In the 1960s, textile entrepreneurs Oskar and Elfi Thurnher decided that instead of constructing an Austrian holiday chalet for themselves, they would build and run the state-of-the-art Thurnher's Alpenhof
hotel in Zürs am Arlberg. The property quickly became hugely popular due to the couple's charming style and hands-on management, two aspects that remain important to the current owners, the second and third generation of Thurnhers who head the alpine ski resort today.
The glamorous family behind Byblos Saint-Tropez
is as stylish as the resort town itself. The first owners rubbed shoulders with the likes of Brigitte Bardot, and today their grandson, charismatic manager Antoine Chevanne, remains a local star. Modeled after a Provençal square, the property boasts the area's hottest nightclub, Les Caves du Roy, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, a splendid pool and Sisley spa, so that guests can choose to not venture far from the hallowed property during their Côte d'Azur holiday.
In the 1880s, Capri's Grand Hotel Quisisana
opened, and for over a century—through two World Wars, numerous passing trends and many celebrities' fifteen minutes of fame—the Quisi has stood proudly as an anchor to the Mediterranean island. The Morgano family helms this Capri institution and their name has become synonymous with the island and all that the destination's name implies: glitz, glamour and luxurious seclusion.
As Spain's first five-star hotel, it is no surprise that Hostal de la Gavina
has quite a story to tell. Mill owner Josep Ensesa y Cia traded flour for a parcel of land in 1918. He constructed a modest house for his family, which he then developed into a holiday enclave with spectacular views ocean views. In the 1930s, keeping with the Spanish whitewashed style, individual buildings were consolidated into a single inn. Today the third generation of Ensesas runs the property, which now blends old-world European grandeur with such updated amenities as a stunning lap pool set directly on the sea.