December 3, 2018

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) has announced Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece, as Hotel of the Year at the SLH Awards 2018.  A blissful blend of island tradition and architectural inspiration, the hotel has been described as ‘very nearly perfect’ and is one of seventeen hotels in SLH’s 500+ strong portfolio of independently minded hotels that were honoured with top distinctions this year. The awards highlight excellence in everything from dreamy designs and breathtaking suites, embracing social media, the environment and the local community.

Three new accolades were introduced to the SLH Awards 2018 including Dreamiest Design Hotel which was won by Liostasi Hotel & Suites in Greece, Most Independently Minded Experience which was awarded to Orania.Berlin and Best Family-Friendly Hotel which was discerned to Gaya Island Resort in Malaysia.

Many of the categories were voted for exclusively by members of SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, and luxury travel agents. These included The Sukhothai Shanghai (City Hotel of the Year), Blanket Bay in New Zealand (Country House Hotel of the Year) and Canaves Oia Suites (Resort Hotel of the Year), which was then put forward for the ultimate recognition by SLH’s panel of experts – Hotel of the Year.

Meanwhile, Cap Rocat in Mallorca, The Tokyo Station Hotel in Japan and Porto Zante Villas & Spa in Greece were all deemed by SLH guests and agents to have the best spa, restaurant and suites respectively, and Casa Angelina Lifestyle on the Amalfi Coast was voted Most Romantic Retreat.

Member hotels were also invited to submit entries to applaud their own innovation and high levels of service, judged by SLH’s panel of experts:

  • Ka’ana Resort in Belize received the Caring Luxury Award based on its outstanding green credentials, its use of local amenities and its contribution to the local community through the creation of scholarship funds, bathroom rehabilitation projects and an environmental program
  • Alvaro Herrera Gomez, Front Office Manager at Hacidenda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa in Spain was    awarded the Hotel Hero Award, thanks for demonstrating bravery and dedication to guests during difficult times
  • Olive Boutique Hotelin Puerto Rico received the Most Instagrammable award based on its beautiful Instagram (@theoliveexperience) shots featuring accentuating blue hues and neutral colours that perfectly communicate the luxury feel of the hotel
  • Canaves Oia Hotelin Greece was awarded Best Hotel Video for “Canaves Oia —Where Time Stops” showcasing a unique cinematic style and engaging narrative that depicts the hotel as a timeless holiday retreat.

SLH’s Mystery Inspectors also had their say based on their experiences whilst staying at each and every one of SLH hotels over the last twelve months, with Hotel Villa Carlotta in Sicily coming out top based on a combination of guest reviews, inspection scores and overall quality rating.

And finally, the annual award to recognise a significant newcomer to the SLH family this year was designated to Domaine Misincu in Corsica. Since opening in July 2017, the hotel has received an unprecedented level of interest, press coverage and reservations.

Jean-Francois Ferret, CEO of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ said: “As curators of the most individual, intimate and intense hotel experiences around the world, we are delighted to celebrate these exceptional hotels that showcase our independently minded ethos in such a variety of creative, classy and culturally-relevant ways.”

The full list of winners and shortlisted finalists is as follows:

  • Hotel of the Year – Canaves Oia Suites (Greece)
  • City Hotel of the Year – The Sukhothai Shanghai (China)

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa (France); Nimb Hotel (Denmark)

  • Resort Hotel of the Year – Canaves Oia Suites (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Stein Eriksen Residences (USA); ABBA Resorts Izu (Japan)

  • Country House Hotel of the Year – Blanket Bay (New Zealand)

Shortlisted Finalists – Les Sources de Caudalie (France); The Fish (UK)

  • Best Newcomer Hotel Award – Domaine Misincu (France)

Shortlisted Finalists – Cape Fahn (Thailand); The Trident Hotel (Jamaica)


  • Mystery Inspectors’ Excellence Award – Hotel Villa Carlotta (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences (Dominican Republic); Hotel Villa Ducale (Italy)


  • Dreamiest Design Award – Liostasi Hotel & Suites (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Hotel Lilla Roberts (Finland); TwentySeven Hotel (Netherlands)


  • Hotel Hero Award – Alvaro Herrera Gomez, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – Marc Dobbels, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa (St Barthélemy)


  • Caring Luxury Award – Ka’ana Resort (Belize)

Shortlisted Finalists – DasPosthotel (Austria); Akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok (Thailand)


  • Best Gourmet Experience Award – The Tokyo Station Hotel (Japan)

Shortlisted Finalists – Pädaste Manor (Estonia); The Dylan Amsterdam (Netherlands)


  • Best Hotel Video – Canaves Oia Hotel (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – Keemala (Thailand); Carpe Diem Santorini (Greece)


  • Most Instagrammable – Olive Boutique Hotel (Puerto Rico)

Shortlisted Finalists – Canaves Oia Hotel (Greece); Keemala (Thailand)


  • Most A-List Suite Experience – Porto Zante Villas & Spa (Greece)

Shortlisted Finalists – 137 Pillars Suites Bangkok (Thailand); Villa Spalletti Trivelli (Italy) 


  • Most Sensational Spa – Cap Rocat (Spain)

Shortlisted Finalists – Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda (Italy); Esperanza Resort & Spa (Lithuania)


  • Most Independently Minded Experience – Orania.Berlin (Germany)

Shortlisted Finalist – Minos Beach Art Hotel (Greece)


  • Most Romantic Retreat – Casa Angelina Lifestyle (Italy)

Shortlisted Finalists – Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa (France); Baros Maldives (Maldives)


  • Most Family-Friendly Hotel – Gaya Island Resort (Malaysia)

Shortlisted Finalist – Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay (Spain)


For more information or to make a booking visit or call 1-877-234-7033.


TORONTO, ON (November 29, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality announced the opening of its newest Motel 6 in Camrose, Alberta. Adding to the growing franchise system in Canada, the disciplined conversion expands the distribution network of Motel 6 and Studio 6, bringing the total to 34 locations countrywide.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors as a  Motel 6 and be a part of a well recognized brand in Canada” said Ian Song, hotel GM. “To better serve our guests, we completed a full modernization program featuring Motel 6’s award-winning contemporary room design and furnishings, inclusive of flat panel televisions and micro-fridges. Kitchenette rooms are available upon request.”

Conveniently located at 6216 - 48 Avenue, right off of highway 13, Motel 6 - Camrose is minutes from a variety of dining options and entertainment such as the Camrose Resort Casino and Camrose Golf Club. During their stay, guests will enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, free parking and pets are always welcome.

Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356).



Red Deer, AB November 26, 2018 – Comfort Inn & Suites in Red Deer, Alberta is excited to be the first in Canada to convert the new Comfort logo on their exterior signage after a top-to-bottom renovation.

In the spring of 2018, the Comfort brand revealed a new logo to thousands of franchisees at Choice Hotels’ annual convention. The unveiling marked an important milestone for the brand as it focuses on property upgrades to reaffirm its leadership position in the upper midscale hospitality segment.

The new signage completes the end of the large renovation that took place this year in Red Deer. All guest rooms, pool, breakfast room and the lobby received a complete redesign and upgrade for an overall refreshed look and feel.

Comfort is the largest 100 percent smoke-free hotel brand in North America. At Comfort, complimentary amenities include hot, heart and healthy breakfast, free Wi-Fi, business center, fitness center and swimming pool. Rested. Set. Go


TORONTO, ON (November 20, 2018) – Realstar Hospitality today announced the opening of its newest Motel 6 in Fort St. John, British Columbia. This is the third location in British Columbia for the brand, adding to the growing franchise system in Canada.

“We’re excited to officially open the doors of our second Motel 6 location while continuing to be part of a well-recognized brand in Canada,” said Gary Patara, hotel owner & GM. “Our guests will enjoy clean, comfortable guestrooms and great value along with superior customer service.”

The conversion property updated its look to feature the award winning contemporary Motel 6 phoenix design. All 61 newly-renovated guestrooms include comfortable and contemporary furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges. Guests can enjoy the convenience of complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, a coin laundry facility and on-site truck parking.

As we focus our efforts on developing the brand, we’re thrilled to expand our presence in British Columbia,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth across the country and we look forward to opening an additional two locations before year end.”

Conveniently located at 9810 100 Street, right off the Alaska Highway, Motel 6 - Fort St. John is a great option for those travelling to the Northern Rocky Mountains. Guests will find themselves within easy reach of nearby attractions such as Pomeroy Sports Centre, Totem Mall and North Peace Museum. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1.800.4MOTEL6 (1.800.466.8356).


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