Winners of the Awards of Excellence Announced

Ruthanne Terrero, vice president of content & editorial at Luxury Travel Advisor and John McMahon, executive group publisher at Luxury Travel Advisor 

Luxury Travel Advisor magazine has announced the winners of its Awards of Excellence, recognizing companies considered to be the top luxury suppliers in the travel industry. The recipients were honored at a reception held at Montage Laguna Beach during the Ultra Summit last night. 

Winners were voted on by an invitation-only advisory board, which is made up of influential travel advisors. The nominees for the Awards of Excellence included hotels, resorts, individuals, cruise lines and professional services.

“The suppliers who have been recognized with this award have delivered optimal service to our travel advisors and their clients,” said Ruthanne Terrero, founding editorial director of Luxury Travel Advisor and vice president of editorial and content for the Questex Travel Group. “In the competitive world of luxury travel that's no small feat. We are very proud to bestow an award on these winners.”

Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence, Top General Manager Worldwide
Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence, Top General Manager Worldwide

These are the 2016 winners of the Awards of Excellence:

Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises: Crystal Cruises

Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships: Seabourn Cruise Line

Best Luxury River Cruise Company: Viking River Cruise

Airlines: Best Flat-Bed Business Class Service: Emirates

Best FIT Operator: Abercrombie & Kent

Best Local Destination Management Company: Made for Spain

Best Chauffeured Services Worldwide: Carey International

Top General Manager Worldwide: Claudio Catani, Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide: Chris Austin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Best Luxury Hotel in Paris: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Best Luxury Hotel in London: The Dorchester

Best Luxury Hotel in New York: The St. Regis New York

Best Luxury Hotel in Rome: Hotel de Russie

Best Luxury Beach Hotel Worldwide: Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, CA

Best Luxury Hotel Worldwide: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

Top Luxury Hotel Renovation/Restoration: Lanesborough London

Chris Austin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide
Chris Austin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide

Most Anticipated New Luxury Hotel Opening 2016: Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy

Top African/Indian Ocean Opening 2015: Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Top Middle East Hotel Opening 2015: Taj Dubai

Top Asia Hotel Opening 2015: The Ritz-Carlton Macau

Top North American Hotel Opening 2015: Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York

Top Caribbean Hotel Opening 2015: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Jamaica

Top Mexico/Central America Hotel Opening 2015: Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Top Europe Hotel Opening 2015: Mandarin Oriental Milan, Italy

Top South Pacific Hotel Opening 2015: Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud, Bali

Best New Suite Worldwide: Mandarin Oriental, New York: Two-Bedroom Central Park West Suite

Best New Villa Worldwide: Villa Manzu, Costa Rica