Preferred Hotel award winners revealed

Find out who won the 2018 Preferred Awards of Excellence and Pineapple Award initiatives.

Finca Cortesín Hotel won the top gong. Credit: @FINCACORTESIN
Finca Cortesín Hotel won the top gong. Credit: @FINCACORTESIN

Preferred Hotels & Resorts awards recognise member hotels that have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to inspiring experiences for their guests and local communities.

They were presented at the closing ceremony of the Preferred Global Conference, when nearly 400 hospitality industry leaders, speakers, media, and independent hoteliers from around the world gathered at Pendry, San Diego from 30 April – 4 May. 

"It is an incredible honour to celebrate these partners for their tremendous leadership and outstanding dedication to inspiring travel by giving the highest quality experiences in an authentic way," said CEO Lindsey Ueberroth.

"These winners, along with every other member hotel that was nominated, exemplify the core of hospitality and prove that every effort can have a big impact on our industry’s footprint." 

2018 Preferred Awards of Excellence

Hotel of the Year – Overall: Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa (Casares, Spain) 

Finca Cortesín Hotel, Golf & Spa

 

Best New Hotel of the Year (joined the brand within the past 12 months): Myconian Villa Collection (Mykonos, Greece)

Hotelier of the Year: Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Hotel of the Year – United States/Canada: Boston Harbor Hotel (Boston, Massachusetts)

Hotel of the Year – Latin America/Caribbean: NIZUC Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico)

Hotel of the Year – Europe: Pulitzer Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Hotel of the Year – Asia Pacific: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu (Tokyo, Japan)

Hotel of the Year – India, Middle East, and Africa: The Leela Palace Bengaluru (Bengaluru, India)

#ThePreferredLife Hotel of the Year: Montage Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton, South Carolina)

#ThePreferredLife Hotel Group of the Year: Swire Hotels

I Prefer Hotel of the Year: Hotel Metropole Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)

Outstanding New Hotel Developer: Arno Nicolussi Moretto, cluster general manager of Greenland Hongqiao World Center Hotels (for Primus Hotels in Shanghai, China)

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Onno Poortier, owner’s representative and advisor, The Alpina Gstaad (Switzerland), and chairman and CEO of NOW Transforming Hospitality GmbH

Robert Cornell, former senior vice president of development, Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Dan Nakamura, former chairman of Royal Park Hotel and current president of Travel Journal Educational Foundation, Trajal Hospitality & Tourism College

 

GIFTTS Pineapple Award Winners

Preferred Hotels & Resorts also recognises member hotels that take genuine hospitality beyond their front doors by showcasing an outstanding commitment to philanthropy, community, sustainability, and education as part of its GIFTTS (Great Initiatives for Today’s [Tomorrow’s] Society) programme.

Overall Corporate Entity Winner: Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Overall Hotel Winner: Wynn and Encore Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada)

Philanthropy Winner: NJV Athens Plaza Hotel (Athens, Greece)

Sustainability Winner: Ojai Valley Inn (Ojai, California)

Education Winner: Inn by the Sea (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)

Community Service Winner: Royal Lancaster London (London, UK)

 

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