Sometimes it pays to go that extra mile – or kilometer – to uncover a hidden gem of a hotel or destination. Among the more than 400 exceptional properties in the Leading Hotels portfolio is a veritable treasure trove of such riches. Start mining the possibilities in 2014.
Just two hours from Paris in the seaside town of Deauville, the Royal Barrière
is open from March to October when the so-called Queen of Norman Beaches is at its most alluring. A chic crowd comes for the annual film festival and to enjoy one of France’s most fashionable coastal playgrounds. At the Royal Barrière, they stay in an oceanfront palace, with Jacques Garcia–designed rooms and suites. At L’Etrier, Chef Eric Provost, who trained with Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse, devises a delicate menu based on seasonal and local availability. During the day, guests can claim a sun lounger by the heated swimming pool or a cabana on the beach, or they can tour the area on one of the complimentary bicycles. Visitors will truly feel like royalty when they indulge in the Leading Suites offer, which includes sumptuous accommodations plus daily breakfast, and dinner – complete with champagne – served in the suite one evening. Rates start from EUR 565 per night, single or double occupancy.
Since the 15th-century, Palazzo Arzaga Hotel
has stood overlooking Lake Garda, Italy, beneath the snowcapped Alps. Many historic details of the original palace have been preserved, including the vaulted wooden ceilings and 16th-century frescoes, attributed to Baroque painter Guido Reni. Guests relax beside the elevated outdoor swimming pool or in the tranquil spa with natural thermal baths, but golf aficionados are drawn to the two championship golf courses. Designed by Jack Nicklaus II and Gary Player, they are known for their long, sweeping greens and hidden bunkers, all framed by the mountains and Lago di Garda, the country's largest lake whose shores are sprinkled with picturesque villages. The Arzaga SPA offers treatments utilizing hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and other techniques. The hotel’s Pure Spa Program is priced from EUR 840 single occupancy, and EUR 1,221 double occupancy, and includes three nights’ accommodation with buffet breakfast and full personalized wellness program valued at EUR 300 per person, one daily entrance to the Path of Clouds, access to the indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, Wi-Fi, parking, tax and service.
Located on the rocky coastline of southern Sicily, Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
presents a lush oasis amidst olive and orange groves. Its stark, modern architecture and minimalist design strike a compelling contrast with the old-world style of Sicily. Guests have access to four restaurants under the direction of Michelin-starred chef, Fulvio Pierangelini; a private beach; two 18-hole championship golf courses; tennis courts and football pitch. With 43,000-square-feet of space, the Verdura Spa offers holistic treatments inspired by its destination, along with thalassotherapy pools, a hammam, saunas, an indoor pool, a gym and beauty center. Guests may also wish to explore the island, including the neighboring UNESCO World Heritage site in Agrigento. For newlyweds – or others romantically inclined – the hotel proposes its Honeymoon in Sicily offer. Based on a three-night stay, it includes a welcome cocktail upon arrival, bottle of Italian sparkling wine, a four-course candlelight dinner for two and a bottle of wine, special turndown service, a 1 ½ hour Couples Spa treatment, tax and service. Rates start at EUR 462 per night.
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort
is located in Tuscan Maremma on the site of a thermal spring dating back beyond the Etruscan era. Generations of bathers have enjoyed the soothing waters, gushing at a rate of 800 liters per second, at a constant temperature of 98.6° F. The state-of-the-art spa offers a range of luxurious, regenerative therapies which capitalize on the healing powers of the spring water. An overriding philosophy of seeking harmony is reflected in the elegant and contemporary design of the guest rooms and an 18-hole golf course designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. The Aqualuce restaurant offers Mediterranean dining and Nutritional Spa Menus while the Gourmet All’Acquacotta (1 Michelin star) serves delicious Tuscan-inspired fare. The award-winning spa and wellness center has 53 treatment rooms, a health club and a thermal spring that feeds all hot-water facilities. The Leading Hidden Gems program here is priced starting from EUR 370 per night single, EUR 450 per night double, and includes a one-way transfer from Rome Fiumicino Airport; daily buffet breakfast; daily morning hikes; use thermal pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and golf driving range; tax and service charge.
The former summer residence of the 18th-century grand duke of Tuscany, Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa
, remains an exclusive property, with sixty rooms and suites featuring original frescoed ceilings and views of Pisa’s famous leaning tower. Set between healing hot springs to the east and baths of Mount San Giuliano to the west, the hotel has a team of certified spa and health professionals who specialize in weight-loss programs. Open to hotel and day guests alike, the spa offers Ayurvedic massage, skin care employing nutrient-rich mud, and fitness and nutrition consultations. Located ten kilometers from Pisa Airport in an ideal Tuscan setting, many area attractions include Lucca, and the San Rossore Maritime Park. Guests staying a minimum of two nights can book the Leading Hidden Gems package and receive daily buffet breakfast, roundtrip transfers to and from Pisa, access to the thermal pools, sauna, steam bath and fitness center, and complimentary Internet. Rates start from EUR 180 per night single, and EUR 260 per night double, including tax and service.
Located in the heart of Andalucia, Spain, close to the cities of Granada, Córdoba and Sevilla, Barcelo La Bobadilla
is a hotel inspired by its surroundings. Built in the style of a traditional Mediterranean village, the 70-room resort is made up of a cluster of white-washed houses, sun-dappled courtyards and breezy sitting areas under brick-vaulted arches. The presidential suites even echo aspects of the Alhambra fort and nearby Mosque of Cordoba. The sprawling estate is also a pioneer when it comes to eco-awareness in the region. Bobadilla uses a thermal biomass system in place of gas, drastically reducing CO2 emissions. Naturally, the area is a playground for outdoor activities, including quad biking, mountain biking and trekking, though foodies are equally entertained thanks to caviar and olive oil tastings that can be arranged at the hotel's gourmet restaurant, La Finca, the only 5-star restaurant in the region. The hotel’s Leading Hidden Gems offer includes an upgrade based upon availability, daily buffet breakfast, an arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel, and VAT. Rates start from EUR 315 per night, single or double occupancy.
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About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)
When extraordinary and one-of-a-kind intersect, you have likely found a Leading Hotel. As the largest luxury hotel collection, with more than 430 of the world’s greatest properties in over 80 countries, we seek out the exceptional. From grand palaces to intimate city hideaways, from ancient castles to sumptuous safari tent villages, from tropical aeries to mystical paradises, all are utterly unique and boldly independent. Each celebrates the culture of its destination, rather than trying to mask it with corporate-mandated sameness. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 36 initial members. With our eight-decade-long commitment to providing unforgettable, authentic travel experiences, LHW selects only hotels that meet our high standards for quality and distinctiveness. To us, hospitality is not an industry; it’s an art…and our passion.