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Adare Manor, Limerick, Ireland

Sitting prettily on the banks of the River Maigue in Limerick, Adare Manor is the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven. The neo-Gothic architecture is as grand as the decor within — think plush velvet, gold-leaf ceilings, chandeliers, works of art and roaring fireplaces. There are subtle references to the Dunraven family throughout — keep an eye out for […]

Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca, Spain

In the artists’ village of Deià, hidden in the foothills of the Serra Tramuntana Mountains and surrounded by fragrant citrus and olive groves, Belmond La Residencia is a Mediterranean dream. It’s comprised of two 16th-century stone manor houses and spread across different levels, and the grounds are pruned to perfection. Interiors are fresh and light, and the hotel has its […]

Four Seasons des Bergues Geneva, Switzerland

As Geneva’s very first hotel, this Swiss landmark has set the standard for luxury since it opened in 1834. As it’s situated right on Lake Geneva, the views are fabulous — you can see the majestic Alps in the distance. Inside is just as fabulous, with high ceilings, classic French furnishings, rich fabrics and ornate objects. There’s a rooftop spa, […]

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

Set on the Bosphorus strait that links Europe and Asia, this Four Seasons hotel is housed in a restored 19th-century Ottoman palace. The pleasingly symmetrical exterior wouldn’t be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie, and is best viewed from the water (be sure to arrive by the hotel’s luxury boat transfer, or take a sunset cruise to explore […]

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland

Surrounded by deep green forest in summer and blanketed in powdery snow come winter, the turreted silhouette of Gstaad Palace looks like something out of a magical fairy tale. It was first opened back in 1913 and is managed by the third generation of the Scherz family, so it’s no surprise that it has a welcoming, homey vibe. Yet, it […]

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The German accommodation of choice for everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Michael Jackson, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin truly has something for everyone: a three-floor spa, four restaurants (try the signature currywurst, a Berlin classic), boutique shopping arcade and wine store. The lobby, with the instantly recognizable elephant fountain and domed ceiling, is where the ‘Ladies and Gentlemen in Red’ will […]

Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Standing 44 stories high, the Hotel Arts Barcelona is easily spotted towering above the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the city. The unique architecture, with a blue glass and exposed steel facade, overlooks Frank Gehry’s shimmering bronze fish sculpture Peix. The interiors are just as contemporary; the suites’ subtle neutral palettes allow the incredible views to take center stage. […]

Intercontinental Berlin, Berlin, Germany

A short stroll from the 16th-century Tiergarten park and sitting right next to the Landwehr Canal, InterContinental Berlin is easy to spot due to its glass pyramid entrance. Originally built in 1958, it has retained the original William Pereira-designed facade. Inside, you’ll find spacious suites, a stained-glass, dome-ceiling cafe, beauty salon and a casino. After a day exploring (the hotel […]

Katikies, Santorini, Greece

In the whimsical, cascading village of Oia, you’ll find Katikies built high into the cliff and overlooking the Caldera and Aegean Sea. The hotel is comprised of cottages connected by bridges and stairways, and everything is spotlessly gleaming in whitewash — the hotel spends $29,000 per year just on white paint. Mikrasia Restaurant is sublime: The rooftop location means the […]

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Set on the famed Passeig de Gràcia, and within walking distance of the enchanting Gothic Quarter and vibrant Las Ramblas, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is the perfect respite after a day’s exploration in the city. Housed in a former bank, the Patricia Urquiola-designed decor is uber cool: monochrome with fresh pops of color and green foliage. Be sure to visit the […]

Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal

Perched high on a hill in the Unesco World Heritage Douro Valley, overlooking the Douro River and rolling vineyards, Six Senses perfectly blends indulgence with wellness. As the terracotta–hued, 19th-century manor is set in Portugal’s wine region, there are naturally many wine-centric activities on offer, as well as family experiences and adventures in the great outdoors. The multiple-award–winning hotel is […]

The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland

Nestled in the Alps and enveloped by the mountain range’s natural beauty, The Chedi Andermatt mixes typical Alpine chic with an unexpected Asian flair. The mountain retreat has four restaurants (The Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto has a Michelin star), a wine and cigar library, serene spa, salon and a state-of-the-art health club. Daredevil skiers will love the deep-snow experience […]

The Dolder Grand, Zürich, Switzerland

Surrounded by woodland with sparkling Lake Zürich below and snow-capped mountains in the distance, The Dolder Grand is beguiling — it’s half Disney, half ultra-modern. Inside the enchanting palace, you’ll find an award-winning spa with an extensive treatment menu, Michelin-starred dining and grand suites with exceptional views. The hotel is renowned for its incredible art collection — you can’t miss […]