Once Upon a Lifetime

One of a Kind

Some of the best memories created while traveling are those adrenaline-packed activities not available at home. These ten Leading Hotels can arrange one-of-a-kind active and thrilling experiences that really open up a destination:
RECREATE
scenes from the Oscar-winning love story The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, filmed at this magical 13th century castle.
SOAR
Soar in a helicopter above the Grand Canyon and return to the glitzy hotel that's been featured in such films as Ocean's 11.
WINDSURF
Windsure past your over-the-water bungalow in this ultra-luxurious beach resort with a French accent and Caribbean spirit.
CHANNEL ELVIS
Channel elvis and record your own song in the famed Studio B, on a tour to the Country Music Hall of Fame, organized through this sophisticated Nashville hotel.
SPELUNK
Spelunk through the mystical Antro del Corchia caves organized by the concierge of this boutique property (it consists of only 28 distinctive rooms).
SWIM
Swim with dolphins and enjoy a beach picnic lunch by the Indian Ocean prepared by this lush resort, which is surrounded by sugarcane fields.
OFF-ROAD
Off-road among the sand dunes outside Muscat through this palatial desert oasis retreat.
GAZE
at the crystalline Indian Ocean from the two-tiered swimming pool of this lush Balinese resort overlooking Seminyak beach
The ultimate one-of-a-kind experience can turn a journey into a trip of a lifetime. The following destinations offer a remarkable mix of history, culture and unexplored terrain, and the Leading Hotels you will find in each will prove unforgettable.

Leading Spa Grand Hôtel Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Rich in history and tradition, the more than 130 year old Grand Hôtel Stockholm occupies prime position on the city's waterfront, a timeless classic that has played a pivotal role in shaping Stockholm as the cosmopolitan city that it is today. One of Scandinavia's leading luxury hotels, Grand Hôtel Stockholm has borne witness to some of the world's greatest achievements, and to this day, continues to makes its presence felt far beyond its shores. Since 1901, the Nobel Prize laureates and their families have all been guests of the Grand Hôtel Stockholm and the list of royalty, heads of state and artists who have stayed is impressive. In the words of a famous past guest, "The Grand is where it happens".

Grand Hôtel offers impressive rooms and suites. The Princess Lilian Suite, with its 330 sqm and a panoramic view over Stockholm, is the most spectacular of them all. The Flag Suite and the Nobel Suite too are renowned, both with an astounding view from the 7th floor. All individually designed, each room has its own distinctive character and colorful history.

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Hotel Continental

Oslo, Norway

Hotel Continental has been a beacon of luxury since its opening in 1900. Ideally located for business travelers, the property is just 25 minutes from the international airport, and has nine meeting rooms on two floors for conferences and events. Each bedroom is individually designed in a classic or contemporary style, and guests can choose from a tranquil courtyard view, or rooms looking out to the Oslo fjord. The legendary Vienna-style restaurant, Theatercaféen, is on the New York Times list of ten most famous cafés, and features portraits by Henrik Lund and Pedro and Ulf Aas. The hotel is closely connected to the art world and the largest privately owned collection of Edvard Munch paintings hang in the lobby bar, Dagligstuen.

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Kampala Serena Hotel

Kampala, Uganda

The Naoura Barrière is a luxury resort complex in the heart of Marrakech’s ancient medina. A peaceful refuge from the bustling Jemaa El Fna and the maze of the city's souk, it covers nearly five acres including the main hotel and individual ryads. The latter have private pools and flower-filled walled courtyards, making them perfect for families or friends traveling together. Sunny guestrooms, designed by Pascal Desprez, have Wenge floors, black wood furniture, ivory curtains and pale linens. The centerpiece restaurant is the elegant Fouquet’s Marrakech, which offers Moroccan specialties alongside classic French dishes from the Champs-Elysées brasserie of the hotel's sister property in Paris.

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Meikles Hotel

Harare, Zimbabwe

For nearly 100 years, Meikles Hotel has been acknowledged as Zimbabwe's premier hotel, hosting discerning travelers in the luxury of a five-star hotel. Situated in the center of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, it offers guests a chance to enjoy the city close up and provides a staging post for travel to the attractions of the country and region, including world-famous Victoria Falls. Top restaurants, exquisite suites and rooms, convivial bars, a variety of banqueting facilities, helpful and competent staff and amenities such as a spa, gym, rooftop swimming pool and shops are all part of this historic hotel. With all the charm and delight of a hotel with nearly a century's tradition of excellence and the services and facilities expected of a 21st century venue, Meikles is traveler's first choice in Harare.

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The Strand Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar

Located on the banks of the Yangon River, The Strand is housed in a restored Victorian mansion that exudes history. It was built in 1901 by the ambitious Sarkies Brothers at a time when the country was ruled by the British. The Strand quickly became one of the Asia’s most prestigious hotels, hosting such guests as Prince Edward, George Orwell and Noël Coward. Almost a century later, legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha cast his gaze on the historic property, which had fallen into disrepair, and set out to restore its legacy. Today the white-washed façade, teak-framed windows and elegant interiors are newly splendid. The lobby, with its cane furniture, soaring ceilings and jasmineperfumed air, transports guests to the bygone era when Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham were in residence.

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The Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls Hotel is a grand Edwardian-era hotel that was built in the early 1900’s ,during the time when Cecil Rhodes famously attempted to link Cape Town to Cairo by rail. A ten-minute stroll, via a private footpath, leads to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: the Victoria Falls. The hotel is surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, lily ponds and century-old shade trees. The guestrooms, including deluxe sui tes with views of the Zambezi River gorges and spray from the Falls, are traditional in style. The panoramas also figure prominently during afternoon tea, which is served on Stanley Terrace, overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zimbabwe to Zambia. For romantics, the hotel offers sunset river cruises and can arrange guided game drives, as well as helicopter and micro light flights over the Falls.

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For the most sophisticated of travelers, a one-of-a-kind experience means getting private access to places that speak to their particular passion. These Leading Hotels have exemplary concierge services that can arrange for behind-the-scenes visits and incredible learning opportunities for guests.

Leading Golf BORGO EGNAZIA

Savelletri di Fasano, Italy

Inspired by Apulia’s rich traditions, yet thoroughly contemporary in its style, BORGO EGNAZIA is a true masterpiece of architecture and design. Every detail of the hotel’s main building, separate and private villas, each with its own swimming pool, has been meticulously designed to ensure the highest standards of luxury. The adjacent world-renowned San Domenico Golf Course, with 18 holes, par-72, the Engathia Spa with water and body treatments, the Beach Club, tennis and kids club, and many other activities, make it an unforgettable destination. A shimmering coastline, ancient olive groves, the Roman town of Egnazia and the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello are nearby for exploration.

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Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is all Belle Époque splendor, with a pale corbelled façade, decorative blue bas-relief friezes and French doors that open onto fanciful wrought-iron balconies with harbor views. Gorgeous public spaces include the winter garden with a soaring Art Nouveau glass-and-steel cupola, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, and La Salle Belle Époque, opulent with pink marble columns and Fragonard-esque frescoes. By contrast, the guestrooms in palettes of red, blue or beige, are studies in restrained elegance. The hotel is one of Monaco's main social hubs and the public spaces are always buzzing with a chic clientele. Guests are made to feel like they are part of the glam scene by being given La Carte d’Or, which provides access to the Beach Club, and the Aqua fitness center at Les Thermes Marins.

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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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Luna Hotel Baglioni Venice

Venice, Italy

Like a character from a Donna Leon novel, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is cloaked in history. A stone’s throw from St. Mark’s Square, the palazzo dates to 1118, and throughout the years has undergone transformations from a convent into an aristocratic palace and even a shelter for the Knights Templar. Today’s hotel brims with original details, like ornate stucco walls, Murano chandeliers, watercolor paintings and gold fixtures. In the Marco Polo ballroom, reimagined as a spectacular dining room, the original ceiling frescoes are attributed to pupils of Tiepolo, the 18th century Venetian painter. Instead of playing second fiddle to the priceless art throughout, the culinary offerings hold their own, especially at award-winning Canova restaurant, renowned for its menu and extensive wine cellar from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is cloaked in Venetian history.

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