Virtuoso Best of the Best 2009 - 2
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VERY BEST Annual Best of the Best Award Winners Among the Best of the Best are ten properties which have distinguished themselves by their spirited enthusiasm and singular passion for delivering an unparalleled experience for Virtuoso guests. Chosen by Virtuoso’s elite member travel advisors, these properties represent the pinnacle of service, design and luxury in the hotel industry. BEST AC H I E V E mE NT IN DES IG N Four Seasons Hotel Florence, Italy Following seven years of meticulous restoration, the Hotel occupies two protected Renaissance palaces: the 15th century Palazzo della Gherardesca; and the Conventino, a 16th century Palazzo, which was once a convent. The palace’s carefully restored and ornately painted and crafted interiors offer guests the rare opportunity to view 15th–19th century artworks in their original context. BEST B A R Stravinskij Bar, Hotel de Russie, Rome, Italy The Stravinskij Bar has earned a cult following for its unrivalled martinis, as well as, having been made a full-fledged member of the James Bond Bar circuit for its elegance, impeccable class and cosmopolitan crowd. BEST CO N C IE R GE Colin Short, The Lanesborough, London, England Previously nominated in 2007, Colin Short, Head Concierge at The Lanesborough, embodies the indispensible link that the concierge provides to the local destination. Mr. Short is committed to upholding the highest standards of the profession through sharp intuition, his vast networks of contacts and meticulous attention to detail. BEST C U L INARY E x p E R I E NCE Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek, South Africa This boutique Relais & Chateaux property, situated in the heart of Cape Winelands’ Franschhoek Valley, offers three dining experiences: fine dining at The Tasting Room; a relaxed street side bistro at iCi; plus modern country fare on Môreson Wine Farm at Bread & Wine.