Connoisseurs world over consider Virtuoso when they think of worry-free luxury travel planning. With over 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies in their network, Virtuoso is a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. To celebrate 10 years, they recently held a special night to honor winners of their highly anticipated 2016 Best of the Best awards within its renowned Hotels & Resorts Program. The winners were revealed during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner before an audience of more than 1,600 of hospitality’s elite.
Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso said “Naming any hotel as the Best of the Best from among the world’s finest properties in our renowned Hotels & Resorts program is always a challenge. This year’s winners surpassed our expectations and the exacting standards we – and more importantly, our clients – demand from our partner hotels. At Virtuoso, we recognize we are defined by the company we keep. And we are especially proud to count hotels and hoteliers of this caliber as our partners.”
The selection surveyed their 390-plus agencies and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors to identify the winners in each of the categories. Awards ranged from most innovative experience to best achievement in design. Here are the crème de la crème in Hotel, Spa, and Bar.
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, a Virtuoso agency
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, a Virtuoso agency.
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, a Virtuoso agency
The Best of the Best The 2016 Best of the Best award recipients will be featured in the September/October issue of VIRTUOSO LIFE.