|By PR Newswire||
|January 9, 2013 01:04 PM EST||
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report has named Awasi resort, Chile, as the 2013 Hideaway of the Year. This is the first time a property in South America has received this prestigious award.
Editor-in-Chief Andrew Harper notes, "A Hideaway of the Year has to tick all the boxes, for comfort, design, food, amenities, service, location. The service at Awasi was outstanding and the range of activities, with private vehicles, quite exceptional.
Given the remoteness of the location, it is a remarkable place. It is also a classic hideaway, with just eight rooms."
The complete list of 2013 Grand Award Winners, as well as a number of Special Recognition Awards (Best Spa, Best Pool, Best Bar, etc.) is featured in our complimentary January Hideaway Report at www.andrewharper.com/GrandAwards.
This was an exceptional year for Chile, as Tierra Patagonia and Lapostolle Residence also received Grand Awards. Nicaragua and Uruguay both made first appearances with Jicaro Island Ecolodge and Playa Vik, respectively. The Grand Award for Best Cruise went to Sea Cloud II, while Botswana made a notable impression with three outstanding safari camps, Abu Camp, Zarafa Camp and Jack's Camp. The Hotel Manager of the Year was Jason Friedman of The Siam in Bangkok, Thailand.
To be considered for the annual awards, properties must be relatively small in size, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate a consistent devotion to personal service. Mr. Harper uses his three decades of experience to distinguish the truly enchanting from the merely excellent.
2013 ANDREW HARPER GRAND AWARDS
HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR
USA & CANADA
Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine
The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
Bardessono, Yountville, California
CARIBBEAN & CENTRAL AMERICA
The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos
Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua
Tierra Patagonia, Chile
Lapostolle Residence, Chile
Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires
Playa Vik, Uruguay
Ett Hem, Stockholm
Palazzo Seneca, Italy
Abu Camp, Botswana
Zarafa Camp, Botswana
Jack's Camp, Botswana
Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa
Taj Falaknuma Palace, India
The Siam, Bangkok
Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam
CHEF OF THE YEAR
John Besh; August, Domenica, The American Sector; New Orleans
SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR
David Lynch, formerly of Quince, now of St. Vincent, San Francisco
HOTEL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Jason Friedman, The Siam, Bangkok
CONCIERGE OF THE YEAR
Frank Marandino, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Philadelphia
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Kermit Lynch, wine importer, 40th anniversary, Berkeley, California
Sea Cloud II, Greek Isles
RESTAURANTS OF THE YEAR
Formal – Le Bernardin, New York
Informal – Boulevard, San Francisco
Formal – Restaurant Hertog Jan, Bruges
Informal – Gastrologik, Stockholm
HOTEL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Follow the 2013 Grand Award conversation on Twitter with @HarperTravel #GrandAwards.
Special Recognition Awards are given for the categories of Best Spa, Best Pool, Best Bar, Best Beach, Best Suite, Best Family Resort, Eco-Adventure of the Year, Wildlife Experience of the Year, Conservation Project of the Year, Most Charming Inn, Most Spectacular Hike, Most Memorable Wine Tasting, Most Glamorous Bath, and Hospitality, as well as Indelible Memories, Gastronomic Highlights and Wines of the Year. To view the winners, visit: www.andrewharper.com/GrandAwards.
About Andrew Harper
Free of hotel advertising since its inception in June 1979, Hideaway Report is a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers. The selection of hotels, resorts and restaurants for inclusion in this publication is made on a completely independent basis, with Andrew Harper LLC paying full rate for all meals, lodging and related travel expenses. Andrew Harper and his editors travel incognito to write candid and unbiased travel reviews for a subscription service, which provides personalized travel-planning assistance, bespoke tours and valuable travel privileges to its subscribers.
Media Contact: Emily Rosenthal, Andrew Harper Travel, 5129047323, [email protected]
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