To travel, is to live. They say, ‘a job may fill your pockets, but traveling fills your soul’ and we couldn’t agree more! This is part 3 of our international bucket list, and quite possibly our best – which is why we’re calling it our ultimate international bucket list. All of the properties in this series are nothing short of amazing. Part 3 includes a little bit of city exploring with cultivating history, white sandy beaches and some of the most incredible views. For instance, a clear view of the Eiffel tower while eating breakfast in your room and being surrounded by mountain views in Switzerland. You’re going to want to grab a pen and paper to write some of these dream spots down and start building your itinerary ASAP!
Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Lake Como, Italy
The iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, with over 100 years of history as the first hotel in Lake Como, is set in an elegant Art Nouveau palazzo, surrounded by a private park. It offers spectacular views over the lake and Grigne Mountains from its 84 guest rooms, including 19 suites. It’s atmosphere of cozy and welcoming elegance keeps guests from all over the world favoring this iconic spot.
Bring your hungry stomachs and open mind because some of Italy’s finest gastronomy can be found in this hotel’s five restaurants. Accommodations include three pools for lakeside relaxation, a gorgeous T Spa, which offers intimate private treatment rooms, and two ways to explore in style: two Venetian motor launches at the T Marina or the rare 1960s Amphicar.
Jamaica Inn | Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The island of Jamaica is extraordinary with it’s beautiful colors and sounds. A family-owned luxury hotel, nestled just east of Ocho Rios within a secluded, sandy cove, lies, Jamaica Inn. Family owned and operated for 65 years, The Morrow family has mastered the art of combining discreet privacy with heartfelt personalized service. Spread over eight acres, the 700-foot private white sand beach is considered to be one of the best in the Caribbean. The Jamaica Inn consists of 55 guest suites, all with sea views. Guests can additionally choose to stay from seven secluded cottages with large verandas, sea access, and plunge pools.
As soon as you enter this 65-year family-run resort, guests are sure to feel the ‘Old Hollywood meets colonial charm’. Not only is this property stunning, it has also been frequented by many well known stars. Those of which include : Ian Fleming, who frequented the bar, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller spent their honeymoon, and Meghan Markle celebrated her (first) wedding.
At Jamaica Inn, you are spoiled with weekly programming activities. As a guest, you can enjoy rosé and croquet on the lawn or tour the lush surrounding gardens. If you like to stay active, you can enjoy yoga at the ocean pavilion or use their non-motorized sports. Dining wise, Jamaica Inn boasts three culinary venues. Guests can choose from traditional Jamaican meals and wood-fired pizzas, complete with daily drink specials and live music. Guests are also invited to experience the healing touch of nature at the property’s Ocean Spa. Relax within the cliffs of Cutlass Bay, with treatments drawn from plants on the Island. Is Jamaica calling your name?
Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa | Kefalonia, Greece
The Eliamos sits on the biggest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia. The island boasts with an abundance of beautiful beaches, rugged landscapes, hidden bays, quiet caves, and rocky headlands. Above all, it also has unique reefs with an underwater cave lake.
There is much to explore by foot, bike, horse-back or sea. A culturally, historically, and archaeologically rich island, Kefalonia, is scattered with picturesque mountainous villages, complete with Byzantine monasteries, castles and lighthouses.
Kefalonia’s most monumental geological landmark, Mount Ainos, is the only national park found on a Greek island. Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa provides the perfect base for exploring this charming, family-run, five-star retreat, magically diverse island.
This hotel & spa strikes the perfect balance between seclusion and easy access to the island’s enchanting beaches, nature and towns. Eliamos’s magical ambience entices guests to slow down and disconnect. It’s the perfect space to rekindle one’s bond with nature, tune into their health and reconnect with what matters most. Do yourself a favor and schedule a massage, or pampering treatments, to fully bask in serenity and relaxation to get the most out of your international bucket list vacation.
The Chedi Andermatt | Andermatt, Switzerland
Nestled in the Swiss Alps, between Zurich and Milan, The Chedi Andermatt sits at 4,747ft above sea level in the undiscovered town of Andermatt. Belgium architect-visionary, Jean-Michel Gathy, concepted the The Chedi Andermatt, which features 119 spacious rooms and suites, boasting fireplaces, Hästens mattresses, and large balconies. It also includes five exceptional restaurants and bars, one of which features a 16-foot-high, glass-walled, climate-controlled Cheese Tower. You will want to check out their modern health club and exceptional spa, which showcases the longest indoor pool in the Alp, along with an outdoor pool in the lush courtyard. Incredible, right?
This five-star property, home to Andermatt Ski Resort offers year-round activities. Those activities include world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and golfing. Lastly, Switzerland’s only and highest elevation Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, The Japanese, by The Chedi Andermatt is located 7,545 ft. above sea level, serving authentic Japanese dishes and spectacular views of the Alps.
Conservatorium Hotel | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Celebrated as Amsterdam’s leading luxury lifestyle hotel, the Conservatorium stands proudly in Museum Square in the epicentre of the city’s many beloved cultural hotspots and iconic landmarks. Originally built in the 19th century, the Conservatorim Hotel opened as a hotel in 2011. The extravagant property exquisitely tells the stories of the past, blending elegant Dutch architecture and beautifully restored design.
The Conservatorium Hotels offers some of the best culinary offerings Amsterdam has to offer at Taiko Cuisine, Taiko Bar, Brasserie, and The Lounge. Guests have the opportunity to choose from 129 guest rooms with three signature suites. Amenities include one-of-a-kind gathering spaces, the freedom to discover true healing and tranquility at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, and dedicated access to Amsterdam’s most mesmerizing offerings.
Hôtel Lutetia | Paris, France
Defining Parisian luxury since 1910, Hôtel Lutetia is an iconic landmark located in the heart of the St. Germain-des-Pres area of Paris’ Left Bank. The property was restored in 2018 by renowned architect, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, creating one of the city’s leading design hotels. Jean beautifully revived and modernized the legendary decor to reflect the classy style of history and modern day.
Hôtel Lutetia is complete with 176 elegantly appointed guest rooms, 8 signature suites, and a 7,500 sq. ft. Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Guests have access to a palatial ballroom, desirable meeting spaces, and an impressive gastronomy program. It’s the perfect blend of sight seeing and tranquility.
Hotel Café Royal | London, England
Just steps away from some of London’s most iconic neighborhoods, Hotel Café Royal is a historic landmark and an icon on the British capital’s social scene. The distinguished hotel is a global destination in and of itself, surrounded by some of the world’s best shopping, theatre, culinary experiences, and more – count. us. in!
Thoughtfully designed to feel like one’s home away from home, Hotel Café Royal’s 160 guest rooms and 49 suites (some of the largest in London!) give the allure of a luxurious private apartment, outfitted with a butler, host and an exceptional concierge team that help create a most memorable stay.
Guests can delight in a number of on-site acclaimed bars and restaurants including the Oscar Wilde Lounge, Cakes & Bubbles, The Green Bar and most recently opened, Alex Dilling, which just received two Michilin Stars.
But wait, there’s more! Wellness seekers can find respite from the big city at the exclusive urban wellness club, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. London, here we come!
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Situated in one of the most beautiful, sought-after locations in the world, the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi offers guests unparalleled, bespoke service, and unforgettable experiences. This resort took privacy to a new level last year when they launched Ithaafushi – The Private Island. It’s a hyper-exclusive 350,000 square-foot private island, the largest of its kind in the Maldives and can accommodate up to 24 guests.
Sleek and spectacular are the best words to describe the Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi. Accomodations include extensive outdoor adventure options, which include snorkeling and diving. Furthermore, guests also have access to the Waldorf Astoria Spa as well as their new Aqua Wellness Center. Guests are spoiled for choice at the Waldorf Astoria.
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