Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Havannah again finalist in top awards

Source The Independent, 8th December: The Havannah Resort in north Efqate has again been named a finalist in the prestigious Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence. Conde Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide, annoucned the winners of the  2013 Awards for Excellence, with those winners chosen as the  top properties within their regions. This year The Havannah was named as finalist for Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway and Most Excellent Small Resort in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Travel experts said this is a major achievement for The Havannah as the only Vanuatu  property featured and one of only two in the entire Pacific region. They said it is even more commendable when The Havannah competed against resorts in the Caribbean, given the size and investment in these properties.  Lesley O’Malley-Keyes, vice President and publishing director, the Americas said the Awards for Excellence winners represent the ‘very best of the best’.  “Our readers are discerning and experienced  travellers who know what they want when they travel – exceptional accommodation, outstanding services and good value for money,” he said. “Conde Nast Johansens only recommends properties that meet these very specific standards.” The Havannah’s General Manager Frederick MacLean said the staff at the Havannah have worked exceptionally well. “They are all to be commended for our nomination in two categories, as to be finalist globally is still an outstanding achievement that we can all be proud of,” he said. “Now we need to work smarter to be the winner in one if not two categories next year.” He said The Havannah is one of Vanuatu’s newest boutique retreats – ‘a place where romance meets affordable luxury.’ “It combines a breathtaking beachfront location with luxurious comfort to create the ultimate romantic and secluded resort experience,” he said. “Offering just 16 superbly appointed individual bungalows, some with their own plunge pool, a stunning infinity edge swimming pool with  suspended day beds and superb service with exquisite cuisine. The Havannah is an oasis of relaxation, cultural experiences and soft adventure.”