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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Irish castle is named the most outstanding hotel in the world and California has the No1 restaurant: Winners of luxury travel 'best of the best' awards revealed

  • The 30th annual Virtuoso Best of the Best awards honoured luxury hotels and restaurants around the world 
  • The best hotel was named as Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, which has been recently renovated
  • Restaurant at Meadowood Napa Valley is best dining experience and Donovan's at Brown's Hotel is best bar
An Irish castle has been named as the best hotel in the world by a prestigious luxury travel award.
Adare Manor in Limerick scooped the top prize at the 30th annual Virtuoso Best of the Best awards in Las Vegas, which is voted for by over 18,000 travel-industry professionals in 50 countries.
Awards were also handed out for best bar, restaurant, hotel design and more. Scroll down to discover the winners...
Hotel of the Year: Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland
The imposing Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, which has been named as the best hotel of 2018 by the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards 
The imposing Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, which has been named as the best hotel of 2018 by the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards 
The hotel boasts a total of 104 bedrooms and has recently undergone an extensive 21-month restoration and refurbishment 
The hotel boasts a total of 104 bedrooms and has recently undergone an extensive 21-month restoration and refurbishment 
Adare Manor is a neo-Gothic structure that sits in an 840-acre estate that dates back to the 1700s.
The hotel boasts a total of 104 bedrooms, a ballroom with space for up to 350 guests, a La Mer spa and a newly-built and remodelled golf course.
Those voting in the Virtuoso Awards praised Adare Manor for being an iconic hotel that 'epitomises excellence in luxury hospitality'.
The judges explained: 'Adare Manor reopened in November 2017 following an extensive 21-month restoration, refurbishment and expansion, marking a new beginning for this historic property.
'The warmth of the staff, the personalised service and the extraordinary experiences create a sense of belonging and home for guests.'
Best Achievement in Design: The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, which won the award for outstanding architecture. It is housed in a former grain silo
The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, which won the award for outstanding architecture. It is housed in a former grain silo
Water vista: The view from the Silo Hotel's rooftop pool is rather special
Water vista: The view from the Silo Hotel's rooftop pool is rather special
The Granary Cafe within the Silo Hotel. The building has a collection of 300 pieces of contemporary African art 
The Granary Cafe within the Silo Hotel. The building has a collection of 300 pieces of contemporary African art 
Winning the award for outstanding architecture is the Silo Hotel, which has just 28 rooms.
But each is individually designed by the owner, which cost between £800 and £9,000 per night.
The hotel also boasts a rooftop pool and a collection of 300 pieces of contemporary African art.
Helen Andren from Travel Beyond said: 'The name of the Silo Hotel commemorates the building’s former use as a grain silo.
'Today it has been reborn as a unique all-suite boutique property above MOCAA, an exciting new museum of contemporary African art.
'The design and view from every suite is breathtaking. The location and access to MOCAA is a fantastic added value.'
Best Dining Experience: The Restaurant, Meadowood Napa Valley, St Helena, California
The Restaurant at the Meadowood, a secluded resort in Napa Valley, California. The Restaurant features modern American cuisine
The Restaurant at the Meadowood, a secluded resort in Napa Valley, California. The Restaurant features modern American cuisine
Winning the best dining experience award is the Restaurant in the Meadowood, a secluded resort in Napa Valley.
The Restaurant features 'modern American cuisine stemming from relationships with local artisans, growers and foragers'.
Its 2.5-acre garden produces seasonal crops using organic and sustainable techniques to enhance the relationship among the landscape, food system, and community.
Jay Johnson, from Coastline Travel Advisors, who took part in the voting, said: 'The service was outstanding with attention to detail from the moment we arrived, with an excellent menu and a price point that didn’t break the bank,'
The newly renovated Donovan Bar, pictured, at Brown's Hotel in London, scooped the accolade for best bar at the awards 
The newly renovated Donovan Bar, pictured, at Brown's Hotel in London, scooped the accolade for best bar at the awards 
The bar offers 'signature cocktails' and is named after the noted photographer Sir Terrence Donovan - whose work appears on the walls
The bar offers 'signature cocktails' and is named after the noted photographer Sir Terrence Donovan - whose work appears on the walls
The newly renovated Donovan Bar scooped the accolade for best bar.
It is named after noted photographer Sir Terrence Donovan and features his images on the walls, enhancing the sleek yet approachable design.
The bar offers signature cocktails, an intimate atmosphere and a perfect Mayfair location.
Miriam Geiser of KK Travels Worldwide said the Donovan Bar was a 'great mix of contemporary and traditional English with fantastic drinks and great service'.

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