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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
A 19th-century Victorian Palace, the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan affords an authentic, magical experience on the banks of the river Nile. Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace, a world of Moorish arches, exquisite refined dining, and luxurious accommodations in one of the 138 guestrooms and suites.
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.
Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa
Somerset West, South Africa
This historic resort dates back to the mid-17th century, when it once constituted a portion of Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s massive homestead. While the current structure that now constitutes the resort first appeared in 1817, it did not become known as the Erinvale Estate until Edward Strangman acquired the location some five decades later. Today, the Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa is one of South Africa’s most luxurious holiday destinations.
The Strand Hotel
Acclaimed as a leading luxury hotel, the iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon has been a city landmark since it was founded in 1901. The beautiful Strand is a social epicentre of Yangon for locals and travelers. The 32-suite hotel is one of South East Asia’s few grand colonial hotels.
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.
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.
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.
Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa - MGallery by Sofitel
In the early 1900s, Fernand Journeau emerged as one of France’s preeminent hoteliers. To capitalize upon his success, he decided to develop a hotel in the rustic, seaside municipality of Biarritz. Christening it Le Régina Biarritz, Journeau eagerly debuted his new establishment in the summer of 1907.
Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg - MGallery by Sofitel
Straddling the majestic Norman coastline is the Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg MGallery by Sofitel, a luxury hotel that has been entertaining guests for more than a century. First built during the 1860s, ambitious hoteliers reconstructed the Grand Hôtel in 1907 to serve the town’s flourishing tourist population.
Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton
La Seyne-sur-Mer, France
With its white façade echoing the azure blue of the sea, the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a veritable balcony on the Mediterranean that offers a journey back into history. Built on the fortune of Marius Michel, Comte de Pierredon, Chevalier of the légion d'honneur, and Pacha of the Ottoman Empire, the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage played host to the prosperity of France's golden age, the Belle Époque, and survived two world wars.
Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château - MGallery by Sofitel
Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château - MGallery by Sofitel sits on the site of a former equestrian arena used by the artillery, built by the War Ministry of Emperor Louis-Napoleon III in 1854. Though the site fell into disrepair, the impressive gateway from this period remains unchanged today and has been designated as an historic monument.
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.
La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton
La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton was once a medieval village that dates back to the 11th century. Attilio Monti, the Knight of Labor, acquired the Tenuta La Bagnaia in 1954, and his daughter, Marisa Riffeser Monti, made the resort an example of esteemed Tuscan hospitality. The lush, wooded Tuscan landscape provides the perfect backdrop to this historic resort, with the city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located nearby.
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.
The Oscarsborg Castle sits on a small island south of Oslo in a structure originally used a fortress through the World Wars.
Offering the serenity and refreshing escape of the countryside, Losby Gods Hotel dates back 300 years to the lucrative timber trade. A large estate comprised of three factories, Losby Gods is a beautiful mid-19th century property featuring its own golf facility with two courses, a driving range, and tennis courts.
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.
Lofthus i Hardanger, Norway
Originally a “staging inn” with one straw bed over a shipping office, Hotel Ullensvang is rooted with deep Norwegian history and traditions. This property has been run by five generations of the Utne family after Hans Utne built the inn in 1846. A cabin in Lofthus near the inn was the inspiration and birthplace of the musical creations by the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Little by little, the hotel was expanded and restored to the luxury property that it stands today.
Solstrand Hotel & Bad
Os, Bergen, Norway
Originally an intimate escape for merchant princes to revitalize creative notions, Solstrand Hotel & Bad was built in 1896 by Christian Michelsen, who later became the first prime minister of Norway after gaining independence from Sweden in 1905. Today, Solstrand Hotel is run by the fourth-generation of the Schau-Larsen family and remains a holiday resort offering the its original wooden architecture affording the rich natural and cultural landscape that surrounds it.
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.
Sola Strand Hotel
With front row seats to the North Sea, Sola Strand Hotel has been an idyllic example of the perfect beach vacation for decades. The interior of the property transports guests to a historic life at sea with the floors and walls lined and decorated by materials of old vessels. Sola Strand Hotel has thrived through occupation during World War II and nearly a century of careful preservation.
Built in 1845, in the heart of a park on the Oslo fjord coastline, Engo Gard has been an idyllic country inn since the twenties. Originally known as Pihls Pensjonat, the modest guesthouse was slowly expanded and restored to great the luxury historic hotel it stands today. Engo Gard has converted its property to house 44 guestrooms, a renown restaurant with private wine cellar, and other exciting facilities.
Sofitel Grand Sopot
Located on the Baltic Sea in the seaside resort city of Sopot, the Sofitel Grand Sopot hotel is an unforgettable retreat for guests visiting Poland. Completed in 1927, this Art Deco style resort has played host to many famous guests such as Omar Sharif, Charles de Gaulle, and Greta Garbo.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro
Dunblane, Scotland, United Kingdom
The DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro is a little bit of luxury in the heart of Scotland. Set within 10 acres of private and beautiful grounds, the hotel opened with a grand ball in 1878. Designed by renowned Scottish architects Peddie and Kinnear, the hotel was originally a Victorian health spa resort, and the Hydro, as it was then known, welcomed guests who came to drink the local spring water and enjoy a range of hydropathic treatments.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach, and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded resort has 144 guestrooms, including 35 suites, and is recognized as one of Europe's leading resorts.
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.
Kempinski Palace Portorož
The Kempinski Palace Portorož boasts 164 superior and deluxe rooms, 17 exclusive suites, including a luxurious 230 square meters Presidential Suite and two rooftop Laguna Suites with open-air Jacuzzis. All guestrooms and suites are spacious, superbly furnished in modern or traditional design, with a park or a sea view.
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.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
As one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, Fairmont Château Laurier offers an experience few can rival. Stationed in the center of Downtown Ottawa, this recently renovated hotel was built to resemble a Renaissance-era French Château.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs is the luxury stop in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to pursue a grand vision of opening up the Canadian west to tourists, Fairmont Banff Springs has had over 100 years of providing a sophisticated resort experience.
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.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Just below the majestic Victoria Glacier sits the epic Fairmont Château Lake Louise. As part of Alberta’s Banff National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fairmont Château Lake Louise is globally recognized for its progressive environmental stewardship and responsibility.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Fairmont Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia and is an iconic symbol of the city itself. Opened in 1908, this gorgeous hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury and overlooks the Victoria Harbour.
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.
Hacienda el Carmen Hotel & Spa
Ahualulco de Mercado, Mexico
The 28-guestroom Hacienda el Carmen Hotel & Spa features a full-service spa, outdoor pool, fitness facilities, complimentary WiFi, and an authentic and traditional Mexican restaurant. Guest can choose from various activities, including golf, paddle board, fishing, and mountain biking.
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.
Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Santa Rosa, Mexico
Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is a former 17th century manorial house that was repurposed and adapted to serve as a luxury boutique hotel.
Hacienda Temozon, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Temozon Sur, Mexico
Hacienda Temozon, A Luxury Collection Hotel, was formerly a sisal hacienda of the 17th century and beautifully repurposed into a luxury 28-guestroom boutique hotel.
Hacienda Labor de Rivera
Set on a 16th century Mexican estate, Hacienda Labor de Rivera is an elegant luxury boutique spa hotel. It is 4.8 km from the town of Teuchitlán and 7 km from the Zona Arqueológica Guachimontones. The whole region, including the nearby tequila distilleries, is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Embedded within a centennial jungle, Hacienda San Jose, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is an original hacienda from the 18th century with expansive wild gardens and a swimming pool that floats over the jungle.
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.