the spa at Nyungwe House

best bed: Nyungwe House, Gisakura, Rwanda

Nyungwe House ticks so many of my top boxes…adventurous, luxurious and remote! This charming hotel is located in the middle of a working tea plantation in the middle of the mountains of Rwanda. Picking tea is very specific and very…

The Bvlgari Milano

best bed: The Bvlgari Hotel Milano, Milan, Italy

Opulent, serene and a magnet for the fashionista crowd, the Bvlgari Milano was the company’s first venture into hotels back in 2004 (there are now 6 with a few more in the pipeline). And though it is a joint venture…

La Locanda di Bagnara

best bed: La Locanda di Bagnara, Bagnara di Romagna,  Italy

La Locanda is a historic gem in a tiny medieval town, definitely off the beaten track. Yet situated at the crossroads of a magic, underappreciated  area of Italy that encompasses Bologna, Ravenna, Faenza and Imola. This cluster of buildings began…

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

best bed: Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome, Italy

Finally! The chance to live like a noble. Villa Spalletti Trivelli was, until recently, the Villino Urbino of an aristocratic Italian family. A country house in the heart of the city. The last one left in private hands; many have…

Kempinski Palace Portoroz

best bed: Kempinski Palace Portoroz, Istria, Slovenia

The Palace Hotel was THE place on the Austrian Riviera… so called because the royal and rich, politicians and artists of the Hapsburg (Austrian-Hungarian era) Empire flocked to its shores. They came for the warm weather, spa-ing and to be…

the pool at the Bulgari London

best bed:The Bulgari Hotel London, London, UK

Understated elegance defines the Bulgari Hotel London. The design harks back to the company’s jewelry making roots with lots of silver throughout. Carefully coupled with curved walnut walls and dark leather furniture, it never crosses the line into tacky.  Most…

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