Villegiature Awards 2018

Exceptional women and men « à l’honneur »


This Oct. 15th, four Ambassadors from Switzerland, Greece, Lebanon and Tunisia went to Château de Ferrières close to Paris in order to support and sustain the participating hotels from their country. Indeed the  renowned journalists of the 2018 jury gathered at this iconic Ferrières castle to announce the 16th edition results.

Note that Hotel de Crillon in Paris, managed by Marc Raffray at Rosewood  Hotels Group, got 5 trophies including the Grand Prix of Best Hotel in Europe.
After a tough battle between brilliant nominated hotels for the brand new category « Best Artistic Universe in a Hotel », finally it is Hotel Le Meurice  in Paris ( Dorchester Collection Group)  that won this award dedicated to art. The jury appreciated specially the fact that at Le Meurice all the employees are really comitted to art all year long. Note that last week Thursday Oct.11th Le Meurice announced its winner of its Prix Le Meurice 10th edition dedicated precisely to art. It went to young artist – born in 1988 –  Anna Solal  who gained this prestigious 20.000 € award.

Best Hotel Architecture and design in Europe was attributed to Hôtel de Crillon with the amazing team of architects gathering Richard Martinet ( Affine Design) , Chahan Minassian, Aline Asmar d’Amman, Cyril Vergniol, Tristan Auer, Louis Benech and fashion icon : Karl Lagerfeld; in  Asia, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai got the Award with Japanese architect Arata Isozaki; in Middle-East the award went to Oman to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort with the notorious architect Lotfi Sidirahal.

For the very coveted « Best Restaurant in a hotel in Europe », it is the duo team of chefs Jean-Georges Klein along with Paul Stradner who got the award for Villa René Lalique located in Eastern-France  Alsace, with the interior design coming also from a team of architects:  Lady Christina Green, Pietro Mingarelli and Mario Botta.

The trophy of « Best Breakfast in a Hotel » was attributed to Majestic Barcelona, another iconic palace hotel of Barcelona celebrating in 2018 its 100 years anniversary.

The “Grand Hôtel Les Trois Rois” in Switzerland in Basel, along  Rhine river with many sportive activities was rewarded with the prize of « Best Hotel City Terrace in Europe ». Le Pigonnet near Aix-en-Provence with luxurious gardens got the “Best Hotel Exterior Terrace”.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul At The Bosphorus and Out of Blue Capsis Elite Resort in Greece were rewarded for their Spas.
Hotel Cap Eden Roc (Oetker Collection) in Antibes on the French Riviera got the « Best service in a hotel », along with Alabriga Hotel in Spain (Cataluña).

Le Gray in Beyrouth got the Best Hotel swimming pool in Middle-Eeast and Regent Montenegro was rewarded for its amazing  hotel swimming-pools in Europe.

Creativity goes to amazing Hotel Torel Avantgarde in Porto in Portugal.

Royal Mansour in Marrakech won for the second time in 5 years the Grand Prix of Best Hotel in Africa and La Badira in Hammamet the trophy of « Best Business Hotel in Africa ».
In Asia, Signiel Hotel Seoul, nestled at the top of a gigantic tower of 555 meters literally seduced the jury with its stupendous interior design, architecture, views and global services so high high high in the sky.
Victoria Jungfrau in Interlaken got the Best Resort in Europe. And La Bastide de Gordes (Airelles Collection Group) got the Best Charming hotel in Europe.
Finally in Middle-East, brand new Jumeirah Royal Saray that opened only few months ago in Bahreïn won the Grand Prix of Best Hotel in Middle-East.


Still at château de Ferrières the Prix Villégiature Award winners of 17th edition  will be announced on October Monday 14th, 2019 with our partners Ercuis & Raynaud,Availpro-Fastbooking, Elixia : the french iconic and most ancient brand of lemonades, Ecole Ferrières, and always with the kind support of Champagne Maison Ruinart.

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