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Beaches, Lakes & Rivers
Quite a few historic hotels reside along the shorelines of the world’s finest beaches, lakes, and rivers. Be sure to take a look at these locations for their proximity to water sports, delectable seafood, and gorgeous scenery.
Beaches, Lakes & Rivers
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Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Built in 1886, Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor is a historic treasure perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples. Blending rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times, this Luxor, Egypt hotel boasts sumptuous accommodations in 92 guestrooms and suites that have be the choice destination among luminaries and dignitaries for over a century.
Deogarh Madaria, India
Majestically standing atop a hill, Deogarh Mahal is an imposing palace boasting a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range, lakes, and countryside. With its gray battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas, and huge gateways, Deogarh Mahal is a stunning sight from the the village below.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 100-acre beach and mountainside heritage-inspired property. Home to almost forty original Spanish-Filipino colonial structures, the property showcases the vision of Jose Acuzar who collects, transplants, and restores built heritage.
The Great House Antigua
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
Experience the best kept secret in the Caribbean: The Great House Antigua. This boutique hotel located within a 350-year-old stone house emulates elegance and excellence set within a tropical oasis.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
Known affectionately by locals as The Pink Palace, the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is a treasured destination where history meets modern sensibility. This urban oasis was opened in January 1885 and has been a popular resort locale ever since.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel has catered to sophisticated San Juan travelers who place one aspiration above all else – to pursue a lifestyle of five-star luxury and leisure within some of the world’s most exclusive destinations. Discover Puerto Rico as it is meant to be experienced at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel where exacting service, luxury accommodations, exquisite amenities, and fine dining are a hallmark of every stay.
Patios de Cafayate
Originally converted from its antiquated purpose, Patios de Cafayate offers travelers spacious Argentinian accommodations with a classic ambiance and relics from the original estate it was crafted as back in 1740. With countless onsite activities, guests can enjoy walking tours, a luxurious outdoor pool, a visit to the winery, or downtime in the hotel's Reading Room. Whatever their preference, visitors will find availability for both respite and activity at the coveted Patios de Cafayate.
Alvear Palace Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Originally built in 1932, Alvear Palace Hotel is a luxury historic destination in Buenos Aires, Argentina combining European elegance, opulent accommodations, cutting edge technology, and impeccable personalized service. Boasting magnificent architecture and decor, the hotel offers 197 accommodations, a variety of refined dining establishments, versatile meeting and event spaces, and a state-of-the-art spa and wellness center to meet the needs of every guest.
Aranwa Sacred Valley
Built next to the majestic Vilcanota River, in the mystical landscape of the Incas on the route to Machu Picchu, Aranwa Sacred Valley is composed from a restored hacienda decorated in Colonial style inviting the magical balance of the ancient Inca culture and modern sumptuousness in the peaceful haven of the Huayllabamba district.
Dromoland Castle Hotel
County Clare, Ireland
Ireland’s most magical address, Dromoland Castle Hotel, has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. It is the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, with a lineage that dates back over 1,000 years to one of the last High Kings of Ireland, Brian Boru. The castle was massively updated and renovated in the 1820s, with additions, carvings, and priceless art, and little having changed since then.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Lake Como, Tremezzo, Italy
Immersed in the beauty of Lake Como offering a spectacular view of the glorious ancient town of Bellagio, and the surrounding Alps, the century old Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a treasured example of the finest authentic Italian-liberty Art Nouveau palaces. With period furnishings, intricate in detail, and unparalleled views, Grand Hotel Tremezzo envelopes the decadent ambiance throughout the walls and invites a sensation of harmony and tranquility.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski
San Clemente Palace Kempinski is set on a private island in the heart of the Venetian Lagoon. San Clemente Island played a key role in the history of the Republic of Venice, and for centuries it housed a monastery. The stunning San Clemente Church, built in the 12th century and among the oldest ones in Venice, reminds visitors of the monastic settlement.
Originally the farm of wealthy businessman Christen Fretheim, Fretheim Hotel began operations in 1870 as a modest posting inn for visiting fisherman. Located on the Flåmselva river, highly populated with salmon and trout, Fretheim Hotel quickly became a choice destination for anglers and nature enthusiasts, quickly demanding expansion.
For over 350 years, Sundvolden Hotel has been the choice historic experience for tradesmen, farmers, artists, royalty and travelers from the furthest corners of the globe. Offering 257 spacious guestrooms and creative and comforting cuisine at the property's a la carte restaurant Anno 1648, Sundvolden Hotel is a luxury retreat rich in heritage and tradition.
Nermo Hotell & Apartments
Dating back to the 1400s, Nermo Hotell & Apartments was originally a modest guesthouse among a potato and grain farm for fishermen and hunters seeking adventure among the valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen. Today, the property offers 32 spacious and comfortable guestrooms and 53 apartments featuring magnificent soaring views of the valley and Oyer mountains.
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa
For over 80 years, the high standards of quality and level of service have made the Tivoli Lisboa a landmark among Lisbon hotels. With its cosmopolitan lobby and stunning Sky Bar, it is a natural choice of top executives for meetings and banqueting in the hotel, or within its own purpose-built Conference and Events Centre.
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras
Strbske Pleso, Slovakia
Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras is an oasis of luxury on the shores of a glacial mountain lake, overlooking the majestic panorama of the High Tatras. Its 98 luxurious guestrooms, conference spaces with state-of-the-art technology, and one of the finest and most beautiful spa facilities in Europe rank it among the world’s most exclusive resorts.
Hotel Waldhaus Sils
Sils Maria, Switzerland
Boasting superior views of the Swiss mountains and forests surrounding the property, Hotel Waldhaus Sils stands frozen in time, with old-world comfort, but full of modern conveniences for the modern traveler.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Enjoy dining at three gourmet restaurants, deep relaxation at Kempinski The Spa, restful nights in the 184 comfortable guestrooms and suites and 27 luxury residences, and hundreds of miles of pristine slopes on your doorstep at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz.
London, United Kingdom
Nestled on London’s charming High Holborn, Rosewood London is a historic Edwardian-Belle Epoque hotel built in 1914. Featuring 262 luxurious guestrooms and 44 opulent suites, 11 expansive meeting spaces, and the finest of dining options, this historic London hotel ensures a memorable stay.
The Landmark London
London, United Kingdom
Blending classic elegance and modern luxury, The Landmark London offers stunning facilities and thoughtful amenities amid the vibrant city life in England's capital city.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Jasper, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge began as a “Tent City,” associated with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Embedded in the Canadian Rockies, the actual hotel was opened in June 1922 with eight log cabins, with the main building being billed as the largest single-story log structure in the world.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada
Situated in serene Nova Scotia, Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa is the ideal getaway to experience Canada's finest outdoor offerings. Dating back to 1940, this beautiful resort boasts a variety of luxurious accommodations, fine dining experiences, and the best of indoor and outdoor activities.
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu overlooks the picturesque St Lawrence River on top of Point-au-Pic, an area known for its hospitality and inspiring landscapes. It was built to accommodate growing tourism in the area due to the great salmon fishing that was discovered in the mid-1700s.
Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello
Montebello, Quebec, Canada
In Quebec, directly on the Ottawa River, sits the grand cedar structure of the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, a historic resort featuring buildings that date back to 1930. With over 10,000 red cedar logs used in the construction of the three main buildings, this resort contains the largest log cabin in the world.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Québec City, Quebec, Canada
Rich in heritage, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is an urban resort, nestled in the heart of Old Quebec, that seduces with its historic charm, distinctive elegance, world-class hospitality and magic touch. Once the site of personal residence of the English and French governors, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac stands high on Cap Diamant, overlooking the majestic St. Lawrence River.
Chablé Resort & Spa
The 40-room Chablé Resort & Spa incorporates traditional Mayan architecture, warm woods, and modern touches to make it a true work of art. The original walls of the working hacienda serve as the framework for the guestrooms and offers delightful amenities such as a private outdoor pool, sunbeds, spacious terrace, and outdoor shower.
Renovated and restored in 2006, the Hotel Morales’ 98 luxurious and cozy guestrooms are decorated to highlight its Colonial past. The accommodations feature hardwood floors, flat-screen televisions, WiFi, air-conditioning, and coffee makers.
Hacienda La Magdalena
Hacienda La Magdalena features eight guestrooms with bath and balcony, ten suites with Jacuzzis, and two presidential suites, each individually and elegantly decorated for serenity and a peaceful night’s rest. Guests can bask under the sun by the pool or book a therapeutic spa treatment or massage. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, game room, business center, and event space for romantic weddings or playful celebrations.
The Hacienda Misne is a beautifully renovated hotel nestled in the heart of Mérida, Mexico in the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula surrounded by a lush tropical setting. Featuring the unique blend of Spanish and French architecture, the Hacienda Misne boasts contemporary decor, pebbled paths, and colorful gardens, creating the perfect fusion of modern comfort and enriching history.
Mansion Merida On the Park
Nestled in the heart of Merida, Mansion Merida is an ornate manor on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico boasting a past rich with history. Dating back to 1644 and once owned by famed Governor Rodrigo Flores de Aldana, this elegant resort features Belle Epoque architecture and overlooks the leafy palm trees and exhilarating streets of the city.
Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel
Located on Merida's most prominent avenue, Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel affords travelers a delightful hub for their exploration of Mexico's vast Yucatan Peninsula. Entwined with the tradition of Mayan culture, this historic Yucatan destination boasts a vibrant history along with eclectic offerings for enjoyment while on a sojourn to Mexico.
Hotel del Coronado
San Diego, California, United States
A living legend for 130 years, Hotel del Coronado celebrates its rich history as a proud host to celebrities, royalty, and beach-loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Rated one of the top ten hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del offers a contemporary beachfront experience, ocean view dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, and a variety of recreational activities.
West Baden Springs Hotel
West Baden Springs, Indiana, United States
An architectural marvel, West Baden Springs Hotel is the crown jewel of French Lick Resort's $500 million restoration. The turn-of-the century National Historic Landmark offers 246 exquisitely appointed rooms, a world-class spa, championship golf, and a wide array of dining and entertainment options.
The Sagamore Resort
Bolton Landing, New York, United States
Situated in the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, The Sagamore Resort opened in 1883 and was a social center for the wealthy visiting Lake George. After closing in 1981, the hotel was reopened a few years later and restored to its original grandeur. Today the resort offers a wealth of recreational and dining opportunities for guests who enjoy "roughing it" with an elegance in the woods.