Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Elounda, Crete

Greece : Crete

Contemporary seaside resort with spa, fine dining

Situated on the famed coast of Elounda on the Island of Crete, Blue Palace Resort and Spa is the perfect beachfront resort for those looking to relax in luxury. The Blue Palace features elegant, contemporary bungalows, suites and four stunning private villas. Each guest room opens up to a private veranda with gorgeous views of the sea, and most even have their own private pool of varying sizes. Guests can enjoy the serenity of the award-winning Elounda Spa, or spend some time on Blue Palace's beach, which has won the internationally-acclaimed Blue Flag award multiple times for being sustainable and maintaining high standards of water quality. When not in the spa or on the beach, visitors can take advantage of the Resort's private dining. With private dining, guests can be immersed in fantastic tastes and culture with a five-course gourmet meal created by a top-chef, all while in the romantic seclusion of their own villa or guestroom. If guests are looking to dine out, they can indulge in any of Blue Palace's five a la carte restaurants which feature various cuisines such as Asian, traditional Greek, Italian, Steak House and International.

Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

France : St. Jean Cap Ferrat

Grand palace hotel on the French Riviera

The Grand-Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat is an exquisite palace located on the beautiful French Riviera. The winner of multiple awards including, “Best Palace in the World”, “Best Spa in Europe” and the French Ministry of Tourism's distinguished “Palace” label, this hotel is one of the best in Europe and the world. Featuring elegantly furnished and contemporary rooms, suites, penthouse and a luxury villa, the Grand-Hôtel's accommodations are truly luxurious. When not marveling at the beautiful views of the sparkling Riviera from private balconies, guests can enjoy the cuisine of Michelin-starred Chef Didier Anies in either Restaurant Le Cap or the Véranda Restaurant. For a more casual Mediterranean feel, visitors can have lunch by the Olympic sized pool at Club Dauphin. Either way, it is a culinary experience to die for. The Grand-Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat's breath-taking location, luxurious accommodations, delectable cuisine, award-winning spa and unimaginable service combines to create a sophisticated, and unique experience that guests will be raving about for a lifetime.

Il Salviatino

Italy : Tuscany : Florence

Lavish Fiesole hotel and spa overlooking Florence

Il Salviatino is a gorgeous, hand-restored 15th century villa that lies on the hillside of Fiesole, with impeccable views of both Florence and the rolling Tuscan landscape. Each guestroom is a carefully crafted combination of sumptuous comfort and the latest technologies to enhance one's stay. Rooms are elegantly designed with local artisanship, but also include Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary wireless internet, sit down rain showers with white LEDs, and remote light controls for ambiance. Guests can embark on the gastronomic journey of a lifetime with Michelin starred chef, Carmine Caló. With chefs that are obsessed with using only the finest local ingredients, visitors will find the cuisine both flavorful and beautifully presented. When not wining and dining, guests can enjoy use of both the wonderfully scented and relaxing spa, and the swimming pools which are open during the months of April to October. Il Salviatino offers superior service and luxury within a divine, serene setting that is located only 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Florence.

Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome, Berlin

Germany : Berlin

Grand hotel with modern décor in historic square

Rocco Forte's Hotel De Rome was opened in the middle of the city of Berlin in October 2006. Converted from an existing building that was constructed by architect Ludwig Heim in 1889 to be used as the head office of Dresdner Bank until 1945, this hotel still holds the charm and historical value of this building. Modern day architect Tommaso Ziffer has respected the original architectural splendor of the building but given the Hotel de Rome a contemporary design twist. This hotel boasts an impressive ballroom with a double-heighted ceiling and glazed roof, as well as an indoor pool area that used to house the original bank vault. Hotel De Rome is a unique blend of historic yet contemporary architectural design, exceptional dining, and luxurious rooms and suites, all only walking distance from the dynamic and vibrant heart of Berlin.

St. George Lycabettus

Greece : Athens

Modern hillside retreat in central Athens

St. George Lycabettus is a chic boutique hotel located in Kolonaki, the most exclusive quarter of Athens. Designed with sleek modern lines and a clean look, this hotel speaks contemporary. Home to the St. George Art Gallery, this hotel features both Greek and international contemporary art. This gallery strives to represent the most current of trends in the visual arts, as well as in fashion and through interactive artistic projects. St. George also hosts a happening nightlife with their Frame Garden, which includes delicious food, eclectic lounge music and amazing cocktails. After spending a night at Frame Garden, guests can make their way up to breakfast on the top floor the next morning, and dine with incredible views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and downtown Athens. This hotel includes state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful views, and a cultural experience all within a lap of luxury.

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