Domaine de la Baume

An every-leaf-in-its-place French garden would seem out of place at the new Domaine de la Baume in Provence. The 99-acre resort—formerly the country estate of the 20th-century French expressionist painter Bernard Buffet—instead embraces the natural beauty of the surrounding garigue, with the wild and colorful landscapes that once inspired the artist now serving as an […]

Castell Son Claret

The motto at Castell Son Claret, a new country resort on the Spanish island of Majorca, is“the luxury of silence.” Opened in late April at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, the centuries-old castle—which is set within 325 acres of fringed palms, fragrant gardens, and Med­iterranean maquis—is indeed a hushed refuge from Majorca’s […]

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella, or old town, has for centuries been the seedy and grimy neighbor to the grand and fashionable Eixample district. But the ancient Roman walls of Barcino, as the Romans referred to the Catalan city, once housed the local elite. “Many palaces were built along the Roman wall for noblemen in medieval times,” […]

Hotel Monteverdi

With the opening of his Hotel Monteverdi, Michael Cioffi is something of a minority stakeholder in the town of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The American attorney and developer, who in 2010 completed renovations of three villas in Castiglioncello, now owns one-quarter of the property in the village, whose population tops out at 20 in the winter […]

Travel: Getting Off Track

‘‘Asturias is the real Spain,” says Bárbara Callisto as she points to the region’s misty village of Covadonga. “The rest is just reconquered land.”   Looking out over the emerald landscape—which is conspicuously void of flamenco dancers, bullfighters, and sun-drenched beaches—I realize my concept of Spain might be a bit skewed. But if Asturias is […]