Condé Nast Johansens 2014 Annual Europe and the Mediterranean Awards for Excellence

4th November 2013, London; Condé Nast Johansens are delighted to announce the winners of their 2014 Europe & Mediterranean Awards for Excellence, revealed at the 32nd annual Awards Dinner held at The May Fair Hotel in London.

Best for Romance – Château Eza, Côte d’Azur, France

“Old school chic, super-yachts, St Tropez, the French Riviera has effortless glamour by the Hermès bag-full.  Add in peaceful seclusion on a luxurious scale and a heavenly sea breeze and you have the intimate, five-star Château Eza, a short hop from Nice and Monaco.”

Best Luxury Apartment, Villa or Chalet – The Elysian Collection, Zermatt & Klosters, Switzerland

“Elysian Collection's four world-class chalets are perched high on the edges of villages Zermatt and Klosters. Peaceful, private and serene, they offer so much more than the conventional luxury ski holiday or Swiss summer sojourn.”

Best Service – Hotel Gardena Grödnerhof, Trentino, Italy

“A slice of sublime mountain magic, Hotel Gardena Grödnerhof nestles amongst the spectacular pale peaks of the Dolomites. This turreted South Tyrolean lodge is a supersized sanctuary with a focus on regeneration”

Best Restaurant – Le Candille at Le Mas Candille, Côte d’Azur, France

“Jump in a cab from Cannes' glamorous Croisette, make your way through steep, winding roads and the pretty French village of Mougins, and 10 minutes later you'll uncover the small but perfectly formed Le Mas Candille. A former 18th-century farmhouse concealed in olive groves.”

Best Hotel Spa – Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Lombardy, Italy

“At ‘the boot's’ thigh-high point where Italy meets Switzerland and Austria, there's Bormio. A tourist hotspot for several reasons: its natural thermal springs; high mountain passes including the legendary Stelvio Pass; and year-round skiing. Visitors have been coming since the 1st-century BC.”

Best for Families – Monsignor Della Casa Country Resort & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

“There are so many highlights it's difficult to know where to start. Monsignor Della Casa is set in acres of undulating Tuscan countryside, just a short drive from the charms of Florence. A beautifully restored Tuscan hamlet alongside wonderfully welcoming apartments and private villas”

Best City Hotel – Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome, Italy

“Live like nobility at Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an early 20th-century Neoclassical palazzo, former home to the aristocratic Spalletti-Trivelli family. Occupying a prime position in the heart of Rome, steps from the Piazza del Quirinale (beautiful at sunset), minutes from the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain, the Villa is perfectly located for exploring the city.”

Best Waterside Hotel – Sumahan On The Water, Istanbul, Turkey

“What the Asian side of Istanbul lacks in sightseeing hotspots, it more than makes up for in peace and charm. And it's here that you'll find fashionable Sumahan On The Water. Right on the banks of the Bosphorus, this boutique retreat has buzz without the bustle.”

Best Countryside Hotel – L’Andana, Tuscany, Italy

“From the moment you turn into L'Andana's cypress and pine-tree lined driveway, you know you're in for a treat. Set on the Tenuta La Badiola estate spanning 1,200 acres of vineyards, olive groves and parkland in the undulating Maremma hills, this 19th-century Tuscan villa is a hideaway in every sense.”

Best New or Back on the Scene Hotel – Vidago Place, Oporto, Portugal

“Three years since Vidago Palace's mammoth revamp was completed, its five-star reputation is unquestionably re-established. The spa loving and golf mad sophisticates' palatial playground surpassed many expectations when it re-opened in 2010.”

Best Value for Money – Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

“You'll find this boutique gem hidden away in the heart of Lisbon. A bustling city packed with fun bars, great restaurants and museums, Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this historic hotspot.”

Best Destination Hotel – Gran Hotel Bahìa del Duque Resort, Tenerife, Spain

“A testament to colonial architecture, Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort in Tenerife is a cluster of impeccable villas. So sublimely luxurious, you needn't step out of the resort into the ‘Island Of The Eternal Spring’.”

Best Sustainable Hospitality and Corporate Responsibility – feldmilla. designhotel, Dolomites, Italy

“The hospitality of feldmilla. designhotel, South Tyrol, is like no other. A unique climate-neutral property, each guest room and the apartment is an extraordinary haven of design with polished wood and crisp white beds enlivened with striking art and blasts of colour.”

Best for Meetings – AR Diamante Beach Hotel, Alicante, Spain

“A professionally-run spa and conference hotel 100 metres from the salty waters dominated by the calcareous Rock of Ifach. While climbers explore the rugged geology and depths of the rock, AR Diamante Beach attracts climbers of the corporate ladder kind. This is because Diamante has one helluva conference centre with huge, open space.”

Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Events – Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, Venice, Italy

“The sheer beauty of Ca' Sagredo Hotel is weep-with-joy wondrous. As you pull up alongside the Grand Canal, you'll need to pinch yourself, and again when you step inside. This 15th-century palazzo has been declared a National Monument and it's certainly a monument to decadence!”

Readers’ Award – Astra Sultes, Santorini, Greece

“The divinity of Astra Suites, Imerovigli, is no Greek myth. For starters it's located on Santorini, rumoured to be the prettiest Greek island of them all. Then there's the bells and whistles that include relaxing spa treatments, crazy-comfy beds, above-and-beyond service and the most romantic atmosphere.”

NOTES FOR EDITORS: The Awards are based on responses from guest nomination forms, guest survey reports, and local experts reports drawn from the hotels featured in our most recent Guides.

Condé Nast Johansens is now in its 32nd year, a year which heralded a digital evolution and brand modernisation for the internationally trusted Guides to luxury accommodation throughout the world.  The reimagined website (, refreshed logo, and three newly designed printed 2014 guides as well as an additional digital-only venue guide form the brand update.  This has further established its position as the leading independently produced multi-media source for today’s traveller, sourcing hotels, spas and venues for leisure and business in the UK, Europe and the Americas. The 2014 guides are also available for download on the iPad.

Harriet Robertson
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