5-star Sir Norman Foster Crimean spa resort tops Euro poll (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

5-star Sir Norman Foster Crimean spa resort tops Euro poll (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The Mriya Resort & Spa, some 25 kilometers from the city of Yalta in Russia's Crimea, has been recognized as Europe’s leading leisure resort of the year at the World Travel Awards.

The resort outshone hotels and resorts nominated from Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Greece.

The five star resort was nominated along with another Russian destination the Radisson Blu Paradise in Sochi.

Last year, Mriya won the title of Europe’s leading new resort.

The resort complex, designed by renowned British architect Sir Norman Foster, features private indoor and outdoor pools, billiards hall and bowling alley, cinemas, as well as one of the most complete spa offerings in Europe. The hotel is also equipped with a medical center with a wide range of services.

This year, the hotel was also nominated for the title of Europe’s leading family and luxury family resort.

An award was also given to St. Petersburg, which was recognized as Europe’s leading destination for the second year in a row.

Established in 1923, World Travel aims to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. The awards are decided by an open vote and have been described as 'the Oscars of the travel industry'.

This year’s ceremony was held in Sardinia, and next year it will be hosted in St. Petersburg in Russia.