The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe

  • Villa d’Este
  • Photo by James Fennell
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  • Amanruya
  • Aman Sveti Stefan
  • Aman Sveti Stefan
  • Carlton Hotel
  • Finca Cortesin
  • Cheval Blanc Courchevel
  • The Tsitouras Collection
  • Photo by James Fennell

    ENGLAND 

    Coworth Park 
    ASCOT 
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    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
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    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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