Castello Banfi Il Borgo - Montalcino, Italy
Situated amidst Montalcino’s world-famous Banfi vineyards, on the site of the 17th century Poggio alle Mura fortress, Castello Banfi Il Borgo is a gem of a boutique hotel made of traditional village houses carefully restored by Italian designer and couturier Federico Forquet. Each of the 14 welcoming rooms and suites comes with its own gracious décor which mixes typical features of Tuscan architecture with rich fabrics, rustic details and state-of-the-art technology. The property’s delightful restaurant serves up seasonal Tuscan cuisine, and the wine bar, with its incredible wines and mouthwatering artisan cheeses and prosciuttos, is a nod to the authentic Tuscan enoteca.
Relais Blu Belvedere - Italy
With its 11 charming sea view rooms, exquisite cuisine and fabulous location in the heart of the Natural Marine Reserve of Punta Campanella, Relais Blu offers a one-of-a-kind experience for the discerning visitor to Italy. Nestled between the picture-perfect Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula, on one of the most spectacular stretches of Italian coast, the boutique hotel organizes cooking classes and a plethora of excursions to the nearby towns and beaches. Its beautiful rooms and suites are filled with natural light and charmingly decorated in crisp whites, marine blues, and refined nautical accents. The well-curated mix of old and new furnishings, eye-catching designer details, modern technology, sumptuous Jacuzzi baths, and breathtaking sea views make this hotel a warm and classy coastal retreat.
Nissaki Boutique Hotel - Mykonos, Greece
Overlooking the powdery sands and sparkling blue waves of Mykonos’ Psarou Beach, Nissaki Boutique Hotel allures with its superb designer interiors and enchanting pool bar and restaurant, where refreshing drinks and gourmet Mediterranean dishes are served in an idyllic Greek setting. Combining modern aesthetics and state-of-the-art amenities with elements of Mykonos’ traditional architecture, the hotel’s rooms and suites are exquisitely decorated in soft natural colors that seem to bring inside all the glittery whites, vibrant blues and bright yellows of the island’s landscape.
Balcon de Cordoba - Spain
Occupying a 17th century Andalusian-style house in the historic heart of Córdoba, this intimate boutique hotel is brimming with charm and history. Its beautiful architecture is a wonderful mix of Moorish, Castilian and Flemish influences, with cozy interior courtyards, murmuring fountains, romantic balconies, and an impressive collection of local archaeological artifacts scattered throughout. But Hotel Balcón de Córdoba is not all about bygone times. Its characterful rooms and suites are packed with up-to-date amenities such as flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and a generous pillow menu. One of the hotel’s highlights is the rooftop terrace, which offers glorious 360º views of Córdoba and the surrounding countryside.
Relais Villa Vittoria - Lake Como, Italy
Enjoying a tranquil location on the postcard perfect shores of Lake Como, Relais Villa Vittoria gets visitors into a “dolce vita” state of mind from the moment they enter the door. Idyllic gardens, shady terraces, and an infinity pool overlooking the lake complement the hotel’s remarkably elegant interiors with their wood-beamed ceilings and delicate furnishings in soft, feminine hues. No two rooms are alike, yet they are all cozy, bright and full of period charm. The boutique hotel’s refined atmosphere extends into the wonderful La Barrique restaurant and wine bar, where, if weather permits, distinguished local delicacies are served on a picturesque lakeside terrace.
Lešić Dimitri Palace - Croatia
A strikingly renovated 18th-century bishop’s residence, the exquisite Lešić Dimitri Palace within the ancient walls of Korčula Old Town greets visitors to Dalmatia with 5 spacious, uniquely decorated residences, fresh seasonal cuisine, a luxurious Thai-style spa and a private yacht. Designed in a creative Marco Polo theme, each of the hotel’s beautiful suites pays tribute to one of the destinations visited by the famous Italian traveler, from Venice to China, India and Arabia. No two rooms are alike, each boasting its own character and décor. Expect up-to-date technology features, Asian grandeur, intricate detailing and plenty of opulent touches such as marble, lavish bathtubs or private terraces.
Boheme - Mykonos, Greece
As charming and cosmopolitan as the island where it resides, Boheme Mykonos is a hip boutique hotel with 20 artfully designed suites, a trendy, open air Mediterranean restaurant, and an exquisite pool area with bar and fabulous sunset views. Complementing the building’s white & crisp Cycladic architecture, the bright, tastefully decorated rooms, with their funky Acapulco chairs, retro lighting and bold color accents, radiate character and bohemian luxury. Dazzling sea views and modern technology features such as LCD TV and iPod dock stations come as standard in all units, and some of them even feature soothing outdoor Jacuzzis and sprawling terraces furnished with plush sun loungers.