Top Mediterranean Resort Awards 2019
The annual Top Mediterranean Resort Awards were created to recognise outstanding mixed-use resorts and developments across the region that exemplify dedication, innovation and expertise in tourism and hospitality.
Watch this space for further updates on the shortlist of the 2019 awards.
El Gouna - A self-sufficient, fully integrated resort town
On its 30th anniversary, El Gouna has evolved to become a self-sufficient, fully integrated resort town stretching across 10 km of pristine shoreline on the beautiful Red Sea coast resides El Gouna, Orascom Development’s flagship town and the Group’s “Life as it should be” development benchmark. El Gouna offers its guests and residents an unparalleled lifestyle attracting a growing multinational community of around 15,000 residents. Year-round sunshine, shimmering lagoons, turquoise beaches, and being short flight from Europe make El Gouna the ultimate paradise escape.
The town’s luxury facilities include a landing strip, 3 international standard marinas with total capacity of 380 berths, a world class international standard hospital providing 24 hour emergency care, a university campus, 3 schools, 2 championship golf course of 27-holes collectively, 17 hotels, 5 kitesurfing centers, 9 diving centers, 11 gyms and 7 spas.
Being Egypt’s most environmentally friendly destination with around 90% reliance on locally desalinated and underground water and 100% reliance on recycled water for irrigation, El Gouna is honored to be the powerhouse behind the Green Star Hotel Initiative that has since swept over the country.
Maxx Royal Kemer Resort - A unique and exclusive world
With its stunning architecture that blends harmoniously with Kemer’s gorgeous nature, Maxx Royal Kemer Resort opens the doors to a unique and exclusive world. Idyllically situated on two magnificent bays surrounded by pine trees and a 400-meter private beach, Maxx Royal Kemer Resort promises an elegant and distinguished holiday experience.
Maxx Royal Kemer Resort promises a bespoke holiday with elegant accommodation options from stylish suites to villas offering special services, limitless choices for dining and wining, colorful activities and adventures for children and breathtaking entertainment performances delivered by record-breaking athletes, award-winning dancers and acrobats. At Maxx Royal, you will savor delicious creations from renowned chefs delicately prepared with the finest ingredients available and presented with Maxx Royal’s “Maxx Inclusive” concept. Whether you’re in the mood for Asian fusion or Italian, fish or meat, vegetarian or Turkish, anything you wish to eat will be brought to your table.
A sports center with expert instructors, well-equipped tennis courts, and water sports supplying adrenalin peaks; detox programs, rejuvenation therapies, special massages and treatments at Maxx Royal Kemer Aven Royal Spa… All this and much more are waiting to be discovered by Maxx Royal guests. Transform the life of your dreams into reality in this unique world.
Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay - The Hidden Jewel of Crete
Set in magnificent settings, overlooking the stunning Mirabello Bay, Wyndham Grand Crete Mirabello Bay is a new upper upscale seaside resort and meetings destination located just minutes from the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos in the Elounda region, one of Crete’s top destinations.
Featuring two pristine beaches and a private marina, this sprawling property opened in April this year, marking Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel on a Greek Island. Managed by Wyndham’s trusted partner Zeus International, the hotel was converted from the well-known Mirabello Beach & Village Resort, following an extensive renovation project, which turned the expansive property into a stylish seaside destination with top-notch facilities. It boasts 311 stylish rooms, a versatile event space - 12 meeting rooms for 1,000+ delegates - five restaurants and five bars, swimming pools, a spa, a modern fitness centre, as well as a wide array of sports facilities including tennis and basketball courts, beach volleyball a kids club, and a variety of water sports for guests of all ages. All of this is spread across two of the region’s most popular beaches.
The hotel’s beach was recently awarded the Blue Flag eco-label certification, for its cleanliness and prime infrastructure. The hotel has also implemented various eco-friendly initiatives, including an antipollution system for its private marina, a linen reuse programme, and recycling. It also holds quality and food safety certifications, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 22000.
City of Dreams Mediterranean – The First Integrated Casino Resort in Cyprus
A partnership of Melco Group and Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki) Limited, City of Dreams Mediterranean (“COD Mediterranean”) is set to open in 2021 as Cyprus’ first integrated casino resort (“ICR”). A world leading development and landmark for the country and the wider region, the aim is to build and enhance Cyprus’ position as an internationally-recognized conference and travel destination. Centered around a 500 room, five-star hotel, the resort will incorporate world-class restaurants, luxury retail, gaming facilities and 9,600m² of industry leading MICE facilities.
The project includes the temporary Cyprus Casinos Limassol (“C2 Limassol”), opened in June 2018, and four satellite casinos including C2 Nicosia, C2 Larnaca, C2 Ayia Napa and C2 Paphos.
COD Mediterranean is set to attract 300,000 tourists per year from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Significant employment opportunities will be generated; with 4,000 in the construction phase and approximately 2,400 permanent jobs once the resort is fully operational. After the second year of operation, it is expected to contribute to 4% of Cyprus’ annual GDP. Sustainability is a key focus area for Melco’s global operations; hence the property will carefully integrate with the surrounding ecology and natural environment.
IKOS ANDALUSIA - Bringing New World Luxury to Spain
The new IKOS ANDALUSIA, opening in May 2020, following a total redevelopment investment of EUR 150 million aims to become Spain’s leading luxury all-inclusive resort, marked as the greatest investment that the Costa del Sol has seen in the latest years and one of the most important in Spain in 2018.
Set on a unique beachfront site in the Marbella-Estepona area and a 45 minute drive from Malaga Airport, IKOS ANDALUSIA will feature 411 rooms and suites - spread in 7 blocks circling around the central part of the resort, 8 elegant restaurants, leading sports facilities, a theater, 4.000m2 of indoor and outdoor pools, an exclusive deluxe area, 14.000m2 of sandy beach and all five star facilities and services of the award winning Ikos Resorts brand.
Close to the cosmopolitan glamour of Marbella, the exclusive Ikos Andalusia brings a new world of luxury and Mediterranean hospitality to Spain’s dazzling southern shores. Offering miles of golden sand, bathed by cooling waters, this peerless beachfront setting on the tranquil shores of Playa de Guadalmansa offers more than 17 acres of landscaped gardens and leisure facilities. With extraordinary inclusions such as Michelin-starred menus, 24-hour Room Service, 300 wine labels and branded spirits, a MINI car available for a full day, Dine Out service at local restaurants, complimentary Museum tickets and so much more at no extra cost, Ikos Andalusia is set to exceed the expectations of every guest.
Ikos Andalusia, will reflect Ikos Resorts’ multi award winning concept, as the brand’s fifth resort and the first located in the Iberian Peninsula. Ikos Resorts currently has four other resorts: Ikos Dassia (Corfu island), Ikos Aria (opened in May 2019 on the island of Kos), Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia. These last two, located in the Halkidiki Peninsula, have been voted as the best luxury all-inclusive hotels in the world according to Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards in 2019, for the third consecutive year.
The One&Only Kea Island - Contemporary Greek Elegance
The One&Only Kea Island is situated in a 60-hectare beachfront site on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades. Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and is accessible by ferry or speed boat from Lavrio Harbour.
This ultimate ultra-luxury lifestyle experience will include 75 resort villas, as well as a limited number of One&Only Private Homes available for purchase. Inspired by the azure ocean waters, the One & Only Kea Island resort, is an ode to contemporary Greek elegance, celebrating the incredible natural elements of Greece and the Cyclades.
With emphasis on privacy, the resort will provide the ultimate hideaway, with a variety of accommodation, as well as secluded residential villas, ideal for couples or large families. The stylish resort will also be home to an indulgent destination spa, with overall wellness at its core. The resort will also become a culinary destination for the intimate island, offering 3 restaurants and two bars, each defined by their own distinct ethos, energy, design and flavor. New curated experiences will be offered to discover the best of both land and sea. The resort will offer innovative programming for families with children whilst carefully preserving space for adults only as well. The iconic beach club, where guests and residents alike will linger at the water’s edge for hours, will complement the overall lifestyle offering at this unique resort.
W Algarve - It is the Algarve – reinterpreted by W
The new W Algarve will bring the W brand’s passion for fashion, music, design and fuel – that get-up-and-go approach that W has made its own – to this sun-kissed beach front setting. The project commenced in 2016 and is projected to open in the summer of 2020, with a total investment of €130M.
AB Concept have been appointed as interior designers on the project. They have taken inspiration from historical, cultural and contextual insights of the Algarve and of Portugal. The vibrant interiors interpret local landscapes and the region’s rich culture. Colors, shapes and materials reflect the influence of the nearby Atlantic.
Fused with this natural look and feel is the W brand’s unique, high-energy style. Design-wise, this translates to a series of surprises. Residents and guests are invited to let different design narratives unfold around them, including pathways that lead to new spaces and prompt different moods and asymmetrical forms that mimic the nearby cliffs and various visual expressions of Portuguese culture. It is the Algarve – reinterpreted by W.
Adding substance to the sparkly, the resort has been designed to be sustainable. Rooftops will have solar panels, the private pools will be heated using the return heat of the air conditioning system and the resort will offer an organic vegetable garden, where herbs and vegetables will be grown for the hotel’s restaurants.
2018 TOP MEDITERRANEAN RESORT IN OPERATION
Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel in Santorini, Greece, perched above the world-famous Caldera with breathtaking views and sumptuous sunsets. Open between 15 April 2018 and 31 October 2018, the hotel’s innovatively refurbished rooms and suites showcase a contemporary style, combining cutting edge, bespoke design alongside traditional handcrafted pieces whilst the luxurious bathrooms offer double vanity units with marble carved basins and spacious rain showers with mosaic feature walls.
2018 TOP MEDITERRANEAN RESORT IN DEVELOPMENT
Created and master planned by Egypt’s acclaimed Tatweer Misr Developments and world-renowned Italian architects 5+1AA, Fouka Bay basks blissfully by Ras El Hekma’s pristine coastline to proudly crown the best spot in the North Coast’s crystalline shoreline. Just a pleasant two hour drive from Cairo, Fouka Bay is easily accessible via the newly constructed Fouka Road. Comprising of a variety of luxurious and architecturally appealing waterfront villas, double decked twin houses and townhouses, standalone chalets, spacious cabins and bungalows, visitors can enjoy 360 degrees views of unobscured water and an idyllic beach lifestyle year-round.
2017 Top Mediterranean Resort in Operation
At Ikos Olivia chic design goes hand in hand with subtle elegance to offer a warm welcome to the most discerning traveler. Ancient olive trees and fragrant firs provide both shade and privacy throughout the spacious grounds, the manicured lawns eventually meeting the white sands and refreshing waters of the Aegean. Offering sophisticated luxury in a premier beachfront location, the 290 rooms and bungalow suite property reflects the Ikos Resorts award winning concept, allowing guests to experience the convenience and affordability of an all-inclusive paired with total indulgence.
2017 TOP MEDITERRANEAN RESORT IN DEVELOPMENT
CLUB MED MARBELLA
The rebirth of a flagship: a high-end family resort with a unique offer. From a day full of activities (tennis, golf, spa….) to fine dining with views on the Mediterranean sea, Club Med Marbella will be an oasis in a vibrant region. Thanks to its broad range of facilities, it will be the perfect spot for children to discover the world with a dedicated area, companies to organize unique events with top-notch facilities or worldwide visitors avid to discover the Spanish and Andalusia culture with its unique blend of influences.