Winners announced

Best Smith Hotel 2016

So here it is: the big one. The hotel that stands head and shoulders above the rest – your most beloved bolthole, the stuff of your travel fantasies. The best of the best.

The Smith collection includes some of the world's most astonishing hotels – all design-led escapes potentially worthy of entry into our coffee-table canon. And we need your help to find this year's winner, so get your vote in for Best Smith Hotel 2016…

And the winner is...

Previous winners

Winner

The Pig – on the Beach

This little piggy’s postcard-perfect clifftop setting is positively idyllic, the restored historic manor and thatched-roof structures magical, but it’s the rustic, knick-knack-outfitted farm-to-table restaurant – supplied with delicious ingredients by that bountiful walled kitchen garden – that has us all (and our stomachs) in love. The kicker? Your beloved Best Smith Hotel 2015 is incredible value for money, too.

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Runner-up

Soneva Fushi

‘Soneva Fushi has Maldivian elegance and style in spades, with rooms to die for’

– Craig Williams, AutoVivendi

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Runner-up

Halcyon House

‘Each room brims with energy, confidence and imagination. There's no formula here – simply beautiful, creative decor. The kitchen follows suit, using ingredients as heavenly as the interiors’

– Sophie Lam, The Independent

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Winner

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa

This repeat visitor to our Awards podium delivers on every level. All-natural spa treatments in tree-flanked pavilions, a glittering quartz-lined pool and inventive Brazilian cuisine (using garden-gathered ingredients) turn this former hippie haven into a hip hangout. Designed by Diesel's former creative director Wilbert Das, the creative casa collective encapsulates the essence of a great Smith stay: its take on 'localism' is stylish without trying too hard, ensuring it gels perfectly with its setting; the welcome is warm and one-of-a-kind; it brings the outdoors in like no other beach bolthole; and it lingers in the memory long after you’ve left. The public and our judges agree: Uxua Casa is one of the world's most special stays… 

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Runner-up

Alila Villas Uluwatu

‘Everything about this place is staggering: the location, the design, the food and the spa. A genuinely unforgettable experience that’s only enhanced by the warm welcome’
Sophie Lam, travel editor The Independent

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Runner-up

Qualia

‘This hip Hamilton hotel has shown up in categories from Sexiest Bedroom to Above and Beyond – and this is its second year as a Best Smith Hotel nominee. It’s no surprise, given its unique setting and exceptional service’
Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith editor-in-chief

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Winner

Post Ranch Inn

Clinging to a clifftop on California’s wild west coast, this big-name Big Sur sanctuary melts into the dramatic surroundings and showcases dreamy design within. Paying homage to architectural classics such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, this hotel accentuates rather than dominates the timeless scenery. Cabins and cottages hover at the rocky edge or perch in the trees, offering an inspiring eyeful of towering redwoods and the Pacific. The setting alone puts this hotel on most travellers’ wish-lists, but combined with the luxury of a fireside massage, infinity pools, clifftop hot tubs and a one-of-a-kind restaurant, it offers, quite simply, one of the world’s very best places to stay. 

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Runner-up

Alila Villas Uluwatu

'An incredible hotel experience that stands out from the rest architecturally, and for its interiors, service, location and incredible views. An I-never-want-to-leave and I-will-definitely-come-back hotel' 
Katy McCann, Suite DNA

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Runner-up

Babington House

'A wonderful place: beautifully thought out; fantastic staff who make you feel at home from the second you arrive; spa treatments that are not to be missed. Who doesn't adore this iconic hotel?'
Harriet Logan, most-travelled GoldSmith member

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Best Smith Hotel 2016 award criteria