Top 5 luxury experiences in Europe
April 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
A truly memorable holiday has several important ingredients – superb luxury accommodation, opportunities for fine dining in sumptuous surroundings and unique and interesting attractions. Here The Girl Outdoors rounds up five gorgeous European destinations that offer a remarkable experience for those seeking a touch of grandeur and an opportunity for adventure, relaxation and revitalisation.
In the medieval town of Fossano in the Piedmont, the new luxury boutique hotel Palazzo Righini nestles below ancient archways in the narrow streets of the old quarter. This restored palace is on the doorstep of the massive Acaja Castle and boasts a magnificent vaulted chamber that houses the hotel’s gourmet restaurant and some of the best wines the region has to offer. Nearby is the Langhe region, famous for its truffles, cheeses and wines. The medieval architecture is stunning and visitors can enjoy a relaxing dip in the Mineral Spas.
Another spa town, Karlovy Vary, is the home of another new small luxury hotel, Quisisana Palace. Chic contemporary features are combined with original architectural elements, such as superb wooden floors in the upper storey and marble ones on the ground floor, where a magnificent stained glass ceiling is as dazzling as the sparkling chandeliers. Local attractions include no less than 12 hot springs, a museum dedicated to glassworks and another honouring a local liqueur made from herbs.
A hotel reservation at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens ensures stunning views of the Parthenon and the Acropolis in an area close to some of the most exclusive shops in the city. The Roof Garden Restaurant has an enviable reputation for delicious cuisine, and the luxurious décor pays tribute to Greek history and culture. Unusual antiques and hand-made goods are available at the nearby Monastiraki Flea Market.
Staff from the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in the tiny town of Arosa, high up in the mountains, often greet guests at the train station in a horse-drawn carriage, and give an informal guided tour of the city en route to the luxury accommodation. A recent addition is an amazingly huge spa and there are excellent views of the mountains from the bedroom terraces. Skiing enthusiasts enjoy the four lovely restaurants serving international cuisine including some of the regional specialities of the Graubünden region, and after a hard day on the piste the excellent health facilities are a real boon.
For the chance to experience a dramatic rugged landscape, with waterfalls, caves and glaciers, it is worth finding a good base and making a hotel reservation at Hotel Holt in Reykjavik. The hotel has some of the country’s finest original artworks in its Gallery Restaurant, lounges and bedrooms. Enjoy the chefs’ “Gender Menu” – designed to tempt male and female palates with contrasting dishes. Besides the delights of the extraordinary landscape, Reykjavik is home to many museums, exclusive shops and an annual International Film Festival.