Not to be taken too seriously, here are some of our favourite places we've slept this year.


Best bed - a must for our namesake.

Drift House, Victoria, Australia - The custom King mattresses made by AH Beard (makers of King Koil) at Drift House are heaven. A perfect balance of a firm base with a soft top layer, you will be sleeping on cloud nine. The aptly named “Drift Away” set can be yours too, ordered directly from Drift House.
Runner up – Mandarin Oriental, New York


Best Breakfast - the game is changing, soggy bacon is out.

Alila, Ubud, Indonesia – Alila, Ubud has an artisanal breakfast menu that changes daily. The focus is on small plates (you can choose as many as you wish) with starters such as palm sugar porridge, local fruit plates and pastries with honeydew and vanilla jam to start. Followed by poached eggs and breakfast bruschetta, you can wash it down with their fresh pressed juices and smoothies. In an unofficial category, it should be noted Alila Ubud's room service is top notch, with dishes arriving fresh out of the kitchen.
Runner up – The Modern, Honolulu, USA.


Best budget hotel - boutique hotels are even better when great value.

Sherwood, Queenstown, New Zealand – Opening early 2015, Sherwood is a marriage of expertly done wholefoods, eco-designed rooms and a wellness centre making this a game changer in accommodation starting at $150NZD.
Runner up – Ossotel, Bali, Indonesia.


best eco resort/retreat - being green from the ground up.

Aro–Ha, Glenorchy, New Zealand – It’s hard being green but Aro-Ha has taken eco-friendly to the next level. Combining unsurpassed luxury with a wellness retreat, the grounds of Aro Ha are self-sufficient with their own bee hives, garden and water and energy system.
Runner up – Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia.


best experiential hotel - a nod to hotels that embrace their local culture.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka – High up in the hills, the bungalows at Ceylon Tea Trails take us back in time where service is impeccable and the décor is Colonial. Guests are taken on a learning experience of Sri Lanka's tea industry through visiting tea factories, meeting local workers and being taught the art of making tea.
Runner up – Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia.


BEST FAMILY HOTEL - WHERE EVEN THE LITTLE ONES FEEL SPECIAL.

Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives – Maalifushi is an island paradise with activities galore. Dolphin cruises, diving, surfing, snorkeling, live music performances, multiple pools, yoga pavillion, spa, exquisite dining and a playground has everyone covered. There’s even a family-friendly four bedroom residence meaning everyone gets their own space.
Runner up – The Sanctuary, Bali, Indonesia.


best pool - nothing says "i'm on holiday" like floating in a pool.

Cape Weligama, Weligama, Sri Lanka – The infamous moon shaped pool at Cape Weligama stretches out over a steep cliff for some of the best views in Sri Lanka’s south. It’s so good, it will entice you away from the private plunge that comes with your room. Ever better – their poolside menu and prompt service means you want for nothing.
Runner up – The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo, Mexico.


best hotel restaurant/bar - we're looking beyond the buffet.

Sherwood, Queenstown, New Zealand – With produce coming from their own garden, a menu designed by an expert wholefoods chef and a bar stocking natural, organic wines and rare spirits, it is unexpected and rare to get such an innovative level of dining in a hotel.
Runner up – Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia.


most romantic hotel - for you and your significant other.

Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives – There’s been more than a few proposals of marriage at Cocoa Island. Despite being one of the older hotels in the Atoll, it’s design stands the test of time. Circumferencing no more than 500 metres, the tiny spit of land has the whitest sand, villas that give complete privacy and hammocks dotted about with uninterrupted views.
Runner up – Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand.


best hotel spa - it's time to switch off and breathe.

QT- Sydney, Australia – Maintaining it’s original historic laboratory feel, SpaQ will have you struggling to pick just one treatment off their menu. Uspa and Kerstian Florian products are stocked exclusively with expert therapists on hand for soothing massages, rejuvenating facials and silken skin.
Runner Up – Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives.

Many thanks to the airlines and hotels who made these experiences possible. We are truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to taste, sleep and immerse ourselves in the beautiful world we are privileged to live in.