Memory-Making Experiences

One-of-a-Kind-Pursuits

From sunset helicopter touring of Australia's great Blue Mountains to Champagne picnics under olive trees in Cyprus, these Leading Hotels offer their guests exceptional experiences particular to their corners of the world.
SEE...
the animals that compelled Charles Darwin to write The Origin of Species and stay at this sheltered boutique property in the Galapagos.
SING OUT...
The hills are alive… with the sound of music! and tour the original hometown and estate belonging to the Von Trapps while based at this iconic Salzburg family-friendly hotel.
EXPERIENCE...
a traditional Cypriot day of folkloric dancing in the village square, Thalassotherapy spa treatments, Champagne picnics in olive tree groves and a sunset cruise on the lagoon at this tranquil ...
SOAR...
over the great Blue Mountains via a private helicopter ride from Sydney to this sophisticated and relaxed Australian adventure lodge.
PRACTICE...
the ancient art of Tai Chi and reap the benefits of this centering exercise in its country of origin at this serene lakeside resort.
CHANNEL...
your inner bowler—or batsman—as you tour the hallowed home of cricket (the including locker rooms) at Lord's Cricket Grounds, available through this Victorian Marylebone hotel.
SAUTÉE...
and julienne, learning how to prepare authentic Italian cuisine in a private lesson with the acclaimed hotel chef, all while drinking local Chianti at this romantic Tuscan enclave.
DRIVE...
a Ferrari through the Emilia Romagna hills, an experience made possible by this historic Bologna property.
CRUISE...
around Zurich by vintage tram then retire to your suite at this grand-dame Swiss property with views of the lake, serene Schanzengraben Canal and the Alps.
CLIMB...
the steps of the ancient Chichen Itza with a local guide versed in Mayan history while based at this hideaway Mexican hotel.
In our ever-flattening world of mega-brands and commercialization, luxury travelers are always on the hunt for the truly unique and memorable. These European Leading Hotels—in Austria, the South of France, Italy's Capri and northern Spain—have been owned and operated by the same families for decades. Their personal connections to the destinations and devotion to these special properties create personalized, totally authentic guest experiences.

Thurnher's Alpenhof

Zurs am Arlberg, Austria

Thurnher’s Alpenhof, a pearl of hospitality hidden in the Austrian Alps, combines cosmopolitan chic with cozy charm. The warmth of the owning family is reflected in the personal care extended to each guest. Rooms and suites are spacious, some offering a whirlpool bath or fireplace, and all making the most of stunning mountain views. Afternoon tea is served with homemade Austrian pastries in a cozy setting. The newly-designed spa, exclusive boutique, panoramic roof terrace, gourmet restaurant and lifestyle café help fulfill even the most sophisticated guest’s wishes. For ski enthusiasts, the hotel offers the complimentary services of a ski instructor, and direct access to the slopes of Zürs featuring downhill runs to suit all skill levels. Many other winter sports are available too.

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Leading Spa Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez

St.-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez, where holidaymakers rub shoulders with jet-setters, celebrities and artists, has always been one of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Steps from the town’s hub, the Byblos has been the international beau monde’s preferred address since it opened its doors in 1967. A longtime favorite of Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger, who proposed to first wife Bianca, this celebrated hotel is always packed with high-profile globe-trotters and fashionistas. A cluster of terra-cotta- and gold-hued houses, Byblos is reminiscent of a Provençal seaside village, but don’t let that fool you—the resort boasts the region’s most famous nightclub, Les Caves du Roy; a swank Alain Ducasse concept restaurant; Sisley Spa; and that unique Tropezian spirit.

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Leading Spa Grand Hotel Quisisana

Capri, Italy

Located in the heart of Capri, the Grand Hotel Quisisana is synonymous with island glitz, having attracted an exclusive crowd since opening in 1860. Originally built in 1845 as a sanatorium (Quisisana means ‘here one heals’), the hotel is steeped in history; a Liberty-style theatre was designed by the famous architect Giò Ponti in 1929. Over the years, historical figures, including Ernest Hemingway and Jean Paul Sartre, have passed through the marble lobby and admired the surrounding natural beauty of the hotel’s manicured park. The sun-drenched bedrooms are a study in understated elegance, with mostly white walls, floors and furnishings emphasizing the blue ocean views. Dine at acclaimed restaurant RendezVouz, with an entrance directly on the glamorous Via Camerelle, or under the canopy of the charming Quisi restaurant, both offering Italian-inspired cuisine and an excellent wine list.

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Hostal de la Gavina

S’Agaro, Spain

Located atop the cliffs of the Costa Brava, the Hostal de la Gavina has played host to legions of luminaries since opening in 1932, including members of the Spanish royal family. Guests are drawn by the spectacular beauty of the surrounding rocky coastline and unspoiled beaches. Nearby Figueres was the summer haunt of the Surrealists and has a museum devoted to its most famous native son, Salvador Dalí. The hotel’s interiors are also artful, furnished with exquisite antiques, Flemish tapestries, Murano crystal lamps and Romanesque carvings, and every guest room and suite has a unique decor. The restaurant’s seafood comes straight from local fishing boats, and the produce is local, much of it grown on the grounds, which contain lemon, magnolia, olive, palm and century-old pine trees.

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Michelin's Red Guide first appeared in 1900, and once brothers André and Édouard Michelin awarded stars to what they considered the most worthwhile French restaurants in 1933, a new way of ranking haute cuisine was born. Today, the Red Guide has editions covering the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as numerous cities around the world, and one of its highlights are the Michelin-starred restaurants that are sought out by lovers of fine food. Guests of these Leading Hotels don't have to leave the premises to sample award-winning cuisine; all of the properties boast restaurants with the coveted rating.

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Berlin, Germany

Founded by Lorenz Adlon in 1907, the legendary Hotel Adlon has always inspired and fascinated guests from near and far. Throughout the world, the name Adlon has become synonymous with graceful elegance and regal hospitality. Ideally located in the heart of the vibrant Berlin, this iconic property with stunning rooms and suites exudes the ultimate in opulence, style and sophistication. The Adlon’s true hallmark, however, is its unique and unsurpassable aura of tradition and modernity. The hotel provides business and leisure travelers unmatched levels of comfort and service. Four outstanding restaurants – two of which provide views of Brandenburg Gate - offer divine dining experiences. The Adlon pool and gym along with the Adlon Day Spa epitomize the height of indulgence.

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Hotel Villa Magna

Madrid, Spain

After an extensive renovation, the Hotel Villa Magna embodies the fashionable side of Madrid. Surrounded by the city’s main shopping streets, the hotel has long attracted a stylish crowd, including many famous Hollywood Oscar winners. The classic style blends perfectly with contemporary facilities in this unique place. Villa Magna boasts luxurious rooms and suites in the heart of Madrid.

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SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand

Las Vegas, United States

SKYLOFTS is an exclusive, boutique “hotel within a hotel” on top of MGM Grand on the Strip. Often referred to as an experience rather than a hotel, SKYLOFTS draws guests who seek the ultimate exclusive retreat amidst Las Vegas’ entertainment and fine dining. Guests are whisked from the airport in a chauffeured custom Maybach 62 and brought to the 29th floor of MGM Grand hotel tower via private elevators. LOFTS are generous two-storey suites with sweeping city and mountain views with dedicated 24-hour butler and concierge service. Service is customized and guests are contacted prior to arrival to ensure a seamless stay to include everything from tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s KA to a choice table at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.

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