Global luxury travel network Virtuoso® revealed the hotels and hoteliers nominated for its coveted Best of the Best awards this year. All nominees are part of the industry-defining Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts program, which boasts over 1,300 hand-selected properties worldwide and more five-star hotels than any other program.
Guests who book their stay through a Virtuoso advisor enjoy exclusive benefits valued at more than $500 per stay at these properties, which span more than 100 countries. Travelers can now take advantage of booking their stay at more than 1,100 select properties online at www.Virtuoso.com and receive access to Virtuoso’s exclusive perks.
This year’s contenders across nine categories were chosen by the network and the editors of Virtuoso Life magazine, and represent the height of achievement in their given category. The 10th category focuses on sustainable travel and recognizes the hotels that most embody the commitment to the three pillars of sustainable tourism: preserving the environment, supporting local economies and celebrating cultures.
“When evaluating hotels and resorts at this level, the stakes are much higher and it goes beyond the beauty of the hotel or its location,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships. “We seek out the hotels that are taking it to the next level, setting trends in their respective areas and offering the guest something they won’t find anywhere else. To us, that’s what being the Best of the Best is all about. The hotels and hoteliers who rose to the top this year set a new standard in an extremely competitive landscape, and it’s that shared commitment to being the best that helps Virtuoso maintain its position as the leader in luxury travel.”
Virtuoso travel advisors will cast their votes over the next few weeks. The winners will be announced at the Hotels & Resorts Dinner on August 15, 2018, during Virtuoso Travel Week at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Virtuoso Travel Week brings together thousands of Virtuoso travel agency members and the globe’s best travel providers for luxury travel’s largest and most preeminent event.
Best Achievement in Design
Best Dining Experience
Best Family Program
Best Wellness Program
Sustainable Tourism Leadership
Best Virtuoso Newcomer
Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador
Hotelier of the Year
Hotel of the Year
For more information on these properties, or to book a stay at them through Virtuoso’s online booking tool or a professional travel advisor, visit www.virtuoso.com/hotels.