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Nestled amongst 12,000 acres, the Lodge and Cottages at Primland provides a world-class retreat showcasing the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The eco-conscious property offers an array of outdoor activities, golf, and refined dining that incorporates locally sourced and sustainable ingredients from the resort's organic garden. The property recently unveiled the new Pinnacle Cottages with an ultra-luxe, multi-story setting overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge. Learn more about the new addition in the article below the photo from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cottontail Pinnacle Cottage at the Lodge and Cottages at Primland

Experience Luxury Among Nature in Primland's New Pinnacle Cottages

You don’t have to go outside the U.S. to find quaint and quiet luxury. Primland, the 12,000 acre retreat nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains, has just debuted The Pinnacle Cottages, an enclave of multi-story, chalet-style accommodations offering views overlooking the Pinnacles of Dan and Dan River Gorge.

Located just next to the first tee of Primland’s Highland Course, the four cottages – Hummingbird, Robin, Oriole and Bluebird – were inspired by the wildlife around Primland and named for the songbirds of the region, many of which have been seen from cottage balconies.

Each cottage features two expansive suites and guestrooms, with private balconies rising 2,800 ft. above the river. Balconies can accommodate up to eight people for sunset dining or cocktails under the stars. The interiors reflect Primland’s restorative surroundings, drawing inspiration from European lodges, and featuring nature-inspired accents like stump-root side tables.

Guests have the option to book rooms and suites individually, in pairs or as a foursome for family and group travel. Each floor features separate living areas which are able to opened for mutual use or kept separate for privacy.

The Pinnacle Cottages are joining Primland’s three Fairway Cottages, also adjacent to the Highland Course. Fairway Cottages feature full cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, stone fireplaces and private decks. Available for reservations in full or by the half, the duplex cottages are separated into two sides: one with a master suite, kitchenette, dining room and one and a half bath; the other with a studio complete with a king or two queen-sized beds, one bathroom, a wet bar and dining area. 

Accommodations other than cottages on Primland’s property include the Lodge and Primland, Mountain Rooms, The Pinnacle Suites, Blue Ridge Suites, Tree Houses and Mountain Homes, making Primland a great escape for nature lovers of all interests.

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Blending traditional Mewar style with modern luxury, the Kohinoor Suite with Private Pool at The Oberoi Udaivilas is lavish and spacious suite with a private pool and 24-hour butler service. Guests arrive through a sunlit outer courtyard and chandelier-lit inner courtyard. Once inside, there are domed ceilings, hand carved marble privacy screens, and mirror mosaics. Within the space, there is an opulent master bedroom, twin bedroom, dining room, and living room. The bedrooms have pillowtop mattresses, along with blackout curtains, and pillow menus. The ensuite bathroom has a separate shower with massage settings, standalone claw-footed bathtub, TV volume controls, and natural toiletries created exclusively for Oberoi Hotels. Throughout the suite, there are Frangipani trees, miniature wall pantings, an espresso machine, three 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and five telephones. Continue reading below the photo.

Inside the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

Plus, the suite's private, outdoor, temperature-controlled pool is framed by sun loungers, recessed sofa seating, and an outdoor dining space. Read more below.

Exterior of the Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas

The Oberoi Udaivilas overlooks Udaipur's Lake Pichola and the Udaipur City Palace. Surrounded by 30 acres of gardens, fountains, and pavilions, the property is styled like a Rajasthani Palace. Standing on the 200-year-old hunting grounds of Maharana of Mewar, there is a wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The luxury hotel has the Oberoi Spa with Ayurveda inspired, Eastern, Western, and signature Oberoi treatments, plus morning yoga, outdoor pools, and fine dining options at indoor and al fresco restaurants. Read more below the photo.

Exterior of The Oberoi Udaivilas

Guests have the opportunity to partake in exclusive Oberoi experiences such as city tours by boat, traditional Thekri workshops, miniature painting classes, henna painting, safa tying, heritage walks, maharaja rides, pottery classes, cooking and bartending lessons. 

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Presidential Suite at Boscolo VeneziaOffering opulent Venetian styling, the Presidential Suite at the Boscolo Venice provides an ultra-luxe atmosphere. Immersed in the hotel's garden (the only one of it's kind in Venice) amongst hundred-year-old trees, the suite has a loft with large windows on every wall, showcasing exquisite views of the lagoon where land and sea meet. Furnished in the design style of the 1700s, there's ornately carved Venetian furniture, oriental rugs, and Murano glass chandeliers. One of the marble bathrooms has a whirlpool tub, along with  lighted makeup mirror, bidet, robes, and slippers. Plus, the suite has modern amenities such as a minibar, TV, safe, and outlets with dual voltage adapters. 

Presidential Suite at Boscolo Venice

The Boscolo Venezia was built by the Patarol family at the end of the 16th century. Inherited by the noble house of Rizzo, the property was transformed into a 66-room luxury hotel. Surrounded by art and history, the upscale setting provides an ideal location for exploring Venice. In addition to elegant accommodations, the property offers a full-service spa and restaurant offering guests the "Boscolo Food Experience." Learn more below the photo. 

Lobby of the Boscolo Venice

For centuries, Venice was famous for it's marine baths. Today, the hotel's Spa in the Lagoon offers a range of health, diet, and esthetic medicine beauty treatments including waxing, body wraps, and makeup services. Designed to create a regenerating atmosphere in the heart of the "Serenissima," the facility has a steam room and therapy baths. Plus, guests can schedule massage lessons to learn the artful techniques of Venetian massage. 

Giardino Segreto Restaurant

The Giardino Segreto Restaurant is an homage to the Italian gastronomic experience. Set in the garden of the hotel with outdoor seating during warmer months, guests can dine on chef-prepared traditional recipes paired with the region's finest wines. For a night cap, guests can visit the Lounge Bar for an intimate, Venetian style setting. 

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Towering 12 floors above the city of Houston, the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel ICON is a three-level, 1,000 square foot venue, ideal for entertaining. The first floor of the suite features a living and sitting area. On the second floor is the bedroom with a king size bed and a spacious bathroom with a rain shower and antique claw-foot bath tub. Finally, the third floor of the suite offers an Entertainment Area with four large windows, kitchen, TV, and sound system, along with a large, covered, and fully furnished outdoor rooftop terrace providing panoramic views of downtown Houston. Continue below the photo. 

Hotel Icon Penthouse Suite

The Hotel ICON is an award-winning hotel set within the Union National Bank Building. Originally built in 1911, the property recently underwent a $35 million dollar reinvention to transform the landmark building into a luxury boutique hotel with fine dining at BANK - a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Icon Bar, Balance Day Spa, and an executive fitness facility. 

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Main Lobby of the Hotel ICON


Perched on the penthouse level on the 23rd floor, the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing offers an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the city. Popular with celebrities and dignitaries, the suite provides a unique space with 4 Phillips flat-screen TVs, Bose Audio home theater system with a docking station, DVD player, fully-stocked bar, and bespoke furnishings.

Celebrating Beijing's heritage, the study room has a library with books about Chinese art and Chinese emperors throughout the ages. There's a grand living room overlooking the skyline with an in-suite dining area that provides a luxe setting with seating for up to 10 people. 

The spacious bedroom has moodlight settings and master touch control panels on each side of the bed, along with elegant decor and bespoke furnishings inspired by the city's heritage. The king size bed is draped in 400-thread-count linens and a down-filled duvet, while the bathroom has a Jacuzzi, walk-in experience shower, heated floors, and LE LABO bath products. 

The bedroom within the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Beijing

Providing an elegant and contemporary setting, the Fairmont Beijing is located in the city's central business district. Offering easy access to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing Street, and Beijing's entertainment, the city is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers. For dining, Lunar 8 is a contemporary Asian restaurant with four interactive open-kitchens, and a signature Peking Duck with plum sauce, while The Cut has an open-show kitchen with a menu of imported beef and seafood dishes. The hotel offers the Willow Stream Spa with traditional Chinese and modern Western treatments, fitness facility, babysitting services, and car rentals.

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Exterior of the Fairmont Beijing


Overlooking the Borghese gardens and the hotel's private park and swimming pool, the Royal Suite at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers panoramic views of Rome and a lavish setting with antique furniture, rich decor, and two bathrooms. Situated on the Penthouse Floor, the unique venue has an office area with a grand desk, and living room with chandeliers and a Bang & Olefsen TV system. Continue reading below the image. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

The opulent bedrooom features a king bed and sitting area, plus a spacious dressing room and vanity. See photo of the bedroom below. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

The Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is set within a former convent, in an upscale residential area, between the Borghese gardens and the Borghese Gallery. The grand property was built in the 19th century, and offers a palatial setting with an outdoor pool, fine dining, and gardens. 

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Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

 


Overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the city's Old Port neighborhood, the Auberge Saint-Antoine offers a modern setting infused with historic artifacts. For a truly unique environment, some of the Relais & Chateaux hotel's suites are housed within the Hunt House, part of which dates back to the 18th century. Featuring a rustic elegance, the suites (including the Du Jardin Suite, shown below) in this building have original wood floors and exposed wood beams, along with modern amenities such as heated bathroom floors, deep soaking tubs, Nespresso coffee makers, and Bose sound systems. For incredible views of the St. Lawrence River, the Panorama Suite features contemporary styling within the Hunt House along with a large balcony. Continue reading below the photos.
 
1. Du Jardin Suite Bathroom
Du Jardin Suite Bathroom at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
2. Capitaine Suite 
Capitaine  Suite at the Auberge Saint-Antoine
3. Francaise Suite
Francaise Suite at Auberge Saint-Antoine
The Auberge Saint-Antoine is built on a major archeological site in the heart of Quebec City. Once the home of wharves, cannon emplacements, and warehouses, the hotel displays hundreds of artifacts from the French and British regimes that unearthed during an archeological excavation. The hotel's award-winning restaurant, Panache! serves modern French cuisine prepared with ingredients from the hotel's garden, and is housed in a historic warehouse building with wood beams and stone walls. Continue reading below the image of Panache.
Panache Restaurant at Auberge Saint-Antoine
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book the "Best Available Rate through Five Star Alliance will receive daily complimentary breakfast for two at Panache, $100 CAD food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status. 
 
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Perched atop the famous Hotel Keflavik, the Diamond Suites offers five luxury suites: the Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Topaz, and the Pearl. With a separate entrance and exclusive location along the Reykjanes Peninsula, the individually-designed suites offer high-end furnishings close to the Blue Lagoon, whale watching, and lava fields. Continue reading below the photo.
The Ruby Suite at the Diamond Suites
The Ruby Suite (shown above) offers 500 square feet of space. The focal point of the room is the hand-carved headboard, which took 12 weeks to carve. The bathroom has faucets designed by Philippe Starck, Versace marble tiles, whirlpool bathtub, and two oversized rain showerheads. Read more after the photo. 
The private jacuzzi in the Sapphire Suite at the Diamond Suites
From the private outdoor jacuzzi of the Sapphire Suite (above), guests have the opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis during the winter. The suite combines classic furnishings with modern artworks. Plus, a luxury bathroom with a whirlpool tub, double sinks, and an oversized rainshower. Continue reading. 
The Emerald Suite at the Diamond Suites
For Old World charm, the Emerald Suite (show above) provides a library-inspired setting with wood-panelled walls, plus exclusive Mackenzie Childs wallpaper and lighting. There's a Duxiana king size bed to add to the room's warm atmosphere, along with a cozy bathroom with a whirlpool tub, Philippe Starck faucet, and a rainshower. Read more below. 
The Topaz Suite at the Diamond Suites
Offering modern styling, the Topaz Suite showcases (pictured above) Icelandic works of art, along with contemporary furnishings. Plus, a bathroom with designer fixtures, rainshower, and whirlpool tub. Continue below. 
The Pearl Suite at the Diamond Suites
Ideal for brides, the Pearl Suite (above) features a white color palette, with a lavish king size bed crafted with white leather headboard, acccented by Swarovski crystals. There are night stands covered in aligator leather, and Versace marble columns frame the space. Plus, a luxury bathrooms with designer fixtures and a rainshower. 
 
For the ultimate retreat, the Diamond Suites allows all five suites to be rented at once for an ultra-exclusive Penthouse Suite setting. Or, the Jon William Suite is named after the hotel's founder, and combines the Ruby and Sapphire suites. 
 
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Bollinger champagne at check-in. 
 
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Perched on the top floor of the luxury boutique hotel, the Penthouse Acropolis Suite at the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive and elegant setting on the island of Capri. Featuring imperial styling, the suite has white marble floors accented with black stars, and a bedroom furnished with Loro Piana fabrics. Read more about the suite below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite Bedroom at the Capri Palace Hotel There's an elegant relaxation area, and the bathroom has a large shower with a chic freestanding bathtub to relax and soak while enjoying the views. Continue reading below the photo.
Penthouse Acropolis Suite lounge area at the Capri Palace Hotel
In addition to the exclusive location within the hotel, the suite offers a private heated pool surrounded by a terrace with cushioned lounge chairs and spectacular views. Read more below. 
Penthouse Acropolis Suite private pool at the Capri Palace Hotel
Steps away from the center of the authentic village of Capri, the Capri Palace Hotel offers an exclusive location with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Naples. There are three restaurants: the two Michelin-starred Restaurant L'Olivo, the Michelin-starred Restaurant  il Riccio, and the Bistro Ragu. There's also the Dolce Vite wine cellar, and the Bar degli Artisti with a piano and chic lounge enivronment. The spa provides a variety of services and treatments, including a leg school, Mediterranean Diet, and Posturology programs. The Beach Club il Riccio offers a pure white setting with unparalleled views of the sea, and The White Museum at the Hotel infuses art, hospitality, architecture, design, food, music and crafts into the hotel for a submersive and innovative experience.
 
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The Beach Club at the Capri Palace Hotel

Nestled at the edge of the slopes, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles is set within the Palace of Courcheval. One of the 16 Palaces of France, the hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, with a genuine Alpine feel. Read more below. 

Living room of the private penthouse apartment at Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

For the ultimate in luxury, the Private Penthouse Apartment at Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles offers a unique four bedroom residential style setting on the top floor of the castle. Overlooking the snow-topped mountains, the 5,900-square-foot apartment has a private elevator with direct access, and a private en suite spa. Offering a full range of services, Penthouse guests reach the spa by climbing a flight of stairs, past a waterfall, to a relaxing haven with a full bay window sauna, sensory shower, ice fountain, and a jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. Continue reading below the photo. 

En suite spa at the private penthouse apartment at Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

The main living space has a dining room with a private bar that includes a glass door cellar with fine wines and spirits, plus a living room with a substantial fireplace, lounge area, and home theater. Each of the four bedrooms is equipped with its own bathroom with a walk-in closet, bathtub, and steam shower. Continue reading below the photo. 

Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

To top it off, the private apartment has a 1,600-square-foot terrace with unobstructed views of the Courcheval slopes and a jacuzzi. More below the photo.

Terrace of the private penthouse apartment within the Hotel De Charme Les Airelles

In addition to the private apartment, the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles has 37 rooms and 14 suites. Offering a mountainside location, the property offers ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, ski technician, and a ski room. Spa Cellcosmet offers a variety of services, there are four restaurants, and the bar of Les Airelles offers cozy salons and a smoking room.

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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles

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