Taking the top title of “Hotel of the Year” at Virtuoso’s Best of the B est awards 2016 edition is Italy’s Borgo Egnazia, a collection of white villas designed to evoke a traditional Apulian village, complete with piazza and alleyways.
The sprawling resort also features a championship 18-hole golf course, beach clubs and a renowned spa. Rooms are decorated in rich hues of cream, white and beige for a calming, restful effect.
It’s not the first time the Borgo Egnazia has been recognized within the industry. The hotel has also been awarded by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Tatler and Leading Hotels of the World.
For the awards, Virtuoso surveyed their network of 390 luxury travel agencies and their 11,400 travel advisors around the world. Membership is invitation-only. Properties chosen belong to the group’s own network of 1,200 hotels, resorts, villas and private islands, located in 100 countries.
Here are the other winners:
Best achievement in design: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
Best culinary experience: The Farmhouse Restaurant,Farmhouse Inn, California
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 dasCataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Sustainable Tourism Leadership: andBeyond Phinda PrivateGame Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
One to Watch: Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
Hotelier of the Year: José Silva – Four Seasons Hotel GeorgeV, Paris, Paris, France