From Paris to Bali and Salamanca to Lake Como and San Franscisco, these are the five unique destinations to welcome the first month of 2018.
Travel back in time to the Belle Époque at Hôtel Maison Souquet – an exclusive Parisian townhouse in buzzing Montmartre.
This new boutique hotel captures the decadent glamour of bohemian Paris – when Montmartre drew artists and aristocrats, socialites and dancers, who would meet and mingle in the district’s theatres, wine bars and private salons.
At the turn of the 20th century, Paris’ pleasure houses played second home to the city’s socialites and aesthetes. Hôtel Maison Souquet has reproduced the sumptuous décor of such a place, just a stone’s throw from Montmartre and its famous Moulin Rouge.
Escape the hubbub of Paris for this atmospheric retreat, where each room exudes opulence. Take in the grand central staircase and study, decorated in Empire and nineteenth-century Orientalist style where intricate panelling and cordova leather furnishings complement eclectic ornaments and original artwork. Sip cocktails in the lounge, stroll around the winter garden or indulge in an afternoon of pampering at the spa.
Hôtel Maison Souquet puts many of Montmartre’s treasures right at your feet. Climb up to the Sacre Coeur for exceptional views across Paris, or while away an afternoon at the nearby Salvador Dali gallery.
• The elegance, exoticism and indulgent luxury of a pleasure house at the turn of 19th century
• Private and intimate spa, including swimming pool, steam-bath and beauty treatments
• French designer, Jacques Garcia, has created an eclectic and authentic collection of furniture, artwork, and paintings
From: EUR 375.00
Set on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, CastaDiva Resort & Spa was once the residence of the 19th century opera singer, Giuditta Pasta. Now an exclusive resort with lavishly decorated rooms and suites housed in nine separate villas, it is the latest hot property on the Italian Lakes.
At the heart of the resort is Villa Roccabruna that houses ten magnificent suites, stunning salons and a tantalising spa.
Staying here is a sublime mix of natural beauty, historic architecture, 18th and 19th century Italian culture and outstanding service. An essential experience at CastaDiva Resort & Spa is to take a treatment in its unique spa.
Chromotherapy showers, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath, vertical Kneipp and a Himalayan salt room are all available for sheer indulgence.
Relax on comfortable chaise longues, suspended on a glass floor over the 19th century dock. Or sit outside in the sun by the floating heated pool.
Discover the romance of Lake Como and explore the pretty villages dotted along its shores. Enjoy a lake tour onboard CastaDiva’s very own boat and visit Villa Carlotta in the town of Tremezzo or Villa del Balbianello at Lenno.
Return to CastaDiva Resort & Spa for drinks on the terrace followed by a gourmet dinner in l’Orangerie restaurant, surrounded by breathtaking Lake Como.
From : EUR 530.00
Situated in Tembok village on the north-eastern edge of Bali
Set amidst a dramatic volcanic landscape on Bali’s north-eastern coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is where your restorative journey begins. Dedicated to top-to-toe pampering and personalised spa treatments, this uniquely peaceful and tranquil beachfront spot is surrounded by tropical gardens and provides an al fresco restaurant, a spectacular infinity pool and stunning accommodation.
The atmosphere throughout Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is that of low-key luxury with intricate Balinese woodwork and neutral fabrics that adds to the peacefulness. A blend of Balinese grace and modern comfort, all the rooms and suites are private havens with terraces or balconies that overlook gardens or a clear blue sea.
The villas have their own private entrances, outdoor pavilion and a plunge pool.
Spa programmes offer a holistic integration of healthy, wholefood cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, movement, mindfulness, daily scheduled activities, hands-on wellness workshops and natural health practices.
Body treatments, massage therapies, skin, hair and nail treatments are all designed to honour the healing cultures of the region.
Premium LUXURY IN BALI
- Rejuvenating spa resort celebrating the natural surroundings and traditional culture of Bali
- Exclusive spa with treatments incorporating local healing rituals and natural ingredients
- Wholesome, healthy cuisine with a menu that changes daily with the fresh catch of the day
Sausalito, San Franscisco
Heritage on the hill – a fresh-faced bay-side boutique in Sausalito near San Francisco
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa seems made for California dreaming. Once the home of a San Francisco Gas and Electric Company executive, it became a WWII military retreat, then a hotel graced by Hollywood and rock royalty in the 50s and 60s.
Today this grand 19th-century residence is an airy boutique getaway with levels of luxury to rival the yachts moored in the harbour nearby.
Victorian features and modern touches, polished chrome and fresh colours mark out the accommodation at Casa Madrona. In fact, whether you opt for a Hillside Cottage or Mansion Suite, it’ll feel a little like stepping aboard an elegant ocean liner.
And that maritime feel extends to the spa – with sea salt scrubs and micro-algae facials reminding you that the swell of the ocean is never far away.
Casa Madrona is intrinsically linked to its Sausalito setting. Ask the hotel staff about private painting lessons to capture some of that San Francisco seascape. Learn to sail, zipping from Richardson Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz.
Or relish the finer things in life with wine tasting. There’s a delicious selection of restaurants within walking distance to suit every palate too – from spaghetti to sushi.
A blissful retreat encircled by vineyards in the Duero Valley
A former monastery overlooking the River Tormes, Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa is a magnificent wine resort with an impressive history that dates back to the 14th century.
Guests experience true hacienda hospitality together with the high comfort factor of two gourmet restaurants, a vinotherapy spa, wine tasting in the cellars and an ancient chapel with 16th-century works of art.
Original thick stone walls and magnificent oak beams contrast beautifully with contemporary design in the 40 rooms and suites. A number of rooms have balconies overlooking the river.
Be sure to indulge in some of Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa’s specialities including extra virgin olive oil, local cheese and pata negra produced on the estate.
Enjoy some wine tasting and a tour of the Marqués de la Concordia wine cellar with its 1366 oak barrels. Then take a trip to the historic quarter of Salamanca which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Or take a 10 minute trip from Hacienda Zorita to their Organic Farm, enjoy a four-wheel ride through the farm, cheese tasting and a country meal, perfect for families.
UNESCO World Heritage Site.Or take a 10 minute trip from Hacienda Zorita to their Organic Farm, enjoy a four-wheel ride through the farm, cheese tasting and a country meal, perfect for families. Return to Hacienda Return to Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa for dinner in the Restaurant Zorita’s Kitchen for superb cuisine accompanied by more fine local wines, then take a drink and relax in the wine bar.
Premium luxury in SALAMANCA
- River Tormes flows beneath this 700-year old restored monastery
- Private tours of the Marqués de la Concordia wine cellar with its 1450 barrels, and ‘Vinotherapy’ sessions in the spa
- Organic farm producing olive oil, cheese and cured ham on the estate