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The finest fractionals honoured at Fractional Life Awards 2012

7th March 2012

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The fractional ownership sector's brightest lights and highest flyers were honoured at a ceremony in London last month. The fourth annual Fractional Life Awards were presented to winners at Europe's leading b2b industry conference, the Fractional Summit Europe.

Despite tough market conditions there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of entries for the eight awards, with an impressive collection of developments and organisations from around the world putting themselves forward.

Event organiser Piers Brown said: “The Fractional Life Awards are going from strength to strength, and it was great to see both the quality and the number of entries this year. There are just eight Fractional Life Awards, so to win one is a great seal of approval for your efforts and a real boost to your marketing campaign.”

The winners were:
Best Fractional Development EMEA
Shortlist:
• Vilnius Golf & Spa, Lithuania
• Castello di Casole, Tuscany
• Hilton Grand Vacations at Borgo Alle Vigne, Tuscany
Winner: Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Judges’ comments: “A class act which has set the benchmark for high quality PRCs and fractionals in Europe, Castello di Casole is nothing short of stunning.”

Best Fractional Development US, Canada, Mexico & Caribbean
Shortlist:
One Steamboat Place, Steamboat Springs, Timbers Resorts
Four Seasons Residence Club Vail
Winner: One Steamboat Place, Timbers Resorts
Judges’ comments: “A luxury ski-in ski-out development, imaginatively constructed from local materials with a host of amenities for owners.”

Best Fractional Development Asia
Shortlist:

• Beach Republic The Residences, Koh Samui, Thailand
• Karma Kandara Resort, Bali
Winner: Karma Kandara Resort, Bali
Judges’ comments: “A stunning cliff-top development offering owners a taste of tropical luxury and glamour.”

Best Private Residence Club
Shortlist:

• Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

• The Reefs Club, Bermuda

• Residences at The Little Nell, Aspen
Winner: Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Judges’ comments: “A top location and a stylish conversion of a former chocolate factory combine with great amenities to make this a superb development.”

Best Destination Club
Shortlist:

• The Hideaways Club

• Rocksure Property

• Exclusive Resorts
Winner: The Hideaways Club
Judges’ comments: “The Hideaways Club goes from strength to strength, with more superb properties and, importantly in these times, significantly more members each year.”

Award for Innovation and Excellence
Shortlist:

• Karma Royal Group

• The Pestana Group

• Azure Services Ltd
Winner: The Pestana Group
Judges’ comments: “A very accomplished real estate and hospitality all-rounder, with quality of service and fairly priced product at the core of everything it does.”

Services to the Industry Award
Shortlist:

• The Registry Collection

• Karma Royal Group

• Timbers Resorts
Winner: The Registry Collection
Judges’ comments: “Much more than simply an exchange programme, The Registry Collection is to be applauded for its efforts to grow the fractional marketplace through developer education.”

Readers Choice Award (voted for by Fractional Life readers)
Shortlist:
• Castello di Casole, Tuscany
• Beach Republic The Residences, Koh Samui, Thailand
• Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
• Residences at The Sebastian, Colorado
Winner: Beach Republic The Residences, Koh Samui

Here's what the winners had to say about their awards:
“This was truly a landmark event for The Registry Collection. We are honoured to receive this award from Fractional Life and to receive this recognition from its judges, all respected peers in this market. At the heart of our business philosophy is that we should provide world-class services and resort properties, and experiences for our member families, so to win the approval of many who have also done so much for the fractional industry is both encouraging and inspiring for The Registry Collection team. I would like to thank Piers and Fractional Life for providing these great events and the opportunity for all of us to join in showcasing our fabulous industry. Events such as these are very important to help grow our business through vital education and the sharing of best practices.”

Gregg Anderson, global vice president, The Registry Collection

“Timbers Resorts is honored to have received two awards for Best European and Best US Development at this years Fractional Life conference. We enjoyed the conference this year very much as it is always insightful and a great networking opportunity for us.”

Amy Anderson, director of marketing, Timbers Resorts

“We are thrilled to receive this type of recognition which further endorses our belief that we offer the most logical and attractive financial alternative to sole overseas property ownership. The success of the company is further proof demonstrating the rapid growth of this market trend.”

Stephen Wise, co-founder and director, The Hideaways Club

"After being named Best Fractional Development in Thailand at last year's Thanachart Bank Thailand Property Awards, we are thrilled to now be recognized on the worldwide stage. Fractional Life is the premier industry website and to be voted a winner by its readers is a true honor".

Robert Pestello, director of sales, Beach Republic

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07/03/12