The results are in. On the 8th of June 2019, the red carpet was rolled out on the island of Madeira to welcome the great and the good of the European travel industry to the Europe Gala Ceremony, part of the World Travel Awards.
What are the World Travel Awards?
If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘Oscars of Tourism and Travel’, as they’re commonly known, then you’ll be interested to know that the WTA were established back in 1993. That means that they turned 26 this year, but there’s no sign of a quarter-life crisis yet. Quite the opposite, they’re going from strength to strength.
Their aim is to reward and celebrate excellence in the tourism industry, recognising companies that operate in all of the sectors that fall under it.
Ceremonies take place worldwide, but today our focus is on the European region, with prizes this year being handed out at the legendary Belmond Reid’s Palace, in the beautiful city of Funchal.
World Travel Awards 2019: Why Madeira?
Anyone who’s set foot on this Portuguese island won’t be in the least bit surprised that when it came to selecting a destination for the World Travel Awards, Madeira was decided upon by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
It’s held the crown of being Europe’s Leading Island Destination for five years now, thanks to its climate, cuisine, landscape and culture.
No matter what the weather is doing on the European mainland, the weather in Madeira is always spring-like.
It’s 741 square kilometres large, and home to 254,000 people. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1999, and 77% of the main island is covered by the Madeira Nature Reserve. That means that, in spite of being a popular tourist destination, large swathes of it are still utterly unspoilt.
World Travel Awards Winners 2019
Read on to find out all about the incredible hotels that were awarded various prizes at the gala. There are too many to mention here, so we’re mainly going to focus on some of the very best hotels in Spain.
Who knows, they might be the inspiration you need to finally book that holiday in the sun you’ve been dreaming of.
Now, without further ado, let’s delve in and find out who the winners are.
Best Boutique Hotels in Spain: Spain’s Leading Boutique Hotel
When choosing Spain’s Leading Boutique Hotel, the jury couldn’t ignore the charms of the unique, five-star La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, nestled in the beautiful Andalusian countryside.
With award-winning restaurants and incredible facilities, including a luxury spa, it’s not hard to understand why the judges chose this hotel. It’s the perfect spot for the ultimate romantic getaway.
Leading Hotels in Spain: Spain’s Leading MICE Hotel
But it’s not just about getting away from it all. The World Travel Awards cover tourism of all shapes and sizes, including that aimed towards the MICE market (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions). This year, the prize has gone to the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento.
This striking building is located right on the banks of the Guadalquivir river is perfectly located for accessing the city centre and the high-speed train station. The fantastic Barcelo Convention Centre, attached to this hotel, is one of the main reasons that the hotel has won this prestigious award.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Europe winners of the 26th World Travel Awards
Spain’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 Barceló Isla Canela
— World Travel Awards (@WTravelAwards) 10 de junio de 2019
Best Holiday Resorts in Spain: Spain’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort
All-inclusive hotels are big business on the coasts of Spain, so winning this category is no mean feat.
The prize went to the four-star Barcelo Isla Canela, which is built in the style of a traditional Andalusian village and is right on the Costa de Luz, in the region of Huelva, just minutes from the Portuguese border.
With the beach, the Moorish-style gardens, the fantastic buffet restaurant and the kids club, it’s little wonder that it’s been recognised as one of the best holiday resorts in Spain.
Best Luxury Resorts in Spain: Spain’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa and Spain’s Leading Resort
The Royal Hideaway Corales Resort is so exceptional that’s it’s taken home not just one, but two awards. It’s been named both Spain’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa, and Spain’s Leading Resort.
If that isn’t enough of a reason to book yourself a luxury, quiet break at this Adults Only hotel on the paradisiacal Costa Adeje, on the island of Tenerife, in the stunning Canary Islands, then we don’t know what is.
Best Beach Hotels in Spain: Spain’s Leading Beach Hotel
When you think of Spain, you might think of tapas first, but you’ll probably have visions of beautiful, sandy, sun-soaked beaches. And you wouldn’t be wrong.
The judges of the World Travel Awards have selected Formentor, a Royal Hideaway Hotel as Spain’s Leading Beach Hotel.
This five-star hotel in Mallorca makes a fantastic couples’ retreat but is also often sought out by creatives in need of inspiration. On top of that, the location makes it a fantastic spot for water sports of all kinds.
Best Hotels in Morocco: Morroco’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort
Just across the Mediterranean from Spain is the fascinating country of Morocco, and it wasn’t left out of the World Travel Awards.
The Barceló Palmeraie, in Marrakech, was the winner of the award for Morroco’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort thanks to its central location, two swimming pools, gardens, wellness centre, kids club and five different dining options.
The perfect place for anything from a convention to a family holiday.
All of the winners of the European awards are put forward to the final stage, the worldwide winners being honoured at the glitzy Grand Final Gala Ceremony, which this year will be held in Oman.
So, we might have to wait a while to find out who the overall winners are, but in the meantime, how about checking out one of the finalists for yourself?