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SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI CLIP BOOK: JANUARY 2018 – OCTOBER 2018 ONLINE MEDIA Date Outlet January 4 AndrewHarper.co m January 4 AndrewHarper.co m January 17 WeddingStyleMag azine.com January 29 RobbReport.com.s g January 30 BestProducts.com February 1 MSN.com February 6 USNews.com February Yahoo.com 15 March 1 Jetsetter.com March 9 ArchitecturalDige st.com April 9 ArchitecturalDige st.com May 3 Jetsetter.com May 4 StarTribune.com

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Title Indelible Memories: Reflections From the Past Year of Travel Hotel Standouts: Unique Properties We Visited This Year Romance in Venice 7 Gold-Infused Spa Treatments for a Golden Glow The Best Hotels in the World for a Truly Oneof-a-Kind Escape The Best Hotels in the World Worth the Splurge Best Hotels in Europe Top 10: the best fivestar hotels in Venice 8 Best Hotels in Venice Step Inside the Most Beautiful Hotel Bathrooms in the World The Top 5 Places Design and Art Lovers Will Travel in May Italy Special: 5 Cities, 25 Incredible Hotels Island hotels in the lagoon provide quiet retreats from the bustle of Venice 11 of the Most Luxurious Spa Suites in the World The most incredible private island resorts EVER: hire an entire rocky outcrop in Ibiza for £22k - or stay at a

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Visitors per month 102,419

Andrew Harper editors Bob Curley

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Keith Flanagan

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Jill Fergus

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Jill Fergus

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US News travel editors Anne Hanley

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Laura Itzkowitz Bridget Arsenault

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Laura Itzkowitz

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Laura Itzkowitz Raphael Kadushin

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Fabiana Santana Sadie Whitelocks

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June 27 TripSavvy.com July 10 Forbes.com

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marooned luxury hotel in Venice for £350 This Private Island Hotel in Venice Has a Rooftop Pool with Perfect Sunset Vies 10 Monasteries Transformed Into Otherworldly Luxe Hotels The 9 Best Hotels in Venice to Book in 2018 Best Summer Travel World-Wide: Festivals, Skiing Dining, Pop-Ups, Voyages, Beds/Bars in the Clouds The Five Best 5-Star Hotels in Venice, Italy 17 Beautiful Hotel Bathrooms Around the World Review of the Kempinski’s San Clemente Palace in Venice Insider Video: An Update on Kempinski’s Luxury Hotels The Unseen Venice – 10 Overlooked Places 3 Italian Getaways this Fall 25 Events Worth Traveling for in October 2018 25 Events Woth Traveling for in October 2018 8 Dreamy Private-Island Hotels in Europ (Yes, They Exist!) Top Hotels in Venice: Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 WEILL clients win top honors Leading Hotels of the World announces more than 125 member hotels

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Kathryn Romeyn

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Aly Walansky

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Lea Lane

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Bridget Arsenault & Ayesha Khan Francis Tapon

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James Shillinglaw

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Francis Tapon

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LTM staff

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Chelsea Davis

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Chelsea Davis

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INDELIBLE MEMORIES: REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST YEAR OF TRAVEL By Andrew Harper The Hideaway Report | January 4, 2018

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There is nothing quite like travel to provide you with an experience of utter transformation. Whether it takes place on a mountaintop or in a café, it is something you can treasure long after you've returned. At the end of each year, we look back and reflect on such moments of revelation.


The “Art Walk” at Villa La Coste

Guggi’s Calix Meus Inebrians at the "Art Walk" at Villa La Coste in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France Andrew Pattman

Over the course of the past 13 years, Irish businessman Patrick McKillen has assembled one of the most spectacular collections of modern art in France on his 600-acre Château La Coste property in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, just north of Aix-en-Provence. The estate and its art are open to the public and are viewed during the course of a two-hour self-guided walk. The visit begins at a striking modern pavilion designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, in front of which is a reflecting pool with a sculpture by Alexander Calder. From there, the walk incorporates works by the late French sculptor Louise Bourgeois, Tom Shannon, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra, Sean Scully and Frank Gehry, among others. Getting up close to works of this quality in such a glorious open-air setting is a powerful and unforgettable experience.


A Cruise on the Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord, Norway, at the end of the Hurtigruten cruise wwwDZUPINcom/iStock/Getty Images

On a misty afternoon, we drove south through the Norangsdal Valley in northern Norway to the little town of Hellesylt. There we caught the ferry to Geiranger, a magical hourlong journey along the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A recorded tape in English called our attention to the various scenic wonders along the fjord, which is widely considered to be the most dramatic in all of Norway. When the tape fell silent, the beauty of this narrow body of water, flanked by plunging cliffs of emerald-green vegetation and overlooked by tiny farmhouses in impossibly remote or steep locations, left us dumbstruck. Among other world-renowned sites, the trip takes in the Knivsflå waterfalls and also passes close to the sensational Brudesløret (“Bridal Veil”) falls.


Sunset in the Baltic

The sunset from Bootshaus restaurant at Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort in Wiessenhaus, GermanyMichael Poliza

The Bootshaus restaurant at Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort has a fine Mediterranean-inflected menu, but the real draw is its magical terrace overlooking the Baltic Sea. Because of the northerly latitude, the summer sunset lasted the entire duration of our meal, the sun lingering for more than an hour just above a bank of clouds. It dappled the mirrorlike sea with pink flecks, making the blue-gray water resemble a vast, shimmering opal. I marveled at the extraordinary quality of the light and had that wonderful sensation of feeling utterly transported, both in space and time.


A Bobcat in Baja

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On our excursion into the unspoiled desert near Los Cabos, we saw a surprising amount of wildlife from our vehicle, including roadrunners, blue-and-white scrub jays and desert iguanas. At one point, we rounded a bend and not 20 feet in front of us was a bobcat chasing a dove. Just as we spotted it, the bobcat leaped up, attempting to snatch the bird from the air. It was a close call, but the dove freed itself from the predator’s jaws and flew off. The bobcat, no doubt annoyed that we had startled it midchase, vanished into the desert.


Dwarfed by the Redwoods

Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Weott, California Photo by Andrew Harper

Humboldt Redwoods State Park has the largest stand of old-growth redwoods on the planet. They have been spared from logging by the efforts of the Save the Redwoods League, which acquired its first grove in 1921 and has since raised millions to purchase its current 53,000 acres, 17,000 of which are old growth. Some of the trees are more than 1,000 years old and have attained heights well over 300 feet. Standing among them, craning our necks to see their crowns, surrounded by some of the oldest living things on earth, I felt humbled, inspired and ennobled. It was a profound moment of unity with the natural world.


Sunday Lunch on the Venetian Lagoon

A view from the terrace at Acquerello restaurant at San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, Italy Melanie Görlitz

It was a glorious spring day and Venice was doing its best to resemble Canaletto’s ideal. The sky was cloudless, the lagoon was glassy and by lunchtime the temperature had rendered all but a cotton shirt superfluous. Out on San Clemente Island, far from the tourist hordes, all was serene. We decided to have lunch on the terrace of Acquerello, directly beneath the façade of the 12th-century Church of San Clemente. Established at a table beneath a cream umbrella, we ordered a bottle of chilled Prosecco and gazed across to the skyline of San Marco. Occasionally, a gleaming, varnished motoscafo would slide past. The food was delicious, the staff were charming, the setting was sublime and for a while it seemed that we had been allowed to experience the closest that the world ever comes to perfection.


Encountering the Incas

The Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco, Peru Photo by Andrew Harper

We arrived at Sacsayhuaman when it opened at 7 a.m. and wandered onto the huge grass-covered plaza, where the Inti Raymi winter solstice festival is still held every June, attended by tens of thousands of spectators. We were entirely alone. The enormous Inca fortress and ceremonial center stands at an elevation of 12,142 feet overlooking Cusco. It was built of massive, irregular blocks of andesite, some of which weigh up to 200 tons. Today the most imposing stretch of wall is nearly 30 feet tall and approximately a quarter of a mile long. The light was rich and golden as we strolled across the plaza. Without distraction or interruption, our imagination could vault the intervening centuries, and, not for the first time, we experienced an intense and familiar mixture of admiration and sadness: for the Incas’ extraordinary accomplishments and their culture’s brutal demise.


A Taste of Rare Madeira

A bottle of 1968 Madeira Boal D'Oliveiras on display at Garrafeira Nacional in Lisbon, Portuga Photo by Andrew Harper

Fleeing the crowd in Manuel Tavares, the most famous wine shop in Lisbon’s historic Baixa neighborhood, we found ourselves at the nearby Garrafeira Nacional, which was much calmer and better-stocked. In the back, we noticed a wine dispenser containing several surprisingly expensive bottles. After consulting with the genial clerk who had been helping us select bottles of Port, I chose to taste the 1968 Madeira Boal D’Oliveiras, which is matured for 40 years in oak. It was a revelation, moving from richly sweet nuttiness to lively spice, tart acids and a note of salinity. What an unexpected treat, to sample such a delicious rarity. We drink fortified wines only seldom, but this Madeira reminded us of just how special they can be. Link to Story: https://www.andrewharper.com/articles/view/indelible-memories-grand-awards-2018/


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HOTEL STANDOUTS: UNIQUE PROPERTIES WE VISITED THIS YEAR By Andrew Harper Editors The Hideaway Report | January 4, 2018

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Spas are now almost mandatory at top-notch resorts, but we have encountered few as special as the one at the Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort on Germany’s Baltic coast. Over the years, baths have become ever more spacious and luxurious, but our suite at the newly refurbished Hotel Eden in Rome provided a triumph of marble and mosaic fit for the most indulgent of Roman emperors. And few swimming pools have left a more lasting impression than the one at the Alila Jabal Akhdar resort in Oman, where peacock-blue water seems to merge seamlessly with the crags and precipices of a stupendous 5,000-foot gorge.


Best City Hotel The Whitby Hotel New York, New York, United States

The terrace off a room at The Whitby Hotel in New York City Simon Brown

The first overseas venture of the London-based Firmdale Hotels group was the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, which opened in 2009. In 2017 it was joined by a sister property in Midtown, The Whitby, just off Fifth Avenue on West 56th Street. Firmdale hotels are distinguished by the joyful and carefree design of co-owner Kit Kemp, and The Whitby is no exception. The 86 rooms all feature floor-toceiling mullioned windows, which look out onto the cityscape and flood the room with light. Each is individually decorated, and the baths are large and luxurious. The ground-floor bar and restaurant are especially inviting, with playful dĂŠcor as well as crisp, friendly service. The Whitby is very much its own place, but it has all the attributes that make staying at a Firmdale hotel such a consistent pleasure.


Most Charming Country Hotel Lord Crewe Arms Blanchland, England

The exterior and street view of Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland, England Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland Abbey was founded in 1165 for a white-robed order of monks, who had come to this remote corner of northern England to live in prayer and contemplation. Today the former abbot’s lodge is the Lord Crewe Arms, a 21-room hotel that also incorporates the village pub. The main hotel building comprises a succession of medieval rooms, with beamed ceilings, stone-flagged floors, cavernous fireplaces and stone walls hung with bloodcurdling displays of axes, swords and spears. The accommodations are located in a number of adjacent cottages as well as the main house. In The Bishops Dining Room, chef Simon Hicks serves sustaining traditional fare. It being the appropriate season, I opted for the roasted grouse with spiced red cabbage, which was truly memorable.


Hotel We Most Hated to Leave The Inn at Newport Ranch Fort Bragg, California, United States

The living room of the main house at The Inn at Newport Ranch in Fort Bragg, California Brendan McGuigan

Will Jackson, a self-described “Connecticut Yankee,� first built a vacation home and then began to dream of constructing an inn. He bought up adjacent land as it became available, creating a magnificent property with three miles of contiguous ridgetops and redwood forests. The Inn at Newport Ranch is entirely the result of his personal vision. In our suite, four triangular gables came together in a tour de force of carpentry, and thick, bark-covered redwood columns rose through the floor. The inn is neither bed-and-breakfast, nor resort, nor hotel. But it is one of the most distinctive, interesting and comfortable places we have stayed at in a very long while.


Most Romantic The Swag Waynesville, North Carolina, United States

The view from The Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina The Swag

Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, The Swag is a mountaintop refuge that sits on 250 secluded acres and shares a boundary line with Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 14 cozy and lovingly decorated accommodations are hard to leave. And after a hiking excursion, it is always a pleasure to return and lounge in front of a roaring fire. The wonderfully homey lounge-library in the Chestnut Lodge, the porch swings positioned for ideal sunset viewings and the candlelit tables for two in the dining room all make this property ideal for a romantic getaway. The Swag’s exceptional staff are consistently charming and unfailingly attentive.


Most Family-Friendly San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Italy

An aerial view of San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, Italy San Clemente Palace Kempinski

The San Clemente Palace is located on a 17-acre private island in the Venetian Lagoon, 15 minutes by speedboat from San Marco. The property has recently been transformed by the Geneva-based Kempinski group. Nowadays the gardens are immaculate and the public areas sumptuous. Here, family groups will find space and tranquility, a world away from the madding tourist crowds. Aside from a glamorous 65-foot pool, the resort offers tennis courts, pitch-and-putt golf, a three-mile-long jogging trail and a kids’ club for children between the ages of 4 and 11. At the San Clemente Palace, children are actively welcome, not merely tolerated. Link to Story: https://www.andrewharper.com/articles/view/hotel-standouts-grand-awards-2018/


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Top 10: the best five-star hotels in Venice Anne Hanley | February 15, 2018

Oriental-tinged Metropole is on the prestigious lagoon-facing riva degli Schiavoni promenade.

An expert guide to the best five-star hotels in Venice, including the to places to stay for Grand Canal views, gourmet dining, world-class spas, water taxis, rooftop bars, swimming pools, five-star service, historic architecture, period features and show-stopping suites.


The Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy.

The Gritti Palace Venice, Veneto, Italy 10Telegraph expert rating This 15th-century palazzo occupies one of the loveliest spots on the Grand Canal, looking across to the magnificent Salute church and the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to the Guggenheim Museum. It has equally sumptuous interiors to match, with priceless antiques and frescoes. The hotel's intimacy and relatively small size means that the courteous and charming staff have plenty of time for you. Sumptuous bedrooms are filled with objets d’art and beautiful fabrics, and have marble-clad bathrooms. The Club de Doge restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in this or any other city. Read expert review From £592per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

Hotel Metropole, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Hotel Metropole Venice, Veneto, Italy 8Telegraph expert rating The Oriental-tinged Metropole is a five-star hotel on the prestigious lagoon-facing riva degli Schiavoni promenade. With collections of antique fans and crucifixes lining corridors, and a seriously tenebrous mirrored-ceiling lounge, it comes across part opium den, part Old Curiousity Shoppe. Though the 67 rooms all offer beautiful brocade soft furnishings and antiques — from 18th century pieces to Art Deco and Eastern items — each has its own very particular look and feel. A


good buffet breakfast is served in the leafy garden courtyard. There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant and the Oriental bar serves excellent cocktails. Read expert review From £294per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The most characterful Venice hotels

Aman Canal Grande Venice, Veneto, Italy 8Telegraph expert rating The Clooneys opted to spend their wedding night in this 16th-century Grand Canal-side palazzo, which says it all. A trompe-l’oeil grand staircase leads up to the piano nobile (noble floor) and rococo ballroom with frescoes and Murano chandeliers. The salons have sumptuous Rubelli silk wall coverings and carved-stone fireplaces. Some rooms have Grand Canal views, and one suite has a ceiling relief painted by 18th-century Venetian painter, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Breakfast is a relaxed and hushed affair, and the restaurant serves an interesting mixture of Thai and classic Venetian. Read expert review From £998per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith • The best luxury hotels in Venice

Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Giudecca, Venice, Italy 8Telegraph expert rating If you want to stumble out of your hotel lobby straight into the labyrinth, then this probably isn’t this hotel – a Venetian classic at the eastern tip of the Giudecca island – isn’t for you. It is however a five-minute hop into the thick of things, and the hotel’s setting, with 270-degree views over the water, is spectacular. Hotel Cipriani is an oasis of breezy elegance, with huge pool, manicured gardens and luxury spa. It also has the kind of discreet professional service you’d expect in a hotel used to hosting VIPs. All rooms have private balconies, gorgeous fabrics and sumptuous bathrooms. Some come with their own butler. Read expert review From £589per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The best boutique hotels in Venice


The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice

The Westin Europa & Regina Venice, Veneto, Italy 8Telegraph expert rating With its spectacular Grand Canal frontage and classic Venetian décor, the five-star Europa & Regina is one of the grandes dames of the city’s accommodation scene. A private jetty means you can arrive in style by boat. The marbled halls with their gilt-framed mirrors, spectacular chandeliers and geometric floors are impressively grand without being forbidding. For the full Serenissima experience, opt for one of the 28 Grand Canal-facing rooms, preferably one of the fourth-floor ones with terraces and an extraordinary view. Eating on the hotel restaurant’s two-person Floating Table, projecting into the Grand Canal, is a seriously romantic experience. Read expert review From £216per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The best hotels in Venice

Centurin Palace hotel, Venice, Italy

Centurion Palace Venice, Veneto, Italy 7Telegraph expert rating The hotel is Gothic outside and contemporary inside, combining style and warmth, and looks across the Grand Canal towards San Marco from the quieter, artsy Dorsoduro district. Service is generally charming, and manages to strike a good balance between friendly and professional. Suites have antique features with contemporary design – striking colours, huge mirrors and bathrooms in burnished gold leaf. Not all of them face the Grand Canal, so make sure you specify what you want when booking. The breakfast buffet is very generous, and the calmly minimalist Antinoo restaurant has canal views and a pan-Italian gourmet menu. Read expert review From £194per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The best budget hotels in Venice


Palazzino G, Venice

PalazzinaG Venice, Veneto, Italy 8Telegraph expert rating Philippe Starck was responsible for the interiors of Palazzina G, which scream design. It’s relentlessly stylish and veers from darkly intimate – with Philipe Starck’s wild take on the classic Venetian chandelier – in public rooms, to clean white lines and many mirrors in the bedrooms. The stylish clientèle probably then don’t come as a surprise. The Palazzina extends through to the Grand Canal, with some suites offering sweeping views over that waterway. The standard of the mod-Med food in the on-site restaurant remains appropriately high. Read expert review From £236per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The best European city breaks

JW Marriott hotel, Venice

JW Marriott Venice Isola delle Rose, Veneto, Italy 7Telegraph expert rating The Marriott occupies its own 40-acre island in the southern lagoon, a 20-minute boat ride from St Mark’s square. In fact, with such a wide choice of relaxation options and sporting activities on offer, guests may feel tempted to skip Venice altogether. This former Twenties sanitorium has a cool, contemporary, minimalist feel in the rooms, some of which have private gardens and pools. The luxurious spa is Venice’s largest. Yoga and meditation sessions take place in quiet corners of the landscaped gardens; there are also cooking classes and water sports. Sagra Rooftop, with its view across


the lagoon, is the place to sip your evening aperitivo. Read expert review From £216per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • Where to stay in Venice: hotels by district

Bauer Palazzo Venice, Veneto, Italy 7Telegraph expert rating The Bauer Palazzo offers old-fashioned elegance, fabulous Grand Canal views, a memorable restaurant serving modern Italian cuisine, and an unbeatable location just moment's from St Mark's Square. It consists of two adjoining, but distinctly different, palazzo – one Art Deco, containing the spacious marble-clad lobby and a grand staircase that wouldn’t look out of place on an ocean liner; and another 19th-century faux Gothic edifice, which holds De Pisis, the main restaurant, and Settimo Cielo, a glorious rooftop terrace. Rooms in the older building possess more character; expect large marble bathrooms. Read expert review From £178per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com • The world's most romantic hotels

St Regis Venice San Clemente Palace, Venice, Italy

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, Veneto, Italy 7Telegraph expert rating The San Clemente Palace – on a manicured 17 acres of private island in the southern lagoon – is an ideal pampered bolthole if intensive sightseeing in visitor-packed Venice leaves you reeling. The tree-filled island originally housed a pilgrims’ hospice in the 11th century. The accommodation these days is certainly more luxurious. There are tennis courts, a mini-golf course, a gym and in-room spa treatments. The 129 rooms and 61 suites are spacious, elegant and well appointed, and set around a series of gardens and courtyards. For the ultimate in luxury, a selections of villas have private gardens and jetties. Read expert review From £294per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com Link to story: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/top-10-best-five-star-114500205.html?src=rss


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The Best Hotels in the World for a Truly One-of-aKind Escape By Jill Fergus

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The Best Hotels in the World Worth the Splurge Jill Fergus / February 1, 2018

From Ireland to India, here's where to rest your head in style. With so many fabulous hotels around the

world, it's impossible to make a definitive list of the best, but there are certain hotels that have that special x factor that includes location, service, design, culinary aspects, and overall vibe. These getaways excel in all of those and plenty of other areas, making them the cream of the crop.


One of Venice's most spectacular hotels is San Clemente Palace Kempinski, a former-monastery-turnedluxury-resort located on its own 17-acre island in the lagoon. Highlights include sipping Bellinis in

Clemente Bar and dining at Acquerello in the shadow of the fresco-rich medieval chapel once used by Venetian doges.

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7 Gold-Infused Spa Treatments For A Golden Glow By: Keith Flanagan

To protect your skin from the elements, you have to embrace the elements — element number 79, that is. We’re talking about gold, a prized ingredient by celebrity aestheticians and cosmetic dermatologists. From 24k gold leaf to flakes and dust, its purest forms aren’t just for show; they are also championed for their anti-aging effects. It’s no wonder destination spas have an affection for the refined mineral, folding its enduring beauty into brightening facials and toning massages. From London to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong to California, here’s where to go for the gold treatment. 1. Pure Gold and Collagen Facial The Dorchester, London, UK 2. Splendour Anti-Age Gold Mask San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice, Italy


Gold leaf often glints throughout ancient architecture — but the real glitter at Venice’s San Clemente Palace Kempinski comes from the spa. The first wellness outpost to partner with Venice’s illustrious perfumery Merchant of Venice, the Kempinski’s Merchant of Venice Spa offers Italy’s only 24k gold-leaf treatment. Its signature Splendor Anti-Age Gold Mask utilises 11 gold sheets (made locally by the renowned Mario Berta Battiloro’s workshop); each is applied with two bespoke serums in order to promote cell renewal while eliminating pigmentation. The result is a youthful — and golden — glow. 3. 24-Karat Pure Gold Facial The Peninsula Hong Kong, Hong Kong 4. Day of Gold Treatment Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, UAE 5. 23-Karat Gold Signature Hammam Hotel Cafe Royal, London, UK 6. Golden Peel-A-Way Masque Golden Door Spa, California, US 7. Golden Way Toning Treatment Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy


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ROMANCE IN VENICE Written by Bob Curley

Photography by Jules Bower


Venice, the birthplace of Casanova, has always been associated with romance, and the city once known as the “Most Serene Republic” continues to be embraced by lovers who come to be serenaded on gondola rides and to steal kisses on St. Mark’s Square. They say that Venice is in danger of being loved to death, yet couples still can find serenity by wandering into the city’s small “calles,” or side canals, and discover dizzying beauty with a destination wedding held in one of Venice’s historic palaces. “Venice is a peerless destination for a wedding,” says Raffaella Alflatt, director of WedinItaly.com. “The water, the architecture and the history make this city an amazing backdrop for any love story.” The “Queen of the Adriatic” is bejeweled with seemingly endless Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical palaces, many of which can be the setting for a lavish Venetian wedding, perhaps styled after the island’s famous masked Carnevale balls. Some, like the 15th-century Ca’ Vendramin Calergi on the Grand Canal, are in the heart of Venice’s old quarter, while others occupy one of the 100-plus smaller islands that make up this floating city. Similarly, Venice’s outstanding collection of luxury resorts can provide easy access to the Rialto Bridge and other iconic local sites or spirit you off the well-worn tourist path. Recently refurbished, the Gritti Palace provides timeless views of the city from its terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, for example, while a wedding at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski is a private-island experience yet mere minutes away by private launch from the Piazza San Marco. Housed in the Palazzo Papadopoli, a Baroque masterpiece dating to 1550, the Aman Venice offers the perfect blend of elegant service and exclusivity with its Grand Canal setting and two private gardens, including a unique green space directly on the canal. Proving that good things come in pairs, the Aman also boasts two Piano Mobile reception halls. It’s a small wonder that George and Amal Clooney chose to exchange vows here in 2014. Needless to say, arriving for your wedding in a traditional Venetian gondola is easily arranged. The 19thcentury Granaries of the Republic can be the unique setting for a wedding reception at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, which overlooks the lagoon and the Doge’s Palace from the tip of Giudecca Island. No matter where you wed, there’s little that’s ordinary about Venice: Even couples who want to get married in a civil ceremony at city hall do so in the environs of the Palazzo Cavalli, which boasts views of both the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Welcome and rehearsal dinners during a Venice destination wedding weekend can feature Michelin-starred restaurants such as Venissa, where locally sourced seafood is artfully presented within walled vineyards on the island of Mazzorbo. For traditional Venetian dining, Torcello and Pellestrina offer the best options; a celebratory meal or reception at the Locanda Cipriani restaurant on the island of Torcello pairs perfectly with a ceremony at the nearby Church of Santa Fosca. The church’s landmark bell tower would be the inevitable backdrop for wedding photos in any other city, but in Venice it’s just one of countless magnificent settings, from the roof terraces of the Gritti Palace and the Hotel Danieli to the vaporetto (public ferries) and gondolas on the canals, the Riva degli Schiavone promenade with the Santa Maria della Salute in the background, and the colorful homes of Burano. Even tourist magnets


can offer photo possibilities for early birds, notes Katiuscia Minozzi, Venice wedding expert for Italian Wedding Company. “We start the photo shooting at 5 am; St Mark’s Square at this time is amazing,” she says. Burano, an island where the traditional art of lacemaking still prevails, is a favorite destination for pre- or post-wedding outings for bridal parties, while the groom and his men may prefer a tour of Murano, the home of Venice’s ancient glassblowing “vetreria,” or the famous “squero” at Campo San Trovaso, where the gondolas are built. A bike ride along the beaches of Venice’s 6.8-mile Lido is a tour anyone will enjoy, and of course in Venice it’s never a bad idea to be on a boat at sunset, watching the ancient city bask in the last light of day to the accompaniment of prosecco and cicchetti. When the excitement of the wedding day subsides and the guests depart, couples will find themselves free to wander the streets and waterways of the City of Love together. “Venice is undoubtedly the city of romanticism,” says Raffaella. “Maybe it’s the light that, as time passes by during the day, changes from the soft mist of the early morning to the glorious bright skies of midday and the amazing colors of the sunset.” Or perhaps it’s just the timeless appeal of a city that “seems to travel in the past,” says Katiuscia, making a Venetian destination wedding “like a dream.”

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The Top 5 Places Design and Art Lovers Will Travel in May From a major architecture exhibition in Italy to an art extravaganza in Senegal, here's where serious aesthetes are gearing up to go

Laura Itzkowitz | April 9, 2018

All across the world, design festivals, art and architecture biennials, and exciting exhibitions provide plenty of reasons to plan a trip in May. Head to Brussels to be among the first visitors to preview the Citroën Cultural Center, which will undergo a massive transformation as it morphs into the city’s most major new cultural attraction. In Venice, even-numbered years bring the architecture biennial, which welcomes seven new participating countries this year. Senegal’s capital will host Dak’art, a biennial showcasing contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Stateside, Atlanta will host the Atlanta Design Festival and Jazz Festival, bringing lots of attention to this Southern belle. And the fifth edition of Prague Design Week kicks off on May 21.


Brussels

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While the Citroën Cultural Center’s completion is still years away, you can be one of the first people to preview the raw space. On May 5, the cultural center will unveil an exhibit in collaboration with Paris’s Centre Pompidou that will activate the space with a variety of installations paying homage to the architecture and functions of the old garage. If you go, check into the luxurious Hotel Amigo, a Rocco Forte Hotel a stone’s throw from the Grand Place, and be sure to visit the Horta Museum inside the home and studio of Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta.


Venice

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After last year’s art biennial, architecture takes the stage this year with the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. This year’s edition is titled "FREESPACE" and will explore the ways public space can shape the environment we live in, with projects by 71 participants. Seven countries (Antigua & Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Lebanon, Mongolia, and Pakistan and the Holy See) will be participating for the first time. Book a room at the opulent San Clemente Palace Kempinski, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, on its own private island. The hotel’s speedboat can ferry you from the property to the Arsenale, Giardini, and the main island for the exhibitions.


Dakar, Senegal

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The 13th edition of Dak’art, the Bienniale of Dakar, will take place May 3 to June 2, showcasing contemporary art of Africa and the diaspora. This year’s international exhibition, titled “A New Humanity,” will feature work by 75 artists representing 33 countries around the world. Hoping to source some of the vibrant fabric West Africa is known for? Visit the Marché des HLM for colorful African textiles ranging from wax-dyed bazin cloth to lace and silk. The city isn’t exactly awash in luxury hotels, but the Hotel Jardin Savana Dakar (part of Warwick Hotels & Resort’s portfolio) and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza are two solid options.


Atlanta

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The Atlanta Design Festival coincides with the city’s Jazz Festival starting on May 26, bringing visitors interested in design and music to Georgia’s capital over Memorial Day weekend. Stay at the the RitzCarlton, Atlanta, which is unveiling renovated guest rooms as part of a property-wide redesign slated for completion later this year. Be sure to visit the High Museum of Art and grab a bite at the Ponce City Market, a chic food hall inside the old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building with food stalls by award-winning chefs Sean Brock and Anne Quatrano.


Prague

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The fifth edition of Prague Design Week will take place May 21–27, providing a platform for emerging Czech designers. It's a great excuse to visit this storybook city replete with historic monuments and architectural marvels like the Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square and the Dancing House, and learn more about Czech cubism. Book a room at the intimate Grand Mark Prague, a member of Leading Hotels of the World in a baroque palace with just 28 rooms, an acclaimed restaurant, and a spa.

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Step Inside the Most Beautiful Hotel Bathrooms in the World Of all the spaces to spend time in a stunning hotel suite, the bathroom—with acres of marble and jaw-dropping views—can be the ultimate prize TEXT BY BRIDGET ARSENAULT

Posted March 9, 2018

Today, impeccable hotel decor extends beyond thread count and throw pillows. These seven hotels have captured the spirit and history of their locales and distilled it into


Herculean soaking tubs and beckoning outdoor showers. From soaring views to more square footage than a New York apartment, these hotel bathrooms were designed to impress.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice

A converted 12th-century church and monastery set on its own private island, San Clemente Palace Kempinski inspires awe. The San Clemente suite is 2,045 square feet, and so exclusive that it even boasts its own private pier. There’s a polished white bathtub poised next to the window, offering unrivaled views of the miraculous city, and a rain shower for two. As expected in Venice, the glass throughout is Murano and the toiletry products Acqua di Parma, timeless symbols of Italian style and tradition. kempinski.com

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17 Beautiful Hotel Bathrooms Around The World Just as integral as well-designed guest rooms, these hotel baths offer a wow factor all their own. Discover 17 hotel bathrooms that are worth booking a trip for. TEXT BY BRIDGET ARSENAULT AND AYESHA KHAN

Posted July 17, 2018

Photo: Courtesy of Ponta Dos Ganchos

While travelers often choose a hotel based on five-star dining, luxurious spas, convenient locations, or even dreamy beds, the hotel bathroom is one amenity that is often overlooked. But many of the world’s most amazing hotel rooms also boast equally impressive baths. From a room with a granite soaking tub and incredible views in Chile to an indoor-outdoor bathing pavilion in Thailand, these stunning spaces capture the spirit and history of their locales and are sure to take the stress out of traveling.


Discover 17 beautifully designed hotel bathrooms around the world that are worth booking a trip for.

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1. The Silo Hotel

South Africa theroyalportfolio.com The hotel exterior was designed by London-based Thomas Heatherwick, while everything interior was overseen by the property owner Liz Biden. The artwork displayed in each of the 28 individually designed rooms and bathrooms was commissioned for this property. The Victorian bathroom vanities are produced in South Africa using colored glass and chrome. Views are the focal point, thanks to the fiveand-a-half-foot-meter convex windows, and throughout you’ll find elegant Penhaligon's toiletries alongside cruelty-free, green, and sustainable Charlotte Rhys grooming products.


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2. Four Seasons, Bali

Bali fourseasons.com Carved out of rock, the villa walls, lanes, and landscapes were chiseled from local limestone. Inside, elegant surfaces and fittings—think antique faucets, vintage-style Kohler baths, and traditional caramel-hued Balinese-wood towel rails—are showcased throughout the 147 villas. Tubs hug the exterior walls, offering floor-to-ceiling views of dense jungle, including over 200 species of plants, and providing a natural soundtrack of birds and island critters. Four Seasons was the first five-star resort in Indonesia to incorporate al fresco Balinese showers into its designs, thus providing spectacular 360degree panoramas of the surrounds.


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3. Hotel Café Royal

London hotelcaferoyal.com Flanking Piccadilly Circus and having once accommodated the likes of Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Brigitte Bardot, and Elizabeth Taylor, there’s over 150 years of history housed inside Hotel Café Royal. The decadent Royal Suite is 3,000 square feet and has four bathrooms, three of which are outfitted exclusively in creamy white Carrara marble. Other memorable features include state-of-the-art TV screens built within the bathroom mirrors, Bang and Olufsen sound systems, and centerpiece handcrafted marble tubs and double-vanity sinks. Royal Warrant–holding perfumer Floris provides the scents and amenities throughout.


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4. Ponta Dos Ganchos

Brazil pontadosganchos.com A private island set on Brazil’s Emerald Coast is favored for its combination of lush rainforest and turquoise waters. The Esmeralda Villa is the island’s signature suite, featuring an eburnean whirlpool bathtub for two and its own dry sauna. Golden-colored garapeira wood lines the floors and walls of this palatial 350-square-foot sanctuary. One could easily wile away an afternoon here atop the daybed listening to the built-in stereo or indulging in an in-room massage.


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5. San Clemente Palace Kempinski

Venice kempinski.com A converted 12th-century church and monastery set on its own private island, San Clemente Palace Kempinski inspires awe. The San Clemente suite is 2,045 square feet, and so exclusive that it even boasts its own private pier. There’s a polished white bathtub poised next to the window, offering unrivaled views of the miraculous city, and a rain shower for two. As expected in Venice, the glass throughout is Murano and the toiletry products Acqua di Parma, timeless symbols of Italian style and tradition.


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6. Dunton Hot Springs

Colorado duntonhotsprings.com Inspired by the natural surrounds, each of the 13 cabins at Dunton Hot Springs is handbuilt and distinct in its decor and amenities. Well House features a private natural hot spring front and center in the cabin’s main room. Built from a peachy-pink sandstone with copper taps and fittings, the tub blends perfectly into the setting. Neighboring Echo cabin is home to the resort’s only outdoor steam shower, tucked into the trees so guests can take in views of the San Juan Mountains while they’re lathering up with the provided Aesop products.


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7. Son Bunyola

Mallorca virginlimitededition.com History has a large part to play at this Spanish estate. Set within 680 acres of verdant Mallorcan countryside, each of the three villas offers rich experiences. For one, the surfaces and textures stand out at Son Balagueret, which is built within a 13th-century stone turret. The exposed stone walls and curved ceiling give the room a sense of gravitas, while the elegant Sa Punta de S’Aguila master suite bathroom features a clawfoot bathtub and crystal chandelier hanging above.


8. Southern Ocean Lodge

Australia southernoceanlodge.com.au With sprawling views across a pristine island in the Great Australian Bight, this bathroom in the Southern Ocean Lodge's Osprey Pavillion features a hand-carved granite tub, rain shower, and heated limestone floors.


9. Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Paris leroyalmonceau.com Conceived by French interior design star Philippe Starck, the extraordinary bathroom in the Royal Monceau Suite features a ceiling that’s entirely backlit. As a result, the space is devoid of shadows, a crafty trick that Starck, who prides himself on “democratic design” (function before form), carefully calibrated to ensure that guests have the best possible light in which to see themselves in the mirrored walls.

10. Lion Sands Game Reserve

South Africa lionsands.com The perfect vantage point to behold Africa’s wildlife (most notably the Big Five—lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos), the Kingston Treehouse's bathroom is elevated almost ten feet above the ground and offers stunning panoramic views.


11. Conservatorium

Amsterdam conservatoriumhotel.com Housed in the rafters of Amsterdam’s former Postal Savings Bank from the 19th century, the I Love Amsterdam Suite features a deep soak tub and is clad entirely in Jerusalem sandstone. Oregon pine and hemlock beams provide a dramatic counterpoint to the sleek surfaces.


12. Il Salviatino

Florence salviatino.com The Il Salviatino's Affresco Suite (and its bathroom) is anchored by a Bruschi fresco from 1886, discovered during the building’s most recent renovation. Central to the space is an ancient soaking tub of intricately carved stone.

13. Aman Tokyo

Tokyo aman.com Composed of traditional Japanese building materials—camphor wood, washi paper, and Kakou Gan granite—this tranquil suite bathroom features expansive views over Tokyo’s Otemachi district. Sizable furo soaking tubs—an integral part of the Japanese bathing ritual—complete these rooms.


14. Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Thailand ritzcarlton.com The four-leaf clover is a recurring theme in this indoor-outdoor bathing pavilion—it appears in the shape of the terrazzo-and-mother-of-pearl bathtub, the sinks, and the window frame. Folding screens with traditional Thai Lanna paintings envelop the bathing suite.


15. Viña Vik

Chile vinavik.com U.K.–based custom furniture manufacturer Splinter Works created a special carbonfiber Vessel bathtub to mimic the form of a relaxing hammock—the perfect spot to enjoy views of the Chilean wine country.

16. La Sultana

Marrakech lasultanahotels.com Past a pair of antique copper doors, the walls in the Dromadaire Suite bath are dressed in hand-applied tadelakt, a traditional Moroccan plaster that’s treated with natural soap to increase its water resistance. The room—with its marble tub and surrounding columns—is inspired by a traditional palanquin, used across North Africa to carry women through camel caravans.


17. Dedon Island

The Philippines dedonisland.com Designed as a “laboratory” to test out Dedon’s line of exclusive outdoor furniture, Dedon Island is a living testament to the company’s mantra of “barefoot luxury.” This theme certainly presides over the guest baths, which feature locally sourced bamboo and yakal wood, indigenous stone, a rain shower cleverly concealed in the ceiling, and, of course, Dedon’s Babylon stools. Link to Story: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/beautiful-hotel-bathrooms


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The most incredible private island resorts EVER: Hire an entire rocky outcrop in Ibiza for £22k - or stay at a marooned luxury hotel in Venice for £350

For £22,000 a night, wealthy tourists can spend their holiday in the lap of luxury on Tagomago Island Petit St. Vincent is a 115-acre privately owned resort island located in the southern Caribbean Six-bedroom suites at Kokomo Island Resort in Fiji top out at £14,564-a-night with a butler included By Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline PUBLISHED: 03:00 EDT, 28 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:04 EDT, 29 May 2018 If you're looking for a holiday spot in which to escape from it all, then these dreamy private island resorts might tick all the right boxes. Isolated from the mainland and surrounded by sprawling bodies of water, these secluded hotel complexes offer a Robinson Crusoe experience with a luxury twist. At Kokomo Island Resort in Fiji - where rooms start from £2,436-a-night - each room comes with a private butler, while over at Tagomago island in Ibiza as part of the £22,000 exclusive hire fee, a private cook, housekeeper, waiter and boat captain are provided. Yoga classes and massages can also be arranged. Scroll down to take a tantalising island tour from the comfort of your seat...


San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice - from ÂŁ356 per night

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, a former monastery that dates back to the 12th century, is located on the private Island of San Clemente in Venice, just ten minutes away from Piazza San Marco by boat


The complex has 190 rooms and suites, seven courtyards and its own private chapel. San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, a former monastery that dates back to the 12th century, is located on the private Island of San Clemente, just ten minutes away from Piazza San Marco by boat. The sprawling complex has 190 rooms and suites, seven courtyards and its own private chapel. It also boasts a range of amenities including a heated outdoor pool, golf course, tennis court and recently-opened spa. Rooms start from ÂŁ356 per night for a deluxe double room.

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10 Monasteries Transformed Into Otherworldly Luxe Hotels

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A history and sense of serenity are at the soul of these stunning properties.


By Kathryn Romeyn on June 27, 2018

When it comes to historical hotels, former castles and palaces turned luxe accommodations tend to get a lot of attention. But equally as glamorous in a restrained yet supremely elegant way are an unexpected type of storied structure: the monastery. Built as early as the 12th century, or as late as the early 1900s, these one-of-a-kind spaces share a sense of serenity as well as style, with common themes such as dramatic vaulted ceilings, arching cloisters, hand-carved wood, and columns. Essentially, things that work well in hotels. Italy is, understandably, filled with them. Emanating from Vatican City are former monasteries that are now five-star hotels and resorts, from Florence (Villa San Michele) and Sicily (San Domenico Palace) to Chianti (Badia a Coltibuono), Sorrento (Grand Hotel Cocumella) and Siena (Castel Monastero). Convents, too, make beautiful and tranquil boltholes, and many converted former nunneries are now ultra-glamorous hotels as well. Here, a collection of the most spectacular modern incarnations of these consecrated grounds.

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Augustine, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague A sensitive renovation, meant to retain the original ethereal atmosphere of Prague’s 1284 Augustinian monastery, helped turn this location into the most innovative and grand hotel in


the UNESCO World Heritage city. Its seven buildings retain their original vaulted ceilings, frescoes, and wood beams, and rooms and spaces—like the cloistered restaurant serving, among other evocative cuisines, St. Thomas Beer, based off the monks’ secret ancient recipe—are updated with Czech Cubist furnishings and papal-inspired color palettes. There are even signature suites featuring original frescoes and one located in the former astrological tower, with panoramic views of the city

Four Seasons Hotel Milan, Italy Centuries-old frescoes, columns, an 18th-century fireplace and, best of all, gorgeous vaulted ceilings mark this former convent as a place of peace. The 15th-century former nuns’ home— purchased in the 1450s for its rich soil that was perfect for farming spices—is now at the heart of Milan’s fashion district, and was the Four Seasons brand’s second European hotel when it opened in 1993, after extensive restoration. Today the central garden, which remains from the original intention, is a laid-back yet glamorous place to dine, while the rooms around it feel heavenly in their lightness.

Augustine, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague A sensitive renovation, meant to retain the original ethereal atmosphere of Prague’s 1284 Augustinian monastery, helped turn this location into the most innovative and grand hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage city. Its seven buildings retain their original vaulted ceilings, frescoes, and wood beams, and rooms and spaces—like the cloistered restaurant serving, among other evocative cuisines, St. Thomas Beer, based off the monks’ secret ancient recipe—are updated with Czech Cubist furnishings and papal-inspired color palettes. There are even signature suites featuring original frescoes and one located in the former astrological tower, with panoramic views of the city

Four Seasons Hotel Milan, Italy Centuries-old frescoes, columns, an 18th-century fireplace and, best of all, gorgeous vaulted ceilings mark this former convent as a place of peace. The 15th-century former nuns’ home— purchased in the 1450s for its rich soil that was perfect for farming spices—is now at the heart of Milan’s fashion district, and was the Four Seasons brand’s second European hotel when it opened in 1993, after extensive restoration. Today the central garden, which remains from the original intention, is a laid-back yet glamorous place to dine, while the rooms around it feel heavenly in their lightness.


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Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, Spain With a foundation dating to 1146, the Santa Maria de Retuerta monastery in Valladolid, Spain, is one of the most important Romanesque works in the winemaking province, its abbey restored in 2008 in order to convert it into a five-star hotel where art and history play a major role. The Italian architect Marco Serra non-invasively transitioned the spaces while preserving their architectural integrity and paying homage to how the monks used them, resulting in a restaurant (where they dined), a lounge (where they gathered at night), and guest rooms (where they slept). Also adding to the sacred ambiance are works by Joan Miro, Giovanni Paolo Panini, a 16th-century Buddha from Thailand (in the yoga and meditation room, appropriately; there’s also a state-of-the-art spa), and an early fresco of “The Last Supper,� in the hotel's restaurant, Refectorio.

Hotel El Convento, San Juan Formerly a Carmelite convent, the 350-year-old structure, housing 48 rooms, excels in both refinement and friendliness. The rooftop features a plunge pool, but the casually elegant building still incorporates bright high ceilings, mahogany beams, handcrafted tiles and antique chests harking to its hallowed first use. There are plenty of other holy places for church aficionados to visit in the heart of San Juan, or view from the prime vistas on the rooftop terrace.


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San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice Not many resorts can claim an authentic 12th-century church, but it’s at the heart of the super-luxe Kempinski property on the island of San Clemente in the Venetian lagoon (first settled in 1131), opened in 2016. The history of the island along with its ancient church-withina-church and monastery—home to Augustine canons early on—is rich, and surely contributes to the feeling of tranquility and peace it oozes.

Park Hotel al Cappuccini, Umbria, Italy Its background is monastic, but since the renovation that changed the 17th-century monastery into a luxury hotel in the ‘90s, it feels decidedly contemporary chic. Still, the diverse collection of artwork throughout mixes modern sculptures and posters with Renaissance paintings, Flemish tapestries and 15th-century frescoes for a singular feel.

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia Cartagena is best known for its vibrancy when it comes to food, color, and music. But the 1621 former cloister of the Poor Clare Sisters (the Convent of Saint Clare of Assisi) represents another very Catholic side. Of course at the Sofitel resort today, which gave new


life to the nunnery when it opened in 1995, guests are not expected to act holy. They are invited to explore the imposing colonial structure’s secrets and historical details, such as crypts, wells, confessionals, hidden windows and other expressions of art. The Presidential Suite is an ode to Colombian culture, designed by acclaimed artist and native son Fernando Botero’s daughter, Lisa Botero.

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Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco, Peru At this Belmond property, not even two of the 122 rooms and suites featuring original architecture of the restored 16th-century monastery—set around a courtyard with a 300-yearold cedar—are alike, each reflecting their use as bedrooms for Jesuit seminarians. The former refractory is the setting for the formal dining restaurant, where opera is staged several nights a week and the notes reverberate off the hallowed archways. Evocative design features timbered ceilings, terra-cotta floors, antique furniture and a collection of centuries-old religious paintings from the Cusquenian School of Art.

Geneva on The Lake, Finger Lakes, New York Though built as an estate, the romantic villa on the Finger Lakes was used as a monastery by Franciscan Capuchins from 1949 to 1974, adding wings when they arrived. Now, with 10


bucolic acres including original formal gardens, a boathouse, and long pool, it’s kept its unexpectedly holy personality.

The Marlborough Lodge, New Zealand More commonly associated with Sauvignon Blanc than nuns, Marlborough is actually home to a Victorian-styled former Sisters of Mercy convent–turned–luxury lodge. Built in 1901, the property sprawls on 16 acres of parkland featuring hundreds of unique types of vegetation and, of course, grapes. The just-completed second stage of renovation comprised fine-tuning the design to pay homage to its history and character (think an original hand-carved Kauri wood staircase), including the beautiful Kingfisher Suite, originally a nun’s chapel, with arched windows, vaulted ceiling and stained glass.

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Best Summer Travel World-Wide: Festivals, Skiing, Dining, Pop-Ups, Voyages, Beds/Bars In The Clouds Lea Lane

Looking for interesting summer travel ideas? I like to check out festivals and special events that focus on the pleasures of the season. Maybe one of the following suggestions, with dates, will spark your interest enough to create a trip around it. The World's Largest Art Festival in Niigata, Japan (July 29 - September 16)


Every three years Niigata offers the largest art gallery in the world during the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Now in its seventh year, the festival will showcase 50 site-specific artworks that examine the role of architecture and the power of art in the world. Contemporary artworks are exhibited in locations all throughout the Echigo-Tsumari area, including rice terraces, woodlands and former schools, truly blending together art with Japan's rural landscapes. One of the top cultural and artistic hubs in Japan, Niigita is also known for retaining a "Satoyama" lifestyle, living harmoniously with untouched nature. Street Parade Festival in Zurich (August 11)

Street Parade is the major house and techno parade in Zurich, with events happening citywide. Inspired by the Berlin Love Parade, the festival dates back to 1992 and brings hundreds of thousands dancing on the streets of Zurich. For a luxury experience of the city’s popular electro festival, the Baur au Lac hosts a “Boum Boum au Lac” celebration on August 11th in their private lakeside park. Chef Kenji Gyoten at Soneva in the Maldives (August)

Soneva Fushi, the flagship resort in the Maldives, offers an original dining experience as part of their year-long Festival of Color campaign. "Out of the Blue," the two-story over-water structure, houses five brand-new dining experiences, including a dedicated sushi counter called "So Hands On," which seats just five diners for lunch and dinner. Chef Kenji Gyoten will be taking over in August. He is the youngest three Michelin-starred chef in Japan, and one of only four three-starred sushi chefs in the world. (At his restaurant in Japan, it typically takes six months to get a reservation.) Miyajima Firework Festival (August 25, 2018)

Throughout the summer, firework festivals paint the skies of Japan, including the renowned Miyajima Firework Festival launched off the shore of a small island less than an hour outside of Hiroshima. The Itsukushima Shrine is ranked one of Japan's “three best views,” as the fireworks reflect the sea, and outline the giant torii gate. The festival showcases approximately 5,000 fireworks, 200 launched from the water. Around 40,000 people visit Miyajima to see the fireworks festival, and around 200,000 gather on the opposite shores of the nearby cities of Hatsukaichi and Hiroshima to watch from a distance. Perfect for Instagrammers! Pop-Up Lakeside Transparent “Bed,” Lake Geneva (Summer)

As part of its summer Art of Slow campaign, the iconic Beau-Rivage Palace has launched a Pop-Up Hotel bed nested in the property’s private ten-acre garden adjacent to Lake Geneva. The glass allows guests to view the starry sky and includes a a private terrace with panoramic views of the lake and Alps. In the more than 150-year history of this five-star hotel, artists


have sought inspiration, treaties have been signed and royal families and celebrities have found peace and privacy.

Ski Season in Queenstown, New Zealand (August-October)

The Southern Hemisphere’s ski season has begun. QT Queenstown brings a cutting-edge property to the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand. Other events/news for Queenstown: •

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August 2-5 - Clicquot in the Snow – Veuve Clicquot annual Winter event in Queenstown September 1-9 - Winter Pride Festival/Gay Ski Week

Queenstown is also getting an iFly indoor skydiving experience

The Soho Basin - a private ski slope (capped at 24 skiers per day) on ungroomed backcountry

Chef-Hosted Voyages with Aqua Expeditions (August & September)

Aqua Expeditions, the luxury boutique river cruise company sailing the Peruvian Amazon and Mekong Rivers, is offering unique chef-hosted departures in 2018 with four-night voyages on each boat, with celebrity chefs. Guests and chefs will visit local markets, attend cooking classes, and participate in kitchen tours and Q&As with each chef: •

Aqua Mekong (Chef-hosted voyage, August 3-7): Aqua Mekong Consulting Chef David Thompson's restaurants perennially earn Michelin stars and rank on “The World’s 50 Best” list. Aria Amazon (Chef-hosted voyage, September 24-28): Aria Amazon Consulting Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is chef/owner of Malabar, listed in the San Pellegrino World’s 100 best restaurants.

Venice Biennale at San Clemente Palace Kempinski (now through November)

San Clemente Palace Kempinski, the luxury resort on its own 17-acre private island in the Venice lagoon, offers a special package in honor of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, through November 25, 2018. Centered around the theme of "Freespace," exhibits around Venice will look at the role of architecture in daily life. Hoshino Resort’s Cloud Bar and Bed, Hokkaido, Japan (launching September)

Over 3,000 feet above sea level, the Unkai Terrace offers attractions in the clouds, such as the “Cloud Walk.” Travelers can take gondolas from the foothill of the Hoshino Resorts Tomamu


properties in the early morning to reach a panorama of the ever-changing Unkai (Sea of Clouds) and the mountains of Hidaka and Tokachi in the northern region of Hokkaido. This September brings two new experiences: •

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Cloud Bar: Walking along the trail of the Unkai Terrace, guests will reach a 14yard-long bar counter with chairs perched 10-feet off the ground. Climbing up the ladder and looking down from the special seats, up to seven bar-goers can enjoy the sea of clouds at a time.

Cloud Bed: Large cushions (15 to 23 inches in diameter) are made in the image of "Cloud Droplets" (the water droplets that form the clouds). Visitors can enjoy the view of unkai while on these cushions, as if sitting on the clouds themselves.

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11 Of The Most Luxurious Spa Suites In The World Fabiana Santana | May 15, 2018 Detox, relaxation, pampering…are all valid reasons to visit a spa but when you’re stepping into one of the world’s

most luxurious spas suites, you can expect a whole lot more. These exclusive spa spaces offer more than just your

average massage. Designed to offer a complete experience incorporating all your senses, spa suites take relaxation

to the next level with signature spa treatments and specialty amenities. Concierge service and champagne are often on offer as are unique body stimulating services such as crushed ice fountains to refresh between thermal baths,

rock saunas, and emotion showers. While each design will be different, most are focused on transporting guests into serenity while still immersing them in local culture through landscape and technique. From Bali to Berlin, here are 11 of the world’s best spa suites.


Le Relais Bernard Loiseau – famous for its food – houses not just a two-star Michelin restaurant, but also an

amazing new spa. The 5-star Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of Burgundy unveiled La Villa Loiseau des Sens, a 16,000-square-foot spa, located right next to the hotel in an independent four-story building. The oasis

offers 10 treatment rooms and includes a wide range of unique signature treatments, such as the “The Secrets de Cassis” range, which focuses on incorporating local Burgundy blackcurrants into the treatment.

Designed to offer an unforgettable experience for the senses, the spa offers guests a “multi-sensorial” space to stimulate all the senses and provide optimal relaxation with massage alcoves, a pool, sauna with a view of the

garden, hammams, an experiential shower, and more. The latest addition to the spa is the new 700-square-foot VIP Spa Suite which overlooks the Auxois Mountains and the hotel’s lush gardens.

Accommodating up to eight guests, the suite is designed to feel like a luxurious hotel suite, including its own

hammam, sauna, balneotherapy pool, and fireplace. The experience includes champagne, dessert and room service, along with access to the main spa areas and signature treatments.


Spa On The Rocks at the Ayana Resort is comprised of two spa villas built into the rocks above the Indian Ocean. Here, treatments like the Diamond Miracle, which incorporates diamond dust and elements of pearls, silk and sea quartz, are in demand as are their exclusive marine-based products are derived from the healing elements of seawater.

The resort is also home to the only Thermes Marins Spa in southeast Asia, offering an extensive selection of both

traditional Eastern therapies and modern Thalasso treatments as well as world’s largest Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool. This 2-hour wellness journey features over 60 individual therapeutic jet streams that improve circulation and promote an overall sense of well-being.


From start to finish, the spa experience at Remede Luxury Spa is pampering at its best. Champagne welcomes guests and customized treatments are created for a truly unique experience. The spa suite here provides access to an oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs and the confluence waterfall. While even the hotel admits that the spa is intimate compared to others, what sets it apart are the revolutionary treatments and world-class technicians and products.


Set in what was once the Castello’s wine cellar, Essere Spa is a stunning vision of old world heritage with its barrelvaulted ceilings and restored stone walls. The theatrical setting is accentuated by long views across an expansive

valley to calm the mind and spirit as well as pools, deep soak tubs and private outdoor gardens to relax the body. The spa creates its own homemade, organic beauty products inspired by local ingredients (rosemary, grape and olive oil) and matches them with products from the French brand, Carita and the completely organic and antiallergenic British brand, Ila. Treatments here are a blend of Etruscan, traditional, and modern therapies and treatments.


The Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne is situated on ten acres of private gardens, adjacent to Lake Geneva, with spectacular views of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Located at the foot of the Alps, this destination offers one of the most spectacular vantage points of Europe’s highest mountain range. Designed for holidays dedicated for health and well-being, the hotel’s Spa Suite boasts an impressive 915 square-foot facility and consists of a lounge, bedroom and an immense bathroom with a spa area of its own, essentially bringing the resort’s award-winning Cinq Mondes Spa directly to the guest’s room.The bathroom houses two massage tables, a Jacuzzi, and a hammam.


A 17th-century ruined convent turned 20-room luxury resort, Monastero Santa Rosa features some of the most

stunning views of the entire Amalfi Coast overlooking the Bay of Salerno. The Spa at Monastero Santa Rosa nods to its Italian heritage with untouched original 17th Century vaulted ceilings and rustic walls.

Local lemon and rosemary are infused in house-blended oils to invigorate the senses. Guests can indulge in

amenities like the Thermal Suite, consisting of a stunning double-height vaulted Tepidarium – a warm room ancient Romans used to sit in – that are outfitted with pomegranate infused foot spas & heated mosaic loungers.

Archways lead to a domed aromatic steam room to one side and a rock sauna to the other. In between, there is a

crushed ice fountain to refresh between thermal bathing as well as a hydro pool and emotion showers. In the Spa

Suite, guests can find a double height vaulted space with Rasul steam room, double wet and dry treatment couches, a mani and pedi station, and a relaxation lounge along with private dressing rooms, a grooming space, and garden terrace.


Hidden within the tropical jungle of Mayakoba, the Sense Spa lies on its own island, secluded from the rest of the

resort. Designed as a retreat-within-a-retreat, visitors must cross a bridge called the Puente del Balneario to reach the private spa island. Once inside, the interior of the eight island spa suites open up to allow for the natural

environment of the jungle to find its way inside as every suite sits on water. Guests will either overlook the lagoon, canal, or beach. That’s not the only water experience, though since most suites feature private plunge pools or outdoor shower.

Therapeutic treatments incorporate indigenous ingredients made from local plants such as aloe and agave cactus for use in customized or signature treatments. Steam grottos, saunas and experiential showers are also on offer, as is a meditation platform, pool and relaxation cenote deck.


San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, the luxury resort uniquely situated on its own private island in the

Venetian Lagoon, offers a 4,000-square-foot spa in partnership with local luxury fragrance brand, The Merchant of Venice. Surrounded by lush gardens and just a ten-minute boat ride from St Mark’s Square, the new spa occupies

two floors, including a wet area comprised of a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and emotion shower, and four treatment rooms. For the ultimate luxury experience, guests can book the Spa Suite, offering 530 square-feet of complete privacy, which features a hot tub, sauna, Turkish bath and shower, and an elegant lounge area for two.

The spa’s signature treatments and massages use oils that are stem from ancient recipes from the Orient and

incorporate essential oils such as sandalwood, jojoba and bergamot. One of their most extravagant signature spa

treatments is the Splendor Anti-Age Gold Mask, which consists of eleven 24-carat gold leaves made by the Venetian craft workshop Mario Berta Battiloro.


You won’t find a general reception area, communal plunge pool or even lounge room at the Spa Mulul. Here, six experiences are housed in six individual, private spa suites. Each suite focuses on a different ancient healing tradition and treatment, often using local Nicaraguan ingredients with its own correlating theme. One embraces the culture and tradition of the rainforest, while another, called the Healing Hut, uses ancient wisdom set in modern luxury. The Secret Garden offers Watsu, unique massage therapy performed in a warm, specially designed pool while The Crystal Temple starts with a mint and sea salt bath set to a a visual and melodic concert of light and sound. Select that suite that suits you or stay and try them all.


The Adlon’s Spa by Resense, created by interior designer Anne Maria Jagdfeld, spans 9,000-square-feet spread over three levels. The spa offers three luxurious spa suites, each including a Finnish sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi or relaxation day bed, private sound system, and a color therapy wall. Here, guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and a range of treatments including “The Duo” couples massage, “The Bachelorette” for 2-4 people, including the choice of a manicure, facial, or massage, and “The Girls” for 2-4 ladies, to simply relax with a 30-minute massage, enjoy the space and drink some bubbles.


A true wellness experience in Hawaii transcends traditional spa services but what the The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea manages to do is bring some of the heritage and healing history of Hawaii to the Naupaka Spa. Natives plants, indigenous art forms, and hand carved designs decorate the three ocean side hales (thatched huts) where guests can experience the traditional lomi lomi massage. Based on intention, the flow of the ocean waves, and practiced movements, the treatment is intended to be both spiritual and emotional as well as physical.

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Italy Special: 5 Cities, 25 Incredible Hotels

You could spend a lifetime traveling around Italy and still only scratch the surface, so deciding where to stay on a brief trip can be a daunting. Don’t panic! We’ve done the legwork for you. From Renaissance palaces with original frescoes to glam celeb hotspots, these hotels are among the best in Rome, Florence, Naples, Venice, and Milan. * Updated 2018 Laura Itzkowitz | May 3, 2018


You’ll feel like Venetian royalty at this five-star property, once the private home of Duke Andrea Gritti. An opulent jewel box perfectly positioned on the Grand Canal, it imparts a palpable sense of history from you moment you cross the threshold, thanks to gold-trimmed ceilings, period antiques, and a covetable hand-painted grand piano. Stays here were meant for living it up: take your morning cappuccino on the canal-side terrace before going for a spin aboard the hotel’s private Riva yacht.


George and Amal Clooney got married at this sumptuous 16th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, which is filled with original Tiepolo frescoes, ornate wood carvings, gilded ceilings, contemporary furnishings, and museum-quality art and antiques and was depicted in artwork by both Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese and English Romanticist JMW Turner. Need we say more?


Escape the crowds of St. Mark’s Square by retreating to the JW Marriott, which occupies its own private island in the lagoon just a short boat ride away. The resort’s complimentary shuttle ferries guests to the historic city center, but when it’s time to unwind, you can return to settle into your contemporary suite designed by Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun. Better yet, take a spin around the 40-acre grounds, which house no less than three pools, four restaurants, a kids' club, a cooking academy, and a slick spa—the largest in Venice.


Philippe Starck is the creative genius behind PalazzinaG, and it shows in the hotel’s exuberant design. Surreal reimaginings of Murano’s glass chandeliers, oversize mirrors, and playful animal sculptures mingle in the hotel’s public spaces, which also include a Krug champagne bar. During the Venice Film Festival and the Biennale, PalazzinaG is a hotspot for artists and celebs.


Most Venice hotels are tight on space—not so at this five-star property on San Clemente Island, a 10-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square. Here, you’ll find plenty of room to unwind among its fragrant gardens, heated swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts, and three restaurants, not to mention a network of trails that crisscross the island and sumptuous Venetian-style rooms (terrazzo floors, Murano chandeliers, tasselled drapes) with views towards Giudecca. When you’re ready to venture out, take advantage of the complimentary boat service. Link to story: https://www.jetsetter.com/magazine/1081/the-best-hotels-in-italy#sanclemente-palace-kempinski


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The Five Best 5-Star Hotels in Venice, Italy Nat Berman 30 Mins Ago

Venice is a beautiful city that attracts huge numbers of tourists who want to ride on the famous canals, see the unique architecture, eat Italian cuisine and enjoy the history and culture of the city. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in this city and the surrounding area that will make your time in Venice a wonderful experience, regardless of your personal interests. Another factor that has a huge impact on your stay in this city is your choice of accommodation. Staying in a luxurious hotel that offers great facilities will certainly enhance your trip. Here are five of the best five-star hotels that you might like to consider for your vacation.


San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice is a renowned resort located on Isola di San Clemente, which is a private island. This hotel is set in beautiful grounds and has its own 12th-century church. Due to its location on a private island, this hotel has a feeling of tranquility that is more relaxed than many venues in the city. The opulent rooms have classic Italian dĂŠcor and feature views over the lagoon or gardens. Other amenities within the room including flat-screen televisions. There are three restaurants and an outdoor dining area from which guests can choose to eat. This hotel also has two bars, a lounge area, a heated outdoor pool, a luxurious spa, tennis courts, a golf course, a kids club, a private dock, and a complimentary boat service.


Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Located on Giudecca, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a lavish hotel that is close to many local attractions. The spacious rooms have views over the lagoon and feature hardwood floors, luxury bedding, marble bathrooms, original artwork, and modern amenities. The hotel’s suites are located in the 15th-century Palazzo Vendramin and are styled in a unique manner that reflects the Venetian charm of the building. This hotel has several dining options that cater to every occasion, there is a poolside restaurant that serves light meals, a rustic eatery, and a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves an artistic tasting menu. The Belmond Hotel Cipriani also has a luxurious spa and wellness center, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a private marina, tennis courts, a children’s club, and arranged tours and activities at local attractions.


Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel

This stunning hotel is a restored 16th-century property set in lush gardens on Calle Tron, which runs along Venice’s Grand Canal. The rooms feature period details and are opulently decorated with plush furnishings. Included in the rooms are flat-screen televisions, minibars, marble bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. Some of the rooms have private terraces that offer views over the canal. Room service is available for guests 24 hours a day and upgraded rooms have the added bonus of separate sitting areas. The hotel has an acclaimed restaurant with a bar. It has floor-to-ceiling windows with canal views and this is where you can enjoy your a la carte breakfast for an additional fee.


The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

This palatial canal-side hotel is on Campo Santa Maria del Giglio within walking distance of many local attractions. The spacious rooms are decorated in a sophisticated style. They feature luxurious bedding, chandeliers, marble bathrooms, designer toiletries, flat-screen televisions, and free Wi-Fi. Suites have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful views of the canal. Dining options include an informal terrace restaurant and a formal gourmet restaurant. Other facilities for guests include an indoor bar, an outdoor bar, a cocktail lounge, a spa, a fitness center, a concierge service, and cooking classes.


Aman Venice

Of all the five-star hotels in Venice, it is the Aman Venice that has the best reviews and ratings from former customers. It is an upscale hotel in a refurbished 1500s palace on Calle Tiepolo Baiamonte, close to public transport and local attractions. The rooms have plush furnishings, free Wi-Fi, flatscreen televisions, sitting areas, and garden views. There is room service available 24 hours a day. Guests can dine in the hotel’s two restaurants, one of which has a terrace for al fresco dining, or relax in the hotel’s bar. Other amenities available to guests include a spa, a hot tub, a refined lounge, a ballroom, a gym, and a beautiful garden.

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Island hotels in the lagoon provide quiet retreats from the bustle of Venice To find serenity in this teeming Italian city, spend the night in one of its quiet island hotels. By Raphael Kadushin Special to the Star Tribune MAY 4, 2018 — 7:30AM

The San Clemente Palace Kempinski offers everything you'd expect from a stylish European retreat. There is a mega-spa specializing in aromatherapy massages, a cabana-fringed pool and a sprawling sculpture garden. The rooms, situated in a renovated dusky rose palazzo, are all Murano chandeliers and creamy marble. But there is one added amenity, by far the property's most impressive. Although the San Clemente sits on its own private island, it isn't floating far out to sea. Ten minutes away by boat shuttle is nothing less than Europe's


most sustained masterwork. Step off the boat, and you're in La Serenissima, which is pretty much Italian for Venice. The enticing double act — a state-of-the-art resort hanging off a venerable city — is part of a fairly recent boon that adds the one thing that Venice had been missing: island hotels that serve as tranquil refuges. Sure, the city is an overflowing treasure box. But it has also become a cruise-ship dump, clogged with tourists by day and boozy bachelorette parties by night. The unlikely mix of selfie sticks and gilded elegance can ultimately prove overwhelming if you can't catch your breath. Now you can. The classic Cipriani (opened in 1958, with exorbitant nightly rates) was one of the first properties lying safely off in the Venetian Lagoon. Recently, it has been joined by a new wave of island hotels that allow the best of both universes: the busy grandeur of Venice by day, and the lulling detox of a resort that lets you relax by night. Call it the best of the Old World and the new. When I checked into the San Clemente for a fall weekend stay, I wasn't yet ready to navigate Venice's singular magic. Jet lag necessitates its own kind of detox, so I wandered through the sprawling garden, downed a Bellini, and slept off the red-eye flight.

A stay at one of Venice’s island-based hotels comes with a sweet commute, across the lagoon and past goldoliers. Alphotographic.

I was fully alert the next morning for my big entrance into the whirl of Venice. And you need to be prepared. Approaching Italy's jewelbox means accepting a kind of fever dream of unapologetic, defiantly baroque opulence. Though there's another seam at work, as well. A city famous for the courage of its half-cracked convictions — even if that means planting itself on water — Venice offers more than old-school posturing. Imbued with a sense of theatricality, it also knows how to put on a flamboyant show, and just about every waterlicked corner offers a performance designed to dazzle. Musicians bang away on grand pianos in the middle of the piazza. Waiters glide by in tuxedo jackets, ducking pigeons. Gondoliers artfully lounge against marble arcades like masters of chic, ribbons hanging from their straw boaters.


Glorious beauties Piazza San Marco, the main square and one epic stage set, is the city's most impressive first act, but then it's best to shake the mobs and just wander. Because the city is really one running artwork, it's hard to make a wrong turn; you're never going to bump into some brutalist building that deflates the fantasy. But I like to map a route that follows some of the best Venetian masterworks, and that usually entails starting with a church because even the spiritual becomes a theatrical display of beauty in Venice. This trip I stopped first at the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, a 17th-century showpiece built in somewhat begrudging gratitude for the fact that the plague had decimated only a third of the city's population. The running puzzle in Venice is how many angels you can fit on a cathedral rooftop, though it's easy to lose count at Santa Maria, where the facade is crusted with nymphs, seraphs and cherubs, plus plenty of saints for good measure. Inside there is one High Baroque gilded high altar and a Titian mural, depicting the descent of the Holy Ghost. Inspired by that artistic appetizer, I headed on to the Gallerie dell'Accademia, where the halls are hung with an Italian Renaissance A-list of Tiepolo and Tintoretto canvases. It is Canaletto's paintings of the Grand Canal, though, that echo almost perfectly the views outside, where the palazzos' handsome bones are reflected in the brackish water. All that beauty can lead to another aesthetic itch; you may want to take a chip of the gilded opulence back home with you. And that's where Venice's seductive display can turn pricey. Every other shop window glints with glass chandeliers, handcrafted on the tiny Venetian island of Murano, their branches letting loose with garlands of flowers. Fortuny fabrics, the artwork of yet another island, cram the boutiques, hanging in swaged folds. Jewelry boutiques sell the kind of door-knocker-size brooches only a doge could carry off. But the treasure trail of singular souvenirs doesn't have to crash your credit. Traditional Venetian crafts include some cheaper options, including the masquerade masks that pop up all over the city. Unhappily, too many of the current mask stores sell cheesy, dumbed-down versions, coated in glitter. But a few genuine artisanal workshops still exist, and on my second day in town I stopped at a favorite, La Bottega dei Mascareri, where the entire Boldrin family still hand-make their creations. "We mold the head in plaster and then lay on the paper piece by piece. And then we paint," said Rita Perinello, the matriarch, as she went to work with a brush. I debated between a cyclops and a winking Casanova before deciding on a gorgon, its mouth stretched open in something between a smile and a grimace. Also affordable: the sheets of marbleized papers stocked at every souvenir stand and the annual calendars of neophyte priests, posing like high-minded beefcakes. Other island hotels After enduring the inevitable din of tour groups on the Rialto Bridge, I was ready for a break and opted to take it at the JW Marriott Venice. Another recent resort, just one island over from the San Clemente, the JW flaunts a different vibe. If the San Clemente takes its aesthetic lead from the elegance of its landmark palace, the JW is all contemporary gloss. The airy guest rooms are white-on-white serenity, and the complex spreads out over its entire Isola delle Rose like a capital of cool, complete with four restaurants, three bars, a cooking academy, two


pools, a mammoth spa, a kids' club, an olive grove and some trendy boutiques. I debated between the sauna and hammam but finally settled for a spritzer in the rooftop trattoria, overlooking the lagoon. The next morning, relaxed again, I decided to take a big bite out of Venice. The city has never been known for its food but that doesn't mean you can't graze through the day. Some of the best local cuisine comes dished up at the city's neighborhood wine bars, where the range of cicchetti — Venice's version of tapas — is one seductive smorgasbord. At Catinone Gia Schiavi, near the Accademia, squares of crostini, spread out on silver trays, come topped with swordfish, whipped cod, anchovies, Brie and pear. At the neighboring Toletto snack bar, the tramezzino sandwiches — made with triangles of soft white bread — are stuffed with prosciutto and provolone, olive and radicchio, artichoke mousse and mushrooms. All that should whet your appetite for dinner, but then the choices are more oblique. The cafes framing Piazza San Marco may look beguiling, but it is best to keep walking. Recent news of a group of Japanese tourists who called police after being presented with a $1,000 bill for their spartan lunch, reflects the area's high markups, though the jewel-box Florian Café is still worth a stop. But then move on to one of the more traditional backstreet restaurants that are plating authentic versions of Venetian classics. My favorite, this trip, was the Osteria Alle Testiere, an intimate 12-table seafood restaurant where everything was catch-of-the-day fresh, from the sweetest prawns to a meaty tuna. On the last night of my trip, looking for the most dynamic, updated take on regional food, I headed to yet another archipelago hotel getting a lot of buzz recently. More of a jaunt than the JW and San Clemente, requiring a ferry (or water taxi) instead of a shuttle, the Venissa is also lower-profile (and cheaper) than its archipelago sisters. Situated in a refurbished waterfront monastery on the island of Mazzorbo, the property features Scandi minimalist guest rooms and a tranquil walled garden. The real draw, though, is its restaurant, staffed with young chefs recruited from Michelin kitchens. The training shows. My dinner of raw scampi and green apples followed by ravioli stuffed with guinea fowl, and finally quail paired with bitter orange, was all understated drama; I would have happily slept it off in one of the hotel's rooms if I hadn't already been booked at the San Clemente. My late-night return to the palazzo brought things full-circle. The San Clemente itself was about to shut down for the season; like most of the island hotels it is closed from November to March. But no one was ready to end the party on the al fresco waterfront terrace next to the palace's own private church. So I grabbed a last Bellini and toasted the lights of Venice, glinting like a faint halo just across the lagoon.

If you go Belmond Hotel Cipriani: Rooms begin at around $800/night (tinyurl.com/y88zyfju). JW Marriott Venice: Starting at around $325/night (tinyurl.com/ydfz6d7r). San Clemente: Starting at around $500/night (tinyurl.com/y9qcbfdd). Venissa: Starting at around $140/night (venissa.it/en).


Raphael Kadushin is executive editor at the University of Wisconsin Press. His travel and food writing appears in many outlets, including National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, CondĂŠ Nast Traveler and the Wall Street Journal. He is the editor of three travel anthologies.

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This Private Island Hotel in Venice Has a Rooftop Pool With Perfect Sunset Views

Nina Ruggiero | June 13, 2018 In Venice, the sidewalks almost feel like an afterthought — narrow and winding, leading even skilled navigators in frustrating loops. To travel by water is to see the northern Italian city the way it’s meant to be seen. Riding a vaporetto, or public ferry, comes with about as much glamour as a ride on a New York City bus, however, and gondola and water taxi rides don't come cheap. The best way to score an extravagant-feeling boat ride through the lagoon free of charge is to visit the hotels that sit on the smaller surrounding islands.


Venice is made up of 118 tiny islands in total, and hotels like the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, on Giudecca island, and San Clemente Palace Kempinski, on the private island of San Clemente, have long been offering complementary shuttle service to and from Piazza San Marco, the city's most famous square. But the newest must-visit private island destination in town is the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa rooftop, complete with a swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, a bar perfect for a sunset aperitivo, and Sagra, a restaurant serving local seafood and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner.


If you're not staying in one of the hotel's garden- or lagoon-view rooms or in one of its private pool suites, just head to its pier near Piazza San Marco (in front of the Royal Gardens) before sunset and watch the city's hustle and bustle fade in the distance as you glide away on its complementary boat service to Isola delle Rose.

Then grab an Aperol spritz and some cicchetti (snacks to share) and watch the sun set over the lagoon before sitting down for a leisurely meal under the twinkling lights. Pigeon- and touristfilled San Marco and its crowded trattorias will feel a world away. If you're feeling weary after a long day of travel, you might even want to start with a visit to the GOCO Spa, open to both hotel guests and daytrippers by appointment.


The spa offers lagoon views of its own, plus a steam room, indoor pool, and treatments ranging from body wraps and beauty services to massage therapy. For more information, visit jwvenice.com or look out for a deal on expedia.com.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski | TripSavvy.com | 27 June 2018 | VPM: 19,452

The 9 Best Hotels in Venice to Book in 2018 BY ALY WALANSKY Updated 06/27/18

01 of 09 Best Overall: Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort is located minutes away from St. Mark’s Square by quick and complimentary water shuttle. The lavish hotel was built at the turn of the century by Nicolo Spada and Giovanni Sardi, and now — even more than a hundred years later — the 5-star destination is still unparalleled in luxury and glamour. There’s much to appreciate about this property: a private, white-cabana dotted beach along the Adriatic, a


serene ocean-view pool, multiple on-premise Mediterranean and regional restaurants, and an iconic bar/lounge that's been slinging drinks since the hotel opened its doors. Timeless Moorish rooms and suites — 197 of them, to be exact — run a bit pricey (they start at a few hundred and go up from there) but for the luxury and experience you’ll be getting, this will be a vacation splurge well worth the extra dollars.

02 of 09 Best Budget: "Antica Locanda Sturion" Residenza d'Epoca See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management Located within spitting distance of the Rialto Bridge, Antico Locando Sturion takes up residence in the top floors of a Venetian palace that dates back to the 1300s. Now the only remaining historic inn established by La Serenissima (the Republic of Venice) in the 14th century, the walkup oozes old world charm. Perhaps the best part? With just 11 intimate rooms and breakfast included, the boutique stay doesn't feel like a budget spot. Enjoy beautiful views of the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge from your window within a 16th-century-styled guestroom full of red damask and Muranos chandeliers, and don’t forget to take some time to peek in the hotel's small but impressive library which houses an extraordinary selection of books in various languages. This living room is great for a morning coffee or an afternoon break with a view.


03 of 09 Best Boutique: Hotel Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione See rates on Tripadvisor

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Hotel Splendid Venice is a charming luxury boutique property that overlooks the city's prized canals and is a quick and easy walk to both Piazza San Marco and Ponte Rialto. With so many sightseeing and shopping destinations nearby, it makes for an ideal home base. Upon arrival in Venice, take a private water taxi to the hotel where you'll be greeted with a welcome cocktail. The hotel's 165 rooms and 20 suites and junior suites all feature sumptuous linens and furnishings, serene brown and lilac color schemes and traditional damask prints throughout. Onsite dining and imbibing spots include Le Maschere, which serves up contemporary Venetian dishes, and the Lounge Bar, which enjoys views of the canal and its gondolas from large picture windows.


04 of 09 Best for Families: San Clemente Palace Kempinski See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management San Clemente Palace Kempinski is a gorgeous five-star hotel situated on a private island in the Venetian lagoon, just eight minutes by private boat from St. Mark's Square. Staying on an exclusive isle just minutes from the city's activity means guests enjoy the best of both worlds. The resort is especially ideal for families as it offers spacious connecting rooms and a number of activities such as tennis courts and a large outdoor swimming pool. San Clemente Palace Kempinski also has its own kids' club for children ages 3 to 11 that includes offerings such as cooking classes on how to make real Italian pizza. An "All About Bambini" package also ensures families get the most out of their stay. The special includes Kempinski's breakfast buffet, one full-family dinner at onsite restaurant La Dolde, one wine-accompanied dinner for parents at onsite Acquerello Restaurant (while the kiddos enjoy the kids' club), and free in-room Wi-Fi so you can pop on Netflix at...MORE the end of the night.


05 of 09 Best for Romance: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa also enjoys its own private island — stunning Isola della Rose — a 20-minute (free) boat ride from Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. Though the city is within easy reach, you may want to stay on the island for a while as the luxury resort has its own fine dining destination: the Sagra Rooftop Restaurant, which serves up epic Italian cuisine and views of the lagoon. The resort is also home to Venice’s largest spa, the GOCO, and host activities ranging from cooking classes, tastings and art gallery exhibits to shopping, biking and swimming making this location perfect for both romantic getaways and family vacations. Contemporary rooms feature lagoon and garden views and soothing neutral palettes while some exclusive suites and residence-style villas offer private patios and plunge pools. Be forewarned: this gorgeous property is a former 1920s sanatorium, so we’d not be surprised if it’s haunted. Still, extra reason to cuddle!


06 of 09 Best Luxury: Aman Canal Grande See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management You know you're enjoying the lap of luxury when you vacation at the very spot where the Clooneys spent their wedding night. This 16th-century Grand Canal-side palazzo is known for its opulence: soaring 20-foot ceilings and ornate museum-quality frescos, Rubelli silk wall coverings and carved-stone fireplaces. If you're really willing to splurge, try to snatch up the suite that has a ceiling relief painted by 18th-century Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. That said, no matter where you bed down, you'll find all 24 contemporary rooms and expansive suites are flush with luxe furnishings and amenities. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the beautiful roof garden and terrace. You’ll feel like royalty in this spot, which just happens to be right in the center of Venice, as well.


07 of 09 Best for Singles: Ca' Sagredo Hotel See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management Where better for a single lady to spend her Italian getaway than at a salmon-pink 14th-century palazzo? From the sprawling grand lobby staircase up to the main "piano nobile" floor with frescoes and opulent suites, this 5star Byzantine-Gothic style property is an absolute stunner. Ca’ Sagredo has a rich history involving Famiglia Sagredo — one of the most important aristocratic lineages in Venetian history. Read up on the hotel and the city while resting in one of 42 contemporary guestrooms and suites, most which enjoy panoramic views of the Grand Canal, Camp Santa Sofia and Venetian rooftops. Enjoy an alfresco bite at the onsite, canal-side L'Alcova Restaurant which overlooks the Rialto Market and don't miss out on aperitifs at Bar L'Incontro which is open seven days a week year-round.


08 of 09 Best Business: Ca' Pisani See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management One look at this opulent 500-year-old property and you’d never guess it had its start as a humble merchant's home. Nowadays, the spot is modern enough for your business stay, done up in a futuristic Art Deco style, beautifully contrasted with furniture from the 1930s and 1940s. When you're not slaving away over your laptop or dialing in to a conference call, there’s also a hammam, free non-alcoholic minibar and a restaurant, La Rivista, to enjoy. Though you'll have plenty of opportunity to work thanks to Ca' Pisani's free Wi-Fi connection, with a location just steps from the Grand Canal and the Guggenheim collection you may find it hard to concentrate.


09 of 09 Best B&B: Gio & Gio Bed and Breakfast See rates on Tripadvisor

Courtesy of management Centrally located right near Piazza San Marco and the Fenice Theater, this B&B's entrance overlooks Canal de le Ostreghe, just near Grand Canal. Guests can choose from one of three bedroom types, but we'd always suggest you go for the Junior suite if it’s available. It features a sitting area, multiple windows and small balcony which overlook Canal de le Ostreghe. Thanks to an enviable location and fresh-from-the-oven pastries and hot coffee each morning, this budget-friendly spot is certainly one to consider. If you're feeling social, rub shoulders with other visitors over a glass of wine in the cozy lounge. If you're lucky, you may even find an exploring buddy.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski | InsiderTravelReport.com | 23 July 2018 | VPM: 16,053

Insider Video: An Update on Kempinski's Luxury Hotels By

Alan Fine,

Jul 23, 2018

Amanda Elder, senior vice president development for Kempinski, talks with James Shillinglaw, editor in chief of InsiderTravelReport.com, about the 74 hotels and 121-year history of Kempinski in Europe, China, Middle East, Africa and now Asia.

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Review Of The Kempinski's San Clemente Palace In Venice Francis Tapon Contributor

Jul 26, 2018, 12:47pm

After having visited 120 countries, Venice is still my favorite city.

This month was my seventh trip to the canal-filled paradise in the last 25 years. I've done and seen it all. There’s a hardly a street that I haven’t walked or a Venetian island that I haven’t visited. Yes, I even visited the Isola di San Michele (what I call The Island of the Dead). Despite that, I never tire of Venice. This time around, I wanted a unique and luxurious experience. Something that would make me say, "Wow."


The San Clemente Palace Kempinski in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)

It took me 7 visits to figure out that there are a couple of resorts that have private islands. One is the JW Marriott. The other is the Kempinski's San Clemente Palace.

Isola de San Clemente in Venice, Italy (credit: Shutterstock)

In 2016, the St. Regis handed over management of the San Clemente Palace to the Kempinski.


The San Clemente Palace water taxi is free. It plies between the hotel and the Piazza San Marco every 30 minutes.KEMPINSKI

Although it's a private island, anyone can take the free 10-minute boat ride there.

At the Piazza San Marco, you can catch a free boat taxi to the KempinskiFRANCIS TAPON


Every half hour it departs from the Piazza San Marco. The boat, which can seat 35, takes guests back and forth until midnight.

Venice beckons while you chill out in the Kempinski's San Clemente Palace.KEMPINSKI

Even if you're not staying overnight at the Kempinski's San Clemente Palace, you can enjoy the free boat taxi there so you can have a meal or a drink on its unique island. Or you can enjoy the spa.


The Merchant of Venice Spa at the Kempinski is for those who want to be spoiled rotten.KEMPINSKI

Naturally, the spa treatments are pricey. On the most expensive end, a three-hour treatment for two costs 699 euros.

The Kempinski Spa's bath is expensive but perhaps you've earned it.KEMPINSKI


The 380-square-meter spa and fitness center includes a steamy sauna and a dry sauna.

Kempinski gym with its high ceilings.KEMPINSKI

The gym offers free nuts, apples, as well as sparkling and regular water.

Notice the white changing rooms next to the Kempinski's pool. Lower the white curtains and you'll have all the privacy you need.KEMPINSKI


I struggle to find anything to complain about. The only thing I could come up with is the pool. It's only great. It's not an infinity pool. Unlike the rest of the resort, it lacks a wow-factor.

The Kempinski's pool is warm but conventional.FRANCIS TAPON

The rooms, on the other hand, are breathtaking.


The Kempinski Navigante Junior SuiteKEMPINSKI

The Kempinski has immaculate rooms at many price points.

It's special to arrive via a boat to your hotel's reception area. On your return, you can take a boat from the Piazza San Marco directly to the Marco Polo airport. That way, you can avoid land transportation during your entire stay in and around Venice.


Kempinski Marco Polo Suite.KEMPINSKI

They have everything you expect: a secure safe, satellite TV and views all around. The most expensive suite has a place to moor your boat.


A bath with a viewFRANCIS TAPON

The bathrooms are spacious. Of course, the maid service is attentive to cleaning the most minor details.

Kempinski lobby has many doorways without doors.KEMPINSKI

Prices go from $300 to $11,000 per night, depending on how many people, the size of the room and whether you have breakfast.


Besides room service, you can eat in three different top-quality restaurants.KEMPINSKI

Given the prices, I was surprised to see a fair amount of children running around. That's because children under 13 years old get a special rate. The resort is closed during the winter.


Venice feels far and close.FRANCIS TAPON

The Kempinski fills the mini-bar with drinks and snacks. They are included, although if you want them to restock an item, you will pay extra.

The San Clemente Island has an enormous garden to stroll around in.FRANCIS TAPON

There are several meeting rooms for those who want to organize an event there. The Wi-Fi is fast and free. Venice is an energetic city. If, at the end of the day, you wish to escape from the bustle, the Kempinski San Clemente provides such an oasis.

Although I still can't claim to that I've seen it all in Venice (who really can?), I'm thrilled that I uncovered one of its hidden gems. Be sure to visit it even if you don't stay overnight. Disclosure: I received a press rate at the Kempinski.

- Francis Tapon Author of Hike Your Own Hike & The Hidden Europe. Creating The Unseen Africa: a 5-year trip to all 54 African countries. Director of Best Luxury Safaris.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski | Forbes.com| 31 July 2018 | VPM: 29,759,863

The Unseen Venice - 10 Overlooked Places Francis Tapon

On my seventh visit to Venice, I was wanted to focus on its overlooked parts. Here are my top 10 spots that most tourists miss but are worth visiting: 10. Gelateria Il Sole Alicia Pignoli, the Lady in Red in the Kempinski San Clemente, said that the Gelateria Il Sole may be the best gelato in Venice. It's on the Fondamenta Zatterre, which is often overlooked by those who focus on the Piazza San Marco. The gelateria has a creamy dreamy hazelnut flavor. It faces the Hilton hotel across the water. Each scoop costs 2.50 euros per scoop. 9. Burano

Burano is for when you want to get away from it all and still be in Venice, Italy. (Credit: Emanuele Vidal/ClickAlps/REDA&CO/UIG via Getty Images)


Some semi-intrepid tourists who want to escape the crowds go to Murano. Although that's a good choice, the real intrepid tourists go to Burano, which is much farther away. Although it takes much longer to get there, the price on the vaporetto (water taxi) is the same as going anywhere else in Venice. 8. Bacarando in Corte dell'Orso Sometimes a gem is right under your nose. Although the Corte dell'Orsovorite is in the popular Rialto district, it's hard to find. Have a snack with a glass of ombra (shadow) wine. Although such wine is usually red, it can be white. 7. San Michele Cemetery

What the angels see when they look at the San Michele Cemetery, Venice (Photo by Blom UK via Getty Images)

The Isola di San Michele (San Michele Island) is a large cimitero (cemetery) that is near the main part of Venice. There's a church to see but the main reason to go there is to find some quiet time. It's easy to access by vaporetto.


6. Taverna al Remer

Yummy dishes are near the Campiello del Remer. (Credit: Shutterstock)

You can have a good meal at this tavern for less than $50. Try the risotto or the fish. 5. Giudecca

Giudecca Island's Church of the Redeemer (Redentore) (Photo by De Agostini Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images)


Giudecca is pronounced "Jew-deka." When I first considered living in Venice, I thought about living in Burano but it's a bit far from everything. Murano is close to the main part of Venice but it's opposite the Piazza Marco. Giudecca is ideal because you face the most exciting part of Venice but nobody goes to Giudecca. Therefore, you have a great view and peacefulness, but at the same time, you're a short boat hop from the action. George Clooney got married in Giudecca so the secret's out. 4. The Castello District

Greek lions at the entrance to the dockyards of Castello District. (Credit: Andia/ UIG via Getty Images)

Erika Bello, the PR and Communication Manager of the Kempinski San Clemente, was born and raised in Venice. Although she still works in Venice, she recently moved out. When I asked her what's her hidden Venetian gem, she said, "Venetians love the Castello district. It's next to the Piazza San Marco but relatively few tourists go there."


The dockyard in the district of Castello. (Credit: Andia/ UIG via Getty Images)

Besides the military dockyard, you there are churches and restaurants that are worth seeing.

The Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo in the district of Castello. (Credit: Andia/UIG via Getty Images)


Bello said, "The Castello area that is really nice and is full of bars and restaurants where only Venetians go." If you see people packing the restaurants, it's likely that they are locals.

Restaurant on a quiet water canal in Sestiere Castello, Venice, Italy (Credit: Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

One way you know locals live in a Venetian district is if you see them airing their laundry.


Castello is a district full of colorful houses and clothes hanging out to dry (credit: Mayall/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Bello confessed that locals are concerned that Venetian tourism is unsustainable. The day visitors spend less than the overnight visitors.


Protestors show banners against mass tourism on a bridge near Misericordia church on July 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. Venice citizens with banners and slogans have taken to the streets and canals today protesting against mass tourism. 30 million people a year visit Venice on holiday and local residents say this number is unsustainable. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)

3. Bacareto Da Lele Go to where the university students go and you know you'll get a great deal. You can get a glass of wine for less than $2. 2. Have a cicchetti in the Misericordia


Tourists and Venetians are seen gathering for a drink or a meal at the Fondamenta della Misericordia on a canal in Cannaregio in Venice, Italy. The Fondamenta della Misericordia is one of the few locations in Venice which is mainly frequented by Venetians. According to UNESCO Venice is in a clear and urgent need of a rich, diversified and sustainable cultural tourism policy and better tourism management that considers, first and foremost, the wellbeing of the local community. Every year, Venice is visited by approximately 26 million tourists, of whom just four million stays in Venice overnight, and only two million visits one or more cultural attractions, such as museums or art exhibitions. It was thus pointed out that tourism in Venice is not to be considered as cultural at all; in fact, tourism in Venice could be better described as free-riding on the city's cultural beauty. In all art cities, tourism is a key economic factor, but it needs to be dealt with wisely to avoid the devastating effects of mass tourism, which include, among others, pollution, congestion, gentrification and the crowding out of residents and non-touristic activities. (Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Because full meals are so expensive, Venetians (and many tourists) favor having a cicchetti (tapas or a snack).


Protestors show banners against mass tourism on a bridge near Misericordia church on July 2, 2016, in Venice, Italy. Venice citizens with banners and slogans have taken to the streets and canals today protesting against mass tourism. Over 30 million people a year visit Venice on holiday and local residents say this number is unsustainable. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)

Although you can find cicchetti all over Venice, having them in Misericordia is special because you can meet locals and convince them that you're one of the good tourists.


Customers order their cicchetti and wine at 'Ai Osti' bocaro in Venice, Italy. The bacari, open just for lunch and dinner, are the local down to earth version of wine bars which serve 'ciccheti, a kind of Tapas traditionally washed down with a glass of wine, and Venetians stop to snack and socialize before and after meals. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

1. San Clemente Island


The San Clemente church in Venice, Italy is free to visit and is still being renovated in 2018. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images of the Kempinski San Clemente Palace)

Between the 15th and 16th centuries, San Clemente was Venice's gateway. The Doge would take his fancy barge (Il Bucintoro) to visit his important visitors. After greeting them, the Doge would escort his guests to the Piazza San Marco. Along the way, he provided entertainment. Today, you recreate this ritual for free. Few know about this secret.


At the Piazza San Marco, you can catch a free boat taxi to the Kempinski San Clemente

The San Clemente Island has a rich and fascinating history. It was first settled in 1131. Pietro Gattilesso, a Venetian merchant, funded the construction of a church and hospice for pilgrims and soldiers heading for the Holy Land. Originally, the church featured the Romanesque style. San Clemente gets its name from Pope Clemente I, a martyr and patron of seamen. In 1288, the relics of Saint Anianus were brought to the church. After a period of decline, San Clemente bounced back in 1432, when Pope Eugene IV moved the order of Lateran canons to the island. They enlarged the monastery. The Lombard Renaissance style replaced the Romanesque style. In 1630, a plague crippled Venice. Venetians vowed that if God stopped the plague, they would build Him a chapel inside the San Clemente church. In 1643, they fulfilled that vow. That's why there' s a church within a church. In 1645, the Camaldolese Hermits of Monte Corona purchased the San Clemente island. Venetian nobles funded the restoration. The island is home to the 190-room Kempinski palace. It has a lavish park. There are two bars and one "bacaro" that serve culinary delights. The Insieme restaurant delivers a breakfast. The Acquerello has a dramatic view from the terrace. La Dolce Bar is next to the


pool. A 1.5-km jogging path encircles the island. Of course, they are expensive meals. It's the price for exclusivity. Conclusion I've visited 120 countries so people often ask me what's my favorite city. I always say Venice. Some find that surprising because they associate Venice with hoards of tourists and commercialism. If you feel the same way, I challenge you to go to these 10 places. You might change your mind.

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San Clemente Palace Kempinski | LuxuryTravelMagazine.com| 15 August 2018 | VPM: 131,596

3 Italian Getaways this Fall August 15, 2018

Choose from the Venice Biennale at San Clemente Palace Kempinski; a Health & Hike Experience at Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast; or "My Brilliant Friend" Getaway at Regina Isabella, Ischia. Venice Biennale Package at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice San Clemente Palace Kempinski, the exclusive luxury resort set on its own 17-acre private island in the Venice lagoon, located just a mere 8 minutes by boat from the bustling St. Mark's Square, is offering a special package in honor of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, taking place through November 25, 2018. Centered around the theme of "Freespace," exhibits around Venice will look at the role of architecture in daily life. San Clemente Palace's package includes a threenight stay, a buffet breakfast, a three-course dinner in their La Dolce Restaurant, and two tickets to the Biennale. The package starts at â‚Ź1,363 (approx. US$1,548). Find more details here: https://www.kempinski.com/en/venice/sanclemente-palace-kempinski/special-offers/biennale-2018/


Health & Hike Experience at Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast Located on Italy's Amalfi Coast, Monastero Santa Rosa is a 17th-century monastery-turned-luxury boutique hotel and spa, which is dramatically perched on a promontory overlooking the breathtaking Gulf of Salerno. This fall, the hotel is reintroducing its three-night “Health & Hike” package for the shoulder season that is centered around a guided hike led by a local expert, taking guests on a two- to three-hour exploration through hidden parts of Amalfi that are rarely seen by visitors. The package also includes a true Italian picnic prepared by the resort's very own chef, Christoph Bob, who oversees the resort's Michelin-starred Il Refettorio restaurant, as well as a cooking class on how to create light, local fare using ingredients from the property’s own vegetable garden. Also included is their Signature Arnica Body Wrap Treatment in their world-class spa. The three-night “Health & Hike” experience starts at €2,490 (approx. US$2,835) based on two people sharing a Sea View Deluxe Room, valid from October 15 - November 4, 2018. More info: http://monasterosantarosa.com/special-offers/ "My Brilliant Friend" Getaway at Regina Isabella, Ischia Often regarded as the "lesser known Capri," Ischia is a beautiful island located off the coast of Naples, which will soon be in the spotlight soon as this fall HBO will be premiering a new TV adaptation of Elena Ferrante's popular novel, My Brilliant Friend, which is partially set on the island. Nestled on a private beach overlooking the Bay of Naples sits the best hotel in Ischia, the 128-room Hotel Regina Isabella. The resort combines Italian chic with traditional and updated mid-century

classic styles, with acres of shiny, decorative tile floors that are the hallmark of the region. The resort is attached to the Termedella Regina Isabella Spa whose healing waters were first tapped by the Romans; today's resort offers dozens of beauty and health treatments. The resort also offers a Michelin-starred restaurant, Indaco, which focuses on local, creative Mediterranean cuisine. The resort team can also arrange for tours of the island that follow in the footsteps of Elena Ferrante's books so guests can bring the stories to life. The resort is seasonal, and open until November 2 this year. http://www.reginaisabella.com

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25 Events Worth Traveling for in October 2018 Chelsea Davis 1 day ago

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Pack Up and Head Out This October

Think October is all about Halloween, fall foliage and apple picking? Guess again! Around the world, major events catering to a huge variety of interests are taking place, which gives you the perfect reason to travel. From food-centric events and art exhibits to centuries-old festivals and light shows, check out this roundup of the most exciting and diverse events at home and abroad that are worth traveling tonext month.


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Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour

On Oct. 28, Setouchi, Japan will be hosting the Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour, an exciting event that takes place on one of the world’s most incredible bike routes. Shimanami Kaido is a 60-kilometer-long road and bridge network running between Japan's Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures. The route connects across several islands, offering incredible views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park.

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The Festival of Lights in Berlin Head to Berlin to experience one of the most famous light art festivals in the world. In its 14th year, The Festival of Lights welcomes international artists to tell their stories through light. From Oct.


5-14, the entire city is transformed into a stage, with its landmarks, monuments, buildings, streets and squares becoming canvases for expression. Where to stay: the iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski, located just opposite the famous Brandenburg Gate.

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Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi

From Oct. 18-Nov. 4, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs transform into the ultimate Instagram-worthy travel destination. From Tamarama to Bondi, the coastline is transformed into a 1.2-mile-long sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by Aussie and international artists. Sculptures by the Sea is the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Where to stay: QT Bondi, which is offering a special Sculpture by the Sea Package.

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Wizard School at Ashford Castle, Ireland

Travel to West Ireland where the 800-year old Ashford Castle offers the ideal Halloween experience for the entire family with its towering walls, hidden passageways and secret gardens. From Oct. 29Nov. 3, Ashford is offering their two-night Wizard School package, which includes a Treasure Hunt through Ashford’s own ‘Forbidden Forest’, themed Halloween movie screenings at the Castle’s inhouse cinema, a ‘house elves’ cookery school, an 'Afternoon Chamber of Art’ experience for kids and more.

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Takayama Autumn Festival, Japan

Held for 350 years, the Takayama Autumn Festival takes place on Oct. 9 and 10. This beautiful autumn event takes place in Takayama's old town and is centered around the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The festival features a parade of eleven handcrafted floats through the town to celebrate the harvest season.


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The Month of Gold at Soneva Fushi, The Maldives

Soneva continues to celebrate their yearlong "Festival of Color" campaign in Oct. by welcoming six Michelin-starred chefs, wellness experts, tennis champions and more to Soneva Fushi, their flagship resort in the Maldives. From Oct. 24–30, the theme color is gold and the emphasis is on culinary experiences. Guest Chefs will be cooking at the resort’s newest dining venue, Once Upon a Table, an intimate restaurant seating just eight guests, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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Fleet Week, San Francisco

Oct. 1-8 is Fleet Week in San Francisco. This special week honoring the Bay Area naval tradition will include tours of Navy ships at Marina Green, a parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, air


shows with the Blue Angels and military dogs. Pier 39 also is featuring a Fleet Week Celebration from Oct. 5 to 7 with bands and exhibits.

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Tokyo Ramen Show, Japan

Love Ramen? So do we The Tokyo Ramen Show is completely free and runs from Oct. 25–Nov. 4. It’s held at Tokyo’s Komazawa Olympic Park. Guests can purchase tickets which can be exchanged for bowls of ramen.

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Venice Biennale at San Clemente Palace Kempinsk, Italy

San Clemente Palace Kempinski is offering a special package in honor of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, taking place now through November 25, 2018. Centered around the theme of "Freespace,"


exhibits around Venice will look at the role of architecture in daily life. The package includes two tickets to Biennale.

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Wine & Dine Month & Halloween, Hong Kong

From October 25-28, visitors can attend the 10th edition of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, which brings together over 400 vendors showcasing everything from single malts to craft beer. In addition to world-class food and drink and entertainment, the festival is set on the picturesque Victoria Harbor skyline.

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Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party, Hong Kong

The Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party in Hong Kong is famous for its massive outdoor fun and goulash festivities. The holiday, which runs from Oct. 25-31, has increased in popularity over the past few years and travelers now have an array of parties and experiences to choose from. From parades and parties to outrageous costumes and elaborate decorations throughout the city, it’s definitely a Halloween experience to remember.

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Tug of War in Okinawa, Japan

Tugs-of-War have been held throughout the island of Okinawa for centuries, to pray for rain and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The most important festival is the five-century-old Naha Great Tug-ofWar, which goes from Oct. 5-8. From 1995 through 2005, Naha’s giant rope was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rice straw rope used in a tug-of-war.


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Rapid City's Black Hills Powwow, South Dakota

Also called He Sapa Wacipi, the Black Hills Powwow is three days filled with indigenous singing, dancing, drum groups, art show, hand games, athletic competitions and a variety of other events. Since it began decades ago, the Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the country, attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and thousands of spectators.

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The Richmond Folk Festival, Virginia

As one of Virginia’s largest events, The Richmond Folk Festival brings in visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s riverfront. This three-day musical event takes place from Oct. 12-14 and features a variety of performing groups from different cultural traditions showcasing their talents on seven different stages. The event is free and open to the public.


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This Is Not Art, Australia

Taking place in Newcastle, Australia from Oct.1-4 is TiNA, an annual festival of “experimental and emerging arts” that started in 1998. With over 150 smaller events, from performances and parties to panels and hands-on workshops, it’s an ideal event for innovators and those who appreciate creativity and artistic expression.

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The Taste Comes to Costa Mesa, California

The inaugural Orange County edition of The Los Angeles Times The Taste is set for Oct. 19-21. The festival will feature Taco María chef Carlos Salgado, recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award, the Filipino cuisine of Irenia and responsibly sourced cuts from Electric City Butcher, among a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. Admission to each event includes unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos.


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Dessert Goals, New York

If you love dessert, Dessert Goals is your dream come true. Taking place Oct. 13, 14, 20, and 21 in Long Island City, this fall’s festival boasts a sweet lineup of over 20 dessert vendors, countless Instagrammable ops, waterfront views of Manhattan and more. Participants will include People's Pops,Stuffed Ice Cream, Smoothme, WOOPS!, Baked in Color, 2 Dough Boyz, and Marino's, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Petee’s Pie Co., Too Cool Chix and more.

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Native Americans' Day at Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

This Oct. 8, guests interested in Native American culture can visit Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, a 563-foot tall mountain carving depicting the famed Oglala Lakota warrior. Native American Day events will feature performances, arti, storytelling and hands-on


activities for all, as well as a traditional buffalo stew lunch. The memorial celebrates 70 years since the first blast on the mountain.

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Rhode Island

Taking place from Oct. 4–Nov. 4 is the much-anticipated Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island. Admire over 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins that illustrate the most beloved characters from literary favorites, comic book classic and even historical figures. New for this year are special themed nights throughout October including Fairytales, Wizarding and Superheroes.

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Amashova Durban Classic 2018, South Africa

On Oct. 21, cyclists will compete in KwaZulu-Natal's premier cycle race and the oldest road classic cycle race in South Africa, the Amashova Durban Classic. The 99.5-mile race starts in Pietermaritzburg and ends on the beautiful Suncoast of Durban’s Golden Mile. Sponsored by Tsogo Sun, Resolute Travel + Sport and the Tsogo Sun Amashova are offering an extended package to offer travelers more to see and do in the region.

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Inspiring Hope with Artist Weekend, Canada

This Oct 6-7, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont are teaming up to create ‘Trees of Hope,’ a special weekend for artists and art aficionados. The two-day event sees renowned Canadian artists come together, donating their time and talent for a cause. Guests can watch and interact with artists during the weekend then bid on the work between December 1 and January 7, with proceeds going to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.


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Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day in Whistler

From Oct. 5 to 8, guests can take all the Instagram-worthy pics they desire at the pumpkin patch, rev their engines at the Fairmont 500 zucchini car races, or get styling with the scarecrow scramble. Harvest-themed dining includes Chateau Whistler’s famed turkey feasts and Sunday Brunch. Right next door, the Whistler Farmer's Market and Whistler Blackcomb's ‘Turkey Sale’ offer major retail therapy.

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Bash at the Bog, Massachusetts

The annual Cranberry Festival returns on Oct. 6, celebrating the island’s 161-year history with cranberry farming. Hosted by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the event features organic berries from the island’s last two remaining commercial bogs. In addition to live cranberry harvesting,


festivalgoers can embark on a guided tour of the grounds, or dive into kid-friendly activities such as hayrides, sack races, tug-of-war and a petting zoo.

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Puro Diseno Design Fair, Argentina

This annual design fair is in its 15th year and is the biggest in Latin America, attracting more than 400 exhibitors and showcasing the latest trends in fashion, home design, accessories, jewelry, decoration, graphic design, textiles, photography and illustration. The Puro Diseño Design Fair is held twice a year (this is the second 2018 edition, taking place Oct. 11-14) and takes place in La Rural. This event is ideal for travelers looking to take home something uniquely Argentine, including indigenous and rural designs.

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Trails and Ales, Virginia

Fancy beer and running? Celebrate the fall season with fall foliage, crisp breezes, views of the river and a 5k (or 8-mile run) in Richmond, VA. The Trails and Ales run also features food trucks and music for both runners and friends, and plenty of gorgeous running scenery. Link to Story: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/25-events-worth-traveling-for-in-october-2018/ss-AAAF9HS


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25 Events Worth Traveling for in October 2018

DESTINATION & TOURISM CHELSEA DAVIS SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

PHOTO: Girl with suitcase in autumn park. (Photo courtesy of Massonstock / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Pack Up and Head Out This October Think October is all about Halloween, fall foliage and apple picking? Guess again! Around the world, major events catering to a huge variety of interests are taking place, which gives you the perfect reason to travel. From food-centric events and art exhibits to centuries-old festivals and light shows, check out this roundup of the most exciting and diverse events at home and abroad that are worth traveling to next month.


PHOTO: Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour On Oct. 28, Setouchi, Japan will be hosting the Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour, an exciting event that takes place on one of the world’s most incredible bike routes. Shimanami Kaido is a 60-kilometer-long road and bridge network running between Japan's Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures. The route connects across several islands, offering incredible views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park.

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The Festival of Lights in Berlin Head to Berlin to experience one of the most famous light art festivals in the world. In its 14th year, The Festival of Lights welcomes international artists to tell their stories through light. From Oct. 5-14, the entire city is transformed into a stage, with its landmarks, monuments, buildings, streets and squares becoming canvases for expression. Where to stay: the iconic Hotel Adlon Kempinski, located just opposite the famous Brandenburg Gate.

PHOTO: QT Bondi beach (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

Sculptures by the Sea, Bondi From Oct. 18-Nov. 4, Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs transform into the ultimate Instagramworthy travel destination. From Tamarama to Bondi, the coastline is transformed into a 1.2mile-long sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by Aussie and international artists. Sculptures by the Sea is the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Where to stay: QT Bondi, which is offering a special Sculpture by the Sea Package.


PHOTO: Ashford Castle Gardens in Ireland. (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

Wizard School at Ashford Castle, Ireland Travel to West Ireland where the 800-year old Ashford Castle offers the ideal Halloween experience for the entire family with its towering walls, hidden passageways and secret gardens. From Oct. 29-Nov. 3, Ashford is offering their two-night Wizard School package, which includes a Treasure Hunt through Ashford’s own ‘Forbidden Forest’, themed Halloween movie screenings at the Castle’s in-house cinema, a ‘house elves’ cookery school, an 'Afternoon Chamber of Art’ experience for kids and more.

PHOTO: Takayama, Japan (Photo courtesy of romrodinka / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


Takayama Autumn Festival, Japan Held for 350 years, the Takayama Autumn Festival takes place on Oct. 9 and 10. This beautiful autumn event takes place in Takayama's old town and is centered around the Sakurayama Hachiman Shrine. The festival features a parade of eleven handcrafted floats through the town to celebrate the harvest season.

PHOTO: Soneva Fushi, The Maldives (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

The Month of Gold at Soneva Fushi, The Maldives Soneva continues to celebrate their yearlong "Festival of Color" campaign in Oct. by welcoming six Michelin-starred chefs, wellness experts, tennis champions and more to Soneva Fushi, their flagship resort in the Maldives. From Oct. 24–30, the theme color is gold and the emphasis is on culinary experiences. Guest Chefs will be cooking at the resort’s newest dining venue, Once Upon a Table, an intimate restaurant seating just eight guests, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.


PHOTO: San Francisco, California skyline. (photo via Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Fleet Week, San Francisco Oct. 1-8 is Fleet Week in San Francisco. This special week honoring the Bay Areanaval tradition will include tours of Navy ships at Marina Green, a parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, air shows with the Blue Angels and military dogs. Pier 39 also is featuring a Fleet Week Celebration from Oct. 5 to 7 with bands and exhibits.

PHOTO: Tokyo Ramen Show (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)


Tokyo Ramen Show, Japan Love Ramen? So do we The Tokyo Ramen Show is completely free and runs from Oct. 25– Nov. 4. It’s held at Tokyo’s Komazawa Olympic Park. Guests can purchase tickets which can be exchanged for bowls of ramen.

PHOTO: San Clemente Palace Kempinsk, Italy (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

Venice Biennale at San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Italy San Clemente Palace Kempinski is offering a special package in honor of the 2018 Architecture Biennale, taking place now through November 25, 2018. Centered around the theme of "Freespace," exhibits around Venice will look at the role of architecture in daily life. The package includes two tickets to Biennale.


PHOTO: Sunrise view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. (photo courtesy of EarnestTse/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Wine & Dine Month & Halloween, Hong Kong From October 25-28, visitors can attend the 10th edition of the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, which brings together over 400 vendors showcasingeverything from single malts to craft beer. In addition to world-class food and drink and entertainment, the festival is set on the picturesque Victoria Harbor skyline.

Hong Kong City and Harbor at Sunrise. (photo via EarnestTse/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party, Hong Kong

The Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party in Hong Kong is famous for its massive outdoor fun and goulash festivities. The holiday, which runs from Oct. 25-31, has increased in


popularity over the past few years and travelers now have an array of parties and experiences to choose from. From parades and parties to outrageous costumes and elaborate decorations throughout the city, it’s definitely a Halloween experience to remember.

PHOTO: Tug of War in Okinawa, Japan (Photo courtesy of WEILL Associates)

Tug of War in Okinawa, Japan Tugs-of-War have been held throughout the island of Okinawa for centuries, to pray for rain and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The most important festival is the five-centuryold Naha Great Tug-of-War, which goes from Oct. 5-8. From 1995 through 2005, Naha’s giant rope was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest rice straw rope used in a tug-of-war.


PHOTO: Rapid City’s Black Hills Powwow, South Dakota (Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City)

Rapid City's Black Hills Powwow, South Dakota Also called He Sapa Wacipi, the Black Hills Powwow is three days filled with indigenous singing, dancing, drum groups, art show, hand games, athletic competitions and a variety of other events. Since it began decades ago, the Black Hills Powwow has become one of the premier American Indian cultural events in the country, attracting hundreds of dancers, singers, artisans and thousands of spectators.

PHOTO: Attendees at the Richmond Folk Festival in Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Richmond Folk Festival)


The Richmond Folk Festival, Virginia As one of Virginia’s largest events, The Richmond Folk Festival brings in visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s riverfront. This three-day musical event takes place from Oct. 12-14 and features a variety of performing groups from different cultural traditions showcasing their talents on seven different stages. The event is free and open to the public.

PHOTO: Newcastle, Australia (Photo courtesy of benkrut / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

This Is Not Art, Australia Taking place in Newcastle, Australia from Oct.1-4 is TiNA, an annual festival of “experimental and emerging arts” that started in 1998. With over 150 smaller events, from performances and parties to panels and hands-on workshops, it’s an ideal event for innovators and those who appreciate creativity and artistic expression.


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The Taste Comes to Costa Mesa, California The inaugural Orange County edition of The Los Angeles Times The Taste is set for Oct. 1921. The festival will feature Taco MarĂ­a chef Carlos Salgado, recipient of the Restaurant of the Year award, the Filipino cuisine of Irenia and responsibly sourced cuts from Electric City Butcher, among a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. Admission to each event includes unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos.

PHOTO: Dessert Goals in Long Island City, New York (Photo courtesy of Christine Han)


Dessert Goals, New York If you love dessert, Dessert Goals is your dream come true. Taking place Oct. 13, 14, 20, and 21 in Long Island City, this fall’s festival boasts a sweet lineup of over 20 dessert vendors, countless Instagrammable ops, waterfront views of Manhattan and more. Participants will include People's Pops, Stuffed Ice Cream,Smoothme, WOOPS!, Baked in Color, 2 Dough Boyz, and Marino's, Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Petee’s Pie Co., Too Cool Chix and more.

PHOTO: Colorful regalia at a Native American Pow Wow. (photo courtesy of bpperry / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Native Americans' Day at Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota This Oct. 8, guests interested in Native American culture can visit Crazy Horse Memorial, the world’s largest mountain carving in progress, a 563-foot tall mountain carving depicting the famed Oglala Lakota warrior. Native American Day events will feature performances, arti, storytelling and hands-on activities for all, as well as a traditional buffalo stew lunch. The memorial celebrates 70 years since the first blast on the mountain.


PHOTO: Jack-o-lanterns (Photo courtesy of NiseriN / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Rhode Island Taking place from Oct. 4–Nov. 4 is the much-anticipated Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Rhode Island. Admire over 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins that illustrate the most beloved characters from literary favorites, comic book classic and even historical figures. New for this year are special themed nights throughout October including Fairytales, Wizarding and Superheroes.

PHOTO: Cyclist riding in the countryside. (Photo courtesy of Wavebreakmedia / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


Amashova Durban Classic 2018, South Africa On Oct. 21, cyclists will compete in KwaZulu-Natal's premier cycle race and the oldest road classic cycle race in South Africa, the Amashova Durban Classic. The 99.5-mile race starts in Pietermaritzburg and ends on the beautiful Suncoast ofDurban’s Golden Mile. Sponsored by Tsogo Sun, Resolute Travel + Sport and the Tsogo Sun Amashova are offering an extended package to offer travelers more to see and do in the region.

PHOTO: Art palette (Photo courtesy of PhotoBylove / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Inspiring Hope with Artist Weekend, Canada This Oct 6-7, Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmontare teaming up to create ‘Trees of Hope,’ a special weekend for artists and art aficionados. The two-day event sees renowned Canadian artists come together, donating their time and talent for a cause. Guests can watch and interact with artists during the weekend then bid on the work between December 1 and January 7, with proceeds going to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.


PHOTO: Pumpkin patch at sundown (Photo courtesy of Frank DeBonis / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day in Whistler From Oct. 5 to 8, guests can take all the Instagram-worthy pics they desire at the pumpkin patch, rev their engines at the Fairmont 500 zucchini car races, or get styling with the scarecrow scramble. Harvest-themed dining includes Chateau Whistler’s famed turkey feasts and Sunday Brunch. Right next door, the Whistler Farmer's Market and Whistler Blackcomb's ‘Turkey Sale’ offer major retail therapy.

PHOTO: Nantucket, Massachusetts. (photo via j76n/iStock/Getty Images Plus)


Bash at the Bog, Massachusetts The annual Cranberry Festival returns on Oct. 6, celebrating the island’s 161-year history with cranberry farming. Hosted by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, the event features organic berries from the island’s last two remaining commercial bogs. In addition to live cranberry harvesting, festivalgoers can embark on a guided tour of the grounds, or dive into kid-friendly activities such as hayrides, sack races, tug-of-war and a petting zoo.

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Puro Diseno Design Fair, Argentina This annual design fair is in its 15th year and is the biggest in Latin America, attracting more than 400 exhibitors and showcasing the latest trends in fashion, home design, accessories, jewelry, decoration, graphic design, textiles, photography and illustration. The Puro DiseĂąo Design Fair is held twice a year (this is the second 2018 edition, taking place Oct. 11-14) and takes place in La Rural. This event is ideal for travelers looking to take home something uniquely Argentine, including indigenous and rural designs.


PHOTO: Trails and Ales in Virginia (Photo courtesy of Trails and Ales)

Trails and Ales, Virginia Fancy beer and running? Celebrate the fall season with fall foliage, crisp breezes, views of the river and a 5k (or 8-mile run) in Richmond, VA. The Trails and Ales run also features food trucks and music for both runners and friends, and plenty of gorgeous running scenery.

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Top Hotels in Venice: Readers' Choice Awards 2018 October 9, 2018

CondĂŠ Nast Traveler readers rate their top hotels in Venice.


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8 Dreamy Private-Island Hotels in Europe (Yes, They Exist!) Private-island hotels aren’t just limited to the Caribbean or the Maldives. Europe’s 41,000-mile coastline, which stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Baltic and Black Seas, has a few glamorous retreats to call its own. You just have to know where to look. But don’t worry—we did that work for you. Here, eight getaways that occupy their own slices of European paradise. By Lindsey Olander | October 9, 2018


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JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Italy The magical floating city of Venice counts an astounding 118 islands within its shallow lagoon waters, many connected by arching footbridges and some separated only by tiny winding canals accessible by gondola. Not so for Isola delle Rome, a 40-acre escape halfway between the lagoon and the sea so named because of the rose beds that flourish here—along with vegetable patches and even an olive grove. This is the home of the JW Marriott Venice, a modern resort by acclaimed Italian architect Matteo Thun with 250 rooms, four restaurants, a rooftop pool, the city’s largest spa, and an onsite cooking academy where guests can take classes. Just don’t think you’re too isolated: a complimentary boat shuttle drops you right by St. Mark’s Square.


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San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice It’s takes only a 10-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square to reach San Clemente Island, where, despite what the address might have you believe, its only hotel is deceivingly spacious. Inside a former 18th-century monastery, 150 guest rooms are atmospheric and sumptuous, many with terrazzo floors, Murano chandeliers, tasseled drapes, and views of the lagoon—though we don’t think you’ll spend much time in them. Where you want to be is strolling the grounds, which are tranquil and lush, home to landscaped gardens, tennis courts, a golf course, and a network of trails that cross the island in every direction. There’s even an outdoor heated


swimming pool—the perfect mid-afternoon prelude to dinner at one of the three restaurants. REALTED: Italy Special: 5 Cities, 25 Incredible Hotels Check Prices for San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice in Province of Venice, Italy

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Waterford Castle, Ireland It may not be the most famous castle hotel in Ireland (Ashford and Dromoland share that title), but the ivy-covered Waterford Castle is as beautiful, as historic, and all that more private, thanks to its perch on a private island in the middle of the River Suir that’s accessible


only by boat. Originally built in 1895, its interiors are full of living history: Jacobian-style antiques, original tapestries, and oil paintings decorate the halls and corridors, while its 19 guest rooms and satellite lodges were recently refreshed with canopied beds and claw-foot bathtubs. Cap off an afternoon on the island’s 200-acre golf course or archery lessons with Irish-inspired dishes like smoked haddock or duck breast at the Michelinstarred Munster Room. Check Prices for Waterford Castle in County Waterford, Ireland

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Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland A rickety bridge is all that connects Eriska, a private island off Scotland’s west coast, to the mainland. The two-and-half-hour drive from Glasgow (or more leisurely journey by sleeper train) is worth the journey here, though, if only for the chance to sleep inside this baronial-style 19th-


century mansion. It’s certainly worthy of a cameo in Skyfall: the dramatic west highlands and Loch Creran make for a beautiful backdrop to its 350acre grounds, where archery, clay pigeon shooting, and croquet fill the hours. Inside, it’s very country-house hotel—all deep sofas, wood-burning fireplaces, stocked bookshelves, and quaint guest rooms. (The ones to book are the spa suites, which come with their own outdoor hot tubs.) While you're up here, don’t miss the cheese trolley during dinner, the award-winning spa (which features ESPA products and a swimming pool), or a trip to Oban, 12 miles south—home to an ancient castle and a well-known whisky distillery. RELATED: 8 Scottish Islands You Need to See Now See All Hotels in Scotland


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Island Lodge, Sweden Glamping in Sweden doesn’t get much more luxurious than Island Lodge, a tented camp on the private island of Bergholmen in the Stockholm archipelago reachable via boat or private helicopter. This sleep is like safari lodge meets upscale campsite: the nearly 200-square-feet tents are tricked out with wood floors, wood-burning stoves, and mosquito netdraped beds along with reindeer skins (great for combating the winter chill) and removable windows (great for letting in that summer breeze). Best of all? The all-inclusive property is for exclusive use, meaning once you’re there, you’ll have the island’s two beaches, show kitchen, and wine cellar—yes, you read that right—all to yourself. See All Hotels in Sweden

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Monkey Island Estate, England YTL Hotels, the same brand behind the renovation of England’s Gainsborough Bath Spa, is at it again, this time breathing new life into a storied, centuries-old retreat on a private island in the River


Thames. Monkey Island, a stately white-brick estate formerly a haunt for royalty and artists 30 miles west of London, has been reborn for the new age. Champalimaud Design was once again tapped for the interior makeover; expect 30 country-chic rooms and suites and a floating spa built inside a moored canal boat. The Brasserie and Monkey Bar are both excellent spots to dine and drink (the latter especially for its cheeky 1730s frescoes depicting monkeys), but foodies will definitely want to make the journey to Bray, a nearby Berkshire village home to multiple Michelinstarred restaurants including Heston Blumenthal’s foodie mecca, The Fat Duck. See All Hotels in England

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Valamar Hotel Isabella, Croatia This private-island hotel in the glittering Adriatic Sea, off the coast of medieval PoreÄ? in Istria, was made for whiling away the summer heat. All 36 modern rooms come with balconies overlooking the water—where


paying guests take to windsurfing, diving, and paddle-boarding—or the grounds, where pétanque and ping pong add a little old-school fun to the mix of seemingly endless options. (In addition to five restaurants, several bars, and a pool, there’s a teen’s club, a spa that hosts pilates classes, a salon, and private beaches to spread your towel out on.) Interested in exploring off-property? Hop on the free shuttle boat to Poreč, or ask the concierge to arrange a free tour of the island and its 14th-century lighthouse. RELATED: The Best of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast See All Hotels in Croatia

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Silver Island Yoga Retreat, Greece


In search of the ultimate digital detox? It doesn’t get more off the grid than Silver Island, a 60-acre spit of land in the Aegean Sea inherited by two sisters that share a love for the earth. The island’s original run-down villa is now a five-bedroom yoga retreat, where electricity and Internet is traded for limited solar power, biodegradable toiletries, candle-lit meals, and glorious peace and quiet that can only be found this far from civilization. When not occupied by the week’s hours-long classes (which focus on everything from meditation to vinyasa and are held in an openair shala overlooking the sea), take a hike to the lighthouse, go for a dip at Pebble Beach, or simply nap in your blue-shuttered room, whose balcony is lined with flowers and overlooks the shimmering glint of native olive trees—where the island gets its name. See All Hotels in Greece

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WEILL clients win top honors Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018 have been revealed and WEILL is honored to announce that four of its hotel and resort clients have received the #1 ranking in their respective regions. The 174-year-old Baur au Lac placed first in Switzerland and Kenya’s Angama Mara topped the list as the number one safari resort in Africa. Dunton Town House was crowned the number one hotel in Colorado, while San Clemente Palace Kempinski placed first in


Venice. Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a record-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today. The compiled list ranges from elegant castles in the Irish countryside to luxurious resorts on private islands in the tropics. “Every year, we have clients on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and this year is just as special,” says Geoffrey Weill. “We are extremely honored to represent some of the best hotels and resorts in the industry.” The complete list can be viewed in the November 2018 issue of Condé Nast Traveler and at www.CNTraveler.com/rca. About Condé Nast Traveler As one of the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voices in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. www.cntraveler.com Read more at http://www.etbtravelnews.global Read more at http://america.etbtravelnews.global/369406/weill-clients-win-top-honors/ Link To Story: http://america.etbtravelnews.global/369406/weill-clients-win-top-honors/


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Leading Hotels of the World announces more than 125 member hotels recognized in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards Posted on October 16, 2018 by Travel PR News Editor

Leading Hotels of the World announces more than 125 member hotels recognized in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

Leading Hotels In Nearly 40 Countries Receive Coveted Awards, Including 13 Ranked #1 in Their Respective Category and La Mamounia Honored as the #1 Hotel in the World

New York , NY, 2018-Oct-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., a curated collection of more than 400 independent luxury hotels, is pleased to announce that more than 125 member hotels have been recognized in Condé Nast Traveler’s 31st annual 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Carefully selected by Condé Nast Traveler’s readership of discerning travelers, the awards honor top-rated travel experiences from across the globe.


Leading Hotels’ continued presence within the prestigious awards is spotlighted with 13 member hotels earning the #1 rankings in their respective categories. Spanning the globe, these hotels include La Mamounia, La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa, The Westbury, San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Hotel Metropole, MonteCarlo, Baur au Lac, Capella Singapore, Hotel Cartesiano, Chablé Resort & Spa, Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, L’Horizon Resort & Spa, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, and Faena Hotel Miami Beach. For a second consecutive year, a Leading Hotel was awarded the #1 spot on the esteemed “Best Hotels in the World” category. Receiving the 2018 title is La Mamounia, an iconic and beloved property located in the heart of the enchanting imperial city of Marrakech. Of the 50 hotels honored within the “Best Hotels in the World” category, Leading Hotels proudly boasts the most properties named to the list of any hospitality brand. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and one of the most important recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Nearly half a million readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today. “Consumers define excellence in hospitality in numerous ways and the Readers’ Choice Awards is a gold standard for evaluating their individual experiences,” said Ted Teng, president and chief executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World. “The awards carefully assess personalization in hospitality, a shared value by Leading Hotels and Condé Nast Traveler. The criteria for these awards are not about one standard, but each hotel’s ability to personalize a stay and ensure happy guests. Our hoteliers take pride in doing this and seeing so many of them recognized for their art is cause for celebration.” The Leading Hotels named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards include:

Europe, Middle East, Africa Austria

Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Belgium

Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Denmark

Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen

England

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel, London


The Lanesborough London, London The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London The Ritz London, London France

Le Negresco, Nice Hôtel Lancaster, Paris Le Bristol Paris, Paris La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Paris* Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, Paris Ritz Paris, Paris Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, Tourettes

Germany

Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa, Retreat & Cultural Hideaway, Elmau Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg*

Greece

Bill & Coo Mykonos, Mykonos Myconian Imperial Resort, Mykonos Royal Myconian Resort, Mykonos Chromata Santorini, Santorini Katikies, Santorini Kirini Santorini, Santorini

Ireland

Adare Manor, Adare Co. Limerick Ashford Castle, Cong, County Mayo The Merrion, Dublin The Westbury, Dublin*

Israel

The King David, Jerusalem Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem

Italy

Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri Villa d’Este, Cernobbio Hotel Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Florence J.K. Place Firenze, Florence Portrait Firenze, Florence Villa Cora, Florence La Posta Vecchia Hotel, Ladispoli Le Sirenuse, Positano Palazzo Avino, Ravello Hassler Roma, Rome J.K. Place Roma, Rome Portrait Roma, Rome Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano


Grand Hotel Continental, Siena Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento Il Sereno Lago di Como, Torno Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel, Venice San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice* Monaco

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo Hotel Metropole, Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo*

Morocco

La Mamounia, Marrakech* Royal Mansour Marrakech, Marrakech

Netherlands

Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam Hotel De L’Europe, Amsterdam Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Norway

Hotel Continental, Oslo

Portugal

Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbon Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon

Spain

Majestic Hotel & Spa, Barcelona

South Africa

12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town Cape Grace, Cape Town The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

Switzerland

Hotel Eden Roc, Ascona Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Basel Hotel d’Angleterre, Geneva, Geneva Gstaad Palace, Gstaad Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne, Lausanne Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, St. Moritz Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz Suvretta House, St. Moritz Baur au Lac, Zurich* The Dolder Grand, Zurich

UAE

Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai, Dubai One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Asia/Pacific India

The Lodhi, New Delhi

Indonesia

The Legian Bali, Bali Nihi Sumba Island, Sumba


Singapore

Capella Singapore, Singapore City*

Vietnam

The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

The Americas and Caribbean Argentina

Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza

Brazil

Emiliano Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Hotel Emiliano São Paulo, Sao Paulo Hotel Fasano São Paulo, Sao Paulo Palácio Tangará, Sao Paulo

Chile

The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories Hotel, Puerto Natales

Colombia

Hotel Casa San Agustín, Cartagena

Costa Rica

Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa, Arenal

Dominican Republic

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, La Romana

Mexico

Chablé Resort & Spa, Chocholá* Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa, Mexico City Hotel Cartesiano, Puebla* UNICO 20º 87º Hotel Riviera Maya, Solidaridad

Panama

Bristol Panama, Panama City

Peru

Country Club Lima Hotel, Lima

St. Barthélémy

Le Sereno Hotel, Villas & Spa, St. Barthelemy

St. James, Barbados

Sandy Lane, St. James

Turks & Caicos Islands

Grace Bay Club, Providenciales

United States

Hotel Granduca Austin, Austin Mr. C Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables, Coral Gables Halekulani, Honolulu The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu Hotel Granduca Houston, Houston Bellagio Towers, Las Vegas


The Wheatleigh, Lenox Malibu Beach Inn, Malibu Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach* Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach* Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, Mount Pleasant Hutton Hotel, Nashville The Greenwich Hotel, New York The Lowell, New York L’Horizon Resort & Spa, Palm Springs* Parker Palm Springs, Palm Springs The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Sunny Isles Beach Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail The Hay-Adams, Washington, DC The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on October 16, 2018. To explore The Leading Hotels of the World members honored visit www.lhw.com/collections/cnt and the fully published list by Condé Nast Traveler online at www.cntraveler.com/rca. *Ranked #1 in respective category. About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels) Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has a nine-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around


the world. For more information visit: www.lhw.com, Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LeadingHotels, Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld and Twitter @LeadingHotels About Condé Nast Traveler As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 30-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and CNTraveler.com attained 3 Webby Awards in 2015. For more, visit www.cntraveler.com. Contact: Gina Anderson Manager, Public Relations press@LHW.com Source: The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd Link To Story: https://travelprnews.com/leading-hotels-of-the-world-announcesmore-than-125-member-hotels-recognized-in-conde-nast-travelers-2018readers-choice-awards-6856966/travel-press-release/2018/10/16/#


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The New Fine Dining Scene in Venice Has Arrived November 5, 2018

By Kristen Oliveri Contributor

5-Star private island hotels elevate the food scene in Venice coupled with an old favorite If any place in the world calls to me, it is Italy. I am a self-proclaimed “Italophile”, a word meaning quite specifically: “friendly to or favoring what is Italian.” This very fact led to me hosting my wedding in the country that I adore. For my honeymoon, we drove from Tuscany to Venice, seeking the new culinary happenings that I had heard was taking place in the City of Water.

Admittedly, there’s no denying that Venice has become a worldwide tourist destination. The cruise ships love it, and so do large tour groups and global visitors who make the pilgrimage to see St. Mark’s Square. With all of those issues, the city has gone to the great lengths of putting sanctions on tourism coming in and out of this amazing place, in an effort to reduce the pressure on the city itself.

For the die-hard culinary adventure seekers, the really innovative meals are mostly happening just outside of the city walls, at the JW Marriott Veniceand the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, both of which boast fine dining restaurants and a variety of unique culinary experiences that are worth the short boat ride over there. However, inside the city limits, one old favorite also captured, or re-captured, my heart as well. Located on a private island that is reachable from St. Mark’s square via a water shuttle, is Dopolavoro Dining room at the JW Marriott. This Michelin-starred restaurant is operated by the talented chef Giancarlo Perbellini and takes guests on a truly indelible journey from the moment you enter the beautiful sleek building that dates back to 1923.

Upon entrance, guests are escorted to the bar where they are offered either a specialty cocktail by the bartender or a choice of one of the guest’s favorite drinks paired alongside a nibble from the kitchen, just to whet your appetite. The actual word ‘dopolavoro’ means ‘after work’ in Italian, so naturally the beginning of your meal signifies a relaxed aperitivo that sets the stage for what’s to come.

Next, enters a thoughtful tasting menu of your choice (with three, five or eight courses to choose from) as well as wine pairings to match. Even the three pairing options that we went with were more than enough food and a real opportunity to see the chef at work. He integrated seasonal and local vegetables and proteins into each and every perfectly executed dish. The service was also outstanding, on point without being overdone. We enjoyed every minute of our experience.


San Clemente Palace Kempinski, a Leading Hotel of the World, is located on another private island of San Clemente which can be reached via shuttle or private water taxi, just a mere few minutes from the JW Marriott. Overlooking the lagoon is the water-front Acquerello restaurant that showcases Venetian and overall Italian dishes. With Chef Giorgio Schifferegger.at the helm, we were in great hands from the moment we sat down at our picturesque table, just in time to watch the romantic sun set.

The restaurant boasts two seasonal tasting menus as well as some a la carte menu items. My husband and I chose from the a la carte menu, that included dishes such as, the il foie gras melba containing, a pickled peach filled with decadent foie gras topped with cocoa beans and crumbs. We also tried the outstanding il fungo e il midollo which was a dish comprised of porcini mushrooms cooked en papillote style served with creamy, baked bone marrow from the Veneto region. All of the vegetables used on property are hand-selected by the chef that are requested and grown on neighboring Venetian Islands solely for their restaurants. The main star of the evening was il maialino which was the suckling pig shoulder from the Veneto region, accompanied by potato terrine and crispy sage. For our choice of libations, we were in the hands of the knowledgeable sommelier who made sure we had a bottle of Italian sparkling wine alongside an Italian full-bodied red that would stand up to dishes like the suckling pig. The meal was executed flawlessly from beginning to end with an air of Italian hospitality and European charm that guests of Venice have come to expect. For those who want to be where the action is and steps from St. Mark’s Square, a restaurant that is iconic and still relevant after all these years is Harry’s Bar Cipriani. This institution was named a national landmark in 2001 by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs and still has a line out the door with tourists who are there to try their famous Bellini. While the Bellini is everything you would hope for and more, it would behoove guests to make a reservation for a meal at Harry’s, most specifically on the second floor. Harry’s menu takes you on a tour of Italy, not just serving Venetian fare, and provides guests with, some of the country’s most delicious mortadella and mozzarella around. A plate of simple meat and cheese is perfection paired with that impeccably blended Bellini. If that isn’t enough, try their classic veal Milanese with a squeeze of lemon for good measure.

After your afternoon delight at Harry’s, a must-visit spot is AntoniaSautter’s costume shop that will simply amaze all who walk into it. Sautter herself is an accomplished costumer who creates the most incredible ensembles for events, balls, theatrical productions and the like. For a glimpse into her world, it’s worth stopping by her shop to peruse the handbags, accessories and home decor that is unique to the true spirit of Venice the floating city. Link to Story: https://www.thedailymeal.com/travel/new-fine-dining-scene-venice-has-arrived

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