RESIDENZA DI RIPETTA
In the center of Rome’s historic quarter between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps sits this gracious and tranquil hideaway, which began life as a Baroque 17th-century convent. (The main ballroom is a former chapel.) Inside you’ll find paintings, statues, and original frescoes along with contemporary art and a shaded inner courtyard garden. You are perfectly located here – stroll out to the Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo to see works by Caravaggio and Bernini, or walk over to the fashionable district around Via Condotti.
Stay at Residenza di Ripetta on The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma.
Ideally set within walking distance of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this boutique hotel is a passionate tribute to the world’s finest watch making. Unique collections of vintage wristwatches have been incorporated into the decoration throughout – from the hotel’s 58 comfortable mahogany-trimmed guest rooms to its chic bar L'O (be sure to see the fantastic illuminated floor and glowing pool). Using warm materials such as dark brass, fine woods, leather, velvet, and parchment paper, noted Italian architect and interior designer Marianna Gagliardi has meticulously created a quiet sanctuary in the heart of the city.
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HOTEL SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
This historic gem centrally located overlooking Santa Maria Novella Cathedral has been elegantly refurbished inside and out in a style that celebrates the hotel’s 19th-century heritage while incorporating all the modern amenities. Decorated with a variety of antiques, every guest room is unique. Fabrics are sumptuous, ceilings are high, and bathrooms are marble. Be sure to set aside time for relaxing on the rooftop terrace to take in the views of the cathedral and other major sites. Your hotel is just a short walk from the Duomo and the Uffizi.
Stay at Hotel Santa Maria Novella on The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma.
With a 1940’s façade resembling a ship in honor of the city’s maritime history, this Leading Hotels of the World member sits poised between land and sea just a few minutes walk from Piazza San Marco. Inside, the romance of 1940s and 1950s design combines with Venetian touches to create an Art Deco look with a modern feel. Dine on contemporary Italian cuisine on the terrace of the restaurant De Pisis as you look out over the Grand Canal. Sip an iconic Bellini with views of the Grand Canal and the Chiesa della Salute on the terrace of Bar Canale, or head indoors to the B Bar for more magical views of La Salute.
Stay at Bauers L’Hotel on The Heart of Italy: Venezia, Firenze & Roma.
GRAND HOTEL CONTINENTAL
Welcome to the palazzo! In the historical center of Siena, steps from the Duomo and the Piazza del Campo, this romantic Renaissance retreat traces its history back to the 17th century, when Pope Alexander VII built it as a wedding present for his niece. Original frescoes and precious artworks and antiques create an opulent ambiance throughout. The refined guest rooms are embellished with Carrara marble and travertine bathrooms, fine silks, and mirrors inlaid with silver. The hotel’s Wine Cellar, housed in the base of a medieval tower, is a lovely spot for enjoying the many pleasures of Tuscan wines.
Stay at Grand Hotel Continental on Tuscany & Cinque Terre.
HOTEL PORTO ROCA
Explore the coastal fishing villages of Cinque Terre from your villa suspended between sea and sky, perched above steep cliffs that drop straight into the blue Mediterranean. Everywhere you look, the views are amazing – you’ll want to live on the garden terrace and in the infinity pool overlooking a sheltered bay, surrounded by greenery and vineyards. Indoors, the intimate old-world ambiance conveys the feeling of a luxurious villa from centuries past. The spacious restaurant with panoramic views offers traditional Ligurian dishes and classic Italian cuisine – often featuring freshly caught fish.
Stay at Hotel Porto Roca on Tuscany & Cinque Terre.
Described as “an isle apart, set in the city," this Provençal mansion from long ago is secluded in a lush green bower just minutes from the central Cours Mirabeau in Aix. Entering the property through imposing gates, guests discover a grand country house with Genoese-style towers and peaceful gardens punctuated with topiaries and a pool. Cézanne painted Mount Sainte-Victoire from what is now the large flower-filled terrace. Light streams into the guest rooms, decorated in Provençal style, and Provençal cuisine is a house specialty. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member, Le Pigonnet has been operated by the same family since 1924.
Stay at Le Pigonnet on Provence.
LA BASTIDE DE GORDES
Time stands still at this ancestral castle built on 12th-century ramparts into a rocky cliff overlooking one of the most beautiful villages in France – and the fabled landscapes of the Luberon valley and hills. Light-filled guest rooms feature village or valley views, and the overarching ambiance is a perfect blend of refined, rustic, and relaxed. Three restaurants, including Peir I by Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, celebrate the flavors of Provence, the Mediterranean, and the Luberon. As you dine, soak in panoramic views of the spectacular valley below.
Stay at La Bastide de Gordes on Provence.
AUBERGE DE CASSAGNE & SPA
Le Pontet Avignon
Unwind in peace and quiet at this country house built in 1850, set in an oasis of greenery just outside Avignon. Guest rooms provide a true “sense of place” with floral prints and soft colors. Enjoy the heated, counter-current indoor swimming pool, take the sun beside the outdoor pool, or treat yourself to soothing and rejuvenating treatments at Le Spa de Cassagne. The chef at Le Restaurant is a former pupil of Paul Bocuse, and he more than fulfills Provence’s promise of fine seasonal cuisine and wines. Dine beneath the beamed ceiling in the restaurant or on the terrace.
Stay at Auberge de Cassagne & Spa on Provence.
In the United States
JACKSON LAKE LODGE
Grand Teton National Park
All around you, wilderness beckons – and that’s why this historic lodge is one of the most sought-after places to stay in Grand Teton National Park. See the spectacular Tetons rising to the sky above the Snake River from the 60-foot-tall picture windows in the main lodge. Gaze across the lake at wildlife ambling near the shore as you sit down to eat in the Mural Room. Or peer through your binoculars at mountain slopes dotted with wildflowers while you enjoy the only swimming pool in the park. The lodge offers all kinds of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, float trips and boat excursions. So when you're not off exploring with Tauck, you can continue experiencing the park as you like.
Stay at Jackson Lake Lodge on Yellowstone & The Tetons: American Safari
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS HOTEL AND CABINS
Yellowstone National Park
A cherished Yellowstone destination since 1937, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins takes its name from the steaming limestone terraces that lie just above the hotel. Elk wander the parade grounds of what was once Fort Yellowstone, historic photos of Yellowstone are reminders of the past, and the rustic hotel is in a perfect location for exploring the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. The main building features a warm and welcoming lobby, a unique Map Room ideal for reading and relaxing, and an activities desk.
Stay at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins on Yellowstone & The Tetons: American Safari.
OLD FAITHFUL SNOW LODGE
Yellowstone National Park
Location, location, location… Just steps away from Old Faithful Geyser, one of nature’s most famous icons, Old Faithful Snow Lodge is an award-winning western-style oasis in Yellowstone during both summer and winter. In winter, you can take advantage of optional activities, from ice-skating to off-trail snowshoeing and skiing. Yellowstone National Park in winter is surreal, isolated and pristine, and a roaring fire in a fireplace at the lodge welcomes you back from exploring.
Stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge on Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter and Yellowstone & The Tetons: American Safari.
CHICO HOT SPRINGS RESORT & DAY SPA
Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa is located in the heart of Montana's Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park – and nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range. This quaint and cozy resort’s main attractions are the open-air mineral hot springs pools, where the temperature averages 96° – 103° F. So get ready to soak and swim in January! The historic resort, which opened in 1900, is tied to the history of the hot springs pools, known for their “healing waters.” Optional outdoor winter activities include trail rides and dogsled treks… and then there’s always the spa.
Stay at Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa on Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter.
THE WORT HOTEL
Once you arrive, you’ll discover why “Meet me at the Wort” is heard so often in Jackson Hole! Only half a block from the lively town square, and surrounded by museums, galleries, restaurants and nightlife spots, this beloved landmark is the place to be in this mountain town. A favorite gathering spot at the hotel, the Silver Dollar Bar, was built using 2,032 uncirculated silver dollars from the Federal Reserve in Denver. A member of Historic Hotels of America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel was chosen as one of the Top 50 Inns of America by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Stay at The Wort Hotel on Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter and Yellowstone & The Tetons: American Safari.