In the 2010 Cornwall Tourism Awards presented by the Cornwall Development Company, St Mellion – the flagship of the Crown Golf group – won Silver in the prestigious ‘Large Hotel of The Year’ category.
The ceremony took place at St Mellion International Resort itself, on 7th October, when over 300 restaurateurs, hoteliers, and tourist industry leaders gathered in the resort’s St Mellion Suite at to hear the region’s most hotly-anticipated annual tourism awards.
St Mellion’s new 80-bedroom four-star hotel opened in the summer of 2009, with the world-famous Nicklaus Signature Course – rated as one of Great Britain & Ireland’s Top 100 golf courses by Golf World magazine – at its heart. The resort also opened its new-look Kernow Course in 2010, giving St Mellion members and guests 36 holes of tournament-quality golf alongside its many other facilities.
“We’re delighted and proud to have won this award so soon after opening our new hotel,” said Resort Director Stephen Towers. “The level of competition for this prestigious award is testament to the many excellent large hotels now in Cornwall. With quality and a culture of continual improvement central to what we do, our golf courses are known for being among the best in the region, and it is extremely satisfying that our hotel team has now also been recognised in this way.
“With another year under our belts at the next Awards, we have the Gold award in our sights for 2011!”
Stephen Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of St Mellion’s owners Crown Golf, said: “On behalf of Crown Golf, I am delighted that St Mellion International Resort has been the recipient, in its first full year of operation since its redevelopment, of the Cornwall Tourist Awards Silver Award.
“It is a tremendous credit to Stephen Towers, the Resort Director, and the whole team at St Mellion who demonstrate such a high level of commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism in delivering the customer experience.
“Launching a new hotel product as an independent multi-faceted resort produces many operational challenges which the team address with great passion and determination. I am very proud of their achievements and they should be justifiably proud of this industry recognition of their efforts.”
The St Mellion International Resort is an international-class golf and leisure resort based around a brand new four-star 80-bedroom hotel and leisure complex, with 36 holes of championship standard golf. Its Nicklaus Signature Course was the first to be designed in the UK by American golfing superstar Jack Nicklaus, and along with its new Kernow Course, which opened in June 2010, the resort now has two prestigious and challenging golf courses. St Mellion will host The English Open from 2011 for a minimum of 3 years, bringing The European Tour back to England’s south west. St Mellion is the flagship property of the award-winning Crown Golf group (www.crown-golf.co.uk), which has 29 UK golf facilities and 48 golf courses in its portfolio.
St Mellion International Resort www.stmellioninternational.co.uk