Andrew Harper Announces Hotel Grand Award Winners

    Austin, Texas—Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report has named Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy, as the 2014 Hideaway of the Year. This is the second time in three years that an Italian hotel has received this prestigious award.

    Editor-in-Chief Andrew Harper notes, “This is far from being a typical Aman property. The company first made its reputation in Asia, with new hotels designed in a signature minimalist style. In contrast, the 24-room Aman Canal Grande is housed within an ornate 16th-century palazzo and is located close to the Rialto Bridge. The interior is simply dazzling and has been brilliantly modernized by longstanding Amanresorts architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Frankly, I cannot think of a more beautiful place to stay anywhere in the world than the Alcova Tiepolo Suite. The Aman Canal Grande is not a museum, however. It is exceptionally comfortable and offers refined and sincere hospitality, thanks to an outstanding general manager, Olivia Richli.”

    To be considered for the annual awards, properties must be relatively small in size, possess strong individual personalities, offer relaxing atmospheres and demonstrate a consistent devotion to personal service.

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    This was an exceptional year for South Africa, as Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, and Babylonstoren also received Grand Awards. South Africa was given 11 awards in total, France was a close second with eight awards, and Europe earned 25 awards this year.

    Hotel award winners include:

    HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR
    Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

    NORTH AMERICA
    Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, California
    El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California
    Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma County, California
    Capella Washington, D.C.
    Fisher Island, Miami, Florida
    Kingsbrae Arms, New Brunswick, Canada

    CENTRAL AMERICA
    Mukul, Pacific Coast, Nicaragua
    Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    EUROPE
    Conservatorium, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland
    Vigilius Mountain Resort, the Dolomites, Italy
    Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
    Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany
    Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Loire Valley, France

    AFRICA
    Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Garden Route, South Africa
    Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve, near Port Alfred, South Africa
    Babylonstoren, the Winelands, South Africa

    AUSTRALIA
    Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia

    To see the full list, visit GrandAwards.AndrewHarper.com