Preferred Hotels/Spas (Europe)

 

Not every hotel or resort has what it takes to earn Fred Bollaci’s seal of approval. Throughout the years, Fred, an international gourmet lifestyle expert, has had the privilege to travel throughout Europe, and has spent two semesters in college where he studied Italian language and culture, and numerous summers traveling all over Italy, where he has numerous family members and friends. In this section, Fred begins by showcasing his favorite destinations and places to stay in Italy, listed by region.

As someone who demands, expects, and enjoys the best amenities, service, cuisine, recreational activities, spa services, and overall experience possible, whether at a renowned world-class resort or a family owned and operated B&B, Fred has compiled a list of favorite lodging destinations, showcasing the best of Italy, from the Alps and Dolomites in the north to Puglia and Sicily in the south, featuring the best of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan, as well as elegant seaside resorts and spas in celebrated destinations like Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Positano, Porto Ercole, Taormina, Mondello Beach, Sardinia, Portofino, as well as the famous wine regions of Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and Maremma in Tuscany, to the Piedmont and Franciacorta regions, and ski and golf resorts in the Alps and Lakes Como, Garda, and Maggiore. Fred’s extensive travel experience and knowledge makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking for an amazing experience in Italy! Starting with Italy, Fred will be awarding the Golden Palate Italia Certificate of Excellence to places that offer an unparalleled experience.

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Having also traveled throughout Europe, Fred also lists his preferred destinations in France, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Monaco, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, and Russia, compiled from years of extensive travel experience and will be continuing to add more destinations throughout Europe as he continues to explore the best of Europe.

If you are looking for the ultimate European adventure, great cuisine, excellent service, wonderful amenities and recreational opportunities and experiences that will translate into memories that will last a lifetime, Fred Bollaci is THE resource on how to travel, where to stay, and what to see and do, and is the quintessential example of how one can savor the good life in top destinations abroad while maintaining a healthy, gourmet, active lifestyle.  As Fred’s travels will take him back to Europe in the near future, be sure to check back for updates on Fred’s latest destinations and discoveries.

ITALY

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Sextantio Albergo Diffuso (Santo Stefano di Sessanio/L’Aquila) (pictured above)

 

ALTO ADIGE/TRENTINO

Region next to the Austrian border, where many inhabitants speak German, this northern region of Italy is best known for its steep slopes, picturesque valleys, and breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, and is an ideal place for hiking and mountain biking in summer and skiing in winter.

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Alpen Royal Grand Hotel, Gourmet & Spa (Selva Alta Val Gardena) (pictured above)

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Alpina Dolomites Gardena Health Lodge & Spa (Alpe di Suisi) (pictured above)

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Castel Frasburg  (Merano) (pictured above)

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Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof (Ortisei/Val Gardena, Dolomiti) (pictured above)

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Hotel La Perla (Corvara in Badia) (pictured above)

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Lido Palace (Riva del Garda) (pictured above)

 

CAMPANIA: THE AMALFI COAST/POSITANO/SORRENTO/CAPRI/ISCHIA

Amalfi Coast/Positano/Ravello/Sorrento:

The stretch of coastline south of Sorrento is home to incredible scenery, amazing hotels, delicious Neapolitan cuisine (the best seafood, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella) is a must for anyone looking to enjoy the best life has to offer. Enjoy the picture postcard town of Positano, charming Amalfi, and Ravello, perched high above the coast. Finish the day with a glass of locally-made limoncello or meloncello overlooking the sea and you’ll know you are someplace special.

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Hotel Caruso (Ravello) (pictured above)

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Hotel Palumbo (Ravello (pictured above and right)

 

 

 

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Hotel San Pietro (Positano) (pictured above)

 

 

 

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Le Sirenuse (Positano) (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

 

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Palazzo Avino (Ravello) (pictured above)

Capri:

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“Beverly Hills on an enchanted island off of Italy” is how I describe the magical place called Capri.  For thousands of years, the island has been a favored destination of kings, emperors, and those in the know who want to enjoy the best life has to offer. Stroll the winding bougainvillea draped lanes on a peaceful early morning or moonlight night, and enjoy a swim and a perfect seafood lunch at one of the many exclusive beach clubs, Capri is like Heaven on earth.

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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa (pictured right)

 

 

 

 

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Gatto Bianco  (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Quisisana  (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

 

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Hotel Caesar Augustus  (pictured above)

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La Scalinatella (pictured above)

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Tiberio Palace  (pictured above)

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Capri looking towards the Faraglioni rocks.

Ischia:

A lovely, charming island in the Gulf of Naples, home to lush woodlands, crystal clear waters, great seafood, and natural springs that attract visitors from around the world. Ischia is renowned for its thermal baths, water park, and hotels with excellent aquatic spa facilities.

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Albergo della Regina Isabella  (pictured above)

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Hotel Mezza Torre  (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

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Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa (pictured above)

Sorrento Area:

Famed destination overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.

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Bellevue Syrene 1820 (pictured above)

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Don Alfonso 1890 (Sant’Agata sui due Golfi) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria (pictured above)

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L’Acqua Spa Boutique Hotel (pictured above)

 

EMILIA-ROMAGNA/BOLOGNA:

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Grand Hotel Majestic (Gia’ Baglioni) (Bologna) (pictured above

Hotel Real Fini (Modena)

 

LAZIO AND ROMA/ROME:

“The Eternal City” is Fred Bollaci’s favorite destination in the world.  Having spent two semesters based in Rome during college, where Fred studied Italian language and culture, and having visited family and friends there many times, Rome is a second home for Fred. With thousands of years of history at every turn, excellent food, and a vast array of lovely accommodations, there is “No place like Rome!”

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Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria (pictured above)

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IMG_6442The First Hotel Rome  (pictured above)

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Best way to beat the heat in Rome, the pool at Hotel Aldrovandi Villa Borghese.

Hotel Aldrovandi Villa Borghese  (pictured above)

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Hotel Hassler  (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

 

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Hotel de Russie  (pictured above)

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Hotel d’Inghilterra (pictured above)

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Hotel Majestic Roma (pictured right)

 

 

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JK Palace (pictured above)

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La Posta Vecchia (Ladispoli) (pictured above)

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Hotel Parco dei Principi  (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

 

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Margutta 54 Luxury Suites  (pictured above)

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Palazzo Manfredi (pictured above)

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Portrait Roma  (pictured above)

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Raphael Hotel  (pictured above)

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Regina Hotel Baglioni  (pictured right)

 

 

 

 

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Residenza di Ripetta (pictured above)

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Ripetta Rooms B&B (Piazza del Popolo)

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St. Regis Grand Rome  (pictured above)

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Borgo Storico Seghetti Panici (Castel di Lama) (pictured above)

 

LIGURIA: PORTOFINO/CINQUE TERRE/SAN REMO/THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

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Situated in the heart of the Italian Riviera, the lovely seaside village of Portofino exemplifies beauty and refined elegance.

Hotel Palme (Monterosso al Mare/Cinque Terre)

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Hotel Porto Roca (Monterosso al Mare/Cinque Terre) (pictured above)

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Hotel Splendido (Portofino) (pictured above)

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Garlenda:

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La Meridiana (pictured above

Rapallo/Genoa:

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Excelsior Palace Hotel (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Bristol (pictured above)

San Remo: 

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Royal Hotel (pictured above)

Santa Margherita Ligure: 

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Grand Hotel Miramare (pictured above)

 

LOMBARDY/MILAN:

Brusaporto (Bergamo):

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Da Vittorio (pictured above)

Calvagese della Riviera:

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Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort (pictured above)

Erbusco: 

Located near Lake Iseo in the Franciacorta region, known for sparkling wines produced in the Champagne method.

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L’Albereta (pictured above)

Gardone Riviera (Brescia/Lake Garda):

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Grand Hotel Fasano (pictured above)

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Villa Fiordaliso (pictured above)

Gargnano/Lake Garda:

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Lefay Resort & Spa (pictured above)

Lake Como/Lago di Como:

One of the most beautiful destinations anywhere, Como is just an hour north of Milan on the southern edge of the Alps. Be sure to take a boat ride on the lake.

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Castadiva Resort & Spa (Como) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Bellagio) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni (Bellagio) (pictured above)

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Villa D’Este (Cernobbio) (pictured above)

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Milan/Milano:

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Bulgari Hotel (pictured above)

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Carlton Hotel Baglioni Milan (pictured right)

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Grand Hotel et de Milan (pictured right)

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The Gray Hotel (pictured above)

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Hotel Chateau Monfort (pictured above)

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Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa (pictured above)

Santo Stefano Belbo: 

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Relais San Maurizio (pictured above)

 

PIEDMONT/PIEMONTE:

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Grand Hotel Majestic (Verbania) (pictured above)

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La Villa Hotel (Mombaruzzo) (pictured above)

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Ristorante Hotel Al Sorriso (Soriso) (pictured above)

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Villa Crespi (Orta San Giulio) (pictured above)

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Villa & Palazzo Aminta (Stresa) (pictured above)

 

PUGLIA:

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Borgo Egnazia (Savelletri di Fasano) (pictured above)

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Il Melograno (Monopoli/Bari) (pictured above)

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La Pescheria (Bari) (pictured above)

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Masseria San Domenico Spa-Thalasso & Golf Resort (Savelletri di Fasano) (pictured above)

 

SARDINIA/SICILY/ELBA:

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The island off the Tuscan coast, perhaps most famous for housing the exiled Napoleon is a favorite among those in the know, looking for a beautiful, more tranquil alternative to more crowded Mediterranean coastal destinations, such as The Riviera and The Amalfi Coast.

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Hotel Hermitage  (pictured above)

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Villa Ottone (pictured above)

 

SARDINIA/SARDEGNA: 

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Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, turquoise water, great wine, and food, Sardinia (Sardegna) is becoming an increasingly popular destination.

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Il Castello Forte Village (Cagliari) (pictured above)

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Petra Segreta Resort & Spa (Olbia) (pictured above)

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Pitrizza Hotel (Porto Cervo) (pictured above)

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Su Gologone (Oliena) (pictured above)

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Villa del Parco & Spa Forte Village  (Cagliari) (pictured above)

 

SICILY/SICILIA AND THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

Aeolian Islands:

Hotel Oasi (Panarea)

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Hotel Raya (Panarea)

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Therasia Resort & Spa (Vulcano)

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Agrigento:

Famous for amazingly well-preserved Greek temples, as well as beautiful, unspoiled beaches.

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Colleverde Park Hotel (pictured above)

Palermo Area:

This historically significant city can be enjoyed seaside in the lovely town of Mondello Beach.

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Splendid Hotel La Torre (Mondello Beach) (pictured above)

Ragusa:

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Antica Badia Relais Hotel (pictured above)

Sciacca:

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Verdura Golf and Spa Resort (pictured above)

Taormina:

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Lovely, lively Taormina is renowned for amazing vistas of the Strait of Messina, mainland Italy, and Mt. Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, as well as excellent seafood and the historic Greek amphitheater. Stay near the historic center of town, perched overlooking the sea and Mt. Etna, or in Mazzaro, (Taormina Mare), at the seaside.

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Grand Hotel Atlantis Bay (Taormina Mare) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel San Pietro  (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Timeo  (pictured above)

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San Domenico Palace Hotel  (pictured above)

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Villa Sant’Andrea (Taormina Mare) (pictured above)

Trapani:

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Kempinski Giardino di Costanza (pictured above)

 

TUSCANY/TOSCANA AND FLORENCE/FIRENZE:

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Florence/Firenze and Surrounding Countryside:

This beautiful renaissance city is ideal for walking and is home to excellent museums including the Uffizi and Accademia, as well as great Tuscan food and wine and amazing views along the Arno River, which appears golden at sunset. Stroll and shop for jewelry along the Ponte Vecchio and enjoy a picnic overlooking the city.

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Four Seasons Florence  (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Villa Medici (pictured above)

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Hotel Berchielli  (pictured above)

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Hotel Helevia & Bristol (pictured above)

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Hotel Lungarno  (pictured above)

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Hotel Regency (pictured above)

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Marignolle Relais & Charme (pictured above)

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Portrait Firenze (pictured right)

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Relais Santa Croce  (pictured above)

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Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy (pictured right)

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St. Regis Florence  (pictured above)

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Villa Cora (pictured above)

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Villa San Michele (Fiesole) (pictured above)

 

ELSEWHERE IN TUSCANY:

Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena):

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Borgo San Felice (pictured above)

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Castel Monastero (pictured above)

Chiusdino:

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Relais Borgo Santo Pietro (pictured above)

Cortona (Arezzo):

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Enjoy cooking school in Tuscany!

Relais e Ristorante Il Falconiere and Spa (pictured above)

Forte dei Marmi: 

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Augustus Hotel & Resort (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Imperiale (pictured above)

Grosseto:

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Gallia Palace Hotel (pictured above)

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Hotel Cala del Porto (pictured above)

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L’Andana (Castiglione della Pescaia/Grosseto) (pictured above)

Montalcino Area:

Montalcino, in the heart of Tuscany is a charming medieval town surrounded by excellent vineyards and is home to the luscious Brunello di Montalcino wine.

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Castello Banfi (Winery and hotel) (pictured above)

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Castello di Velona Spa Resort & Winery (pictured above)

Montemerano:

Caino (Hotel & Restaurant)

Pienza:

A charming medieval town not far from Montalcino in Tuscany, the views are amazing, as is the fresh, locally-made Pecorino di Pienza cheese.

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Hotel Corsignano

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La Bandita (pictured above)

Porto Ercole:

Beautiful, remote, relaxing retreat on the Maremma coast of Tuscany, Porto Ercole has for decades been a hideaway for the rich and famous and those seeking to enjoy the Tuscan sun and seaside.

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Il Pellicano Hotel  (pictured above)

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Porto Santo Stefano:

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Torre di Cala Piccola (pictured above)

San Casciano dei Bagni: 

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Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa (pictured above)

San Giuliano di Terme:

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Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa (pictured above and right)

 

 

 

San Giustino Valdarno:

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Il Borro (pictured above)

Saturnia:

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Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort (pictured right)

 

 

 

Siena: 

Famous medieval Tuscan town known today for the Palio races each summer.

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Castello di Casole (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Continental (pictured above)

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa:

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Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa (pictured above and right)

 

 

UMBRIA

Beautiful region located between Rome and Tuscany, known for ceramics and many lovely medieval hill towns, including Assisi, home to St. Francis, Orvieto, known for its classic white wine, among other charming villages.

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Borgo dei Conti (Perugia) (pictured above)

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Palazzo Seneca (Norcia) (pictured above)

 

VAL D’AOSTA

This northwestern most region of Italy that borders France is best known for its snow-capped peaks, and the famous tartufi bianchi (white truffles) harvested each autumn.

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Grand Hotel Billia & Casino (pictured right)

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Hotel Bellevue & Spa (Cogne) (pictured above)

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Hotel Hermitage and Spa (Breuil-Cervina) (pictured above)

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Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa  (San Cassiano in Badia) (pictured above)

 

VENICE/VENEZIA & THE VENETO

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Magical any time of year, Venice and the neighboring islands of Murano (famous for hand-blown glass), Burano, and Torcello are a must visit. Stay along the busy Grand Canal in the heart of this wonderland of canals and water, or at the magical Cipriani, whose parklike grounds and pool are like an oasis.

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Bauer Il Palazzo  (pictured above)

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Ca’ Sagredo Hotel (pictured above)

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Cristallo (Cortina d’Ampezzo) (pictured above)

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Due Torri (Verona) (pictured above)

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Faloria Mountain Spa Resort (Cortina d’Ampezzo) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Savoia (Cortina d’Ampezzo) (pictured above)

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Hotel Danieli  (pictured above)

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Hotel Cipriani  (pictured above)

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Hotel Villa Abbazia (Follina) (pictured above)

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Londra Palace (pictured above)

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Luna Hotel Baglioni Venice (pictured right)

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Villa del Quar (Pedemonte/Verona) (pictured above)

AUSTRIA

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Hotel Goldner Hirsch (Salzburg) (pictured above)

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Hotel Sacher (Vienna) (pictured above)

 

CROATIA

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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel (Zagreb) (pictured above)

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Hotel Monte Mulini (Rovinj) (pictured above)

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Kempinski Hotel Adriatic (Istria) (pictured above)

 

CZECH REPUBLIC 

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Four Seasons Prague (pictured above)

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Mandarin Oriental Prague (pictured above)

 

FRANCE

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ALSACE/LORRAINE:

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Au Soldat de l’an II (Phalsbourg) (pictured above)

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Bas Rupts et Chalet Fleuri (Gerardmer/Vosges) (pictured above)

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Château d’Adomenil (Luneville) (pictured above)

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Hostellerie Abbaye de la Pommeraie (Selestat/Bas-Rhein) (pictured above)

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Hostellerie La Cheneaudiere & Spa (Colroy-La-Roche/Bas-Rhein) (pictured above)

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L’Arnsbourg Hôtel K (Baerenthal/Moselle) (pictured above)

 

BRITTANY:

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Anne de Bretagne (Plaine-Sur-Mer) (pictured above)

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Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa (Bangor/Morbihan) (pictured above)

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Castel Marie-Louise (La Baule/Loire-Atlantique) (pictured above)

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Château de Locguenole (Kervignac/Morbihan) (pictured above)

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Domaine de Rochevilaine (Billiers/Morbihan) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Brittany (Roscoff/Finistere) (pictured above)

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Hôtel de la Plage (Sainte-Anne-la-Palud/Finistere) (pictured above)

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Hôtel e Spa de la Bretesche (Misillac/Loire-Atlantique) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Le Fort de L’Ocean (Le Croisic/Loire-Atlantique) (pictured above)

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Les Maisons de Bricourt (Saint Meloir des Ondes/Ile-et-Vilaine) (pictured above)

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Manoir de Lan-Kerellec (Trebeurden/Cotes-d’Armor) (pictured above)

 

BURGUNDY:

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Abbaye de la Bussiere (La Bussière-sur-Ouche/Côte-d’Or) (pictured above)

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Château de Germigney (Port-Lesney/Jura) (pictured above)

Georges Blanc Parc & Spa (Vonnas/Ain)

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Hostellerie de Levernois (Levernois/Beaune/Côte-d’Or) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Le Cep (Beaune) (pictured above)

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La Cote St. Jacques Hôtel & Spa (Joigny/Yonne) (pictured above)

L’Esperance (St. Pere-sous-Vezelay/Yonne)

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Le Relais Bernard Loiseau (Saulieu/Côte-d’Or) (pictured above)

Maison Lameloise (Chagny/Saône-et-Loire)

 

THE FRENCH RIVIERA/PROVENCE/CORSICA:


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Bastide de Capelongue (Bonnieux en Provence/Vaucluse) (pictured above)

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Cap d’Antibes Beach Hôtel (Cap d’Antibes) (pictured above)

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Château de Berne (Lorgues/Var) (pictured above)

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Château de la Chèvre d’Or (Eze) (pictured above)

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Château de la Messardiere (St. Tropez) (pictured above)

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Château de Rochegude (Rochegude) (pictured above)

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Château Sainte-Martin & Spa (Vence Cedex/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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Domaine de Châteauneuf (Nans-Les-Pins/Var) (pictured above)

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Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa & Spa (Porto Vecchio/Corsica) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Byblos St. Tropez (pictured above)

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Hôtel Casadelmar (Porto Vecchio, Corsica) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Crillon Le Brave (Crillon le Brave/Vaucluse) (pictured above)

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Hôtel du Castellet (Le Castellet/Var) (pictured above)

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Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc (Cap d’Antibes) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Imperial Garoupe (Cap-d’Antibes/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Royal Riviera (St. Jean-Cap Ferrat) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Villa Belrose (Gassin/Var) (pictured above)

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Intercontinental Carlton (Cannes) (pictured above)

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La Bastide de St. Tropez (St. Tropez) (pictured above)

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La Bastide St.-Antoine (Grasse/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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La Bonne Etape (Chateau-Arnoux) (pictured above)

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La Maison d’Uzes (Uzes/Gard) (pictured above)

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La Reserve de Beaulieu & Spa (Beaulieu-sur-Mer) (pictured above)

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La Reserve-Ramatuelle (Ramatuelle) (pictured above)

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La Signoria & Spa (Calvi/Corsica) (pictured above)

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La Villa Spa (Calvi/Corsica) (pictured above)

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Le Club de Cavaliere & Spa (Le Lavandou/Cavalière/Var) (pictured above)

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Le Couvent des Minimes Hôtel & Spa L’Occitane (Mane) (pictured above)

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Le Grand Hôtel (Cannes) (pictured above)

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Le Domaine de Verchant (Montpelier/Herault) (pictured above)

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Le Jardin des Sens (Montpelier) (pictured above)

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Le Mas Candile (Mougins/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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Le Mas de Pierre  (Saint-Paul-de-Vence/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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Le Mas des Herbes Blanches (Joucas/Vaucluse) (pictured above)

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Le Negresco (Nice) (pictured above)

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Le Petit Nice-Passedat (Marseille) (pictured above)

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Le Phebus & Spa (Gordes) (pictured above)

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Le Prieure (Villeneuve lez Avignon) (pictured above)

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Le Sainte-Paul (Saint-Paul-de-Vence/Alpes-Maritimes) (pictured above)

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Majestic Barriere (Cannes) (pictured above)

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Miramar Beach Hôtel & Spa (Cannes) (pictured above)

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Oustau de Baumaniere & Spa (Les Baux-de-Provence) (pictured above)

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Pan Dei Palais (St. Tropez) (pictured above)

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Residence de la Pinede (St. Tropez) (pictured above)

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Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort (Tourrettes, Provence) (pictured above)

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Villa Augusta (Saint Paul-Trois-Châteaux) (pictured above)

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Villa Gallici (Aix-en-Provence) (pictured above)

 

LOIRE VALLEY:

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Château de Curzay (Curzay-sur-Vonne) (pictured above)

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Château de Noirieux (Briollay/Maine-et-Loire) (pictured above)

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Château de Noizay (Noizay/Indre-et-Loire) (pictured above)

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Domaine des Hauts de Loire (Onzain/Loire-et-Cher) (pictured above)

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Grand Hôtel du Lion D’Or (Romorantin-Lanthenay) (pictured above)

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Les Hautes Roches (Rochecorbon) (pictured above)

 

NORMANDY:

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Château d’Audrieu Bayeux (Andrieu/Calvados) (pictured above)

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Château de Montreuil (Pas-de-Calais) (pictured above)

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La Ferme Saint-Simeon (Honfleur/Calvados) (pictured above)

La Grenouillere (La-Madelaine-sous-Montreuil/Pas-de-Calais)

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Le Château de Beaulieu (Busnes/Pas-de-Calais) (pictured above)

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Le Clos (Verneuil-sur-Avre) (pictured above)

Manoir des Saules (La Saussaye/Eure)

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Royal Barriere (Deauville) (pictured above)

 

PARIS AND VICINITY:

“The City of Light” is one of the most exciting, romantic, elegant, and beautiful cities in the world, home to incredible museums, great dining, shopping, and people-watching, there is only one Paris. Enjoy this magnificent city and the sights of the beautiful surrounding countryside, including the famed destinations of Versailles and the Champagne region.

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Auberge des Templiers (Boismorand) (pictured above)

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Auberge du Jeu de Paume (Chantilly) (pictured above)

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Cazaudehore La Forestiere (Sainte-Germain-en-Laye) (pictured above)

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Château de Courcelles (Courcelles-sur-Veste) (pictured above)

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Domaine Les Crayères (Reims) (pictured above)

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Four Seasons Hôtel George V (Paris) (pictured above)

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Hostelerie La Briqueterie (Vinay/Marne/Epernay) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Bristol  (Paris) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Daniel (Paris) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Fouquets Barriere  (Paris) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Lancaster (Paris) (pictured above)

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IMG_1632The beautiful courtyard at the renowned Plaza Athenee in Paris. The exquisite hotel has been featured in movies including “Something’s Gotta Give” and in the HBO series “Sex and The City.”

Hôtel Plaza Athenee  (Paris) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Raphael (Paris) (pictured above)

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Le Meurice  (Paris) (pictured above)

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The Ritz Paris  (pictured above)

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Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris (pictured above)

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Royal Champagne (Champillon/Marne/Epernay) (pictured above)

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Saint James Paris (pictured above)

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Shangri-La Hôtel (Paris) (pictured above)

 

RHONE VALLEY/LYON:

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Château de Codignat (Bort/Puy-de-Dome) (pictured above)

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Hôtel et Restaurant Regis et Jacques Marcon (Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid)

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Maison Decoret (Vichy/Allier) (pictured above)

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Maison Pic (Valence/Drome) (pictured above)

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Villa Florentine (Lyon) (pictured above)

 

SAVOY/MT. BLANC:

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Flocons de Sel (Megeve/Haute-Savoie) (pictured above)

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Hameau Albert 1er (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) (pictured above)

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Hôtel au Coeur du Village (La Clusaz) (pictured above)

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Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles (Courchevel) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Le Chabichou Restaurants & Spa (Courchevel 1850) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Le Savoie & Spa (Val d’Isère/Savoie) (pictured above)

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Le Grand Coeur & Spa (Meribel/Savoie) (pictured above)

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Ombremont
(Le Bourget-du-Lac/Savoie) (pictured above)

 

SOUTHWEST FRANCE/BORDEAUX:

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Beaumanoir (Biarritz) (pictured above)

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Bras-Sebastien et Michel (Laguiole/Aveyron) (pictured above)

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ChâteauCordeillan-Bages  (Pauillac/Gironde) (pictured above)

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Château de Brindos (Anglet-Biarritz/Pyrenees-Atlantiques) (pictured above)

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Château de la Treyne (Lacave/Lot) (pictured above)

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Château de Mercues (Mercues/Lot) (pictured above)

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Château de Mirambeau (Mirambeau/Charente-Maritime) (pictured above)

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Château de Riell (Prades/Pyrenees-Orientales) (pictured above)

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Domaine D’Auriac (Carcassonne/Aude) (pictured above)

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Hostellerie de Plaisance (Saint-Emilion/Gironde) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Atalante-Relais Thalasso & Spa (Charente-Maritime/Ile de Re) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Burdigala (Bordeaux) (pictured above)

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Hôtel du Palais  (Biarritz) (pictured above)

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Hôtel Le Grand Large (Ile d’Oleron) (pictured above)

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La Bastide (Barbotan-les-Thermes/Gers) (pictured above)

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La Chapelle Saint-Martin (Nieul/Haute-Vienne) (pictured above)

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La Reserve (Albi/Tarn) (pictured above)

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Le Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux (Bordeaux) (pictured above)

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Le Parc Victoria (Saint-Jean-de-Luz/Pyrenees-Atlantiques) (pictured above)

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Le Saint-James Bouliac (Bouliac/Gironde) (pictured above)

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Le Vieux Logis (Tremolat/Dordogne) (pictured above)

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L’Hôtel de Toiras and Villa Clarisse (St.-Martin-de-Re/Charente-Maritime) (pictured above)

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Michel Trama (Puymirol/Lot-et-Garonne) (pictured above)

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Moulin de L’Abbaye (Brantome-en-Perigord/Dordogne) (pictured above)

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Prieure D’Orsan (Maisonnais/Cher) (pictured above)

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Relais de la Poste (Magescq/Landes) (pictured above)

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Relais Royal (Mirepoix/Ariege) (pictured above)

 

GERMANY

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski (Berlin) (pictured above)

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Hotel Dollenberg Schwarzwald Resort  (Bad Peterstal–Griesbach) (pictured above)

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Mandarin Oriental (Munich) (pictured above)

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Parkhotel Adler (Hinterzarten) (pictured above)

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The Regent (Berlin) (pictured above)

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Ritz Carlton Berlin (pictured above)

 

GREECE

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Blue Palace Resort (Crete) (pictured above)

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Elounda Mare Hotel (Crete) (pictured above)

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Kirini Suites Hotel (Santorini) (pictured above)

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Myconian Ambassador Thalasso Spa (Mykonos) (pictured above)

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Mykonian Utopia Resort (Mykonos) (pictured above)

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MONACO

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Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo (pictured above)

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Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo (pictured above)

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Monte Carlo Beach (Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) (pictured above)

 

PORTUGAL

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Bairro Alto Hotel Lisbon (pictured above)

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Convento do Espinheiro Hotel and Spa (Evora) (pictured above)

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Corinthia Hotel Lisbon (pictured above)

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Four Seasons Ritz Lisbon (pictured above)

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Grand Real Villa Italia (Cascais) (pictured above)

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Hotel Albatroz (Cascais) (pictured above)

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Hotel Vila Vita Parc  (Algarve) (pictured above)

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Hotel Quinta do Lago (Algarve) (pictured above)

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Pine Cliffs Residence (Albufeira/Algarve) (pictured above)

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Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel (Porto) (pictured above)

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Reid’s Palace (Madeira) (pictured above)

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Sheraton Algarve (Albufeira) (pictured above)

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Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade (Lisbon) (pictured above)

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Tiara Park Atlantic Lisbon (pictured above)

 

RUSSIA

Moscow:

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Four Seasons Hotel Moscow (pictured above)

 

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The Ritz Carlton Moscow (pictured above)

St. Petersburg:

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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (pictured above)

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Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace (pictured above)

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Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria (pictured above)

 

SPAIN

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Belmond La Residencia (Mallorca) (pictured above)

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Hotel Alfonso XIII (Seville) (pictured above)

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Hotel Arts (Barcelona) (pictured above)

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Hotel 1898 (Barcelona) (pictured above)

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Hotel Villa Magna (Madrid) (pictured above)

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Mandarin Oriental (Barcelona) (pictured above)

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ME Madrid Reina Victoria (pictured above)

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Parador Santiago de Compostela  (pictured above)

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St. Regis Mardavall (Mallorca) (pictured above)

 

SWITZERLAND

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel (St. Moritz) (pictured above)

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Beau-Rivage Hotel (Neuchatel) (pictured above)

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Carlton Hotel St. Moritz (St. Moritz) (pictured above)

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Castello del Sole (Ascona/Lake Maggiore) (pictured above)

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Dolder Grand (Zurich) (pictured above)

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Fairmont Le Montreaux Palace (Montreux) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel du Lac (Vevey) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Park (Gstaad) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites (Bad Ragaz) (pictured above)

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Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt) (pictured above)

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Gstaad Palace (Gstaad) (pictured above)

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Hostellerie du Pas de L’Ours (Crans-Montana) (pictured above)

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Hotel Eden Roc (Ascona/Lake Maggiore) (pictured above)

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Hotel Splendide Royal (Lugano) (pictured above)

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Le Chalet D’Adrien (Verbier, Valais) (pictured above)

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Le Grand Bellevue (Gstaad) (pictured above)

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Le Mirador Kempinski Mont-Pelerin Lake Geneva (Montreux) (pictured above)

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Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort (Lenk im Simenthal) (pictured above)

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Les Trois Rois (Basel) (pictured above)

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Mont Cervi Palace (Zermatt) (pictured above)

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Palace Luzern (Luzern) (pictured above)

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Park Weggis (Lucerne) (pictured above)

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Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (Interlaken) (pictured above)

 

UNITED KINGDOM 

LONDON/ENGLAND:

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The Ampersand Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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Andaz Liverpool Street (London) (pictured above)

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The Athenaeum (London) (pictured above)

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Chewton Glen (Hampshire) (pictured above)

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Claridge’s (London) (pictured above)

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The Connaught (London) (pictured above)

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Corinithia Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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Covent Garden Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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The Dorchester (London) (pictured above)

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Dukes Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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41 (London) (pictured above)

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Four Seasons Hotel (Hampshire) (pictured above)

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The Goring Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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The Halkin by Como (London) (pictured above)

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Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons, a Belmond Hotel (Oxfordshire) (pictured above)

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Milestone Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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The Montcalm (London) (pictured above)

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One Aldwych Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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Taj 51 Buckingham (London) (pictured above)

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The Ritz (London) (pictured above)

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Rubens at The Palace (London) (pictured above)

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The Savoy, a Fairmont Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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Soho Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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South Place Hotel (London) (pictured above)

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The Stafford (London) (pictured above)

 

SCOTLAND:

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Gleneagles Hotel (Auchterarder) (pictured above)

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Turnberry Resort (pictured above)

 

IRELAND

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Adare Manor (Co. Limerick) (pictured above)

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Ashford Castle Hotel (Co. Mayo) (pictured above)

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel (Connemara, Co. Galway) (pictured above)

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Dromoland Castle Hotel (Co. Claire) (pictured above)

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The Merrion (Dublin) (pictured above)

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Mount Juliet Estate (Co. Kilkenny) (pictured above)

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Powerscourt Hotel (Co. Wicklow) (pictured above)

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Sheen Falls Lodge (Co. Kerry) (pictured above)

 

Be sure to check back often as Fred continues to travel and lists additional favorites throughout Europe!