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The Robb Report 100 Resorts: Europe

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ENGLAND

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Coworth Park

FRANCE

Cap Estel

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

GREECE

Amanzoe

The Tsitouras Collection

IRELAND

Ballyfin

ITALY

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Castiglion del Bosco

Hotel Romazzino

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Le Sirenuse

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Villa d’Este

MONTENEGRO

Aman Sveti Stefan

SPAIN

Finaca Cortesin

Castell Son Claret

SWITZERLAND

The Alpina Gstaad

Carlton Hotel

TURKEY

D-Hotel Maris

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Hampshire, England

This 70-room estate on 130 acres offers a classic English country-house experience—stately accommodations, croquet on manicured lawns, afternoon tea on a trellised terrace—but adds adventurous twists such as the 12 new tree-house suites that overlook Hampshire’s New Forest. Ideal for families. ($540–$3,760) www.chewtonglen.com

Coworth Park

Ascot, England

The Dorchester Collection’s impressive reimagining of a 240-acre Georgian manor, with smoked-oak floors, leather-covered vanities, and copper bathtubs in the 70 guest rooms. The resort, located just a few miles south of Windsor Castle, also includes an equestrian center and a contemporary spa. ($475–$6,985, including breakfast) www.coworthpark.com

Cap Estel

Èze, France

This late-19th-century mansion on a private peninsula near the border of Monaco offers 12 suites and eight rooms on a secluded 5-acre, palm-fringed estate. A hideaway of resplendent living with two pools, a private beach, a screening room, and a gourmet restaurant. ($630–$15,065) www.capestel.com

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Courchevel 1850, France

Commissioned by the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton CEO Bernard Arnault, this ultra-luxurious ski-in/ski-out chalet is Courchevel’s pièce de résistance, with 36 guest rooms, a spa featuring Guerlain treatments, a Mongolian yurt-cum-cigar-lounge, and a Michelin two-star restaurant by Yannick Alléno. Open December through April. (From $2,110, including breakfast) www.chevalblanc.com

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Antibes, France

Dramatically perched on the tip of Cap d’Antibes, this 142-year-old hotel with 118 sun-drenched rooms, a Champagne lounge, a seaside spa, a private pier, and a saltwater swimming pool is a Côte d’Azur icon. Two private villas are perfect for families. ($1,155–$15,475, including breakfast) www.hdcer.com

Amanzoe

Porto Heli, Greece

Fragrant pine forests and olive grove–covered hills serve as a stunning backdrop for this Aegean-coast resort designed by the longtime Amanresorts collaborator Ed Tuttle. The 38 rooms, all of which include spacious marble plunge pools, blend neoclassical architecture with minimalist decor. ($1,320–$14,745) www.amanresorts.com

The Tsitouras Collection

Santorini, Greece

Traditional cave-style living meets modern Greek design at this five-suite retreat on the cliffs of Firostefani. Spectacular caldera views can be had from any room but are best from the private villa, which includes a 1,075-square-foot terrace and a private pool. ($410–$2,320) www.tsitouras.com

Ballyfin

County Laois, Ireland

Guests are treated like royalty at this opulent country retreat set on 614 acres of gardens, woodlands, and waterfalls. Eighteenth-century elegance informs the 15 antique-filled suites and elaborate public spaces, while an array of authentically Irish activities includes whiskey tastings and falconry. ($1,400–$2,320, all inclusive) www.ballyfin.com

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Capri, Italy

This Mediterranean resort blends Italianate grandeur with contemporary design. Several of the 72 rooms and suites are styled as tributes to such artists as René Magritte and Piet Mondrian; additional highlights include the Capri Beauty Farm spa and the Beach Club Il Riccio. ($500–$10,725) www.capripalace.com

Castiglion del Bosco

Montalcino, Italy

Massimo Ferragamo’s fashionable transformation of a 4,000-acre hilltop estate is Tuscany’s most opulent retreat. Includes 23 suites, nine farmhouse villas, a castle, two restaurants, a cooking school, a winery, a Tom Weiskopf–designed golf course, and a new spa. ($625–$8,355) www.castigliondelbosco.com

Hotel Romazzino

Sardinia, Italy

Part of the Aga Khan’s original Costa Smeralda paradise, this Starwood Luxury Collection resort with whitewashed walls and a private beach remains the place to stay on Sardinia. In addition to 94 oceanfront accommodations, six new villas offer privacy and space for families. ($2,600–$34,360) www.romazzinohotel.com

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Conca dei Marini, Italy

Meticulously restored 17th-century monastery set atop a promontory above the Gulf of Salerno. Enjoy 20 antique-filled rooms, a restaurant and bar overlooking tiered gardens, a cliffside infinity-edge pool, and a modern spa offering treatments designed by Santa Maria Novella. ($535–$3,350) www.monasterosantarosa.com

Le Sirenuse

Positano, Italy

An Amalfi Coast institution, this clifftop hideaway with 58 rooms features a Champagne-and-oyster bar, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and an ocean-view pool terrace lined with lemon trees. Spend a day island-hopping in the resort’s vintage Riva boat. ($530–$5,530) www.sirenuse.it

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Sciacca, Italy

Claiming a mile of private beachfront in southwestern Sicily, this 203-room Rocco Forte Collection resort is a golfer’s haven with two 18-hole courses (including one designed by Kyle Phillips). Other highlights range from a holistic spa to a 15th-century watchtower that today houses a trattoria and gelateria. ($390–$1,070, including breakfast) www.roccofortehotels.com

Villa d’Este

Cernobbio, Italy

Service and style take center stage at this 16th-century estate nestled on the shores of Lake Como. Sumptuous silks, glittering chandeliers, and old-world antiques grace the 152 suites, which overlook manicured parklands dotted with Roman statues. A romantic retreat with a mighty history. ($1,000–$4,000) www.villadeste.com

Aman Sveti Stefan

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

An offshore 15th-century fortress village that has been transformed into a private-island resort in the Adriatic Sea. The 50-room property—and the eight-room Villa Miločer, located on the nearby mainland—serves as an ideal base for exploring Montenegro’s islands and vineyards. ($760–$5,335) www.amanresorts.com

Finca Cortesin 

Casares, Spain

From the outside, Finca Cortesin’s whitewashed walls, terra-cotta roof tiles, and Moorish courtyards appear the well-restored remnants of an ancient Andalusian farmhouse. But the resort, which sits on a sweeping countryside parcel overlooking the Mediterranean, is not yet 5 years old, having been built from the ground up in 2009. Located some 15 miles west of Marbella on the Spanish Riviera, the 530-acre retreat features 67 suites and 16 villas outfitted with a sleek and subdued mix of bespoke furnishings and antiques sourced from Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. The Iberian flavor extends to the resort’s El Jardín restaurant, where dishes might include monkfish in pinto rojo sauce and beef villagodio with foie gras and jamón ibérico. Three additional restaurants, a spa with thermal baths, an 18-hole golf course, and two swimming pools round out the property. For guests in search of sun and sand, the resort’s private beach club, located about a mile from the hotel, features a café and an infinity-edge pool lined with Balinese sunbeds. ($630–$4,870) www.fincacortesin.com  —Will Hide

Castell Son Claret

Majorca, Spain

The Balearic Islands’ most luxurious and secluded hotel is set on 326 UNESCO-protected acres in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains. In addition to 38 rooms in a 19th-century manor house, the property includes a bakery, a chapel that has been converted into a bar, and a world-class Mediterranean restaurant. ($410–$2,300) www.castellsonclaret.com

The Alpina Gstaad

Gstaad, Switzerland

The first luxury hotel to open in Gstaad in more than a century, the Alpina adds a much-needed dash of modernity to the mountain town with its Japanese restaurant, stylish après-ski lounge, and Six Senses spa. Each of the 56 rooms offers a mountain-view balcony. ($975–$16,720, including breakfast) www.thealpinagstaad.ch

Carlton Hotel

St. Moritz, Switzerland

The pearl of St. Moritz for its location looking out to Lake St. Moritz and the majestic Engadin Valley. The 61 suites and junior suites all have lake views and feature a mix of refurbished antiques and custom furnishings swathed in Berluti leather. A masterpiece three-bedroom penthouse is one of the largest suites in St. Moritz. (Suites from $920 to $9,050, penthouse from $34,350, both including breakfast and dinner) www.carlton-stmoritz.ch

D-Hotel Maris

Marmaris, Turkey

From its perch along a rocky outcropping above the Aegean Sea, the D-Hotel Maris looks out over an assemblage of megayachts and sailboats plying the Turkish Riviera’s most fashionable waters. The modernist retreat, which completed a renovation in 2013, takes full advantage of its Datça Peninsula setting (on Turkey’s Asian side), with floor-to-ceiling windows in each of the 200 accommodations and a collection of sea-view dining and drinking venues including a whiskey and Cognac bar, a sushi bar, and a Turkish restaurant. An Espa facility offers hammam rituals and an Aegean seashell massage, while a swimming pool carved into the edge of a cliff overlooks distant pine-covered isles. Many guests, however, prefer to while away the days in the shade of a cabana on one of the D-Hotel’s five private beaches. Should you feel the urge to venture out, the resort’s fleet of aircraft and watercraft—which includes a private plane, a helicopter, two yachts, and a multitude of catamarans and water toys—is sure to make a statement on this stylish stretch of coast. ($710–$11,570) www.dhotel.com.tr —Alexander Kulish

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