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Virtuoso’s Best of the Best for 2019

Woman by pool at Le Sereno resort - St Barth

More than 1,300 accommodation options showcased

Cover of Virtuoso's Best of the Best 2019 hotel guideVirtuoso‘s new 2019 Best of the Best is every luxury traveller’s dream book. Lined with more than 1,300 of the globe’s top luxury hotels as well as the hottest trends for the coming year, readers will find special benefits at each property valued in excess of $500 per night.

As part of Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts Program, each featured property is thoroughly vetted through the renowned global luxury travel network and its force of expert travel advisors.

With more than 1,300 properties in Virtuoso’s portfolio of hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments, there is something for everyone, whatever your hospitality style might be. Ranging from one to 4,004 rooms, almost half (48%) are under 100 rooms, and the same number are unaffiliated with a collection or brand. More importantly, though, 44% only provide these enhanced benefits to Virtuoso travellers.

As the largest-ever version with 700 pages, the directory features properties in 103 countries alongside 52 pages of exceptional experiences. In a first, this year’s printing includes a limited number of hardcover copies for Virtuoso travel agencies in the US and Canada to display to clients as a coffee table book.

In an effort to keep it fresh and responsive to consumer preferences, Virtuoso added 94 properties to
its 2019 Best of the Best.

Top trends in luxury hotels for 2019 include:

Private Retreats: Villas and residences are seeing a surge from travellers who want privacy and
the opportunity to feel more local than tourist.

  • Luxury Retreats offers more than 4,500 villas in 100 of the world’s most sought-after locales,
    from urban lofts to private islands to ski chalets.
  • Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is an all-villa property along the island’s coast;
    each features a patio, garden and pool.
  • Cotton House Mustique offers 17 cottages with private verandas and plunge pools on a spacious estate.

Rural Rewards: Travellers want countryside escapes infused with a definite sense of place,
including somewhere they can live like historic aristocracy.

  • Domaine des Etangs features an 11th-century French château, contemporary art, landscaped
    gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Penha Longa Resort, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, once a retreat for Portuguese royals, contains five
    centuries of history nestled in a spectacular national park.
  • Kurà Design Villas in Costa Rica features just eight sleekly modern suites highlighting architectural design and sustainability from its placement on a mountaintop amid native gardens.

Wellness Wows: As travellers increasingly seek relaxation and restoration, Virtuoso wellness sales
are up more than 15%.

  • Waldhotel & Medical Excellence in Switzerland focuses on prevention and regeneration,
    with specialist consultations and personalised treatment plans that continue once travellers
    return home.
  • Rosewood Hong Kong will feature a naturopathic doctor to oversee nutritional education and
    programming, as well as DNA testing and analysis, arts therapy and emotional awareness.
  • Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, New York City will be the flagship hotel of the high-performance focused luxury brand, with Equinox club and innovative guestrooms.

Recovery and Revitalisation: Hotels turned natural disasters such as 2017’s Hurricane Irma into
opportunities to rebuild and provide travellers with “new” options.

  • Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands is welcoming guests again.
  • On St Barth, Le Sereno, Hotel Le Toiny and Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle de France
    have reopened after significant restoration and renovations.
  • In Puerto Rico, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is now open with expanded facilities
    and enhanced guestrooms.

Quick Escapes: Travellers seeking a short break from the stress of daily life or unpleasant weather
can choose from 21 new American gems, as Virtuoso’s US bookings have grown 13% year
over year.

  • Iconic Gurney’s in New York’s Hamptons offers access to a private beach, five
    restaurants and bars and an ocean-fed seawater pool, the only one of its kind in North
  • Mr. C Beverly Hills marries timeless glamour with contemporary amenities and
    personalised experiences from the fourth generation of hospitality’s famed Cipriani family.
  • Prestige at the Palazzo is one of Las Vegas’s best-kept secrets: a hotel within a hotel
    offering elevated luxury, with benefits such as a champagne check-in.

Best of the Best is being distributed to the homes of 150,000 of Virtuoso’s finest clients around the


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