Where we’re going this summer: Mediterranean on our minds
Grand Hotel Son Net
Mallorca, Spain: Experience island living
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Son Net history dates to 1672 on western Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands. Now an elegant retreat, Son Net juxtaposes palatial architecture with breathtaking views right at the foot of Serra de Tramuntana and less than 20 minutes from Palma. This striking hotel features various outdoor pools flanked by private cabanas for ultimate relaxation. At the on-site restaurant, MAR&DUIX, guests are served Majorcan gastronomy, curated with locally sourced ingredients, some from the hotel’s very own vegetable garden. Complete your experience with the new Spa & Wellness center, featuring an indoor pool, five treatment rooms and a thermal circuit.
Hook, Hampshire, England: Stroll the English countryside
If the Hampshire meadows are calling your name, Heckfield Place may be just the haven for you. It’s a Georgian family home restored from classical origins, rewoven into a luxury hotel on 400 secluded acres. Less than an hour from London, Heckfield Place takes us from the hustle and bustle to its grounding roots, beginning with its biodynamic Home Farm. The walled gardens and orchards feed chef Skye Gyngell’s Epicuren oasis, bringing ingredients into the on-site Marle and Hearth restaurants. And at the heart of Heckfield’s landscape, The Bothy by Wildsmith spa will help you disconnect and recharge in the middle of nature.
Moltrasio, Italy: Discover the beauty of Lake Como
Passalacqua has been lovingly transformed into an immaculate hotel, but it was formerly a private home built in 1787. Each of the 24 unique accommodations embody the enviable lakeside lifestyle that has made Lake Como so beloved through the ages. You’ll follow in the footsteps of illustrious visitors, like Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill and Vincenzo Bellini. This retreat boasts 7 acres of lush gardens across eight scenic terraces leading down to the shores of Lake Como. Every season here offers its own scenic beauty and a gateway to the lake. At Passalacqua, you’ll learn all about reviving the lost art of travel known here as “villeggiatura,” and make new memories to last a lifetime.
Gordes, France: Live out your own fairytale
Your favorite medieval fairytales come to life at Airelles Gordes, an idyllic gem in Provence. This 18th-century hotel is home to more than 2,000 paintings, and features period furniture and antiques sourced from the most prestigious dealers of France. Art enthusiasts rave over its 40 suites, each featuring its own décor and history. If you’re looking for ultra-luxury, the private, five-bedroom La Maison de Constance is made for you. It offers all the amenities of the main hotel in addition to a private pool. A total of five restaurants are another main attraction of Airelles Gordes — two on-site, and three in the village’s center. The new Ladurée Café is a perfect stop for the tea and treats every traveler craves when visiting France.
São Lourenço do Barrocal
Monsaraz, Portugal: Unwind at a sprawling vineyard
In Alentejo, vast landscapes sweep you away amid ancient holm oaks, olive groves and vineyards. The São Lourenço do Barrocal estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years, right in the heart of a small farming village. The farms’ star product is wine, sustainably pioneered since 1820. If Mediterranean history piques your interest, you’ll be enthralled by this destination, inhabited since Neolithic times by sedentary tribes. São Lourenço do Barrocal’s accommodations range from spacious suites and meadow cottages to winery and courtyard rooms. You’ll love trying all the region’s flavors at the farm-to-table restaurant, bringing the freshest organic produce and local delicacies to your plate.
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