Already planning your 2023 adventures? Whether you’re one of the lucky ones with cash to splash or you’re just dreaming of a luxury escape, these high-end hotels are the inspiration you need.
Greece: Nobu, Santorini
With a clifftop, dual-level infinity pool overlooking Santorini’s northeast coast, Nobu is the perfect place to relax and take in the Greek scenery. If you’re not one for poolside lounging, hit the Oia-Fira hiking trail right on the hotel’s doorstep. Nobu’s signature Japanese minimalism blends right in with Santorini’s iconic whitewashed aesthetic, with natural curves and tones studded with tropical palm trees and pool villas.
Italy: Vista Palazzo, Verona
This boutique hotel takes over a 19th century mansion with 13 meticulously designed suites and three bedrooms. Oozing Italian charm, its rooftop bar offers views across medieval rooftops to the rolling hills of Valpolicella, framed by fluttering white drapes. Cool evenings are best spent huddled in the library or luxuriating in the Turkish bath.
Greece: Cali, Mykonos
This discreet collection of 40 villa suites sits between two mountains overlooking the Aegean – and the hotel’s own private beach. Bask in the salt water infinity pool as you take it all in. The hotel’s cascading structure follows the natural flow of the terrain, with local stone and marble throughout. It draws on the surrounding mountains for drinking water, its gardens for ingredients, and planted roof systems for insulation and purification.
Scotland: Gleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh
An outpost of Auchterarder’s iconic Gleneagles sporting and country estate, this urban retreat sits right in the heart of Edinburgh. Take in the city from the rooftop terrace or head to the restaurant for local, seasonal cuisine and an indulgent dessert trolley. The rooms complement the traditional, listed building with antique furnishings and decorative bed curtains.
Italy: The ClubHouse at Fontanelle Estate, Tuscany
This new and off the radar gem has just 15 understated and elegant rooms and suites. That doesn’t mean its facilities are modest: guests enjoy access to a wellness sanctuary, three restaurants, golf facilities and a beautiful outdoor pool.
Austria: Rosewood, Vienna
Housed in a grandly proportioned neoclassical building, Rosewood Vienna is ideally situated on Petersplatz, one of the most famous squares in Vienna’s Old Town. The rooftop cocktail bar offers exceptional views of the city.
Italy: Passalacqua, Lake Como
Crowned as the World’s Best New Luxury Hotel 2022 by LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence, Passalacqua is the latest passion project for one of Italy’s best-known hotelier families – Paolo, Antonella and Valentina De Santis.
The sister property to Lake Como’s iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, it lives up to its pedigree with opulent 24 suites, including the largest on the lake, where Bellini once played his piano.
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