The Experientialist Awards:
Finalists announced

It may seem like a crazy time for us to have launched The Experientialist Awards by OutThere at the height of the Covid pandemic, considering that we’ve been pretty much grounded for most of the year. However, we felt that there is so much amazing work being done by the travel industry to #KeepYourMindTravelling and whatnot, that we just had to do it. Plus, it aligns with our mission to champion feel-good factor and optimism, so we created the Experientialist Awards to recognise and champion creativity, innovation, resilience and stewardship in the luxury travel industry during this time.




The response has been phenomenal. We’re absolutely thrilled to have received hundreds of entries from travel brands all over the world. In addition, we have also raised £5,000 in entry donations, to go to a fabulous cause – the winner of the Most OutThere initiative in community, conservation and sustainability category – and are so thankful to all those who have donated, considering the challenging time we find ourselves in.

A huge congratulations to all the entrants that made to the finals of our Experientialist Awards. Our judges deliberated long and hard as to which out-of-this-world travel providers would make it to the finals. We’re proud to showcase the shortlist below and hopefully, it’ll inspire some truly OutThere travels for when the time comes for us to get back into the world again.

The first four categories award the luxury and experiential travel brands that have demonstrated unparalleled excellence during the COVID pandemic.

Most OutThere travel brand

The six most revolutionary, mindful and forward-looking travel brands that have demonstrated unrivalled innovation, creativity and excellence across all aspects of their operations over the months that COVID temporarily paused travel.

Belmond

Carrier

Cookson Adventures

Out Adventures

Quinta do Lago

Six Senses

Most OutThere campaign

These six stunning campaigns were developed by truly inspirational brands over the COVID months, brimmed with optimism and have kept the enduring spirit of experiential travel alive.

Reignite your love for travel – ACCOR

At home with Six Senses – Six Senses

Beyond the clouds, there is always light – JNTO

#InThePink – The Langham Hotels & Resorts

NIZUC at home – NIZUC Resort & Spa

Reconnect with the world – Tahiti Tourisme

Most OutThere champion

These six selfless individuals and heroes have shown amazing leadership and driven fantastic initiatives in these unprecedented times – both internal and external – to ensure that their brands not just weather the COVID storm, but also do good for their teams and the communities they operate in.

Calum Franklin & Nokx Majozi – Rosewood London

Georgie Davidson – Boschendal

John Roberts – Anantara

Malik Fernando – Resplendent Ceylon

Robert Sharp – Out Adventures

Roque Sevilla – Metropolitan Touring

Most OutThere initiative in community, conservation and sustainability

It has been heartwarming to see so many brands continue to champion and garner support for their projects in community, conservation and sustainability, despite having to pause their operations and not receive funding from guest revenue, but these six are particularly deserving for the hard work they have done over the time travel came to a pause.

*The winner of this category will receive the £5,000 collected from entry donations to help fund their project.

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy

ACCOR – All Heartist Fund

Bill Bensley x Shinta Mani Foundation

Ride 4 Rangers

Six Senses – Give Rice

Sol y Luna Foundation

The following six categories are unrelated to COVID, but celebrate the luxury travel brands, that like us, are rooted in diversity, discovery and discernment at any time and linked to the six OutThere traveller profiles.

The Adventurer award

The six most adventurous brands from a long list of worthy entries, these travel providers have a real sense of discovery, one that gets their customers out into the great outdoors and pushes their boundaries.

62°NORD

Another World Adventures

Cookson Adventures

Ecoventura

Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Uncruise Adventures

The Culturalist award

These six shortlisted brands have and celebrate “culture” at their very heart, not just limited to the Arts, but also the local community and destination that they’re in.

Fotografiska New York

Kristiania Lech

Out Adventures

Schloss Elmau

The Siam x Smiling Albino

Uncruise Adventures

The Escapist award

These six escapist journeys celebrate ‘getting away from it all’, wellbeing and peace of mind, all worthy finalists from an absolutely mammoth list of entries each vying to make the Experientialist Awards shortlist.

57 Nord

Chablé Hotels

COMO Hotels

Kudadoo

São Lourenço do Barrocal

SHA Wellness

The Hedonist award

We loved judging this “just because” category, and have shortlisted six of the most simply indulgent, mindblowing properties and experiences rooted in fun and celebration.

Badrutt’s Palace

Eden Rock St Barths

Iconic Luxury Hotels

The Nautilus Maldives

SO/ Hua Hin

Tel Aviv

The Insider award

These six brands are all centred around ‘being in the know’ – they’re otherwise hard to access journeys, but made available because of the brand’s innovation, creativity and connections.

Abercrombie & Kent

Another World Adventures

Ayu in the Wild

Carrier

Gleneagles

Tuscany Now & More

The Sophisticate award

The most hotly contested category of these whole awards, the judges pondered, debated and reconsidered many times over as to which of the luxurious, taste-making, out-of-this-world properties, journeys and experiences they would shortlist. These are their final six.

Abercrombie & Kent Ultra-Lux Collection

Arijiju

Monaco

Oetker Collection

Post Ranch Inn

The Siam