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Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels from Orient-Express Hotels

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury hotels from Orient-Express Hotels. (Updated 31 October 2011)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels from Orient-Express Hotels that we feature. Contact any of the Orient-Express Hotels for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the top 10 best hotels from Orient-Express Hotels that we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of the Orient-Express luxury hotels at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/hotel_chains/orient_express_hotels/

1

Las Casitas del Colca

Arequipa, Peru

Las Casitas del Colca is Peru’s hidden gem, a collection of luxurious cottage villas with a fabulous spa, set in the peace and serenity of the remote Colca Canyon. Nestled high in the Andes, this Orient-Express secluded retreat offers a rare opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Spot condors high overhead, hike through the fields or visit the hotel’s farm. Spend time in harmony with this lush valley’s nature and local community, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

Scores 4.94 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

2

Reid’s Palace Hotel

Madeira

Set in subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this legendary Orient-Express hotel in Madeira has, for more than a century, been the ultimate place to stretch out in the sun and relax. Its subtropical gardens are internationally renowned, and now feature a spa tucked in among the trees. Over the years Reid’s has honed the art of pampering every single guest. Whether a young child or a centenarian, a fun-seeking teenager or a sports-mad 30-something, there are activities both within the hotel’s estate and beyond to keep you on the go year-round.

Scores 4.81 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

3

Villa Sant’Andrea

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Set on its own exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of Italy, Villa Sant’Andrea overlooks the aquamarine sea. Built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens, this Orient-Express secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence. Settle into a sun-dappled seat and relax. Then, when action calls, a cable car whisks you in just three minutes to the centre of Taormina, with its many cultural attractions and sophisticated shopping scene.

Scores 4.80 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


4

La Résidence d’Angkor

Cambodia

An intimate Orient-Express hotel on the banks of Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, La Résidence d’Angkor is built in natural woods in traditional Khmer style. Located close by Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered one of the man-made wonders of the world, it is ideally placed to explore this breathtaking complex of temples. Also near at hand are the town’s busy craft markets, restaurants and galleries as well as fascinating Tonle Sap Lake with its “floating village”. This delightful hotel’s quiet gardens, swimming pool and spa are the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day.

Scores 4.78 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

5

La Résidence Phou Vao

Laos

Positioned atop a hill, with stunning mountain views, La Résidence Phou Vao is an unforgettable place to stay. Its calm, tranquil ambience echoes that of the sleepy World Heritage town of Luang Prabang—former royal capital of Laos—spread out below. This Orient-Express hotel is known for its wonderful French-influenced local cuisine and an open-air spa beside a water lily pool. Relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy stepping back into a more gracious era.

Scores 4.76 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


6

Savute Elephant Camp

Chobe National Park, Botswana

As it name suggests, Savute Elephant Camp is known for the herds of elephants that can be spotted roaming its plains. But other large animals also gather here to slake their thirst, especially now that the intermittent Savute Channel has started flowing through Chobe National Park once again after an absence of nearly 30 years. The camp has its own traditional boma, where guests can relax in the evening and swap safari experiences while marvelling over the stars in the vast African night sky. As with all Orient-Express destinations, this is a place to really feel the pulse of Botswana—and to become a part of it yourself.

Scores 4.74 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


7

Khwai River Lodge

Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Khwai River Lodge nestles on the edge of a forest overlooking the vast floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Known for its exceptional range of big game, a host of animals are visible from the comfort of your own private deck at this luxury safari camp. Orient-Express takes its guests to the heart of each property’s destination, and nowhere is this more palpable than out here in the bush. As you spot lions, cheetahs and hippos, with birds of prey circling above, you feel that you are within a world that has barely changed since time began.

Scores 4.73 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

8

Eagle Island Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Eagle Island Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta is the ultimate luxury safari paradise. Situated on remote Xaxaba island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, set out on a game drive or roam on foot. A wonderful secluded retreat, Eagle Island Camp offers a safari vacation that brings together the excitement of discovery and an experience of the real Africa: this is the spirit of Orient-Express through and through.

Scores 4.72 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


9

Casa de Sierra Nevada

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A cluster of historic buildings at the centre of the city, this charming Orient-Express hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience. Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls. Peaceful though this is—especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa—just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende’s many colors, scents and sounds. The hotel has its own cooking school, Sazon, where you can learn to create traditional Mexican treats. To savor the local cooking at leisure there is a choice of two exceptional restaurants.

Scores 4.70 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


10

Napasai by Orient-Express

Koh Samui, Thailand

Set in a grove of cashew trees, Napasai is a true Orient-Express paradise on the north coast of Thailand’s Koh Samui. This secluded hideaway nestles beside a beautiful sandy beach in lush tropical gardens. A family of buffalo roam the grounds: brought here to work, they were soon too relaxed to do anything but graze. Likewise, guests quickly acclimatise to the indulgent atmosphere which comes from a mix of traditional local delights and innovative contemporary accents. Life is as quiet or as lively as you desire. Spend all day beside the infinity pool or plunge into the vibrant island scene.

Scores 4.69 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

Daily Dream – Bodysgallen Hall And Spa

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Bodysgallen Hall And Spa

Llandudno, Wales

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Daily Dream – Monsignor Della Casa Country Resort & Spa

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Monsignor Della Casa Country Resort & Spa

Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy

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10 Luxury Palace Hotels

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 Luxury Palace Hotels. (Updated 28 October 2011).

There are just over 100 hotels in the world with the word ‘Palace’ in their title. We’ve picked 10 of the best ‘Palace’ hotels that have a historical connection to Royalty or Aristocracy.

In addition to the 10 ‘Palace’ hotels we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of the ‘palace’ hotels we feature at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/hotelresults.php?criteria=palace&Submit=

1

Taj Lake Palace Hotel

Udaipur, India

The Vintage coupé glides to a stop at the lake’s edge. It’s hard to believe the floating vision in marble is real. Blink, and indeed, there is a luminous palace emerging from the mist. Suddenly you are in a boat, drifting ever closer and the reality doesn’t disappoint. With the Aravalli Mountains and city palaces as a backdrop one gets an impending sense of enchantment.

Scores 4.79 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

2

Rambagh Palace

Jaipur, India

Walk from room to room amongst rich textures, opulent furnishings and exquisite objects d’art. Step out into expansive, ornamental gardens arranged in brilliant symmetry. Retire to rooms that were once the sanctuaries of kings, princes and their guests. Rambagh Palace exudes an unmistakable sense of history. It’s an architectural masterpiece that transcends time.

Scores 4.77 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

3

Badrutts Palace Hotel

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is renowned for its exquisite luxury, first class service and limitless indulgence – a gem amongst world-class hotels which is constantly changing but still preserves its historical inheritance. It has been an icon of hospitality since its opening in 1896 and the guests’ high expectations are the yardstick for innovation and change. It is here where sophistication, lifestyle, high altitude and the champagne-climate meet the genuine St. Moritz flair bursting with exclusivity and style.

Scores 4.73 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


4

Palazzo Magnani Feroni Hotel

Florence, Italy

A 5 minute walk from Ponte Vecchio – Immersed in one of Florence’s oldest areas, among medieval houses, towers and palaces just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Magnani Feroni has been at the heart of Florentine history for more than five centuries. The atmosphere of a private home from the 1500′ – the painstaking attention paid to details, the choice of period furnishings, and attentive personal service make this ancient Florentine palace the ideal place to spend a memorable, exclusive holiday in Florence.

Scores 4.69 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


5

Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski

Istanbul, Turkey

Capital of three empires, a proud history across the millennia yet constantly on the move, charming Istanbul, the only city in the world lying on two continents. And on the shores of the amazingly beautiful, timeless Bosphorus that runs between Asia and Europe is another legend – Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul… inviting you to a journey to where the majestic Sultans of the Ottoman Empire once roamed and combining architectural grandeur and design mingling with the sophisticated comfort of a deluxe hotel.

Scores 4.59 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


6

The Palace Of The Lost City At Sun City

Sun City, South Africa

The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City is one of the most enticing travellers’ destinations in the world, a tribute to man’s imagination and revered for its art and architecture. Fabled to be the royal residence of an ancient king, it is truly one of the ‘Worlds Leading Hotels”. The Palace lavishes its guests with 5-star service, and is luxurious in every facet of its fabulous architecture and décor.

Scores 4.39 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


7

Hotel Du Palais

Biarritz, France

The Hotel du Palais radiates charm. It is a hotel rich in memories, style and history. Memories of an illustrious romance are traced in every grove and harbor, in every molding, in the very paneling of the great salons. They perpetuate the presence of Eugenie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, who on a summer’s day in 1855 chose a sandy hillside overlooking the sea not far from the Phare plateau as the site of the Imperial residence, the Villa Eugenie.

Scores 4.38 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


8

Hotel De Crillon

Paris, France

A unique encounter with history, beauty, art, gastronomy and total well-being. Overlooking the sumptuous Place de la Concorde and situated next to the elegant Rue du Faubourg St Honore, the Hotel de Crillon seduces with its exceptional location and its refinement. With 103 rooms, 39 suites and 5 luxury apartments, the Hotel de Crillon offers a wide range of accommodation while retaining the intimate atmosphere of a private residence. The fully personalized service adds privilege to exclusivity.

Scores 4.32 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


9

Hotel Gritti Palace

Venice, Italy

Formerly home to the family of Doge Andrea Gritti, our 16th century palazzo faces the Grand Canal in a peaceful neighbourhood of Venice, a leisurely stroll from Piazza San Marco. The 90 unique rooms at the Hotel Gritti Palace invite you to experience the Venetian grand life. The extravagant contemporary comfort and service complements the Murano Glass chandeliers, silky draperies, marble tiles and original gold-trimmed ceilings.

Scores 4.05 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


10

Bussaco Palace Hotel

Luso, Portugal

Unique. A fairy tale castle in an enchanted forest. Legendary Palace built for the last Kings of Portugal in 1885, now amongst the most beautiful and historical hotels of the world. This traditional landmark of elegance, comfort and exclusivity awakes lasting impressions of perfection, where each visit is only surpassed by the next one. The best example of what a truly grand hotel should be – welcome.

Scores 3.95 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Daily Dream – Hostellerie Lafarque

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Hostellerie Lafarque

Belgium

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Daily Dream – Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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10 luxury sunny places to go this winter

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Below is the Drake & Cavendish Top 10 luxury sunny places to go this winter. (Updated 27 October 2011)

Drake & Cavendish show full contact details for all of the luxury hotels in the locations that we feature. Contact any of the luxury hotels directly for their best prices and special offers.

In addition to the top 10 luxury sunny places to go this winter that we’ve featured below, you can also see a complete list of the luxury hotels in we feature at this link: http://www.drakeandcavendish.com/luxury-hotels/

1

Riad Villa Blanche

Agadir, Morocco

Riad Villa Blanche, Agadir, is an intimate, luxury boutique hotel offering 28 elegantly furnished rooms and suites. Situated a few metres from Agadir’s magnificent sandy, golden beach, and basking in more than 300 days of sunshine per year, the hotel provides the perfect holiday location.

Scores 4.84 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

2

East Winds Inn

St. Lucia, Caribbean

Nestled on the lush, tropical island of St. Lucia, East Winds Inn is a true Caribbean paradise. One of the oldest and most established resorts in St.Lucia, East Winds Inn is set amongst 12 acres of lush tropical gardens bordered by the golden beachfront of one of the most pristine bays of St. Lucia. This traditional resort boasts an exclusive experience to those who value simple luxury.

Scores 4.81 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


3

Tortuga Bay Hotel Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean

The Tortuga Bay experience extends well beyond unparalleled service. Oscar de la Renta has infused his Dominican heritage into the design of each villa, creating an artful harmony between simplicity and elegance. But with nine world class restaurants minutes away and numerous in-room dining options, the choice of whether to go out or stay in may be difficult.

Scores 4.79 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

4

Grosvenor House Dubai

Dubai

Introducing the new Grosvenor House and its two iconic 45 sotrey towers, Tower One and Tower Two, each redefining the world of luxury. Glittering against the skyline, the Grosvenor House stands majestically as a landmark of modern elegance and grandeur in the heart of Dubai Marina. The first hotel on Dubai Marina, the towers offer 744 sophisticated rooms, suites and apartments – setting new standards in hospitality.

Scores 4.79 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


5

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Welcome to Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Enjoy a seaside resort experience unparalleled in the Middle East. Superb dining, spa, fitness, Red Sea diving and sports – and luxurious guest rooms clustered like a hillside village above the shimmering drama of the Red Sea.

Scores 4.69 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


6

Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa

Phuket, Thailand

Tucked away in the charming tropical beauty of Thailand’s premier island destination, Anantara Phuket Villas provides a luxurious refuge that opens out onto unspoiled panoramas. Awake to the sight of virgin sands backed by the lush vegetation of Sirinath National Park. Trek through the dense jungle by elephant to discover untouched island wonders. Relax in your private pool villa surrounded by the finest materials and design.

Scores 4.62 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


7

The Vine Hotel, a divine hotel

Madeira

A hotel with soul, just like a good wine. The Vine is sophisticated and luxurious. With a touch of simplicity and discretion, just the way you like it. A dip in the panoramic pool, a vinetherapy session in the spa or a gourmet dinner with a view over the city: these are just a few of the pleasures awaiting you at The Vine.

Scores 4.56 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

8

Elysium Hotel

Paphos, Cyprus

The Elysium is a five star deluxe hotel with a world-class Spa, which offers an entirely unique experience to leisure and business visitors to Cyprus. Situated next to the ancient Tombs of the Kings, the Elysium is A SANCTUARY FOR THE BODY AND SOUL. The hotel offers a harmonious blend of luxury, tranquillity and seclusion; colonnades, mosaics, waterfalls and pools form an elegance echoed by a discreet and gracious welcome. Journey through time and discover hidden delights and timeless treasures.

Scores 4.52 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


9

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun’s only luxury resort with a Latin Chic ambience. You’ll serenade your soul the flavors of an authentic getaway, all while being surrounded with the luxurious comforts of warmth and graciousness. Endless ocean views, expansive suites, myriad dining destinations and a spa unlike any you’ve seen before. All in one destination the award-winning Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa.

Scores 4.49 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


10

Sir Anthony Hotel Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Hotel Sir Anthony is located on Playa de las Américas, opposite the Playa del Camisón beach with access directly from the hotel. Hotel Sir Anthony is an oasis for your senses that links nature, luxury and elegance.

Scores 4.49 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Daily Dream – The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean

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Daily Dream – Londa

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Londa

Limassol, Cyprus

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Daily Dream – Quintessence Hotel Mont Tremblant

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Quintessence Hotel Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant, Canada

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