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Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland wins Virtuoso “best of best” award

The 2018 Virtuoso Best of the Best award winners were honoured at the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas in August. The most coveted prize – “Hotel of the Year” – went to Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland.

Commenting on the award, Adare Manor’sCEO,ColmHannonsaid:“This award gives us great encouragement in the product and quality of guest service that we have created and re- enforces our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement in reaching our vision of ‘Beyond Everything’.”

Adare Manor reopened last November after an extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme over 21 months. The resort has been meticulously restored to its former splendour, and with the addition of the very best of the newly designed features, ensures that Adare Manor can be experienced and enjoyed now for generations to come. The newly designed luxury resort now features a new 42-bedroom wing, bringing the total number to 104 bedrooms. Adare Manor recently opened its newly rebuilt, redesigned and remodeled golf course, which was led by world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio and is fast becoming regarded among the top golfing resorts in Europe and worldwide.

Virtuoso’s voting public included its 1,000-plus travel agency members and their 17,500 professional travel advisors from 50 countries. “This year’s Best of the Best winners are a beautifully diverse group with worldwide appeal, showcasing hotels that are historic and contemporary, small and large, and boutique properties alongside well-known luxury brands,” said Albert Herrera, Senior Vice President of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “These properties set a standard of the highest quality for the entire Virtuoso portfolio with their commitment to innovating constantly to improve the guest experience. We are proud to call these world’s- nest properties our own and are inspired by their creativity in breaking new ground for the luxury hospitality industry”.

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BEST BAR

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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM LEADERSHIP

Six Senses Douro Valley – Lamego, Portugal

BEST FAMILY PROGRAM

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BEST WELLNESS PROGRAM

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BEST VIRTUOSO NEWCOMER

Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris, France

BEST VIRTUOSO HOTEL AMBASSADOR

Andrea Filippi, Belmond

HOTELIER OF THE YEAR

Patrizio Cipollini, Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence, Italy