About the Resorts and Retreats Awards

Resorts and Retreats Awards

Welcome to LUXlife Magazine’s Resorts and Retreats Awards 2023! This popular programme is one of our longest-running and most respected campaigns, and the team at LUXlife are proud to announce that the Resorts and Retreats Awards are returning for a ground-breaking eighth year!

For a two-year period travellers were grounded, and many hotels, resorts, and vacation retreats unfortunately closed their doors. Now, as we move further away from the challenging times of the pandemic, it is becoming clear just how resilient the Resorts and Retreats industry truly is. Globally, demand in this segment is on the rise as people are making up for lost time and finally booking the well-earned trips and getaways that had been impossible before.

Even as the cost of living rises, leisure travel is still a top priority for consumers, with a recent Accenture study reporting that fifty percent of people plan on increasing their spending in this area throughout 2023. Wellness retreats in particular are becoming a popular choice, as working professionals with hectic routines are looking to de-stress and take time out for their physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, two fifths of high-income consumers already have a luxury wellness trip booked this year.

In addition to this, new data from the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that revenues across the U.S. Hotel industry will exceed pre-pandemic figures by the end of 2023, and this upwards trend is reflected in most other international markets as well. The UK Hotels sector is on a strong path to recovery, with occupancy numbers in 2022 double that of the previous year. Luxury hotels throughout the Middle East and Africa have nearly achieved pre-pandemic levels of demand, with Asian countries including China and Japan also seeing positive results after ending all travel-related restrictions.

The international Resorts and Retreats market is projected to grow substantially over the next decade, and this can also be attributed to advancements across the sector. As guest requirements continue to evolve, resorts are competing to offer the best services – resulting in more efficient reservations processes, better suites and facilities, improved security, access to more activities and excursions, and enhanced dining experiences.

These are just a few of the areas we will be assessing in order to determine the winners for the Resorts and Retreats Awards 2023. Each and every recipient will be selected purely on merit, taking into consideration business performance, customer service, guest experience, and innovation within the field. Those who are successful will be given the opportunity to capitalise on their success in the programme via celebratory advertising packages, which are available in a range of options to fit any coverage and budgetary requirements.

Taking part in the Resorts and Retreats Awards 2023 is a fantastic way to showcase your business to LUXlife’s international audience of high-net worth individuals and jetsetters searching for their next destination! If you would like to submit a nomination in the awards this year, please use the Vote Now button or reach out to our helpful Nominations Team directly. We wish all hopeful entrants in the Resorts and Retreats Awards 2023 the best of luck!

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The Nomination Team can assist with answering any queries that you have regarding a nomination, or the process involved in taking part in one of our award programmes.

Please get in touch with us via email or over the phone if you have any questions - we are happy to help!

Key Dates

Entries Open:

Thursday 16th February 2023

Entries Closed:

Saturday 6th May 2023

Winners Announced:

July 2023

See our archive of previous winners


How it works


We operate an open-vote policy, whereby any organisation can put themselves forward or be nominated by a third party. Votes are cast anonymously via our secure online portal. Voting is promoted digitally to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, across our social media platforms and where appropriate, across our partner network. We, the publisher, also nominate candidates whom we feel are appropriate and deserving of recognition. The number of votes is not directly influential to the ultimate category winners.

All nominees will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept, or decline, their nomination. Only those who accept, will go on to form our shortlist.

Our specialist researchers scrutinise the shortlisted candidates, putting them through a period of extensive investigation prior to judging where we will make the ultimate decision. We review supporting evidence submitted by the nominees in addition to conducting our own independent research. The probe is typically centred around the evaluation of skills and services on offer; we will consider client and customer feedback and testimonials whilst recognising the nominee’s wider market reputation.

To move successfully, from nominee to winner; there must be evidence of extensive expertise within a given field or discipline, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.

After notification of their success, our winners are given a time-frame to discuss the celebratory items on offer. We are proudly not a pay-to-play enterprise with all winners encouraged to select a promotional package, be it commercial or free of charge.

When we make the formal announcement, we again reach out to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, as well as our social media followers and, where appropriate, across our partner networks to promote the news.


When did LUX launch?
Today, LUX is one of AI Global Media’s most popular standalone publications but it launched as a bi-product of the luxury lifestyle sections from two of our flagship brands, Acquisition International & Wealth & Finance. In this respect, we’ve been active in the Lifestyle Sector since 2010; however, as demand for this type of coverage increased, we made the decision, in 2015, to separate the content and launch LUX, as an independent brand.

Who nominated me?
A large part of the nomination process is driven by LUX, we spend a great deal of time identifying potentially suitable candidates within their appropriate markets. A publisher-cast nomination doesn’t hold any more weight than a self, or third-party nomination, they all filter through to the research stage in the same manner.

If you didn’t self-nominate the nomination will have come from either a third-party vote via our online voting form or, by us the publisher. We run the nomination process via our website entirely anonymously, prohibiting us to provide specific details. Tried and tested over the years, response rates are always higher this way. As we operate in this manner, we run a very rigorous filtering system and do not directly link the number of votes received with success. We store encrypted versions of the IP address associated with the nomination, allowing us to track unusual behaviour.

I’ve accepted the nomination, what happens next?
Once a nomination is accepted, the organisation will be moved on to our shortlist. Shortlisted parties are encouraged to submit supporting materials via our optional questionnaire. This is the perfect opportunity to put forward any specifics you’d like our judging panel to take into consideration before they undertake extensive research for up to 8 weeks.

Who makes the final decision?
We have an entirely unbiased internal panel. It consists of an international, collective of individuals, with backgrounds from a myriad of fields, such as business, economy, politics, media, journalism, history and education. The panel is led by a veteran academic leader with international pedagogic and coaching experience who is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation; allowing the panel to operate with efficacy and dependability.

When’s the ceremony?
We do not gather our winners together to present the news. We’re a little bit too new-media for that! All announcements are made digitally, online and across our network. Hosting events and celebration dinners is an expense we’d rather our clients not entertain. We’d much rather keep the cost of our services and products low, so our winners can choose to spend money on marketing that generates real-world value.

So, what happens if I do win?
You get to select the level of coverage that suits you and we set to work to prepare all the relevant elements in time for our public announcement. Our main coverage takes the form of a digital winner’s magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, certificates and varied online packages offering social media exposure.
We have a highly experienced editorial and production department who will guide you through this process and give you full control over your eventual coverage.

What are the costs?
There are no obligatory costs in accepting a nomination or winning a LUX award. In fact, to demonstrate our commitment to this, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain, regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to leverage the value of the award and our seal of approval.

We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.

It’s important to highlight, all conversations pertaining commercial add-ons are conducted after winners are announced, so there is no possibility an organisation can influence any internal decisions, based on their appetite to spend on marketing; this remains our utmost concern.