The lakeside Cabaña del Lago Hotel is close to the centre of Puerto Varas and offers sweeping views of the town and the Osorno volcano. Its location is best appreciated from the restaurant, which overlooks the lake and surrounding scenery. The bar offers a cosy alpine ambience with outdoor fire burners and ponchos provided for cooler evenings. Rooms are spacious and feature traditional colourful Chilean textiles and artwork.
Features: 157 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna.
Room amenities: Television, safe, mini fridge, Wi-Fi.
Occupying the entire island of Vabbinfaru in the North Malé atoll, The Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru lies in secluded luxury yet is only 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé. Surrounded by white sands and blue seas teeming with soft corals and tropical fish, the island is exceptionally beautiful. The beaches and surrounding waters are accessible to guests only. Accommodation is in spacious villas located within the interior or along the water's edge. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru's restaurant is set on the beach with a natural Alang-Alang roof and serves extravagant buffet breakfasts and superb set meals.
Features: 48 rooms, 3 restaurants, dive centre, swimming pool, marine lab, daily excursions, spa.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar.
Located just five minutes from the headquarters of Carara National Park and a short drive from Tarcoles, Villa Lapas is a rainforest eco-resort surrounded by lush tropical gardens and in the midst of a private reserve. Guestrooms are comfortable with air conditioning, balconies and either river, garden or pool views. The nature trails,Tarcolitos river and hanging bridges at the nearby national park are easily accessible from the property.
Features: 58 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, bar, garden & sun terrace, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room Amenities: Safe, television, fan, air conditioning, hairdryer.
The sumptuous Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is built on the two exotic islands of Rangali and Ranglifinolhu, with the latter being an adults only island. The islands are linked by a 500-metre footbridge running across a clear blue lagoon and surrounded by a colourful house reef. There are a wide range of dining options for guests to choose from including an international buffet served in the Atoll Market restaurant with sand floors and lagoon views or the surreal underwater dining experience of Ithaa restaurant.
Features: 150 rooms, 12 restaurants. 2 swimming pools, fitness centre, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, safe.
Built in 1904, the grand neo-gothic architecture of the Paris Hotel contains a glittering art nouveau interior. Highly polished mirrors at every turn, gleaming chandeliers, decorative cast iron railings and gold statues all recreate the glamorous ambience of the early 20th century. Combined with this is an ideal location in Prague’s historical centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Municipal House, the Powder Tower and the Old Town Square. The 86 rooms and suites feature art nouveau furnishings, some with views of Prague’s Old Town. Elegant dining options include the stunning blue and gold interiors of the Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant or the more relaxed but no less elegant surroundings of the Café de Paris, one of Prague’s celebrated coffee houses.
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha combines extravagant opulence with the warmth of a traditional Arabian welcome. Situated on its own exclusive island resort with a private beach overlooking the crystal-blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, and just a few minutes from Doha Golf Club, the hotel occupies an idyllic setting and offers world-class leisure facilities. Further afield, activities range from desert safaris to the inland sea, visiting Ottoman forts, excellent shopping and discovering the Qatari capital of
The hotel has seven exceptional restaurants and bars serving fine local and international cuisine, offering distinct flavours from around the world. Each restaurant and lounge offers something different, from alfresco seafood dining to lavish buffets.
Rooms and suites have a contemporary style with luxurious soft furnishings and spacious Italian marble bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Secluded balconies provide views of the Qatar peninsula and Doha’s skyline.
Features: 374 rooms & suites, 7 restaurants & bars, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centre, spa, squash & tennis courts.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, private bathroom, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, internet.
This lavish hotel occupies a first-class location, close to the Vienna State Opera House and the Imperial Palace. The opulent Viennese interiors run throughout this belle époque landmark, from the squeaky clean marble floors and glittering chandeliers of the lobby, through the rooms and suites furnished in exquisite fabrics and antique furniture, to the refined settings of the restaurants on the seventh floor. The city of Vienna and all its impressive sights are just on the doorstep yet it’s equally tempting to simply stay put at the Grand Hotel Wien and indulge in all that it has to offer.
Hotel La Ermita is located on a hillside and has beautiful views of the Viñales valley and tobacco fields. The simple rooms have air conditioning and a balcony or terrace, and the hotel offers a range of guided walks and eco-tours around the valley.
Features: 62 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis court.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe.
Located two kilometres from the centre of Kalamata and 30 kilometres from the historic ruins at Ancient Messini, the Filoxenia Hotel is a modern villa style property. The hotel has its own private beach, an outdoor pool with sea views and 188 air-conditioned rooms. A restaurant serving local and international cuisine, as well as a bar/lounge and library are also avaialble on-site.
Features: 188 Rooms & Suites, Restaurant, swimming pool, bar/lounge, library
Room amenities: complimentary wi-fi, air conditioning, minibar, television
&Beyond Savute Under Canvas is an exclusive semi-permanent camp in central Chobe National Park. The tents are spacious and have an ensuite bathroom with flush WC. The guest areas comprise comfortable tents for dining, meeting for a pre-dinner drink, or just for whiling the time away between safaris. Experience the private butler service, delicious pan African meals, and traditional bush dinners served under the stars. Activities include twice-daily game drives in semi-open 4x4 safari vehicles.
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, 12km upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Named after Dr David Livingstone's faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amid jackalberry trees and phoenix palms. Accommodation is in 12 Sussi tree-houses connected by wooden walkways, and two private Chuma houses, each with two bedrooms.
Activities included in your stay are wildlife drives, canoeing on the Zambezi, a tour of Victoria Falls - Zambia side, walking safaris, a cruise with cocktails at sunset, a local school and village tour and fishing (March to December).
Activities available at extra cost include 'The Flight of Angels' (a helicopter flight), Livingstone Island visits, a tour of Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe side, and a range of Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma spa treatments.
Features: 12 luxury tree-houses, raised bar, lounge area and deck, open-air dining area, curio shop, swimming pool, spa, complimentary Wi-Fi in the main area.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, en suite facilities with bath tub, private viewing deck, minibar, mosquito nets, overhead fans and hairdryer.
Named after the famous Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen's ship, M/S Fram was specially designed to travel through the ice-packed waters of the Southern Ocean. She has several artefacts from the original Fram on board and features 328 comfortable cabins and spacious communal areas, including an observation lounge with panoramic views, a restaurant, two lecture lounges, a jacuzzi and internet cafe. Lectures on natural history and polar exploration are offered as well as shore visits on Polar Cirkel inflatable boats.
The Ocean Adventurer (formerly known as the Sea Adventurer) combines the comforts and classic style of a traditional cruise ship with the polar capabilities of an ice-strengthened expedition vessel. The 61 comfortable and well-appointed outside cabins feature either portholes or windows, twin beds and a private en suite bathroom. Enjoy the polar scenery and search for wildlife from the observation decks, which feature outside seating, or relax inside the spacious lounge and enjoy fine dining in the window-lined dining room.
Daintree Ecolodge is located in the world heritage-listed Daintree rainforest, approximately 2 hours' drive north of Cairns. The 15 Rainforest Bayans (Aboriginal for 'rainforest house') occupy secluded positions. A 1-hour river cruise on the Daintree river is included with each stay. Activities bookable locally (at a supplement) include guided rainforest walks, Aboriginal art workshops, 4x4 tours and fishing.
Features: 15 rooms, restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, Aboriginal art gallery, spa.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, bathrobes, slippers.
Please note: From 1 August 2019, Daintree Ecolodge will carry out a full refit to two of the Rainforest Bayan's and one Lagoon Bayan, with the completion date still to be advised. Minimal visual impact is expected as these rooms are located on the lower level of the property and guests will be allocated rooms away from the works. However, some noise may be heard during the day due to drilling and hammering. Works will take place daily from Monday to Friday.
The Zambezi Queen cruises along the shores of the Chobe River and is uniquely situated only a few kilometres from a point where 4 African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also only 80 km by road from one of the great wonders of the world - the magnificent Victoria Falls. The world famous Chobe National Park with its teeming wildlife, including around 120,000 elephants and more than 400 species of birds, makes this an exceptional wildlife safari experience. On board, there are 10 suites and 4 master suites. All suites feature private balconies and are furnished to the highest level. The boat's facilities include a reading room with books and DVDs about the local area, a large lounge with unobstructed views of the passing river, and a swimming pool. Water-based activities include wildlife viewing / bird watching on smaller boats and tiger / bream fishing in season. Land-based activities include safaris in 4x4 vehicles in the Chobe National Park and a cultural tour of a local village.
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge is a small, friendly, informal lodge 30 minutes from Livingstone but in the heart of the wild. The comfortable bedrooms are set around sweeping lawns, some overlooking a secluded private dam with beautiful birdlife, some overlooking the river front. Waterberry is the perfect place to just relax and watch the view from the large terrace, the floating sundeck or around the large swimming pool.
Mashpi Lodge is situated in a private cloud forest and rainforest reserve, home to an exceptionally large variety of flora and fauna. The contemporary design of the lodge blends perfectly with its surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the guestrooms and public areas provide spectacular views and an immersive experience. A highlight is exploring the forest canopy on the sky bike.
Features: 22 rooms & suites, restaurant, spa, observation tower, canopy gondola, sky bike, butterfly farm, hummingbird garden, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Telephone, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, bio-degradable toiletries, complimentary drying service.
Book by 13 December 2020 and stay 3 nights for the price of 2
Set among lush tropical gardens, The Wallawwa is an old manor house built more than 200 years ago. The lovingly restored colonial bungalow combines old world charm with luxurious comforts and stylish design. Its 18 rooms and suites including one family suite, are located around a central courtyard pool and are spacious and beautifully designed with plenty of privacy.
Features: 18 rooms and suites, restaurant, library, spa, outdoor swimming pool and croquet lawn
Room Amenities: wireless internet access, satellite television, king or twin beds in garden suites, air-conditioning, safe, tea and coffee maker, hairdryer and en suite bathroom.
Maratea's La Locanda Delle Donne Monache dates from 1735, when its original use was as a monastery. That pared-down aesthetic is reflected in the quirky character displayed in each of its 27 rooms and suites, which take great advantage of the natural light flowing through the property. Of the rooms, La Vicaria features an en suite with a bath carved from the rock, while La Badessa benefits from exceptional views of the historical town centre. All rooms include a bath with shower, direct telephone line, television, air conditioning and 24-hour room service. Il Sacello, the hotel's restaurant, features untreated stone walls, for that truly rural feel, and views over the garden and swimming pool. It serves a mix of fish-based dishes and traditional regional fare from the Basilicata coast.
Santavenere sits on its own peninsula, just a 10-minute drive from Maratea's historic town centre, while the local harbour, protecting yachts and fishing boats, is just a short walk downhill. Built on a bluff above the Tyrrhenian Sea's rocky shoreline, the property is dominated by the ancient Saracen watchtower in the garden. Such a scenic location has seen the hotel be featured in numerous magazines, such as Vogue, and attract high-calibre guests including Frank Sinatra and Richard Burton. Guests staying in one of its 44 rooms can dine al fresco at either of its two restaurants and delight in the large outdoor pool and fitness facilities.
The Hotel San Paolo al Convento is located on Trani's picturesque harbour front, looking out across the bay towards the town's beautiful Romanesque cathedral, often regarded as the 'Queen of Apulia churches'. Built as a convent in the 15th century, the building has been renovated as a modern 4-star hotel, happily retaining much of its original charm and architecture. The former chapel is now home to the breakfast room, while the inner cloister has been transformed into a terrace where guests relax and unwind after a day's exploring. Drinks and snacks are served here during the summer months. Grand corridors with vaulted ceilings lead to the bedrooms and comfortable public rooms, furnished with period antiques and original Canaletto paintings. In all, there are 33 air-conditioned rooms, of which the 15 superior rooms include a marble bathroom (with bath or shower), satellite television and minibar, plus a safe deposit box and hairdryer.