The World Luxury Awards celebrated its 17th year of awarding some of the top hotels, spas, restaurants and travel establishments on 28 October 2023. It was a night to remember. This luxurious affair was hosted by Grand Hyatt Athens in Greece and saw almost 300 establishments from around the world awarded for their dedication and commitment to the luxury hospitality and travel industries.
“We are very proud of all of our winners, and being able to celebrate with them on an occasion like this is very special. The ceremony was incredible. The interactive entertainment, The Greek Priestesses and The Famous Zorba, were highlights of the evening and were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We wish to congratulate all our winners, also to those who were not able to be with us. A special congratulations to our overall winners: the Global Hotel of the Year – Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the Global Spa of the Year – Spirit Hotel Thermal Spa, the Global Restaurant of the Year – Le Pavillon and the Global Travel Establishment of the Year – Australia Zoo.” says Jana Stoman, the Executive Manager for the World Luxury Awards.
A brilliant and tantalizing 6-course menu was prepared for all to enjoy throughout the night. We wish to recognize and give thanks to Alpha Wine Estate for providing the Greek wine pairing that complemented each course.
Prior to the Gala Ceremony, on Friday evening, the guests who opted in were treated to a spectacular walking tour of Athens by the Greek Gourmet Tours. After viewing multiple ancient and historical sites and a stunning walk around the Acropolis, the tour culminated in a sumptuous dinner at a delightful and modern, Greek tapas-style restaurant. One can truly say, dining in Greece can be an adventure on its own! Thank you to Anastasia and her team at Greek Gourmet Tours for providing this wonderful experience.
“Travelers today increasingly value experiences over possessions and are willing to invest in unique, authentic, and immersive travel experiences. It is with the unwavering commitment of dedicated staff that guests can enjoy this. We congratulate the 2023 winners, who have worked hard and tirelessly to be successful in a very competitive industry.” says Jana Stoman.
The after party on the Rooftop was blessed with a full moon, a blood moon in fact, rising overhead, and the Acropolis blazing in its glory in the distance. Many guests enjoyed socializing with new and old friends while the DJ enticed them onto the dance floor. It ended a momentous occasion, perfectly.
“The World Luxury Awards would like to recognize and thank France 24, our official partner sponsor for 12 years, for being with us tonight and remaining a part of our family in the hospitality industry.” says Brandon Lourens, Chief Executive Officer of the World Luxury Awards.
The Annual World Luxury Awards gala ceremony was hosted by the Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in Mauritius on 9th October 2021. The awards attracted almost 1000 participants, eagerly awaiting the results which were officially released shortly after the conclusion of the evening’s festivities.
The Global Restaurant of The Year was awarded to Ocean Restaurant – VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa in Portugal.
All winners are highly deserving of these prestigious awards, epitomizing as they do the ethos of luxury and fine service.
The World Luxury Awards recognize establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff. “The most coveted awards are the global property of the year awards,” says Jana Stoman, Executive Manager of The World Luxury Awards, “many factors play a part in determining these top winners – brand, location and overall guest satisfaction as fed back via online reviews, amongst other criteria.”
Mr. Sandro Julie guided proceedings and entertained guests, who also enjoyed a taste of quintessential Mauritian hospitality. Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is located on the most desirable coastline on the west coast of the country. The menu was planned according to the sustainable values of the hotel; the dining experience included locally produced culinary delights such as Crabe & Tamarin, Foie Gras de Canard and Langouste & Bergamote and guests also had the privilege of enjoying true Mauritian entertainment allowing guests to experience diverse elements of the Mauritian culture. La Caravelles restaurant at the Hotel provided the ideal ambience for the event.
“We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and that no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine,” says The World Luxury Awards Marketing Director, Michael Hunter-Smith.
Special thanks went to France 24 for their continued support of the awards, especially as we celebrate 10 years of our valued partnership this year. Thanks also to other supporters including, Alto Wines, Ernie Els Wines, Destination Golf and Spa & Wellness International, for their contributions.