Luxury Travel Advisor Honors Awards of Excellence Winners at 2018 ULTRA Summit

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) ─ Questex Travel Group’s Luxury Travel Advisor magazine announced the winners of its prestigious Awards of Excellence reception last evening, recognizing companies considered to be the top luxury suppliers in the travel industry.  The recipients were honored at an elegant reception held at the iconic Breakers Palm Beach, which took place during Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit. 

Winners were determined exclusively by travel advisor readers of Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, who voted for nominees selected by an invitation-only advisory board made up of influential travel advisors. Nominees represent hotels, resorts, individuals, cruise lines and professional services that excel at delivering memorable experiences, a hallmark of the luxury travel industry.

“Each year we proudly recognize the suppliers that make clients’ travel experiences so unforgettable,” said Ruthanne Terrero, vice president of content and editorial director for Luxury Travel Advisor. “We congratulate all of our winners and nominees for continuing to demonstrate outstanding customer service delivery and exceeding client expectations.”

Presented by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine, ULTRA Summit brings the world’s most elite travel advisors and suppliers together for an exclusive discussion about the latest research and trends in ultra-luxury travel.

This year’s Awards of Excellence winners are:

•    Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises: Viking Ocean Cruises

•    Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships: Silversea 

•    Best Luxury River Cruise Company: Viking River Cruises

•    Airlines: Best Flat-bed Business Class Service: Emirates

•    Best FIT Operator: Abercrombie & Kent 

•    Best Luxury Escorted Tour Operator: Tauck

•    Best Local Destination Management Company: Made for Spain & Portugal

•    Best Chauffeured Services Worldwide: Carey International, Inc.

•    Best Luxury Car Rental Company: Auto Europe

•    Best New Villa 2017: John Jacob Astor Estate Presidential Water Villa Suite, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

•    Top North America Hotel Opening 2017: Four Seasons at the Surf Club (Florida)

•    Top Asia Hotel Opening 2017: Rosewood Phuket 

•    Top Middle East Hotel Opening 2017: Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

•    Top Europe Hotel Opening 2017: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

•    Top Africa/Indian Ocean Hotel Opening 2017: Four Seasons Desroches Island (Seychelles)

•    Top Caribbean Hotel Opening 2017: The Shore Club Turks and Caicos

•    Top Mexico/Central America Hotel Opening 2017: Grand Velas Los Cabos

•    Top Luxury Hotel in London: The Dorchester

•    Top Luxury Hotel in New York: The St. Regis New York

•    Top Luxury Hotel in Florida: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

•    Top Luxury Hotel in California: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

•    Top Luxury Hotel in Paris: Four Seasons Hotel George V

•    Top Luxury Hotel in Rome: The St. Regis Rome

•    Top Luxury Beach Hotel Worldwide: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

•    Top Renovation for 2017: Hotel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel in Paris

•    Top Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide: Hotel Esprit Saint Germain 

•    Top Luxury Sales Executive Worldwide: Jeremy McClellan, Marriott Luxury Brands

•    Top General Manager Worldwide: Danilo Zucchetti, Villa d’Este

•    Most Anticipated New Hotel Opening for 2018: Montage Los Cabos

•    Top Luxury Hotel Worldwide: Ritz Paris