Amid Tuscan countryside just 20 kilometers from Siena, the 11th-century monastery and medieval village of Castel Monastero is a beautifully restored spa retreat in the heart of the Chianti region. Each of the 74 rooms and suites is elegant and rustic in its Tuscan style. Rooms are positioned around a charming piazza with spectacular views of vineyards, gardens and the village. Gourmet restaurant Contrada offers delicious Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist, while La Cantina, set in medieval wine cellars, makes an evocative environment for relaxed lunches and dinners, complemented by an exceptional wine list. The 1,000-square-
The Oyster Box, just outside Durban, South Africa, is one of the country’s most distinguished hotels boasting spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to the beach. The hotel reopened in 2009 after a re-build, though a number of original 1930s elements remain, including the grand revolving door at the entrance and the black and white terrazzo tiles of the foyer. With 65 guest rooms, 13 suites and eight villas on Umhlanga’s beach front on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, The Oyster Box is truly stunning. The Grill Room and adjoining Colony Restaurant, serve freshly caught seafood, complemented by an exceptional wine cellar, while there is the choice of three bars for cocktails, too. The hotel has a spa, fitness center and swimming pool, as well as six banqueting rooms, including a cinema. www.LHW.com/
Simple yet supremely romantic, Jimbaran Puri Bali sits on the island’s southern shores, directly on pristine Jimbaran Beach. 64 cottage suites and private villas – some with their own private lotus pools fed by traditional stone waterspouts – ooze with luxury. The Nelayan Beach Restaurant is ideal for enjoying delicious food while the sun sets or guests can have drinks at the poolside Puri Bar. In addition to one of the finest beaches on the island, the activities are endless - guests can enjoy yoga and Tai Chi classes, bicycle riding, body boarding, or horse-riding, or try jet skiing, parasailing, rock climbing or scuba diving, to name a few. The Beach Spa offers a range of indulgent spa experiences for pampering. www.LHW.com/
Napasai by Orient-Express is a true paradise for the northern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand – a secluded hideaway, set in a grove of cashew trees, beside a beautiful sandy beach and lush tropical gardens. 45 villas, 8 villa suites, and 13 private pool residences all have sea views, with contemporary Thai décor. The authenticity continues in the food too, with Thai specialities served at each of the 3 restaurants. Similarly, the spa offers a wide range of treatments inspired by an Asian healing philosophy, and rooted in traditional Thai medicine, local herbs and Oriental philosophies. The resort also has tennis courts, water sports, and an outdoor swimming pool. www.LHW.com/
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