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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.
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.
Hacienda San Antonio Millet
Hacienda San Antonio Millet is a charming property located in the vibrant city of Merida, Mexico, offering travelers a close proximity to the most coveted attractions in the Yucatan region.
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.
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.
Antica Dimora Suites
Originally built in the early 19th century, Antica Dimora Suites is a beautifully-restored destination situated on the picturesque Greek island of Crete. Boasting architectural integrity and historic charm, the hotel is located in the heart of old town Rethymno, near exciting cultural sights, refined Mediterranean dining, and beautiful sandy beaches.
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.
A restored fishing warehouse, Hotel Brosundet is a Art Nouveau escape combining a charming nautical design with contemporary fixings complete with a converted lighthouse suite. Situated in the small fishing and boating village of Ålesund, the property offers 47 guestrooms incorporating the original wooden floors and panels, and exposed brick exuding an authentic seaside experience.
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.
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.
Høyevarde Fyrhotell is a beautiful seaside hotel dating back to 1700 when the lighthouse guided sailors along the Karmsund strait, previously known as ‘Nordvegen' or the North Passage. Boasting 10 beautifully-appointed guestrooms, the hotel offers a tranquil and serene setting in Havik, Norway.
Comprised of several beautiful historic buildings in Kalvag, Norway, Knutholmen Hotell lends insight to the rich maritime heritage of the renowned fishing village that remains a celebrated destination today. While celebrating its fishing and seaside culture, the hotel affords the setting to explore the majestic mountain and forest surroundings of Kalvag.
Fru Haugans Hotel
Ideally situated on the Vefsna riverside in the center of Norway within Mosjøen, Fru Haugans Hotel has been a women-run retreat since 1885 offering warm hospitality and excellent service. Strolling around the hotel is a journey through time, where the rich history of Norway is exhibited. A beautiful location at the end of the picturesque Sjøgata street, Fru Haugans Hotel has holds the distinction of being Northern Norway’s oldest preserved adjoining wooden buildings.
Hotel Union Oye
Hotel Union Øye is a historic gem, situated in a peaceful village on Hjørundfjord with the Sunnmøre Alps towering all around. Dating from 1891, the property is a historical journey in itself with authentic rooms, all named after royal and dignified guests, with rich and traditional decorations.
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.
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.
One of the oldest hotels in Norway, the iconic Utne Hotel opened its doors to guests in 1722. With its intricate decorative details and collection of antique treasures, entering the historic hotel is like living in a history book.
Tivoli Palacio de Seteais
Located amid a UNESCO World Heritage site and perched atop a privileged mountainside location in Sintra, Portugal, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais boasts unique 18th-century splendor that is rarely seen in European hotels today. Fully restored and remodeled, the lavishly decorated rooms with furnishings of extraordinary wealth and the ballrooms with their rich tapestries and incredible frescos make this stunning hotel a culturally rich and historically diverse experience.
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.
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.
Oatlands Park Hotel
Weybridge, United Kingdom
One of the finest four-star hotels in Weybridge, Oatlands Park Hotel offers breathtaking scenery and fine facilities. Only a 20 minute drive from London Heathrow airport, this historic country house hotel is in the heart of Surrey, and is steeped in royal history.
Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn
English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda
The Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn was built in 1789 to house the materials for repairing and maintaining the wooden sailing ships of the Royal Navy. All fourteen guestrooms are located within the historic structure and offer antique furnishings, wood-beamed ceilings, and exposed stone and brick. Amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, a kitchenette, and private bath.
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.
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.
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.
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows
Chichen Itza, Mexico
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows promises an unparalleled getaway, located just steps away from the world-renowned archaeological site, Chichen Itza in Mexico.
Hacienda Xcanatún is a luxurious boutique hotel, located in an authentic 18th century hacienda within Merida, Mexico, offering elegant accommodations, exquisite dining, and more for guests to enjoy.
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.
Dating back to 1912, Wyndham Merida is a luxury property located in Merida, Mexico, offering travelers exquisite accommodations, unparalleled dining options, and a beautiful historic setting. Set in the vibrant Yucatan Peninsula, this heritage hotel boasts convenient access to explore the cultural attractions nearby.