Virtuoso Touts "The Best of the Best"-Travel Week

I’m just back from Vegas, where I attended the world’s largest luxury travel show, Virtuoso’s Travel Week (formerly called Virtuoso Travel Mart, for the prior 24 years).

I met with my terrific hotelier partners, such as Elisa Pak, from the Four Seasons Wailea in Maui… who would later VIP a honeymoon client of mine arriving later that week. What terrific connections were made in Vegas. 

And, as noted in, Virtuoso touted the “best of the best” with its hotelier awards. I was thrilled to have attended the dinner, with my host Andrew Rein with Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts. What a fabulous evening. 

As the article noted, “The award ceremony drew in 1,450 people. On hand to reveal the recipients were Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew Upchurch; Virtuoso President and COO Kristi Jones; Virtuoso Vice President of Hotels, Destinations & Tours, Albert Herrera; as well as guest presenter Barbara De Lollis, “Hotel Check-in” editor for USA Today”.


Best Achievement in Design
Park Hyatt Sydney Australia

Best Culinary Experience
Sur Mesure at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France

Best Bar
£10 at Montage Beverly Hills, California (How fabulous that I was there to cheer Charles Black and the rest of the gang from the Montage in person! Here’s a snap of Charles with our exec vp, Stephanie Anevich.)

Best Family Program
Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico (I was thrilled that my Four Seasons partners won!)

Best Spa
Spa My Blend by Clarins, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, France

Most Innovative Guest Experience
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (Yay! Love my Rosewood hotel partners!)

Most Socially Responsible
Lefay Resort and SPA Lago di Garda, Gargnano, Italy

One to Watch
Amanruya, Bodrum, Turkey

Hotelier of the Year
Danilo Zucchetti, Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy (Villa d’Este is the best!)

Hotel of the Year
The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Dorchester Collection, California

Well done to the winners!

Now – don’t you think it’s time for you to go check out these hotels in person, and what makes them winners?