A SPANISH hotel has been voted the best boutique golf property in the world.
The Fairway Golf Hotel & Spa in the Costa de la Luz on the often-blustery Atlantic coast was the only Spanish property to take a global honour at the World Travel Awards (WTA) in Qatar.
The hotel in Cadiz province, took the title of the World’s Leading Boutique Golf Resort 2011.
It also won two other awards in the individual Spanish category. In winning the world title it saw off stiff competition from nominees in Ireland, South Africa and Thailand. Germans and British make up more than 50 percent of The Fairmont Golf Hotel & Spa clientele.
Guests from the Benelux market and from within Spain also feature strongly. Martin Schneck, an Austrian hotelier, has been general manager since shortly after the property opened in 2006.
“The property has a unique concept. We are in a national park and are an all-inclusive six-star hotel,” he said.
“There are not many hotels of this kind in Europe, most all-inclusive are four star and below.”
While the 18th World Travel Awards ceremony included more than 65 classifications for various types of hotels, this was the only award in the world classifications to feature a Spanish property.
However the Spanish Institute of Tourism won the WTA ‘Europe’s Leading Marketing Campaign 2011 award with their campaign Spain, a country to share.
TheWTA Spanish award category winners were:
Spain’s Leading All-inclusive Resort Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa Spain’s
Leading Boutique Hotel Hotel Formentor ,Mallorca
Spain’s Leading Business Hotel Hotel Arts ,Barcelona
Spain’s Leading Golf Resort Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort &Thalasso, Gran Canaria
Spain’s Leading Hotel The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Spain’s Leading Resort Lopesan Baobab Resort ,Gran Canaria
Spain’s Leading Spa Resort Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa
By Nicole Hallett