Expect fine bed sheets, rooms with sublime views and top-notch service if you check into these luxurious lodges.
The winners of the 26th annual Tatler Travel Awards 2019 have already been chosen and here we present the hotels that the influential magazine bestowed gongs upon, from the beautiful and wild to the gold standard bearers.
The judges were travel writers and skillfully developed – and when you scroll down, you will see that their decision-making has been i’m all over this.
Best of British – Heckfield Place, Hampshire, England
Heckfield Place is ‘elegant and understated, a brick-and-cream Georgian mansion with sweeping views over meadows and ornamental lakes’
Heckfield Invest rural Hampshire, England, says Tatler, is really a game changer.
It is ‘elegant and understated, a brick-and-cream Georgian mansion with sweeping views over meadows and ornamental lakes’. Also, ‘inside they’ve done that clever trick of keeping all that’s beautiful from the historical house and whacking it in to the 21st century, with decor that whispers instead of shouts’.
The 45-room hotel, which opened this autumn, was lauded because of its restaurant also, helmed by acclaimed Australian chef Skye Gyngell. It features ingredients picked from your kitchen garden freshly. The hotel also won points because of its green credentials – it really is set to go plastic-free. Rooms cost from £350.
Best location – Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, France
To immerse yourself fully in the champagne lifestyle, check out Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa (infinity pool pictured). Tatler says it’s ‘as instantly seductive as our favourite tipple’
The Tatler judges were impressed by the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa in France. ‘Finally Champagne,’ the magazine says, ‘has a hotel as seductive instantly, effervescent and golden-hued as our favourite tipple.’
The luxury lodge, a former 17th century coaching inn, has 49 chic rooms searching over vineyards. Other perks include a world-class spa, infinity pool and two restaurants overseen by Michelin-star chef Jean-Denis Rieubland.
Tatler notes that ‘naturally, there’s champagne aplenty, with a cellar of 200 varieties paired by Rieubland’. Doubles from £425.
Best for adventure – Camp Kiattua, Nuuk, Greenland
Taking glamping up a gear, is Camp Kiattua in Greenland. The Tatler experts remember that the remote camp was ‘initially conceived as a one-off holiday camp for a wealthy friend of Elon Musk’
Taking glamping up a gear is Camp Kiattua in Greenland.
The Tatler experts remember that the remote camp was ‘initially conceived as a one-off holiday camp for a wealthy friend of Elon Musk… and contains welcomed guests like the Jordanian royal family, a Mexican supermodel and a yoga star who shot photos posing naked on icebergs’.
The magazine adds: ‘Come by chopper or rib (the only real two method of access), sail to remote Inuit settlements and white beaches out, clink G& then;Ts chilled by iceberg chips in the wood-fired spa. Every brief moment dazzles.’ A six-night trip costs from £4,500, including transfers.
Most family-friendly – Sāo Lourenço Do Barrocal, Portugal
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São Lourenço do Barrocal produces an ideal family getaway, in accordance with Tatler, which describes it as a ‘bucolic retreat’
São Lourençdo Barrocal in Portugal o, says Tatler, is really a ‘bucolic retreat’.
It’s a resort and farm complex with a hotel, spa, restaurant and winery on the website, and it produces an ideal family getaway.
Tatler says: ‘Children’s activities are next level: treasure hunts, archaeological digs, bike rides, pony treks – and there’s an on-site play room and pool, too.’ Doubles from £165.
Best in Africa – Little Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Little Mombo Camp is really a luxury safari complex in the wilds of northern Botswana
Little Mombo Camp is really a luxury safari complex in the wilds of northern Botswana.
In total you can find three tents, and the Tatler team declare that ‘here, size matters, and each one of the three tents is considerably bigger than your average Chelsea [London] flat, with stocked bars, vast beds and copper baths boasting among the loveliest game-viewing situations in Botswana‘.
The camp overlooks a floodplain regularly visited by herds of wildlife and facilities add a dining area, fire bowl, kitchen, pool and lounge. Abercrombie & Kent offers three nights, full board, from £3,560.
Best in Asia – Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, China
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong promises to ‘satisfy every desire’, in accordance with Tatler
Mandarin Oriental’s first and flagship hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is a celebrity favourite long, with past guests including Kate Moss, The Beatles, Michael Caine, Kevin Costner, Bill Clinton and Princess Diana.
In total, you can find 501 guestrooms, ten restaurants and a lavish three-storey spa.
The Tatler team says that the hotel is ‘one of Asia’s most charismatic’ and promises to ‘satisfy every desire – you could have your own hair blow-dried, spend hours over a sumptuous afternoon tea or be measured up for a razor-sharp suit’. Abercrombie & Kent offers three nights, full board, from £1,565, including breakfast, transfers and flights.
Best for city style – Mr. C Seaport, New York
Mr. C Seaport, conceived by the famed Cipriani family (behind Harry’s Bar in Venice and a bunch of other upmarket namesake restaurants all over the world) opened in downtown Manhattan this summer
Mr. C Seaport, conceived by the famed Cipriani family (behind Harry’s Bar in Venice and a bunch of other upmarket namesake restaurants all over the world) opened in downtown Manhattan come early july.
The slickly-designed hotel boasts 66 finely appointed guest rooms and suites, with standout features including lengths of lustrous teak veneer, rain showers, 50 inch interactive hi-def TVs and fine Italian linens.
Adding to its allure, the Tatler experts remember that the hotel is ‘located in a glamorous area’ and ‘boasts incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge’. The magazine adds: ‘Throw a social gathering for six friends on the terrace of one’s suite and they’re going to remember it. Afterwards, dance on the Seaport cobblestones out in the moonlight. It’s all so right, just how New York is intended to be.’ Doubles from £405.
See the entire feature in the January problem of Tatler, on digital download and newsstands now. Visit www.tatler.com