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The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe

ENGLAND 

Coworth Park 
ASCOT 
With its swan-shaped table bases...MORE 

FRANCE 

Cap Estel 
EZE 
Near Monaco on the Côte d’Azur, this 114-year-old seaside mansion on five palm-fringed acres offers 28 accommodations plus two pools, tennis courts, a screening room, and a popular restaurant. Ideal for hosting parties or for hiding out during the Cannes film festival and Monaco Grand Prix. ($650–$17,600) www.capestel.com

 

Cheval Blanc Courchevel
COURCHEVEL 1850
Impeccable, intimate 34-room chalet with direct access to Les Trois Vallées, the world’s largest ski resort. Home to Dior and Louis Vuitton boutiques (LVMH’s chairman owns the lodge) and chef Yannick Alléno’s The 1947, which earned its second Michelin star in 2010. ($1,825–$33,300) www.chevalblanc.com

 

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
ANTIBES
Set on a waterside promontory surrounded by a 22-acre park, this iconic 118-room hotel emerged from a four-year, $59 million refurbishment in April 2011. It remains the place to see and be seen on the Côte d’Azur. ($650–$7,625) www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com

 

GERMANY

 

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa
BADEN-BADEN
Sybarites savor this 100-room estate’s renowned spa, two-Michelin-star restaurant, and cigar lounge. The premier grand hotel in the Black Forest’s premier resort town, which is home to the James Bond–worthy Casino Baden-Baden. ($300–$2,750) www.brenners.com

 

GREECE

 

Cavo Tagoo
MYKNONS
A designer’s haven with 80 gleaming white rooms and suites (33 with pools) imaginatively engineered into a cliff’s side. Close to Old Town and with views of Delos island, this hideaway sports a 60-foot bar/aquarium, a spa, and one of the best restaurants in Mykonos. ($350–$3,425, including breakfast) www.cavotagoo.gr

 

The Tsitouras Collection
SANTORINI
Perched on the cliffs of Firostefani village, this exclusive compound showcases Santorini’s characteristic cave-style architecture. Offers five suites and one villa, which is adorned with the owner’s museum-quality Hellenic, Byzantine, and modern Greek art collection. Find the best caldera views from the new pool. ($650–$4,600, including breakfast) www.tsitouras.com

 

IRELAND

 

Ballyfin
COUNTY LAOIS
Former ancestral home reopened in 2011 as Ireland’s most opulent country estate. Fifteen elegant suites are old-world but high-tech havens looking out to 614 acres of grottoes, waterfalls, lakes, and gardens at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. ($1,425–$2,125, all-inclusive) www.ballyfin.com

 

ITALY

Castiglion del Bosco
MONTALCINO
A 23-suite, nine-villa hideaway on a sprawling 13th-century wine estate in the foothills of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia region. Beautifully restored (the property is owned by fashion mogul Massimo Ferragamo), the 4,000-acre estate features everything from a traditional osteria to a new golf course. ($450–$3,950, including breakfast) www.castigliondelbosco.com

 

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli
GARGNANO
This gilded 1892 Art Nouveau palazzo along the enchanted Lake Garda holds 21 guest rooms with generous windows overlooking olive, orange, and magnolia trees. Schedule a tour of the lake in the villa’s 52.5-foot La Contessa pleasure craft. ($1,650–$3,550, including breakfast) www.villafeltrinelli.com

 

Punta Tragara
CAPRI
The famed Faraglioni stacks and the bay of Marina Piccola serve as stunning backdrops for this cliff-top villa originally designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The 44 rooms, including newly redesigned suites, break from typical Capri style with bold, modern interiors. ($550–$5,000) www.hoteltragara.com

 

Villa d’Este
CERNOBBIO
A playground for European aristocrats since its construction on the shores of Lake Como in the 16th century. The 152 rooms and two private villas are restored—but not redecorated—as needed, preserving the estate’s fairy-tale charms. Order chef Michele Zambanini’s risotto of the day. ($650–$51,375, including breakfast) www.villadeste.com

 

Villa Tre Ville
POSITANO
After purchasing Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s estate...MORE

 

MONTENEGRO

 

Aman Sveti Stefan
SVETI STEFAN
Amanresorts restored and reopened this former fortified island village–turned–luxury resort (Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren were once guests) in 2011. Choose from 50 accommodations on a jewel of an isle in the Adriatic Sea and eight suites in the mainland Villa Milocer. ($975–$3,925) www.amanresorts.com

 

SPAIN

 

Finca Cortesin
CASARES
Experience Andalusia’s Costa del Sol from this 67-room refugio that appears to ooze history but actually dates back just three years. Ideal for couples who want to relax, eat well, play golf, and swim in the Olympic-size swimming pool. Minutes from Marbella’s beaches. ($575–$2,625, including breakfast) www.fincacortesin.com

 

SWITZERLAND

Carlton Hotel
ST. MORITZ
This former grande dame was transformed in 2007 into a colorful, contemporary retreat for those seeking an exclusive escape from the bustling St. Moritz scene. A team of butlers serves 60 suites, all of which afford views of picturesque Lake St. Moritz. Open December through April. ($1,025–$7,650, including breakfast, dinner, and a sports and fitness program) www.carlton-stmoritz.ch

Grand Hotel Park
GSTAAD
Locally sourced wood, stone, and wool bring a modern-chalet ambience to this 94-room landmark hotel, which was renovated for its centennial in 2010. In contrast to the glamorous Gstaad Palace, the more reserved Grand Hotel keeps a low profile. Four restaurants plus a cigar lounge. ($425–$23,900, including breakfast) www.grandhotelpark.ch

 

TURKEY

Amanruya
BODRUM
A tribute to Turkish stone craftsmanship, this exquisite Aman property opened in 2011 amid olive groves and coastal pines on a slope above Mandalya Bay, 30 minutes outside of Bodrum. Features 36 pool cottages, a three-story library tower, and a 165-foot marble swimming pool. ($1,050–$1,175) www.amanresorts.com

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