Meliá Hotels International Named Best Luxury Leisure Hotel Group
Palma de Mallorca, Spain, September 27, 2023 / TRAVELINDEX / The Global Traveler readers have once again voted Meliá Hotels International as the best hotel group in the world in the leisure segment; a distinction that, on this occasion, comes in addition to those of “Best hotel chain in the Caribbean” and “Best all-inclusive resorts” for its Paradisus by Meliá brand, which has just made its debut in the Canary Islands with the Paradisus Salinas Lanzarote and Paradisus Gran Canaria hotels.
Global Traveler magazine’s annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards reflect the thousands of surveys conducted among its readers between December 2022 and April 2023, and aim to reward the best destinations and companies in the travel industry in the leisure and lifestyle segments. Meliá, whose roots go back to being a leisure group and which has become a leader in the segment, currently has 63 hotels under its luxury brands: Gran Meliá, ME by Meliá, The Meliá Collection and Paradisus by Meliá (44 of them in operation and 19 due to open in the near future). Furthermore, the Group continues strengthening its Premium segment brands (Meliá, ZEL and Innside by Meliá), with 170 hotels in operation and 33 more in the pipeline.
Meliá’s Chairman and CEO, Gabriel Escarrer, underlines the leadership of its brands for 8 years, practically non-stop, and highlights, in particular, the election of the Paradisus by Meliá resorts as the “best all-inclusive resorts” according to Global Traveler: “Our commitment to luxury leisure hotels and our strong brands have enabled us to become leaders in an extremely competitive environment, as proved by the warm response to the new resorts opened in the Canary Islands – Paradisus Salinas and Paradisus Gran Canaria – the brand’s first resorts to be opened outside the Caribbean. Paradisus by Meliá’s exclusive concept, Destination Inclusive®, have changed the experience of our guests, who are now fully involved in the destination, discovering the environment and culture of the destination through their stay and with activities specially designed for them.”
With Destination Inclusive® as part of the room rate, Paradisus by Meliá luxury resorts go beyond the traditional leisure tourism experience, giving the destination the spotlight. Available to guests in the Nikté and The Reserve categories, Destination Inclusive® experiences are carefully selected by local experts to connect guests with the nature, culture and beauty that surrounds each hotel.
Escarrer also highlights that: “Both have certainly earned their place as the best luxury resorts in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, respectively, and we look forward to continuing to expand this successful brand in many of the stunning holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South East Asia.”
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, The Meliá Collection, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá, plus a wide portfolio of affiliated hotels under the “Affiliated by Meliá” network. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe, according to the last S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (Silver Class). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market.