Two Canadian Nominees on Virtuoso’s 10th Annual “Best of the Best Awards List”

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NEW YORK — Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has announced the nominees for its Best of the Best hotel awards, which recognize the industry’s top properties and hoteliers. Two Canadian nominees made this year’s list — Vancouver’s Prohibition in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in the Best Bar category and Philip Barnes of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver in the Hotelier of the Year category.

The winners will be chosen by Virtuoso’s travel agency members and final selections will be revealed at Virtuoso Travel Week’s Hotels & Resorts Dinner on Aug.10 at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The full list of nominees includes,

Best Achievement in Design:

  • Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
  • The Langham, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • The Temple House, Chengdu, China

Best Culinary Experience:

  • The Farmhouse Restaurant, Farmhouse Inn, California, U.S.
  • IGNIV, Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
  • Michel Guérard, Les Prés d’Eugénie-Michel Guérard, Eugénie-les-Bains, France
  • Shang Palace, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • The Colony Grill Room, The Beaumont, London, United Kingdom

Best Bar:

  • J.K. Lounge, J.K. Place Firenze, Florence, Italy
  • Prohibition, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Polo Bar, Taj Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
  • Gold Bar, The New York EDITION, New York, United States
  • Off the Record, The Hay Adams, Washington., D.C., U.S.

Best Family Program:

  • Hotel Le K2, Courchevel, France
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji, Savusavu, Fiji
  • Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
  • The Peninsula Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Best Spa:

  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
  • La Réserve de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali, Indonesia
  • Six Senses Laamu Hotel, Laamu Atoll, Maldives
  • The Mayflower Grace, Connecticut, U.S.

Most Innovative Guest Experience:

  • Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  • Carmel Valley Ranch, California, U.S.
  • Estancia La Bamba de Areco, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
  • Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
  • Schloss Elmau, Elmau, Germany

Sustainable Tourism Leadership:

  • andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Blancaneaux Lodge, Central Farm, Belize
  • Cavallo Point – The Lodge at Golden Gate, California, U.S.
  • Tswalu Kalahari, Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
  • UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Brazil

One to Watch:

  • D Hotel Maris, Marmaris, Turkey
  • Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
  • Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
  • Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Hotelier of the Year:

  • Deborah Yager Fleming, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Florida, U.S.
  • Nikheel Advani, Grace Bay Club, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
  • Philip Barnes, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
  • José Silva, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, Paris, France
  • Roberto Payer, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hotel of the Year:

  • Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Philippines
  • Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri Di Fasano, Italy
  • Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Mandarin Oriental, Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Ritz Paris, Paris, France

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