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Irish history is inextricably intertwined with the English, and the Merrion’s pedigree is no exception. Mornington House, one of the hotel’s four renovated 18th-century townhomes on Dublin’s Upper...
Chic, sleek, and loaded with sex appeal, Villa Kennedy is more reminiscent of London than Frankfurt, which stands to reason considering that its creator, Sir Rocco Forte, is British. For Forte, a...
The One&Only Palmilla, which underwent a $90 million renovation in 2003, is a 250-acre seaside resort with Spanish-wrought iron gates, heavy Mission-style doors, and a courtyard surrounded by...
Parisians have a term—les palais, or the palaces—for their city’s finest hotels. Bestowed upon a select few properties in the first and eighth arrondissements, the designation reflects the residents...
Few hotels offer a more magnificent prospect than that of Gresham Palace, Four Seasons’ Art Nouveau landmark on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. The grand sweep of the Chain Bridge leads...
From the supermodels pacing its catwalks to the shoppers strolling its Via Montenapoleone, Milan marches to the beat of the fashion world. Not surprisingly, Italian jeweler Bulgari chose the city as...
Architects W. Hamilton Beattie and A.R. Scott designed the Balmoral hotel in grand baronial style in 1895 as a visual transition between the city’s medieval center and the neoclassic vernacular of...
Baden-Baden, Germany, has been a fashionable terminus for spa-goers ever since the Romans discovered hot water bubbling out of the ground there almost 2,000 years ago. Opened in the late 1800s as a...
Even in a city renowned for the colorful, free-form architecture of Antonio Gaudí and his compatriots, the glass-and-steel Hotel Arts stood out as an instant landmark when it rose on the Barcelona...
Ivana Stehlikova scans the assortment of books, CDs, and DVDs in the library at Prague’s Aria Hotel. As the music director for the Aria, a 52-room boutique property on the Czech Republic capital’s...
Most European merchants who sailed to Siam in the latter part of the 19th century returned to their homelands in ships laden with pepper, sugar, ebony, and rosewood. But Danish merchant Hans Niels...
The frosted-glass windows and leather walls at the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial Street may seem strikingly modern, but the concept behind this newly opened property is ancient. Designed according...
St. Martin's La Samanna is more exclusive than ever, thanks to several recent additions and enhancements that include a beachside infinity pool surrounded by plush white sofas. On the beach, five new...
Unlike many Victorian-era cities around the world, Melbourne has retained much of its 19th-century layout and charm. Australia’s second-largest city, which boomed during the region’s gold rush in the...
Operatic voices echo off the white plaster walls in the lobby at Mollies, a 14-suite hotel near Auckland’s fashionable Ponsonby district. The sounds are of budding tenors and sopranos honing their...
In opening this much-anticipated new spa, no detail escaped the eyes of mother-daughter team Adriana Mnuchin and Lisa Hedley. From the hand-mixed celestial blue paint of the airy relax room to the...
At the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo at Nile Plaza, lobby lizards prowl the glittering public spaces with primeval focus. The mission of these liveried staffers (whose reptilian name refers not to the...
Set on a five-acre, oceanfront site within the Mauna Lani Resort, the Bungalows at Mauna Lani comprises only five two-bedroom villas. Each of the 4,000-square-foot bungalows includes a bar, a kitchen...
The Baur au Lac’s 160-year reign as the best accommodation in Zurich, Switzerland, can be attributed in part to the hotel’s equivalent of pole position: on Lake Zurich (au lac) and fronting the...
Turn-of-the-20th-century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is said to have seen music in shapes and colors. This may explain why, when he needed inspiration, Sibelius retired to the Hotel Kämp in...
French hoteliers Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet converted four 14th-century buildings into this stylish retreat in Lyon, the second-largest city in France. Cour des Loges reopened in 2000 with 62...
Most travelers to South Africa view Johannesburg as a necessary evil, a requisite stopover on the way to or from Kruger National Park and other nearby attractions. While rampant crime in the downtown...
Every May, directors, producers, critics, and actors vie for rooms at Hotel Martinez, the premier address in Cannes, France. The Art Deco-style hotel overlooks the Bay of Cannes a few blocks from...
The sheiks in Abu Dhabi witnessed the transformation of Dubai, its fellow United Arab Emirate, from a sleepy, sandy town into a tourist destination of mind-boggling proportions. Inspired by Dubai’s...
In an age of stripped-down modernism, the new Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a glorious throwback to well-appointed comfort. While the five suites and 21 rooms feature giant plasma-...
Complementing the over-water rooms at the St. Regis, which opened summer 2006 on one of Bora-Bora’s white-sand motus (little islands), are 13 Beach Villas and the Royal Estate. Guests in both types...
From the rooftop bar of the Caravelle Hotel, Vietnam War correspondents watched U.S. Air Force jets streaking over enemy strongholds on the outskirts of Saigon. Today, the Caravelle’s bar endures as...
Built to resemble a sheikh’s royal summer retreat, Al Qasr features intricate mosaics, panels, and Arabian antique furnishings in its palatial public spaces and guest rooms. Each of the rooms has a...
Once the private home of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, the Umaid Bhawan is a 215,000-square-foot sandstone marvel set within 26 acres of gardens in Jodhpur, India. The property also has a museum, marble...
From their perch atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills, guests by the pool at the Four Seasons can gaze on the expanse of whitewashed structures that earned Jordan’s largest metropolis its nickname...

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