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Published on : Friday, August 12, 2016
International luxury travel network Virtuoso® unveiled the winners of the highly anticipated 2016 Best of the Best awards last night at the 28th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. The special night marked 10 years since Virtuoso began feting the very best properties and hospitality professionals within its renowned Hotels & Resorts Program.
This year, standouts included the gorgeous and beloved Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano in Italy, which was named the coveted “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 multi-award-winning magazine, provided their keen insight and hotel knowledge to identify the nominees from which Virtuoso advisors voted.
“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 recognise we are defined by the company we keep. And we are especially proud to count hotels and hoteliers of this caliber as our partners,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso.
With a diverse portfolio of nearly 1,200 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program.
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, reaching 200,000 upscale world travellers.