SLH Award Winners 2018

We're delighted to announce the winners of this year's prestigious SLH Awards. With three new award categories added into the mix, we're proud to showcase all seventeen award winners below. The awards highlight excellence in everything from dreamy designs and breathtaking suites, embracing social media, the environment and the local community. 

Hotel of the Year 2018

The winner is... Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece

On an island with as glowing a reputation as Santorini, it takes something special to stand out. Canaves Oia Suites does just that. The pristine white suites set into dark volcanic rocks are a neck ahead when it comes to indulgence thanks to their glittering pools (choose from dinky plunge pools to private infinity pools) and individual terraces. Enveloped by the eternal blue sky and the infinite blue sea, the Panorama Balcony invites romantic couples to the ultimate stellar dining experience with exceptional gourmet creations championing the vibrant produce of the Aegan. Guests can enjoy being preened and pampered as they overlook stunning sea vistas at the luxury spa which combines ancient holistic principles with a range of cutting-edge therapies. The hotel also includes a luxury yacht for guests to explore the coastline and an exceptional wine cellar hosting ceremonial wine tastings. 

Canaves Oia Suites

City Hotel of the Year

And the winner is... The Sukhothai Shanghai in Shanghai, China. Voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents.

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa, France and Nimb Hotel, Denmark.

Resort Hotel of the Year

And the winner is... Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece.  Voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents.

Shortlisted Finalists – Stein Eriksen Residences, USA and ABBA Resorts Izu, Japan.

Country House Hotel of the Year

And the winner is... Blanket Bay in Queenstown, New Zealand. 

Voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents.  Shortlisted Finalists – Les Sources de Caudalie, France and The Fish, UK. 

Best Newcomer Hotel Award

And the winner is... Domaine Misincu in Corsica, France. 

Voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents.  Shortlisted Finalists – Cape Fahn, Thailand and The Trident Hotel, Jamaica. 

Mystery Inspectors’ Excellence Award

And the winner is... Hotel Villa Carlotta in Sicily, Italy.  SLH’s Mystery Inspectors also had their say, with Hotel Villa Carlotta in Sicily coming out top based on a combination of guest reviews, inspection scores and overall quality rating.  

Shortlisted Finalists – Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences, Dominican Republic and Hotel Villa Ducale, Italy. 

Dreamiest Design Award

And the winner is... Liostasi Hotel & Suites in Ios, Greece. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Hotel Lilla Roberts, Finland and TwentySeven Hotel, Netherlands. 

Hotel Hero Award

And the winner is... Alvaro Herrera Gomez, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa in Salamanca, Spain.  Alvaro has been awarded for demonstrating bravery and dedication to guests during difficult times. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Marc Dobbels, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St Barthélemy. 

Caring Luxury Award

And the winner is... Ka’ana Resort in San Ignacio, Belize.  Based on its outstanding green credentials, its use of local amenities and its contribution to the local community through the creation of scholarship funds, bathroom rehabilitation projects and an environmental program. 

Shortlisted Finalists – DasPosthotel, Austria and Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok, Thailand. 

Best Gourmet Experience Award

And the winner is... The Tokyo Station Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Pädaste Manor, Estonia and The Dylan Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

Best Hotel Video

And the winner is Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini, Greece. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Keemala , Thailand and Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece. 

Most Instagrammable

And the winner is... Olive Boutique Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Based on its beautiful Instagram (@theoliveexperience) shots featuring accentuating blue hues and neutral colours that perfectly communicate the luxury feel of the hotel. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Canaves Oia Hotel, Greece and Keemala, Thailand. 

Most A-List Suite Experience

And the winner is... Porto Zante Villas & Spa in Zakynthos, Greece.

Shortlisted Finalists – 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok, Thailand and Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Italy.  

Most Sensational Spa

And the winner is... Cap Rocat  Mallorca, Spain. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy and Esperanza Resort & Spa, Lithuania. 

Most Independently Minded Experience

And the winner is... Orania.Berlin in Berlin, Germany. 

Shortlisted Finalist – Minos Beach Art Hotel , Greece. 

Most Romantic Retreat

And the winner is... Casa Angelina Lifestyle in Amalfi Coast, Italy. 

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa, France and Baros Maldives, Maldives. 

Most Family-Friendly Hotel

And the winner is... Gaya Island Resort in Borneo, Malaysia. 

Shortlisted Finalist – Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Spain.