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The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma has a rooftop bar that allows you to dine outdoors if you would like to. It offers amazing views of the city and a romantic and lively atmosphere.
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A wellness highlight of Fuchun Resort is a magnificently designed indoor heated swimming pool – arguably the most beautiful hotel pool in China. The Pool Pavilion features a traditional wood-bracket vaulted ceiling supported by lacquered wood columns over a black mosaic tiled pool, and is decorated with stone statues and loungers. The Pool Pavilion terrace offers two outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking the mountains beyond.
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Al Murooj Rotana Hotel and Suites raises the bar for sophistication, luxury and indulgence in Dubai. With a glamorous look and tropical ambience, the luxury Dubai hotel, stands out as an oasis of chic, providing passers-by with just a hint of a provocative and seductive interior scene within.
At Hotel Il Castello, which is part of the Forte Village resort complex, guests have exclusive use of the heated freshwater swimming pool.
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Guests who take a dip in the pool at Brufani Palace will themselves swimming over the age-old remains of an Etruscan settlement which are protected by glass.
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Bardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:
-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting.
-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.
-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property.
-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality.
-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.
-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand.
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At the beginning of the 21st century, the French architect Jean-Michel WIlmotte completed a full scale renovation of the Hotel Beau Rivage. Throughout the hotel, pebble motifs evoke the beaches of Nice. You will find them in the sofas with their Livingstone pebble cushions designed by Stéphanie Marin, the lamps by Céline Wright and the tables which were tailor-made for this boutique hotel by the artist Bernard Reyboz.