The Calile Hotel named No.12 The World’s Best 50 Hotels

The Calile Hotel has been named No.12 and The Best Hotel in Oceania in the inaugural The World’s 50 Best Hotels awards announced in London this morning.

The global invitation-only event, attended by representatives from the 50 nominated hotels, celebrated the highly anticipated reveal in one of London’s most historic venues, The Guildhall.  The World’s 50 Best Hotels list was created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.  The list, according Libraryto organisers, promises to create the most egalitarian, useful and transparent hotel ranking system ever devised.

In attendance for the ceremony, The Calile Hotel Co-owner Catherine Malouf said she was extremely proud to be representing the Malouf family (owners) and employees from The Calile at such a significant celebration.

“This is a win for our team, our collaborators, our loyal guests and a win for Brisbane as a destination, and we are humbled to represent the Australian hotel industry on the world stage,” she said.

“There is no doubt The Calile Hotel has carved a name for itself and sparked a trend in ‘urban resorts’ with its bold architectural commitment, sustainable practises and by embracing its local and sub-tropic climate within an urban setting.”

Designed by leading architects Richards & Spence, recognised nationally and internationally for defining the look and feel of Brisbane’s James Street precinct – The Calile design embraces and advances an established tropical vernacular with the elevated light green stone-tiled pool and leafy pool terrace, outdoor dining, cabanas and sun lounges, key to embracing the climate.

 Speaking at the opening of the awards event, Managing Director of World’s 50 Best Group Tim Brooke-Webb said, “The 50 Best Hotels has redefined hospitality – setting new standards and pushing boundaries to create unique moments for your guests.”

Hotel General Manager, Rob Unson said, being named 12 in the world was a fitting fifth birthday present for the 175-room boutique hotel and a great win for Australian tourism.

“It takes an outstanding team to deliver outstanding guest experiences, and I want to take a moment to thank the hotel team – from our housekeepers to our pool attendants, maintenance and kitchen teams and our front of house guest service attendants – who go above and beyond to welcome our guests back through the arches time and time again,” he said.

“This accolade is a testament to their professionalism, and tonight is a win for them.”

Voting criteria was based on selecting seven best hotel experiences during the voting period. Voters were asked to consider every element of the hotel’s operation from first contact point, to room comfort, quality of food and beverage, on site facilities and check out.

The announcement of The World’s 50 Best Hotels marks the “50 Best” group’s first global launch since 2009. It joins the highly regarded existing awards portfolio of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The World’s 50 Best Bars and their respective regional editions, as well as the 50 Best Discovery culinary search engine.


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Collection by TFE Hotels represent beautiful hotels hallmarked by authenticity and provenance, each designed with individual character and charm. With a collection of properties that encompass striking design and attention to the individual such as The Calile Hotel Brisbane, The Hotel Britomart in Auckland, Melbourne’s The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins, and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

QUEENSLAND: The Calile embodies a relaxed urbane style that satisfies the needs of a sophisticated traveller seeking more.  Anchored in, respecting, and collaborating with its community it is committed to caring for the environment and forging genuine connections with its like-minded family of locals, guests, neighbours and partners.

All rooms in the hotel invite the climate in, with 175 generous guest rooms, including nine suites and two premier suites – featuring a mix of individual Juliette, poolside and terrace-style balconies and two private rooftop terrace suites named for the founding family’s original patriarch and matriarch Calile and Ada Malouf.

Designed with the guest experience in mind, open-air spaces and breezeways link to rooms appointed for comfort – cork floors and sisal matting give way to marble bathroom finishes, dedicated living areas with day bed and dining table, custom linen robes, organic bath amenities and a locally sourced mini bar.

Beyond the room and leisure facilities designed to help guests embrace the authentic charm of the sub-tropical locale, The Calile also houses award-wining restaurants, a day spa, gymnasium and fashion boutiques across the ground and pool deck levels.

Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best launched The World’s 50 Best Hotels in 2023, marking the brand’s first global launch since 2009. The World’s 50 Best Hotels list is created by The World’s 50 Best Hotels Academy, an influential group of more than 580 independent leaders, each selected for their expert opinion of the international hotel scene.

The World’s 50 Best Hotels event programme – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provided a unique opportunity to unite hoteliers, restaurateurs, bar owners, media, business travellers and luxury travellers at a celebration of hospitality, passion, and talent. The resulting list is the first ranking of its kind to inspire consumers to book stays at the finest 50 properties in the world. The inaugural awards ceremony was held last night (19 September 2023 GMT).

The World’s Best 50 Top 12
1 – Passalacqua (The World’s Best Hotel 2023 / The Best Hotel in Europe)
2 – Rosewood Hong Kong (The Best Hotel in Asia)
3 – The Four Seasons, Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
4 – The Upper House, Hong Kong
5 – Aman Tokyo, Japan
6 – La Mamounia (The Best Hotel in Africa)
7 – Soneva Fushi, Maldives (The Best Beach Hotel)
8 – One & Only Mandarina (The Best Hotel in North America)
9 – Four Seasons Firenze, Italy
10 – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Thailand
11 – Capella Bangkok
12 – The Calile (The Best Hotel in Oceania)