2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER

Best-Dressed Hotel

Getting the interior styling of a hotel right is paramount: niche personality can be offputting; if it's too formal, your guests can't relax; too matchy-matchy, and it'll feel corporate.

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The winner of Best-Dressed Hotel will be innovative, exemplary and renowned for the integrity of its aesthetic. We're not looking for a repository of high-cost fittings or design-directory namedropping, but a well-curated assembly of refreshing, inspired ideas. In other words, it's one hell of a looker.

Top 10

Previous winners

Winner

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Staking a stylish claim on Bali’s rugged Bukit Peninsula, this is a cool, contemporary cliff-hanger of a resort which delivers dramatic eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Every inch of the resort is beautiful, but the bar is the most remarkable element: the cliff-edge construction juts out over the Indian Ocean in an angular bird’s nest of bamboo and reclaimed wood.

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Runner-up

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa

'The ultimate beach escape. Pared-back, creative simplicity reads luxury: it's authentic, without resorting to kitsch'
Neale Whittaker, Editor-in-chief, Belle

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Runner-up

JK Place Capri

'Home-from-home comfort but utterly elegant. The innovator of a much-imitated look'
Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-chief, Mr & Mrs Smith

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Winner

El Fenn

With sculpture, paintings and photography by David Shrigley, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Batoui S’Himi and William Kentridge to look at, it’s a wonder any of the other decor gets a look-in: but this creative riad’s interiors draw the eye with perfectly polished tadelakt in arsenic blue and rose pink and the ideal amount of decorative dishevelment.

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Runner-up

Portrait Firenze

‘Refined and elegant… this hotel is great taste personified, and created by Michele Bönan – the designer behind so many great boutique hotels’
James Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

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Runner-up

Saffire

‘I’ve never seen such a beautiful job of bringing the outside in. The organic architecture flows cleverly into the hillside; the scenery pours in and becomes the art’
Jodie Harrison, editor, Mr Porter

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Best-Dressed Hotel award criteria

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