GRECO PHILIA HOTEL BOUTIQUE
The Greco Philia Hotel charms the senses with a mix of classic Greek architecture and a clean modern aesthetic. To understand the design and direction of Greco Philia, you first have to know part of its history. Originally a family vacation home, the suites and villas were constructed very thoughtfully over a 30 year span. Today, the luxurious suites and villas combine Mykonian tradition with luxurious pampering, and offer a truly relaxing and sensory-filled experience.
The hotel's restaurant is superlative. All of their ingredients are sourced as locally as possible - even from their own garden, and seafood is fresh from the sea below. With a staff that is committed to excellence, every detail in the hotel is just perfect.
Mykonos • Greece
When it first opened its doors in 1924, this magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland was described as a “Riviera in the Highlands”. Today, as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles continues to offer an unbeatable array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars. The surrounding area boasts Perthshire’s highest mountain; Scotland’s longest river; the Highland’s longest and loveliest glen and Europe’s oldest living resident (it’s a tree), to name but a few.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of summering in a country house, you couldn’t do much better than Ballyfin Demesne, a 20-room restored Georgian home about an hour and a half north of Dublin in county Laois. Inside there are gilded mirrors and four-poster canopy beds; outside, you can stroll the 614 acres of secluded private gardens, go horseback riding, or have a butler row you out on the lake before enjoying a picnic lunch. All rooms in the house are beautifully appointed, yet all individually designed to mirror the unique style of the original house. Exquisite marble bathrooms are equipped to the highest standard with walk in shower, bath, double basin and luxurious toiletries. Plus, the resort will stock your room refrigerator with complimentary waters, sodas, juices and gourmet nuts, and will do your laundry for free.
County Laois, Ireland
Le Meurice has been ranked among the most elegant hotels in the world.
Combining exceptional 18th century opulence with contemporary chic, Le Meurice embodies the perfect French palace hotel. Located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice is ideally located for a range of activities, whether you’re after fine dining and shopping or simply want to explore the city of romance and culture.
Le Meurice has been opened since 1835, so it has many stories hidden within its walls and has seen countless celebrities and notable figures come and go.
Salvador Dalí regularly graced the hotel with his presence, something that is honoured through one of the top restaurants in the hotel, the delightful Restaurant Le Dalí. The hotel still enjoys a close relationship with many artists to this day – fitting for a hotel in a city long associated with fine art and literature.
Decorated in the extravagant Louis XVI style and featuring stunning interior styling in the public spaces and restaurants from the renowned Philippe Starck thanks to a refurbishment in 2016, each of the hotel’s seven floors has its own distinct theme. Exquisite Italian marble bathrooms, period furniture, and beds adorned with the finest linens are amongst the many finer details that make Le Meurice one of the best hotels in Paris. From intimate suites to grand apartments, the hotel has a range of rooms to suit all tastes and desires.
The hotel’s fine dining experiences are all overseen by Alain Ducasse, the highly acclaimed chef. Two Michelin-Star Restaurant, le Meurice Alain Ducasse, is heralded as one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, offering its esteemed guests only the best in French fine-dining.
228 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Welcome to the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city and reflects the ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace.
With a total of 313 rooms, including 282 rooms and 20 suites in the main hotel section and 11 suites in the imperial palace section the hotel’s restaurants & bars offer a blissful culinary experience. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is regarded as the city’s most distinguished high profile meetings & congresses for private companies, or extravagant weddings & social events that create memories to remember for a life time experience.
Beyond all the Spa facilities, a favorite is the winter heated infinity outdoor pool, which gives you the feeling of floating on the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only hotel in Istanbul accessible by car, yacht and helicopter.
Ciragan Caddesi 32 • 34349 Istanbul • Turkey
BELMOND GRAND HOTEL TIMEO
Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats.
The first hotel to be built in Taormina, it sits in the most perfect location, directly in front of the Greek Theatre. Sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna stretch out beyond.
This heritage building is a landmark within its destination. Let Sicily come to you as you admire its gardens, savour sensational local cuisine and sit out on the Literary Terrace where generations of celebrated guests have gathered in the sun. With Belmond, your holidays in Italy are guaranteed to provide countless memories to cherish.
Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGE V
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, an eight-story landmark built in 1928, offers 244 luxury hotel guest rooms, an exquisite art collection and decadent fine dining and a three Michelin starred restaurant for a memorable culinary journey just off the Champs-Elysées.
With private terraces that command all of Paris and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris redefines luxury in the City of Light.
31, avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
CASTELLO DI CASOLE
Hotel Castello di Casole offers the rare opportunity to enjoy the rich amenities of a restored Italian castle on a country estate in Tuscany. The castle’s rich history dates back to the end of the 10th century, when it was built and christened Querceto Manor. Querceto Manor often hosted the political exiles of nearby Siena until it fell into decline starting in the 15th century. Owned and reconstructed during the 19th and 20th centuries by the Bargagli family of Siena – esteemed local aristocracy – the castle rose to a prominent position in the region, as the surrounding estate was a leading agricultural producer with 31 farms on 2200 acres. During the late 20th century the Castello was owned by prominent Italian film director Luchino Visconti, who entertained European and Hollywood luminaries throughout the estate.
Località Querceto • 53031 Casole d'Elsa • Siena, Italia
Experience the splendor, the grandeur, the intrigue and the magic of Villa d'Este- an opulent hotel overlooking glorious Lake Como. This famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.
Set on the banks of one of the most romantic lakes in the world and just north of Milan, Villa d'Este was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The property comprises 25 acres of gardens, whose statues and landscape have been photographed for centuries.
The favourite playground of an Empress, an English queen and aristocrats, it was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873.
Continuously renovated and updated, without sacrificing any of its old-world charm, Villa d'Este today offers 152 rooms, all different in decor but linked by the superior standards of hospitality that you expect from one of Europe's truly legendary resorts.
Via Regina, 40 • 22012 Cernobbio • Italy
BAUR AU LAC
The Baur au Lac has the discerning tastes of its guests to thank for the leading position it has maintained for 173 years in the international luxury hotel industry. Set in its own park, the hotel enjoys a unique location overlooking the lake and the Alps – and yet is still but a few minutes’ walk from the Paradeplatz financial district and the Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s celebrated high-end shopping street. While offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy, the 119 rooms and suites have been equipped with every, yet hardly noticeable, technical refinement.
At the Pavillon, one of Zurich's most celebrated restaurants, head chef Laurent Eperon offers modern interpretation of haute cuisine classics. Awarded 1 Michelin-Star and 18 GaultMillau points.
Talstrasse 1 • 8001 Zürich • Switzerland
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CA MARIA ADELE
In Dorsoduro, the modern art district of Venice, beside the Basilica della Madonna della Salute, you can find the wonderfully charming Ca Maria Adele.
At just one vaporetto stop from Piazza San Marco, in one of the most photographed views in the whole world and an exceptional location, the twelve rooms of Ca Maria Adele are dedicated to those who celebrate love. The exclusivity of the locale, the eclectic style of the decors, the exquisite atmosphere, create the magic of Ca Maria Adele.
Renowned since 2014 as one of the most romantic boutique hotels in the world, Ca Maria Adele creates a style that speaks the language of romance.
Dorsoduro 111 - 30123 • Venezia • Italia
Located moments from the Duomo, Hotel Savoy is the ideal place to soak up Florentine life. Piazza della Signoria. Ponte Vecchio. Pitti Palace... just a short walk from the city's key sights.
Hotel Savoy is built on the site where the Mercato Vecchio and church of San Tommaso once stood. Work on the hotel started in 1893 and, once completed, it was praised for its modern and luxurious touches — including central heating, an elevator and even electric lights.
Hotel Savoy encompasses everything that’s great about Florence – historical architecture, elegant style and five-star Italian hospitality. It’s a place that instantly attunes you to the culture of the city, where you can taste the best of Tuscan cooking and sip on the finest local wines. The rooms and recently refurbished suites are elegant yet contemporary, combining Italian design with artworks inspired by Florentine fashion traditions.
Piazza della Repubblica 7 • Florence 50123 • Italia
A late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards. This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place to experience the finest of Italian hospitality and lasting sensations of wellbeing.
The hotel overlooks a large estate that winds its way down the cliffside along a series of scenic natural terraces in the rock face. Guests can use the private elevators or stairs to access the exclusive beach club or the center of Amalfi and the other famed villages along the Amalfi Coast.
S.S. Amalfitana, 9 - 84011 Amalfi (Salerno) - Italy
Nothing beats Le Sirenuse for traditional, dignified luxury. In 1953, two years after it opened, John Steinbeck described it as “an old family house converted into a first-class hotel.” More than half a century of overexposure later, that impression remains at this storied hotel, now in its second generation of Sersale family management. Nearly all the rooms in the poppy-red, 18th-century villa, with museum-quality antiques and hand-painted ceramic-tile floors, have a private balcony or patio overlooking the bay. Diversions include an alfresco champagne-and-oyster bar, a pool and Aveda spa. This Amalfi Coast hotel features accommodations with hand-painted tile floors and balconies overlooking the bay. Enjoy gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and unparalleled ambiance at the hotel's restaurant, La Sponda (it's lit with over 400 candles), or spend the day on the hotel's boat exploring the Amalfi Coast.
Amalfi Coast • Italy
Moments away from the Louvre and the Palais Royal gardens, enclosed between layers of history and Haussmann elegance, lies a temple to art and life à la française: the NOLINSKI.
This breathtaking, characterful haven bears the hallmark eclectic refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot.
From bright, luminous rooms and a mineral spa to the Réjane brasserie and the hushed tones of the Grand Salon, each space is an invitation to let the senses roam and emotions rise. An intimate setting scented with spices and musk, a musical atmosphere and the warm softness of velvet or tweed. Hues of blue and emerald green, precious materials and custom-made furniture and furnishings intertwine to orchestrate a lyrical and harmonious ensemble. Conviviality served with passion. The passion of Epicurean experiences and unimaginable dreams, where the art of attention to detail intuitively paves the way for mystery. Visitors wander through a world in which luxurious comforts, works of art and Parisian authenticity coexist.
Paris • France
Situated in the heart of the beautiful and medieval town of Brugge, this charming hotel provides exceptional service and accommodations. The luxury, boutique property is the perfect spot for a special celebration or romantic getaway.
The earliest written mention of the house that was found, dates back to 1390. The property was lovingly restored and transformed into a world class small hotel. The restaurant is among the best in the city, and combines the finest regional ingredients and the best of Belgian cuisine with World Flavors.
Located just a few steps from the old town's square, this wonderful hotel should be seen to be fully appreciated.
Brugge • Belgium
One of the best luxury hotels in the world, Regent Berlin is the epitome of timeless refinement and impeccable service, set in the heart of Berlin’s historic Mitte district, overlooking beautiful Gendarmenmarkt Square.
Regent Berlin caters to every conceivable need or desire within an environment of quiet sophistication. A restful retreat, an exceptional meeting venue, and a glorious setting for grand occasions and celebrations. Situated on Charlottenstraße in Berlin’s historic Mitte district with unrivalled views of Gendarmenmarkt Square, Regent Berlin is just a short stroll from all the best sights and experiences the city has to offer.
Combining luxurious textiles and iconic Biedermeier furniture with modern amenities, their rooms and suites provide beautiful havens of comfort and restfulness.
Berlin • Germany
ESPRIT SAINT GERMAIN
Hotel Esprit Saint Germain has been designed along the lines of a private residence. Ideally situated in the heart of Paris, on the Left Bank. This is a very Parisian, very intimate and warm 5* boutique hotel, stunningly designed with real loving care put into each of its 28 rooms and lounge. Clients are welcomed as if they were guests in a friend's home with a personalized and dedicated service, enjoying complimentary drinks anytime during their stay sitting in the living room by the fireplace. It is just what you imagine a French hotel should look like. The individually designed luxurious guests rooms and suites are a combination of stylish interior, leather, rich fabrics and warm colors with modern technology. Some rooms have original 18th century beams.
People who like Paris and the left bank area in particular will enjoy the location in the upscale area on a small street with wonderful boutiques and close to many good restaurants. Hotel Esprit Saint Germain was created for clients who enjoy Boutique Hotels with refinement and comfort.
Paris • France
A remarkable property. It is said that when Gioacchino Murat – king of Naples and brother-in-law to Napoleon – arrived in Positano in 1808 he visited this palace, and it was love at first sight. The hotel you see today, was the place where the king spent the hottest months, accompanied by his lovers, far from the intrigue and bustle of the Neapolitan court. And so a family has restored Palazzo Murat with the care and dedication owed to the most special things and holds on to that intriguing charm of years gone by.
The main road through Positano that leads to the Spiaggia Grande is Via dei Mulini: you’ll find this gem at number 23. A charming nineteenth-century residence, Palazzo Murat is protected by a shaded gardenwhere Mediterranean scents of citrus will distract you from everything and everyone. An oasis in the Positano.
Positano • Italy
TOWNHOUSE WEISSES KREUZ
A jewel of a hotel that can accommodate just 15 fortunate guests, this 16th century townhouse was brilliantly renovated by renowned Belgian art collector and interior designer, Axel Vervoordt, who collaborated with the best craftsmen in the region to create a masterpiece. The elaborate and painstaking renovation created a superlative property in Salzburg’s charming old town.
The combination of historical and modern elements, exquisite design, and exceptional service has resulted in a contemporary boutique property that is unique in Salzburg, and is one of the finest small hotels we have ever reviewed. It receives our highest recommendations and accolades.
Salzburg • Austria
GRAN HOTEL INGLES
The Gran Hotel Ingles is the oldest hotel in Madrid and has hosted some of the world's most luminary figures. Elegant and richly appointed, this magnificent hotel in Madrid’s city center brings to mind the interior of a luxurious art deco salon: hardwood floors, walls lined with padded leather panels, bronze furniture and beautiful glass creates the perfect environment for an oasis of luxury, peace and relaxation.
Every inch of the hotel has been carefully redesigned. Filled with unique spaces that ingeniously combine the sophistication of a modern city hotel with the nostalgia for the luxuries of yesteryear. The hotel also features a premier restaurant and lobby bar that is perfect for an afternoon or evening cocktail.
Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, Katikies luxury hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance, uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment.
From the awe inspiring view of the azure sea from all luxury suites, to the sublime Santorini sunsets and perfectly manicured pink bougainvilleas, the Katikies provides a magnificent setting and is rightfully regarded as one of the best hotels in Europe for its bespoke services and high-end accommodation options.
PALAZZO RUSPOLI ROMA
Palazzo Ruspoli Roma is a remarkable hotel in Rome.
This historical 16th-century Palace, is where the young Emperor Bonaparte resided with her mother Ortensia of Beauharnais, the Queen of Holland.
It is composed of three exclusive suites, located at the end of a beautiful staircase, decorated with statues featuring important historical characters. Half of the residence is still occupied by a royal family. Guests frequently see the Prince and Princess and family strolling the hallways.
A truly unique and wonderful experience.
Rome • Italy
In the very heart of Rome, just nearby the vibrant Piazza Navona, there is a world-class 5-star deluxe hotel, part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux family. From its astonishing vine-covered façade, this magnificent maison will immerse you in a world of charm just a few steps away from the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and St. Peter's Church: an ideal base to experience the elegance of Rome.
Created in 1963 by Spartaco Vannoni, the Hotel Raphaël is a real museum of art: paintings, lithographs, sculptures, antiquarian artifacts and a valuable collection of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art may be seen throughout the lobby. Art and artistry continues inside with a unique collection of Picasso ceramics and paintings by Mirò, Morandi, and De Chirico. Two whole floors of the hotel have been conceived and designed by Richard Meier, with rooms and suites that carry his unmistakable signature in every detail: oak panelling and leather surface alternate with statuary grade Carrara marble, splendid yellow Siena, black Portoro and Navona travertine. All these elements create a masterpiece hotel.
Rome • Italy
HOTEL VILLA PALAZZO AMINTA
Lake Maggiore has picturesque and fascinating islands and spectacular botanical gardens. Little towns are enlivened by the elegance of many aristocratic mansions, including Villa & Palazzo Aminta, now a highly refined resort surrounded by a luxuriant park overlooking the enchanting Borromeo Gulf.
The property's restaurants are wonderful, and feature interesting selections including fresh fish from the lake just feet away, plus wonderful special dining experiences such as their outdoor barbeque, wine tastings, and delectable buffets.
Truly an enchanting experience for all those lucky enough to land a room at this boutique marvel.
Lake Maggiore • Italy
A world of charm, elegance and imagination is waiting to amaze you. Inspired by the realm of fairy-tales and great musical works, the rooms of Château Monfort are sure to arouse in you soothing childhood memories and enrich your stay with moments of certain emotional impact.
All of the quarters are decorated with Italian designed furniture, custom built by artisans skilled in woodworking, and are completely soundproofed and air-conditioned.
Amongst the 77 rooms that comprise the hotel, there are rooms inspired by fantasies, fairytales, and great ballets and operas. At the Château Monfort, each guest is sure to find their own true desires and set hearts aflutter. A wonderful place to stay near the heart of Milano.
Milan • Italy