Virtuoso Announces Best of the Best Nominees

Kapalua Beach, Maui, Hawaii
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Let's start the weekend off with a little friendly competition, shall we? It's that time of year again when Virtuoso announces the nominees for its Best of the Best Hotel Awards. The Hotels & Resorts Program has more than 983 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in 100 countries. 

So, without further ado, the nominees are:

Hotel of the Year:

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice, Italy

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California

The Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai, China


One to Watch:

J.K. Place Roma, Rome, Italy

Ritz Paris, Paris, France

Rosewood London, London, England

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey


Most Innovative Guest Experience:

Anantara Elephant Camp and Resort, Chiang Saen, Thailand

Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Hotel Cipriani by Orient-Express, Venice, Italy

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Kohala Coast, Hawaii

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, Moorea, French Polynesia


Best Achievement in Design:

Alpina Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain

Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, Ecuador


Best Culinary Experience:

Amber, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

La Pergola, Rome Cavalieri Hotel, A Waldorf-Astoria Resort, Rome, Italy

Restaurant 1621, Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia

Rivea, Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez, Saint-Tropez, France

La Scene, Prince de Galles, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, France


Best Bar:

The Armani, Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan, Italy

The Bar, Park Hyatt Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Bar Centro by Jose Andres, SLS Hotel South Beach, Miami, Florida

Ozone Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Tunes Bar, The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Best Family Program:

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles, Florida

Evason Ana Mandara at Nha Trang, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, California


Best Spa:

Hypnoze Spa, Palacio Nazarenas by Orient-Express, Cuzco, Peru

Miraj Hammam by Caudalie Paris, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Opium Spa, The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

Regent Spa, Regent Palms Turks & Caicos, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, Tola, Nicaragua


Hotelier of the Year:

Omer Acar, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, Paris, France

Antonio Alvarez, Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Dorechester Collection, Paris, France

Elisabeth Gurtler, Hotel Sacher Wien and Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Vienna and Salzburg, Austria

Marco Selva, St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Bal Harbour, Florida


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