Vision is honoured to announce the finalists of this year’s Vision Style Awards 2018. The Vision Style Awards reopened back in May with a view to finding some of the most beautifully designed hotels, restaurants, spas and bars from across the world.
For the first time ever since the Awards began back in 2013, we allowed hotel groups to enter their venues and opened entries up to include any hospitality venue, in any country, anywhere in the world.
This year certainly did not disappoint. We’ve seen entries from New Zealand, Bali, the USA and Tanzania and we’ve had one of our most successful years – with over 100 venues from across the world all wanting to win some of our coveted prizes and be featured in the Vision Style Guide .
Our esteemed judges will be sitting down to discuss who they want to crown their overall winner on the 24th October at The Chapel in Harrogate, but first, we exclusively reveal our top three finalists in each category.
Hottest Hotel (Independent)
The Nautilus, Maldives
What if a holiday in the Maldives could be done differently, more meaningfully? The Nautilus was created to answer that question. A bohemian hideaway set in the otherworldly beauty of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, The Nautilus is an immensely private resort of only 26 beach and ocean houses where every guest should feel as if staying with a friend.
Chablé Resort, Mexico
In a unique setting in the heart of the Mayan forest just 25 minutes from the historic city of Mérida, Chablé resort is a five-star spa retreat spread across 750 acres on Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula. Its 38 spacious stand-alone pool villas and two expansive 3-bedroom presidential estates are nestled within lush gardens.
1898 The Post, Belgium
Much more than a beautiful city hotel, 1898 The Post is an ambitious conversion undertaking that consisted in the restoration, restructuring and embellishment of the old Post Office from Ghent into a cosy 38-room boutique hotel.
Hottest Hotel Group
Jabali Ridge, Tanzania
Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with spiky palms and bulbous baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park.
With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. Jabali Ridge’s eight suites are hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property. An infinity pool, spa and plenty of places to laze ensure that time off is as memorable as time out in the bush. Expert guides lead walking safaris, game drives and night drives.
Hard Rock Hotel London, UK
London is the birthplace of the miniskirt, punk, garage and grime and to some of the most influential music artists the world has ever seen. It’s also the original home of Hard Rock, which started life here in the capital in 1971.
The Temple House, China
The Temple House, Chengdu, the premium 100-room hotel opening in July 2015, inspires with its contemporary design and respect for Chengdu’s rich cultural traditions.
Mill House B&B, UK
Mill House is a dreamy residence nestled on the banks of the river Wyre in rural Lancashire, sitting next to a rushing weir it’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy the spectacular wildlife.
The Chapel, UK
This stunning grade II listed chapel conversion has been sympathetically restored to provide a distinctive historic and contemporary boutique Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Harrogate Town.
Greyfield Inn, USA
Greyfield Inn is a historic mansion located on Cumberland Island, the remote southernmost coastal island of Georgia’s Golden Isles. Built by the Carnegie family c. 1900, it was converted to a 15-room inn in the 1970’s and today offers guests a dream-like, charming, and off-the-grid experience where dinnertime is signalled by a bell and spotting wild horses is a daily occurrence.
Most Beautiful Bar and Restaurant
Flight Club Bloomsbury, UK
Taking the traditional game of darts and supercharging it – the team behind Flight Club Bloomsbury have taken a range of fast and exciting multiplayer games, and housing it all in a breath-taking bar where outstanding food and drink is served as our guests play. The result is ‘Social Darts’.
Bottega Ristorante, Indonesia
Located at Mega Kuningan; The Golden Triangle of Jakarta’s central Business District, Bottega Ristorante is one of the newest European concept restaurants with a modern touch in the capital of Indonesia. The chosen concept for this particular project is “La Dolce Vita”, meaning the good life, a mixing of superior and elegant while still taking industrial design as the glue between the two.
Nam Thai, Indonesia
The concept of the design is the reinterpretation of a traditional house in Thailand, to combine contrasting aspects to complement each other. The name of the restaurant is “Nam”, meaning “Water” in Thai; while the logo is a simplified shape of an orchid, a famous flower in Thailand that symbolizes timelessness and luxury.
Eco-Champion of the Year
Phum Baitang, Cambodia
Nestled within eight acres of lush gardens and rice paddy fields on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Phum Baitang is an eco-resort composed of forty-five spacious villas inspired by traditional local architecture, as well as a spa, 2 restaurants and 2 bars.
Fivelements is located along the Ayung River near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. Surrounded by lush greenery, Fivelements is inspired by healthy cuisine, purification rituals, yoga, meditation and beautifying spa treatments and offers a range of personalised wellness programmes such as the Detox Retreat, Culinary Retreat and Rejuvenation Retreat.
The QO Amsterdam, Holland
The QO represents a departure from most hotels, at its heart is an ethos focused almost entirely on curating and working with the natural environment. Aiming to be one of the most sustainable hotels on the planet, at every stage of design environmental impact was considered the forefront of the design decision making process.
Innovative New Venue
Alila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia
A new icon on the Cambodian Riviera, Alila Villas Koh Russey is set on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago, a 25-minute private car transfer and speedboat ride from Sihanoukiville Airport. This five-star eco resort is set to serve up pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, white-sand beaches and tropical forests.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Comprising of just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park and within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the 27-hectare Bisate site is incomparable in terms of its natural splendour.
The Murray, Hong Kong
The Murray breathes new life into one of the city’s most iconic buildings, with a compelling design and architectural story to tell. Built in 1969 and designed by British architect, Ronald Phillips, the tall white landmark structure was once a government building and has been redesigned and refurbished under the expert guidance of architectural design firm Foster + Partners.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health resort and is perfectly located in the Heidi-land region in Switzerland. The destination itself promises a truly relaxing stay and is the ideal place to disconnect from the worries and pressures of daily routines, taking time out to focus on yourself.
Fontsanta Thermal Spa and Wellness, Mallorca
Fontsanta Hotel is a 5 star hotel located in Campos in the Southern portion of the island of Mallorca. It is much more than just an exclusive location: one is able to enjoy from the pleasure and welfare of the thermal spa, which offers the only natural thermal waters in the Balearic Islands.
Aro Hā, New Zealand
Aro Hā is a first-of-its-kind wellness centre, fusing state of the art building techniques, permaculture based self-sufficiency, and world-class wellness retreats.
Located in New Zealand’s ethereal Southern Alps, Aro Hā is a centre designed for the exploration of the human spirit. Our innovative programs stimulate.
So, who are your favourites? And who will win the Vision Style Awards 2018? We’ll be updating our social media throughout the day on 24th October so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook in order to be the first to know!
And don’t forget, to keep your eyes peeled for the Vision Style Guide 2019… Will your venue appear?