World Boutique Hotel Awards winners honoured at London ceremony

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UK: The winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2013 were announced last night at an awards ceremony held at the Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, London.

The ceremony brought together an array of boutique hoteliers, press, and industry insiders from Australia, Belgium, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Laos, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, and Vietnam.

This year’s keynote speech was given by Richard Hytner, worldwide deputy chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi, and presenters included Russell Kett, chairman of HVS London, Nathalie Salas – founder of Perfect Boutique Hotel, David Archer and Julie Humphryes – founding partners of Archer Humphryes Architects, and Anne Blackburn, director at Sidona Group.

The 2013 winners were:
• World’s Best Boutique Hotel: Mihir Garh (Rajasthan, India)
• Best Boutique Hotel in Africa: Pondoro Game Reserve (Balule, South Africa)
• Best Boutique Hotel in Asia: The Pavilions Phuket (Phuket, Thailand)
• Best Boutique Hotel in Australasia:  Saffire Freycinet (Tasmania, Australia)
• Best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean: Eden Roc at Cap Cana (Cap Cana, Dominican Republic)
• Best Boutique Hotel in Europe: Poseidonion Grand Hotel (Spetses, Greece)
• Best Boutique Hotel in North America: Rancho Valencia (California, USA)
• Best Boutique Hotel in South America: Entre Cielos (Mendoza, Argentina)

Category Winners
• Blissful Beach
Eden Roc at Cap Cana (Cap Cana, Dominican Republic)
Sandi Phala Resort (Bali, Indonesia)
The Remote Resort (Vanua Levu, Fiji)

• City Explorer
Corral del Rey (Seville, Spain)
Hansar Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)
Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road (Hong Kong, China) The Toren (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

• Classic Elegance
Chateau le Cagnard (Haut-de-Cagnes, France)
Tai O Heritage Hotel (Hong Kong, China)
The Luang Say Residence (Luang Prabang, Laos)
The Pand Hotel (Bruges, Belgium)

• Culinary Excellence
Alma Hotel (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Poseidonion Grand Hotel (Spetses, Greece)
Saffire Freycinet (Tasmania, Australia)
The Samling Hotel (Windermere, England)

• Inspired Design
Fusion Boutique Hotel (Polokwane, South Africa)
Hôtel Bourg Tibourg (Paris, France)
Hotel Tresanton (Cornwall, England)
The Thief (Oslo, Norway)

• Newcomer
Kahanda Kanda (Galle, Sri Lanka)
Lanson Place (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Olive Boutique Hotel (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Parkhotel Surenburg (Surenburg, Germany)

• Romantic Retreat
La Bandita (Tuscany, Italy)
Mihir Garh (Rajasthan, India)
Pondoro Game Lodge (Balule, South Africa)
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

• Sensuous Spa
Entre Cielos (Mendoza, Argentina)
Rancho Valencia (California, USA)
The Pavilions Phuket (Phuket, Thailand)

• Sustainability
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel (Nesjavellir, Iceland)
Lake Serenity (Ratnapura, Sri Lanka)
Unguja Lodge (Zanzibar, Tanzania)

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