Neri Hotel • Barcelona, Spain

A gem in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter

Neri Hotel Barcelona - Lobby

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Entering the Neri from the historic alleyways of the Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic quarter, you will be struck by the contrast between the sleek modern style which blends stylishly the echoes of the 18th-century palace that it once was.  This superb intimate boutique-style hotel provides an oasis of calm in a charming secluded district a mere 200 meters from the hustle and bustle of the Ramblas and just across from Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral.

The guest rooms are restrained and designed with a beautifully muted palette of greys and greens and features elegant modern furnishings and effective lighting.

Neri Hotel - Suite

The Restaurant Neri, a top-rated restaurant, occupies the vaulted basement and serves Spanish specialities with a hint of Africa and international dishes, as well as a daily breakfast.  The hotel’s shaded roof terrace offers views over the rooftops and is scented by jasmine and orange blossom.

The Neri is one of Barcelona’s new wave of small chic boutique hotels, and is a top choice with its stylish interiors, sleek and comfortable guest rooms and topnotch dining.

Neri Hotel - Restaurant

Neri Hotel Barcelona
Location: Sant Sever 5, Barcelona, Spain 08002; 22 rooms; distance from airport

Luxury style: Modern, contemporary feel amidst behind historic facade.

What we’ve heard: Rooms are spacious and relaxing and the hotel is a marvelous choice for travelers who seek a hideaway with the urban bustle.  The Barri Gotic, with its small streets and winding alleyways is a fascinating headquarters that is well located and central to all attractions.

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Hotel Sacher Wien • Vienna, Austria

Charming and exclusive Viennese hotspot

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Think of swirling ball gowns and glamorous soirees at the turn of the century and you can imagine the ambience and the historic Hotel Sacher Wien. Ensconced in a 19th-century historic city center property and topped with a 2-story modern addition, the hotel is set between the State Opera and the Kärtner Strasse thoroughfare. Long a favorite of celebrities and notables, the Hotel Sacher Wien maintains an enormous staff to cater to their prominent and everyday guests’ every need. Some souvenirs from famous guests included signed tablecloths (Queen Elizabeth, Rudolf Nureyev and the Bee Gees) and portraits. The hotel is also renowned and the namesake for the “Sacher torte” which can be sampled at the cafe.

The 152 guestrooms feature either traditional decor with antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers and neutral-toned walls hung with oil paintings, or bright, contemporary decor with French windows and crisp white linen.

The Hotel Sacher Wien’s spa houses a fitness room and a thermal suite with heat cabins and relaxation zones, while pampering sauna and herbal- bath treatments are available in the aroma salt steam room.

Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Anna Sacher serves traditional Viennese fare; the Rote Bar extends to a Wintergarten and offers a range of traditional Austrian and international dishes; the Blaue Bar offers snacks, drinks and light refreshments; and the Café Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffee house and conservatory which serves dishes including the famous Sachertorte.

Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna, Austria

Hotel Sacher Wien
Location: Philharmonikerstrasse 4, Vienna, Austria; 152 rooms; Vienna International Airport is 18 kilometers away and can be reached by car in approximately 30 minutes.

Luxury style: The Viennese love of beauty and charm is evident in every aspect of the Hotel Sacher Wien.  Staying at this hotel gives a taste of the most elegant and luxurious aspects of this historic city.

What we’ve heard: Enjoy a performance of the Spanish Riding School, located 300 metres from the hotel, where intricate equine displays incorporating techniques dating from the 16th century. The school was named after the distinctive grey Spanish Lipizzaner horses.

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Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche • Côte d’Azur, France

Secluded corner of Provence amidst vineyards and gardens

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Tucked away on a hillside amidst vineyards, lavender fields and flower gardens, the Four Seasons is an all-suite resort which combines luxurious comfort with all the pleasures of the French countryside.

Close to the glamorous Cote d’Azur, the resort has a first-class spa and two golf courses that can be enjoyed year-round. Other facilities and features are two tennis courts, a 40-meter pool and fitness center.

The rooms are contemporary, each with a private terrace looking out to a tranquil vista. Furnishings are luxe, yet supremely comfortable with a separate bedroom and living rooms. Every modern technological amenity is provided including high-speed Internet access, satellite TV and voice mail. The bath of each suite features deep soaking tub, separate shower and charming Provencal tiles.

Four Seasons Provence - guest room

The Spa at the Four Seasons Provence is a stunning, enormous villa on a terraced hillside location. The facility features 12 treatment rooms with, hydraulic beds and heated blankets. In addition, there are two VIP couple’s suites with double whirlpool bath, steam shower and large outdoor terrace with private cabana. There are seven treatment packages which are customized to each guest’s needs.

After treatments, the journey of relaxation can continue in the sauna, laconium, steam room and ice fountain. The spa experience also included luxury relaxation beds and a chef-designed spa cafe.

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Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche
Location: Domaine de Terre Blanche, Tourettes, France 83550; 111 suites; 39 miles from international airport at Nice.

Luxury style: Contemporary, warm, secluded with the usual high standards of the Four Seasons chain in abundantly evident.

What we’ve heard: The ultra private suites are great for couples, but the size also makes them wonderful for families, who are warmly welcomed.

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