Mriya Resort & Spa, a five-star hotel complex in the Crimean city of Yalta, was named the best leisure resort of 2017 by the World Travel Awards, the most prestigious awards in the travel & hospitality industry. The year-round hotel with 422 rooms and villas in a property of 270,000 square meters was unveiled on the South Shore of Crimea in 2014 and was designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, who is responsible for London’s Millennium Bridge, New York’s Hearst Tower and Madrid's Skyscraper Torre Caja.
Mriya Resort & Spa features private indoor and outdoor pools, billiards hall and bowling alley, cinemas, several restaurants as well as one of the most complete spa offerings in Europe. The hotel is also equipped with a medical, fitness and congress center. Its construction cost its sole owner Sberbank (Russia’s largest bank) around $300 million. According to Russia Today the owners want to build a winery, a winemaking school, a wine restaurant and a cheese factory near the hotel.
Grant Babasyan, the resort’s director told Vedomosti daily that more than 100,000 guests stayed there last year and the hotel had an 83 percent occupancy rate.
Mriya Resort & Spa has previously won a number of European awards, including the title of Europe’s leading new resort, but never an international award until now. Its competitors in the category world’s leading leisure resort were the Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, the Italian Forte Village Resort and Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort in Egypt.
Established in 2006, World Luxury Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike. Over 300 000 international travelers vote each year, during a four-week period to select the winners. The 11th World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony took place in Switzerland in early December In all, 800 hotels were nominated for the 2017 awards in 99 categories.
Norman Foster Manchester
Born in 1935 in Manchester, England, Sir Norman Foster studied architecture at the University of Manchester and later earned a scholarship to Yale University’s School of Architecture, earning his master’s in 1962. He is known for sleek, modern designs of steel and glass with innovations in contouring and inner space management. In 1999, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture
Sberbank in 1841
Sberbank was established in 1841 and is a state-owned Russian banking and financial services company headquartered in Moscow. The company was known as "Sberbank of Russia" until 2015. It services over 137 million retail clients and over 1.1 million corporate clients in 22 countries of presence. Sberbank today is the only Russian bank featuring in the World's Top 50 Biggest Banks.