You wouldn’t think a place in the shadow of a volcano that emits a constant stream of smoke would be a haven of relaxation, but down an unpaved road, &Beyond Vira Vira exudes a bucolic peace.
Compared to Paris’ old-world, grand dame hotels dripping in gold-leaf boiserie and crystal that outdates Napoleon, the new Bulgari Hotel Paris—the seventh property from the Italian jewellery house—appears pared back and casual. But look a little closer, and this new address quickly reveals its Roman heritage and Parisian postal code.
From the outside, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s newly expanded and renovated 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa looks like a quaint Victorian hotel. Step inside, however, and the former blacksmith’s shop has been transformed into a cool grey-blue reception area with light-oak floors that lead to the newly expanded 72-room hotel. In a town where most of the hotels are a little dusty and faded, 124 on Queen stands out for its clean, modern feel.
A successful pilgrimage demands good accommodation, and a wine pilgrimage is no exception. Burgundy is among the world’s most popular destinations for wine-lovers, and the opening of the newly renovated Hôtel du Palais, in the centre of Dijon, is well timed.
In recent years, a few select establishments have upped the ante by selling their own custom spirits in collaboration with classic marques. These special libations are worth the trip in themselves, from one of the most exclusive tequilas to a $5,000 bottle of Scotch.
The Amrai Suites is a safe haven in which to relax. The newly opened boutique hotel is bringing contemporary alpine design to a whole new generation of explorers.
After bringing its all-inclusive approach to ski-in/ski-out experiences around the world more than two dozen times, Club Med has turned its sights on Canada, with a mountain village in the snowy forests at the base of Massif de Charlevoix in Quebec.
After recent renovation, The Royal Hotel is now reopened to guests. It has 28 guest rooms in the main building and five studio-style rooms in the Royal Annex, once a stable and now a chic Scandinavian-inspired space designed to help city-weary visitors decompress.
Sometimes, the best-kept secrets are literally off the beaten path. Take for example Prince Edward County’s latest architectural gem/boutique inn, Mirazule.