NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Jetsetter.com, the world's leading luxury travel site that provides expert knowledge and exclusive deals on the world's finest travel, today announced the winners of its 2014 Best of the Best hotel awards. The first ever awards include 15 "Best" categories ranging from Pampering and Romance to Pool Scene and Comeback. Each category includes a winner and two runner-ups.
The awards were issued to hotels that not only meet with Jetsetter's rigorous quality standards, but also, according to Managing Editor Leigh Crandall, "capture the style, sense of place and outstanding experience that makes a Jetsetter hotel the best in a given destination."
- Best Design: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Best Comeback: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Canada
- Best Hotel for Communing with Nature: Belmond Safaris, Botswana
- Best Nightlife: The Standard, High Line, New York
- Best for Foodies: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire, UK
- Best for Pampering: Lumeria Maui, Hawaii
- Best on the Beach: Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
- Best Reward for the Travel Effort: Hotel Escondido, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
- Best Big City Sleep: Dean Street Townhouse, London, UK
- Best Business Meets Pleasure: Soho House Berlin, Germany
- Best for Romance: Sextantio Le Grotte, Puglia, Italy
- Best Style Steal: Mama Shelter Istanbul, Turkey
- Best-Looking Guests: Hotel Majestic Barriere, Cannes, France
- Best All-Inclusive: Blue Diamond Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Best Pool Scene: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
See the full list here.
Behind the Awards
The editorial team sent categories to more than 200 travel correspondents globally, then compiled their suggestions along with the Jetsetter team's. A final committee of senior-level editors sat to debate and narrow down the list down based on each category's criteria, then compiled a final selection of a winner and two runner-ups in each category. The Jetsetter Best of the Best hotel awards represent hotels that truly encapsulate the outstanding experiences members have come to expect from properties on Jetsetter.
From the Editor
Editor in Chief Sean Murphy notes, "All the hotels on Jetsetter have something special about them that makes them worthy of a Jetsetter recommendation, but often our members are looking for a particular hotel experience and want to know where to go to get the best of what they want. At our core we are travel-experience curators and hotel-member matchmakers. The Best of the Best awards are a way for us to help our 20 million members identify the special within the special of our 2,500 handpicked hotels."
Feel Like Booking the Best?
The winners and finalists are featured in a limited collection that only runs from June 11 (noon EST) to June 17, ending at 11:59 p.m. View this exclusive collection here.
Jetsetter.com is a travel community providing its more than 20 million members with hand-selected luxury experiences, verified by experts. From hotels to tours to trip planning, Jetsetter offers exclusive deals and insider advice designed to match members with their ideal travel experience. Each vacation featured on the site is hand-selected by a team of curators and personally verified by Jetsetter's global network of correspondents. Jetsetters can browse offerings on limited-time sales of up to 40 percent off or peruse Jetsetter 24/7, a collection of more than 2,500 hotels and resorts available 365 days a year. Members can tap into the regional expertise of Jetsetters correspondents with private consultations through the Personal Travel Planning Service or personalize deluxe tours with the new Jetsetter Journeys program. All Jetsetter partners featured in retail and flash, as well as the same-day booking app Jetsetter Now, must meet an 85 percent approval rating in post-stay member surveys. Jetsetter apps for iPhone and iPad were named best travel apps in the Apple App Store Rewind 2011. For more information, visit http://www.Jetsetter.com.
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