Last night saw Dorset gem, The Pig on the beach awarded the top title at the 2015 Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Awards.
The beautiful manor house, part of Robin Hutson’s ever-popular Pig portfolio, scooped the final accolade of the night and was named Best Smith Hotel 2015.
The Mr and Mrs Smith Awards, now in their third year, gave out gongs to top boutique hotels across the globe in front of a packed audience of hospitality faces, hoteliers and press at Bankside Vaults in London.
The Pig on the beach was up against a strong set of competitors in the category, including Halcyon House, a bright surf-motel on Australia’s east coast and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives.
The Pig wasn’t the only UK boutique to come away victorious, as it was a successful night for the British sector with Dormy House, Ham Yard, Number 131 in Cheltenham and Chewton Glen named in some of the category shortlists.
The Zetter Townhouse fought off stiff competition from the likes of the London Edition to be crowned Hottest Hotel Bar.
James Lohan, co-founder of Mr and Mrs Smith said: “The boutique hotel industry is at the cutting edge of hospitality. That’s what we want to celebrate with the Smith Hotel Awards – the places that do things differently, where you come back with stories of chefs creating impromptu dishes tailored just for you, or where the general manager personally drives you the scenic route to the airport.
“From fledgling new arrivals like the Battery San Francisco (this year’s Best Newcomer) to established beauties that remain at the top of their game (such as Bellevue Syrene on the Amalfi Coast, home to the Sexiest Hotel Bedroom) there’s a host of incredible places out there. We hope this year’s hotlist of 12 winners inspires people to make 2016 the year they go out and find them.”
More than 1,000 hotels in the Smith collection battled for a place in the 12 specially selected categories, including Best Pool, Best Hotel Restaurant and Hottest Hotel Bar. Over 22,000 hotel-loving members of the public cast their votes in September, after which shortlists were put to panels of expert judges, including Jeremy King, chef Sophie Michell, fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell and singer Jessie Ware.
The full list of winners are below and via the Mr + Mrs Smith website here:
Best-Dressed Hotel (in partnership with Discover & Deliver)
WINNER Ett Hem, Sweden
Runners-up The Battery San Francisco | Ham Yard Hotel, London
Sexiest Bedroom in the World (in partnership with Kiki de Montparnasse)
WINNER Roccia Suite at Bellevue Syrene, Italy
Runners-up Sansovino Suite at Aman Canal Grande Venice, Italy | Water Villa 5 at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
Hottest Hotel Bar (in partnership with Chase Distillery)
WINNER The Zetter Townhouse, London, UK
Runners-up The Elephant Bar at the NoMad, USA | Cafe Gray Deluxe at the Upper House, Hong Kong
Best Hotel Restaurant (in partnership with Cassandra Goad)
WINNER Oreade at Monteverdi, Italy
Runners-up Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, UK | NoMad at The NoMad, USA
Best Spa Hotel (in partnership with Music Concierge)
WINNER The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Runners-up Corinthia Hotel London, UK | Dormy House, UK
The Eco Award (in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation)
WINNER Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Runners-up Soneva Fushi, Maldives | El Silencio, Costa Rica
Best for Families (in partnership with The Lakes by Yoo)
WINNER Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji
Runners-up Marbella Club, Spain | Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Australia
Best Budget Boutique Hotel (in partnership with Ruark Audio)
WINNER Masseria Cervarolo, Italy
Runners-up Brody House, Hungary | Claska, Japan
Best Hotel Pool (in partnership with Orlebar Brown)
WINNER Amangiri, USA
Runners-up Rayavadee, Thailand | Cap Estel, France
Above and Beyond (in partnership with Heathrow)
WINNER Huka Lodge, New Zealand
Runners-up Aenaon Villas, Greece | Southern Ocean Lodge
Best Newcomer (in partnership with Pacific Direct)
WINNER The Battery San Francisco, USA
Runners-up Hotel Urso, Spain | Halcyon House, Australia
Best Smith Hotel 2015 (in partnership with Auto Vivendi)
WINNER The Pig – on the Beach, UK
Runners-up Soneva Fushi, Maldives | Halcyon House, Australia