in the know on the extraordinary boutique hotels. The Awards then coordinate hundreds of judge evaluation visits to each shortlisted nominee. The judges document all aspects of the guest experience covering five categories; dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and most importantly staff service and overall emotional impact. These extensive hand-written evaluations are finally pored over by our Awards Panel who decide our regional and World’s Best Award winners.Quotes From The Night‘It’s difficult to be different’ ‘We need a team, we need allies with whom we share our experience and learn from each other. I’m proud to be part of this family’– Wladimir Klitschko, Owner of 11 Mirrors, keynote speaker 2017‘We believe that luxury hospitality can be a force for good and that we can have a positive effect on the future.It’s not just about where we stay – it’s about how those hotels make us feel and the people, the visionaries, the individuals behind those hotels their attention to detail and the passion that creates extraordinary experience honour and privilege to be hear with the heavy weights of our industry’– Juliet Kinsman, Founder of  BOUTECOPresenting this years awards has been an absolute joy. Just to witness the warmth and camaraderie of the all these eccentric hotel owners who have come from all over the globe for this annual gathering is amazing.– Christabel Milbanke, Travel Writer and Editor of The London JournalistI’m humbled to accept this award and want to congratulate everyone in the room for their achievements. On behalf of all our team in South Africa, we’re honoured to be here and are inspired to be different and unique as you all are.– Paul Kinney, Owner of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2017The 2017 World’s Best Category Winners are listed below.World’s Best Boutique HotelAkademie Street Boutique Hotel, South AfricaWorld’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel                             Qualia, Whitsundays, AustraliaWorld’s Best City Hotel                                                    The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, SpainWorld’s Best Classic Hotel                                               The Chester Grosvenor, EnglandWorld’s Best Culinary Hotel                                            Vila Joya, Algarve, PortugalWorld’s Most Inspired Design Hotel                             Ca Maria Adele, Venice, ItalyWorld’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway                             Carpe Diem, Santorini, GreeceWorld’s Best New Hotel                                                    Kensho, Mykonos, GreeceWorld’s Best Relaxation Retreat                                     Castello Di Guarene, ItalyWorld’s Most Romantic Hotel                                         Aenaon Villa, GreeceWorld’s Most Sustainable Hotel                                     Cottar’s Safari Lodge, Nairobi, KenyaWorld’s Best Wellness Spa                                               Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, ItalyWorld’s Best Private Villa                                                Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas AND                                                                                               Coco Prive, Kuda Hithi Island, MaldivesThe 2018 Boutique Hotel Awards are now open.To nominate your favourite boutique hotels, find out about participating in the Awards, and read the reviews of all the winners go to:https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG489.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterBoutique cruise line, Azamara Club Cruises, has announced its complete list of 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries. Committed to its Destination Immersion programming, guests can expect over 140 overnight stays around the world, and deepen their discovery of Eastern Europe with expanded itineraries to the Black Sea and Turkey, including overnights in Istanbul and a chance to explore hidden gems including Antalya and Sinop.Fraser Island, Queensland­“Being a leader in Destination Immersion means staying ahead, which is why we’re thrilled to introduce our complete list of 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries,” says Larry Pimentel, President and CEO of Azamara Club Cruises. “With our commitment to connect people with culture, our guests can uncover world wonders, including new destinations such as Guayaquil, Ecuador, with an overland expedition to the Galapagos Islands. We will also return to Japan, one of our most popular country-intensive itineraries, which visits marquee ports like Tokyo and Kobe, as well as the remote treasures of Kitakyushu and Kanazawa.”Ten maiden ports include:Amami, JapanArica, ChileBrest, FranceFraser Island, Australia (as revealed by LATTE in October 2018)Guayaquil, EcuadorManta, EcuadorMilos, GreecePylos, GreeceTema (Accra), GhanaWarrenpoint, Northern IrelandHighlights of the 2021 and winter/spring 2022 itineraries and shore excursions include:In 2021, Azamara more than doubled its overnights in France and Spain since 2015 – examples of shore excursions include:Andalusian Gastronomy Experience in Seville, Spain – Among the warm Mudéjar and Gothic style buildings of Seville, guests will learn how to cook like Sevillanos at the Taller Andaluz de Cocina. The Andalusian Cooking Workshop is located near the Mercado de Triano—a historical food market located a short distance from the city’s centre. An unforgettable experience guided by a local, professional chef, participants will prepare the region’s quintessential dishes, later tasting them with the group.Seville, SpainNantes/Loire Valley – A returning port for Azamara guests, travelers will experience old-world French culture with a visit to the privately owned, Chateau de Goulaine, which has been home to the Goulaine Family for over 1,000 years. Chateau-goers will marvel at splendours like the 15th century kitchen and winery; a local white wine tasting is included. Immediately after, visitors will drive 45-minutes to Clisson, a town known for its medieval Italian atmosphere and former Middle Ages fortress, Castle of Clisson.Azamara Travels Deeper into Turkey – highlights of the shore excursion programming include:Complete Istanbul, Turkey – Azamara will spend three overnights in Turkey’s largest city, providing guests with an action-packed one-and-a-half-day tour. Highlights include a trip to the ancient Hippodrome; St. Sophia Museum, which originated as a church in 360 AD under Constantine; and Topkapi Palace, a great walled complex hugging the shores of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn and also the residence of the Ottoman Sultans.Antalya, TurkeyReturning Ports: Antalya and Sinop – Azamara will be returning to two of Turkey’s hidden gems, Antalya and Sinop. Nestled on the coast of the Mediterranean, guests going ashore in Antalya will discover the world-famous Greco-Roman amphitheater, Aspendos—one of the world’s most well-preserved theaters, with seating for 15,000 people, which is still being used today.New Grand Voyages:Azamara will offer new Grand Voyages where guests can book back-to-back sailings across the globe and receive Onboard Credit for each leg of their voyage plus free WiFi. Azamara’s Grand Voyages are designed for guests to opt in for longer sailings by visiting more destinations, connecting with locals and their culture, while simultaneously saving money on their booking. One example of a new Grand Voyage includes: 69-night circumnavigation of South America: Roundtrip out of Miami, starting January 2022, this voyage will give guests an immersive experience of South America, covering 32 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, and sails through Antarctic Sound.More about Azamara’s 2021 and Winter/Spring 2022 Itineraries at: www.azamara.com/2021-2022-voyages.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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