2017 has been a very busy and productive year for the global luxury hospitality industry. CPP-LUXURY.COM has compiled a list of the best of the best in each category according to our experiences and those of our readers.
Luxury Hotel of the Year
Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest is the perfect expression of timeless luxury in a carefully restored majestic heritage building overlooking the Danube river in an unrivaled location. Part of the transformation process is the innovative brand new brasserie style restaurant (KOLLAZS), while other highlights include a roof top Spa with Hungarian organic products and a heated indoor pool. All the rooms and suite underwent a comprehensive renovation in 2016, with an emphasis on a brighter color scheme while maintaining the sophisticated contemporary style. The rooms make for a perfect night sleep with the brand new Four Seasons signature beds. The highest standard of personalized service across all departments has made easy our choice of the best luxury hotel in 2017.
Luxury Hotel of the Year – new opening
The rebirth of Parisian legend, Le Crillon Paris, a Rosewood Hotel dazzles with some of the most luxurious rooms and suites in Paris, with an array of individual restaurants from casual to fine dining, including Les Ambassadeurs, a vibrant and unparalleled entertainment hub, with live music. The rooms and suites boast contemporary sophistication that respects the landmark’s 18th-century heritage, all elegantly decorated with a mix of bespoke furnishings, beautiful antiques and carefully chosen objets d’art that underscore an exceptional attention to detail. The hotel houses the most luxurious indoor heated swimming pool, a state-of-the-art Spa and barber.
Luxury Hotel Suite of the Year
The newly renovated Mayfair Suites at The Dorchester London feature a unique blend of contemporary classic and contemporary decor with a focus on comfort and functionality. The exquisite Mayfair Suites are located on the front corner of The Dorchester, with views across the rooftops of London’s Mayfair. Decorated with subtle wood, light florals and antique furniture, the suites overlook the beautiful neighbourhood after which they are named. Each suite features a sitting and dining area for up to six people and a picturesque window seat with 180˚ views. The bedroom has a king-size bed or a pair of twin beds, and a deep bath in the luxury marble bathroom. Technology includes the latest
Luxury Resort of the Year
Amanoi (Aman Resorts) a luxury hillside resort bordering a national park & a marine reserve on the coast of Vietnam. Amanoi is an ultimate relaxation retreat in Vietnam with a full service spa on a stunning white sand beach with uninterrupted views out to Vinh Hy Bay. The architecture of the resort impresses with a stunning fusion of traditional Vietnamese architecture and the contemporary Aman elegance. There are two restaurants: a beach club for lunch, and the main restaurant in the central pavilion for evening meals; the latter has a terrace overlooking Vinh Hy Bay’s rugged coastline and the surrounding green hills. The local fishing boats’ daily catch takes up a large part of the menu: fish, lobster and squid are prepared with aromatic herbs and vegetables grown nearby, followed with fresh tropical fruit for dessert. Authentic Vietnamese dishes are also on offer.
Luxury Hotelier of the year
Tarek Mourad, currently General Manager of both Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus and Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet. Egyptian born, Mr Mourad has an innate leader with a genuine passion for service, driven by creativity and a relentless quest for the ultimate luxury experience. His motivation: “The goal is to always be one step ahead so that we can continue to satisfy our guests’ hunger for things that touch the heart and the soul.” He also adds: “Our industry is the simplest in the world: do what it takes for the guest to have exceptional experience. And for that,” he says, “you need passion.” Combine passion with consistency, he continues, “and you’ll be miles and miles ahead.”
Hospitality runs in Mourad’s blood. His mother worked in communications for hotels in his native Cairo, and two of his close uncles were general managers. Growing up in the early 1970s, luxury hotels were places to be for high society in his hometown and local kids from English language schools signed on for summer training.
Mourad got his start as a liftboy and a page when he was 14 before getting sidetracked by the Egyptian national youth football team. When he returned to hotel work at age 20, a “beautiful Nubian concierge with the biggest smile you’ve ever seen” inspired him to throw himself whole-heartedly into the job. “I did,” he remembers, “and I’ve never looked back.” He joined the pre-opening team of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence in 1999.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London In addition, the hotel’s classic entrance, notable main lobby and reception lounge have been reconfigured and redesigned to maximise natural daylight, and the building’s iconic façade has been revitalised. Internationally renowned designer, Joyce Wang has been commissioned to oversee the property’s overall design concept, and has taken her inspiration from the building’s Edwardian heritage, the hotel’s peaceful park side location, as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. Art deco inspired features including carefully curated artworks and custom-designed furniture have resulted in a warm and inviting environment.
Luxury Business Hotel of the Year
Park Hyatt Bangkok, one of the most anticipated openings of the year, features contemporary architecture matched by luxurious residential interiors, expertly curated art, world-class food and wine, and refined service, all coupled with a promise to offer uniquely Thai experiences that reflect the country’s rich culture, gracious hospitality, and colorful lifestyles. The interior design brief – to create a sophisticated private residence and sanctuary reflecting Thailand’s rich culture – was eloquently executed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, who also served as the designers of the brand’s flagship Park Hyatt New York hotel. The hotel includes an infinity pool with stunning views of the city.
Luxury Hotel Spa of the year
In 2016, The Peninsula Beijing completed a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation reclaiming its leadership position among Beijing’s luxury hotels. The brand new Spa fuses traditional Chinese wooden lattices with sophisticated tones of marble and textured granite. Whether an indulgent spa and beauty therapy drawing on Chinese, Ayurvedic or European healing philosophies in one of 12 beautifully styled treatment rooms, including two private spa suites for couples, the Spa promises a one of a lifetime experience. Thermal bathing facilities provide additional relaxation and health benefits, and a soothing cup of Chinese tea can be sipped in the refined Oriental Tea Lounge.
Luxury Hotel of the Year – Hotel Restaurant
Matsuhisa Paris at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris offers a unique Peruvian-Japanese culinary experience with a bespoke array of Nobu’s legendary signature dishes including: Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers, Black Cod with Miso, and Sashimi Tacos as well as traditional sushi. Chef Hideki has also worked with exquisite French delicacies to offer one of a kind dishes such as Algae Tacos with Black Truffle, Crispy Oysters with Caviar, Wagyu Beef with Foie Gras Ravioli and Ponzu sauce or wasabi and aioli sauces.
All the dishes are complemented by a sophisticated menu of sake and exotic cocktails designed to perfectly blend with Nobu’s culinary journey. Matsuhisa also serves one of the best buffet breakfasts in Paris. Service is also rendered at the highest standards – personalizes, genuine, intuitive and attentive.
Luxury Hotel of the Year – Lifestyle
The New York EDITION seamlessly blends the elegant design of Ian Schrager with its Midtown landmark beginnings. Originally constructed in 1909 as Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s headquarters, this clocktower has been ingeniously reinvented to offer 5-star boutique accommodation, a tranquil spa, chic new event spaces and a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Jason Atherton, all encompassed by 360-degree views of the City
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