Madrid becomes theof luxury
Four Seasons, Madrid.
Last September, Madrid’s hotel scene climbed a few steps up the luxury ladder with the opening of Spain’s first Four Seasons Hotel, located in a former historic bank building in the city centre. The Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and the art museums of Paseo del Prado are just steps away. The suites are huge, the views are spectacular and the spa and fitness centre are spread over four floors. On the rooftop terrace, chef Dani Garcia waves to locals with his fabulous but casual Dani restaurant (from $660 a night, fourseasons.com/madrid). By the end of 2021, when the pandemic is thankfully over, the hotel will have more competition: the recently renovated Mandarin Oriental Ritz near the Prado and the renovation of Villa Magna in Toni Barrio in Salamanca.
Lush and tasteful retreat in Lisbon
Palacio Principe Real in Lisbon.
The Hotel Palácio Príncipe Real in Lisbon, a Covida-style hotel, is one of them that opened in spring 2020. The hotel has 26 rooms decorated in a style that the hotel owner, Gail Curley, describes as miserably exciting. A jacaranda in the shade of the lush garden inspired the design of some rooms, as well as the color of the towels by the pool (from about $300 per night, palacioprincipereal.com).
Paris to Milan street
Restaurant Casa Rua, place J.K. in Paris. Location.
J.C. Place Paris / Leading Hotels of the World
Opening in January, J.K. Place Paris presented a maximalist Milanese design in the middle of the picturesque Left Bank. While Casa Tua’s lobby, bar and restaurant are urban and eclectic with their skylights (modernist furniture mingles with African fabrics, 18th-century Chinese screens and heaps of contemporary art), a quieter story unfolds on the first floor, where rooms are sometimes too austere, clinging to subtle shades of grey and white. The advantage, especially in Paris, is that you don’t spend much time in a hotel room (from $775 per night, jkplace.paris).
Il San Corrado di Noto in Sicily.
After spending 15 years converting two dozen abandoned farmhouses on 3,700 acres in Umbria into luxury villas, Count Benedict Bolza restored the 11th-century Castello di Reschio. Century to a 36-room hotel. Guests can swim by the pool or explore the miles of hills surrounding the castle on foot, bike or horseback (from $915 per night, reschio.com). In Sicily, Relais & Castles Il San Corrado di Noto brings a new level of 21st century luxury. It is a 19th century region best known for its fiery baroque style and its vast farmland. The new resort has 26 suites in the middle of a restored 18th century mansion. Century, stables and olive groves. Chef Ciccio Sultano (his restaurant Duomo near Ragusa Ibla has two Michelin stars) designed the menu to showcase the culture that has defined Sicily’s evolution for thousands of years (from about $725 a night, ilsancorradodinoto.com).
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