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The Grande Bretagne has served as a place of pristine hospitality in
Dining: The GB Corner is famous not only for its Mediterranean cuisine, but also for its clientele. Highly renowned Athenians meet here to hobnob. The Mediterranean menu is created by Chef Bertrand Valegeas and an open kitchen makes for a great meal.
Spa: The spa is run by E'SPA, where treatments take a holistic approach, using blends of products tailored to the clients needs and combining them with advanced therapy techniques.
Deluxe Touch: Book the Royal Suite located on the fifth floor, with a panoramic view of the city including Constitution Square, the Acropolis, the Parliament with the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Lykabettos Hill. There's a triple living room with fireplace, two formal sitting areas palatial dining room with seating for 16 and a media room with state-of-the-art electronics.
The buildings that are now The Grand Amsterdam (a Sofitel property) have been an integral part of Amsterdam for more than half a millennium. They were originally constructed in the 14th century as one of the most important nunneries in the city, the Convent of St. Cecilia and
Dining: Café Roux offers a variety of dishes using the very freshest ingredients. Schott-Zwiesel glassware is used to serve the finest wines. A weekly menu is themed after a specific culinary region in
Spa: There's a heated swimming pool with jet-stream, fitness room, sauna and Turkish bath.
Deluxe Touch: Book the “Dream Package,” which includes two welcome drinks, early check in, late check out, one lunch or dinner for two, one bottle of champagne, two tickets for the diamond centre and continental breakfast in your room or buffet breakfast in Café Roux.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
Tel: 31 20 555 3111
The Four Seasons Hotel Prague is a sight for any traveler. The hotel is located on the banks of the
Dining: At Allegro, enjoy views of the river and
Spa: Guests can enjoy a variety of massages in the Health Club's two private treatment rooms. Check out the sauna, where scented water is poured over hot stones.
Deluxe Touch: The Presidential Suite in the secluded second level of the 18th-century
Bauer Il Palazzo is a Venetian-style palazzo overlooking
Dining: De Pisis overlooks the
Spa: The Fitness Centre and Health Spa features progressive resistance exercise equipment and certified masseuses offer a variety of personalized programmers, including cardiovascular workout as well as relaxing treatments and professional massages.
Deluxe Touch: Book the outdoor Jacuzzi on the roof top terrace of the eighth floor with views over
San Marco 1413/d, 30124 Venice
The Howard is a small boutique, five-star Georgian hotel in the city of Edinburgh. It is consistently classified as one of the AA's Top 200 Hotels in
Dining: The Atholl offers traditional Scottish fare, meticulously prepared and served in an elegant Georgian setting.
Spa: There's no on-site spa, but the hotel can arrange for aromatherapy, full body massage, reflexology or deep tissue massage in your room. There is a Fitness First Platinum gym close to the hotel.
Deluxe Touch: You will have a dedicated butler to take care of your every need - from unpacking your bags and serving afternoon tea in the Drawing Room to coordinating your social itinerary and serving a three-course dinner in your suite, so that you can totally relax.
34 Great King Street
Tel: 0131 557 3500
Dining: The Earl of Thomond Restaurant bill of fare includes a large a la carte menu, a daily table d'hôte menu and a selection of gastronomic menus. Executive Chef McCann's approach is one of simplicity founded on his classical training using the freshest locally sourced ingredients.
Spa: A new spa is currently under construction. The existing facility is located in the Golf & Country club, which has two treatment rooms with a relaxation area and offers a wide array of treatments.
Deluxe Touch: Book the Presidential Suite on second floor of the Castle. The accommodation includes sitting room, dressing room, two bathrooms and a luxurious bedroom with feature window.
Newmarket - On – Fergus
Tel: +353 61 368144
In October 1919, the
Dining: Caelis Restaurant presents modern Spanish creative cuisine. The real inspiration behind Caelis Restaurant is Romain Fornell, who provides high quality Mediterranean cuisine based on seasonal products.
Spa: The Health Club offers a fitness area, with personalized gym, sauna, massage and beauty cabins. Massages, reflexology, facial treatments, thermal muds, drainage treatments, weight reduction and many others are available.
Deluxe Touch: Book the Royal Suite Salvador Dali, with a living room with fireplace, and the “royal” bedroom with a Roman Bath, inspired in the ancient Roman Terms. Salvador Dalí was one of the most famous guests of this suite. In this suite Dalí gave his press conferences , welcomed artists and intellectual celebrities of his eccentric art scenes.
668 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes
Le Meurice is located in the heart of
Dining: The three Michelin star restaurant ‘le Meurice' is a showpiece, filled with ornate gilding, Louis XVI period crystal chandeliers, antique bevelled mirrors and large bay windows. The food matches the stunning room.
Spa: Spa Caudalie features Caudalie treatments and has a separate fitness center with the latest equipment.
Deluxe Touch: Look for a hostess waiting for you when you deplane and you'll be chauffeured to the hotel.
228 Rue de Rivoli
The Savoy (a Fairmont Hotel) is located on The Strand in the heart of the West End theater district and features amazing views of the river
Dining: The Savoy Grill is highly regarded and was awarded one Michelin Star. Chef Marcus Wareing serves modern European fare in a gorgeous room.
Spa: The Fitness Gallery on the third floor is beneath the central atrium, so daylight filters down onto the swimming pool. Full gym and a range of relaxing treatments and therapies are available. Special treatments are available from Darphin, a company that has over 35 years experience in the skin care industry.
Deluxe Touch: The
Tel: +44 20 7836 4343
The famed Michelin stars serve as an international symbol of culinary excellence. The guides are sometimes referred to as the “red guide” due to their distinctive red covers (though there are now “green guides” and others). What do the stars mean?
* One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, a good place to stop on your journey.
** Two stars denote excellent cuisine, worth a detour, with specialties and wines of first-class quality.
*** Three stars reward exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey, where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. The wine list features rare and extraordinary vintages, and service and atmosphere are part of this dining experience, which is priced accordingly.
The guides rate hotels as well, in a similar manner. Decor, service, cleanliness and upkeep of the surroundings are all taken into consideration.
In addition, establishments proudly display AAA Awards, Mobil Guide ratings and magazine rankings.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|