Skip to main content

Luxury travel network announces top hotel, bar and spa

By Frances Cha, CNN
August 19, 2013 -- Updated 1520 GMT (2320 HKT)
This 115-room Ritz-Carlton Caribbean retreat won Best Achievement in Design This 115-room Ritz-Carlton Caribbean retreat won Best Achievement in Design
HIDE CAPTION
Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
The Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan
Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris, Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
La Scene, Prince de Galles, Paris
The Savoy, London
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf& Spa, Tola, Nicaragua
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Luxury travel network hold Vegas get-together
  • Members generate approximately $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales annually
  • Best bar, best spa and hotel of year announced

(CNN) -- It was a frenetic week in Vegas for members of the luxury-travel industry.

Virtuoso, the self-proclaimed "leading luxury travel network," hosted its annual travel conference at the Bellagio last week.

Virtuoso's members reportedly generate around $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales each year.

More than 4,200 industry members from 90 countries were in town for this year's speeches, luncheons and the luxury travel industry's equivalent of speed dating (four-minute meetings), with the aim of closing extravagant bookings.

Mukul Beach won the Best Spa award.
Mukul Beach won the Best Spa award.

Just how extravagant?

A three-night, $450,000 wedding at Mexican luxury resort Rosewood Mayakoba closed within four minutes for VIP travel agent Jack Ezon, who told Las Vegas Review-Journal that Virtuoso Travel Week was "the most important week of the year" for his company.

Read: Hottest new hotels for 2013

The network also announced its annual Best of the Best Hotel Awards, which honors 10 winners from the network's portfolio of 983 luxury properties around the world.

The winning hotels were picked by editors of Virtuoso Life, the network's travel magazine, based on feedback from its reported 200,000 readers. Take a look at their choices below:

Have you stayed at these hotels? Do you agree with the selections? Let us know in the comments

Best of the Best Hotel Awards - winners

Best Achievement in Design: Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico

Best Culinary Experience: La Scene, Prince de Galles, Paris

Best Bar: The Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan

Best Family Program: The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

Best Spa: Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa -- Tola, Nicaragua

Most Innovative Guest Experience: Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris -- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Hotel: The Savoy, London

One to Watch: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hotelier of the Year: Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

Hotel of the Year: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Read: Which luxury hotel brand is the world's most popular?

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
November 24, 2014 -- Updated 0118 GMT (0918 HKT)
The interior of the Formosa Boulevard Mass Rapid Transit Station in Kaohsiung, in southern Taiwan.
These quirky and beautiful subway stops make standing cheek-to-cheek with 45 strangers almost seem fun.
November 21, 2014 -- Updated 1314 GMT (2114 HKT)
A scene from a desert safari in Dubai
Luxury vintage Land Rover tours explore Bedouin backwaters without bashing up precious dunes.
November 20, 2014 -- Updated 0250 GMT (1050 HKT)
Cities around the world have closed the brew gap, but the Oregon city's innovative scene continues to lead the beer parade.
November 19, 2014 -- Updated 2249 GMT (0649 HKT)
From gourmet hotdogs to Sevillian tapas, the food served in these London restaurants is worth lining up for.
November 20, 2014 -- Updated 1545 GMT (2345 HKT)
Plans are underway to build the world's tallest -- and quite possibly most terrifying -- roller coaster at an Orlando, Florida, theme park due to open in 2017.
November 18, 2014 -- Updated 1932 GMT (0332 HKT)
The 7th Annual Cruise Critic Editors' Picks Awards highlight the top cruise lines for North American travelers in 18 categories.
November 19, 2014 -- Updated 0206 GMT (1006 HKT)
Joining the ranks of pilgrims tackling Adam's Peak rewards with a spiritual awakening, or at least a stunning sunrise.
November 18, 2014 -- Updated 1313 GMT (2113 HKT)
The cover of Norway's new passport design
Beautifully designed travel document reveals image of Northern Lights when placed under UV light.
November 18, 2014 -- Updated 0525 GMT (1325 HKT)
Properties in the Italian village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio have been converted into a high end hotel spread through the village.
New concept offering luxury rooms in ancient dwellings helps spare beautiful villages from falling into ruin.
November 21, 2014 -- Updated 2247 GMT (0647 HKT)
Are you the butcher or the cattle? Tainted meat-obsessed fans are following the tracks of their favorite "Walking Dead" survivors.
November 17, 2014 -- Updated 0521 GMT (1321 HKT)
People never cease to find amazing ways to make water more incredible than it already is. Here are some powerful examples
ADVERTISEMENT