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.
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.
Domus Civita - Italy
Staying at Domus Civita in the isolated hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregia is like stepping back in time to a corner of Italy never touched by modernization. Majestically restored by its architect owner Patrizio Fradiani, this 14th-century palazzo boasts three delightful suites as well as a picturesque cluster of ancient caves and grottos now converted into an underground pool, a hot tub, an exclusive wine cellar and an art gallery. The interior design is an inspiring mix of terracotta floors, wood beams, sleek fabrics and colorful, modern touches. The property’s magical gardens offer plenty of relaxation areas from where you can admire the splendid valley below.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani - Venice, Italy
A 15th century palazzo on the romantic Venetian island of Giudecca, Belmond Hotel Cipriani has all the elegance of yesteryear coupled with today’s sophisticated luxury. From the secluded location, royal surrounding gardens and magnificent lagoon views to the opulent interiors finished in marble, Murano glass and silk brocade furnishings - everything is grand scale. The lavish property is completed with a heated Olympic-size saltwater swimming-pool, two exquisite Italian restaurants, a tennis court and a modern fitness facility. It also has its own private boat that takes guests to visit the Venetian Lagoon’s beautiful islands.
Antara Palace - Paphos, Cyprus
With its bewildering landscaped gardens, exclusive facilities and spectacular interiors that resemble lavish Ancient Greek residences, Antara Palace is one of the most exclusive spa resorts on the postcard-perfect shoreline of Cyprus. The 5-star boutique hotel offers accommodation in 5 categories of suites gorgeously designed in period style with bespoke furniture, exquisite designer pieces and plush velvet fabrics. But it’s not just the opulent rooms that fits for royalty here, but also the outstanding spa and wellness facility as well as the sensational gourmet experience that blends ancient cooking techniques with modern gastronomy to create magic on your plate.
The Raj Palace - Jaipur, India
Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the astonishing Raj Palace in Jaipur is like stepping into another world, one of luxury, opulence and prestige. Housed in a gloriously restored Maharajah palace, the stately rooms and suites are lavishly decorated to recreate the splendor and extravagance of Indian royalty, and to accommodate some of the world’s most esteemed clientele. One of the property’s highlights is the Shahi Mahal Suite - one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world. Other facilities include gourmet dining, first-class spa services as well as elephant and camel safaris to the magnificent Amber Fort.
Mashariki Palace Hotel - Tanzania
Situated in Stone Town (Zanzibar), the majestic Mashariki Palace Hotel is a rare gem that still retains the grandeur of ancient Arabian architecture and hospitality, whilst also bearing in mind the demands of 21st century traveler. Housed in a 200 years old palace built by the first sultan of Zanzibar, the hotel boasts 18 distinctively designed rooms classified on three categories, each named after the old Stone Town’s characteristic areas: Darajani, Shangani and Forodhani.