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Grand Hotel Tremezzo Palace • Lake Como, Italy

Distinguished beauty on the shores of spectacular Lake Como

Grand Hotel Tramezzo Palace - Pool

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This grande dame of Lake Como was built in 1910 and has been pleasing guests ever since with wonderful gardens, spectacular terraces and five-star service. The sublime vistas of Lake Como, one of Europe’s premier destinations, are viewable from a majority of the rooms here. Built in Liberty style, Italy’s take on Art Deco, the hotel has a stately grace and elegance beyond the common villa style.

Grand Hotel Tramezzo Palace - Guest room

Lake enthusiasts will love the pool afloat in Lake Como and there are two additional pools for guests with poolside dining and drinks. Other facilities include a fitness center and spa, golf and tennis nearby and other lake-centered activities. Walkers will be in heaven with the garden walks behind the property which adjoin the famous Villa Carlotta gardents.well,

There are three restaurants, a bar and wine bar, most with spectacular lakeside views.

Grand Hotel Tramezzo Palace - Terrace

Grand Hotel Tremezzo Palace
Location: Via Regina 8, Tremezzo, Italy; 75 miles from the Milan Malpensa airport.

Luxury style: Old-fashioned luxury in the best sense of the word. Exquisite views of the lake, dinner at one of the restaurant terraces is a memorable centerpiece to a romantic evening.

What we’ve heard: The walk up the hill to the gardens may seem steep, but the best part of the garden is located close in and there is an idyllic spot with garden benches. Another special experience is the elegant afternoon tea.

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Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France

Spectacular sea views, tranquil seclusion on the Cote d’Azur

Palais Maerterlinck • Nice, France - Exterior

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The Hotel Palais Maeterlinck, once the home of Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck, has one of the most privileged settings on the Mediterranean coast. The intimate property (only 40 rooms) sports several different architectural styles, with Greek columns aside the more Baroque main building.

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France - Suite

The action here is all about levels, the terraces, the balconies, the pool and the rocky beach which can be reached by funicular from the terrace. All rooms have sea views and balcony.

The Renaissance-style restaurant Melissande offers gourmet French food and has seating on a terrace, in the Winter Garden and in summer, service poolside. The large heated pool looks out to the sea and a Jacuzzi is available in summer.

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck • Nice, France - Terrace & Mediterranean view

Hotel Palais Maeterlinck
Location: 30 blvd Maurice Maeterlinck, Basse Corniche, Nice, France; 12 kilometres to the airport.

Luxury style: For people whose idea of a perfect holiday is to gaze out at endless sea from their balcony, perhaps with a good book and a chilled aperitif at hand. The spaciousness of the 3.5 hectare grounds is a blessing in the crowded summer months.

What we’ve heard: The beach, although rocky, is quite private and a good alternative to the crowded beaches in town. It is reached by funicular from the property itself.

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The Princeville Resort • Kauai, Hawaii

Paradise, Hawaiian style

Princeville Resort • Kauai, Hawaii

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I used to believe that a vacation in Hawaii would be like that Brady Bunch episode. You know, the one where all the Bradys (even Alice and Sam) go to Hawaii and get into goofy travel adventures galore, like Marcia misplacing Mike Brady’s briefcase or Greg accidentally breaking a cursed tiki. One thing was for certain: No matter how dire the Bradys’ situation seemed, things always resolved in a heartwarming “Oh Mom, now I’ve learned my lesson” group hug that only people in sitcom land seem to experience.

(Personally, my travel adventures are usually more along the lines of “Is the bottle of wine finished already? How do I ask for another one in Serbo-Croatian?”)

Now you can understand why Hawaii was never on my list of “must see” places, like Venice or Paris. But I must admit that I was mistaken in my prejudice. You see, several years ago, I was dragged to Hawaii for a family reunion — and I quickly learned how very, stupidly, intensely wrong I was.

Let’s cut to the chase. Hawaii is paradise — friendly people, stunning scenery, beautiful waterfalls, pristine beaches, and a climate that is just warm enough with a kiss of a breeze. And if you stay at the Princeville Resort, paradise becomes even better.

Princeville Resort, restaurant

First off, the location for the Princeville Resort is superb. It’s set on 23 exclusive acres facing stunning, serene Hanalei Bay. As you enter the hotel’s airy and sophisticated lobby, you’re greeted by large skylights, graceful gilded columns, tapestries, sofas upholstered in salmon-hued fabric, all presided over by a spectacular view of the sea beyond. Outside, a private beach overlooks the Bali Hai of South Pacific fame.


princeville resort guest suite

While there are 252 guestrooms, each one feels like a separate world of pampering. They’re comfortably furnished with calm blond wood and tones of pale cream and gold, no doubt to contrast against the color-saturated tropical view outside. Some rooms feature Juliet balconies with wrought-iron railings that overlook gardens, Hanalei Mountain or Pacific Ocean views. The large marble bathrooms host dual sink granite vanities, showers and Roman-style tubs, lighted makeup mirrors and gold-plated fixtures. They’re bigger than many Manhattan apartments — and far more luxurious.

princeville resort

If you desire to leave your room, there is much to do. The Princeville Health Club & Spa boasts a sauna, steam room and jetted tubs, and pampering services including Hot Stone Massage and the Hanalei Tropical Body Treatment. There’s also fitness classes, yoga and Aquacise activities, two championship golf courses, a poolside beach activity center with water sports rentals and helicopter excursions. The outdoor pool, surrounded by garden greenery, includes a swim-up bar and a separate children’s pool.

Oh, and if you want to do the traditional Hawaiian thing, the Princeville’s luau is a notch above the rest. But that’s the way things are in paradise.

The Princeville Resort
Location: 5520 Kahaku Rd – Princeville, HI, United States 96722; 30 miles from Lihue Airport.

Luxury style: Calm, comfortable luxury located in an exclusive paradisaical setting. Great for honeymooners as well as families.

What we’ve heard: The sea view from the La Cascata restaurant balcony is spectacular, with warm and perfumed breezes. Make certain to enjoy the famed brunch and seafood buffet, featuring local specialties. Service is warm, personal and prompt — staff will spontaneously offer chilled fruit and ice water as you sun yourself on the private beach. Word to the wise: the Princeville’s luau is very popular, so be sure to book ahead.

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