Italy: San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
Have you ever dreamt of a private island in a Venetian lagoon with a golf pitching course, helipad and five restaurants and bars, just a ten-minute boat ride to St. Marco Square? Well, dreams do come true. While all 123 rooms and 73 suites are spacious and beautifully decorated with historical terrazzo floors and silk-covered walls, the sleekly designed signature suites impress with even more space and opulent five-star facilities. One of the most impressive is the Marco Polo Suite with remarkable views of St. Mark’s bell tower, a luxurious Italian marble bathroom, Murano glass chandeliers, walk-in wardrobes, and a lounge area, the charming suite can be directly accessed via a private boat dock.
England: Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
If sustainability efforts and wildlife preservation are a priority for your travels, the hotel has undertaken significant energy efficiency measures, like using 100% renewable, carbon free electricity. The local biodiversity program includes efforts to preserve the wildlife on the 500-acre estate. Plus, guests can enjoy a locally sourced menu at the onsite restaurants and bars, using fruit from the hotel’s 220-tree orchard.
Spain: Jumeirah Port Sóller Hotel & Spa
Let the dreamy setting atop the cliffs of Port de Sóller, between the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, on the unspoilt northwest coast of Mallorca transport you. The new junior suites with glass fronted terraces and dressed with private sun loungers, deliver exceptional panoramic views over the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea. Snap the most exclusive spot on the island to enjoy delicacies inspired by Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, at the panoramic Sunset Lounge. Don’t miss a treatment, using local ingredients such as citrus, almond and olives, or indulge in the sauna or Hammam suite at Jumeirah’s world-class Talise Spa.
Czechia: Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Capturing the city’s connection with the Silk Road, a new wellness program combines Eastern and Western techniques. The three-day “On The Silk Road Retreat” offers guests a transformative journey, with treatments like a private consultation with a Traditional Chinese Doctor, (including dietary recommendations and a personalized Chi balancing menu), and a two-hour Oriental Chi ritual featuring a meridian massage helps regulate hormones, rebalance energy and support mental wellbeing.
After undergoing an extensive renovation, the hotel has reopened with a new spa (the largest hotel spa in Liguria), with multisensory areas and custom treatments. In addition, enjoy amazing dining at three different restaurants including La Veranda serving traditional Italian fare and the rooftop Le Cupole offer sweeping views of Portofino.
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This original travel article first appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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