The Hotel Awards: 39 of the world’s best new hotels in 2021


WELLNESS WONDER: best wellness retreat

Need to disconnect in style? These venues will cater for our every whim, offering everything your mind and body could wish for, from divine massages to cutting-edge health programs.


Les Sources de Cheverny, France
What could be better than admiring the castles of the Loire? Stay in one of them, and flit between the garden, the vineyard and the Caudalie spa. This is no ordinary spa retreat, however – owner Alice Tourbier has perfected Caudalie’s wine therapy offerings at her other family-run hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, so you’ll find wine-based treatments and products here, like a merlot scrub or a soak in an oak barrel hot tub, all sourced from the family’s vineyards and served in the sylvan spa. Beyond, there’s a five-acre estate to explore by bike, as well as a quiet swimming pool etched into the forest, plus tastings of mineral water and house-pumped wine. From 180 € (155 £).


Kagi Spa Island, Maldives
Few destinations are better suited to boost your well-being than this archipelago, which makes it all the more surprising that Kagi Spa Island is the first resort in the archipelago entirely dedicated to health and well-being. Located in North Male Atoll, it features 50 stylish villas and a halo-shaped spa hovering over the ocean, with programs that include morning yoga, cooking classes, snorkeling. underwater, Balinese massages, sound baths and evening wave meditation. Beach Villas from £ 495, B&B.

Fiuggi Palace, Italy
An hour southeast of Rome, Fiuggi hit the headlines in May, when a faded grande dame hotel was transformed into a spectacular wellness retreat with a sprawling 6,000 m² spa. Spring water flows into the thalasso pool, there is a Roman-style spa complex and the gym is located in the richly stuccoed old ballroom. Choose from a doctor-supervised program – from weight loss to immune boosting – before bed in rooms overlooking the hills. Four-night programs start at € 5,988 (£ 5,137), based on double occupancy, full board and treatment included.

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The jury

Julia buckley, freelance travel writer
Lee cobaj, freelance travel writer
Emma Gregg, freelance travel writer
Lauren Jade Hill, freelance travel writer
Laura Holt, freelance travel writer
Francisca Kellett, travel writer and editor
Juliette Kinsman, sustainable travel consultant
John O’Ceallaigh, luxury travel consultant
Pól Conghaile, travel writer and editor
Travis Levius, luxury travel writer
Jonathan thompson, freelance travel writer
The National Geographic traveler (UK) team

Published in the October 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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