We’ve been really excited to see the votes flooding in (over 9000 of them!) for the hotels shortlisted in our inaugural i-escape Extra Mile Awards. Some of the categories were very closely contested, with the winning spot changing hands right up until voting closed.

We’d like to thank all of the hotels involved, whether they made the top spot or not, for going above and beyond for our guests. And as a special thank you to you for voting, we’re offering you an exclusive 10% cashback at all of the winning hotels – scroll down to the bottom for details.

Now without further ado (drum roll please…), here are the winners of the i-escape Extra Mile Awards 2016!

Extraordinary Arrival

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Douar Samra

The best way to reach this magical guesthouse high in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains is by donkey – an incredible and fitting start to a stay at a traditional douar (house) in a stone and pisé village, lit by candles rather than lightbulbs.

Read our full review and book Douar Samra >>

Remarkable Design

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Areias do Seixo

The design at this stunning eco hotel is blindingly unique, taking the colours and designs of India and Morocco and blending them with modern minimalism and lots of imagination. The results? Extraordinary bedrooms and irresistible bathrooms: beds framed with driftwood, gold Chinese cabinets, pod-like wood-burners suspended from ceilings, burnished silver lamps, and indoor-outdoor tubs lined in concrete.

Read our full review and book Areias do Seixo >>

Divine for Drinks

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards 2016 / Artist Residence London

Are you an avocado lemonade girl or a Peking duck whiskey fella? The mixologists in this funky urban hotel’s Clarendon Cocktail Cellar will expertly assess your likes and dislikes, then present you with your perfect cocktail match.

Read our full review and book Artist Residence London >>

Outstanding View

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Ion Hotel

Sip cocktails and gaze over a spectacularly surreal landscape of lava fields, geysers and steaming rivers. If you’re lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights dance from the glass bar at this contemporary Icelandic hotel.

Read our full review and book Ion Hotel >>

Phenomenal for Foodies

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / The Pig at Combe

The kitchen gardens are the heart of this country hotel, tended by 5 full-time gardeners. Imaginative menus are driven by what’s perfect for plucking, and every plate is infused with fresh herbs and decorated with edible flowers. There are 7 different types of mint alone, including banana mint and chocolate mint, which taste astonishingly like their namesake. Takes mojitos to a whole new level.

Read our full review and book The Pig at Combe >>

Breakfast Innovation

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Berdoulat & Breakfast

B&B is taken to a whole new level at this beautiful guesthouse in central Bath. First and foremost a family home, it’s infused with a relaxed vibe, and in the mornings owners Neri and Patrick cook up superb feasts which reflect their joint heritage. Choose between a zingy Turkish spread (crispy halloumi, feta-filled bogrek pastries and a herby salad with pomegranate) or a Full English (locally sourced sausages, eggs and bacon) – both delicious.

Read our full review and book Berdoulat & Breakfast >>

Unforgettable Activity

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Vila Monte Farmhouse

You might expect an outing to a private sandbank in the Maldives, but this stunning setting is Portugal. The Ria Formosa National Park is full of such beautiful island beaches, many of them deserted. Be whisked to one by speedboat and left with a gourmet picnic to spend the day in glorious romantic isolation. Unforgettable.

Read our full review and book Vila Monte Farmhouse >>

Unique Spa Treat

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Lime Wood

The outstanding Herb House Spa at this New Forest hotel is a cut above the norm, with a living roof garden where you can unwind among wildflowers and a mud hut where you daub yourself in cleansing clays. Of course there are also 10 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a Caldarium and steam room… Divine.

Read our full review and book Lime Wood >>

Magical Bathtime

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Croft 103

Both of these beautiful boltholes at the very tip of Scotland have 2 clawfoot tubs: one inside, and one outside on the private terrace, where you can soak under the stars and drink in vast views of water and sky. Come in winter and you may well see the Northern Lights.

Read our full review and book Croft 103 >>

Special Eco Effort

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / The Mudhouse

This remote Sri Lankan hideaway – a cluster of thatched mud huts enveloped in nature – has its own organic farm, which provides the ingredients for lunch and dinner. They compost organic waste, and no chemicals are used on site. There’s no electricity or pool to drain local resources or water tables; just one solar-powered generator. Most impressively, the entire project is not-for-profit and all staff are local.

Read our full review and book The Mudhouse >>

Outstanding Renovation

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Villa Pedra

All the renovated cottages in this once-abandoned hamlet are stunning, but owners Manuel and Victor surpassed themselves with their vision for the former infant school. Split into 2 rentals – Girls’ House and Boys’ House, with the traditional entrances still in place – it features ancient maps, blackboards, miniature desks and anatomy figures in the living rooms. Out back, the playground has been retained. Quirky and super-cool.

Read our full review and book Villa Pedra >>

Incredible Host

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Amelie of Metairie Montplaisir

Owner Amélie has poured love and passion into renovating this old farmhouse, and her happiness is infectious. She provides invaluable insight into the area, and her attention to detail is exceptional (picnics for days out, sarongs for the pool). She’s joined by mother Françoise, who cooks up delicious meals. Guests describe her as ‘a treasure’, ‘the perfect host’ and ‘welcoming, hospitable and helpful’.

Read our full review and book Metairie Montplaisir >>

Family Adventure

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Chalet Cannelle

Our kids loved the unusual wintry adventures on offer near this beautiful B&B / chalet rental, including husky sledding and bob-sleighing. You can also ice-skate and learn to ski or snowboard.  Or come in summer for zip-lining, mountain biking and wild swimming in freshwater lakes.

Read our full review and book >>

Family Innovation

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Country Kids

At this thought-of-everything countryside farm, a babysitter comes to your apartment one evening so that you and your partner can dine out at the fantastic local restaurant. They then pick up your child(ren) at 7am the next morning and take them to a breakfast pyjama party, meaning you can have a lie-in! Red-wine over-consumption positively endorsed.

Read our full review and book Country Kids>>

Cool for Kids

i-escape blog / i-escape Extra Mile Awards Winners 2016 / Samara

This hotel runs brilliant mini versions of the adult activities for littl’uns – adventure safaris and private meals – plus tracking and orientating courses, camouflage face painting, crafting with African beads, and even creating bushman paintings. Sweetly, staff put a different animal-related book on your child’s bed each night, such as How The Zebra Got Its Stripes.

Read our full review and book Samara >>

And now for your reward…

As a thank you for voting, we’re offering you 10% cashback at any of the winning hotels listed above for bookings made during the month of December. All you have to do is write “Extra Mile Awards” in the comments box when you make your enquiry/booking and we’ll refund you 10% of the accommodation cost quoted in your booking (terms and conditions apply – see below). Happy travels!

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Terms and conditions

  • Cashback applies to any booking confirmed before 31 December 2016 at one of the winning hotels listed in this blog post
  • You must write ‘Extra Mile Awards’ in the comments box when you make your booking/enquiry
  • Bookings are subject to availability and may take a day or more to be confirmed
  • Stays can be taken at any time during 2017
  • Cashback will be 10% of the accommodation cost quoted in the booking
  • For bookings at Villa Pedra, cashback will be refunded after your stay; for all other hotels, cashback will be refunded after your booking is confirmed
  • Refunds will be made to the card used to make the booking

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