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Finalists announced for LLM Readers’ Travel Awards 2020

By LLM Reporters on 1st July 2020

The 2020 LLM Readers’ Travel Awards, in partnership with Blue Bay Travel, will recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the luxury travel and tourism industry. As hard hit as it has been this year, now is the time, more than ever, to lend support to the industry and this is why we are asking our readers to have their say.

Our team of experts have, for the third year running, worked hard in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most sought-after destinations.

Now it is over to our discerning readers to vote for their favourites from the impressive selection of finalists below. And we’re offering one very lucky voter the chance to win a five-night night stay at the luxurious Zafiro Palace Alcudia – a five-star hotel in Mallorca’s authentic northern region. More information on this fantastic prize can be read here.

The deadline for voting is 11.59pm on 31/10/2020.

LLM Readers’ Travel Awards 2020

HOTELS (UK based entries only)

Best Beach/Coastal Hotel

Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
Ballygally Castle Hotel, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
The Headland, Cornwall, England

Best Boutique Hotel

11 Cadogen Gardens, London, England
DUKES London, England
Eccleston Square Hotel, London, England
Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
Seaham Hall, Durham, England
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, England
The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
The Glasshouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England

Best City Hotel

11 Cadogen Gardens, London, England
COMO Metropolitan London, England
COMO The Halkin, London, England
Conrad London St. James, London, Englad
DUKES London, England
Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, England
The Academy Hotel, London, England
The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England

DUKES London
DUKES London

Best Hotel for Business

COMO The Halkin, London, England
DUKES London, England
Europa Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England

Best Hotel for Design

11 Cadogen Gardens, London, England
Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester, England
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Nhow London, England
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England

Best Hotel for Families

Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
Bovey Castle, Devon, England
Eccleston Square Hotel, London, England
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
The Headland, Cornwall, England
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate

Best Hotel for Food

Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
Bovey Castle, Devon, England
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
COMO Metropolitan London, England
COMO The Halkin, London, England
Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
The Beach at Bude, Cornwall, England
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
The Headland, Cornwall, England
The Plume of Feathers, Cornwall, England
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Best Hotel for Golf

Bovey Castle, Devon, England
Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Best Hotel for Romance

11 Cadogen Gardens, London, England
Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
Bovey Castle, Devon, England
Culloden Estate & Spa, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Lewinnick Lodge, Cornwall, England
Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
Monkey Island Estate, Maidenhead, England
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
Seaham Hall, Durham, England
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
The Fife Arms, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
The Frogmill, Cheltenham, England
The Glasshouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Lewinnick Lodge
Lewinnick Lodge. Image credit: Paul Terry

Best Hotel for Wine

Bovey Castle, Devon, England
COMO The Halkin, London, England
Linthwaite House, Cumbria, England
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

Best Spa/Wellness Hotel

Bailiffscourt, West Sussex, England
Bovey Castle, Devon, England
Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate, Cornwall, England
Culloden Estate & Spa, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire, England
Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa, Warwickshire, UK
Monkey Island Estate, Maidenhead, England
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England
Seaham Hall, Durham, England
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
The Gainsborough Bath & Spa, Bath, England
The Headland, Cornwall, England
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, West Sussex, England

HOTELS (Overseas entries)

Best Hotel in Africa

Arambrook Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
AtholPlace Hotel and Villa, Morukuru Family, Johannesburg, South Africa
Latitude 0°, Kampala, Uganda
Latitude 13°, Lilongwe, Malawi
Latitude 15°, Lusaka, Zambia
Leeu Estates, Franschhoek, South Africa
Morukuru Beach Lodge, Morukuru Family, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa
Santorini Mozambique, Vilanculos, Mozambique

bahia del duque
Bahia del Duque

Best Hotel in Asia

Akyra Manor, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Akyra TAS Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
Akyra Thonglor, Bangkok, Thailand
Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi Resort & Spa, Pranburi, Thailand
Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort & Spa, Phang Nga, Thailand
Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Banyan Tree Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, North Male Atoll, Maldives
COMO Cocoa Island, South Male Atoll, Maldives
COMO Maalifushi, Maldives
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok, Thailand
COMO Point Yamu, Phuket, Thailand
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
COMO Uma Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
COMO Uma Paro, Bhutan
COMO Uma Punakha, Bhutan
COMO Uma Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Dharana at Shillim, Pune, India
DoublePool Villas by Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Maldives
Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Haritha Villas + Spa, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Huvafen Fushi, North Male Atoll, Maldives
Melia Ko Samui, Thailand
OZEN by Atmosphere, Maadhoo Island, Maldives
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Salinda Resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Seaside Finolhu, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, North Male Atoll, Maldives
SO/ Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Krabi, Thailand
The Anam, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
The Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
The Nautilius, Baa Atoll, Maldives
The Sarojin, Khao Lak, Thailand
The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Baa Atoll, Maldives
VIE Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Best Hotel in Australasia

Bannisters by the sea, NSW, Australia
COMO The Treasury, Perth, Australia
Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide, Australia
QT Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
The Kilnhouses, Victoria, Australia
The Langham, Sydney, Australia

5 BALI COMO Shambhala Estate is one of BaliÔÇÖs best wellness retreats
COMO Shambhala Estate

Best Hotel in Europe

AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Akelarre Hotel, San Sebastian, Spain
Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Resort, Malaga, Spain
Anantara Villamoura Algarve Resort, Algarve, Portugal
Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Ioannina, Greece
Bahia del Duque, Tenerife, Spain
Boutique Hotel Alhambra and Villa Augusta, Mali Losinj, Croatia
Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain
Carlo IV, Prague, Czech Republic
Chateau De Montcaud, Sabran, France
COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, Italy
Divani Apollon Palace and Thalasso, Vouliagmeni, Greece
Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete, Greece
Fauchon l‘Hotel, Paris, France
Gecko Hotel & Beach Club, Formentera, Spain
Gennadi Grand Resort, Rhodes, Greece
Grand Hotel dei Dogi, Venice, Italy
Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland
Hillside Beach Club, Fethiye, Turkey
Hotel Bellevue, Mali Losinj, Croatia
Hotel Crillon Le Brave, Provence, France
Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris, France
Hotel Hermitage, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Hotel Metropole, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Hotel Okura, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hotel Villa Magna, Madrid, Spain
Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Malaga, Spain
Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Le Barn, Bonnelles, France
Le Coucou, Meribel, France
Le Pavillon des Lettres, Paris, France
Le Relais de Chambord, Chambord, France
Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, Algarve, Portugal
Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, Corfu, Greece
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Monte-Carlo beach, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
New York Palace, Budapest, Hungary
NH Collection Doelen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Amalfi, Italy
NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nhow Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Palacio Solecio, Malaga, Spain
Palazzo Naiadi, Rome, Italy
Paragon 700, Puglia, Italy
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, Cyprus
Pavillon de la Reine, Paris, France
Rosselli, Valletta, Malta
Severin’s The Alpine Retreat, Lech, Austria
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Torralbenc, Menorca, Spain
TOTEM, Madrid, Spain
Urso Hotel & Spa, Madrid, Spain

Best Hotel in North America

COMO Metropolitan, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, California, USA
NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia, Guadalajara, Mexico
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pennsylvania, USA
Post Ranch Inn, California, USA
Sands Hotel and Spa, California, USA
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, Florida, USA

New York City
New York City. Image credit: Songquan Deng/Bigstock.com

Best Hotel in South America

Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru
Hilton Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Hotel Emiliano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
NH Collection Casacostanera, Vitacura, Chile
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Colombia
Tierra Chiloe Hotel and Spa, Castro, Chile

Best Hotel in the Caribbean

Be Live Collection Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla
Cap Maison Resort & Spa, St Lucia
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
Montpelier Plantation and Beach, St Kitts and Nevis
Sandy Lane Hotel, St. James, Barbados

DESTINATIONS

Best UK City

Bath, England
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cardiff, Wales
Durham, England
Edinburgh, Scotland
Exeter, England
Liverpool, England
London, England
York, England

Best City (outside of the UK)

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Bangkok, Thailand
Barcelona, Spain
Budapest, Hungary
Copenhagen, Denmark
Melbourne, Australia
New York City, USA
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Quito, Ecuador
St. Petersburg, Russia
West Hollywood, California, USA

Santorini
Santorini

Best Honeymoon

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Florida’s Paradise Coast, USA
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Paris, France
Santorini, Greece
South Lake Tahoe, California, USA
Tahiti
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
The Republic of Maldives
West Hollywood, California, USA

Best Island

Bermuda
Crete, Greece
Fanjove Island, Tanzania
Ko Samui, Thailand
Maui, Hawaii
Santorini, Greece
St. Lucia
Tahiti
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Best Ski Resort

Aspen, Colorado, USA
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Courchevel, France
Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Aosta Valley, Italy
Le Coucou, Meribel, France
Lech, Austria
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
South Lake Tahoe, California, USA
St Moritz, Switzerland
Verbier, Switzerland

TOUR OPERATORS

Best Specialist Tour Operator

Ker & Downey Africa
Off the Map Travel
Orange – The Destination Management Company
VIP Trips for Kids

London
London

Best Tour Operator

Ker & Downey Africa
VIP Trips for Kids

Best Tour Operator for Adventure

Ker & Downey Africa
Off the Map Travel
Orange – The Destination Management Company
VIP Trips for Kids

AIRLINES

Best Airline

British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Emirates
Etihad Airways
Qatar Airways
Singapore Airlines

Best Airport

Changi Airport, Singapore
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan
Heathrow Airport, England
Hong Kong International Airport
Munich Airport, Germany

Dhidhoofinolhu, Maldives - 5 July 2017: Chill lounge zone and restaurant in the crystal water of the Indian Ocean, Maldives, 5 July 2017
Maldives

CRUISE

Best Ocean Cruise Line

Aqua Expeditions
Azamara
Celebrity Cruises
Cunard Line
Princess Cruises
Royal Caribbean

Best River Cruise Line

Amadeus
Aqua Expeditions
Crystal
Riviera Travel
Uniworld
Viking

OTHER

Best Travel Website

@luxurylondonguy
Cruise Critic
Upgrade Pack
Wigwam Holidays

Blue Bay Travel is one of the UK’s leading independent travel agents and operates under three different sub-branches – Caribbean Warehouse, Tropical Warehouse and Xclusivity – priding itself on insider knowledge, excellent service and incredible deals, proven by an 85 strong plethora of awards. Over the years, its team of experts have travelled to every corner of the globe, filling their brains with extensive knowledge of the destinations and resorts that they sell.

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