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November 10, 2017updated Nov 16, 2017

Boutique Hotel Awards 2017 Winners Announced

By Olivia Cuccaro

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:

World’s Best Boutique Hotel

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel, South Africa World’s

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World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel

Qualia, Whitsundays, Australia

World’s Best City Hotel

The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

World’s Best Classic Hotel

The Chester Grosvenor, England

World’s Best Culinary Hotel

Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal

World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel

Ca Maria Adele, Venice, Italy

World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway

Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece

World’s Best New Hotel

Kensho, Mykonos, Greece World’s

World’s Best Relaxation Retreat

Castello Di Guarene, Italy

World’s Most Romantic Hotel

Aenaon Villa, Greece

World’s Most Sustainable Hotel

Cottars Safari Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya

World’s Best Wellness Spa

Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, Italy

World’s Best Private Villa

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

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