ADVERTORIAL • December 2018
If you fancy some R&R with a side of style, the folks at Ritz Carlton, St Regis, W Hotels and Luxury Collection have the spa escapes for you. From decadence in Vienna to Miami’s beachfront buzz, we take a look at the hotels worth letting your hair down for
Bright bursts of modernist architecture; long stretches of power-white sand, and palm trees a-plenty – there’s a reason they call Miami the Magic City. Settle in to explore at W South Beach which not only has some of the most capacious rooms on this stretch of sand, but also offers a competitive ‘Whatever/Whenever’ service at the push of the button. A short saunter from Collins Avenue, this oceanfront beauty features a stonkingly stylish pool and deck area, as well as the swoon-worthy Bliss Spa. Replace calories lost playing tennis at rooftop-based SWISH & SWING with a chicken dinner rustled up at the hotels’ all-American eatery, The Dutch.
Glittering Dubai Marina is the backdrop for the ultra-decadent Grosvenor House, a 750-room haven moments from the (private) beach. When you’re not shopping or sunbathing, eating should be high on the agenda, with over ten dining destinations on offer and gourmet grub ranging from Latin American to Indian, Chinese and even British. Each of the hotel’s two illuminated towers is home to a gym, terrace pool and - the pièce de résistance - a luxury spa, so guests can buff up and unwind all in one restorative stay.
Barcelona’s one and only spa with a sea view can be found in the city’s tallest building: Hotel Arts. Two outdoor swimming pools and 11,000 sq. ft of lush garden provide ample room to soak up some Mediterranean rays and provide a perfect base for a culture-soaked weekend. As the sun set, mosey out to the terrace, Sangria in hand, and drink in those unbeatable views – you can’t miss Frank Gehry’s giant, shimmering fish sculpture. Speaking of, size up the catch of the day at two Michelin-starred Enoteca Paco Pérez, the hotel’s restaurant with an unparalleled wine cellar and serious talent for tapas.
Set in exquisite Vienna (former home town of Mozart and Beethoven, no less) The Ritz-Carlton Vienna hits all the right notes when it comes to quality. Farm-to-table dining, spectacular city views and a beloved rooftop bar ensure a decadent stay, while a state of the art fitness centre, glorious 18 metre pool and personalised spa crank up the luxury factor to symphonic heights. Follow a walk around the historic Ringstrasse with an organic spa treatment, before replenishing iron levels at the hotel’s renowned Dstrikt Steakhouse.
Bordered by enchanting woods and dramatic sandstone cliffs, aptly named Pine Cliffs Resort occupies a scenic spot on the Algarve coast. Terracotta-tiled floors and white walls provide a fresh backdrop to spacious, family-friendly rooms furnished with locally-crafted Luxury Collection beds. Still not relaxed enough? Head to the first-class Serenity Spa for a facial, body treatment, and even a haircut, should you need a little sprucing. When hunger strikes and a poolside salad won’t cut it, tuck into locally-sourced fresh fish at O Pescador – and don’t forgo a glass of local vino.