NH Palazzo Barocci - Venice, Italy
Overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal and the magnificent Rialto Bridge, NH Palazzo Barocci boasts a charming garden terrace, a bar serving up a selection of local wines and appetizers, and 59 contemporary rooms decorated in soft whites and neutrals. There are no frescoes or carvings on the walls, nor are there any Baroque embellishments, but the hotel’s accommodation units are quite striking in their elegant simplicity. Some of them enjoy beautiful canal views while others still retain the spectacular balconies of the historic Sant’Angelo Theater, which used to reside in this beautiful building back in the 17th century.
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.
Villa Mangiacane - Chianti, Italy
A splendid 15th century Renaissance mansion snuggled in Tuscany’s Chianti wine region, Villa Mangiacane offers the quintessential Italian experience. Artful interiors and luxurious amenities complement the property’s 600-acre estate where guests can taste fine olive oils and sip award-winning wines. Fit for kings and queens, the palatial rooms and suites marry the best of both worlds. All units are appointed with hi-tech features, private pools, and lavish bathrooms with designer amenities and deep soaking tubs for the latest in comfort, but are gracefully decorated with rich period furnishings, valuable artworks and objects collected from around the world for a timeless, distinctive and luxurious atmosphere. Dining options are fabulous and the upscale Nadushka Spa has a delightful indoor heated pool.
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.
Castello di Pretoia - Italy
History, art and gracious hospitality meet at Castello di Pretoia - an enchanting hotel nestled in the postcard-perfect Umbrian hills. Dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, the lovingly restored fortress boasts 13 elegant rooms spread across three medieval buildings, including a 20-meter watch tower overlooking the picturesque Chiascio Valley. Each of the property’s rooms and suites comes with its own character and decoration theme, but all feature a striking mix of period furnishings, beautiful frescoes, stone arches and original oak wooden beams. The precious materials and luxurious bathrooms add a touch of opulence and modern functionality to your stay. The hotel’s restaurant serves the best of regional cuisine in an ambience of romance and old-world elegance.
Belmond Hotel Caruso - Amalfi Coast, Italy
Overlooking the postcard-perfect Amalfi Coast, Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello is the embodiment of genuine Italian luxury. Its classy Belvedere Restaurant serves exquisite Mediterranean fare in spectacular indoor and outdoor settings, and each of the beautiful, individually decorated rooms is an oasis of style and tranquility. Retaining many of the original architectural features of the 11th century palace, the hotel’s sumptuously appointed interiors dazzle the eye with their enchanting frescoed ceilings and timeless Italian furnishings. Outside, a fabulous infinity pool and a charming collection of manicured gardens offer some of the most wonderful views in the world.
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.