Every year, the World Travel Awards celebrates the very best across the tourism and hospitality industries. Postponed this year due to the pandemic, the Awards will now take place in Antalya, Turkey, in late October.
Among the nominations this year, which are selected by travel professionals and the public, are properties from emerging tourism destinations like; Baku, Azerbaijan-Batumi, Georgia-Bydgoszcz, Poland-Derry, Northern Ireland-Kutná Hora, Czech Republic-Ljubljana, Slovenia-Matera, Italy-Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina-Sibiu, Romania-Sofia, and Bulgaria.
I have focused on the category of new luxury hotels and resorts in Europe so that when travel opens up again, we can all experience these spectacular new properties. Also important to note that due to the pandemic, numerous hotels are still closed and not planning to open until the end of the year.
Here is the list of this year’s World Travel Awards nominations that will be updated with the winners in October.
BEST NEW HOTELS IN EUROPE
Grand Park Hotel, Rovinj
Nestled within a pine forest on the seafront overlooking St Katarina Island and the charming old town of Rovinj, lies this elegant hotel, designed by the renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni and Croatian 3LHD Studio. The six floor hotel, you can enjoy one of the elegantly designed rooms and suites, dine in a collection offers restaurants, boutique shopping and a large Albaro Wellness & Spa.
AMARA Hotel, Limassol
The AMARA is located near the famed ancient Kingdom of Amathus, and is the most significant ancient city kingdom of Cyprus, dating back to before Christ. The hotel offers Michelin-starred chefs overseeing restaurants, Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Locatelli. The 207 rooms provide personal cascading plunge-pools, all with stunning views of the Mediterranean sea.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague
Nestled between Prague’s Old Town and New Town, the renovated Radisson Blu Hotel Prague boasts a prime location within walking distance of the city center. The Art Nouveau-styled property features 160 contemporary rooms and suites.
Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire
Grantley Hall is a hidden jewel found in the Yorkshire Dales, offering 47 beautiful bedrooms, four gourmet restaurants and three stunning bars. The property also features the large Three Graces Spa perfect for a wellness retreat.
Hard Rock Hotel, London
Explore the city from the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane, this hip new music inspired property is similar to other Hard Rock Hotels with themed rooms and Rock Royalty suites. The property also features the Hard Rock Cafe Oxford Street, with famous memorabilia.
Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester
Stock Exchange Hotel is located within the heart of central Manchester. Set within the former home of the Manchester Stock Exchange, the property offer 40 rooms, signature suites and a stunning top floor residence. There is also the Tom Kerridge directed restaurant The Bull & Bear featuring refined British food.
Cheval Blanc, St-Tropez
I was the first journalist to visit this new property and it is my absolute favorite in France. You will not find a more elegant experience than staying at this resort within walking distance from the center of St-Tropez. With direct access to the beach, the 30 rooms and suites feature a terrace or spacious balcony. Cheval Blanc St-Tropez also hosts a magnificent three Michelin star restaurant and an underground Guerlain inspired Spa.
Wyndham Grand, Tbilisi
With old-world charm, the Wyndham Grand Tbilisi hotel is situated near Tbilisi’s bustling Rustaveli Avenue. The 158 view rooms and suites, the hotel also offers two contemporary gourmet restaurants, with impressive city views. There is also a a heated indoor pool and full-service spa.
Hard Rock Hotel, Dublin
Located in the city center next to Dublin Castle and Temple Bar. The 120-room hotel is a contemporary re-imagining of two historic buildings, combining the Exchange Building, built at the turn of the 20th century, and the adjacent Fashion House building linked together by a newly built glass bridge.
Hotel de la Ville, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Rome
This impressive property in Rome is a personal favorite with 89 rooms and 15 suites including a stunning Presidential Suite. The rooftop bar with views of the city and modern Roman dining make this one of the best options in the city.
Masseria Torre Maizza, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Puglia
Located in Puglia on the Adriatic coast, and surrounded by ancient olive groves, the renovated 16th century masseria also includes a 9-hole golf course, private beach club and spa. Designed by Olga Polizzi, the 40 stunning contemporary rooms and suites offer the best of Italian living. The brand new Torre Suite is located in the tower offering sensational views over the Puglian countryside.
Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como
Located on the Eastern shore of the Lake, the hotel features nine separate villas, 21 guestrooms, 52 suites and two private villas. The heart of the resort is the Villa Roccabruna, the former residence of Italian soprano Giuditta Pasta built in 1799.
Palazzo Doglio, Sardinia
Situated on the island of Sardinia, Palazzo Doglio features 72 large guestrooms and suites all within the hotel’s central location in Cagliari. The property is walking distance to the marina and Poetto Beach.
The St. Regis, Venice
The newly restored St. Regis Venice includes 130 modern guestrooms and 39 suites with balconies overlooking the Grand Canal, the Italianate Garden, or the stunning rooftops of the city. The property is located in the former Grand Hotel Britannia which opened in 1895.
Savoy Palace, Funchal Madeira Island
On the site of the former Savoy Hotel, a short walk from the Old Town, the new Savoy Palace offers chic contemporary 309 rooms and 43 suites with balconies. The rooftop lounge, terraced gardens, and multiple pools (including a spectacular infinity version, and one dedicated to kids) are perfect for family getaways. There is a selection of restaurants, bars, and a world-class spa with hydrotherapy facilities.
Nobu Hotel, Barcelona
This new and very trendy hotel in Barcelona offers 259 spacious guest rooms and suites, along with the famed Nobu Restaurant, and the tapas Nobu Sake Bar, all with panoramic views of the city and the sea. Currently closed until the end of 2020.
Arctic Bath, Harads
One of my absolute favorite designed hotels is the Artic Bath, located South of the Arctic circle on Lule River, downstream from the bridges of Bodträskfors. The property alternates between frozen and floating structures depending on the season with 6 floating cabins and 6 additional land-based cabins. The circular-shaped Arctic Bath houses one spa treatment room, four saunas, an outside cold bath, and a hot bath. Property is currently closed until end of 2020.
La Réserve Eden au Lac, Zurich
Philippe Starck has helped give a new life to this legendary hotel on Lake Zurich with an imagined yacht club vibe. La Réserve Eden au Lac is a spectacular property that opened on the lakeshore 100 years ago. The property features 40 rooms and suites, with a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant and a busy bar on the ground floor.
Six Senses Kocatas Mansions, Istanbul
This newly restored urban resort property is located in the prestigious Sariyer district of the city’s European side. The extensive and beautifully-landscaped grounds offer views over the Bosphorus as it curves toward the Black Sea. Originally built in the second half of the 19th century, the Turkish-Ottoman Kocataş Mansion was previously owned by the former Minister of Justice and founder of Kocataş Spring Water. The 45 guest rooms and suites are spread across the two mansions. There is also a Six Senses Spa and a Toro Pan-Latin and Asian Gastro Bar on property.
BEST NEW RESORTS IN EUROPE
Grandhotel Lienz, Tirol
Chenot Palace Health Wellness Hotel, Gabala
Yastrebets Hotel Wellness & Spa, Borovets
Calilo, Ios Island
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Santorini
Delfino Blu Wellness Boutique Hotel, Corfu
Lefay Resort & SPA, Dolomites
Hotel Alpin Royal, South Tyrol
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Gargnano
Wyndham Grand, Algarve
EPIC SANA, Algarve
H2otel – Congress & Medical SPA,Unhais da Serra
Vila Galé, Sintra
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis, Marbella
Finca Serena, Mallorca
Nobu Hotel, Ibiza