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June/July 2014

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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64 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | June + July 2014 The Platinum List G I L L E S P I E G R A P E V I N E I t's no secret that "Forbes Travel Guide" sets a gold standard for the hospitality industry. is year, hotels received Five-Star recognition, the most in the guide's history. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group made strong showings, with Four Seasons topping the list of brands with the most honored hotels – a total of • hotels in •• destinations. Among spas, e Reméde Spa at e St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami and e Spa at Pebble Beach are the newest Five-Star editions. forbestravelguide.com San Diego's iconic e Grand Del Mar is also enjoying a spectacular awards season this year. Hot on the heels of being named California's top resort by "Travel + Leisure" in its World's Best Awards, the resort retained its AAA Five Diamond status for the fifth row in a year, won a trio of Five-Star Awards for its accommodation, spa and restaurant by "Forbes Travel Guide" for the third consecutive year, and was named best hotel and best luxury hotel in the United States by TripAdvisor. eGrandDelMar.com When it comes to international accolades, the World Luxury Hotel Awards set an industry benchmark. One of this year's major winners was a portfolio of ultra-luxury resorts in the Maldives, recognized in three categories. Coco Bodu Hithi was awarded Best Luxury Villa Resort while its sublime sister Coco Privé Kuda Hithi Island won for Best Luxury Private Island Resort, and took out the grand World Luxury Hotel Awards Overall Winner prize. Vacation at either resort and you'll understand why. cococollection.com e annual International Property Awards celebrate the highest achievements by companies in the luxury property and real estate markets. One of this year's standouts, winning four regional awards as well as global recognition in the Best International Architecture Single Residence category, is e Golden Luxury Villas, under development on the shores of the Indian Ocean in Mambrui, Kenya. Envisioned by Desiderata Investments, the new villas are forecast to be a major hit with international travelers. luxuryvillaskenya.com words by Melissa C. Gillespie AND THE WINNERS ARE ... AN A RRA Y OF L UXU RY HOTEL S, RESORTS A ND SPAS SHIN E A T THIS Y EA R' S LEA DIN G TRA VEL A WARD S HG Christie, the oldest real estate brokerage in e Bahamas, scooped the title of Best Real Estate Agency for e Bahamas in the International Property Awards for the Americas. e awards president Stuart Shield points out that although the Americas competition covers a very large geographical area and a variety of diverse cultures, all the award winners have one thing in common: high quality and innovation presented in their winning projects and the excellent service provided to clients. hgchristie.com Basking in glory The iconic The Grand Del Mar in San Diego (top) and Coco Bodu Hithi in the Maldives are worthy winners of 2013's major travel awards. OH_JunJul 14_Gillespie.indd 64 4/18/14 9:38 AM

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