6. Curtain Bluff – Antigua
Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory (bluff) that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. The resort’s exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, deep-sea fishing, Windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court and fitness center. When it’s time to relax, there’s our tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beachside swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.
5. Inn at the Market – Seattle, Washington
The Inn at the Market’s rooftop deck provides the ultimate panoramic view of Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle, Seattle’s waterfront, the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and the Elliott Bay. Explore the city and then unwind on the deck with cheeses and Northwest wines from Pike Place Market as you watch the ferries cross the Puget Sound into a glistening sunset.
4. Rancho La Puerta – Baja, Mexico
Sipping tea on the garden patio of the villa, you notice a bejeweled beam of warm morning sunlight filtered through a jar of local honey. The 3,000-acre Spanish colonial-style resort below Mount Kuchumaa include 32 acres of gardens; hiking trails; an organic farm; several pools; extensive spa and fitness facilities. Rancho La Puerta is renowned for freshly picked produce and nutritious natural foods.
3. Londra Palace – Venice, Italy
The Londra Palace is located in the heart of Venice, right on the Promenade of Riva degli Schiavoni. For over 140 years, the historic hotel has been a favorite for artists, people of culture, travelers. The Londra Palace offers 53 rooms in Biedermeier style, each one different from the others, featuring elegant upholstery, brocades and marble bathrooms. Each room is unique: views of St. Mark’s Basin and the Lagoon are on one side, and the rooftops and bell towers of Venice’s historic centre on the other. The veranda on the Riva degli Schiavoni is an ideal place to sip one of the delightful cocktails prepared by the barmen, enjoy lunch or dinner, have tea, or simply relax.
2. Palazzo Avino – Ravello, Italy
Perched high on the cliffs, 350 m (1,000 ft) above the sparkling Mediterranean, Palazzo Avino overlooks some of the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages. Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997, Palazzo Avino has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining. Palazzo Avino offers a peaceful sanctuary overlooking the sea.
1. Le Meurice – Paris, France
Le Meurice is ideally located in the heart of Paris and offers 360-degree views of the Paris city. Combining exceptional 18th century opulence with contemporary chic, Le Meurice embodies the perfect French palace hotel. With views of the Tuileries Garden that borders the Seine; the Musée d’Orsay, just across the river; the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume at Place de la Concorde; Le Meurice is a brief métro ride away from the Eiffel Tower.