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    In a business that prizes buzz and sound bites, our Smart Luxury Awards are a true anomaly. Instead of focusing on what’s trendy or what sounds good in a headline, we stay true to form and obsess over what’s worth spending money on in the world of luxury travel. Our process for selecting winners is delightfully straightforward: At the end of the year, we look back at the destinations, hotels, cruises, services, and restaurants we recommended to readers. We then select the establishments we believe best exemplify the essence of Smart Luxury. You won’t find anything here proclaiming “100 Best…” or extolling pillow menus. Instead, our awards highlight places and experiences that leave travelers with that rare and satisfying feeling of money, time, and energy well spent.


    2010 Winners

    Ace Hotel
    The Urban Collective

    Arts on Main
    Here Comes the Neighborhood

    A Guilded Hideaway

    Bristol Buenaventura
    Paradise Found

    California Academy of Sciences
    A Living Museum

    Cap Maison
    Going Nowhere Fast

    Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice Class
    Setting a Majestic Course

    Chateau Coutet
    Bottle Bravado

    Chi Spa at Shangri-La Hotel
    Wrap Artists

    Cow’s Lane Designer Studio
    Well Crafted

    Feather Down Farms
    An Agricultural Escape

    From Jamaica with Love


    Le Relais Saint-Germain
    The Echt Left Bank

    Hotel Le St. James
    The Crown-Jewel of Montreal

    Hotel Renew
    The Tranquil Side of Waikiki

    Hoshinoya Karuizawa
    Contemporary Tradition

    Hosted Villas
    Home Away From Home

    Il Salviatino
    Above It All In Tuscany

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel
    Tourist-Free Eco-Haven

    Jerez de la Frontera
    Worth A Closer Look

    Jnane Tamsna
    Rooftop Chef

    Cosmopolitan and Fresh

    Design for Living

    LAN Airlines
    Economical Business Class

    Le Gray
    A Middle Eastern Comeback

    Lifestyle Tours
    Rental Friends

    A True Believer

    Still Worth the Buzz

    Monastery of the Caves
    A Haunting Must-See

    Orion Expedition Cruises
    Adventure at Sea

    Park Hyatt Seoul
    The High Life

    Pearl Brewery
    Urban Reclamation

    Ponta dos Ganchos
    A Beachy Haven

    Portrait Suites
    A Perfect Fit

    Radisson Blu, Madrid Prado
    The Un-Brand

    Silversea Cruises
    Art Deco Elegance at Sea

    San Marco Hotel
    A Family Affair

    Fit to Print

    Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
    Sheltering Skies

    Terme Merano
    Taking the Waters

    The Allison Inn & Spa
    Promised Land

    The Inn at Bay Fortune
    The Fat of the Land

    The Oberoi
    An Icon Restored

    The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya
    Local Flavor

    Out on a Limb

    Sniffing Out the Superlative

    Utah Road Trip
    Phenomenal Terrain

    Virgin America
    Innovation and Aesthetics

    Windstar Cruises
    Elegant Sailing to Striking Locales

    Witt Istanbul Hotel
    Best of All Worlds

    2009 Winners

    Alan Wong’s
    An Enduring Culinary Trailblazer

    Aqua Luna
    A Mouth-watering Harbor Cruise

    Avalon Waterways
    Sleek Design on the River

    Avli Lounge Apartments
    A Unique Boutique with an Old Soul

    Bateleur Camp
    A Secluded Safari

    Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
    Bird’s Eye Island Views

    Each Night, a New Food Performance

    Camden Harbour Inn
    An Uncommon Seaside Retreat

    Coeur des Alpes
    Airy Architecture in the Alps

    Colchagua Valley
    Find Undiscovered Chilean Reds

    Minimalist Decor and Dazzling Taste

    Elevate Destinations
    Eco-Luxe Voluntourism

    Enigma Apartments & Suites
    Homey Cliffside Digs with Spectacular Views

    Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa
    An Eco-Friendly Desert Oasis

    Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant
    Michelin-Starred Meals and Modern Rooms

    Four Seasons New York
    A Contemporary Retreat in the Concrete Jungle

    Golden Rock Inn
    Laid-Back Boho Bonhomie

    Grof Degenfeld Castle Hotel
    A Reclaimed Mansion in a Historic Wine Region

    Hacienda Temozon Sur
    Restored Historical Elegance

    The Hermitage Plantation Inn
    Quaint Caribbean Cottages

    Holland America
    Small Ship Intimacy with Big Ship Amenities

    Hoopoe Yurt Hotel
    Private Meadow Oases

    Hotel Be Angkor
    A Showcase for Siem Reap Artists

    Hotel Healdsburg
    Wine Country Hotel Perfection

    Hotel des Academies et des Arts
    An Homage to the Left Bank’s Arty Heritage

    Hotel de Crillon
    Decor and Cuisine Fit for Royalty

    Hotel de la Paix
    A Tropical Boutique That Makes A Difference

    Locally Sourced and James Beard Approved

    Il Pino
    Seasonal Fare Over the Bay of Naples

    Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
    Float Away on a Private Beach

    Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp
    An Exclusive Adventure in Savannah Wonderland

    La Gritta
    Low-Key Dining with Killer Views

    Le Gavroche
    Fabulous French Fare

    Madi Kuria Hotel
    Wine and Cheer in Tokaj

    Minetta Tavern
    The Big Apple’s Best Bar Menu (And People Watching)

    North Island Vineyards
    The Best Wine Regions You’ve Never Heard Of

    Number 31
    A Bed and (Extravagant) Breakfast in Georgian Dublin

    Pure Kauai
    Custom Itineraries in Paradise

    Riad Noir d’Ivoire
    A Designer Riad in the Heart of the Medina

    A Cocktail Bar with a View

    Terre Resort and Spa
    A Desert Getaway with Moorish Flair

    The Merrion
    Pitch-Perfect Grandeur

    The Omnia
    Stylish Comfort on the Slopes

    The Resort at Paws Up
    Haute Camping Grounds

    The Standard
    A Hot Spot with Legs

    The Wolseley
    The Perfect Acclimatizing Meal

    Tides Riviera Maya
    A Beach Escape in Jungle Villas

    TOMS Tours
    Targeted Do-Gooding Trips

    White Barn Inn
    New England Elegance and Classic Comfort

    2008 Winners

    Anse Chastanet
    A Natural Wonder

    Aquapura Duro Valley
    Spa Bliss Among the Vines

    Auberge du Soleil
    Napa’s Primo Retreat

    Azamara Cruises
    Nimble Cruising Without Limits

    Bairro Alto Hotel
    Portuguese Cool

    Ciragan Palace Kempinski
    Palatial Digs in a Singular Locale

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
    High Camp

    Comme Chez Soi
    Because Family Knows Best

    Commune by the Great Wall
    Private Access to a World Wonder

    Crystal Cruises
    Local Flavor

    Cunard Line
    Classic Cruises Since 1840

    Explora en Rapa Nui
    Remote, Sophisticated Oasis

    First Hotel Skt Petri
    Minimalist Splendor

    Four Seasons Resort Nevis
    Caribbean Classic

    Grand Villa Argentina
    Old-Europe Opulence with Your Own Private Beach

    Gritti Palace
    A Timeless Venice Classic

    Hacienda San Angel
    Charming Costa Alegre Perch

    Hacienda Zuleta
    Haute Country Comfort

    The Hiram Bingham
    All Aboard to an Incan Wonder

    Hotel de Rome
    A World-Class Hotel with an Artistic Soul

    Hotel Hana-Maui
    Authentic Island Paradise

    Hotel Jerome
    19th-Century Authenticity; 21st-Century Luxury

    Hotel Le Yaca
    Palatial Luxury in a Down-to-Earth Village

    Hotel Marques de Riscal
    Wined and Designed

    Jenny Lake Lodge
    The Great Indoors

    L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges
    Legendary Nouvelle Cuisine Fit for Royalty

    La Alqueria at Hacienda Benazuza
    Ferran Adria’s Other Restaurant

    Las Ventanas Al Paraiso
    A Honeymoon Favorite

    Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
    Countryside Culinary Heaven

    Le Meurice
    Paris’s Best Luxury Bet

    Mandarin Oriental Prague
    A High Style Temple with Modern Flair

    Maroma Resort and Spa
    Lovingly Crafted Seaside Escape

    Oberoi Amarvilas
    Rooms with a View

    Point Grace
    Soothing Beachside Paradise

    Post Ranch Inn
    Rustic Elegance on the Pacific Coast

    Rwanda Gorilla Safari
    In Fossey’s Footsteps

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
    Ultimate Safari Experience

    Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain
    Desert Spa Bliss

    Sofitel Buenos Aires
    Well-Located Deco Masterpiece

    Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
    Can’t-Miss Colonial Gem

    Southern Ocean Lodge
    Over-the-Top Eco-Chic

    French Laundry
    Napa Valley’s Foodie Mecca

    The London NYC Hotel
    Location, Location, Location (and Spacious Rooms!)

    The Peninsula Chicago
    Old-World Class

    The Peninsula Hong Kong
    Unparalleled Service

    The Soho Hotel
    Calm Eccentricity in the Hubbub

    Tides South Beach
    Top Design and Top-Notch Service

    Villa d’Este
    Because You Only Live Once

    Wasatch Powerbird Guides
    From Sky to Ski

    Wimco Villas
    In-the-Know Villas

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