The Experientialist® Awards winners

A huge congratulations to all our winners and finalists from the last edition. There were hundreds of fabulous and worthy entries this year and the quality of entries was extremely high. Our panel of esteemed judges worked extremely hard to take six OutThere brands through in each category. The four “Most OutThere” award winners were selected by a panel of handpicked judges. The winners of the six OutThere awards categories were voted by OutThere readers.

The prize for each category winner will be a GBP£15,000 / USD$20,000 print/online display advertising package. Where there are joint winners, the prize will be shared. The winners of the ‘most OutThere initiative in community, conservation and sustainability’ will share the GBP£5,000 / USD$6,500 proceeds of the donations made by entrants.

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

Most OutThere travel brand

Winner: Belmond

Belmond has always been a good-time brand that exists to connect its guests to taste-leading experience makers. But this past year it was heartwarming to see the brand up its high-brow entertainment to nourish our wanderlust and keep the dream of travel alive.



Cookson Adventures

Out Adventures

Quinta do Lago

Six Senses

Most OutThere campaign

Winner: Six Senses – At home with Six Senses

From meditation experts in beatific Bhutan to gut-health nutritionists in fairytale Fiji, wellbeing leaders Six Senses remained dedicated to feeding their loyal fans with inspiring ways to live life to the fullest from home and to approach the lockdown mindfully.


Reignite your love for travel – ACCOR

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

Winner: Robert Sharp, Out Adventures

Putting the needs and concerns of travellers and the LGBTQ+ community first – particularly during the pandemic – has always been at the forefront of what Canadian group tour leaders Out Adventures – owned by Robert Sharp – is all about.


Calum Franklin & Nokx Majozi – Rosewood London

Georgie Davidson – Boschendal

John Roberts – Anantara

Malik Fernando – Resplendent Ceylon

Roque Sevilla – Metropolitan Touring

Most OutThere initiative in community, conservation and sustainability

Joint winners: Bill Bensley & The Shinta Mani Foundation and Ride4Rangers

Bill Bensley and the Shinta Mani Foundation

When it comes to protecting wildlife and the communities around it, Bill Bensley’s Shinta Mani Foundation and Ben Morison’s Ride4Rangers have both gone the extra mile, by increasing the intensity of their work, or finding new ways to fund their projects.

The Shinta Mani Foundation and Ride4Rangers will share the £5,000 collected from entry donations to further fund their projects.


Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy

ACCOR – All Heartist Fund

Six Senses – Give Rice

Sol y Luna Foundation

The following six categories for the Experientialist Awards 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

Winner: Cookson Adventures

Setting a new bar in hyper-personalised, super-luxury adventure travel, Cookson Adventures are enticing curious and worldly travellers to head out and explore the planet once again in a distinctive, fine-tuned and moreover, safe way.



Another World Adventures


Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild

Uncruise Adventures

The Culturalist award

Winner: The Siam x Smiling Albino

We got quite literally under the skin of Thai culture in Bangkok, Thailand’s ‘City of Angels’ with The Siam. The sophisticated luxury hotel that has developed a true sense of place has caught the eye of OutThere travellers, especially when paired with out-of-the-box cultural immersion courtesy of Smiling Albino.


Fotografiska New York

Kristiania Lech

Out Adventures

Schloss Elmau

Uncruise Adventures

The Escapist award

Joint winners: Chablé Hotels and SHA Wellness Retreat

Chablé Hotels
SHA Wellness Retreat

After the year that was, it seems that escapism and wellness have firmly cemented their intrinsic bond and are high on the list of priorities for OutThere travellers. Chablé Hotels on Mexico’s East Coast and SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain take this hotly contested category.

Highly commended: COMO Hotels

COMO Hotels’ proactive approach to wellness and holistic wellbeing didn’t go unnoticed by OutThere travellers and it came so close to topping the list, that we had just recognise it with a commendation.


57 Nord


São Lourenço do Barrocal

The Hedonist award

Winner: Tel Aviv

The beachside city of Tel Aviv has a long-held reputation for hedonism, a favourite of OutThere travellers who adore its full-of-life residents. We can’t wait for the time to come when we will be able to celebrate the city’s forward-looking exuberance once again.


Badrutt’s Palace

Eden Rock St Barths

Iconic Luxury Hotels

The Nautilus Maldives

SO/ Hua Hin

The Insider award

Joint winners: Ayu in the Wild and Carrier

Ayu in the Wild

With the OutThere traveller always looking to adventure just that little bit slower, more intelligently and better, to discover the inside track on what’s happening in a destination, who better than to turn to than this category’s joint winners, Sri Lankan slow-travel experts Ayu in the Wild and luxury tour operator, Carrier.


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


Tuscany Now & More

The Sophisticate award

Winner: Abercrombie & Kent Ultra-Lux Collection

Abercrombie & Kent’s highly sophisticated ultra-luxury trips and top-notch itineraries – the “money can’t buy” experiences – are all about reconnection, with people and nature, linked to giving back to communities. They’re centred around elite experiences that challenge the norm, broaden horizons and offer ultimate levels of luxury.




Oetker Collection

Post Ranch Inn

The Siam

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