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Hôtel Villa Belrose - France, Gassin
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Perched on a hill overlooking the Bay of Saint-Tropez, Gassin is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Villa Belrose enjoys magnificent views of the village of Saint-Tropez, with 180° vistas of the bay from the terraces of its gourmet restaurant and its majestic pool. Its restaurant serves mouth-watering Mediterranean-style food and its beauty centre offers upscale treatments, with discrete and personalised service as a finishing touch. ...Read more


Blackberry Farm - United States, Walland
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in the mountains
A visit to this traditional farm, deep in Tennessee, is a chance to return to nature and rediscover life’s simple pleasures. Some of the 1,700 hectares of land are set aside for farming, which ensures a steady flow of deliciously fresh produce all year round. Cheese, vegetables, herbs, honey and cider are all produced right here. Grand Chef Joseph Lenn has created a menu that respects the integrity of local products and flavours. The result is simple and delicious recipes accompanied by excellent wines from a collection of 180,000 bottles. Get involved in life at the farm, whether through gardening, cheesemaking or one of the unique cooking classes in the farm and garden and the adventure weekends, which take place here. Or, if you prefer, go fly-fishing, explore the region on a Harley-Davidson or by horse-drawn carriage, and sample an array of beauty treatments on offer. ...Read more


Le Mas Candille - France, Mougins
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Nestled on the hillside above Cannes with spectacular views of the foothills of the Alps, Le Mas Candille is a rare jewel to be experienced by a privileged few. Its private, shady four-hectare grounds are the ideal place to stroll, meditate and unwind. A sanctuary of tranquillity, this exceptional hotel invites lovers of the finer things in life to relax in its Shiseido Spa, three swimming pools and two jacuzzis. After a visit to the medieval village of Mougins, where Pablo Picasso spent the last fifteen years of his life, it is a pleasure to return to this haven of peace to savour the subtle, creative cuisine in the restaurant. ...Read more


Château de La Chèvre d’Or - France, Eze-Village
Hotel and restaurant in a village
This château, with its breath-taking vantage point over the Mediterranean, has plenty of relaxing activities in store: swimming in the pool, fragrant gardens, Indian massages and tennis. The charming rooms are all different. The great classics of French gastronomy as well as Mediterranean specialties can be savoured in one of the hotel’s four restaurants, where the pleasure derived from the fine cuisine is enhanced by the stunning views. After the meal, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets of the medieval cliff-side village overlooking the grandiose panorama of the sea. ...Read more


El Castell de Ciutat - Spain, La Seu d’Urgell
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
Up on a hill overlooking La Seu d’Urgell, with the Pyrenees as the backdrop, El Castell de Ciutat faces a landscape of preserved natural beauty. The Tàpies family provides a warm welcome in this mountain chalet, located at the foot of a fortress dating back to the 16th century. There are breathtaking views of the Urgellet valley and Cadí-Moixeró, Catalonia’s biggest nature reserve. Discover the pleasure of exquisite Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurants and taste wines from all over the world. Enjoy mountain sports or sail over the valley in a hot air balloon before relaxing in the magnificent wellness center. Don’t leave without enjoying breakfast in the morning sunlight on the terrace. ...Read more


Elounda Mare Hotel - Greece, Elounda
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
On the native island of Zeus, the King of the Greek gods, sits the Elounda Mare Hotel, with its white cottages that look out onto the turquoise waters of the Mirabello Bay. An ethereal light bathes this retreat and its maze of sweet-smelling gardens. The spacious and intimate bedrooms, the bungalows, all different but all with a private pool, enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the Mediterranean. The private beach, the tennis courts, the nearby spa and the golf course offer plenty to fill your days. The hotel’s location is the perfect place from which to discover Crete and its legends, monasteries and chapels bequeathed by the Byzantine civilization. There is even a chapel overlooking the hotel’s private bay. ...Read more


The Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant & Spa - United States, Pittsboro
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in the country
Midway between the nation’s capitol and the historic port of Charleston lies Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant and Spa. Fearrington House has a relaxed agrarian feel yet cosmopolitan spirit, surrounded by Piedmont pastures containing rare Belted Galloway cows, and nestled between exquisite shops and restaurants, some of which are housed in adapted farm structures. Guests may stroll extensive grounds and gardens, enjoy author readings and culinary events, indulge in a therapeutic treatment in the spa, browse delightful boutique shops, taste a locally brewed beer at a seasonal beer garden, or wine, cheese and charcuterie at the wine shop, and experience the exceptional cuisine of Grand Chef Colin Bedford in the former farmhouse. Chef Bedford serves a menu of European Cuisine with Southern influences - A true taste of the region and the senses, only 8 miles from Chapel Hill, NC, the home of America’s oldest state university, and near the dynamic research and tech centers of Raleigh and Durham. ...Read more


Horned Dorset Primavera - Puerto Rico, Rincon
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Looking out at the Straits of Mona, in a part of Puerto Rico where the curling waves are a surfer’s dream, the Horned Dorset Primavera hotel boasts elegant, classic neo-colonial architecture. The beautiful, extensive grounds are home to exotic plants and cascades of bougainvillea and hibiscus that tumble into the sea. In the suites, dark, glossy wood contrasts with the pure white veils that envelop four-poster beds. Each suite has a terrace with a private swimming pool and two bathrooms. The hotel is spread out on hilly terrain, with charming places to relax, such as the library, the bar with its terrace next to the sea, and the gourmet restaurant. The swimming is superb at the lovely beaches, and there are casinos and one of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s favourite golf courses nearby. ...Read more


Kauri Cliffs - New Zealand, Matauri Bay
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers spectacular 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, and overlooks a championship golf course. The beautiful panoramic view encompasses Cape Brett, and the Cavalli Islands. This splendid plantation lodge has a spacious living room, two private day rooms and a beautiful dining room with outdoor decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent spa facility is nestled in a native Totara forest, while the cottages are nestled on the edge of the forest overlooking the ocean and golf course and have been designed to offer the same stunning 180 degree vista as the main lodge from the private room verandas. ...Read more


Lake Placid Lodge - United States, Lake Placid
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
On the shores of spectacular Lake Placid, its mirror-like waters reflecting the majestic Adirondack Mountains, sits Lake Placid Lodge. The distinctive Arts and Crafts style of the Main Lodge and the craftsmanship evident in every detail of the Lodge is extraordinary. Everything from the beds to the great stone fireplaces, have been built by hand by local artisans. From the ample porches and sprawling lawns, enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. A stay at the Lodge revolves around nature and the outdoors; hiking, biking, boating, paddle boarding, skiing and many more. Of course, relaxation is always available as is the excellent farm-to-table cuisine in the Lodge’s restaurants. Meals can be savored on the deck, made even more enjoyable by the spectacular lake and mountain views. ...Read more


Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa - Canada, Cambridge
Restaurant and hotel in the country
Epicurean and romantic are the best words to describe Langdon Hall. The warm interiors feature silky fabrics and wood panelling, and the tranquil grounds feature 100 year-old trees and a lily pond that reflects the elegant manor house. In the kitchen, every detail counts for Chef Jason Bangerter, who even makes his own butter, and as a result each meal is unforgettable. The menus in the award winning dining room are updated often in order to provide the best ingredients sourced from the kitchen gardens, local farms, fields, forest and waters, all of which he turns into sophisticated dishes that match the elegance of the setting. For added relaxation, the spa offers the very best in body and beauty therapies and there are guided visits to an extraordinary garden. Just an hour and a half’s drive from Toronto and the Niagara area, this is the address for those who love beauty. ...Read more


La Côte Saint Jacques & Spa - France, Joigny
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel on a river
The Côte Saint Jacques is a captivating destination. Most of the pleasant rooms have nice terraces, and there are panoramic views from the jacuzzi on the banks of the river Yonne. With an array of activities available, from cooking lessons, to strolling along the canal, an indoor swimming pool, a spa and special programmes for children, you will not be at a loss for things to do. Grand Chef Jean-Michel Lorain, the hotel’s exuberant owner, will welcome you like a friend, and if you’re lucky, he will let slip the secrets of his recipes. It’s worth a trip here just to enjoy his Genesis of a Dish. ...Read more


Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa - United Kingdom, Colerne-near Bath
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Lucknam Park, the very name conjures up images of trees and tranquility, of stately nature and magnificent settings. This country retreat boasts sumptuous bedrooms and outstanding cuisine. Dine in the grand atmosphere of the Park Restaurant or go to the Brasserie for stylish, all-day dining. Luxuriate in the spa, which includes a well being centre and is regarded as one of the finest in the UK. Enjoy a beautiful horse ride over the estate, all levels of riders are taken care of, from beginner to advanced. Take a one day course in our cookery school.Or simply enjoy the 202 hectares of gardens and the magnificent 1.6 km long avenue of 400 lime and beech trees planted in 1827. If you want to venture out of this retreat, the lovely city of Bath is just 9 km away, but most who leave Lucknam Park find themselves wanting to return very soon. ...Read more


Las Mañanitas Hotel Garden Restaurant & Spa - Mexico, Cuernavaca
Hotel and restaurant in town
Right in the centre of Cuernavaca, nicknamed the “city of eternal spring” because of the mildness of its climate, is a sumptuous hacienda in the purest Mexican tradition. In the exotic gardens, amongst the sculptures by Francisco Zuñiga and lush flowers, elegant peacocks strut about near the fountains and blue parrots perch in the trees. Under their tiled roofs, the villas have colonial suites and are decorated with some of the country’s most beautiful antiques and artworks including paintings by José Luis Cuevas, Leonardo Nierman and Carlos Mérida. The cuisine is traditional and generous and there is a choice of excursions on the trail of the Aztecs, including a visit to the Palace of Cortès and exploration of the ruined cities of Xochicalco and Taxco – famous for its silversmiths and silver shops. ...Read more


Villa des Orangers - Morocco, Marrakech
Hotel and restaurant in town
Véronique and Pascal Beherec have used the very best of Moroccan craftsmanship to decorate this palace, which is full of gorgeous transparent fabrics, sofas, and pillowcases embroidered with gold thread. The moment you set down your bags here you know you are in for a real treat. The private Riad suite has its own swimming pool and patio, and the bar is open all day so you can sip mint tea and nibble Moroccan delicacies at your leisure. With a big garden and patios full of plants, health and fitness facilities, a beauty salon, a restaurant that blends French, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences, a cigar cellar, and three swimming pools, one of which is on the roof and overlooks the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas mountains, you will be left wondering what more you could wish for. ...Read more


The Pitcher Inn - United States, Warren
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Above your bed is a blackboard covered in chalk-written algebraic formulae. In another suite, a chessboard painted on an old chest serving as a coffee table invites you to commence a strategic duel by the fireside. The walls of the library are lined with beautiful books. Set among Vermont’s Green Mountains, The Pitcher Inn is a delightfully distinctive and elegant hotel where each room has a Vermont theme but has been designed and decorated to be distinctly different. Intellectual curiosity is celebrated, as is culinary excellence, with a delicious menu influenced by French and Italian cuisine. There are in-room massages and lots of sport is on offer at the foot of the Sugarbush ski and golf resort. ...Read more


Planters Inn - United States, Charleston
Hotel and restaurant in town
Built more than three centuries ago, the City of Charleston is one of North America’s best-preserved architectural treasures. With meticulously restored antebellum mansions, cobblestone streets, a serene harbor, and picturesque plantations, Charleston wears a patina of European-influenced splendor. Originally built in 1844, the Planters Inn is located in the very heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District. From flickering carriage lanterns to handcrafted four-poster Baker Historic Charleston Foundation Collection beds, the Inn is where understated elegance meets Lowcountry inspiration. The courtyard is an enchanting urban oasis adorned with boxwoods, bubbling fountains, and fruit-bearing trees, a romantic al fresco setting to experience the regional American cuisine of the acclaimed Peninsula Grill. ...Read more


Le Quartier Français - South Africa, Franschhoek
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a village
This vibrant, luxurious retreat in the centre of Franschhoek is superbly furnished, with oversized beds, understated quirkiness and lots of warmth, with a dollop of romantic charm that is unmatched in the region. There is an in-house private cinema and a variety of extraordinary experiences with an African influence to select from. Choose from innovative culinary experiences, wandering round the contemporary art gallery, an indigenous and unusual herb and sculpture garden as well as other sensational, tailor-made adventures. In the restaurant, the Grand Chef Margot Janse and her team serve African-inspired surprise tasting menus in the Tasting Room. Here they create acclaimed, cutting-edge cuisine using rare indigenous ingredients. ...Read more


Sheen Falls Lodge - Ireland, Kenmare Co. Kerry
Hotel and restaurant on a river
Surrounded by purple heather-covered mountains and cascading blue waters, the town of Kenmare is one of the spots in Ireland that the Irish themselves like best. Sheen Falls Lodge is not only perfectly placed for exploring the southwest of Ireland, the world famous Ring of Beara, Ring of Kerry and the famous Killarney Lakes, but it is also known for its piano-jazz ambience, its collection of old Irish whiskeys, its selection of fine wines from one of Ireland’s largest wine cellars and the dishes prepared with the salmon caught in the nearby river. There are unrivalled views of Kenmare Bay, the McGuillicuddy Reeks and cascading Sheen waterfalls. All of this, combined with outstanding Irish hospitality and Celtic legends, creates a sense of magic that pervades. ...Read more


Hôtel Le Toiny - Saint-Barthelemy / Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy
Restaurant and hotel on the seafront
Tristan Bernard wrote “True idleness means getting up at 6 am so you have more time to do nothing.” Hotel Le Toiny is a tropical paradise on the hills of St Barth overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The resort, comprised of colonial style villa suites, lies in the heart of a 17 hectare palm grove bordered by Toiny beach. Designed to be an intimate refuge, guests can relax in their private infinity pool, curl up with a cocktail and good book, and then indulge in a massage at the Serenity spa cottage. The hotel’s gourmet Restaurant Le Gaiac, renowned for its culinary artistry, blends French and local cuisine. ...Read more


La Torre del Visco - Spain, Fuentespalda
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the world, at the end of 5.5 km long forest trail, La Torre del Visco is the ideal place to recharge your batteries in completely unspoilt, rural surroundings. Enjoy the glorious scenery of the valley untouched by man and the modern world. The estate house with its tower dating from 1449 is surrounded by its own eighty-nine hectare farm, romantic gardens full of roses and olive trees bordered by the river Tastavins and the mountain range known as “Ports de Beseit”. The owner grows her own organic fruit and vegetables and makes her own olive oil for the restaurant. Inside the beautiful labyrinthine buildings, immerse yourself in a novel by the fireside, play chess, try one of the excellent wines from the cellar or join the chefs in the kitchen. For music lovers, the grand piano awaits. After sundown observe the clear night skies from the terrace. ...Read more


Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa - United States, Rancho Santa Fe
Hotel and restaurant in town
Blending luxury with the authentic spirit of relaxed Southern California living, Rancho Valencia welcomes its guests with passion and grace. Near the chic beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar, this is an exclusive and tranquil hideaway set among 18 hectares of rolling hills, orange groves and gardens full of hibiscus and cacti. Reminiscent of Spanish-colonial haciendas, bungalow suites boast stunning craftsmanship including hand-painted tile work and custom furnishings. With its world-renowned tennis program, innovative cuisine and rejuvenating spa, and year-round sunny climate, Rancho Valencia is the perfect place to discover this beautiful region. ...Read more


The Inn at Little Washington - United States, Washington
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in the country
Patrick O’Connell abandoned his dream of becoming an actor for cooking and the “living theatre” of the restaurant world. Just an hour’s drive from Washington D.C. this sumptuous hideaway nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a world-renowned destination for gourmet connoisseurs. The menu spotlights Grand Chef O’Connell’s spectacular Refined American Cuisine, such as the Carpaccio of Herb Crusted Baby Lamb with Caesar Salad Ice Cream. The Inn’s rooms and suites are aptly named after America’s Culinary Pioneers and opulent lounges complete the transformation to an idyllic fantasy world. ...Read more


The Wauwinet - United States, Nantucket
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
The Wauwinet is a quaint, elegant retreat built in 1860 and situated on the northeast end of the island of Nantucket, at the edge of the Great Point Wildlife Sanctuary. It boasts a beautiful private bay and ocean beaches where guests can enjoy either the lively surf of the ocean or the calm warmer waters bayside. Spend time just relaxing, or going on lobstering excursions, taking surfcasting lessons or cooking classes. Drive the scenic backroads to Great Point, or tour nearby Siasconset in the hotel’s prized 1948 Woody (a vintage Chevy Fleetmaster station wagon). There is of course also the opportunity for whale spotting, as whales have played an integral part in Nantucket’s history. The inn is private and serene yet easily reached being only nine miles outside Nantucket Town. The Wauwinet’s restaurant, TOPPER’S, features expansive bay views and is accessible from Nantucket Town by land or by sea aboard the inn’s very own Wauwinet Lady. ...Read more


Wickaninnish Inn - Canada, Tofino
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
The Wickaninnish Inn is situated on a rocky outcrop between the Pacific Ocean, Chesterman Beach, and a forest of giant evergreens. Artists, including the celebrated wood carver Henry Nolla, designed elements of its two buildings, with the aim of blending art, nature and culture. You can even meet local artists at the onsite carving shed. The rooms have fireplaces and picture windows that offer expansive views of the open coastline. After a plant or marine-based spa treatment and a spot of sea-kayaking, you can set off to see whales, sea lions or bears in and around Clayoquot Sound. ...Read more


Son Brull Hotel & Spa - Spain, Pollença
Hotel and restaurant in the country
In this former hillside monastery in the north of Majorca, a sense of asceticism lives on if only in the décor. The marvellous pure lines allow the white walls to shine forth against the backdrop of the deep blue sky. The spa is a water and teakwood paradise using essential oils derived from the island flora. The swimming pool, a chic camping ground, provides large white parasols to ensure deckchairs remain in the shade. Rooms are complete with jacuzzis and views of the olive tree orchards and the bay of Pollença. Organic produce, including olive oil, wine, citrus fruits and vegetables, is cultivated on the grounds and served in the restaurant. This hotel is so comfortable and inviting that there is little inclination to venture out unless it is to head for the stunning beaches or the superbly designed golf course. ...Read more


Caesar Augustus - Italy, Anacapri
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
The hotel, perched on a cliff over the sea in a breathtaking position in Capri, offers from everywhere one of the most beautiful views in the world. Once a summer house of a Russian Prince, it is now a boutique hotel with an exquisite décor much loved by King Farouk of Egypt who was booking his suite for the year. Here you can enjoy the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Naples, the flavors of the restaurant with one of the best views on the island, the piano on the terrace at sunset and the wonderful gardens. Feel welcome to the land of Aesthetes and start discovering the blue legend of Capri! ...Read more


Myconian Ambassador Thalasso Spa - Greece, Mykonos
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Right above the famous Platis Yialos beach and surrounded by gardens, this temple of luxury and wellness has an exceptional location with breathtaking sea views near the finest sandy beaches and Mykonos town. Here you will be delighted to enjoy the exceptional services and charming Myconian hospitality. After exploring the treasures and beautiful landscapes of the Greek islands, indulge in some highly deserved pampering in the superb thalassotherapy centre, which offers massages, baths and divine treatments. Also on site are three indoor therapeutic seawater pools, each with rigorously monitored salinity and temperature. Pure enchantment. ...Read more


Castle Hill Inn - United States, Newport
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
This magnificent inn on an exclusive sixteen hectare peninsula bordering the ocean is a romantic haven. Whether you are in a cottage on Castle Hill’s private beach, relaxing on the terrace or sitting at a table in the restaurant, you will be guaranteed panoramic views of the Atlantic and its many maritime activities including sailing, fishing and regattas. The menu features local and regional dishes, with a focus on organic ingredients paired with exceptional wines. Castle Hill is the perfect base from which to explore the beauty of Newport with its Gilded Age mansions, sandy beaches and rich history. ...Read more


Grand Hôtel du Lac - Switzerland, Vevey
Hotel and restaurant in town
The famous interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has restored the elegance of this majestic residence on the shores of Lake Geneva. Rochon has created a universe that celebrates the historic past and combines it with subtle contemporary flourishes. The rooms look out on the lake and the Alps, the spa is exceptional and there is an oriental lounge where rare teas can be savoured. The cuisine gives pride of place to fresh produce, featuring fish from the lake and spices from all over the world. This is an inspirational place; Anita Brookner wrote her novel Hôtel du Lac within these very walls. ...Read more


Winvian - United States, Morris
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Within the green valleys and pristine lakes of the bucolic Litchfield Hills, Winvian is a unique hotel complex nestled in 45 hectares of lush grounds bordered by centuries-old maple trees. A team of 15 architects designed the 18 original chalets and one suite, each with its own special design and atmosphere. You may choose to stay in a two-floor treehouse perched 10 metres off the ground, a lighthouse located in the midst of the forest, or perhaps a lodge built around a hundred year-old oak tree. Relax in the spa opposite the White Memorial Conservation Center and the pond. Hot air balloon rides, croquet, horse riding, fly fishing, race car driving and other unforgettable experiences are also available, all just two hours away from the buzz of New York and Boston. ...Read more


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand, Hawkes Bay
Hotel and restaurant on a golf course
This lodge is a golfer’s paradise but it also has a whole lot more to offer. The golf course meandering along the top of the green cliffs is just one of the many reasons to stay at this lodge with its modern and inviting interior design. Nestled in a great wine region, the lodge is an ideal base from which to discover the surrounding estates and find out more about the country’s wines. Outside, lucky visitors may have the moving experience of getting up close and personal with the endangered Kiwi bird. Rafting and fishing in the rushing torrents, galloping along the immense beaches on horseback, relaxing in the spa, and embarking on helicopter and hot air balloon rides are just some of the many pleasurable ways to spend the days here. ...Read more


Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa - France, Mane
Hotel and restaurant in a park
Nestled on the hillside and drenched in Provencal sunshine, this convent was home to nuns before it was converted into an upscale hotel. Protected from the Mistral wind by the statuesque Volx Rock, the building, which dates back to 1613, is a successful fusion of medieval architecture and contemporary design. You will be delighted by the period facades, 100 year-old terraced gardens, and the station of the cross. The rooms have been decorated with great attention to detail and have a gentle Mediterranean style, as does Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa L’Occitane, a temple to wellness and a promise of renewed well-being. ...Read more


The Inn of the Five Graces - United States, Santa Fe
Hotel and restaurant in town
In the historic district of Santa Fe, with its “Pueblo” charm, this beautiful property is a collection of adobe buildings with mud walls, colourful textiles and artisan designed, mosaic tiled bathrooms. The luxurious décor is enhanced by East Indian and Tibetan antiques, oriental carpets, and Silk Road textiles. Handcrafted pieces blend with the legendary architecture of this region marked by an intertwined Native American and Spanish heritage. It’s a colourful melting-pot of cultures that invites you to embark on a sensory voyage. Enjoy world-class opera, outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and golf, or discover the works of world-renowned painters and sculptors in this enchanting city. ...Read more


Monte-Carlo Beach - France, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
The Monte-Carlo Beach, a chic and timeless hotel built in the 1930s, has always been the epitome of glamour and ‘dolce vita’. This luxury hotel, which has received celebrities from far and wide, has been renovated by architect designer India Mahdavi , and restored to all its former glory. Sea all around, and with an original terracotta façade and frescoes inspired by Matisse and Cocteau make it the perfect setting for an exquisite break. Located in a listed site of outstanding natural beauty, in the shelter of a pine forest forested with Aleppo pines, the Monte-Carlo Beach offers waterside cabins, an Olympic pool, La Prairie spa and its gourmet restaurant ‘Elsa’, which has been certified as 100% organic by Ecocert. ...Read more


Esperanza Resort - Mexico, Cabo San Lucas
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Esperanza is located 6 km from Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja peninsula, in the heart of 17 ha of unspoilt nature, in the private enclave of Punta Ballena. Its “casitas” and suites, tucked away on small hills, all boast exceptional views of the ocean and the infinity pool. Contemporary and traditional Mexican art is exhibited in every guest room and the resort has its own sculpture gardens. There is also a private beach and a spa. In the evening, unwind and admire the sunset whilst sipping a delicious cocktail before savouring gourmet cuisine in the idyllic setting of the restaurant. ...Read more


Awasi Atacama - Chile, San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Awasi, in the north of Chile, is a stunning spot, majestic in its beauty and hidden away in the immense Atacama Desert, the most arid place on earth. This tiny hotel, a cosy and secluded haven in a historic setting, has been designed to fit harmoniously into the local culture and environment. It offers its guests unique ‘bespoke’ experiences and a choice of customised packages and 4x4 excursions with their own guide (a guide is assigned to each guest room). Its ‘all-inclusive’ programme gives the traveller total peace of mind to enjoy a wonderful experience. ...Read more