The most beautiful places to dream
What you can already look forward to!
25 March 2020
In the current situation it is important to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Therefore, we show you the most beautiful hotel inspirations that you can already look forward to. Dream a little and escape the everyday life with us!
One & Only Reethi Rah
NORTH MALLE ATOLL, MALDIVES
Turquoise blue lagoons, miles of powder-white sandy beaches and spectacular villas - this is how one of the most exclusive island resorts in the middle of the Indian Ocean presents itself. In the award-winning five-star luxury resort "One & Only Reethi Rah" you reside like a king. Whether on honeymoon, with family or friends - here you create unique memories in a place of superlatives. There is probably no more beautiful and exclusive place to enjoy a breathtaking sunset than the legendary Grand Sunset Residence. The nearly 2,500-square-foot property offers guests two separate villas on a private beach, its own 50-square-foot pool with ocean views and a private chef. Experience royal relaxation at the One & Only SPA, which offers eight individual spa villas and two exclusive water suites for couples. Culinary delights await you in one of the eight restaurants, which - with a panoramic view of the ocean - offer palate pleasures of the highest order. Adding to the already perfect hotel experience is the enormously attentive yet unobtrusive service, which is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Reethi Rah is truly "The one & only" place-to-be in the Maldives.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Caribbean dreams come true here: the ultimate island hideaway Guana Island is absolutely unique. The 850-hectare island belongs to the British Virgin Islands and is - as one of few worldwide - completely privately owned. The luxurious rooms and villas are furnished in a rustic-chic style and exude a cosy ambience full of luxury. All villas have a private infinity pool with terrace, from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. If you don't just want to unwind, but explore the gorgeous surroundings, charter a boat that takes you to secret dream beaches, or watch the breathtaking sunset from the water. Guana Island is also home to one of the world's most famous dive sites: Discover an incredible world of coral reefs and tropical sea life. There's plenty to see on land, too, as Guana's exotic mountain landscape is wonderful to explore on a hike. Of course, hungry adventurers are well catered for: local seafood and spices are found in the island cuisine, which combines American, continental and Caribbean influences.
Hotel Santa Caterina
Surrounded by lush bougainvillea, the "Hotel Santa Caterina di Amalfi" nestles directly into the cliffs above the turquoise sea of the Costiera Amalfitana. In the stately villa from the 19th century, you immediately feel welcome, because the typical Italian warmth and hospitality are clearly felt here. In the spacious, light-flooded rooms, it is easy to immerse yourself in the dolce vita of times gone by. Over hand-painted ceramic floors, the path leads to the typical Mediterranean balcony, from which you can let your gaze wander over the wide sea. Float elegantly down the cliff, as two comfortable glass elevators take you to the hotel's own Beach Club in no time. Here you will not only enjoy exclusive private access to the sea, but also a heated seawater pool. From the panoramic terrace of the "Al Mare" restaurant, you can enjoy the coastal panorama with fresh fish and seafood specialities. In the main building there is another exquisite restaurant: the "Glicine" has just been awarded a Michelin star. Pure Italian grandezza!
Hotel Le Toiny St. Barth
SAINT-BARTHÉLEMY, FRENCH ANTILLES
Exclusivity, romance and uncompromising luxury - "Le Toiny" is a true jewel of the Caribbean. And not without reason: In the five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel there are 22 luxury suites in which you reside undisturbed and more than stylish. Especially the Villa Nureyev, surrounded by the sea, is unique: it was built in the 1960s and reflects the elegance of the Russian dancer, who floats light-footedly over the waves. The villa has several elegant bedrooms and a suite with its own terrace. In all rooms, fine woods and light colours create a luxurious ambience. Surrounded by lush palm trees, "Le Toiny St. Barth" is a true oasis of peace and serenity, away from the hustle and bustle of the capital Gustavia. The luxurious off-road vehicle connects the resort to the private beach area. There, listen to the sound of the waves in the elegant Beach Club while being served quality refreshments on the fine white sand. The hotel's own restaurant, Le Toiny, is known as one of the best in the Caribbean: Chef Jarad McCarroll draws inspiration from European cuisine and uses premium ingredients in his creations.
Gourmet cuisine in the midst of the Alps - in this family-run luxury hotel on the Arlberg, you experience the highest levels of comfort, aesthetics and unsurpassable culinary delights. The architect couple Katia and Gerold Schneider took over the "Almhof Schneider" in the mid-1990s in the course of a generational change. Thereupon, extensive renovation work created, among other things, a spacious spa area and luxurious rooms and suites in the attic. But it is not only the renovation of the buildings that is remarkable, but also the careful modernisation of the gourmet cuisine, without losing an ounce of tradition. The overwhelming selection at the breakfast buffet leaves nothing to be desired. But that's not all: the two à la carte restaurants invite you to visit them at lunchtime and in the evening. While the focus in the "Wunderkammer" is on hearty Austrian-alpine cuisine, the "Restaurant im Almhof Schneider" is famous for its exquisite fine dining. The "Almhof Schneider" is a flagship establishment in many areas: from Austria's first Aesop kiosk and ski-in & ski-out to the impressive wine cellar with 25,000 bottles and the best half-board in the Alpine region.
EL CALAFATE, PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA
Surrounded by mountains and steppe: the spirit of Patagonia is lived here. In this fabled region of southern Argentina, the spirit of European and Creole pioneers wafts across the breathtaking expanses. On the road up to the Perito Moreno glacier, about 30 minutes from El Calafate, is the 4,000-hectare "EOLO Lodge" estate. The wild beauty of nature is unique here, and at the same time you can enjoy the view of the imposing glaciers, the largest Argentinean lake, Lago Argentino, and the Andes. This panorama is also offered by the hotel's own restaurant, where chef Juan Pablo Bonaveri combines international cuisine with regional products. His creations show the originality and heritage of Patagonia, combined with a cosmopolitan touch - as Bonaveri has already cooked in Michelin award-winning restaurants in Spain and Buenos Aires. Today, "EOLO" features an exquisite menu that combines European influences with traditional Argentine flavors. This unusual combination of cultures is also found in the property's 17 rooms: luxurious modernity meets typical southern Argentine elements such as antique furniture and pastel colours.
SAN VINCENTE DE TAGUA, CHILE
A groundbreaking new hotel that combines modern art with world-class wine: In a perfect interplay of nature, luxury and cutting-edge technology, the ultra-modern design hotel "Viña Vik" is perched in the vineyards above Chile's Millahue Valley. Designed by renowned architect Smiljan Radic in 2014, the spectacular titanium-clad building features 22 exclusive designer suites, each individually designed and decorated. All feature floor-to-ceiling windows and majestic views. Some of the suites are strikingly colorful and decorated with artwork, while others are more classically elegant and understatedly modern. In several of the incredible bathrooms, guests enjoy views of the extraordinary landscape from a free-floating bathtub. The spectacular outdoor infinity pool rises above the vineyards and lake in the valley. At the "Viña Vik", you won't be bored away from the breathtaking rooms, as outdoor activities such as horseback riding through the vineyards, mountain biking and hiking tours are part of the offer. In the hotel's own restaurant, typical Chilean dishes are prepared with fresh local produce to match the exquisite wine selection. Recently, the new, freestanding Puro Suites provide a special kind of art experience.
Luxurious oasis of calm in the metropolis - the renovated 18th century palace is located in the heart of Milan, a city of millions, centre of fashion and art history. In the middle of the city centre, you turn into a private street with nothing but the "Bulgari Hotel Milano" and its 4,000 square metre botanical garden. This luxurious boutique hotel is an oasis of calm in bustling Milan, where you can leave the stress behind and simply indulge yourself. Feast in the hotel's excellent restaurant by three-star chef Niko Romito. Feel like a VIP, as the exclusive hotel is happy to organise private excursions by air, land or water - a trip to Lake Como by seaplane is particularly recommended. Not only the excellent culinary and service quality, but also the rooms themselves are very impressive. The absolute highlight is the Bulgari Suite on the private top floor. Here you reside on a generous 120 m², enjoy private dinners on the 90 m² terrace or relax in the large Brera bathtub carved in stone with breathtaking views over the city. For the perfect balance to the hustle and bustle of Milan, this luxury hotel's wonderful wellness area features a stunning indoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the private garden.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
What do Christian Dior, Marlene Dietrich and the French actor Jean Gabin have in common? Correct: They all have or had a deep connection to the legendary "Hôtel Plaza Athénée" in Paris. Christian Dior not only named his collections after the "Plaza Athénée", his first fashion show also took place in the pompous hotel premises. Marlene Dietrich lived out her romance with Jean Gabin in style here. The "Plaza Athénée" also achieved worldwide fame as an exclusive setting in the films "Sex and the City" and "The Devil Wears Prada". In the hotel's own restaurant by Alain Ducasse, which boasts an incredible three Michelin stars, you can experience haute cuisine at its finest. The location of the "Plaza Athénée" on Avenue Montaigne is also unbeatable, with luxury fashion boutiques such as those of Christian Dior just a few steps away (what a coincidence!). 154 magnificent rooms and 54 even more exquisite suites shine in typical French noblesse. The legendary views from the hotel rooms are considered by many to be among the best in the city, and have been for over a hundred years.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
For 143 years, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has stood on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the lifeline of Thailand's breathtaking capital. Only recently, the five-star luxury hotel was renovated at a cost of several million dollars. Its posh resort style full of classic Thai-influenced elegance is what makes the five-star property so unique. The 393 spacious rooms feature beautiful wooden floors and high-end furnishings. Stylish Thai touches such as rugs and silk fabrics create an atmosphere of tranquility and beauty. Let your gaze wander from the balcony over the river and the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok. The "Mandarin Oriental Bangkok" enjoys an excellent reputation around the world for its outstanding service, as the staff provide top performance every day and no wish remains unfulfilled. Guests can choose from eleven excellent restaurants, where everyone can find their personal favorite dish. The Oriental Spa is Bangkok's first city spa and a temple of relaxation in a century-old teak house - it is located on the riverbank opposite, which is why the spa experience begins with a short boat ride. At this hotel, you'll experience elegant tradition and modernity in a perfect blend, and in the middle of one of the world's most vibrant cities.
CATEGORY "CITY HOTEL
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
HONG KONG, CHINA
High above the city, at a height of 490 metres, magical moments await you - because "The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong" is located on the top floors of the famous International Commerce Centre. Nicknamed "The Dragon Tail" for its scale-like exterior, Hong Kong is truly at your feet. You will hardly experience this spectacular view of the metropolis and its harbour in any other luxury hotel in the city! On the 102nd floor, you will be spoiled with culinary delights in the renowned restaurants of "The Ritz-Carlton". Here you can try a wide variety of dishes from all over the world: How about the restaurant "Tin Lung Jeen", for example, whose Cantonese cuisine has been awarded two Michelin stars? Afterwards, enjoy drinks in "The Lounge and Bar" with panoramic views and dance in the highest bar in the world: "OZONE". Or simply relax in the renowned "The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA". In the 312 guest rooms and suites of the luxury hotel, everyone will find their own personal oasis of peace in the middle of the exciting urban jungle. The very tasteful and elegant furnishings show once again that "The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong" is hard to beat when it comes to luxury.
In the heart of the British capital, the luxurious "Corinthia London" welcomes you, only a short distance from the famous Trafalgar Square. Built in 1885, the hotel captivates not only with its Victorian architecture, but also with its central location: the high-class guests of the "Corinthia" have always appreciated the proximity to Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the National Gallery. This house embodies the ideology of a perfect grand hotel with the demands of the 21st century more perfectly than any other. But that in no way means that the "Corinthia" is dusty - on the contrary! Award-winning spa treatments in London's largest and most beautiful spa, ultra-modern furnishings and luxurious décor ensure an experience in a class of its own. The 294 rooms including 40 suites and seven penthouses captivate with their elegantly classic furnishings and spacious comfort. The comfortable marble beds are just one of the many highlights. The renowned star chef Tom Kerridge recently opened his first London restaurant "Kerridge's Bar & Grill" in the hotel, where he spoils guests with typical British cuisine. If you're still not convinced, you should treat yourself to an afternoon tea under the impressive Baccarat chandelier. For that special wow effect, book into one of the penthouse suites.
CATEGORY "WELLNESS & SPA
Elmau Castle Retreat
Step through the gates of this five-star superior wellness temple and you will never want to leave. Located next to the noble "Hotel Schloss Elmau" in Bavaria, the "Schloss Elmau Retreat" opened in 2015 as a "Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway". Three spas are waiting to be discovered by you. With a magnificent view of the mountains, you can relax in the adult spa "Shantigiri". In the family spa of the same name, the whole family can enjoy a wellness session together and relax in the large relaxation room with open fireplace. Infinity brine pool, Finnish sauna and brine steam bath are just some of the luxurious wellness offers of the wellness worlds. In the "Nature Spa", which is located below the castle on the crystal clear Ferchenbach, you can immerse yourself in an oasis of undisturbed tranquillity. The 25-metre-long open-air infinity pool invites you to swim in the flowing water, or take a sauna in the 95-degree Ferchenbach sauna. Stay in one of the 47 spacious suites, where warm light shines on noble wooden floors and natural materials. This will probably be the most exclusive wellness holiday of your life!
Mandarin Oriental Bodrum
Oriental, stylish, regal - the "Mandarin Oriental Bodrum" is located in the idyllic Paradise Bay on the Turkish peninsula of Bodrum. Dreams come true here, because the irresistible mix of five-star comfort, tranquillity and luxurious relaxation makes for a world-class wellness holiday. The absolute highlight: the exclusive "The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum". It extends over 2,700 m² on two floors and offers everything the heart of the peace seeker desires. Here you feel like in a sheltered cocoon and can let go of the stress of everyday life. You will enjoy treatments individually tailored to you, relax in first-class hammams and in the extensive sauna and bathing area. The outdoor spa cabanas are not to be missed, as this view of the Aegean Sea is simply magical. When you leave the spa area deeply relaxed, the next highlight is already waiting for you: your exceedingly stylish chambers in the resort. With Turkish elements and oriental accents, they are modern and elegantly furnished, and you can clearly tell: the rooms here are designed for modern royalty. There's no shortage of indulgence at this resort either: from Italian to Turkish to Japanese, the choices are endless.
CATEGORY "BEST VIEW"
Noble manor house on the dream island of Capri - the "Hotel Punta Tragara" can look back on a glorious history. The Count Manfredi family once spent many summers here with family, friends and important personalities such as Sir Winston Churchill. Goffredo Manfredi, owner of the hotel, took over the "Punta Tragara" from his grandparents in 1973 and turned it into an exclusive hotel. Today it is still popular, especially because of its unique location far across the Gulf of Naples. Let yourself be enchanted by the magical silence in the elegant halls and corridors of the hotel. Here, modern meets classic, light meets space: artistic effects are created, which are really shown to advantage by the imposing architecture. The hotel is enthroned above the bay Marina Piccola ("little harbour"). Not only when the sea swallows the red sun, you can enjoy a dreamlike view from the terrace. Situated steeply above the sea, there is a breathtaking view of the Faraglioni - four cone-shaped rock formations that rise majestically from the water off the coast of the island of Capri.
Clos Apalta Residence
SANTA CRUZ, CHILE
In the heart of Chile's Apalta vineyards on the hills of the Colchagua Valley, this luxury hotel blends seamlessly into its spectacular surroundings. The "Clos Apalta Residence", part of the prestigious luxury hotel association Relais & Châteaux, is a real treasure in the middle of nature. The four spacious villas are romantically hidden in the mountains, making the "Clos Apalta Residence" ideal for those seeking relaxation. On the outdoor terrace you have a spectacular view over the Chilean landscape, which, by the way, you can also marvel at from the huge bathroom. In the hotel's own restaurant "Lapostolle Residence", a professional team selects the right menu for each wine - and not vice versa. What an extraordinary approach! The wines are specially grown at the Lapostolle winery, which is part of the hotel, and then complemented by complementary dishes in the restaurant. Fresh ingredients from the garden are used to create unique compositions. The theme of wine is omnipresent here - also in the activities on offer: horseback and bicycle tours through the vineyards, as well as adventure hikes and wine tastings as part of a winery tour are just a few examples.
Noblesse and alpine beauty: In the middle of the noble ski resort of Courchevel, the "Saint-Tropez of the Alps", lies a jewel that you should definitely have seen. The "L'Apogée Courchevel" is a five-star hotel of the renowned Oetker Collection. Situated high above the historic Olympic ski jump, "L'Apogée Courchevel" offers breathtaking views of the French Alps. Ski-in, ski-out - if you like to enjoy the great outdoors on glistening white slopes, this is the place for you. Whether you're a family or a super skier, everyone gets their money's worth on the world's most beautiful slopes. At the hotel, guests relax in one of the 53 rooms and suites, in the noble penthouse or in one of the exclusive chalets. All rooms are extremely luxurious and tastefully furnished, providing extra comfort after a busy day on the slopes. High-quality materials, an inviting atmosphere and a whirlpool on the roof terrace - all this is what "L'Apogée Courchevel" offers its guests, combined with typical French hospitality. If that's not enough relaxation for you, you should make an appointment at the Spa L'Apogée of the Swiss luxury skincare brand "La Prairie".
CATEGORY "GOLF RESORT
Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort
An oasis of peace with a world-class golf course, in the middle of Provençal nature: "Terre Blanche" has two golf courses of its own to offer - the two renowned 18-hole courses "Le Château" and "Le Riou". Inspired by nature, golf course architect Dave Thomas has preserved the natural vegetation here and incorporated the landscape relief of forests, valleys and lakes into his design. The golf courses are so inspiring that the "Terre Blanche" was once again voted the best golf hotel in France in 2019 as part of the World Golf Awards. Here, the joy of the game, the sporting performance and the unique environment on the beautiful Côte d'Azur become an unforgettable overall experience. Exhausted from the successful round and happy, you return to the base: the luxury hotel "Terre Blanche" with its elegant suites and villas. Stylishly designed in Provençal style, with warm colours and full of sophistication, they are the perfect place for well-deserved relaxation. Our favourite: the two luxurious 200 m² Prestige Villas with marble bathrooms, private infinity pools and the huge terrace - simply gorgeous! On the over 300 hectare property you will also find four restaurants, a 3,200 m² wellness area and several gorgeous pools - balm for body and soul.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Golfing with views of jungle canyons and golden sandy beaches, before heading to the luxurious private boutique villa by the sea in the evening ... Sounds like a dream? Make it a reality at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica! A complimentary shuttle service will take you from your villa at the five-star luxury hotel directly to the Tryall Golf Club, the most famous golf course in the entire Caribbean. It was designed by Ralph Plummer and is known from prestigious tournaments like the Johnnie Walker World Championship. The 18-hole championship golf course offers hours of fun for golf lovers that you definitely shouldn't miss! Back to the hotel itself: Genuine Jamaican hospitality and exceptional service make the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay a true Caribbean paradise. Here you dine in award-winning restaurants, relax in the exquisite spa and unwind in turquoise waves in the private bay. In the Ralph Lauren-designed private Jamaica villas, you'll experience a unique ambiance full of exotic elegance. Let yourself be enchanted by the gentle Caribbean breeze and the luxury of "Round Hill".
Rosewood Hong Kong
HONG KONG, CHINA
At the pulse of time, in the middle of the metropolis Hong Kong: The "Rosewood Hong Kong", opened in 2018, is the new place-to-be on the Kowloon waterfront. Step through the gate of this ultra-luxury hotel and the noise of the big city quiets down. You stand on a quiet forecourt and can first take a breath, because as nice as the hustle and bustle is - sometimes you want a little peace and quiet even here. The warm welcome is the beginning of an unforgettable stay full of comfort and urban decadence. As you ascend the 27 floors of the hotel in the Tower in the noble elevator and enter your room, you should probably hold on for a moment - because this view over Hong Kong and its glittering Victoria Harbour virtually takes your breath away. This unique panorama is only one of the many highlights of the "Rosewood Hong Kong". The interior design is classic and modern at the same time, elegant and yet dynamic - the famous New York architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates was responsible for this. The hotel also features eight different dining concepts, each more exclusive than the last. Don't miss out on this unique experience.
Elegance and grandeur, hospitality and gourmet cuisine: Hotel Eden is spread over six floors in the heart of the ancient Italian capital of Rome. It nestles in the gardens of Villa Borghese and is just a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps. The 98 luxurious rooms are thoughtfully designed and wonderfully spacious - as recent renovations have drastically reduced the number of rooms to create more space for each individual guest. The interior of the 130-year-old hotel has an elegant Mediterranean flair: here, red velvet and fine light fabrics surround elegant dark wood, and the bathroom shines in the finest marble. Rome is the city of sunsets, as the panorama full of famous monuments, church towers and historic buildings radiates a very special atmosphere. The view from the "Hotel Eden" is priceless. The cooking here is also heartfelt, as it is well known that people in Italy are passionate about food. The innovative culinary philosophy of the hotel's own restaurants combines light Mediterranean cuisine with incomparable taste - and this concept was deservedly honoured with a Michelin star.
CATEGORY "BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Ignacia Guest House
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
The "Ignacia Guest House" is an exclusive Bed & Breakfast in Colonia Roma, a lively and hip district of Mexico City - and a real insider tip. The guest house is dedicated to the former housekeeper Ignacia, who took care of the formerly private "Casona" (manor house), built in 1913, for over 70 years. Here, Mexican artisan tradition and history blend with contemporary design. This boutique hotel simply has charm, as its five stylish suites exude comfort and style with regional art, books on design, and modern touches. The accommodating staff will make your stay here a wonderful experience, as you are absolutely lovingly cared for at the "Ignacia Guest House". The house chefs guarantee your physical well-being - with homemade salsas, chilaquiles and fresh soups. The exquisite dishes can be enjoyed either in the sun, under the orange trees in the garden or on your private balcony. And all of this in one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city. From Colonia Roma you can easily explore Mexico City. I'm sure Ignacia would be proud of what a special place her guesthouse is today.
Casas del XVI
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Family atmosphere with Caribbean flair: The six houses of the boutique hotel "Casas del XVI" were partly built in the 16th century - which explains the name of the hotel with the Roman sixteen. While retaining old structures, the houses were lovingly renovated. Today, they exude historical splendor and modern elegance in equal measure in Santo Domingo's colonial zone. The stylish interiors are given exceptional touches with local handicrafts, Dominican artifacts and hand-carved wooden furniture. Caribbean ambience, luxury and sophistication make the "Casas del XVI" an exotic colonial-style hideaway. All 20 rooms convince with comfort bath tubs, luxurious bed linen made of Egyptian cotton and beautiful patios, where you can enjoy the sun intimately and undisturbed. A private butler service ensures that all your needs are met. You can even get married here if you want! But slow down: it also goes quite down to earth. Relax by the noble outdoor pool, read a good book from the hotel's own library or enjoy a drink in the bar in a relaxed atmosphere. But nothing beats the lovely, private breakfast in the courtyard.
Picture credits: Rupert Peace; Kerzner International; Jacqueline Marque; tommypicone; Vyhnalek.com; Pierre Monetta; Francis Amiand; Mandarin Oriental Bangkok; The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong; Roberto Bonardi; Barbara Kraft; Schloss Elmau; Mandarin Oriental Bodrum; Corinthia London; Matt Wilson; Durston Saylor; Nigel D. Lord; Niall Clutton; Guido Fua' Eikona