The glittering event was attended by boutique hoteliers, industry insiders and press from Europe, the US, Asia and Australia making it a truly global affair.
Mihir Garh in Rajasthan, India, was crowned the best boutique hotel in the world overall, while regional winners included Rancho Valencia, California for the US and Entre Cielos, Argentina for South America.
Other winners included Chateau le Cagnard in France in the classic elegance category, Fusion Boutique Hotel in South Africa in the inspired design category and The Samling Hotel in the UK for culinary excellence.
In total, there were seven outstanding regional winners, and 33 category winners, all of whom “delivered something quite unique and special in their award categories”.
Richard Hytner, Worldwide Deputy Chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi, gave the keynote speech, linking the mystery, intimacy and sensuality of irresistable boutique hotels to Saatchi and Saatchi’s own innovative branding concepts.
Other esteemed guest presenters and speakers at the event were Russell Kett, Managing Director of HVS in London, Nathalie Salas, founder of Perfect Boutique Hotel, David Archer and Julie Humphryes, Founding Partners of Archer Humphryes Architects and Anne Blackburn, Visit England Tourism Awards judge.