Whether you are just curious or looking to book a luxury hotel, you might find this list—Virtuoso’s Best of the Best—interesting and helpful.
What is Virtuoso
Virtuoso is a world-wide network of exclusive hotels you can book with the company’s travel advisors. It’s sort of like a travel agency. However, they book within the Virtuoso portfolio of more than 1,400 properties in about 100 countries.
Every year the 20,000 advisors and editors of Virtuoso Life, the network’s magazine, come up with the “Best of the Best” designations in various categories. As a result, here’s the list of winners recently released.
Virtuoso Best of the Best
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France – Hotel of the Year Ravishing floral displays (see photo above) and impeccable service, plus three restaurants, a new spa, fine art and antiques epitomize excellence in luxury hospitality.
Rosewood Hong Kong, China – Best Achievement in Design Rosewood’s 65-story glass building towers above the Kowloon waterfront. Inside, Western and Asian aesthetics blend seamlessly.
La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa – Restaurant Le Gabriel, Paris, France – Best Dining Experience Chef Jérôme Banctel serves French classics with a modern twist in the gilded dining room of a 19th century mansion hotel.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Wolgan Valley, Australia – Sustainable Tourism Leadership Restored ranch land made this resort with a focus on the outdoors the world’s first to achieve internationally accredited carbon-neutral certification.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico – Best Family Program An interactive Kids Club, fun teen program and family adventures—plus a baby concierge—make this resort perfect for family bonding.
Montage Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Best Virtuoso Newcomer This contemporary retreat has two restaurants, a golf course, Baja-inspired spa and a marine sanctuary in which to snorkel and paddleboard.
Virtuoso Resort Winners in the U.S.
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club – Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar, Surfside, Florida, U.S. – Best Bar Handblown Venetian glasses hold innovative drinks and Miami’s largest selection of Champagne in the lively lounge that was the ballroom of this historic hotel.
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona, U.S. – Best Wellness Program A pioneer in spa resorts, Miraval guests choose nutrition and diet programs, fitness and wellness classes and spa treatments that focus on mind/body balance
Other Best Awards
The ceremony at the 13th annual Hotels & Resorts Dinner in Las Vegas also recognized the Best Hotel Ambassador—Carlos Quereda, Marbella Club on Spain’s Costa del Sol—and Hotelier of the Year—Amanda Hyndman, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
Claudia Carbone is an award-winning travel writer based in Denver. Read about other hotels she’s visited in Sleepin’ Around.