Virtuoso Best of the Best 2009 - 3
BE ST FA mILY p R O GR A m The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Children’s programs at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offer a variety of supervised physical and creative activities designed especially for children aged 5–12. Full- or half-day options, seven days a week, include snorkeling and scuba programs, craft time and sand castle building. BE ST S pA Six Senses Hideaway Samui, Koh Samui, Thailand The Six Senses Spa, with outdoor treatment salas and indoor treatment rooms, offers an extensive menu of holistic and traditional treatments conducted by highly skilled therapists using all-natural products. Surrounded by spectacular water views, guests always leave feeling invigorated and energized. m OST I NNOV AT I V E GU E ST E xpE RIE NCE explora en Atacama, San Pedro, Chile The 50-room hotel positions itself as a place to “re-charge” for the following days’ guided explorations. Guests enjoy inclusive gourmet meals; an unlimited open bar with a wide selection of wines; four connected outdoor pools and saunas; and access to private stables with 25 horses. m OST S O C I AL LY R E S pO NS I B LE Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa Pride ‘n Purpose is the charitable non-profit arm of Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson’s Private Game Reserve. Pride ‘n Purpose is committed to uplifting disadvantaged communities living adjacent to the reserve — both through the provision of basic needs and by empowering communities with sustainable development and education. HOT EL I E R O F T H E Y E A R Franka Holtmann, Le Meurice, Paris, France Mrs. Holtmann’s experience in the Paris luxury hotel sector is second to none. She is the only female General Manager to run two of Paris’ six Palace hotels, starting with the Hotel de Crillon on Paris’ Place de la Concord, and the distinguished Le Meurice where she has led a dynamic team of professionals since June 2006. HOT EL O F T H E Y E AR Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand Located within a former coconut plantation overlooking the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Phuket, Amanpuri (meaning “peaceful place”) was the very first Amanresort. Forty pavilions, measuring almost 1,300 square feet (each with its own private outdoor terrace), and an additional 30 Thai villa homes are interspersed throughout the resort’s verdant peninsula sloping down to Pansea Beach. Amanpuri’s 88-foot freshwater swimming pool is finished in midnight-blue tiling. The Aman Spa features six spacious Thai-style spa pavilions offering an open, light-filled space of wood and glass with private steam room, shower, bath, dressing area and an outdoor meditation sala.