LAS VEGAS — International luxury travel network Virtuoso unveiled the winners of its 2016 Best of the Best awards Aug. 11 at the 28th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference.
This marked 10 years since Virtuoso began recognizing the very best properties and hospitality professionals. This year, standouts included the Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano, in Italy, which was named the 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. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s magazine, provided insight and hotel knowledge to identify the nominees from which Virtuoso advisors voted.
The winners were as follows: Hotel of the Year: Borgo Egnazia, Savellerti di Fasano, Italy. Best Achievement in Design: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fla. Best Culinary Experience: The Farmhouse Restaurant – Farmhouse Inn, Calif. Best Bar: The New York EDITION, New York. Best Family Program: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Best Spa: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy. Most Innovative Guest Experience: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Sustainable Tourism Leadership: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. One to Watch: Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy. Hotelier of the Year: José Silva – Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
The Best of the Best winners were revealed during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner, sponsored by Park Hyatt Hotels, before an audience of more than 1,600 of luxury hospitality’s elite. The 2016 Best of the Best award recipients will be featured in the September/October issue of VIRTUOSO LIFE.
Virtuoso is an international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 390 agency members with more than 11,400 travel advisors in 40 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access.