Secret Bay in Dominica named the World’s Best Boutique Hotel

George Sell By George Sell
10 November 2016 | Updated 10 November 2016

UK: The winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016 were announced last night at a gala dinner held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

UK: The winners of the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016 were announced last night at a gala dinner held at the Merchant Taylors' Hall in London.

The ceremony brought together boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press.

Also in attendance were members of The Master Key Society, a new collaborative venture established "to create valuable relationships exclusively among the Award Winners by facilitating hotel exchange visits between them".

Among the audience was the former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, the owner of the 11 Mirrors hotel in Kiev, which won the World's Best City Hotel prize.

The winer of the top prize - the World's Best Boutique Hotel - went to Secret Bay, a small hotel with eight sustainable luxury villas and bungalows on the north coast of Dominica, in the West Indies.

Owner Gregor Nassief said: "Many of the stories here are similar. Many are adventures. Many of them have a love story behind them. But they are all about what we believe to be an extraordinary space for people. Everyone here shares those attributes."

The winners on the night were:
World's Best Boutique Hotel: Secret Bay Hotel, Dominica
World's Best Beach or Coastal Hotel: El Nido, Pangulasian Island, Philippines
World's Best City Hotel: 11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine
World's Best Classic Hotel: Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium
World's Best Culinary Hotel: Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
World's Most Inspired Design Hotel: Kau Manor, Estonia
World's Best Honeymoon Hideaway: Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy
World's Best New Hotel: Hotel Gotham, Manchester, United Kingdom
World's Best Relaxation Retreat: The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali, Indonesia
World's Most Romantic Hotel: Aenaon Villas, Santorini, Greece
World's Most Sustainable Hotel: Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
World's Best Wellness Spa: Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
World's Best Private Villa: Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas

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