Located close to Cortona, the famed setting for the film “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the lovely Villa Fontelunga offers a contemporary and informal luxury style and breathtaking views over Val di Chiana and the Tuscan countryside, and it’s just perfect for a stylish relaxing retreat.
Offering just the right mix of contemporary design touches within a traditional context, the villa feels perfectly set within its surrounding landscape, with its traditional façade integrating with the grounds and adjacent pool.
Inside, modern pieces designed by one of the hotel’s owners and architects, as well as furniture from Philippe Starck and Arne Jacobsen, blend well with original mouldings and large windows framing the valley views.
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Set in the shadow of the snow-covered Rhaetian Alps and hemmed in on both sides by steep wooded hills, Lake Como is the most spectacular of the region’s three major lakes.
Lake Como has been attracting aristocrats, artists, and other well-heeled visitors from across Europe for centuries. These days, the area retains its sense of glamour and is famous for its celebrity residents such as George Clooney, Madonna, and Sylvester Stallone, as well as for its starring role in a host of movies, including the James Bond film Casino Royale.
In its breathtaking privileged waterfront location sits the ultra-luxury Breakwater, private villa for discerning and sophisticated guests.
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Originally inspired by the Art Nouveau movement that characterizes its architecture, Cristallo, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa overlooks the storied mountain village of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Nestled within the soaring peaks of the dramatic Dolomites range, reminiscent of a jewelled coronet, the resort is surrounded by alpine valleys and offers a venerable array of pastimes through its seamless adaptation between winter and summer seasons.
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Packed full of contemporary works of art by world-famous artists, Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is a grand, classic Venetian-style villa sitting in a beautifully manicured five-acre garden. Inside, ultra modern design by renowned architect and designer, Alessandro Mendini, stands out in stark contrast to the historic building.
Expect statement design, a superb spa, fitness room, outdoor pool and exquisite cuisine. The newly opened OASI Relax outdoor area has two Jacuzzis and provides guests with the ultimate in outdoor relaxation.
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A late 19th-century gem poised on a hill overlooking the city and the Bay of Naples, Grand Hotel Parker’s provides one of the best restaurants in the city, an inviting cocktail bar and a Champagne bar.
Sumptuously decorated public rooms adorned with chandeliers, original antiques and paintings. Bronze and marble sculptures contrast with an ambience more homely than palatial. Choose to stay in a split-level suite for a dramatic bay view. Visit the library at Grand Hotel Parker’s, complete with 700 books dating back to the end of the 19th-century and the start of the 20th century.
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Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort is located on the site of a thermal spring dating back beyond the Etruscan era.
Generations of bathers have enjoyed the soothing waters, gushing at a rate of 800 liters per second, at a constant temperature of 37° C. The state-of-the-art spa offers a range of luxurious, regenerative therapies which capitalize on the healing powers of the spring water. An overriding philosophy of seeking harmony is reflected in the elegant and contemporary design of the guest rooms and an 18-hole golf course, designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding countryside. The Aqualuce restaurant offers Mediterranean dining, and the one-Michelin star gourmet All’Acquacotta serves Tuscan-inspired fare.
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Set high on a hilltop in the hills of Siena, Castello di Velona Hotel was once an 11th-century fortress which fell into ruins and has been beautifully restored to produce a magnificent hotel. Overlooking the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO heritage site, it is in a prime position to enjoy the best of Tuscany’s food, wine and wonderful countryside views.
With its magical setting, the views from Castello di Velona Hotel’s rooms are breath-taking. The antique-filled Castle rooms and suites have oak-beams, vaulted roofs, cotto floors and decorative fireplaces. The more contemporary Sunset spa rooms have private patios to enjoy the region’s spectacular sunsets and bathtubs fed by the thermal waters of the resort’s natural mineral hot springs.
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