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By Olivia Cuccaro | November 10 2017
The winners of the Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 were announced this week during a ceremony held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. Elite Traveler joined members of the press, boutique hotel owners and travel industry influencers from around the world to hear the winners of the seventh annual awards revealed.
Notable attendees included keynote speaker Wladimir Klitschko, two-time world heavyweight champion boxer and boutique hotelier, as well as Bouteco founder Juliet Kinsman, Visoanska Paris founder Elisabeth Visoanska and My Private Villas founder Paolo Macchiaroli.
In the lead up to the event, entrants are nominated by members of a committee of travel experts before experienced judges visit each and every property in the running. This year’s winners were selected from over 600 nominees in more than 80 countries. Winners are determined by evaluating five categories: dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location, staff service and overall emotional impact.
The winners of the 2017 World’s Best Boutique Hotel Awards are as follows:
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, South Africa World’s
Qualia, Whitsundays, Australia
The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
The Chester Grosvenor, England
Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
Ca Maria Adele, Venice, Italy
Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece
Kensho, Mykonos, Greece World’s
Castello Di Guarene, Italy
Aenaon Villa, Greece
Cottars Safari Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya
Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, Italy
Coco Prive, Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives
Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas
The 2018 Boutique Hotel Awards are now open. For more information and for the full list of this year’s winners, please visit boutiquehotelawards.com.