Luxurious accommodations in a real castle in Spain
The Paradores of Spain are a series of luxurious accommodations, set in unusual settings across the country. Among them are castles, monasteries convents and more, all beautifully renovated for a wonderful stay. The Paradores ask the question, why sleep in a “normal” hotel when you can choose a genuine castle?While there are many Paradores of Spain, one stands out – located in Teruel Province in Aragon, the Parador de Alcañiz is truly special. The original building was a castle and monastery from the 12th and 13th centuries. While beautifully remodeled to retain its atmosphere, this Parador offers the ultimate of luxury, while sleeping in an original four-poster bed, with wonderfully scenic views from each of its windows. The original castle keep, the sacristy and the belfry have been kept intact, along with one section of the building that was converted into an Aragonese palace in the past. All has been beautifully preserved and features a Baroque façade and Gothic wall paintings, taking guests back in time. Meanwhile, the property has a modern fitness center, an excellent restaurant serving local flavors and a bar.
The town of Alcañiz itself is fascinating to explore as it is full of history with beautiful architecture and medieval underground passageways to explore. Meanwhile, the local Aragonese cuisine, served with the best Spanish wines is a real treat.
Dock House Boutique Hotel and Spa, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South AfricaDubbed “The Mother City,” Cape Town is world-renowned for its stunning scenery, exciting tourist destinations and great dining. The city’s harbor was expanded some time back to add the V&A Waterfront, a place of luxurious yachts, high-class shopping and dining. Meanwhile, the waterfront offers a wide range of hotels and apartments for those on vacation. However, one boutique hotel truly stands out, backed by the iconic Table Mountain with full access to everything the waterfront has to offer.
The Dock House Boutique Hotel and Spa is housed in the former, 1800 private residence of the harbor master. Set in the heart of the waterfront, the building has been beautifully restored as exclusive, boutique, luxurious accommodations.Meanwhile, the Dock House offers personalized service alocasng with panoramic views over the harbor and its surroundings. Breakfast is served in the morning room and guests can spend the day in the beautiful garden and outdoor pool. Moreover, your personal butler can arrange refreshments, a massage at the spa, or treatment at the nearby wellness center.
As for the accommodation, each spacious guest room or suite features classic décor. For dining, choose from the private chef’s sophisticated dinner menu, eat in your room, or explore the many restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.
Luxurious accommodations on Madifushi Private Island, Meemu Atoll, MaldivesHeading to the exotic Maldives, a perfect choice in luxurious accommodations is Madifushi Private Island in the Meemu Atoll. Facing the beach, the property offers five-star accommodation with all amenities. Guests have access to a modern fitness center and an outdoor pool in the garden. Moreover, the restaurant serves the best in local cuisine and service.
Air-conditioned, spacious rooms offer everything a guest could desire, including a minibar, coffee machine, flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Moreover, each overwater room has its own terrace with views of the ocean.Try something different this year and stay at one of these unique, luxurious accommodations and return home refreshed and ready for anything.