Condé Nast Traveller announced its 21st Annual Readers’ Travel Awards on Monday, 3rd September, to an audience which had travelled from around the globe, to find out who had won the hearts and minds of the discerning readers of the world leading travel publication. With categories that included the ‘Best Country’ and the ‘Best Island’, to the ‘Best City for Architecture’ and even the ‘Best Island for Beaches’, which was won by Hawaii, Chewton Glen was thrilled to be awarded the prize of the ‘Best UK Hotel Spa’ and also to receive the Number 3 ranking in the category of ‘Best UK Holiday Hotel’, with its sister hotel Cliveden House in Berkshire taking the Number 5 position and its country cousin, The Lygon Arms in Broadway making its first top twenty appearance.
The awards ceremony, which was held at the Ham Yard Hotel in the heart of London, was hosted by the publications irrepressible Editor, Melinda Stevens, whose pride and passion for Condé Nast Traveller shone out like a beacon from the stage as she invited the travel industry luminaries to collect their awards. Melinda also shared with the audience the exciting developments that are planned for Condé Nast Traveller in the UK and USA and praised the remarkable work her editorial, photographic and production teams do to produce a publication that is recognised as the world’s most discerning travel title providing punchy, practical and independent features on destinations and worldwide trends, whilst offering insider information beneficial to the consummate traveller.
Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels who accepted the award of ‘Best UK Spa Hotel’ from Melinda commented:
'In this coming of age 21st award ceremony for Condé Nast Traveller, it is wonderful that Chewton Glen, which has been such an inspiring resort for well over five decades, is acknowledged as being still at the top of its game. I am immensely proud of the team at Chewton Glen for their outstanding work in creating a world-class spa hotel that is so well respected by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller.
'We were thrilled last year to be the runner-up in this category, but this year with an amazing score of 87.59 the perceptive readers highlighted our skilled therapists, our holistic programmes and the bedrooms at this iconic luxury country house hotel in Hampshire. The luxury health spa at Chewton Glen embodies the unique purity of its New Forest and coastal location. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring guests receive the highest levels of personalised service, holistic lifestyle programmes and indulgent spa experiences within the environments of a world-class retreat.
'The Spa at Chewton Glen was also listed in the prestigious ‘World’s Top 100’ in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2018, with its amazing score of 87.59. Chewton Glen took 46th place in the list which named the Greek Islands as the winner with 95.63, properties such as the Lanserhof Tegernsee, in Bavaria was in 2nd place with 94.72 and, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India with 94.49 was in third position. Chewton Glen was the only property in the UK to be listed in the top 60 of this impressive listing of the readers’ favourite destinations, hotels, villas, spas, airlines, airports, cruises and tour operators around the globe. This is an amazing result and we are so grateful to Condé Nast Travellers and its readers for their endorsement of our hotel and spa,'