This time of year I start longing for a little sun and some luxury, or maybe just a change of scene to get through ’till Spring. A girl can dream!
I’ve come up with ten hotels where I would just love to spend some quality time. This is by no means an exhaustive list, I could’ve easily come up with about 20 more. But ten will do for now. This is a “money no object” type list- a luxury hotel wish list even!
I’d love to know if you’ve stayed in any of these hotels, do let me know in the comments.
1- Tree Hotel Harads, Sweden
Whether is a Bird Nest, Tree house or a traditional Log cabin this hotel in Sweden looks like the perfect place to explore and switch off (it does have wifi though just in case). You can pretend you’re in Fortitude, just with much less gore. The hotel offers a variety of activities too, from Bear Spotting to Dog Sled Tours, to Northern Light Photography and Moose Safaris.
2- Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I’ve been to Amsterdam twice in the past and the hotels I’ve stayed in were by arrangement not by choice, but if I was to go back it’d be here. I spotted this one a while ago and coincidentally, a friend recently returned from a trip to Amsterdam. She’d visited Lloyd Hotel, and loved it, and it was only after a few minutes we realised it was the same hotel as the one on my wishlist. She said it had a definite feeling of Grand Budapest Hotel, now I want to go even more.
3- AdAstra Florence, Italy
Florence has been on my list for a while and if I ever got to go I’d love to stay here. The interior is a mix of vintage pieces from the 50s through to the 70s with more traditional Italian design- contemporary and antique. As you know I love mixing old and new and this is right up my street. This hotel was previously a private mansion and overlooks the largest private garden in Europe- a stunning way to start your day with breakfast on the terrace.
4- The Omnia Zermatt, Switzerland
Luxury at the top of a mountain. I don’t ski but this hotel is so much more than somewhere to rest your head after a day on the slopes. If I was staying here I’d be in the spa and the indoor/outdoor pool
all day , exploring the town in the valley below or enjoying the hotel itself. It’s a real destination hotel and a bit of a quirky combination of the Overlook Hotel from the Shining, and a slick James Bond type hotel- a great mix!
5- Star Clippers worldwide
Not strictly a hotel, but if I had to go on a cruise I think I’d prefer this type. I think I was possibly some kind of seafarer in a past life as I’m drawn to ships like this. And I hate being told what to do (so I was obviously the captain…) These ships cruise all over the world and I think look much more exciting, and personal, than a standard cruise ship which always seem so big and impersonal. Correct me if I’m wrong on this please.
6- JK Place Rome, Italy
Rome is one of my all time favourite cities. I’ve been twice and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again and again. There are so many great hotels to choose from in Rome but this one really stands out for me. The interiors looks so chic and so Roman- but not in your face loud. The use of Marble, beautiful lighting, sculptures, painting and real antiques add to the grown up vibe.
7- Castello Delle Quattro Siena, Italy
In Italy again, this time South of Florence in Siena and in a castle! Who wouldn’t want to stay in an Italian castle? This one is medieval in origin and functions now as a Bed & Breakfast with apartments too. Surrounded by olive groves and gardens, this looks the perfect place to really get away from it all and practise your Italian.
8- Park Hotel Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland
This hotel has a multi award winning restaurant, a cinema and a spa and is virtually on the shore of Kenmare Bay. It is surrounded by greenery, if you want escapism but in pure old fashioned luxury then I think this could be the place. There are loads of activities on offer and its a short stroll into the town of Kenmare which is one of Ireland’s heritage towns. I’d love to visit here and take in all the natural beauty as well as make the most of the excellent facilities.
9- The Glasshouse Edinburgh, Scotland
I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to Edinburgh. I’d love to stay in this five star hotel though, formally a Church. The front of the church is now built into the hotel, like the hotel has grown up around it. The Glasshouse boasts a two acre rooftop garden, from which the views I bet are amazing, you can even get a garden view room where it opens out onto the roof garden. I’d suggest going in summer to make the most of the garden though.
10- The Greenwich New York, USA
My only American entry into this list is a cracker. Much lauded by the press and for good reason, this hotel is stunning. One of Robert De Niro sidelines this place oozes luxury but in a non stuffy way, its cosy without being claustrophobic. It’s stylish without being fashionable or trendy, therefore it is timeless. No two rooms are alike and there is a stunning spa, pool and a gym- the whole thing is just gorgeous.
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