It just so happens that wine-country often holds all the ingredients you need for a perfect holiday. Luscious landscapes of rolling hills and verdant vineyards combine with gastronomic experiences for the ultimate getaway.
We've rounded up our experts' pick of the world's top wine tours.
From South Africa's mountainous landscape to Chianti's sun-drenched vines, here's our in-depth guide to wine regions across the globe.
The South African Winelands
From small boutique wineries where you may be shown around by the owners themselves, to large modern estates, there’s a whole world of wine here just waiting to be discovered. Start at Stellenbosch, South Africa‘s second oldest town, and make your way through Parl and the famous Franschhoek, with its charming cafe lined streets. You’ll have our top, personalised recommendations for activities, vineyards and restaurants along the way to keep things zinging along.
The area is something of a culinary hotspot, and you’ll find all kinds of fresh produce adorning the plates of the region’s excellent restaurants, from the two world-class restaurants at La Residence to the 200-acre working fruit farm of Babylonstoren.
One of the most historic areas of South Africa, this is where many of the original Dutch settlers made their homes. Charming towns, pretty villages and whitewashed Dutch colonial buildings are splashed across the emerald landscape. The best way to appreciate it? Ask our experts to arrange a hot air balloon ride for you, and see the landscape stretched out below you in all its glory.
From mountain biking to horse riding, hot air ballooning, hiking and some fantastic terrains for golf, not to mention an array of luxury spas (including treatments such as vinotherapy) for those who’d rather just kick back and relax, you certainly won’t get bored in this part of the world. For a real adventure, combine your Winelands trip with a Safari adventure and sample the best of both worlds.
Where to stay
La Residence$$$$$One of the most famous hotels in South Africa, La Residence is a truly opulent and stately base from which to explore the wine region. From the moment one enters the grand hall at the entrance, it is obvious that you have entered a very special place. Works of art and antiques from all over the world adorn the lavish interiors. Set close to the pretty town of Franschhoek on a backdrop of rolling hills, the hotel sits in thirty acres of working farm with immaculately manicured gardens, vineyards and orchards. There are eleven suites set in the main building, each very individual from the other and themed around a colour, with an eclectic but cohesive mix of antiques and art lending both character and opulence to each of the rooms. Further down the hill are the newly constructed villas. These have a slightly more contemporary feel, with brighter colours and are also very suitable for families as they range from two to four bedrooms each. The villas also share a separate pool area and a communal open kitchen and dining area, encouraging a more informal mingling of guests in this part of the property.
Leeu Estates$$$$$Surrounded by vineyards and gardens and just minutes from the village of Franschhoek is Leeu Estates, a boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa. Set within 68 hectares between the Dassenberg mountains and Franschhoek River, it offers guests the opportunity to enjoy stunning natural beauty in total luxury. Each room is individually styled and upholstered in natural linens giving a relaxed yet sophisticated feel. The luxury en-suite bathrooms have marble floors with underfloor heating and some feature a freestanding bath tub. You’ll enjoy your beautiful surroundings from the moment you wake up, with windows that look out over the gardens and orchard. Located within the Manor House is The Dining Room, where uncomplicated dishes let the locally produced ingredients shine though. In the warmer months, choose to dine al fresco and enjoy soaking up the sun from the garden terrace. For when you want to simply relax and unwind, The Reading Room is an intimate space with a fireplace, opening onto a veranda with views of the gardens, vineyards and Franschhoek Valley. There is plenty of reading material and enough board games to keep you occupied, but if you do fancy engaging in something more active then make a beeline for the gym, pool and spa.
Babylonstoren$$$$$Set on one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in the wine region, Babylonstoren is a 200-hectare working fruit farm with an exclusive hotel and restaurant set amongst the vineyards orchards and beautiful kitchen gardens. This is a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary, effortlessly blending its colonial, pastoral past with modern contemporary design. There are 14 cottages spread out through the grounds, a spacious blend of restored Cape-Dutch architecture and sophisticated modern touches. This is modern design at its very best with a deft lightness of touch giving a feeling of space and modernity whilst remaining very true to the historic style of the buildings. It’s no surprise therefore that Karen Roos (former editor of Elle Decoration) is one of the owners. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool area, restaurant, eight-acre kitchen garden, spa and gym. The farm is also to be explored, walking through the 200 hectares of land or perhaps taking a canoe out on the farm dam.
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The Grand Tour
With regions from Argentina to Uruguay and Chile all delivering some world-class wines, it can be hard to know where to start. A good wine tour in South America can focus on going in depth in one particular country, or going for breadth by travelling from one delight to another tasting the very best the continent has to offer.
If you want to make Uruguay your focus, start in the glamorous coastal town of Punta del Este, stopping over in cosmopolitan Montevideo before finishing in style in Carmelo. Making the perfect alternative to busier parts of the Uruguayan Riviera, the micro climate across Carmelo’s 100 acres of vineyards is perfect for grape growing, and the charm of wine production here lies in its predominantly small, family-run nature.
At Finca Narbona, one of Uruguay’s oldest wineries and vineyards, life is deliciously laid back. Here, you can immerse yourself in one of the most authentic wine experiences the world has to offer: find out what goes on behind the cultivation, picking, processing and maturing of the grapes as they grow, enjoy vineyard picnics, dine on fresh produce at its rustic Italian restaurant, and feast on its homemade cheeses.
If you’re tasting your way through this gastronomic treasure trove of a country you may well find yourself spoilt for choice: from exclusive sommeliers in Buenos Aires to the baroque vineyards of world-renowned Mendoza, and the lesser known but sublime wineries in Cafayate and the Pampas, this really is a feast for the senses.
The sweeping valleys of Chile’s Wine Regions include the Aconcagua Valley and the Valle Central (itself subdivided into the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys), renowned for its distinctive Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere and coastal Sauvignon Blancs. With the vineyards of Mendoza just a quick hop over the Andes, you’ll find it’s a real oenophile’s paradise.
The Maipo Valley is its most traditional wine valley, boasting some of Chile’s finest reds and home to Concha y Toro and Cousiño Macul, among other world-famous wineries. Meanwhile, in the higher altitude “Alto” Maipo some exciting new boutique wineries are capturing international attention.
Where to stay
Vik Chile$$$$$The extraordinary sophistication and contemporary chic of the Vik Chile is quite simply unparalleled in Chile’s wine region. Fresh from an extensive refurbishment, this 22-room (with seven Puro Vik glass pods) avant garde luxury boutique hotel is set within the 4,400-hectare Millahue Valley and Vik vineyard, just two hours south of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley area. Each suite is individually themed and decorated, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows which allow guests to take in the majestic views of the region. A newer addition to the hotel, guests can now choose to stay in one of the separate Puro Vik glass pods, providing an incredible vantage point for overlooking the valley. The lodge is decorated in keeping with the vineyard’s holistic and ecological principles and it’s almost as if the exterior’s inconspicuous minimalism was intended to touch the hillside on which it perches. This spectacular sense of floating is further emphasised by seamless glass windows-for-walls in the rooms. Yet the insightful use of dark heavy woods, rough natural materials, functional furniture and a minimal elegance also makes the lodge feel contrastingly very solid, grounded and stylishly real. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of the vineyards and lake and there is a cosy sitting area with a fireplace, patios with sofas, and a well-equipped and elegant dining room where excellent traditional Chilean cuisine is served. Plenty of activities and expeditions can be arranged to suit guests according to their time and preferences, especially with immediate if not exclusive access to the vineyard and winery.
The Vines Resort & Spa$$$$$A chic and highly anticipated addition to Mendoza’s collection of boutique properties, the assuredly stylish Vines Resort and Spa packs a lot of substance in with its cool elegance. A contemporary, low-lying structure, the hotel seems to have been built so as not to disturb the uniform horizon of the Uco Valley’s perfectly combed vineyards. The smart collection of twenty-two villas echo this style and with their exposed interior stone facades, wall-to-ceiling windows, earthy tones and simple elegance combine for an aura of modernistic calm. There are one or two bedroom sizes available, and each comes with its own modern kitchen, sitting areas and private patio. And there’s more. The hotel has additionally modeled itself on being a culinary resort as well, managing to secure a restaurant designed by the internationally renowned chef, Francis Mallmann. There is a Winery on the estate for tastings, wine making tours and activities, not to mention a full spa for expert pampering. Try some horse riding in the morning through the vineyards and high blue skies, followed by breakfast and a swim in the infinity pool that drops off into the combed lines of twisted vines beyond. In the afternoon, maybe some wine tasting with lunch and a spoiling treatment at the spa.
Cavas Wine Lodge$$$$$Cavas Wine Lodge is one of the most luxurious and romantic accommodations from which to explore the Argentinean wine region. Each of the rooms has its own private plunge pool and impressive views out across the vineyards to the Andes. The hotel also has an excellent spa facility and is one of the most luxurious and romantic accommodations from which to explore the Argentinean wine region. The Cavas restaurant offers a superb seasonal menu using organic products. There is also a spacious underground cellar showcasing 250 carefully selected wines from the Mendoza region. Guests can enjoy wine tasting with the resident sommelier upon request. Both bed and breakfast and full board options are available here.
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From the country’s oldest vineyards in Hunter Valley to the famous wineries of the Margaret River, Australia is very much on the map when it comes to great wines. For a tour that cuts no corners, start by immersing yourself in the exclusive Spicers Vineyards Estate, and finish with private tours and tastings at the world-famous Vasse Felix, Voyager and Leeuwin Estates.
As you travel from North to South, don’t miss the foodie heaven that is Melbourne (where you’ll also be able to tour several boutique wineries in the nearby Yarra Valley) and Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania which is rapidly gaining culinary renown and attracting celebrated chefs from across the country.
Vibrant cities, swathes of arid desert in the Outback, rugged islands, white sandy beaches, gleaming coastal towns and oceans teeming with coral life, all of it bathed in glorious sunshine: there really is something for everyone in Australia’s wild and beautiful terrain. Ask our experts to arrange a helicopter tour between the vineyards of Margaret River for a truly spectacular aerial view of the scenery.
Get active outdoors hiking or horseback riding, take advantage of the great surfing, fishing and boating along the coast, dive into the vibrant art scene of the cities, dive and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef or head out to see some of the country’s unique and spectacular wildlife: trust us, this is one place in which you’ll never get bored.
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Spicers Vineyards Estate$$$$$Escape the rush of city life and take some time to relax surrounded by acres of private vineyards and bushland at the luxurious Spicers Vineyards Estate in Hunter Valley. Ideal for intimate getaways, the estate boasts 12 exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. Ground floor rooms open out onto a spacious veranda, while first floor suites offer views of the vineyards and mountains. Enjoy the tranquility of the mornings in a private courtyard, and spend the evenings relaxing in front of an open fireplace in your room. Fresh and seasonal ingredients take centre stage at Restaurant Botanica, as does the award-winning wine list. Guest can also dine out on the terrace, in the private Harvest Room, or outdoors. The estate also offers access to private wine tours, beer and local produce tasting experiences and hot air ballooning. Active guests can explore the region on mountain bikes or horse back, while those looking to revitalize can book an indulgent treatment or two at Spa Anise.
Adelphi Hotel$$$$$Flinders Lane was once the heart of Melbourne’s thriving rag trade. The skinny, 1930s concrete building that now houses the Adelphi was once a soft goods warehouse but in the hands of a team of architects who bought it in the late 80s, it was turned into a wonderfully unique boutique hotel. The redesign is the brainchild of Melbourne-based design studio, Hachem, and as soon as you enter, you immediately know you are somewhere special. A large horse and carriage sculpture doubles up as the reception desk, ceilings are dotted with mirrored tiles and bold modern art pieces adorn the walls. The colours and textures of the hotel are inspired by sweets and desserts, and rich chocolate tones abound alongside stools in the shape of liquorice allsorts and cherry-shaped light installations. Rooms are characterised by geometric carpets, bold prints and colourful fabrics but the cream-coloured walls and sophisticated design touches ensure rooms remain elegant and on the right side of quirky. Flinders King rooms occupy the corners of the buildings, large windows flooding them with natural light and offering views out over Flinders Lane. The Palatial Suite features a separate bedroom and living area separated by a central hallway and with space for extra beds, it is a great option for families. As its name suggests, the cuisine at Om Nom tantaslises the taste buds, its meticulous presentation a real feast for the eyes. In this intimate setting, treat yourself to carefully crafted dishes and signature desserts enjoyed alongside fine wine, craft beer and expertly mixed cocktails. Located beneath the hotel is Ezard, where east meets west in a wonderful fusion menu.
Cape Lodge$$$$$Cape Lodge, a boutique country house hotel, lies in the heart of Margaret River wine country. Here you can relax, unwind and rejuvenate surrounded by the ruggedly beautiful coastline, majestic forests and boutique wineries of the region. Choose between 22 stylish rooms with serene garden views or lake vistas. Sitting privately on three acres of land, The Private Residence is a secluded haven that can accommodate up to eight people. Interiors are light and understated with an emphasis on beautiful fabrics, marble surfaces, polished timber floors and works by well-known Australian artists. The Cape Lodge Restaurant features seasonal, local and home-grown produce sourced from the nearby ocean, local farms and the hotel’s own kitchen garden. Dishes are fresh and innovative and complemented by an extensive wine list. Dine in the lakeside restaurant, the guest lounge or the privacy of your suite. For those who not only enjoy eating sumptuous meals, but creating them as well, Executive Chef Michael Elfwing offers cooking classes where guests can learn to how to present a three-course menu. Use seasonal local produce as the chef shares some of his tips and recipes, then sit down to a Long Table Lunch in the Cape Lodge Restaurant. The hotel also offers a selection of spa treatments, scenic tours of the Margaret River area, as well as whale watching and surfing outings.
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From Waiheke Island to Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough Sounds and the Cromwell basin, with world-renowned Sauvignon Blancs, award-winning Pinot Noirs and everything in between, New Zealand has some first-class wine to offer the finest of connoisseurs.
On your way from Hawke’s Bay to the Cromwell basin, swing by Nelson, whose sunny climate has attracted innovative food, wine and craft beer producers from around the world. Here you can go food foraging, lose yourself in sumptuous markets, and visit a wild mushroom grower for a bowl of the tastiest mushroom soup you’ll ever encounter.
Sweeping, sun-drenched plateaus, deep emerald greenery, rugged coastlines, formidable mountainous terrain and sparkling blue waters characterise the epic landscape for which New Zealand is famous, whilst its cities hold a distinct history and culture fusing colonial European heritage with traditional Maori customs and a strong Asian influence.
The diverse environment of New Zealand makes it an absolute dream for adrenaline junkies, with white water rafting, skiing, caving, canyoning, skydiving, paragliding and bungee jumping all on the menu. For more peaceful types, the wildlife and scenery make for some spectacular hiking and horseback riding, whilst the cultural scene is vibrant and endlessly fascinating.
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The Marlborough Lodge$$$$$Surrounded by a 16-acre country estate in the heart of the Marlborough wine region, The Marlborough Lodge is a fine retreat from which to explore New Zealand’s gourmet province. There are ten contemporary suites within the historic lodge, all spacious with private en-suites and views out over the parkland. The bar and outdoor fireplace are a wonderful place to mingle before a dinner showcasing the best local produce paired with wines. You are ideally located here to explore the surrounding vineyards and to cruise on the waters of Marlborough Sound, perhaps even joining in on a seafood focussed excursion or taking to the sky on a scenic helicopter flight.
The Boatshed$$$$$Sitting just above the sun-drenched bay and white sandy beaches of Oneroa, The Boatshed, is a hip, small luxury hotel, its casual and elegant atmosphere in perfect harmony with the seaside location. With five designer luxury suites with panoramic ocean views and two stylish baches (luxury beach cottages), The Boatshed is an exciting mix of unique spaces. Suites have a nostalgic beach hut feel with louvered shutters that open out onto gardens and let the sea breeze in. The Lighthouse is the most unique and romantic suite. Spiral your way to the top of the three-storey tower past the white washed bedroom to the sunny dayroom at the top from which you can watch boats bobbing in the bay. It’s all about al fresco fine dining at The Boatshed. Enjoy some of the finest organic produce that Waiheke has to offer. Succulent seafood and gourmet cuts of meat are complimented by produce fresh from The Boatshed gardens, and New Zealand wines. Treat yourself to a sensory journey with a relaxing massage or treatment in the privacy of your suite. The list of treatments on offer is extensive, but pre-booking is advisable. Fully rejuvenated, take a stroll down to the beach for an ice-cream and a refreshing dip. Oneroa, Waiheke’s eclectic village of cafes, art galleries and gift shops, is only a short walk from the hotel.
Wharekauhau Country Estate$$$$$Immerse yourself in the grandeur of a bygone era at the spectacular Wharekauhau Country Estate, an Edwardian lodge set on a hill with spectacular views of the thundering sea below and working sheep farm around. Breath-taking scenery and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere will make this a visit to remember. Take in the dramatic vistas of Palliser Bay from the 13 cottage suites, or find the utmost privacy at either luxurious Owners Cottage or home Wharepapa Cottage, each with three bedrooms. Natural materials are used throughout the suites – clay tiles, pebble mosaics and rich New Zealand wool carpeting add to the experience. Each room in the main lodge has its own distinct touch, complete with carefully-selected antique furniture and classic fireplaces. Unwind in airy open lounges flooded with natural light, or curl up with a book in a cosy corner. Whether relaxing in front of a crackling fire, or sharing a light-hearted moment in the sunny kitchen, at Wharekauhau you’re considered part of the family. An elegant formal dining room flows through into a country kitchen and conservatory, making mealtimes extra special. The kitchen’s ‘farm to table’ philosophy means fresh produce from the lodge gardens and surrounding areas – so look out for the chefs roaming the grounds collecting the freshest ingredients for the evening meal. With 5,500 acres of private land including ancient forests, peaceful lakes, rivers, and a wild and rugged coast to explore, guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to a route for walking, mountain biking, horse riding or ATV quad bike adventures.
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Europe’s wine scene is practically as old as Western civilisation, and with regions from Chianti to Champagne and the Douro Valley all thriving, it’s only getting better. Immerse yourself in Spain, Italy, France or lesser-known choices like Slovenia, Croatia or even England, whose sparkling wine industry is rapidly gaining international acclaim.
Start in La Rioja, internationally famous for the quality of its produce with more than 500 wineries to show for it. From there it’s not far to our other favourite Spanish wine region, Ribera del Duero, with its bountiful crop of Tempranillo grapes and over 300 superb wineries to choose from. Get the most exclusive experience in the charming town of Villabuena de Álava.
Tuscany‘s famous Montepulciano, Brunello and Chianti, the superb wineries of Piedmont’s Barolo region, Veneto‘s valpolicella and of course their ever-popular alternative to champagne, prosecco: every region in Italy has its own sublime speciality. Our favourite? Head to the picturesque hilltop village of San Maurizio for the perfect Italian vineyard escape.
Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire Valley…we could go on. Life in France is practically synonymous with wine – even Paris‘ Montmartre has its own vineyard. For total immersion, base yourself at our favourite rural retreat in the renowned vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte and get stuck into Bordeaux’s sublime cultural and culinary heritage.
It was Homer who put the north eastern Peloponnese town of Nemea on the winemaking map, calling the region Ampeloessa, meaning ‘full of vines’. Today the indigenous Greek Agiorgitiko grape is used to produce wines famous for their deep red colour with violet and blue hues, a complex aroma and a long, velvety palate.
Portugal’s Douro Valley has been making wine for some 2000 years and, whilst it’s most famous for its port (a sweet brandy fortified wine that must originate here to be considered the genuine article), there’s a sumptuous variety of wines to be discovered within this UNESCO World Heritage protected landscape. Stay at the Six Senses to sample the best of the region’s vintages with nightly tastings in the Wine Library.
The Goriška Brda Wine Region is often referred to as the Tuscany of Slovenia, with its rolling hills, lush vineyards and clear blue skies. Names like Movia, Klinec, Primosic and Keber will feature strongly when you visit, but there are plenty of smaller boutique vineyards to tempt you in as well.
Hvar and the Pelješac Peninsula are home to some fabulous wines, including Milijenko Grgich’s famous famous white Pošip and their red Plavac Mali Dingac. Our travel experts will arrange for you to learn about the art of wine-making from expert locals and, in Hvar, a Master of Wine, of which there are only around 300 in the world.
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Hotel Viura$$$$$In the charming village of Villabuena de Álava, surrounded by the Basque mountains and celebrated vineyards of Rioja, the Viura’s stacked cubed form contains cool and bright interiors that amplify the surroundings. 29 rooms are unobtrusively luxurious, with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, some with views over the quant village streets, the neighbouring San Andrés Church and to the Cantabrian mountains on the horizon. Six suites feature a separate living room and private terraces. Gastronomy takes pride of place here, with an intimate restaurant offering exquisite tasting menus of creative Rioja and Basque cuisine, paired with an extensive wine list by the Viura’s sommelier. Guests can enjoy a wide range of wines from the region and fully immerse themselves in the local viticulture on tours to local vineyards, tasting sessions and tutorage in pairing. The surrounding area can be explored on borrowed bicycles and the village swimming pool, a great place to relax and mix with the local, is open to guests and sits next to the hotel.
Castello Banfi Il Borgo$$$$$In the shadow of the Castello di Poggio lies Castello Banfi, a collection of former workers’ houses that have been transformed into a beautiful boutique hotel. There are six rooms and eight suites, all of which have been individually designed, taking inspiration from the Tuscan countryside. Admire the spectacular panorama of the gently rolling hills from the shade of the pergola, surrounded on all sides by sweetly scented white roses. The heated outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Sangiovese vineyards and is the perfect vantage point from which to view the beautiful Italian sunsets. The underground wine bar showcases the estate’s still and sparkling wines and you’ll also have the chance to sample local cheeses and classic Tuscan prosciutto. Continue the culinary journey at the hotel’s two restaurants; hole up in the vaulted arches of the former barrel cellars or bask in the sunshine and dine al fresco. If you find the countryside is beckoning, hiking expeditions and bike rental can be organised so you can fully appreciate the area. For those that want to recreate the mouth-watering flavours of Italy back home, there are cookery classes where you’ll whip up a Tuscan feast, accompanied by a selection of Banfi wines.
Heritage Villa Apolon$$$$$Occupying a sympathetically restored 19th-century building, Apolon overlooks Stari Grad’s charming, boat-filled harbour, just a short distance up the bay from the main square. As the oldest town in all of Croatia and a former Greek colony, Stari Grad is still one of the most charming towns on the Croatian coast. Despite the pink neo-classical facade’s aristocratic vibe, Apolon remains unpretentious, offerring instead a delightfully laid back retreat in authentic historic surroundings. There are just three rooms and four suites, all with wooden floors, oriental rugs, and chintz bedcovers and curtains and most enjoy views through large windows across the bay. Bathrooms are spacious and feature free-standing bathtubs and under-floor heating. The terrace restaurant is popular with the passengers of passing yachts who often moor up their vessels on the quay out front. Food here is focussed on the use of local seasonal ingredients such as fresh Adriatic seafood, lamb, and organic garden produce, all accompanied by Dalmatian wines. Service is personalised and professional, with local staff on hand to arrange a number of tailored activities such wine tasting, cultural excursions, hiking, and boat trips.
Amanzoe$$$$$Sat atop a hill surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe is a 21st-century neoclassical temple with incredible panoramic views over Argolis and down to bustling Porto Heli below. There are 38 pavilions dotted along the hillside, each private and elegantly luxurious, opening onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land or sea. Each pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a living area and king-size bed in a marble alcove. For friends and family groups, there are a collection of spacious four to nine-bedroom villas with their own chef and host. Colonnades lead to serene garden courtyards, a vast pool and an amphitheatre, as well as the restaurant where you’ll find simple, contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes that emphasise locally sourced fresh ingredients delivered daily. The Amanzoe’s expansive spa combines diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments. A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions Just ten minutes away, and easily accessed by complimentary transfers, the Amanzoe’s private beach club is set beside the azure Agean, with four swimming pools, small spa, casual eatery and overnight cabanas providing all the comforts of the pavilions. Sunbathe on the terrace, swim in the sea or discover the bay by kayak, paddle-board or snorkel. You can also charter a boat from the Aman fleet to sail to nearby islands, such as Spetses aor Hydra, or venture to off-shore diving spots. Porto Heli’s tavernas and countless ancient ruins, from the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus to Byzantine monasteries, are also all within easy reach.
Hotel Dvor$$$$$Amongst the green hills and lush vineyards of the Brda region lies Dvor, an intimate establishment found within a medieval village overlooking neighbouring Smartno. Entering the courtyards beneath an arch covered in the branches of climbing plants, you will become enchanted with the cypress trees and quaint wooden terraces that line the narrow alleys and streets. Yet the décor and layout of the five rooms and five apartments remain contemporary and spacious, the larger apartments perfect for longer stays with private balconies, fully-equipped kitchen and plenty of natural light. Bar Dvor is perfect for relaxing until late, an ideal spot where you can sip on some fine local produce before enjoying a nightcap of finely brewed coffee. Prosciutto and cheese platters come when you sample some of the local wine in the Wine Room or simply take in the views at your leisure on the terraces. Hotel Dvor is an excellent starting point for many activities and tours in the Brda region, such as vineyard tours and hiking, and in other parts of Slovenia or in Italy, with day trips to Venice a possibility.
Domaine de la Tortinière$$$$$The Chateau Hotel Domaine de la Tortinière is a peaceful and charming 19th century manor surrounded by a acres of parkland, overlooking the landscape where the Indre River flows. There are 30 rooms in total, 11 that are in the château itself with others in neighbouring outhouses including a charming 200 year old cottage with its own private, all decorated with antique furniture and warm fabrics. Domaine de la Tortinière is also home to a well known restaurant that offers refined cuisine served either in the old orangerie of the château or on the sunny terrace looking down to the pool.
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