Art & Romance
Borgo Egnazia is a stylish family owned hotel in the beautiful and unspoiled region of Puglia, and is a truly privileged location to embark on newly married life. Boasting crystal clear waters and an architectural landscape only Italians could have mastered, it is an idyllic Italian romantic escape. Honeymooners can also take private cooking classes, enjoying local Apulian cuisine, or, if you can tear yourself away from the hotel, visit the picturesque Apulian villages, and cycle through 2,000 year old olive groves.
Set in the heart of a 750-acre organic estate in Tuscany, just an hour’s drive from Florence and Pisa, Borgo Pignano has a strong focus on sustainability. Buildings have been restored and decorated using environmentally friendly materials, locally sourced stone and eco-paints. Aiming to be self-sufficient, the restaurants and new spa use home-grown produce chosen by the in-house herbalist. Wellness focused activities include horse riding, yoga and Pilates classes, trekking, biking and painting classes with an alumnus from The Royal Drawing School.
A beautiful four-star design hotel, whose public areas, as well as its Fusion Bar & Restaurant, are home to contemporary art exhibitions. Gallery Hotel Art boasts an amazing location just next to the Ponte Vecchio and is within walking distance to the Uffizzi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral and Palazzo Pitti.
An elegant family-owned hotel, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is the ideal place from which to explore the magnificent Amalfi Coast and the famous sights of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. With fabulous views, exquisite food in Michelin-starred restaurant Terrazza Bosquet, beautiful gardens surrounded by orange trees, it's perfect for families or couples. Learn how to make the perfect pizza, visit Capri, soak up some sun or cool off by the hotel's pool.
This glamorous boutique design hotel revisits the vibrant style and spirit of the 50's and is superbly located in the historical centre. Continental Hotel offers breathtaking views overlooking the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio and is only a few steps from the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Pitti and the Cathedral.
Located on the banks of the River Arno in the centre of Florence with unrivalled views of the iconic Ponte Vecchio, it is the most glorious place to stay. Owned by the Ferragamo family, the hotel offers an enchanting 'living experience' with original works of art by Cocteau, Picasso, Bueno and Rosai in its drawing room, 73 generous guest rooms and suites and the award winning Borgo San Jacopo Ristorante, featuring classical Italian dishes by Chef Beatrice Segoni in a contemporary setting designed by Architect Michele Bonan.
Located in the historic heart of Naples, the perfect setting from which to explore the city’s treasures. The hotel has 82 rooms and suites and 2 restaurants including Michelin starred rooftop restaurant Il Comandante with views out to Ischia and Capri. Hotel Romeo’s outdoor pool is located on the 9th floor with views of Mount Vesuvius. Hotel Romeo is within an hour’s drive of 5 listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites and just a 40 minute ferry ride to Amalfi.
Set in a 500-hectare wine estate in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma and with just 33 rooms and suites, L'Andana is a luxury hotel located in a former Medici villa where Grand Duke Leopold and his court resided during the summer season, providing a palatial sense of grandeur and typically-Italian romance. Guests can enjoy relaxed Italian cuisine overlooking the Tuscan countryside at informal restaurant La Villa or sample gourmet at Trattoria Toscana.
Whilst riding his motorcycle in Provence in 1994 Alain Ducasse discovered this home and lovingly converted it into a country inn with just 12 unique and elegant guest-rooms and delicious gourmet food. Surrounded by luscious gardens, olive trees and lavender, and overlooking the charming village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie, this romantic hideaway perfectly reflects the finest ingredients of Provence.
Created by Spain's coolest designer Patricia Urqiola; this sleek 98 room hotel on Passeig de Gracia faces Gaudi's Casa Battlo and offers the largest spa in town. Chef Carme Ruscalleda serves a diffusion range of traditional Catalan dishes; dine at Terratt with its 360 degree roof terrace and decorative pool, or in the pretty Mimosa gardens created by landscape designer Beth Figueras. One of the newest additions to the Mandarin Oriental portfolio, this is a classic in the making.
Mandarin Oriental, Milan features 104 guestrooms, including 31 suites, and is located in the heart of Milan, at the point where the city's fashion, cultural and financial centres meet. A few steps away from the hotel are Milan's most precious heritage sites, Teatro alla Scala, via Montenapoleone and Duomo.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris is situated on one of the most fashionable streets in the world, Rue Saint-Honoré, surrounded by haute couture and steps from the Louvre. To this distinguished location the hotel introduces a fresh creativity in every aspect; interiors that showcase the best in French luxury design, a dining experience by Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx, a world-class spa with a 15 metre indoor pool and Mandarin Oriental's legendary service. There is also a beautiful courtyard to escape the bustle of Paris.
Both ancient and modern, this luxurious city bolthole, just steps away from the Charles Bridge, is housed in a fabulously atmospheric 14th century Dominican Monastery. The 99 rooms are all uplifted with contemporary design features, a spa is located in the Renaissance Chapel, and the Barego bar offers more than 20 Czech beers. Prague is a fairytale city of art and music with three opera houses and daily classical concerts and ballets.
Masseria Cimino is located on the 8th hole of San Domenico Golf, one of the best courses in Italy which stretches along the Adriatic coast. With just 15 rooms, some of which are located in an ancient watchtower and others in the 18th century farmhouse, this romantic hideaway is adjacent to an archaeological site from the ancient city of Egnatia, a reminder of Puglia's rich history.
A boutique 'Masseria' farmhouse located among 60 acres of olive groves, the hotel is set in a historic building dating back to the 14th century used by the Knights of Malta. Family-owned and run, the hotel opened in 1996 as the first luxury 5-star Masseria in the region when Puglia was a little-known destination. Home to two tennis courts and its own 18 hole San Domenico Golf course with views of the Adriatic as well as a Thalassotherapy spa, the hotel is perfect for sports enthusiasts to stay healthy and active on holiday.
Palazzo Manfredi is a rare gem of elegance and hospitality in a unique historical setting, with rooms and a large terrace overlooking the Coliseum, the Imperial Forum and the Domus Aurea. This luxurious property steps back in time into a perfect balance of old and new with exquisitely-appointed rooms and suites masterminded for an elite clientele which appreciates the highest levels of comfort and refinement.
Winner of Condé Nast Traveller's Best Spa 2010 in Europe, Rosa Alpina - owned by the Pizzinini family - is a Dolomite delight just two hours away from Venice. As well as the wonderful Rosa Alpina spa with Sun Hydrator and Muscle Toning treatments, there's a spoiling three-Michelin starred restaurant, St Hubertus, and fantastic downhill and cross-country skiing. The area is renowned for its 130km of slopes in the 'Sella' massif - as well as hiking, biking and rock-climbing in summer.