Maldives shines at the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards

A number of luxury properties from the Maldives have swept awards at the prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards. The awards ceremony was held at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Thailand, to honour the world’s finest in the hospitality industry.

A number of resorts, hotels and guesthouses from the Maldives had triumphant moments, as they won awards from different categories. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island won in both the Continent and Global levels, in the ‘Honeymoon Hideaway Resort’ and ‘Beach Resort’ categories. Dusit Thani Maldives also won in the Continent level, being named a winner in the ‘Family Resort’ and ‘Luxury Hotel’ categories.

Located in North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi was named the ‘Eco-friendly Hotel’ category at the Global level. Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives won in the Continent level, receiving awards for ‘Spa Retreat’ and ‘Beach Resort’ categories. A favourite among many celebrities – One&Only Reethi Rah swept awards in the Country and Global levels, winning awards for ‘Island Retreat’ and ‘Most unique guest experience’ categories.

Cheval Blanc Randheli was recognised at the Global level in the category of ‘Best Villa’. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli swept the prize from the category ‘Pool Villa Resort’, while Coco Bodu Hithi took the prize in the ‘Island Hotel’ category in the Continent level. Coco Privé Island Resort was named in the ‘New Resort’ category in the Continent Level.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru swept away the prize in the ‘Villa Resort’ category in the Country level, as JA Manafaru was also named a winner in the ‘Family Resort’ category. Jumeirah Vittaveli was the winner in the ‘Romantic Hotel’ category, while Lily Beach Resort and Spa won in both Global and Continent levels in the ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ and ‘All-inclusive Resort’ categories.

Lux* South Ari Atoll was also named a winner in the ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ category, as Mirihi Island Resort was awarded in the ‘Island Resort’ category. Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort swept the award for the ‘Best New Hotel’ category while Niyama Private Islands was a winner in the ‘Family Resort’ and ‘Honeymoon Hideaway Resort’ categories. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa swept an award in the ‘Villa Resort’ category.

Hulhulé Island Hotel was named a winner in the ‘Island Hotel’ and ‘Airport Hotel’ categories. Season Paradise Hotel won in the categories ‘Beach hotel’ and ‘Island hotel’, while Casa Barabaru Maldives was named in the Continent level in the ‘Activity Hotel’. LVIS Boutique was awarded in the ‘Bed & Breakfast Hotel’ category. Pine Lodge was named a winner in the ‘City Hotel’ category while Sea House Top Deck was named a winner in the ‘Budget Hotel’ category.

Haute Grandeur operates across 7 continents and 172 countries. The grand event held annually invites owners and general managers of top global hotel and spa groups, including industry leaders, media – representing more than 105 companies and issuing 522 awards.

“Our annual Awards Gala provides a platform for dignitaries to network and celebrates their outstanding achievements,” says Marinique de Wet, founder and Managing Director of Haute Grandeur. Established in 2014, the Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards is an independent and unbiased initiative to honour the highest achievements from across the global hotel industry.

Luxury hotel and spa brands compete for the awards based on feedback from guests rather than the number of votes by the general public or judges. “An Haute Grandeur Award is a guaranteed golden stamp of excellence, and powerful in its ability to amplify marketing, guest perception and revenue,” says De Wet. At the event, Haute Grandeur also announced the launch of a restaurant awards category in the year 2018. The next Haute Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards Ceremony will be held in Dubai.