10. GAMIRASU CAVE HOTEL – AYVALI, TURKEY.
Gamirasu provides 30 restored troglodyte cave houses in a 5,000-year-old monastic escape. The stay includes spirituality in the form of body massages, cuisine courses, agricultural activities, yoga and whirling dervishes. The food platter consists of organic delicacies.
What We Recommend: Roman King Suite.
9. THE MILESTONE HOTEL – LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
The Milestone Hotel prides itself on fitness level. The package includes a gym accompanied by the services of an expert trainer, a resistance pool and access to the jogging tracks in Kensington Gardens. A luxurious spa offers a host of body treatments and beauty therapies. The stay at London’s finest is also accompanied by luxurious rooms, fine-dining, 24-hour butler service and the comfort of a chauffeur-driven Bentley. At Milestone Hotel, even children and pets are treated like royalty.
Room We Recommend: The Tudor Suite.
8. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GRESHAM PALACE – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
The Gresham Palace prides itself on being a family destination. Upon arrival, children are greeted with a goodie bag, freshly baked cookies and a private (kid-friendly) refrigerated bar of their own. The off-site activities include a visit to the Children’s Railway in the hills, Palace of Miracles, Planetarium and Budapest Puppet Theatre.
The Four Seasons provides 65 rooms and suites. Here you will find a business center, an infinity pool, a gym, concierge service and fantastic dining options.
Room We Recommend: The 1,464 sqft Royal Suite.
7. NEORION HOTEL – ISTANBUL, TURKEY.
At the Neorion, you will find a swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a massage spa and a library in the midst of museum-quality decorative arts. The cultural display extends to musical performances, cuisine demonstrations and art events. The lobby, on the other hand, is fashioned after a living room and makes for an ideal place for conversation.
Room We Recommend: The Deluxe Room.
6. HOTEL ALPENHOF HINTERTUX -HINTERTUX, AUSTRIA.
Hotel Alpenhof, provides direct access to Austria’s only year-round ski area, making it ideal for anybody with an adventurous streak. In the summer month, its alpine pastures let you indulge in hiking, cycling and Nordic walks. The Alpenhof is also well known for its 1,600 square meter wellness center that provides beauty, body and massage treatment, in addition to a pool, fitness center and of course, superbly spacious rooms.
Room We Recommend: Suite Alpenhof.
5. HOTEL BELVEDERE – RICCIONE, ITALY.
At the Belvedere, it is believed that summer is the only season. To further their philosophy the hotel provides 38 rooms and 7 suites, a spa and wellness center, a swimming pool fashioned after a blue lagoon and a large sun terrace against the backdrop of a white building. The hotel also makes for a great biking destination. In fact, the hotel lets its guest join the Italian Gran Fondo – an event that sees over 10,000 participants ride through the terrain as a part of the Belvedere team.
Room We Recommend: The Glamour Junior Suite.
4. ARIA HOTEL – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
What makes the five-star restaurant truly luxurious is its symphonic connection. Each of its 51 rooms and suites is dedicated to a specific kind of music, musician or composer. Once a theater, Aria Hotel has been transformed by Architects Rocco Magnoli and Lorenzo Carmelini. Its enthralling features include a roof garden terrace where you can enjoy fine-dining with a panoramic view of the city, music library, concierge service, screening room, board room, fitness center, La Prairie Salon and private access to the Vrtba Garden. No wonder that the hotel is a popular honeymoon destination.
Room We Recommend: The 969 sqmt Mozart Suite that overlooks the Vrtba garden.
3. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL AT SULTANAHMET – ISTANBUL, TURKEY.
The hotel’s décor, borrowed from ancient Turkey, is complemented by a spectacular herb garden. It provides 65 rooms, a 12,000 sqft fitness centre, multi-lingual concierge service, massages, meeting spaces and the Seasons Restaurant with Executive Chef Savaş Aydemir at the helm. The Four Season Istanbul is also one of the most sought after hotel for destination weddings. It provides its guest with bridal suites and comprehensive wedding services.
Room We Recommend: The 1,397 sq ft Maramara Suite overlooking the Princess Islands.
2. RUDDING PARK HOTEL – HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM.
One of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful, Rudding Park comes with landscaped gardens and woodlands. The AA 4 Red Star rated hotel also provides for a spa, a gym, a private cinema and an 18-hole golf course. Of its 16 banquet halls, Clocktower Restaurant – with many awards to its credit – is the most recommended.
Room We Recommend: The Boughton Suite that boasts of a private entrance.
1. ONYRIA MARINHA EDITION HOTEL & THALASSO – CASCAIS, PORTUGAL.
Located at the Quinta da Marinha, Europe’s most luxurious is also the third best hotel in the world. The landscape, like the Atlantic Ocean and the Mountain of Sintra it overlooks, is spectacular. Currently, it offers 84 rooms, a spa, a business centre, a golf-course and a variety of restaurants. Onyria has earned its stripes by way of world-class service.
Room We Recommend: The Edition Villa.