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South Africa November 13, 2013:Last week the management team of the World Boutique Hotel Awards have released the names of the hotel finalists after hundreds of nominations received throughout the year.

As expected, competition was fierce. But what do the results say about high end hospitality?

The choice of finalists follow an interesting trend: sumptuous classical luxury is losing space to comfortable modern luxury. Luxury hotels with a stronger focus on design, comfort, wellbeing and relaxation have been receiving more attention from the Media and from the industry itself than luxury hotels where design, atmosphere and customer services feel more formal. More and more guests are seeking luxury and relaxation in retreats and independent hotels offering a more relaxed, home like environment. Dressing up for breakfast or dinner is no longer as desirable as wearing comfortable clothes in a friendly luxurious environment offering a high level of services without the price tag.

Luxury continues to walk towards escapism but high heels and dinner jackets are being replaced by sandy shoes and designer casual wear. Attention to comfort, fashion trends and wellness is gaining more and more space. The new luxury is fashionable, ever changing and cool.

The finalists this year are:

BLISSFUL BEACH

Eden Roc at Cap Cana

(Cap Cana, Dominican Republic)

Sandy Phala Resort

(Bali, Indonesia)

The Remote Resort

(Vanua Levu, Fiji)

The Inn at English Harbour

(English Harbour, Antigua)

Hansar Samui

(Samui, Thailand)

CITY EXPLORER

Corral del Rey

(Seville, Spain)

Dylan Hotel

(Dublin, Ireland)

Hansar Bangkok

(Bangkok, Thailand)

Hotel B Berdichevsky

(Tel-Aviv, Israel)

Hypnos Design Hotel

(Istanbul, Turkey)

Lanson Place

(Hong Kong, China)

Lato Boutique Hotel

(Crete, Greece)

Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road

(Hong Kong, China)

Salana Boutique Hotel

(Vientiane, Laos)

The Toren

(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

CLASSIC ELEGANCE

Bellinter House

(Meath, Ireland)

Chateau le Cagnard

(Haut-de-Cagnes, France)

Draycott Hotel

(London, England)

Tai O Heritage Hotel

(Hong Kong, China)

The Luang Say Residence

(Luang Prabang, Laos)

The Pand Hotel

(Bruges, Belgium)

CULINARY EXCELLENCE

Alma Hotel

(Tel-Aviv, Israel)

Hotel Ranga

(Hella, Iceland)

Poseidonion Grand Hotel

(Spetses, Greece)

Royal Mail

(Victoria, Australia)

Saffire

(Tasmania, Australia)

The Samling Hotel

(Windermere, England)

INSPIRED DESIGN

16 Degrees North

(Goa, India)

Fusion Boutique Hotel

(Polokwane, South Africa)

Hotel Bourg Tibourg

(Paris, France)

Hotel Tresanton

(Cornwall, England)

Kai Kias

(Bozcaada, Turkey)

Taskonaklar Boutique Hotel

(Cappadocia, Turkey)

The Thief

(Oslo, Norway)

NEWCOMER

Eccleston Square Hotel

(London, England)

Kahanda Kanda

(Galle, Sri Lanka)

Lanson Place Apartments

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Olive Boutique Hotel

(San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Parkhotel Surenburg

(Surenburg, Germany)

ROMANTIC RETREAT

Finca Naranja

(Ronda, Spain)

La Bandita

(Tuscany, Italy)

Mihir Garth

(Rajasthan, India)

Pondoro Game Reserve

(Balule, South Africa)

Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel

(Chiang Mai, Thailand)

The Pavillions Phuket

(Phuket, Thailand)

The Samling Hotel

(Windermere, England)

SENSUOUS SPA

Entre Cielos

(Mendoza, Argentina)

Poseidonion Grand Hotel

(Spetses, Greece)

Rancho Valencia

(California, USA)

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort

(Chiang Mai, Thailand)

The Pavillions Phuket

(Phuket, Thailand)

SUSTAINABILITY

Casa La Concha

(Malaga, Spain)

Herangtunet

(Heggenes, Norway)

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

(Nesjavellir, Iceland)

Lake Serenity

(Ratnapura, Sri Lanka)

Themonies Luxury Suites

(Folegandros, Greece)

Unguja Lodge

(Zanzibar, Tanzania)



The annual World Boutique Hotel Awards ceremony will take place on the 28th of November 2013 at the Montcalm Hotel in London and it will bring together over fifty of this year’s finalists and winners, a collection of the finest boutique hotels in the world, together with press, sponsors and top industry insiders. This year’s guest presenters include Russell Kett – Managing Director of HVS in London, Richard Hytner – Worldwide Deputy Chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi, Nathalie Salas – founder of Perfect Boutique Hotel, Chantelle Nicholson – General Manager of The Gilbert Scott, Julie Humphryes – Founding Partner of Archer Humphryes Architects, Anne Blackburn – judge for the regional Visit England Tourism Awards, and Luke Perry – Event Director at the Independent Hotel Show.

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