THE HOTELIER AND THE CHINESE PRINCESS
The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2018 were announced this week at a prestigious awards ceremony at Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London. Hotels from around the world gathered for the 8th annual awards gala dinner where the world’s best category winners were revealed. Here are just five of the many superb properties.
1. Awarta Nusa Dua Resort & Villas, Bali, Indonesia
Crowned ‘World’s Best Boutique Hotel’. The concept behind the hotel located in Bali, Indonesia It tells the story of a King of Singaraja, Sri Jaya Pangus who fell in love with, and eventually married, a Chinese princess called Kang Ching Wie. The romantic love story that linked the two worlds presented a new type of ethnic collaboration called the Indonesia-Chinese Peranakan. The idea brings forward an eclectic Chinese-inspired design and a traditional Balinese architecture with a touch of modernity that became the foundation of all the design aesthetic throughout Awarta.
2. Reethi Faru Resort, Filaidhoo, Maldives
Awarded ‘World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel’. The resort sits on the secluded, private island of Filaidhoo where guests arrive by seaplane.
3. Drake Bay Getaway Resort, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
The eco-luxury boutique hotel went away with title of ‘Best Honeymoon Hideaway’.
Yens Steller and partner Patrick Ludwig (pictured) became dissatisfied with the stress and increasing speed of the corporate world, that they decided to leave it behind and embark on a new adventure in the tourism industry.
They built Drake Bay as a luxury sustainable jungle lodge for those who need to escape the stresses and hassle of modern life.
4. Relais & Chateaux Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
‘World’s Best Classic Elegance Hotel’ went to the former grand townhouse. Transformed in the 19th century, it served as a bank until bought and turned into a luxury hotel by Johan and Isabelle Creytens in 1992.
It remains very much their personal project. The 18th- and 19th-century tone of the ground-floor public rooms has been carefully preserved, with chandeliers, mirrors, oak panelling, ceiling paintings, lavish fabrics and antique furniture.
5. Hotel TwentySeven, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The boutique hotel located in the beating The Dam Square at the heart of Amsterdam won ‘World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel’.
Overlooking the Royal Palace, 16 suites are located above one of Amsterdam’s most private clubs, in a building that dates back to 1916.
Guests will find world-class carpets from Nepal, exquisite handmade Italian curtains, velvet & exclusive wallpaper from Pierre Fray France, voluptuous sofa’s from Ascension Lattore and modern, alluring artwork from Cobra Art in Amsterdam.
A stimulating keynote speech delivered by Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels. Robin shared insight, humour and wit, as well as his passion for the Blue Badge Access Awards. A worthy award which aims to recognise venues and businesses with a stylish approach to accessibility, as well as to praise innovative solutions to the issues experienced by disabled guests when travelling
Other guest presenters and speakers included Paolo Macchiaroli, Founder of My Private Villas, Alex Buchanan, Co-Owner and Editor of Catering in Scotland and Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska.
Winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards below: