On Sunday the 4th of September, the incredible luxury hotel Forte Village Resort in Sardinia pulled out all the stops for the 2016 World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony.

Esteemed industry professionals dressed to the nines entered the venue on the red carpet, eager to hear the winners of what is deemed the tourism sector's equivalent to the Oscars. And there we were – in the middle of this incredible event – a three-hour gala filled with emotions ranging from nervous anticipation to pure excitement and joy. Why? Because our prestigious AR Diamante Beach Hotel won three of the much-coveted awards recognising our excellence in tourism!

The stunning surrounds of the 23rd World Travel Awards made this event that much more magical – turquoise waters fringing idyllic white sandy beaches, with the incredible backdrop of forested mountains on the horizon all created an unrivalled tropical atmosphere. We couldn't think of a better location to name AR Diamante Beach as the Best Family Resort in Spain, the Best Beach Hotel in Spain and the Best Mediterranean Beach Hotel.

These incredible awards (that we are honoured to receive) are wonderfully apt for a hotel that is located a few metres from one of the best beaches in Calpe. Here guests can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year with views of the ocean and the iconic Ifach Rock, and they can enjoy the incredible energy of the Spanish culture and the charming old fishing town.

But AR Diamante Beach offers so much more than it’s fantastic location – the world-class hotel facilities and the hotel’s weekend activity programme will ensure that a family holiday is not only good but extraordinary. The perfect amalgamation of magnificent surrounds as well as excellent facilities, top class service and ample for guests to do, shows exactly why AR Diamante Beach has won the ‘Oscars’ for some of the top categories at the ceremony.

But the three major wins are not all that AR Diamante Beach had to celebrate; this was the full list of categories this magnificent hotel was nominated for:

  • Europe's Leading Beach Hotel
  • Europe's Leading MICE Hotel
  • Europe's Leading Resort
  • Europe's Leading Spa Resort
  • Mediterranean's Leading Beach Hotel
  • Mediterranean's Leading MICE Hotel
  • Spain's Leading Beach Hotel
  • Spain's Leading Family Resort
  • Spain's Leading Resort
  • Spain's Leading Spa Resort

The successes that AR Diamante Beach enjoyed this year add to those already earned in previous years. This, in fact, is the second year in a row that it has won the award for Best Beach Hotel in Europe, and last year they also won the Best MICE Hotel in the Mediterranean.

But it doesn’t stop there. 2014 saw AR Diamante Beach awarded The Condé Nast Johansens  Best Meeting Hotel – isn’t the repertoire unbelievable?

However, the most prestigious of all these awards is those of the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony. Sunday the 4th of September saw this incredible event come to life once more, for the 23rd time since its inception in 1993. And once again we were able to see the amazing places and people in the industry recognised for their excellence, innovation, expertise and quality during the ‘Tourism Oscars’ on the European continent – their hard work paying off with the awards putting them on the map, so to speak. But you might be wondering how exactly these awards work. The answer is simple: people get awarded thanks to the votes of the general public and over 200 000 industry professionals from over 170 different countries.

But what do these awards mean for AR Diamante Beach hotel? Well, we and all of our staff or incredibly grateful for the support and vote of confidence from our customers and consumers (and sometimes even our competitors). Another award we are very proud of is the one we were awarded last May -- the Best Company to Work At with between 50 and 100 employees, awarded by Great Places to Work, a human resources management consultancy. We ensure that our highly-skilled team feels motivated, supported and encouraged to continue working hard and above all, to put their heart into ensuring that guests have an exceptional experience at the hotel. Our staff are proud to belong to this hotel chain that will always strive to do their best.

Since AR Diamante Beach opened in 2006, it has enjoyed numerous successes and most of them we have our customers to thank for. Therefore, the hotel team would like to thank you for allowing us the honour of hearing time and time again: “And the winner is… AR Diamante Beach”!