Taste, touch, sound, smell, sight: We’ve singled out some of our favourite hotels that stand out for their gastronomy, views and enriching experiences that make guests feel truly alive.
Dubrovnik is a destination that won’t disappoint. Sights such as the fairytale-like fortress and the beautifully preserved Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance churches make this city on the sparkling Adriatic a feast for the eyes. For the most dazzling views of all, take a panoramic cable-car ride over the atmospheric, UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town within its sturdy 16th-Century walls.
Adriatic Luxury Hotels all ooze character and, with their combination of stunning Dubrovnik locations, luxury interiors and glorious views, delight on every level.
With sea vistas from every room, fresh contemporary décor and sunset views from all its restaurants, the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is a visual treat. But its appeal goes further; the air is deliciously scented by the neighbouring pine forest, while the gleaming spa with its steam bath, Finnish sauna, two outdoor freshwater pools and deeply comforting treatments is the place to rejuvenate as you soak in views stretching as far as the Elaphite Islands.
Alternatively, with its intoxicating combination of sea and Old Town views, the Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is an iconic and sumptuous place to stay within a 1913 royal villa, with a rich history of regal and celebrity guests ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Elizabeth Taylor.
The Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik also has an incredibly striking setting – this time on a 30-metre-high cliff on Miramare Bay, giving you the feeling you’re aboard an ocean liner. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of its truly cinematic panoramas of the Dalmatian coast, whether from its sleek accommodation, the cossetting spa or the restaurants, including Vapor, recommended by The Michelin Guide for the second consecutive year.Read more
It’s all about location at the super-intimate Sala’s Camp in a gloriously secluded area of Kenya’s Masai Mara, very close to the border with Tanzania and hence offering to-die-for views of the Serengeti National Park. But what really fires up the senses is the camp’s front-row position for witnessing the world-famous annual wildebeest migration, which roars past between June and September. Other sensory temptations are bush breakfasts as dawn rises over the plains, sundowners around a roaring fire, home-cooked dinners under the shimmering night sky, and snuggling up with a hot-water bottle in your chic safari tent, lulled into a richly deserved sleep by the sounds of the night all around you.Read more
It’s the setting that truly shines at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert. Cocooned in your pool villa in this secluded resort, you’ll have the feeling of having escaped from reality into a world of discreet luxury and utter tranquillity. But it’s not about zoning out; bespoke itineraries sure to captivate the senses include falconry, archery, nature drives and astronomy sessions under the glittering clear skies. And the dining is suitably spectacular – choose to feast on Arabic cuisine among the sand dunes or enjoy a tailor-made private dinner in an Arabian-style watchtower overlooking the desert. And for light bites there’s also the rooftop Moon Bar – the perfect spot for sunset views and stargazing.Read More
A member of Relais & Châteaux, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel is home to two of the best restaurants in Grenada as well as a spa offering blissful holistic treatments and wellbeing practices including yoga. For dining, alternate between Rhodes at Calabash with its inventive modern global dining based on local ingredients such as shrimp, marlin, lobster and Grenadian chocolate, and the Beach Club with its more casual menu including the likes of butterfish burger and seafood tapas. Breakfast is a sensation too – choose between dining on the balcony of your suite or on the beach with your toes tucked into that warm white sand.Read more
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