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Nestled amongst a rugged landscape on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wilderness camp with 10 elegant tents, as well as a tented dining room and spa. Inspired by the tents of Mughal emperors that traveled the ancient lands, this exclusive retreat offers a serene setting ideal for viewing the area's abundant wildlife including tigers, leopards, chital deer, crocodiles, hyenas, and sloth bears. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of Aman-i-Khas

Raised on concrete plinths, the air-conditioned luxury tents are reminiscent of Mughal pavillions with cotton drapes creating separate sleeping, dressing, and bathing areas. Positioned to ensure privacy, the tents overlook the natural landscape, teaming with wildlife. Featuring high draped ceilings, tents have classic furnishings as well as wifi, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and heating systems. There are living rooms with twin writing desks, oversized daybeds for lounging, chest coolers for drinks, and dining areas. Plus, sleeping quarters with king or twin beds, dressing areas, and twin vanities. Continue reading below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent

Within each luxury tent there is a bathing area separated by cotton drapes from the living and sleeping areas. Offering all the modern comforts, there is a shower, bathtub, and separate toilet. Read more below the photo. 

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Bathing Area

In addition to the luxury indoor living spaces, the tents have outdoor sundecks providing panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Continue reading below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Luxury Tent Patio

The Aman-i-Khas has a tented, lamp-lit dining room with a large communal table and smaller tables. Reminiscent of the Mughal emperors' tent cities, the dining area provides guests with a seasonal menu featuring chef-prepared dishes crafted with ingredients from the property's organic garden and local sources. Continue reading below the dining room photo.

Aman-i-Khas Dining Tent

There's also a tented spa with two treatment rooms and a bubbling fountain, as well as Reiki massages, Ayurvedic treatments, outdoor yoga, and a pool lined with lounge chairs. Read more below the photo.

Aman-i-Khas Spa

For guests looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, Aman-i-Khas offers Tiger Safaris with expert guides taking visitors into the untouched jungle to see tigers in the wild. On the safaris, guests learn about the tracking and movements of the tigers, leopards, hyenas, chital deer, and crocodiles. 

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Breakfast at Aman-i-Khas


Destination Spotlight: London

Set along the River Thames, London is full of historic sites, royal parks, world-class museums, sophisticated shopping, and endless neighborhoods to discover. From the iconic Big Ben and Parliament to Buckingham Palace, there's iconic vistas around every bend. Founded in 50 AD by the Romans, the original City of London still has original Medieval walls.

Today, Great Britain's capital city provides visitors with a mix of contemporary and classic. The Royal Parks are ideal for strolling, and Afternoon Tea makes for an ideal time to relax and partake in a quintessential British tradition. The London Eye provides a bird's eye observation of the city, and the Tate Modern on the South Bank has an extensive collection of modern art. Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral offer centuries of history and breathtaking architecture, while Knightsbridge has upscale shopping such as Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. 

For dining, London offers an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, chic cafes, gastropubs, and classic British Pubs. The West End has a collection of theaters with major musicals and touring productions. While Soho, Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Dalston offer a variety of nightlife options including cabaret and Charleston revival parties, burlesque, and undergound bingo. 

As one of the world's top cities, London hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wimbledon (July 3 to July 16, 2017), RideLondon festival of cycling (July 28 to July 30, 2017), Londinium festival where participants travel back in time to Roman London (July 28 to October 29, 2017),  BBC Proms 2017 classical music festival (July 14 to September 9, 2017), IAAF Marathon (August 6, 2017), Gladiator Games (August 25 to August 28, 2017), Fashion Week (September 21 to September 24, 2017), and the NFL Ravens v. Jaguar game at Wembley Stadium September 24, 2017. There's also Halloween events in late October, Hogwarts in the Snow (November 18, 2017 to February 3, 2018), as well as Holiday Markets in November and December, and New Year's Eve Fireworks. 

To compliment London's activities and cultural options, Five Star Alliance offers a selection of luxury hotels that will appeal to a range of travelers including Regal Properties, Designer Boutiques, and Creative Retreats. 

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Regal Properties

The Langham London

Exterior of The Langham London

Welcoming royals, dignitaries, and celebrities for more than 150 years, The Langham London is located in the heart of the West End.  Since 1865, the hotel's Palm Court has been a reknowned destination for its bespoke version of Afternoon Tea, and the recently unveiled Langham Club Lounge provides guests with an ultra-exclusive setting with complimentary breakfast, chef-created menus, modern conveniences, and attentive service. Plus, the Artesian was awarded "World's Best Bar" and Roux at the Landau provides an elegant atmosphere for classic cuisine with a modern touch. 

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The Goring Hotel

The Goring Exterior

Adjacent to Buckingham Palace, The Goring Hotel is a family-owned luxury hotel known for service and hospitality. Favored by the Queen for Afternoon Tea, this hotel offers sophisticated decor and The Dining Room received a Michelin Star in 2015. Located in the opulent Belgravia neighborhood, the family-friendly hotel is close to major attractions, and provides a number of family guest rooms as well as amenities for young travelers. 

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The Savoy London

The Savoy London Fountain

A British icon since opening in 1889, The Savoy London underwent a £100 million restoration, restoring its English Edwardian and Art Deco interiors while seamlessly blending modern amenities and discreet technology with timeless elegance. Set along the River Thames, the Fairmont managed hotel is offering a variety of culinary events and master classes throughout 2017, including Historical Tours with The Savoy's Archivist that concludes with a glass of Champagne, a Dinner Dance, and a Chocolate Master Class. 

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Designer Boutiques

The Ned

Guest room at The Ned

Set within the former Midland Bank Building, The Ned is a recently opened boutique hotel close to the Tower of London and St. Paul's Cathedral. The private Ned's Club offers  an exclusive rooftop pool, Canopy Bar & Restaurant, Princes Street and Poultry Domes lounges, along with panoramic London views. Within the lower levels of the building is the original vault, which is home to Vault Room lounge bar, plus the Ned's Club Active with cardio and strength training equipment, as well as the spa. 

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St. Ermin's Hotel London

 

Exterior courtyard of St. Ermin's Hotel London

Nestled along a tree-lined courtyard, St. Ermin's Hotel London is located in the heart of Westminster on the site of a 15th century chapel dedicated to St. Ermin. In 1889, the property was expanded into townhomes, and transformed into a hotel in 1899. Winston Churchill held a historic meeting at the property in 1940, and today the boutique hotel offers guests the opportunity to step into history, while experiencing luxury amenities such as marble bathrooms, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and White Company products. The St. Ermin's Tea Lounge offers a stylish Afternoon Tea with honey and produce sourced from the hotel's rooftop garden and bee hives, Caxton Grill serves Modern European cuisine, while the Caxton Bar has signature flights and a warm, historic atmosphere. 

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The Wellesley

Bathroom at The Wellesley London

Overlooking Hyde Park, The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel is set within a historic townhouse. Offering discreet elegance steps from Buckingham Palace, guest rooms and suite provide a modern take on Art Deco styling with tufted headboards, original artwork, sleek wood furniture, and Hermes bathroom amenities. The Crystal Bar has a chic and stylish setting with live music and crafted cocktails, the Oval Restaurant serves elegant Italian cuisine, and the hotel is home to one of the largest cigar humidors in Europe. 

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Creative Retreats

 

The Beaumont

The Colony Grill at The Beaumont

Featuring views of Brown Hart Gardens, The Beaumont is a luxury boutique property in the city's Mayfair district. Situated within a historic 1926 building, the property features classic styling infused with Art Deco touches. One of the hotel's highlights is ROOM, an experiential work of art commissioned from Turner Prize-winning British sculptor, Antony Gormeley. The massive, modular piece forms part of a suite with stainless steel and fumed oak. The Colony Grill Room (shown in the image above) offers upscale dining seven days a week, and the American Bar serves casual snacks and classic cocktails. 

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Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Two Bedroom Suite at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate

Providing the privacy of a private home with the expertise and service of a luxury hotel, Taj 51 Buckingham Gate offers a discreet setting with butler service, contemporary bathrooms, and suites with modern kitchens. Housed in a Victorian building, there is 24-hour in-room dining, and award-winning southwest coastal Indian cuisine at the Michelin-starred Quilon restaurant. There's an outdoor courtyard with Afternoon Tea in the summer, and Bank Westminster serves classic British fare with a modern twist. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full English breakfast at the Kona Restaurant, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, and complimentary wifi, plus subject to availability, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out. Guestst staying four or more nights receive a one way airport transfer. 

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Mondrian London

Guest suite at the Mondrian London

Perched along the River Thames in the Sea Containers building, Mondrian London has river view balcony suites directly along the river. Under the direction of renowned British designer Tom Dixon, the property mingles 1920s cruise ship glamour with the building's original style and infused with modern twists. For dining and socializing, the Rumpus Room has a rooftop bar with an outdoor terrace and glass box structure, Dandelyan offers an iconic green marble bar with innovative cocktails, and the Sea Containers Restaurant serves locally-sourced cuisine with indoor and outdoor river walk seating. 

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The properties mentioned in this post are just a few of the Five Star luxury hotels in London. 

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Transporting guests back to the days of the Belle Epoque, Prestige Suites at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes are perched on the seventh floor of the hotel. Overlooking the Mediterranean with parquet floors and elegant lounge areas, the one- and two-bedroom suites are named after prominent celebrities with strong ties to the region. One of the lavish suites is the Sean Connery Suite with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private elevator, marble floors, fine wood furniture, and a spacious sea-facing terrace. Continue below the Sean Connery Suite photo. 

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The elegant Grace Kelly Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a private salon with a unique design that provides the feel of being on a private yacht. There's a large terrace with panoramic Mediterranean vistas, and a glamorous dining room. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Grace Kelly Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Named after one of the finest stars of French cinema, the Sophie Marceau Suite is an elegant space with sumptuous fabrics in shades of cream, parquet floors, broad sofas, and relaxing sun-filled terrace. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a spacious lounge area and dining room. Continue reading below the photo of the Sophie Marceau Suite. 

Sophie Marceau Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The Alain Delon Suite honors a monumental French cinema star. Offering a modern and timeless setting, the suite has a lounge area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There's also an outdoor terrace providing partial sea views. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Alain Delon Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The InterContinental Carlton is located on the famed La Croisette Boulevard. Featuring a Belle Epoque facade, the historic hotel was built in 1911 and inaugurated in 1913. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the property has a private sandy beach, fine dining, elegant ballroom, and a centralized location close to the Cannes Palais des Festivals and the shopping district.

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Exterior of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes


As part of the resort's 10 year anniversary celebration, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort in Belize has a special Summer Respite Offer:

-- Book a three night stay at Ka'ana before August 31, get the fourth night free.

In addition, guests will receive a private mixology class learning to mix traditional libations with Belizian flair. For stays of three nights or more prior to September 21st, guests also receive a bottle of champagne and a complimentary upgrade (based on availability). Read more below the photo. 

Ka'ana Boutique Resort Belize

The Ka'ana Boutique Resort is located near the Cayo District in Western Belize. Set amidst Mayan civilizations and natural wonders, the property provides a bespoke setting with curated experiences designed to provide guests with an adventurous mix of authentic Belize culture and style. There are luxurious suites or one- and two-bedroom villas with private pools, plus La Ceiba Restaurant with authentic Belizean Cuisine, Wallace Bar & Lounge with handcrafted drinks by experienced mixologists, a 1,000 bottle wine cellar, and a 2-acre organic garden where 80% of the property's produce is sourced. The boutique hotel will arrange candlelit dinners and customized picnics for one-of-a-kind customized experiences, and adventure options include cave tubing, helicopter tours, horseback rides to Xunantunich Maya Ruins, and Yaxha sunset tours. Read more below the photo for a special perk.

Ka'ana Boutique Hotel Belize

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast daily at La Ceiba Restaurant (room service also available), a $100 resort credit, one bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, wine cellar orientation, and a welcome drink. As well as VIP status and a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out based on availability. 

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Nestled between Munich and Salzburg, Residenz Heinz Winkler is a Relais & Chateaux property close to Lake Chiemsee. Set in the heart of Bavaria, the property offers "Cuisine Vitale"--culinary dishes with lightness, clarity, and the healing effects of herbs and spices, created by the hotel's owner, Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as spa treatments, the Venetian Gourmet Restaurant, and exclusive cooking classes with the Chef and his team. Continue reading below the photo. 

Terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler

The hotel's Venetian Gourmet Restaurant features an elegant setting with Italian ambiance, as well as a mountain view terrace and winter garden. Serving "Cuisine Vitale" by Heinz Winkler, guests can enjoy classic dishes and new creations infused with local herbs and flavors. In addition, the hotel's dedicated sommelier can assist with ideal pairings from the restaurant's wine cellar with space for 25,000 bottles, and a wine list with as many as 950 positions featuring rare and noble wines from around the world. Read more below the photo. 

Gourmet Restaurant at Residenz Heinz Winkler

In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers Cooking Courses with Heinz Winkler. Providing guests with the opportunity to spend time with the star chef in his professional kitchen, participants will learn how to prepare dishes with the finest ingredients. The experience includes a welcome cocktail and 5-course dinner, then the following morning participants enjoy breakfast, followed by a Gourmet Cooking Course with Chef Heinz Winkler, as well as an apron and signed cookbook to take home as a keepsake. Continue reading below. 

Exterior of the Residenz Heinz Winkler

Created from a late Medieval building, the property was the Hotel Post for centuries. Purchased by Heinz Winkler in 1989, the property was transformed into a modern, yet traditional hotel blending luxury with local charm. Located in the Chiemgau between mountains and lakes, the hotel has 29 rooms and suites with balconies, Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. Designed to offer a relaxing and revitalizing setting, the spa offers a variety of pampering treatments and beauty rituals. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a demi bottle of Champagne upon arrival. 

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Nestled along the southern shores of Sri Lanka, Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort offers a secluded beachfront setting with 152 rooms and pool villas, gourmet dining, sports activities, excursions, and spa. Ideal for families, the tropical resort has supervised activities for kids and teens, plus there are bicycles and tuk-tuks for exploring the area. The property provides an array of experiences to appeal to a variety of interests. Read more below the photo of the Beach Pool Villa. 

Beach Pool Villa at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Here are three top reasons to stay at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort:

1. Gastronomic Experiences

Culinary Experiences at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Throughout the resort, guests can experience a variety of food-related options, including authentic Sri Lankan cooking classes at Spice Spoons. There's also a traditional high tea lounge, Il Mare providing a a clifftop Italian restaurant with ocean views, and the beachside Verele--a Sri Lankan Teppanyaki-inspired eatery. El Vino serves Mediterranean fare with degustation menus, tapas style creations, and connoisseur wine pairings. Plus, there's the Poolside Bar with casual dining, Journeys with an international menu, and Dining by Design for one-of-kind options. 

2. Anantara Spa 

Anantara Spa Entrance at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

Offering Ayurvedic and reflexology treatments, the Anantara Spa provides a variety of services combining trusted ancient therapies, western techniques, and advanced spa wisdom. There are four couples' suites, four single treatment suites, along with a relaxation area, facial treatment room, and beauty salon. 

3. Fitness & Wellness Activities

Activities at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

The beachfront resort offers bicycles and traditional tuk-tuks for exploring the area. There's also in-villa or on the beach yoga and meditation classes, fitness center, 25-meter swimming pool, tennis, and badminton courts.

In addition, there's a travel and tour guide office on-site for guests to book excursions such as a visit to the Uda Walawe Elephant Sanctuary, whale and dolphin watching boat trips, Galle City tours, and visits to the Handunugoda Low Country Tea Plantation. 


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Poolside Sunrise at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

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For a limited time, the Nolinski Paris is offering guests a special portrait session package with the famous Studio Harcourt. For more than 80 years, the photography studio's black and white portraits have been celebrated worldwide, with an array of well-known clients including kings, queens, and Hollywood elite. Learn more about the special offer below the photo.

Nolinski Paris Studio Harcourt Special Offer

From July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, hotel guests can book the Nolinski Paris Prestige Session Special Offer*:

- Solo Portrait for €1,595 instead of €1,995

- Duo Portrait for €1,985 instead of €2,480

- Family Portrait for €2,400 instead of €3,000
*Price includes the session and printing of the portrait. Valid through March 31, 2018. 
 
Prestige Sessions provide a unique experience evoking the glamour of the greatest film stars. Sessions include professional makeup and photography, along with an artistic black and white portrait. Guests should contact the concierge via email: concierge@nolinski.com to check availability and schedule a Studio Harcourt session. Continue reading below the photo.
 
Superior Guest Room at Nolinski Paris
 
The Nolinski Paris opened in July 2016. Just a few steps from the Comedie Française, the Louvre Museum, and the Palais Royal Gardens, The Nolinski offers a prime location to discover Paris. From bright, luminous rooms and a mineral spa, to the Réjane brasserie and the hushed tones of the Grand Salon, each space is an invitation to let the senses roam and emotions rise.
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, as well as a personalized note from management. 
 
 
 

Featuring views of the East Passage and Narragansett Bay, the Lighthouse Suite at the Castle Hill Inn and Resort is one of the largest suites in the 19th century Agassiz Mansion. Set on a hill, the cottage was once the summer residence of the famous marine biologist Alexander Agassiz. Today, the mansion is a luxury boutique hotel offering accommodations with historic charm, upscale furnishings, modern amenities, and a seafront setting. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Lighthouse Suite Bedroom at the Castle Hill Inn and Resort

Measuring at approximately 560 square feet, the Lighthouse Suite has a separate living room and bedroom, divided by French doors, as well as a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub. Offering space for up to four guests, there is a living room with a dining table with four chairs, and a queen size pull-out sofa. Read more below the photo. 

The Lighthouse Suite Living Room at Castle Hill Inn and Resort

Within the coastal-inspired bedroom there is a king size bed and a gas jet fireplace. Featuring views of the Castle Hill Inn and Resort grounds, there is an oversized soaking tub within the bedroom. Plus, the suite offers a spa-inspired bathroom with a glass and marble stand up steam shower. 

The Lighthouse Suite Bathroom at Castle Hill Inn and Resort

The Castle Hill Inn and Resort provides a historic setting in Newport, Rhode Island. Built in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University, the property housed naval officers during World War II, and welcomed royalty and celebrities, including Thornton Wilder who describes the turret suite in his novel, Theophilus North. Part of the Relais & Chateaux family, the inn offers luxurious hospitality, historic accommodations, spa, pool, private yacht excursions, yoga classes, bonfires, and board games year-round. 

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Completely transformed, the Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel reopened on July 5 after a four-year restoration project. Situated on the Place de la Concorde, the historic property mixes vintage glamour and architectural elements with modern amenities and technology. Read more below the photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Lobby

Opulent objects like amethyst chandelier and Baccarat decanters have been given prominent placement, Karl Lagerfeld designed two of the property's prestigious suites, and there's a new swimming pool featuring a mural by ceramist Peter Lane. Continue below the pool photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Pool

The hotel's guest rooms and suites combine the property's 18th-century heritage with bespoke furnishings, elegant antiques, and carefully selected accents for a sophisticated Parisian residential style. Read more below the photo of the Bernstein Suite. 

Bernstein Suite Bedroom at Hotel de Crillon

There's also revitalized dining options, including L'Ecrin serving a contemporary gastronomic menu by Chef Christopher Hache. Along with Brasserie D'Aumont with timeless French cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional products. For Afternoon Tea and sweets, Jardin d'Hiver is a glamorous residential lounge, and Les Ambassadeurs provides an iconic setting for cocktails and live entertainment. Continue below the Jardin d'Hiver. 

Jardin d'Hiver at Hotel de Crillon

Within the reimagined palace there's the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa along with the Hair Salon by David Lucas and the Barber by La Barbiere de Paris. Need shoes buffed? Shoecare by Devoirdecourt can assist. 

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Featured Journeys: Luxury Scandinavian Adventure

The newest edition of Featured Journeys takes us to Scandinavia. Land of the Midnight Sun, home of the Vikings, birthplace of Nordic cuisine, and recognized for modern design, the region offers a treasure trove of museums, historic sites, outdoor adventures, and cultural attractions. Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a 10-day excursion to Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. In this Featured Journeys: Luxury Scandinavian Adventure, I'll share a Luxury Hotel Insider's perspective with details on where I stayed along with highlights in each city.

Easily connected via high speed rail, venturing between Scandinavia's capital cities takes about 5.5 hours between Oslo and Stockholm, as well as Stockholm and Copenhagen. Trains are modern and clean, with on-board meal options. If you prefer to fly, there's a variety of direct flight options as well, but traveling by train provides an ideal way to see the landscapes while en route to the next stop. If time allows, I'd recommend at least four nights in each city, perhaps additional nights if you'd like to venture out of the city to explore all of the outdoor adventures each country offers.

Oslo
Stockholm
Copenhagen

 

Oslo, Norway

As Norway's capital city, Oslo is a walkable city with a mix of modern design, such as the Norwegian National Opera House & Ballet where visitors can walk on the roof, and historical sites like the Akerhus Castle. Within the past decade the harborfront has been revitalized, providing a lovely pedestrian-only waterfront area with the Nobel Peace Center, and a variety of restaurants offering plenty of outdoor dining options. From the harbor, visitors can take a short ferry boat ride to Bygdøy, the island of Oslo museums. Home to the royal family's summer palace, the island of museums offers a wide variety of options including the Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum with the actual ship that traveled to the Artic, Kon-Tiki Museum, and the Norwegian Folk Museum with an open-air setting and 150 historic buildings on display from various times in the country's history. For art enthusiasts, there's the Edvard Munch Museum, the National Gallery with a nice selection of works by well-known artists, including Norway's own Edvard Munch's "The Scream", and the 63-acre Ekeberg Sculpture Park. Along Karl Johans Gate there's the Royal Palace, as well as upscale shopping and sidewalk cafes (during the summer months), and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Ski Museum is a must-visit on a clear day for panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. 

Interested in seeing the famous fjords? From Oslo it is possible to take a "Norway in a Nutshell" trip from Oslo to the fjords with a visit to Bergen, and a ride on the famous Flam Railway. 

Hotel Continental Oslo

Hotel Continental Oslo

During my visit, I enjoyed an Idyllic Stay at Hotel Continental Oslo. Providing a centralized location, the historic luxury hotel was a short walk to the harborfront, and just steps away from the National Theater, Karl Johans Gate, subway, and light rail stations. Since opening in 1900, Theatercaféen offers upscale dining and a bar, while Eik Annen Etage serves classic dishes in a Baroque-infused atmosphere. There's also the seasonal Steamen sidewalk cafe, and a recently revitalized fitness center. 

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Stockholm, Sweden

Set along the Baltic Sea behind a natural fortification, Sweden's capital city consists of 14 islands connected via 54 bridges. In the Gamla Stan (Old Town), the Royal Palace has a daily military parade and changing of the guard along with four museums and a chapel, the Nobel Museum tells the story of the prestigious award, there's Parliament tours, and guests can meander about the island filled with Medieval architecture. Stockholm's Djurgården, offers gardens and a variety of museums including the Vasa Museum, which showcases a 17th century warship raised from the seafloor after it sunk minutes after its first departure, the Skansen open-air folk museum, and the Nordic Museum. For relaxation, there are a variety of canal tours where visitors can see the city via the canals, as well as trendy sidewalk cafes ideal for people watching and trying Toast Skagen, a local delicacy with a mixture of prawns and shrimp mingled with mayonnaise and herbs. Not to be missed is the Swedish Fika, a traditional coffee break to mingle with friends and enjoy coffee with a sweet roll such as the Vetebullar with cinnamon and cardamon. 

Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

Sea View Room at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm

During my Springtime Stay at the Hotel Diplomat Stockholm, I was able to easily explore the city on foot. Set along the Strandvägen, the hotel is a short walk along the boardwalk past cafes and boats to the Djurgården. Overlooking the Nybroviken, Deluxe Sea View Rooms offer exquisite views of the water, and the hotel's restaurant and bar provide a stylish setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Afternoon Tea. Built as a private residence in 1911, the boutique hotel was transformed into a luxury property in the 1960s, and features an extensive collection of art by Swedish artists, as well as the Hotel Diplomat Retreat--an exclusive and tranquil space for guests with a sauna, showers, and loungers available by appointment. 

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Across the Oresund Bridge from Sweden, Copenhagen is Denmark's capital city. Featuring a walkable core, the city offers historic points of interest like the Nyhavn with waterfront cafes and bars, Amalienborg Palace and Square with a changing of the guard, and Kastellet Park with an Anglican Church built of flint, and The Little Mermaid statue in honor of local author Hans Christian Andersen, as well as the Rosenborg Castle of Christian IV. Biking is the preferred method of transit, with biking lanes throughout the city and many hotels offering bicycles for guests to use during their stay. There are cafes and Michelin-rated restaurants scattered throughout the capital of Nordic cuisine, Tivoli Gardens is a seasonal playground for Danes of all ages with gardens, rides, and performances, and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek showcases Egyptian, French, Greek, and Etruscan art under glass domes with indoor gardens. For shopping, the Strøget--Europe's longest pedestrian-only shopping street offers the finest brands interspersed with kitchy boutiques and local designers. While visiting, be sure to try the Danish art of Hygge, which is the idea of taking a moment either alone or with someone to be present in something cozy, charming, or special. 

Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

One Bedroom Suite at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen

While in Denmark, my stay in a Deluxe Suite at Hotel D'Angleterre Copenhagen provided an ideal location for exploring the city. Right on Kongens Nytorv (King's New Square), the hotel was next to the National Theater, and adjacent to the famous Strøget lined with department stores and upscale boutiques. Within the hotel there was the Amazing Space Spa with an indoor pool, saunas, and treatments utilizing exclusive natural products, as well as the Michelin-awarded Restaurant Marchal with fine dining and Kongens Nytorv views. Plus, the Balthazar Champagne bar with a chic setting, Champagne-focused cocktails, and exclusive entry for guests.

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