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Wine Regions Around the World

Sip your way through some of the world's top-producing wine regions while staying at one of these Leading Hotels of the World.


ADMIRE the sweeping mountain scenery of Bulgaria's famed wine region, Bansko, from the sunny deck of this year-round mountain escape.
SIP some of the France's rare Champagne vintages at this Belle Époque–era getaway between Nice and Monaco.
EXPLORE southwest Germany's Baden region (famous for producing Riesling wine), with a stay at this family-run hotel at the foot of the Black Forest.
DON'T MISS the local wine tasting events held on the cliff-side balcony of this magical Santorini hotel.
CHOOSE between the three distinctive bars at this revered Italian Riviera property - two outdoors and one in a cozy salon.
TRY a Bordeaux in Bordeaux at this landmark hotel, complete with a Michelin-star restaurant and cellar-inspired wine bar.
DISCOVER Portugal's Douro Valley region - the home of port wine - on a one-day winemaking excursion on offer at this 100-year-old palace escape.
STAY at this waterfront Cape Town hotel and be within driving distance to South Africa's famous wine regions and towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.

A Taste for Travel

Round Up: Hotels with Cooking Schools

Recreate the tastes of your trip with an expert led cooking class at one of these Leading Hotels of the World.


Ritz Paris
From croissants and quiche Lorraine to foie gras and beurre blanc, classic French dishes are today part of our culinary vocabulary. For this we can partially thank Auguste Escoffier, a legend of the French haute-cuisine movement and the first Head Chef at the Ritz Paris. In his honor, the Ritz's revered culinary institution is named the Ritz Escoffier School and today trains budding chefs in refined pastry techniques, the art of chocolate-making, and child-specific recipes.


Villa d'Este
Sitting on the banks of Italy's fabled Lake Como, Villa d'Este dates from 1568, when it was known for its exceptional architecture and lush grounds. Its celebrated cooking school has been running for more than 30 years, helmed by executive chef Luciano Parolari, the so-called “King of Risotto.” His hands-on classes are held daily, covering the basics of traditional Italian fare, from pastas to meat dishes, all of which are enjoyed at the end of the lesson.


Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
Boutique resorts are a rare exception in Mexico's mega-vacation spot Cancún, but at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita you get a luxury escape of just 90 suites spread across 14 lush acres of coastline. Just as the resort interiors reflect classic Mexican design, the hotel offers “enrichment” lessons like the popular cooking classes run by the hotel's acclaimed executive chef.

Ritz Paris
It's impossible not to feel enveloped in history when entering the Ritz Paris. The iconic property on Place Vendôme was established by legendary Swiss hotelier César Ritz in 1898. This is where Auguste Escoffier innovated fine dining, Ernest Hemingway mused about expat life and fashion designer Coco Chanel chose to stay for thirty years. It's every bit as grand as its name implies (designer Charles Méwès was inspired by the lavish interiors of Versailles and Fontainebleau), with antique-laden salons and rooms. The two-Michelin-starred L'Espadon may have updated the calorie-rich cuisine of Escoffier's days and rooms may now have flat-screen televisions and Wi-Fi, but at its heart, it remains the same property that Fred Astaire celebrated in his song "Putting on the Ritz."
Villa d'Este
One of Italy's best-known properties, Villa d’Este occupies an enviable spot on Lake Como, amid 25 acres of luxuriously landscaped park. Accommodations are divided between two historic mansions, one dating from the 16th century, and the other built for a queen of England, and each room is uniquely decorated. Exquisite details include period furnishings, silk-brocade drapes, linen sheets and oil paintings. But what keeps the loyal clientele returning time and again is the unmatched service. The gracious staff handle requests from appointments for squash games to a private boat tour of the lake’s notable villas, with equal dedication. Guests also love the award-winning Beauty Center, as well as the ""floating"" pool that affords the most breathtaking views of Lake Como.
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya
Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita, an ultra-luxury boutique resort, offers a new kind of vacation experience focused on wellness, serenity and romance, as well as social and environmental responsibility. Set on a private beach, this unique property features Endless Privileges® that include private chauffeured airport transfers; unlimited worldwide calling service; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections; complimentary cocktails and specialty beverages; exclusive Visia® complexion skin analysis; shopping excursions; a 20-minute massage per guest and more. This 90 suite property features La Canoa, an awardwinning restaurant; the first certified Thalassotherapy Center in North America; and a private 48-ft. Catamaran.

Pulse: Healthy Eating

There are few better ways to experience a new culture than through its cuisine, and more and more hotels are committed to using locally grown and seasonal ingredients to create healthy dishes.


On Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, the landmark Palace Luzern hotel has menus based on Spa Food and Mood Food, both combining the wholesome traditions of Mediterranean cuisine.


Across the Atlantic Ocean in Cary, North Carolina, the tranquil Umstead Hotel & Spa offers dedicated vegetarian and wellness menus in its celebrated restaurant Herons. A local foodie’s favorite, it is committed to locally grown produce and farm-raised meats.


Further west on the California coast, Bernardus Lodge is a much-loved Carmel Valley retreat known for its all-organic menu, abundant on-site garden and impressive head chef Cal Stamenov.


Similarly inspired by its natural setting is the awe-inspiring Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the heart of Australia’s remote Blue Mountains. The award-winning eco-hotel applies its progressive environmental philosophy to the beautiful restaurant, and strives to use produce from boutique farms within a 100-mile radius of the resort.


On Anguilla, CuisinArt is unique in the Caribbean for growing its own produce on-site. Local ingredients like okra and pumpkin are nurtured in the organic garden while specialist ingredients can survive the island conditions in a high-tech hydroponic farm. Chef Daniel Le Guénan uses the healthy bounty in the hotel’s restaurants and celebrated cooking school.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Among Bernardus Lodge’s many charms is its enviable setting among acres of lavender, roses, thyme and sage, which flourish in Carmel Valley’s abundant sunshine and mild Mediterranean climate. European inspired service and Californian warmth have made it a favorite retreat for Hollywood celebrities and royalty. At the Marinus restaurant, guests can view Julia Child’s signature on the wall at the chef’s table and enjoy dishes from two acres of organic gardens, artisan meats, local game and fish. The food is complemented by an award-winning 35,000-bottle wine cellar. The estate vineyard produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively for guests, who can also partake in tennis, swimming, croquet, bocce and or restore body and mind in the full-service spa. Golfing is just five minutes away.
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa
Inspired by the white washed architecture of the Mediterranean, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning oasis of luxury nestled in the gentle curve of Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay. Lush gardens wind their way past the infinity pool to the stunning beachfront suites and villas with private pools. Venus Spa is the ultimate retreat to rejuvenate, with healing aquatherapy and treatments designed to restore your body and soul. Myriad of culinary options include the elegant Chef’s Table to the Beach Grill, where the sounds of the sea are the perfect accompaniment. A selection of cooking classes allows entrée into the secrets of the chefs and incorporates fresh produce from the resort’s Hydroponic Farm, where tours are available. CuisinArt’s 18-hole Greg Norman signature design championship course provides challenging play and the stunning clubhouse features a traditional grill menu for lunch and a classic Italian fare for dinner.
Palace Hotel Luzern
When the Palace Hotel Luzern opened in 1906, the city was enjoying a boom in foreign travelers, thanks in part to the hotel’s founder, the enterprising Franz-Josef Bucher-Durrer, who also owned nine other luxury properties. The Palace, however, marked a new level of luxury in Switzerland, with such features as en-suite bathrooms. Today, of course, all rooms have luxurious bathrooms, in addition to modern decor and, in the Arts Suite, interiors inspired by Miró, Kandinsky and Chagall. Visitors come to the modern dining restaurant Jasper for the inventive cuisine with a hint of the Mediterranean. The PALACE Bar offers cocktails with a view, opening directly onto the tranquil promenade overlooking Lake Lucerne. Palace spa with one-of-a-kind giant singing bowl and individual treatments.
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
In a bucolic setting next to the 5,579-acre North Carolina state park of the same name, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is surrounded by natural beauty, yet is only a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Raleigh. Located on twelve wooded acres, the six-story building blends into its leafy lakeside setting through the use of natural materials like rough-cut limestone, granite and lustrous anigre wood, while fresh flowers and original art add a colorful personalized touch to the resort’s public spaces. Guestrooms with lake-view balconies, luxury linens and deep soaking tubs invite relaxation. The light-filled spa features a meditation garden and eucalyptus steam room; there is an outdoor pool as well. Herons restaurant offers a sophisticated take on southern American cuisine, with locally sourced organic produce and meat.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, a three-hour drive from Sydney in Australia's Blue Mountains, represents a new breed of high-end hotels dedicated to preserving the natural world for generations to come. Low-density is the mantra at this nearly 4,000-acre property, centered around the restored Wallerawang homestead, dating from 1832. Amenities and facilities, from the sumptuous, free-standing villa suites to the acclaimed spa, find the balance between relaxed and refined, while the great outdoors are breathtaking. Guests can go horseback-riding, hiking or biking, though most popular are the wildlife safaris (to see kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and more). Through grassy plains and verdant valleys, these nature tours vividly illustrate how important—and admirable—this resort's mission truly is.
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