Every year, Vision hosts the Vision Style Awards to uncover some of the most beautiful hospitality venues from around the world. The 2018 Awards were launched back in May with brand new categories, judges and venues; all hoping to recognise the effort, style and flair from across the globe.
The design competition, which began as the Hilden Style Awards back in 2013 originally aimed at independent bed and breakfasts around the UK, has seen over 100 entries this year featuring locations as far and wide as Rwanda, Tanzania, Bali and New Zealand.
Taking place at The Chapel in Harrogate on 24th October, the six esteemed judges chose the overall winners of this years’ awards.
Deciding upon the winners were Lori Pinkerton-Rolet, Director of Park Grove Design, Marc Wynne, International Hospitality Sales Director for Vision, Nigel Haworth, Renowned Chef and Northcote Ambassador, Bill Lumley, Editor of Luxury B&B Magazine, Abi King, Award-Winning Journalist and Blogger at Inside the Travel Lab and Fraser Donaldson, Group Hospitality Sales and Marketing Director for Vision.
Fraser said: “Vision is a global company, committed to delivering our customers’ standards, and so we decided to expand the reach of our awards this year to encompass any hospitality venue, from anywhere in the world.
The standard has been exceptional and all categories have been keenly fought. The winners this year have proved they really are some of the best in form, composition, and ultimately, in style. They really impressed the judges by going above and beyond our expectations with their interiors and they should all be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved.”
The full list of winners:
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.
The Judges said: “This makes it look so easy to be there – a sense of peace of mind added by the symmetry of the bedroom and lounge.”
Hottest Hotel (Group)
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.
The Judges said: “The Temple House really draws me in; I love the cultural aspects and the interiors. It looks truly amazing!”
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.
The Judges said: “The Chapel is so unique. Outstanding thought and careful curation have gone into this. I love it!”
Most Beautiful Bar or Restaurant
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.
The Judges said: “The cool and soothing tones of Bottega Ristorante are perfectly in harmony with one another.”
Eco-Champion of the Year
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 Judges said: “Fivelements is deeply respectful of its location and environment. The reflection in the water and the compelling sustainability leaves you spellbound.”
Innovative New Venue
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 Judges said: “Original, exciting and a positive step towards protecting the landscape. Simply stunning.”
Most Sumptuous Spa
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.
The Judges said: “Fontsanta is a stunning example of a venue dedicated to health and wellness. The surroundings and the beautifully integrated design and composition offer a unique experience of serenity and comfort.”
All the winners and finalists will be featured in the Vision Style Guide 2019 as well as a range of interviews, features and forecasts; an annual look-book aimed at providing a definitive guide to upcoming trends across the hospitality industry. The Guide will be released in early 2019.
To find out more about the Vision Style Awards, please visit www.visionsupportservices.com/style-awards/