More celebrations for the Balearics in London yesterday. At the Condé Nast Johansens awards for excellence 2002, held at the Dorchester Hotel on Monday night, Read's Hotel in Santa Maria won the award for Most Excellent European Countryside Hotel. The family-run hotel, owned by Vivien Read, was up against competition from France and Andalucia, but the prize was Santa Maria with Vivien's son Marcus and the hotel's chef and Bulletin food writer on hand to collect the highly prestigious award. The celebrations of course were not just restricted to the Dorchester. As soon as Read's heard of the news, the champagne was cracked open, with staff and guests joining in the celebrations. Vivien's daughter Simone said yesterday “it's superb, it's great both for us and the Balearics. “We've all been working so hard over the years and it now feels that it's all coming together and all the hard work is paying off. There's a great buzz around the hotel and we still can't quite believe we've won such an important international award.” Most Excellent European City Hotel was awarded to the Plaza Athenee in Paris while European Best value for Money award went to the Hotel Giorgione in Italy, also home to Most Excellent European Waterside Hotel, Hotel Punta Est in Liguria. Most Outstanding Hotel is the Sutton Place in Chicago and the Most Outstanding Resort, Curtain Bluff in Antigua. The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe in Norfolk was named Most Excellent Coastal Hotel in the UK.

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