Christian Stan, at 12 Oct. 18, in News, Travel Specials

Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards have many well-known names from over the years and a few relatively new arrivals. In Europe, Six Senses Douro Valley was liked for its modern-chic rooms, while Belmond Hotel Spendido impressed with its Riviera elegance. At the top, Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc, an inspiration for F Scott Fitzgerald, is still a place to be written about more than a century after it opened.


On a 22-acre park, situated at the tip of Cap d’Antibes, halfway between Cannes and Nice, the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc overlooks the Mediterranean sea.

An incredible setting is home to the hotel where elegance and luxury are continually in perfect harmony. The resort offers a haute-cuisine restaurant Eden-Roc and its panoramic terrace, piano bar “La Rotonde”, Grill Eden-Roc and Lounge Bar Eden-Roc with its culinary specialties such as sushis, its reception room, its heated sea water swimming-pool, its SPA Eden Roc Sisley, its 5 clay tennis courts as well as a private pontoon.



With more suites than rooms (26 to 14) and an ideal location just yards from the presidential palace and midway between the Avenue Montaigne and the Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, La Réserve belongs to Michel Reybier, a sausages-and-gasoline to hotel-and-wine magnate. Originally constructed for the Duc de Morny, half-brother to Napoleon III, the building dates from 1854, but the typically opulent Jacques Garcia interiors—all gilded boiseries, antique mirrors, and silk damasks—actually date from the hotel’s opening in 2015.

All this might make La Réserve sound like a top-end boutique hotel, but it offers everything you’d expect from a much larger establishment: a full-service spa, a 50-foot pool, a bucolic outdoor patio, and two restaurants—the Asian-inspired La Pagode de Cosand the more formal Restaurant le Gabriel, which earned chef Jérome Banctel two Michelin stars in February 2017.


A lofty hilltop perch in Portugal’s celebrated wine region, boutique hotel Six Senses Douro Valley happily reconciles healthy living devotees with their inner hedonists.

Stays at this striking terracotta-hued 19th-century manor are all about wellbeing: luxuriate in river-view rooms, climb ancient trees in the grounds’ nature trails, feast on organic produce from the kitchen’s own gardens and surrender to the ministrations of the spa’s skilled therapists.


Two are indisputably better than one at the Belmond Hotel Splendido and Belmond Splendido Mare, a dual-property entity perched high above Portofino cove. Both halves carry with them a bit of history: the 70-room Hotel Splendido, which rests on a steep, craggy hill overlooking the area’s fabled turquoise waters, was once a 16th-century monastery known for withstanding attacks from Saracen pirates, while the other, 16-room “Mare” half sits on the piazzetta, a respite from the lively Ligurian harbor.

The rooms mostly come with terra-cotta-tiled terraces where you can take your morning cappuccino, and some offer up stunning panoramic views of Portofino cove.


An elegant oasis of serenity and style, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice has a special place in Belmond history as the first hotel in its global portfolio of iconic properties, trains and river cruises. Set on Giudecca Island, a five-minute ride by private launch from Piazza San Marco, Belmond Hotel Cipriani captures everything La Serenissima is famed for and every inch of this iconic hideaway is guaranteed to enchant.

Exquisite antiques and local artifacts whisk you back in time, while Michelin-starred gastronomy, charming staff and the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in the city offer modern sophistication. Known as one of the most celebrated luxury hotels in Venice, it is the special air of romance what sets this grand hotel apart from the rest.


French romance meets English restraint in Le Bristol Paris. Steps from Paris’ Champs-Elysées, the hotel offers luxurious accommodations and the finest professional services.


There’s something about Le Bristol Paris that manages to control and focus the usually-unbridled theme of romance. Filled with soft hues,refined woodwork, and sumptuous fabrics, the spacious rooms and suites are further enhanced by 18th-century furniture and original paintings. The terraces that adjoin some of the rooms overlook the sights of Paris.

Discover Three Michelin Star Chef Eric Frechon’s innovative cuisine along with stunning garden views at Epicure Restaurant. The “114 Faubourg” luxury brasserie offers also an inviting atmosphere to enjoy delicious dishes from young Chef Eric Desbordes, awarded 1 Michelin star in February 2013. The gallery bar welcomes you for an afternoon tea, or less formal lunch or dinner whereas, Le Bar du Bristol is the new trendy place in Paris.

The Suvretta House emerges from the trees of the Upper Engadine Mountains as if from the pages of a fairy-tale, its imposing turrets and Belle Époque exterior standing out against rugged valley landscape. Since 1912, Suvretta House has been dedicated to a standard of excellent hospitality that is in keeping with the lifestyle and high expectations of a sophisticated clientele. From December through April, the private ski lift is available to transport guests to more than 127.5 miles of downhill runs–ideal for both beginners and expert skiers.
During the summer season, endless options exist for exploring the region by foot, bike, horseback or even abseil. A tennis pro is on hand for lessons on the three on-site clay courts, and golfers can practice on the hotel’s own driving range, or four-hole training and putting course.
The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in Lisbon is considered to be one of grandest hotels in the city.
As with any Four Seasons hotel, expect pure elegance. The lobby and common areas throughout the hotel are decorated with elements of Art Deco and Louis XVI, executed by Portuguese craftsmen. 20th century contemporary pieces are on display as though in a gallery. Afternoon tea is served in a lavish lobby lounge, next to the grand piano, surrounded by marble columns, with iron chandeliers hanging above and beautiful carpets below.
There are 282 fabulous rooms in the hotel. 40 are suites, extravagantly decorated with mahogany canopied beds with fringed swags, marquetry desks, satinwood dressing tables, and plush carpeting. Each have marble bathrooms and most have terraces overlooking the park. Even the standard rooms are quite grand, with 452 square feet/42 square meters space.

9. MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BODRUM, TURKEYSet in 60 acres of grounds with panoramic views over the Aegean Sea, on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, in Turkey, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is the ultimate beach retreat. Bodrum International Airport is less than an hour away.

This luxury boutique hotel combines contemporary Turkish style with oriental touches and features two private sandy beaches, an array of restaurants, four outdoor pools including a children’s pool and a stunning spa.

Offering unrivalled service and outstanding facilities, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum will appeal to couples and families seeking a secluded and exclusive hideaway in an idyllic setting.

The hotel provides 109 stylish and spacious rooms, suites and villas featuring contemporary-chic décor, elegant furnishings, king-size or twin beds and lavish bathrooms. Most rooms come with terraces with private dining areas and sundecks. Suites also feature plunge pools and outdoor showers set in delightful gardens. For those wanting the utmost luxury, the two-storey Mandarin Villa is stunning. This 4-bedroom villa features a private pool, fitness room and terrace with breathtaking views.


The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa overlooking the Mediterranean at the tip of Anacapri, contributes to myth of the legendary isle of Capri. Taken over by the owners’ son, Tonono Cacace, the hotel with its modern Mediterranean architecture and whitewashed façade is a subtle blend of precious antiques, Louis XIV furniture and modern design. Between the arches and the columns, Tonino exhibits works by contemporary masters like De Chirico, Paladino and Allen Jones.

The 79 sumptuously furnished rooms all have canopy beds and a marble and rock bathroom. Dedicated to Miro, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Warhol, Magritte and a number of movie stars, the extremely refined suites contain canvasses and reproductions by Lavinia Argenti and Michele Constantini. At the Olivo restaurant, the starred chef Oliver Glowig proposes upscale gastronomic cuisine which can be enjoyed during a candlelight dinner aboard the sailing ship, Le Vent du Sud.

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