Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf, Germany
The legendary Breidenbacher Hof in Germany’s thriving fashion capital and trade fair city, Düsseldorf, re-opened in 2008 on Königsallee, the exclusive shopping boulevard in the heart of the business centre and just steps away from the old town and the River Rhine, theatres and the opera. Featuring 95 spacious rooms and suites and 3 elegant meeting rooms with capacities from 10 to 57, the Breidenbacher Hof is the city’s most exclusive venue, the crown jewel being the prestigious new Royal Floor. In addition to boasting Germany’s leading hotel bar, a unique cigar lounge, the highly popular Brasserie 1812, a spa with swimming pool, the hotel also offers the unique benefit of two in-house, state-of-the-art private clinics.
Cap Estel Èze-Bord de Mer, France
Hidden on a private peninsula just 10 minutes from Monte Carlo and 20 minutes from Nice, Cap Estel is an exclusive boutique resort offering absolute privacy, tranquility and exclusivity. Voted ‘Leading Sea Front Hotel in France’ in 2011 it features 14 luxurious suites of up to 500 m² in size and 4 rooms, all offering balcony or terrace and spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Facilities include a private beach, infinity sea water pool and soft water Jacuzzi, indoor heated soft water pool, the Spa du Cap Estel and a private cinema. Michelin star fine dining at “la Table de Patrick Raingeard” complements the casual Beach House restaurant. Cap Estel is as much an exclusive hideaway for couples and families as a perfect venue for weddings and high-end product launches.
Capella Shanghai, China
Located within the cultural preservation zone of Shanghai’s Xuhui District, Capella Shanghai will be the only all-villa Shanghai resort in the last remaining cluster of historical “shikumen” (stone warehouse gate) estate. Originally built in the 1930s by the French real estate company Foncière et Immobiliere de Chine, the “shikumen” buildings are a marriage of traditional Shanghainese and Western architectural styles which first appeared in the 1860s. The landmark Jian Ye Li resort will feature 55 ultra-luxury villas, 40 residences, The Capella Library, a Pierre Gagnaire signature French brasserie, Auriga spa and a retail gallery for lifestyle brands. It will be a showcase of Shanghai’s residential heritage featuring Chinese courtyard houses with Parisian flair.
Capella Singapore, Singapore
Located on tropical Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore is a 111-room luxury boutique resort set in a lush rainforest setting with direct access to Palawan Beach, yet only minutes away from the vibrant business and shopping centres and 25 minutes from Changi International Airport. The architectural masterpiece marries Singapore’s rich colonial heritage with a symphony of contemporary designs. Offering the largest hotel accommodations and land space in the country with private pool villas and additional sea-facing suites, duplexes or manors for extended stays, facilities of the ultra-luxury resort include a sculpture garden, the award winning Auriga spa and four distinct dining venues. Guests also enjoy privileged access to the exclusive Sentosa Golf Club.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Set on 4 hectares of rain forest 20 minutes north of Bali’s cultural centre, Capella Ubud is an ultra-luxurious tented camp designed by Bill Bensley as a tribute to the spirit of adventure of the first Europeans to settle in Bali in the 1800s. Perfectly positioned where the sloping rice terraces meet the dense untouched rainforest of the sacred Wos River, the camp features 22 individually themed one-bedroom tented retreats, a two-bedroom lodge, The Auriga Spa, The cistern outdoor rainforest pool, The Armory tented gymnasium; The Camp Fire and 3 unique F&B outlets. Signature experiences range from culinary journeys through the working farms of neighbouring Keliki Village to sacred temple rituals at the Wos River with the villagers. Wellness experiences feature medicinal culinary healing, spiritual and sound healing as well as jungle boot camps, mountain bike ridge tours and workouts in the rice paddies. Opening: March 2018.
Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica
Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as the best new resort in Central America 2016, Hacienda AltaGracia is a luxurious retreat featuring 50 hacienda style casitas on 350 hectares of land in the lush mountains of Perez Zeledon in southern Costa Rica. Guests enjoy sweeping views of the San Isidro Valley, locally inspired cuisine at indoor/outdoor dining venues, the largest wellness facility in Central America, horseback riding (the extensive equestrian centre offers 28 stables with over 40 thoroughbreds), wildlife refuge excursions, a visit to an organic coffee farm and ultralight flight tours from the resort’s own private landing strip. The boutique hideaway is a mere 35 minutes from San Isidro airport, and a 3 hour scenic mountain drive from the state capital San José. Guests can also fly directly from San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) international airports by one of the resort’s private planes. www.altagracia.aubereresorts.com
Lough Eske Castle County Donegal, Ireland
Lovingly restored in 2007, Lough Eske Castle is located within 43 acres of forest woodland on a secluded estate just outside Donegal Town in North West Ireland. Hugging the shores of Lough Eske with the Blue Stack Mountains in the background, the 96 room resort blends its historic past with contemporary elegance and is the only five star hotel in County Donegal. In addition to Cedars Restaurant, Solis Spa and a conference facility, guests enjoy a number of traditional drawing rooms and bars in the Tudor-Baronial castle. Already five times winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel, the boutique hotel won the European Hospitality ‘Innovation in Service’ Award 2013, and more recent accolades from Condé Nast, Trip Advisor and Tatler.
Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
Set in lush tropical gardens fronting its own private white sand beach on the shores of pristine Beqa Lagoon, the 27 room Nanuku Auberge Resort is located in Pacific Harbour, the cultural heartland and soft adventure capital of this island nation and easily reached by private air transfer or an equally picturesque coastal drive from Nadi International Airport or the capital city Suva. Guests are immersed in Fiji’s unique culture at the family friendly resort which boasts its own airstrip, a private island and the award-winning Lomana Spa & Wellness Centre. A myriad of activities ranging from golf, zip lining, rafting, jet ski, surfing and diving to food safaris and traditional Fijin ceremonies complement the highly personalised service and the authentic cultural experience which is the very essence of Nanuku.
Abama Golf and Spa Resort A leading Spanish luxury resort located in Tenerife, Canary Islands
Borgo Egnazia 5-star golf and spa resort in Puglia, Italy (LHW, Virtuoso)
El Mangroove Barefoot luxury boutique resort in Costa Rica (Preferred Boutique)
Premicon Queen River cruising at its very best – Europe’s 5 star luxury cruiser
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