The main concept of the Villegiature Awards is to reward through prominent journalists contributing to leading media all over the world the very best hotels in the whole world. It means Villegiature Awards enable hotels managers to have a direct contact with more than 20 key journalists contributing to those major powerful medias and at a very reasonable annual cost. This makes the Villegiature Awards unique in the world and powerful.
While in 2020 COVID-19 heavily penalizes hotel activity worldwide, what is the reaction of the Prix Villégiature Awards?
Since many hotels are currently facing administrative closures that prevent their normal operations until this summer 2020, the 2020 edition becomes the 2020-2021 edition. Hoteliers already registered since late 2019 and early 2020 have the opportunity to meet and communicate with journalists until June 2021. The announcement of the results of this exceptional period 2020-2021 and the presentation of the trophies will be held, in the heart of Paris, in a magnificent mansion facing the Eiffel Tower, on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Which country are the Villegiature Awards from ?
Our headquarters are located in Paris in France (near Eiffel Tower). Meanwhile, the great majority of the journalists jury members are not French. We have American, Brasilian, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Arabian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Australian, Russian and of course French journalists : all are clearly identified (see our website : “jury”).
Indeed, nearly all powerful international magazines, TV, radios and media in general have an office with some correspondents and/or representatives in Paris.
Paris is located in the very heart of Europe and Charles de Gaulle airport has easy direct links with all capitals in the world. So for us it is easy to gather all the journalists of the jury regularly in our Paris offices for meetings and discussions about the registered hotels.
When did Villegiature Awards start ?
It started in 2003 , more than 17 years ago, at start with only 12 journalists, and at that time the Villegiature Awards covered only European hotels. Then we gradually opened to hotels in Africa, in the Midlle-East and in Asia. Today Villegiature Awards counts 22 journalists covering all important media all over the world. 2020 Villegiature Awards edition is our 18th edition and we now cover hotels all over the world.
How does the jury vote ?
It is only the journalists jury members who vote by secret ballot during jury meetings at our European offices, and they all scrutinize the votes cast in total independence. Nobody else vote.
Organizers do not vote.
In most other hospitality or travel awards, voters are very often undefined hotels clients, magazine readers pressed by hotels managers or pressed by magazine editors or managers to vote for hotels they short-list, it also happens often that Internet web visitors can vote – in fact as many times as they want – for their favorite candidates, sometimes under different names : those results are by then easy to manipulate.
At Villegiature Awards, it is totally different : each participating hotel manager or communication manager is put in direct contact with all the journalists jury members and we help the hotels managers to contact them. Those prominent journalists and opinion leaders have to be convinced.
Why do I have to pay a fee to participate to the Villegiature Awards ?
The Villegiature Awards are not simply an award in itself, to display at front door or on a chimney, but a real communication tool to help the hotels and their communication office to be in contact all year long with prominent journalists from all over the world who would not have the opportunity to know their hotel and reciprocally.
The award in itself is not a target. But getting several articles and press presence in major magazines and media participating to Villegiature Awards is the real target of most participating hotels managers. For one reason : it brings them back real business and new clients sometimes coming from very far away countries. The fee asked at Villegiature Awards is corresponding to all those communication services and to our organisation costs.
Most of the other hospitality awards require several fees : one for resgistration, one for displaying their logo, one for participating to the Award ceremony and dinner, some even ask an additional fee for having several seats at a table. Even some require to the hotels an annual significant fee for having the right to use their logo on their hotel website or on their Hotel e-mail signatures. When totalizing all the fees paid, it is largely superior to the Villegiature Awards one.
At Villegiature Awards, we only require an annual fee at the beginning of the edition, at registration time, and there is no other fee to pay afterwards : when the hotel is nominated, we send our logo without asking any additional fee, when the hotel managers participate to the Villegiature Awards ceremony, their presence at ceremony event and dinner cocktail is free of charge (2 to 5 people per hotel attend the event ) See our website : “ceremony“).
Only some managers who have exceptionally been invited to register their hotel totally free of charge (FRC mode) and who are willing to come at the announcement event ceremony, those “FRC” registered hotels managers have to pay a fee to be able to enter at ceremony gala and use the Villegiature Logo in their global communication.
Is it possible to get preferential conditions when registering for several years ?
As of 2020 a new formula is launched : it is the « VM » formula, it stands for « Villegiature Member » and it enables any hotel in development, under refurbishment, renovation and/or pre-opening process to suscribe the “VM” allowing to participate in the Awards for 2 successive years in 3 categories with a very reduction of more than -30%. By suscribing to the VM formula each participant is assured that all its creations, novelties and other developments are regularly transmitted to journalists members of the jury of the current year.
How could I increase the visibility of my hotel with the jury ? How are processed the journalists visits?
In order to increase its visibility among the jury and to be nominated, the hotel is advised to include in its annual budgeted press trips 2 or 3 journalists jury members.
Some jury members can visit the hotels though their pre-scheduled visits with their media, some others call us to organize an announced visit and some visit in blind without announcing themselves as jury members.
Article 1: Candidates
Any 4 stars, 5 stars hotel or resort , “boutique hotel” , “charming hotel” and serviced residences located in the worldcan apply for the Villegiature Awards in the categories (described Art. 3) and “Grand Prix”. Digital agencies, ad and press agencies, architecture studios, spa brands are able to register hotels they developped.
Article 2: Terms
The application file must be returned under digital process through MS Word (via USB Key or with a link) and proof of payment of the registration fees.
A 20% discount on any additional category is offered to the hotels having sent their payment before December 31st, 2019.The deadline to send the application files is April 15th 2021.
The incomplete files that do not contain required payment will not be considered. On receipt of their payment hotels receive the list of contacts of all the journalists’ jury members.
Sorell, in constant relation with all jury members, will present all the applicant documents to the jury members. In May and June 2021, jury members meet to elect nominees and winners per award. In October 2021 occurs the 2020-2021 Villegiature Awards ceremony with announcements of each hotel winner per category.
Article 3: 2020-2021 flat Fee Classic Formula covering the 2 years
Hotels in Europe :
- Classic prizes : 450€ per category
- Villegiature Award Best hotel creativity
- Villegiature Award Best hotel for children
- Villegiature Award Best hotel breakfast
- Villegiature Award Best Hotel art contribution
- Villegiature Award Best hotel terrace
- Villegiature Award Best hotel pool
- Villegiature Award Best vineyard hotel
- Villegiature Award Best hotel suite
- Villegiature Award Best hotel bar
- Villegiature Awards Best sustainability policy for hotels
- Grand Prizes : 950 € per category
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best hotel website
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best hotel ambiance
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best service in a hotel
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best hotel Spa & Wellness
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best hotel interior design and architecture
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best restaurant in a hotel
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best hotel Group
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best Serviced Residence
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best Resort
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best Charming hotel
- Villegiature Award Grand Prix Best Grand Hotel
Those fees include the eventual trophies, diploma and the awarded hotel General Manager participation at gala event announcing the results.
Article 4: “VM Villegiature Membership formula” for 2 successive years
Any hotel or hotel group willing to register a hotel in development, under refurbishment, renovation and/or pre-opening process can suscribe the “VM” allowing to participate in the Awards for 2 successive years in 3 categories.
By suscribing to the VM formula each participant is assured that all its creations, novelties and other developments are regularly transmitted to journalists members of the jury of the current year.
Hotels participation for 2 successive years):
VM-Silver formula: 3 catégories : 945 €/HT per year (instead of 1350 €)
VM-Gold formula: 3 catégories + Grand Prix : 1715 € HT/an (instead of 2300€)
Reminder: The discounts cannot be accumulated. Those fees include the eventual trophies, diplomas and the awarded hotel General Manager participation at gala event announcing the results.
Article 5: Jury
Every member of the Jury undertakes to behave with independence of mind and to accept no specific favour whatsoever from any applicant.
Article 6: Confidentiality and voting rights
Sorell transmits only to each Jury member all the documents and information sent by each applicant to the V.A.’s. The Sorell company and its managers, creator and organizer have no right to vote. They organize and coordinate the operation with neutrality, full commitment and total impartiality. Sponsors and partners have no right to vote. The organisation and the jury members are not allowed to communicate the name of the candidates who are not nominated. The journalists jury members vote by secret ballot. Only the names of the nominees and winners are communicated.
Article 7: Disqualification
Any hotel or resort exercising pressures and/or inviting free of charge members of the jury in their hotel between September 20th, 2021 and October 10th, 2021 will automatically be disqualified and cannot participate during the next 3 years to the Villegiature Awards.
Article 8: Diplomas and trophies
Each nominated applicant will receive a specific diploma and each winner will also receive a trophy « Prix Villegiature Awards » and an official diploma.