Sextantio Le Grott della Civita

ITALY

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The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a unique retreat in the historic village of Matera in southern Italy. Known as the Sassi quarters, and now A UNESCO World Heritage site, the village dates back to the stone age; a place, where ancient caves were turned into homes and churches. Le Grotte della Civita consists of 18 restored rooms with a church for a common area, and is located in the oldest part of town, facing Murgia park. Each cave room has been kept in its original shape, with real candles used for lighting. Sit back and enjoy the mysterious Murgia Materana landscape. Travel back in time and live like our ancestors did centuries ago.

Les Sources de Caudalie

FRANCE

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Les Sources de Caudalie is a charming wellness retreat in Southwest France, surrounded by vineyards and forests, only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. The retreat has been created in mind with the French Paradox that French diet and lifestyle lead to good health, and built with recycled local materials, complimenting the surroundings. Choose one of 40 rooms, one of 7 suites, or one of 6 private cottages, named after regional heritage, and complete with unique antique designs and terraces facing the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s vineyard. For a unique experience, stay in “Le Village des Pêcheurs” (Fishermen’s village) - where each of 12 suites are on stilts around a small lake. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Vinothérapie® Spa. Treatments combine natural hot spring water from 540 meters beneath the earth, as well as grape and grapevine extractions. Take advantage of the steam room, relaxation rooms and the jet-stream. Try Crushed Cabernet scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, Barrel Bath, or Winemaker's Massage for an unforgettable experience.

Dar Ahlam

MOROCCO

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Dar Ahlam, known as "The House of Dreams" is a refurbished 200 year old kasbah, located 4 hours away from Marrakesh, Morocco, in the magical oasis of Skoura. Surrounded by palm groves and almond trees, and overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The retreat is what we call an experience hotel. There are only 14 individually decorated suits. Choose the "Bird" suite in the garden, with 3 fireplaces and a private terrace.  Enjoy the swimming pool and the hammam. Nap under a date tree. Dine in the gardens, created by the French landscape architect Louis Benech. Enjoy French hospitality, complete with Moroccan charm.  

Conti di San Bonifacio

ITALY

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The Conti di San Bonifacio Winery and Resort is a boutique country retreat in the Tuscan Hills of Italy, hidden between Maremma hills and the coast, with the views to their vineyards, olive groves, and the surrounding villages. The seven-room hotel is designed in a traditional Tuscan style, with chestnut beams, terracotta floors, and cowskin rugs. Stay in the Olive Grove suite with a rustic 4-poster and large private terrace with marble dining table and sun beds. Explore the hotel's award-winning winery and enjoy one of the most romantic destinations in the world. (Books written about the Counts of San Bonifacio inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.)

Villa Cimbrone

ITALY

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Villa Cimbrone is a one of a kind boutique hotel in Ravello, Italy. The restored 12th century villa has been a hub for royalty, artists and politicians throughout the years. (Think Virginia Woolf, Duke and Duchess of Kent, and the Clintons) Overlooking the Amalfi Coast from the highest point of Ravello and surrounded by surreally beautiful gardens, Villa Cimbrone offers a peaceful retreat complete with rich history and otherworldly views. Choose between a Standard or Deluxe Rooms or one of the Suites complete with Antique Vietri majolica flooring facing the sea or the gardens. All rooms use flowers rather than numbers as identifiers, to reinforce the garden theme. The white and blue Suites are complete with a marble fireplace, terrace with veranda, and a Jacuzzi tub. Wander the property and discover hidden corners or the gardens. Rest amidst Strawberry trees and sea-pines. Visit ‘La Veranda’ bar with an outdoor Tea Room and watch the sun go down.  

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