Condé Nast Johansens Announce Winners of their 2015 Europe & Mediterranean Awards for Excellence
Best Newcomer – Casa da Calçada, Porto & Northern Portugal,Portugal.
“A nirvana for avid foodies and Port-loving oenophiles, Casa da Calçada, in the historical city centre of Amarante, is in prime position for enjoying all the spoils of North Portugal’s rich land.”
Best For Romance – Ca Maria Adele, Veneto, Italy.
“Ca Maria Adele, Venice, is an indulgent mix of two worlds. Lying within the walls of a 16th-century Venetian palazzo and hidden amongst the waterways
of the city, it’s a private bolthole of contrasts demonstrating old grandeur on the exterior with a modern, sleek and luxurious interior.”
Best Service – Astra Suites, Santorini, Greece.
“The divinity of Astra Suites, Imerovigli, is no Greek myth. For starters it’s located on Santorini, rumoured to be the prettiest Greek island of them all.Then there’s the bells and whistles: spa treatments, poolside bar, crazy-comfy beds, above-and-beyond service and the most romantic atmosphere.”
Best For Exclusive Use – La Borde, Burgundy, France.
“The most fabulous way to arrive at La Borde is by helicopter. It’s also the best way to see the patchwork Burgundy countryside surrounding this
exclusive 16th-century walled manor. Cocooned in wide-open acres of fragrant gardens, meadows and orchards, it’s fairy-tale pretty.”
Best For Families – Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa,Alicante, Spain.
“Ever imagine stumbling upon a Thai-infused resort on the ever-popular Costa Blanca? No? Meet Barceló Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, Alicante, featuring the finest elements of an Asian resort: a Zen-calm atmosphere, above-and- beyond service and friendly professionalism.”
Best Value – Casa Montani – Luxury Town House, Rome, Italy.
“Just like the ancient entrance to the city that Casa Montani overlooks, this urban oasis is a gateway to Rome. Within seconds you’re at Piazza del
Popolo, Villa Borghese and Via Babuino… This is what’s so fantastic about Casa Montani: so many of Rome’s treasures are on your doorstep.”
Best Dining Experience – The Yeatman Hotel, Porto & Northern Portugal, Portugal.
“Wine hospitality is at The Yeatman’s core, expressed in its Michelin-Starred restaurant, Pool Bar & Restaurant, 24-hour wine bar, vinotherapy spa and stylish bedrooms where paintings and objets d’art pertaining to specific wineries adorn the spaces.”
Best Hotel With Spa – Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden,Tenerife, Canary Islands.
“An ultimate go-to for relaxation, Tenerife’s Hotel Botánico & The Oriental Spa Garden is located in the north of the island. Surrounding its unfussy1970s architecture are subtropical gardens and a lake packed with koi carp giving a taster of the volcanic high drama beyond the hotel’s borders.”www.johansens.com/europe/spain/tenerife/hotel-botanico–the-oriental-spa-garden
Best Countryside Hotel – argos in Cappadocia, Turkey.
“Your very own ivory tower, argos in Cappadocia (one-time monastery and Silk Road stop-off) is an inspired hotel hewn from volcanic stone. A maze of caves and underground tunnels housing a devilishly decadent wine cellar,argos in Cappadocia is located in the ancient village of Uçhisar.”www.johansens.com/europe/turkey/cappadocia/argos-in-cappadocia
Best Destination Hotel – Seaside Hotel Palm Beach, Gran Canaria,Canary Islands.
“Satisfying the beach-loving brood, water-sport nut and sun-seeking pack,this palm-tree haven is also one for interior design enthusiasts. Parisian architect and designer Alberto Pinto’s 21st-century perspective on 1970s colour and shaping is a kaleidoscopic explosion.”
Best Urban Hotel – Hôtel La Belle Juliette, Paris, France.
“Chic and discreet are Paris buzzwords and the boutique Hôtel La Belle Juliette provides both with aplomb. Located on the south side of the Seine,
an area known for its lovers of fashion and free thinkers, this petit gem harks back to the days of sultry salons and louche lounging.”
Best Sustainable Hospitality and Corporate Responsibility – Su Gologone, Sardinia, Italy.
“This is untouched Sardinia at its rugged best. Wild, mountainous and lush,peppered with remote villages, natural springs and ancient trails. Amid this highland wilderness, Su Gologone is a tranquil retreat in a lavender and rose-scented valley at the foot of the Supramonte.”
Best for Meetings – Myriad by SANA Hotels, Lisbon & Tagus Valley, Portugal.
“Myriad by SANA Hotels has you stepping back and looking up. Towering high beside, and partially on, Lisbon’s River Tagus, it’s a whacking-great feat of engineering brilliance that grabs your full attention.”
Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Events – Palazzo Magnani Feroni – all-suites florence, Tuscany, Italy.
“Prepare to be seduced by Palazzo Magnani Feroni – all-suites florence, a brilliantly restored 16th-century noble residence-cum-eminent boutique retreat. Honeymooners flock to this city of romance and in turn, to this lovenest in the heart of it.”
Readers’ Award – SANA HOTELS, Portugal, exclusively:EPIC SANA Lisboa Hotel.
“A breath of fresh air: edgy and glamorous. Setting new heights in personal service and comfort to Lisbon’s luxury hotel scene.”
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel.
“Spread across private acres of pine forest and gardens above the golden Falésia beach, EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel is where memories are made.”http://www.johansens.com/europe/portugal/algarve/epic-sana-algarve-hotel