We all need a vacation once in awhile, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway to the coast or gallivanting across the Great Wall of China, there’s nothing like getting away.
But while tourist attractions can promise all manner of fun, many of us venture to certain destinations around the world just for the hotels themselves – many of which offer grandeur beyond our wildest dreams. If you’re looking for somewhere extra special to go and treat yourself, check out these incredible hotels from discernible destinations all over the world.
Palacio Nazarenas, Peru
Rated as the best luxury hotel in the world, the Palacio Nazarenas has received glowing reviews from 900,000 guests – and it’s no wonder with its gorgeous Machi Picchu location. The five-star hotel features 55 suites which it claims are “enriched with oxygen” for the pleasure of its guests, while tourist attractions are just a stone’s throw away, such as the Nazarenas Square, and the Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman fortresses.
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Few hotels in the world can boast their very own canal within their four walls – but the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip offers just that. Part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex in the world, it features more than 4,000 suites and hotel rooms, all decorated with an opulent Italian theme. Of course, it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without mentioning its 120,000 square foot casino. Indeed, nowadays people may be more tempted to play at online alternatives like Jackpotcity, but with such an array of different games on offer, the Venetian really does it like no other.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
For those who are looking for privacy, nothing says isolated luxury quite like Jumby Bay. Situated on the Caribbean isle of Antigua, the Jumby Bay is reachable only by boat, and is surrounded by white powdered beaches with bicycle paths in an excluded, paradisical part of the world. Be sure to take a visit to the Lazy Lizard villa, which features an 18,000 square feet beach estate and a moated entrance.
Cordevalle, San Martin, California
Golfing fans can enjoy grandeur like no other in the Cordevalle Golf Resort in California, which offers unrivalled hospitality set amongst a backdrop of rolling Californian hills. Home to the US Women’s Open, the golf course is just one of the many facets of this stunning resort, which also features its own vineyard, gourmet dining and health spa.
Mara Kempinski, Kenya
Get in touch with nature in Kenya’s stunning Mara Kempinski resort. Visitors can gaze out of the bedroom windows and enjoy views of wildlife in the Masai Mara, featuring 35,000 acres of prime grassland, riverine forests and acacia woodlands.
Corte San Pietro Hotel is an abandoned structure that was beautifully restored into a luxury hotel by architect Daniela Amoroso, located in Matera, Italy. Matera is one of the most ancient cities in the world and its territory contains the evidence of human settlements as from the Palaeolithic times.
The Sassi districts, World Heritage site, are the original urban core of the city and, based on natural caves, they have been further extended over the millenniums to be turned into even more complex structures.An intricate network of streets, alleyways, inner courtyards and neighborhoods overlooked by habitations of all sizes, ancient defensive walls, towers, warehouses, wine cellars and cisterns. A never-ending excavated and built system.
In the very heart of the Sassi district, an abandoned structure in disuse dating back to the XVII. C and which surrounds an internal courtyard has been restored and reinvented to be turned into new spaces of a 5,381 square foot (500 square meters) hotel.
Useless architectural contaminations and superfluous layers of pavement have been removed, uncovering the original tufa stonework topped with vaults: the historical structure has been laid bare, as an architectural evidence to confront and dialogue with. In this search for essence, authentic, pure space free from excess, we can recognize the Wabi spirit conceived by the Belgian Axel Vervoordt.
The historical places, full of an attractive identity, harmoniously and precisely combine to the comfort and to the refined and elegant design.
Turned into refined hotel rooms, the former habitations at the ground floor overlook an internal courtyard which, thanks to long and accurate restoration works, is characterized by an original stone pavement called “a chiancarelle”.
Enlightened with candle lights in the evening, the courtyard becomes very cozy and intimate, giving a sense of protection.
The rooms located all around the courtyard are rigorously monochromatic, characterized by chestnut brown shades, from the beige of the stone to the brown of the wood and the weathering steel. Soil, stone pavement and the natural colour of the stone become wall, ceiling and sitting.
The constant search for a connection between the various inner rooms and the landscape is the very base of this combination of local stone, wood and iron in each single room with different proportions according to a linear and essential design. Poor elements usually combined to a country style become light and modern.
The linen curtains of the entrance doors skillfully made by hand let a bright light reach the first area of each room dedicated to sitting/living area and relax whereas the following private areas carved out from the rock face, are enlightened through skylights from the vaults. These small windows, from above, allow beams of light to alternate with large dark intimate areas.
Tufa arches introduce to bathrooms, intimate and cozy spaces featured by niches and cavities now containing large stone bathtubs or showers.
The interior design is based on restored vintage furnishings and typical tools. Nature and timeworn objects perfectly suit each single room through various furnishing elements: old benches in century-old chestnut tree become either doors, shelves or tables, old wooden chairs frames become towel holders, tree logs become stools or bedside tables.
The whole hotel develop horizontally all around an area, the courtyard, characterized by slight differences of level and surrounded by five rooms, the reception hall and the breakfast room, in an ancient typical system which features the whole structure.
Under the hotel, below ground, are located eight bell-shaped cisterns, evidence of the former system for the collection of the rainwaters and excellent example of sustainability. Rainwaters were forwarded through gutters, drainpipes and channelings down to the cisterns connected to the habitations. Cisterns are visitable through narrow inner passages. Going through the changeable silence of a cave and adapting ourselves to these dark environments means to be immersed into another dimension, where it is possible to seize the deepest and ancestral meaning of these places, of this land. It is a place where to feed our souls and feel a strong well-being.
From the entrance in Via B. Buozzi, visitors are greeted as in a private house in the graceful and cozy reception, elegantly furnished, through which it is possible to access the private courtyard.
Photos: PierMario Ruggeri
This spectacular Rio De Janeiro five bedroom, eight bath luxury oceanfront loft is situated in a prime location between Sao Conrado and Barra Tijuca, Brazil. Showcasing an open living concept spread over 8,500 square feet, the home boasts soaring 18 foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors frame the endless views and compliment the open and dramatic floor plan that’s just perfect for intimate gatherings and large-scale entertaining. The 1,000 square foot master suite is reserved for selfish enjoyment and includes a spa with a vertical garden and a lush waterfall shower with over 1,800 plants. A modern kitchen, home theater, home office, iPad controlled smart-house automation, barbecue, outdoor decks and an infinity edge pool surrounded by a forest facing the ocean are just a few of the features of this stunning property. Designer furnishings are included with this offering to complete the package.
This fabulous home was spotted on The Agency, listed for sale at $10,800,00, from here.
Chalet Mont Blanc is a new mega-luxury ski chalet in Megève, a town well-known as a ski resort for its proximity to the Mont Blanc in the French Alps. This magnificent mountain retreat is one of the most exceptional properties available to rent in the world, offering ski-in/ski-out access to the Jaillet piste.
The chalet accommodates up to 12 adults and 4 children with over 7 en-suite bedrooms, a spa and a private heli-pad, with rates ranging from $200,540 to $376,014, from here.
There are four double suites in the master chalet and two double bedrooms in the guest chalet, alongside the specially designed children’s bedroom which sleeps four little ones. Each bedroom is beautifully designed and comes with plasma TV, mini-bar and safe.
The chalet complex spans two neighboring buildings and features a large outdoor heated infinity pool that overlooks Megeve. There’s a spa with indoor pool with jet streams, a sauna and hammam. The property also has a massage room and can arrange treatments, massages and in house hair styling. Mont Blanc also features a fully equipped gym.
The wine cellar completes this sumptuous chalet enabling indulgent evenings with the chalet’s à la carte wine list. After you have enjoyed the dinner created by your private chef, you could spend the evening relaxing watching a film in the home cinema, or with a cocktail in the heated outdoor lounge looking out over the resort.
The chalet benefits from its own helipad which makes arriving from Geneva quick and simple. Should you choose to arrive by car, the chalet has a garage that can house 12 cars and even has a professional washing area.
Situated on the Jaillet piste just above the Jaillet lift for easy ski in ski out access, and only a two minute drive from the resort of Megève via the heated driveway, the chalet is the perfect place to unwind for an unsurpassed ski holiday. Chalet Mont Blanc has to be the most luxurious residence in Megeve and one of the finest in the world.
Crafthouse is a modern residential infill project designed by Symbolics Architecture + Design, located in the Bayview Village neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located in a part of north Toronto renowned for its modernist traditions, this limited collection of 20 residences predicts a life that’s as much about today as it is about tomorrow. Homes where light, transparency, and exceptional detail play an essential role in defining family living spaces that are more modern, more design-conscious, more relaxed, and more architecturally “crafted” to new expressions of live, work, and play.
Twenty unique homes, tailored for modern living and unequalled in architectural excellence. The design of each home celebrate openness, fostering connections between the interior and exterior, and privilege natural light throughout. Details such as abundant glass, double volume space, gallery areas, vast windows and custom millwork distinguish these homes.
Homes scaled for graceful family living, some as large as 5,400 square feet above grade. Four or five bedroom plans, each featuring a 2 car garage, custom kitchen with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, imported hardwoods and stunning modern staircases. Homes on gracious lots, starting at $1.8M.
Photos: Courtesy of Symbolics Architecture + Design
Built in 1846, this posh, newly refreshed Greenwich Village townhouse at 20 East 10th Street is listed for sale, the home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, located in Greenwich Village, New York. At 25 feet wide and six stories tall, the 6,800 square foot single family townhouse with 7 fireplaces is the architectural and historical embodiment of pristine New York luxury living.
Spotted on Douglas Elliman, this stunning townhouse is listed at $22,000,000, from here.
The Parlor Floor introduces itself with a gray Barr flagstone entry, 12 foot ceilings, twin fireplaces, dentil molding, original mantle, and a Juliet balcony (from which one can access the beautifully landscaped Garden). Light gushes through the floor-to-ceiling double-paned mahogany windows in the formal dining room, which is connected to the living room by a gorgeously molded framed entry.
The Garden Floor is outfitted with a Boffi stainless steel and rich walnut eat-in kitchen, bookend marble wall fireplace, Boffi shelving and storage units, with off-kitchen access to the south-facing, split level Garden.
The Guest Floor features three bedrooms, the largest of which has an exquisite en suite marble bath, separate sitting / office area, and Victorian fireplace. The two smaller bedrooms are perfectly appointed as guest or child’s bedrooms, and also feature an en suite bath. A generous linen closet is also located herein.
The Master Floor is beautifully proportioned as an elegant retreat, complete with 25′ x 12′ private terrace, an imported stone fireplace, a hand-carved stone ovular tub, antique tiles, separate sinks, shower room, water closet, and windowed walk-in. The master bath also has its own fireplace.
The Family Floor is illuminated by two oversized skylights. 50′ long bookcases, a separate built-in entertainment system, small windowed office with storage closet, and limestone / mosaic half-bath.
The house comes with five-zone HVAC system, state of the art NEST thermostats, Lutron Maestro dimmers with LED displays, a modern water-based fire suppression system, air cleaning and humidification system, seven working fireplaces, and Arnold Chan designed lighting.
This Brentwood estate at 534 Crestline Drive showcases a rare blend of architectural excellence infused with inspiring function throughout, with an elegantly refined limestone facade holding an interior of astonishing space and ample luxury. Sheltered by a private gate and secluded by surrounding trees and greenery, this self-contained 12,720 square foot, seven bedroom, eleven bathroom California residence was crafted to entice by continually offering more than is immediately evident in every experience.
This sensational luxury home spotted on The Agency is listed at $18,000,000, from here.
Towering front doors open on a grand foyer beyond which the home unfolds into ever more elaborate spaces for relaxation and comfort. Oversized living spaces with warming fireplaces and large windows offer natural gathering places and nurturing areas for quiet reflection. The gourmet kitchen is filled with calacatta marble countertops, Wolf appliances and a wall of Fleetwood doors that open onto a terrace for lounging with expansive ocean views.
The lower floor holds dual theaters, a formal movie theater and a summer theater, both of which can be controlled by the in-home automation system. The exterior wall of the summer theater disappears to blend into the heated outdoor living area for year-round entertaining. Below is a custom wine cellar and companion tasting room with a window that becomes a rear projection screen at the touch of a button.
Presiding above it all, the master suite offers a gracious third floor sanctuary featuring its own fireplace, his and hers master baths and walk-in closets, a private balcony and the best views on the estate. Each master bath offers personalized details including a personal sauna and in-mirror TV in his, and a vanity and large soaking tub in hers. Six additional en suite guest rooms are spread throughout the home.
Outside an oversized infinity pool with Baja elevation offers an oasis for sunning while nearby steps descend to a private fire pit area and a bonus room that would serve well as a personal gym or music studio. To the right of the home, hidden from view beneath an outdoor living area is the guesthouse. A generous and secluded single bedroom hideaway with a full kitchen and garden views, the ideal place for long-term guests or older children looking for some space and privacy of their own.
The Crestron home-automation system offers control of all Touch panels placed throughout the estate allow access to the Crestron home-automation system that can be used to control lighting, the music system, motorized shades and more.
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