By TripAdvisor & Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is the top hotel in Australia.
The title was announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, which named the winners of its 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels.
In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.
TripAdvisor chief marketing officer Barbara Messing said: “We’re excited to recognise the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travellers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences.
“For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodation that received 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa general manager Joost Heymeijer said: “We’re very pleased to receive this highly sought after accolade for the second year running, and honoured to be recognised by our guests who took the time to share their feedback on TripAdvisor.
“Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a very special place where we combine absolute luxury with an equally strong focus on sustainability.
“Our commitment to operating as a carbon-neutral resort and our ongoing conservation efforts, together with our unique blend of native Australian wildlife, dramatic natural beauty, seclusion, heritage and outstanding local food and wine has clearly resonated with Australian and international visitors alike.
“We look forward to welcoming guests in 2014, which is shaping up to be a big year for the resort with numerous special events taking place.”
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa also ranked seventh for luxury hotels in the South Pacific, second for luxury hotels in Australia, 18th for romance in the South Pacific, fourth for romance in Australia and third for top hotels in the South Pacific.
Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travellers around the globe. In total, 7123 unique properties worldwide won awards in 2014. Australia featured 118 award winners.