Must Stay (Hotels)
"Currently Featured Hotels"
- Altnaharrie Inn,
Why? The romance begins when you board a boat for the short trip
that brings you to Loch Broom, home of the Altnaharrie Inn. The Inn
is intimate and cozy, and the before dinner drinks in front of a toasty
fireplace only add to the charm of the experience. The Inn is respected
worldwide for the culinary skills of Chef Gunn Eriksen (yes, a woman)
who will give your palette an unforgettable treat.
- The Breakers,
Palm Beach, Florida
Why? From the moment you see the hotel in the distance you know
you're in for a treat. Once, inside however, you feel you've 'arrived.'
The beautifully appointed hotel with European ceilings, tapestries and
fountains makes you feel as if you've left the good ol' USA. However,
the palm trees, swimming pools, expansive beach front and friendly staff
are pure American.
- Hotel Cipriani,
Why? The private boat to the fabulous Hotel Cipriani is a thrill
within itself. The wonderful views of Venice are mesmerizing as you
head toward the hotel dock. Inside the hotel, the Cipriani breaths of
elegance and luxury. Everything is better than you might expect; the
food, the service, the rooms, the pool and the views. A slice of Heaven.
- Hotel Du Cap,
Eden Roc, France
Why? The hotel is old world glamour and sophistication. The lobby
is beautiful and the outside balcony overlooking the French Riviera
is dreamy and, oh so, romantic. Movie star royalty can still be found
at the hotel; especially during the Cannes Film Festival. Bring lots
of cash, the Hotel Du Cap is expensive and does not accept credit cards.
Now that is French snobbery.
- Hotel La Mamounia,
Why? Built in the 1920s, this Moroccan paradise is one of the
most beautiful hotels in existence. The gardens are spectacular and
can trace their roots to the 16th century. One not to miss activity
is the La Mamounia massage which begins with a heavy slathering of mud
and ends in heavenly relaxation.
- The Ice Hotel,
Jukkasjarvi, Norrland, Sweden.
Why? Because it is simply amazing, and everyone must experience
it at least once in their lifetime. The hotel is built every November
and then melts into oblivion until the next season. Even after you've
warmed up from your stay, you'll have a lifetime of 'cool' memories.
- Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons,
Great Milton, England
Why? Known for its outstanding cuisine, the Manoir Aux Quat Saisons
(Manor of the four seasons) is an exceptional experience on very level.
The country inn, built from Cotswold Stone of the 15th Century is beautifully
appointed with overstuffed couches, lovely artwork, fine linens, and
welcoming English tea served at a moments notice. The gardens are worth
a leisurely afternoon stroll in preparation for the extraordinary dinner
- Mt. Kenya Safari Club,
Nanyuki, Kenya, Africa
Why? The grandeur of Africa can be found at this old-world treat
which rests in the shadow of Mt. Kenya. The 100-acre property is replete
with cranes, ibis, and techno-color peacocks. The accommodations are
luxurious and elegant. Have a private dinner served in your room in
front of a burning fireplace to add a little romance to your safari.
- The Shelbourne Hotel,
Why? It is steeped in Irish history and a wonderful place to
temporarily call home. The hotel, built in 1824, has a lot to brag about;
the Irish Constitution was drafted here, and many of Ireland's most
famous writers, poets and artists have hung their coats here. If nothing
else, have high tea in the Lord Mayor's Lounge or have a Guinness at
the Horseshoe Bar where you are sure to hear a lot of Irish Blarney.
- Strawberry Hill,
Irish Town, Jamaica
Why? Secluded and tranquil, this collection of cottages in the
Blue Mountains of Jamaica is the Caribbean's best kept secret. It is
a tropical wonderland with lush open views and private pathways. Getting
there takes a bit of effort by car; however, if money is not an issue
arrive by helicopter.
- Villa Del Sol,
Why? The sunsets over Zihuatanejo Bay are some of the most mesmerizing
in the world. The hotel, located on an equally enchanting beachfront,
is a peaceful romantic paradise with an extremely attentive staff. The
mosquito-draped canopied beds are often strewn with rose petals and
a private beach dinner replete with mariachi band can be had for the
- Villa San Michele,
Why? High above the crowds of Florence is a paradise designed
by Michelangelo himself. The villa is a piece of art in its own right,
but also boasts so many beautiful things you'll never want to leave.
That is even before you take in the spectacular views of Florence, which
are even more enchanting and dazzling by night. During the day the private
pool is an oasis and overlooks well-groomed gardens. The cuisine is
delicious and service excellent.
MUST STAY HOTELS
13. Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico
14. The Arctic, Seattle, Washington
15. Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona
16. Bath Hotel, Bath England
17. The Bellagio, Las Vegas
18. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
19. Castle Leslie, Ireland
20. Claridges, London
21. Crater Lake Lodge, Oregon
22. Four Seasons, Costa Rica
23. Four Season, Mexico City
24. The Gingerbread House, California
25. Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia
26. Hotel Carlton, Cannes, France
27. The Hassler, Rome, Italy
28. Hotel de Crillon, Paris
29. Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo
30. Hotel Sacher, Austria
31. Inn of the Anasazi, New Mexico
32. Inn at Turtle Creek, Texas
33. La Gazelle Dor, Morocco
34. Les Fermes De Marie, Megeve, France
35. Little Governor's Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
36. Mont Saint Michel, France
37. Old Cataract Hotel, Egypt
38. Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
39. Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
40. The Peninsula, Beverly Hills, California
41. The Phoenician, Phoenix,Arizona
42. Royal Palms, Phoenix, Arizona
43. The Ritz, Paris, France
44. Santa Monica Ritz Carlton, California
45. Schloss Hotel, Berlin, Germany
46. Soniat House, Louisiana
47. Tennerhof Hotel, Lech Austria
48. The Venetian, Las Vegas
49. The Waldorf Astoria, New York
50. The York, Sydney, Australia