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Ideally set 20 minutes by car from the village of Saint-Tropez, France, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea,La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel-Spa & Villas is a world apart, suspended between earth and sky in an exceptional natural environment.

Hotel Casadelmar

Open from mid-April to mid-October, the hotel has 28 rooms and suites, plus 12 villas nestled in a luxuriant garden, each with its own private swimming pool and spectacular sea view. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of Chef Eric Canino in Les Voile des Ramatuelle exalts the flavors of the South through high-quality ingredients, chosen with the greatest care. Light lunch is served daily at the pool restaurant, and in the evening the Sky Restaurant is ideal for champagne and tapas. There are indoor and outdoor pools, as well as an 800-square-meter spa.

The Mulia, Nusa Dua on Bali, with stunning beach frontage along Nusa Dua’s Bay, evokes a relaxed yet polished sensibility. The natural beauty of the island can be enjoyed in most of the public spaces as well as the guest accommodations. Each of the 111 suites is designed with an eye for luxury, and they range from a one-bedroom option with living area and glass door opening to a full-length patio, a one-bedroom suite with separate living room, and a two-bedroom configuration with both living and dining areas. Each comes complete with a Jacuzzi on the patio. For exceptional dining, guests can select among the beachfront Soleil; Edogin, serving Japanese fare; The Cage, an ethnic-gastronomic restaurant concept; Mulia Deli, for sweets and gourmet meals to go; The Bar, for beverages and meals al fresco; Sky Bar, for afternoon tea and cocktails; and the stylish ZJ’s Bar & Lounge. Complementing the infinity pool are the Mulia Spa and Wellness Suite, tennis facilities and the Kids Club. There are also 17 conference and banquet rooms.

Due to open in late spring 2014, Portrait Firenze is located in the heart of Florence, overlooking the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. From its privileged position the hotel is just moments from the richness of the city’s art and history, its fashion and food. Set in a most desirable neighborhood, it offers a sense of calm and tranquility reminiscent of a lavish townhouse, yet it is just steps from Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Its 36 sophisticated rooms and suites were designed by architect Michele Bonan, connoisseur of a deeply personal style that is harmonious yet surprising, classic yet contemporary in its nostalgia for a perfect bygone era. Dining options will include a restaurant, club lounge and bar.

Alpina Dolomites Gardena Health Lodge & Spa is situated on the Seiser Alm – Alpe di Siusi in Italy, the largest high-altitude plateau in Europe. Its exclusive panoramic location – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009 – ensures that all 56 rooms and suites boast spectacular views. A luxury mountain resort, it was created to respect its unique environment, blending harmoniously into the surrounding nature. In the Mountain Restaurant and Stuben, guests will enjoy Mediterranean, regional and international dishes, using the finest, freshest ingredients, while the Mountain Lounge & Bar is a cozy setting for relaxation, in a delightful and comfortable atmosphere. In addition to the extensive spa and wellness center, recreation options include mountain climbing, golf, a full range of winter sports, and children’s programs.

Sleek, striking, and filled with natural light, Hotel Casadelmar is located on a peninsula just outside the town of Porto Vecchio on the southwest coastline of Corsica, France, overlooking the Mediterranean. An intimate, contemporary resort, its design blends seamlessly with its environment. Surrounded by well-tended gardens, the hotel offers rooms with clean, uncluttered lines, accented by oversize windows, stone floors, and brightly colored fabrics that reflect both the calm and liveliness of the Corsican lifestyle. Each of the 34 rooms and suites also boasts an outdoor terrace with sunbeds, and sweeping sea views. Tempting dining options include Michelin-starred Le Casadelmar, and the beachfront Grill. For cocktails and socializing, guests can choose the Lobby Lounge, Lounge Bar or Pool Bar. In addition to a 200-square-meter spa by ESPA, the hotel offers beach swimming and water sports. A seasonal hotel, this year Casadelmar will be open from April 18 to November 1.

Charleston Casa Medina is situated in the new financial and commercial centers of Bogota, Colombia. The only luxury boutique hotel in these districts of the city, it is housed in a traditional, historic building. While the original section is a classic mix of Tudor and colonial style, typical of the mansions in the surrounding area, the modern portion is fully integrated and encloses two small and charming internal gardens. Public spaces, characterized by stone columns and parquet floors, are luxuriously appointed with leather furnishings. A lobby fireplace helps create an intimate, residential feel. The 58 spacious guest accommodations, suitable for business and leisure travelers alike, offer a contemporary design, with dark wood floors, leather upholstered furniture and handsomely framed artwork. Restaurants include La Trattoria Santa Lucia, serving Italian specialties and pizza; and La Casa, offering an exquisite menu of international cuisine and an impressive wine cellar. In addition to a gym, with exercise equipment, hotel facilities include four conference and meeting rooms.

A sister property to the Casa Medina, Hotel Charleston Bogota is situated in the exclusive northern section of the city, within walking distance from the financial, commercial and cultural districts. Known for its unrivaled hospitality, personalized attention, exquisite gastronomy and cozy atmosphere, the hotel is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike. There are 64 sleek, contemporary guest accommodations, in stylish neutral shades, which seamlessly integrate the traditional elements of the destination with the latest technological amenities. In La Biblioteca, guests can enjoy a range of international fare, while bar La Biblioteca serves sophisticated cocktails and libations. The hotel also offers a fitness center and gym, as well as two banquet and function rooms.

Set within Cartagena’s walled city – a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa is surrounded by world-class cultural heritage, yet is just blocks from the Getsemani Convention Center, and within minutes of the more contemporary districts. A former convent, the 89-room hotel embodies the history, flavor and mystique of the city, artfully and skillfully combining colonial Colombian and republican styles. Restored by expert hands, the sophistication of every detail can be appreciated throughout the property, from its stately façade to its splendid yet warm interior. A variety of dining options are on offer, including La Plaza, serving international cuisine and typical local dishes; Republican Patio, for international and Caribbean specialties; Pizzeria Santa Lucia; La Terraza, for al fresco dining; and Bar Tito for cocktails. For recreation and relaxation, there are Turkish baths, gym facilities, and a luxury spa, inspired by ancient Oriental therapies, philosophies and traditions, incorporating Caribbean Sea elements. The hotel also has two conference and banquet rooms.

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