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Two Hawaii resorts among global nominees

 Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii island are among 50 nominees for the best hotels in the world.

The Virtuoso travel network whittled the list to 50 nominees from submissions collected through its magazine.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is among five nominees for Hotel of the Year, which recognizes a property “that continually epitomizes excellence in the categories of design, ambience, service, food and beverage, spa, family programs, innovation and social responsibility,” according to a statement. The Maui property is competing against resorts in China, Venice, Italy, and California.

The Fairmont Orchid is nominated in the Most Innovative Guest Experience category, which honors a property that “continually raises the bar by featuring clever and meaningful guest experiences that move the industry forward,” the Virtuoso statement said. The Orchid is in the running alongside hotels in French Polynesia, India, Italy and Thailand.

Winners will be announced August 14 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, as part of the Virtuoso Travel Week industry event, and will be published in the September/October issue of Virtuoso Magazine.

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