2020 is just over around the corner, bringing with it a whole new holiday allowance. But which destinations should be on your must-visit list?
The hip hideaways experts at i-escape.com asked their guests to vote on where their dream hotel destination would be for the year ahead: the places like-minded travellers should be getting excited about. Over 4000 people cast their vote and the winners are in.
Michael Cullen, editor in chief at i-escape commented: 'The results showed some of our favourite places being honoured which we are thrilled about with Costa Rica and Greece really standing out as popular destinations for next year with two category winners for each country.
'We chose the shortlisted properties based on our own customer feedback this year, as well as picking properties which were really showcasing innovation and stand-out experiences as this could mean the best way to experience Asia or best city experience depending on category type.
'Greece still offers great value in Europe even with a weaker pound with its landscape, history and culture all adding up to make it feel a little bit more ‘exotic’ compared to the more familiar Spain/France/Italy.
'And, for those wanting to go a little further and really pack in some incredible experiences including wildlife, rainforest and white-sand beaches, Costa Rica remains much more below the radar than busier Mexico and a cheaper alternative than much of the Caribbean.'
The i-escape 2020 Hotel Awards winners
There are 11 winners in total, with the awards divided into best escapes by region and by experience, including best beach, city, family, wild, budget and rental.
Best hotel in Asia: Puri Ganesha Villas
Located on the unspoilt north coast of Bali, far from the tourist hordes, this is a place unlike anywhere else on the island. Bold and charismatic owner Diana von Cranach’s four beachside villas are delightfully unpretentious in design, filled with treasures from her travels.
Best hotel in Africa: Fundu Lagoon on Pemba Island
Combining island simplicity with supreme style, this has to be one of the world’s coolest places to unwind, with the diving and watersports being a huge draw.
Best hotel in the Americas and Caribbean: Oxygen Jungle Villas, Costa Rica
Nestling in the rainforest on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, overlooking the spectacular Playa Uvita, this is one of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions, close to the Marino Ballena National Park and its world-class whale-watching and snorkelling.
Best hotel in Europe: Anemomilos Boutique Hotel, Greece
Situated on the Greek island of Folegandros, this hotel boasts spacious rooms built in a Cycladic style and breathtaking Mediterranean views.
Best hotel in the UK: Linthwaite House Hotel, Lake District
A big tick in the box for this Edwardian hotel’s recent £10m refurbishment. Its 14 acres of gardens, woodland and rolling lawns, as well as soul-stirring views and elegant dining from Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan secured its poll position.
Best beach hotel: Onar Greece
The northernmost Cycladic island is of Andos is home to this truly underrated gem.
Best city hotel: Venice Boutique Apartments, Italy
This trio of self-catering apartments is housed in an historic waterfront Palazzo in Venice.
Bes Family Hotel: Ekies All Senses Resort, Greece
A paradise for parents and children alike set on a sandy beach with calm, shallow waters on the peninsula of Sithonia, Chalkidiki's 'second finger'.
Best wild hotel: Pacuare Lodge
Offering a truly once-in-a-lifetime adventure, hidden in the depths of the Costa Rican rainforest, this carbon-neutral lodge sits on the bend of a river and is accessed via a thrilling raft journey. Guests are totally immersed in nature, waking gently to the sounds of the rainforest, and staying in rustic yet luxurious cabins.
Best budget hotel: Hidden House
This gem of a B&B is set in the ancient town of Stari Grad on Hvar’s blissfully quiet north shore in Croatia. Its informal and fun atmosphere is the main draw for people to check into one of the four cosy bedrooms offering incredible value for money.
Best rental: The Positano Hideaways
These charming apartments actually received the most votes of any category winner. No surprise as a stay here offers an intoxicating panorama of the cobalt-blue Mediterranean Sea across Positano.
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Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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