Speke Resort Munyonyo, wins big at the 12th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony

Speke Resort Munyonyo, 2018 Luxury Lakeside Resort Winner for East Africa region
By :
Geoffrey Baluku

In celebrating the 12th anniversary of awarding service excellence, the World Luxury Hotel Awards warmly welcomed its guests on 10th November to the 2018 prestigious black-tie event at AYANA Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia.

AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, is a world-class destination resort recognized for prolific sunset and ocean views, as well as offering a choice of five-star accommodation and facilities, coupled with the genuinely warm Balinese hospitality that has put AYANA on the map.

Setting the basis for service industry standards around the globe, the World Luxury Hotel Awards provides true recognition to luxury hotels and resorts in their relevant categories during its annual voting phase. Over 360 guests flew in from around the world to attend the event, which awarded the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and exceptional service delivery.

Guests sipped on cocktails after being welcomed on the red carpet as they enjoyed Jegog instrumental background music followed by Okokan and Kecak dancing. Jegog is a form of gamelan music indigenous to Bali, played on instruments made from bamboo, and the Kecak Dance is a form of Balinese Hindu dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s, but that was not all as the guests where welcomed to the gala dinner by the Panyembrama Dance, which is a traditional Balinese welcome dance followed by Gus Teja who is a maestro of the flute.

After Prof. Dr. I Gede Pitana Msc. delivered his keynote speech, the Masters of Ceremonies, twins Maria and Elizabeth Rahajeng, who are TV hosts for E! News Asia guided the audience through a dazzling awards ceremony where awards were presented to luxury hotels and resorts in over 100 categories on a Country, Regional, Continent and Global basis.

Mr Gregg Cave receives the Gaia Award

Special congratulations go to Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia who received the 2018 Global Hotel of the Year Award.

Founded in 2005, Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans, set out as a close-knit team to realise a shared dream, offering the highest of standards and service excellence, true to the World Luxury Hotel Awards overall winner criteria.

The much sort after World Luxury Hotel Awards trophy was presented to Gregg Cave, Co-Owner and General Manager of Gaia Retreat & Spa. Poised on the highest point in the shire, Gaia Retreat & Spa has 23 beautifully appointed retreat style Bungalow/Villas set in lush subtropical gardens. This exclusive boutique property will seduce you to drift into infinity with its endless beautiful vistas. Time spent at Gaia is not just about the rooms, it’s about the whole Gaia experience – the food, the treatments, the staff, and the ethos.

Thereafter, the proud winners were given an opportunity for one-on-one personalized video interviews to speak about their achievement with the media.

Other Global awards went to Vacala Bay Resort in Fiji who received both Luxury Contemporary Villa and Eco/Green Villa Award; Lamaraz Arts Hotel in Algeria received the Luxury New Hotel Award; Valamar All you can Holiday in Croatia received Luxury Hotel Group Award; Tintswalo Atlantic in South Africa received Luxury Beach Lodge Award, Okinawa Spa Resort EXES in Japan received Luxury Honeymoon Hotel Award and Speke Resort Munyonyo was the 2018 Lake side resort regional winner for the East African region while Munyonyo Common Wealth Resort won luxury hotel and conference centre winner award for Uganda.

Speke Resort Munyonyo, luxury lakeside resort regional winner for East Africa

Speke Resort Munyonyo, is a 5-star hotel in Uganda that offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation and has leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa; all situated in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Victoria.  Built in in 2001, Speke Resort Munyonyo’s spectacular setting, unparalleled service and cuisine are the ideal ingredients for a magical storybook wedding or special event.

After interview and photo opportunities had concluded, guests were welcomed to the Rooftop Bar & Restaurant where the celebrations continued, friendships were formed, and good times were had by all as they got entertained by Sasha on vocals.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, luxury hotel and conference centre winner for Uganda

“We congratulate all our winners for the 2018 Award Year, who through their tireless efforts and endless passion to elevate their guests experience, have received this honour tonight. True luxury is not easily attained, it takes a team of highly efficient and dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenged not solved. This is the definition of luxury; this is what makes the winners shine at the World Luxury Hotel Awards event”. Says, Michael Hunter-Smith, Group Marketing Director for the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Luxury establishments from around the globe are welcomed to participate in these exciting awards, to proudly show the world what they have to offer in terms of luxury and service excellence.

“The 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards will take place on Saturday, 12th October 2019 at Arctic Circle, Finland. The event will be hosted by Arctic TreeHouse Hotel and the gala venue SantaPark is an ideal location just before Christmas in the home town of Santa Claus. The magical Finnish Lapland is a bucket list experience and attendees can look forward to a winter wonderland, beautiful natural landscape wilderness, reindeer safaris, the phenomenon of the Northern lights, and of course Santa Claus” said Michael,“Applications to host the event in 2020 are now officially open”.

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