World Luxury Hotel Awards 2015 winners announced at gala event in Hong Kong

Representatives for Hotel Plaza Athénée, winner of The Overall Hotel Winner Award.
Representatives for Hotel Plaza Athénée, winner of The Overall Hotel Winner Award.

The 9th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards gala ceremony was hosted at the prestigious Harbour Grand Hong Kong on Saturday 24th October 2015. As media partner to the event, Hotelier Maldives was in attendance representing South Asian media.

The event was hosted by international television presenter, Desmond So. Over 300 attendees represented their hotels to receive their awards at this red carpet, black tie event. As hotels and resorts were presented their awards on stage, guests were treated to a 6-course gourmet dinner, energetic cultural performances and live music in the glamorous Grand Ballroom of the Harbour Grand Hong Kong.

The event was attended by founder and chairman of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Mr. Brandon Lourens, as well as Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of Hong Kong Tourism.

200 winners, in over 50 categories received their awards at the event. The awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country, continent and global basis.

“Winning a World Luxury Hotel Award provides hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests,” explained Michelle Snyman, Brand Manager for the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Several properties from the Maldives were recognised during the gala. Mirihi Island Resort was named Global Winner of the Luxury Island Resort title. Paradise Island Resort & Spa won the title of best Luxury Water Villa Resort in the Global category, as well as Best General Manager and Best Luxury Beach Resort in the Continent (Indian Ocean) category.

Coco Collection also won big on the night. Coco Bodu Hithi took the title of Best Luxury Water Villa Resort in the Continent (Indian Ocean) category. In the Country category (Maldives), Coco Collection won the title of Best Luxury Hotel Brand, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu was named Best Luxury Green Hotel and Coco Privé Kuda Hithi took the title of Best Luxury Private Island Resort.

Hulhule Island Hotel (HIH) was named Best Luxury Airport Hotel in the Continent (Indian Ocean) category. In the country category, LUX* South Ari Atoll (formerly LUX* Maldives) won the title of Best Luxury Island Resort.

In addition to the country, continent and global awards, there were three additional prestigious awards announced at the end of the night. The first of these hotly anticipated awards was The World Luxury Spa Awards Overall Winner. The title was scooped by The Woodland Spa, UK, for their outstanding performance in the 2015 awards season.

Next was The Overall Winner Award, which was presented by Mr Brandon Lourens, founder and chairman of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, as well as Ms. Odile Franc, Director of Distribution and Development, France 24. The sought-after accolade was won by Hotel Plaza Athénée from France, who received the award for achieving the highest honour in international hospitality.

The third grand prize of the 2015 awards season was the Chairman’s Award, a new title introduced this year. The award was designed to recognise hotel management companies that have achieved the respect of their peers in the travel industry whilst having earned the trust of guests and travel coordinators alike. The first ever Chairman’s Award was awarded to LUX* Hotels and Resorts, Mauritius.

The event was filmed by renowned filmmaker Gideon van Eeden from the Netherlands. The official event film as well as the official photographs from the event will be available on our website from 9 November 2015.

The World Luxury Hotel, Spa and Restaurant Awards are accepted as the pinnacle of achievement for hotels, spas and restaurants worldwide accounting for all categories in the luxury hotel and spa industries. Award winners set the benchmark for luxury hotels and spas on the global front in achieving recognition for exceptional service.

A full list of winners can be found here.