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Photos courtesy of Inn at Ritz-Carlton | Park Hyatt, Vienna | Babylonstoren


R it z- C a r lton, Ky oto During the 17th-century Edo period, a traveler in Japan likely stayed in a ryokan, or roadside inn. Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto reinterprets the concept of these traditional lodgings with modernity and grace, in the country’s cultural center. The all-out stunner nestled on the banks of the storied Kamogawa River seamlessly blends in with the environment, allowing views of purple- and violet-streaked sunsets against the Higashiyama mountains in the east as well as meticulous, serene Japanese gardens. Off-property, guided excursions—such as strolling the ancient city in a kimono or cycling to visit sacred shrines—allow for a virtual trip back in time.

Park Hyat t, Vienna Ba b ylon s tore n, Ca p e W in e la nd s One of South Africa’s oldest wine estates transports guests to a grounding, bucolic way of life. Lovingly restored by Karen Roos, the working farm with deep roots recently added romantic, whitewashed Room 12—a simply appointed honeymoon suite where guests can focus on each other, while enjoying the property’s unique offerings, from picking their own fruits and veggies to taking wine-making classes.

In the glam Goldenes Quartier, Vienna’s newest, most-fashionable address is a 100-year-old bank building dressed to impress in a classical architecture exterior, in the First District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The luxurious hotel has 35 suites and 143 luxe guestrooms— and easy access to over 40 museums and haute shopping, including Prada and the famed boutiques of Kohlmarkt. Spacious interiors are a blend of contemporary and traditional design from ornate, imposing wood-clad meeting rooms to The Bank restaurant, in what historically was the cashier’s hall, with its open plan show kitchens serving sustainable fare sourced from local villages.

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