2019 Villegiature Awards 

Exceptional women and men « à l’honneur » 

The Villegiature Awards jury of 22 journalists announced last Monday, October 14, 2019, at iconic Château de Ferrières, the winners of the trophies for all the best hotels located in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.
The Ambassadors and their prime counsellors in France of Cambodia, Zambia, Lebanon, Unite Arab Emirates, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Monaco, and Greece  honoured this event gathering numerous owners and managers of the high-end hospitality world.

For the first time in 17 years the award of the “Best restaurant in hotel in Europe”  went to a chinese restaurant, the Shang Palace at Shangri-La Palace Hotel Paris, with its Hong Kong Chef, Samuel Lee.

The coveted European Grand Prizes were awarded as follows:
- BEST HOTEL in EUROPE for Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel, Switzerland
- BEST CHARMING HOTEL in EUROPE for Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht, Netherlands, Oostwegel Collection
- BEST RESORT in EUROPE for Forte Village in Sardegna, Italy.
- BEST HOTEL GROUP in EUROPE for DORCHESTER COLLECTION

The so charming Le Place d’Armes hotel in Luxembourg won the Best bar in a hotel in Europe award. In Greece The Amanzoe, from the Aman Hotels group was rewarded for its unique exterior terrace. In Italy the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco grabbed The Best service in a hotel counting less than 80 rooms. Also noteworthy are the Monegasque successes with Le Métropole Monte-Carlo double rewarded for its excellent service (for less than 80 rooms hotels) and for its Spa,  as well as the Monte-Carlo Bay  Hotel & Resort (Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer) for its exceptional outdoor swimming pool with a sandy bottom.

Note in Africa that the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara got the Grand Prize of BEST HOTEL in AFRICA.
In Middle-east : Le Gray Beirut was awarded for its unique architecture and Interior Design, as well as hotel Qasr al Sarab Resort by Anantara in The United Arab Emirates in the Grand Prize category
In Asia it was first the PALACE GATE  Hotel & Resort in Phom Pehn, Cambodia that was awarded for Grand Prize Best Charming Hotel in Asia with long applauses at the announcement.  For the Grand Prize BEST HOTEL in ASIA it is the iconic and famous Taj Lake Palace Udaipur that grabbed the award.

All the European results, Africa, Middle East and Asia are available here.

In 2020, also at the Château de Ferrières, the winners of the next 18th edition of the Prix Villégiature Awards will be announced with all our partners including of course always Chateau de Ferrières and its Ecole Ferrières dedicated to the large high-end hotel industry as well as related trades, and always the kind support of the house of Champagne Ruinart. The terms of registration were made more accessible in 2020 with in particular the option offered to hoteliers to be able to present their hotel over 2 years in a row at a very preferential price, see here. Meetings at the Château de Ferrières with journalists who are members of the jury are regularly organized in the exceptional setting of the castle, which provides both professional kitchens for demonstrations, but also lounges and meeting rooms for workshops. Hotels, as well as their press offices and receptive agency partners, can present their Chef, bartender or even organize conferences.

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