Author: Eric Newill, Editor-in-Chief

The Celebrated Living magazine September-October 2019 issue cover

The classic allure of grand travel never fades

Each fall, Celebrated Living magazine for American Airlines presents its annual Platinum List Awards, which honour the world’s best of the best in luxury travel. Over the years, this special collector’s edition has become a valuable resource for millions of readers, unveiling new destinations and spotlighting the latest innovations in high-end hospitality.

Out of more than 150 nominees encompassing hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars, and travel experiences, 73 winners from 24 countries were selected by our editors, panel of experts and readers.

Hotel interior

Choosing the world’s best

Thirteen distinguished experts from the worlds of media, food, the arts and luxury travel comprised this year’s panel, including Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Jacqueline Gifford, CNN travel editor Brekke Fletcher, World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy chair Evelyn Chen, Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch and DestinAsian editor Christopher Hill

Beach resort

A year of trendsetting

Social media has inspired hospitality professionals and travellers to embrace one-of-a-kind environments unlike anywhere else

Though the victors represent a wide range of styles and locations, some clear trends emerged, including an increasing emphasis on unique and striking details: Scotland’s Fife Arms, for example, is a painstakingly restored 19th-century hunting lodge, also counterintuitively filled with vibrant contemporary art.

In Detroit, the Candy Bar in the Siren Hotel envelops guests in a retro-modern décor designed entirely in shades of pink. Social media has inspired hospitality professionals and travellers to embrace one-of-a-kind environments unlike anywhere else.

Another enticement can be the remoteness of the property. Minaret Station on New Zealand’s South Island can only be reached via helicopter, and guests thrill to the untamed adventure of the resort. Meanwhile, Nayara Resorts immerses visitors in the lush Costa Rican rain forest.

Some hotels have eschewed expected trappings to create the feeling of staying in a lavish private home. In Southern California, guests enter the new Rosewood Miramar Beach through an elegant front door and step into a foyer reminiscent of a Beverly Hills mansion. In Sonoma County, the rustic-chic Farmhouse Inn is informed by the convivial gatherings that were once hosted by the owners’ great-grandparents.

Of course, the classic allure of grand travel never fades, and readers can find it here represented by Zurich’s lakeside Baur au Lac and London’s Hotel 41, across from the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

In the world of fine dining, tradition and innovation combine at New York’s legendary Le Bernardin, which revolutionised the preparation of seafood in America; we speak exclusively with owner Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert.

We also chat with Michelin-honoured chef Hélène Darroze about her new vision for her venerable restaurant at London’s Connaught Hotel, where she will focus solely on ingredients from the U.K. 

The Bluebird Cafe

Your luxury travel guide to 2020

The Platinum List issue offers stimulating destinations for the year ahead

So, whether readers would like to savour a classic vintage at the luxe Vik Chile resort and winery or hear the latest superstar to emerge from Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, we’re sure Celebrated Living’s September-October Platinum List Awards issue will offer a variety of stimulating destinations for the year ahead.

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