The World Travel Awards are the most anticipated event in the travel industry. Everyone who is anyone in the world of travel has a vested interest in this award ceremony and it is so prestigious that it has been colloquially called the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry. The awards go out to the best hotels in the world among other things and this year the World Travel Awards 2020 took place on 2nd November as an online gala due to the pandemic’s restrictions on gatherings. There was no shortage of exuberance and glamour however and industry giants tuned in from all corners of the world eager to see who ranks as the nicest hotel in the world.
World Travel Awards 2020
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the World Travel Awards 2020 and to celebrate, the Barceló Hotel Group started the night with a dazzling 42 nominations making them the most nominated hotel chain at the awards. If this wasn’t impressive enough, Barceló was awarded the honour of being the ‘Best Hotel Chain of Mexico and Central America’ as well as winning a total of six best hotels in Europe awards including, ‘Spain’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’. On top of this, three more nominations were received for the grand final of the awards to be held on the 27th November in Moscow.
Best Hotels in Spain
There was tough competition in the European market as the best resorts in Europe battled it out to be nominated at this year’s awards. Five of the six awards received by Barceló were given to hotels in Spain making them one of the best hotel chains in Spain this year. Here is a list of the swoon worthy Spanish award winning hotels that were listed amongst the best resorts in Spain this year.
Royal Hideaway Corales Resort
Located in the island paradise of Tenerife, Canary Islands, the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort is bathed in an eternal springtime sunshine that reflects off the glittering Atlantic ocean, just a stone’s throw away. Made from two luxury hotels that are connected by a bridge, the resort is divided into the Royal Hideaway Corales Suites – a family friendly hotel and Royal Hideaway Corales Beach- the Adult only hotel perfect for a romantic getaway. This jewel in Barceló’s crown was also awarded the ‘Best New Hotel’ at the European Hospitality Awards back in 2018 before it opened its doors. With so many accolades and textbook perfect views of the La Enmarada beach it is hard to resist booking a winter sun getaway to one of the most luxury beach hotels in Europe.
Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri- One of the Best 5 Star Beach Hotels in Europe
This Andalusian paradise lights up the Costa de la Luz with its double award winning status this year, bringing home the award for ‘Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel’ alongside the award for ‘Spain’s Leading Hotel Suite’. It’s prime beachfront location on the shore of La Barrosa blue flag beach (voted as one of the best beaches in Spain by Tripadvisor users), makes this five star resort a top reference for wellness escapes in Spain. Considered one of the best beachfront hotels in Europe, the Sancti Petri invites guests to rest and unwind in the enchanting tropical gardens, exquisitely decorated suites and melt any stresses away in their wellness spa, the largest in Andalusia. Why not book a relaxing getaway for 2021 and discover the true beauty of this World Travel Awards 2020 double winner.
Barceló Isla Canela
For two years running, the Barceló Isla Canela in Huelva has scooped up the award for being ‘Spain’s Leading All Inclusive Resort’ placing it amongst the best all inclusive resorts in Europe. Also scoring the Traveller’s Choice Award 2020 for being one of the top 10 best all inclusive resorts in Spain, the Barceló Isla Canela is everything guests could want for some R&R in the sun. It’s prime location on the golden shores of Ayamonte’s coastline is boosted by the proximity to the Portuguese Algarve coastline, just a few minutes away giving travellers a choice of world class beaches to choose from. In addition to breathtaking beaches, this World Travel Awards 2020 hotel offers extensive sports and wellness facilities as well as a mouthwatering buffet specialising in typical Andalusian cuisine.
Boutique Hotels In Southern Spain – La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel
The award for ‘Spain’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ goes to the La Bobadilla, Royal Hideaway Hotel sustainable luxury hotel in Granada making it one of the best boutique hotels in Andalucia. This eco resort has become a mecca for travellers in search of that ‘step off the world’ feeling as well being recognised as one of the top 20 ‘Best Luxury Hotels in Spain’ by the Traveller’s Choice awards 2020. The complex is spread over an 865 acre olive grove, immersing guests in the natural splendour of the Andalusian countryside and providing a local source of delicious olive oil to savour. The resort itself is modelled on an ancient Moorish palace with a large outdoor swimming pool as well as a gym, a wellness centre and various sports courts for guests to enjoy while holidaying at this dreamy country idyll.
Bringing Home the Award for The Best Hotels in Morocco
Jumping across continents to the desert oasis of the Barceló Palmeraie travellers can enjoy the all inclusive treatment while staying in a Moroccan palm grove. Winning the World Travel Award for being ‘Morocco’s Leading All Inclusive Resort’ two years in a row, this hotel certainly knows a thing or two about comfort and luxury. This 252 room complex is designed in the traditional Moroccan style with two large swimming pools and stunning landscaped gardens for guests to enjoy. A 500 square meter wellness centre provides the perfect respite for travellers in search of a hammam or a deep tissue massage to soothe tired, weary muscles and the five dining areas provide heartwarming food for the soul. The Barceló Palmeraie is the perfect destination to experience luxury all inclusive Marrakech. Visit this World Travel Awards 2020 hotel alone or with a partner but to enjoy the full experience it is best enjoyed as a family so that children can participate in all the fun of the Mini Club and Kids Club while parents rest and unwind.
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