UK: Tuscan property named best overall boutique hotel in the world at London awards ceremony.
Borgo Santo Pietro is a restored 13th century Tuscan villa, which has been painstakingly transformed by owners Jeanette and Claus Thottrup into a boutique hotel and spa.
The winners and runners-up of the 2012 Boutique Hotel Awards were presented with their prizes at a ceremony at London’s Hempel Hotel last week. The awards dinner brought together hoteliers, press, and industry figures from around the world.
The winners and runners up were:
Best Beach Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – Hansar Samui (Koh Samui, Thailand)
RUNNER-UP – Layana Resort (Koh Lanta, Thailand)
Best Classic Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – Poseidonion Grand Hotel (Spetses, Greece)
RUNNER-UP – Hotel Les Ottomans (Istanbul, Turkey)
Best City Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – The Toren (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
RUNNER-UP – Lydmar Hotel (Stockholm, Sweden)
Best Design Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – Casa Colombo (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
RUNNER-UP – Sanctum Soho (London, UK)
Best Dining Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – The Samling Hotel (Windermere, UK)
RUNNER-UP – Xara Palace (Mdina, Malta)
Best Honeymoon Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – Taveuni Palms Resort (Taveuni, Fiji)
RUNNER-UP – The Pavilions Phuket (Phuket, Thailand)
Best New Boutique Hotel in the World
WINNER – Entre Cielos (Mendoza, Argentina)
RUNNER-UP – The Ampersand (London, UK)
The awards organizers have added two new categories for the 2013 awards – Best Eco Hotel and Best Spa Hotel.