Belmond is the first hospitality brand to achieve the accolade, established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. The company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations.
Its collection includes the Belmond Cadogan Hotel London; Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons; Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara.
Roeland Vos, president and CEO of Belmond, said: “Authentic and inspiring luxury experiences characterised by unique design and skilled craftsmanship are at the heart of Belmond’s brand DNA, and we are delighted that these defining attributes have been recognised by Walpole.
“To be selected for this award is an honour, and I am extremely proud of the entire Belmond team whose talent and dedication has enabled us to become the first hospitality brand to win British Luxury Brand of the Year.”
Arnaud Champenois, SVP brand and marketing, added: “Since joining Belmond, my ambition has been to show how the brand goes beyond travel, to a world where cultures collide and our guests discover a world without limits, where nature and wellbeing go hand in hand with adventure and celebration to create lasting memories. As a brand, we are committed to creating travel experiences that truly stand apart and to champion the British Luxury industry, at home and abroad.”
“Over the course of its rich 40 year history, Belmond has established itself as a leader in the luxury travel space, leading the charge in providing authentic and transformational experiences for luxury guests who are increasingly seeking genuine experiences.”