The Results Are In: Virtuoso® Best of the Best Awards Honor The World’s Top Hotels Of 2015

International luxury travel network Virtuoso® announced the winners of its coveted 2015 Best of the Best hotel awards this past Thursday night at the 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. The 11 winners, all participants in the renowned Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program, include Ashford Castle in Ireland as Hotel of the Year.

Most Innovative Guest Experience: - Red Carpet Ready at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California)

Most Innovative Guest Experience: – Red Carpet Ready at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Sunrise Picnic at Belmond Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Sunrise Picnic at Belmond, Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Sustainable Tourism: The Brando (Arue, French Polynesia)

Sustainable Tourism: The Brando (Arue, French Polynesia)

One To Watch: Rosewood Beijing (Beijing, China)

One To Watch: Rosewood Beijing (Beijing, China)

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Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 370 agency members with more than 9,800 elite travel advisors in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access

Best Family Program:  Four Reasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Florida)

Best Family Program: Four Reasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Florida) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Design: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

Best Design: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Bar: The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)

Best Bar: The Connaught (London, United Kingdom) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

With a diverse portfolio of nearly 1,100 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program. Founded in 1992, the program is also the luxury travel industry’s longest-running, with more five-star properties than any other.

Best Restaurant: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris (Paris, France)

Best Restaurant: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris (Paris, France) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Spa: The Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland)

Best Spa: The Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Hotel Of The Year: Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland)

Hotel Of The Year: Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse (Positano, Italy)

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse (Positano, Italy) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

The Best of the Best winners were revealed during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner before more than 1,500 of luxury travel’s brightest stars.

The categories and winners are:

Hotel of the Year: Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Galway, Ireland

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

Best Achievement in Design: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Japan

Best Culinary Experience: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris, France

Best Family Program: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Best Spa: Dolder Grand Spa, The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Experience, Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Red Carpet Ready, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California, USA

Sustainable Tourism Leadership – Hotels: The Brando, French Polynesia

One to Watch: Rosewood Beijing, China

Virtuoso surveyed its 370 agencies and their more than 9,800 elite travel advisors to decide the Best of the Best winners in ten categories, ranging from the most innovative guest experience to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Virtuoso’s expert advisors also initially nominated exceptional hotels for the awards. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, then researched the advisor suggestions and selected final nominees in each category.

When your competitive set includes the greatest hotels in the world, being named the best within your given category is truly a feat, and we are honored to recognize these 11 winners as both exceptional standouts as well as incredible partners to the Virtuoso network,” says Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “Virtuoso travel advisors have exacting standards for their clients and to declare these hotels as the Best of the Best means each epitomizes the highest level of luxury hospitality. Their achievements showcase the very hallmark of this network-creating lifelong memories and enriching human connections through travel.

Nail It This Holiday Season: China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Announces Holiday Nail Art Contest

Enter China Glaze Holiday Nail Design Contest for your chance to win $1,000! The China Glaze Holiday Nail Design Contest is now open. Submit your design and enter to win.

Celebrate the season in colour with China Glaze® Nail Lacquer. The leading nail polish brand announces the How Will You Live in Colour This Holiday Season? Contest. Participants enter their best holiday-themed designs to win cash prizes and China Glaze® collections. ‘Tis the season to top those tips in glitz, glam and festive flare. Go with the classic, throw in a twist-on-traditional or create a unique holiday concept. Contestants will receive a unique URL to share via social media when online voting begins on Dec. 15. Online voting ends on Dec. 31 and the top 25 winners will be submitted to the judging panel for placing. To enter, visit www.chinaglaze.com/chinaglazecontest between Nov. 15 – Dec. 20 and upload a holiday-themed nail art look, using only lacquer – no embellishments, please.

The top 25 finalists win:

Grand Prize – $1,000 Visa Gift Card

2nd Prize – $500 Visa Gift Card

3rd Prize – $250 Visa Gift Card

22 Congratulations Winners – 12 pc. China Glaze® Happy HoliGlaze Collection

 

The expert judging panel includes top celebrity manicurists and bloggers:

Kandi Yamz           Miss Pop               Chelsea King

@KandiYamz        @MissPopNails   @ChelseaQueen

Winners will be officially announced via www.chinaglaze.com on or about Jan. 31, 2014.

The China Glaze® How Do You Live in Colour? Holiday Contest is open to residents of the United States as well as Canada (excluding Quebec), France, Mexico and the United Kingdom. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information regarding the contest guidelines and Official Rules, please visit www.chinaglaze.com.