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Casa Fuster Hotel • Barcelona, Spain

A modernist landmark in beautiful Barcelona

Casa Fuster Hotel - Facade

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Located on the stylish Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s Casa Fuster Hotel is a modernist landmark, built in 1908 by architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner. The fascinating facade is laced with ironwork balconies, turrets, elaborate pillars while inside marble column and arches support a beautiful interior space. Around the corner is the Casa Mila, a Gaudi masterpiece.

Casa Fuster Hotel - Barcelona - Lounge

Casa Fuster Hotel - Restaurant

The Casa Fuster Hotel’s 95 guest rooms are feature elegant modern design in plum and brown tones and fine wood furniture. Rooms offer high-speed Internet connections, satellite television, complimentary newspapers, minibars and safes. Bathrooms are large and spacious  and are a symphony of marble.

Guests at the Casa Fuster can relax on the incredible sun terrace surrounding the wood-decked pool while admiring the panoramic views. Also available is a steam room, sauna, gym equipment and Jacuzzi. Guest can pamper themselves with a massage or beauty treatment.

Casa Fuster Hotel
Location: Passeig de Gracia, 132, Barcelona, Spain; 15 kilometres from the airport.

Luxury style: Architecture aficionados will appreciate the Casa Fuster as well as the architectural masterpieces close by. The modernist theme will also please boutique hotel lovers with a penchant for design. And every type of visitors will appreciate the low-key warm service and intimate atmosphere of a small hotel. In someways, a stay at the Casa Fuster while in Barcelona is most apt since the hotel itself embodies many of the city’s most delightful characteristics.

What we’ve heard: Not to be missed is the Casa Fuster Bellini, an exquisite cocktail well on its way to worldwide fame.

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Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel • Aswan, Egypt

A Victorian grand hotel on the banks of the Nile

Old Cataract Hotel  - Terrace

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Enter the large high-ceiling lobby and note the blend of Victorian elegance and eastern arabesques. Keep straight on until you reach the terrace. Gaze out at the Egyptian sailing boats called feluccas gliding over the waters of the Nile on either side of Elephantine Island. Feel the warm breeze as you sit down and notice the long-robed porters quietly scuffing down the wide halls. Survey this confluence of the past and the present, of East and West and as the waiter hands you your icy martini or cold lemonade, and contemplate the peacefulness and tranquility of it all. This is the Old Cataract Hotel who has been welcoming guests to its calming interiors since 1899 and is considered one of the finest hotels in all of Egypt.

Old Cataract Hotel - Restaurant

Old Cataract Hotel - TerracePerched atop a granite outcrop at the Nile river’s edge in Aswan, Egypt, the hotel takes its name from the rivers First Cataract (rapids). The large spacious guest rooms feature antiques, fine Egyptian linens, high ceilings, and most have achingly beautiful Nile views.

The grand restaurant, “1902”, one of several at the hotel, was inaugurated for the opening of the first Aswan dam, with Winston Churchill, assorted royalty and dignitaries in attendance. French Continental cuisine is served in a grand colorful Moorish interior (above). There is also a freshwater swimming pool with terraces overlooking the Nile.  The langorous beauty of the Nile will capture you at the Old Cataract, an experience not to be missed.

Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel
Location: Abtal El Tahrir Street, Aswan, Egypt; arrival is more likely by train or coach; airport one half hour by taxi.

Luxury style: Adventurers who love the whiffs of the Old Cataract’s colonial past; dreamers who want nothing more than to watch feluccas drift lazily across the Nile; historians who wish to walk in the shoes of Howard Carter; Agatha Christie fans who wish to glimpse shadows of “Death on the Nile”; actually just about everyone who has had the thought that they would like to see the tombs of the ancient pharohs as one of their lifetime list accomplishments.

What we’ve heard: If there was to be a contest for most beguiling spot in the world to while away the hours, the terrace at the Old Cataract hotel would surely be a contender.

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Villa d’Este • Cernobio, Lake Como, Italy

Italy’s Renaissance jewel on Lake Como

Villa d'Este heated pool on the lake

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For stunning scenery and dramatic vistas, the astonishing Lake Como is in a class all its own. And no luxury property exemplifies glamor and luxe on the lake better than the exclusive Villa d’Este.

Bedecked in flowers, accented with fountains and surrounded by lush formal gardens, the Villa d’Este was built in the 16th century as a cardinal’s residence. After several centuries of various royal and eccesiastical ownership, the villa was converted into a hotel in 1873. The Villa d’Este is the height of gracious hospitality and the interiors are characterized by elegant furnishings, opulent brocades, frescoed ceilings and marble bathrooms.

Villa d'Este - Beautiful suite

The Villa d’Este has an outstanding spa with an indoor pool adjacent to tennis and squash courts. Outdoors, a heated swimming pool floats atop the lake.

Three restaurants cater to a guest’s every mood: the more formal Veranda restaurant specializes in Italian haute cuisine; a casual dinner-only grill and a Japanese restaurant.

Villa d’Este garden

Villa d’Este
Location: Via Regina, 40 | Cernobio, Lake Como 22012, Italy; 45 minutes from Milan Malpensa International Airport.

Luxury style: The Villa d’Este is a tranquil getaway in every sense of the word. The beauty and peacefulness of the Lake Como rejuvenates and refreshes. Add in spa treatments, relaxation in the Turkish baths, a dip in the heated pool within the lake and attentive service to any request. The Villa d’Este is not a base for exploration elsewhere, but will invite contemplation within.

What we’ve heard: Visitors cite the Villa d’Este as one of the romantic spots in the world.

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