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Absolute World Group three time award winner at Perspective Magazine Awards

May 17, 2011

The accolades continue for multi-award-winning Absolute World Group – Asia’s leading lifestyle property developer, resort and hotel operator, fractional ownership and vacation club pioneer – who were three time winners at the global Perspective Magazine Awards, held at the closing Gala of the GNEX 2011 conference in the Bahamas.

Collecting the awards were (from left): Svetlana Kostromitina, VP of Sales; Vladimir Sucevan, COO; Charlotte Rose Melsom, Global Director of Brand Development; and Bryan Lunt, Chairman & CEO

The Perspective Magazine Awards are organised by Perspective magazine, the market leading independent magazine for the global shared ownership resorts industry.

Following a nine month search for the best of the best in the global shared ownership industry, the Absolute World Group were announced winners of ‘Best Fractional Resort’ for The Beach Samui, their stunning Private Residence Club on the Southern shores of Thailand’s Koh Samui, conceptualised by world leading design team Yoo, now reaching over 30% off plan sales, and ‘Best Fractional Unit’ – Absolute Bangla Suites, Absolute’s hugely successful fractional ownership resort, now open in the heart of vibrant Patong on the island of Phuket, Thailand. Charlotte Rose Melsom, the group’s London based Global Director of Brand Development, was announced winner of the ‘Best Marketing Professional’ award for her and her team’s continued work over the last two years in refining all Absolute products and raising the company to unprecedented levels.

Absolute World Group were up against some of the leading hospitality brands in the world, with the inaugural Perspective Magazine Awards attracting over 160 entries across 20 categories. Entrants were initially voted for by their industry peers, in a unique and transparent “social media” style first round. From there, an independent judging panel confirmed the winners for each category.

Bryan Lunt, Chairman of Absolute World Group said “This is a culmination of a lot of hard work from all within the Absolute World Group. Our underlying success is our clients and their enjoyment of the holiday products we offer. Our move into self-development of boutique resorts has been very successful and we have listened to our clients needs and are continuing to develop vacation opportunities they can enjoy for years to come. We have over 25,000 families around the world enjoying ownership and vacationing at our resorts and we are delighted that our work is received so well in our industry.”

2010 was a busy year for the Absolute World Group receiving eight awards, including the Fractional Life Readers Choice Award in London for their designer resort development yooPhuket, three awards from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), and the Best Fractional Product for their two latest developments from the Overseas Property Professional Awards for Excellence, Best Fractional Resort for The Beach Samui from the Bloomberg International Property Awards and Thailand Property Awards 2010 as the Best Boutique Developer.

The Absolute World Group continue to lead the way in fractional real estate in Asia Pacific with the recent appointment as premier sales and marketing agent for the second phase of the all-villa private island resort development The Village Coconut Island, located just 5 minutes by private boat from Phuket

The Absolute World Group is committed to delivering own brand quality resort destinations from conception to completion and beyond, with the added value of its dedicated turnkey resort management service. Current developments include Absolute Bangla Suites (opened October 2009), Absolute Nakalay Beach Resort (opened January 2010) and yooPhuket (launched in 2009). Adding to their collection of designer boutique resorts is The Beach Samui by Yoo, and Absolute Twin Sands Resort & Spa, expected to be complete in 2012.

Always on the lookout for the next exciting mid to high-end resort development to join the their ever expanding global portfolio, The Absolute World Group welcome the opportunity to hear from resort owners and development partners alike.

With more than 150 award nominees, the first Perspective Magazine Awards Program was a highly anticipated affair. Thirty Four accolades were awarded to timeshare and fractional ownership industry companies and professionals during a lavish six course gala dinner that marked the end of the inaugural Global Networking Expo. Here are the winners…


Best Fractional Unit Worldwide
El Dorado Royale – Presidential Suite

Best Fractional Resort Worldwide
The Residence Club at Baglioni Marrakech

Best Timeshare Unit Worldwide
Marriott’s Playa Andaluz

Best Timeshare Resort Worldwide
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana


Best Fractional Unit, North America
El Dorado Royale – Presidential Suite

Best Fractional Unit, Europe & Middle East
First Light At K Club

Best Fractional Unit, Asia Pacific
Absolute Bangla Suites

Best Fractional Resort, North America
El Dorado Royal – Presidential Suite

Best Fractional Resort, Europe & Middle East
The Residence Club at Baglioni Marrakech

Best Fractional Resort, Asia Pacific
The Beach Samui

Best Timeshare Unit, North America
Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve at Grande Lakes

Best Timeshare Unit, Europe & Middle East
Marriott’s Playa Andaluza

Best Timeshare Unit, Asia Pacific
Imperial Units, Karma Royal Group

Best Timeshare Unit, South Africa
Sunswop at Beacon Island

Best Timeshare Resort, North America
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Best Timeshare Resort, Europe & Middle East
Emirates Vacation Club, Dubai

Best Timeshare Resort, Asia Pacific
Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach

Best Timeshare Resort, South Africa
Sunswop at Beacon Island


Best Exterior Design Award
Royal Savoy Resort

Best Interior Design Award
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Best Developer Partner
Interval International

Best Green Initiative
Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park

Best Individual Sales Professional
Suraj Naik, Karma Royal Group

Best Individual Marketing Professional
Charlotte Rose Melsom, Absolute World Group

Best Innovation Award
RCI Weeks Enhancements

Best Management Company
Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Best Marketing Program
Finders Keepers, Interval International

Best Media Award

Best Newcomer Award
Karma Spa, Karma Royal Group

Best Place To Work
Dial An Exchange

Best Project Team
Dial An Exchange Customer Services

Best Technology Award

Entrepreneur Of The Year
John Spence, Karma Royal Group

Best Industry Leader
Francis Taylor, Dial An Exchange

Special thanks go to the Judges:
Jamie Klein, President, The Lore Institute
Sherman Potvin, CEO, Fractional Homes International
Tom Goetschius, President & CEO, Tom Goetschius Associates

And all those who contributed to the more than 2,350 online votes!

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