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Best Luxury Hotel × History

Have you ever entered a place and feel the historic energy coursing through your bones? In this week’s compilation, we suggest hotels around the world that are filled with history and will certainly make you feel like taking a stroll down memory lane. 360 Magazine is happy to see such beautiful hotels have a huge history attached to them.

NEW: Hotel Motto – Vienna, Austria

The historic building has housed hotels for over three centuries with the first property, The Gold Cross, opened in 1665, which then morphed into Hotel Kummer in 1872 to became a social hub for artists, painters, sculptors, writers, actors, and musicians who gathered for coffee, wine and Austrian delicacies in the hotel’s public spaces. In 1904 the building was refurbished by Ludwig Schwarz, who preserved the original slanted corners and the oversized columns that frame the lobby and entryway to the hotel. The décor of the upper floors was especially elaborate and the interiors have been partially preserved to this day, even after the allied occupation of post-World War II Vienna when the hotel was taken over by the French from 1945 to 1955. Another historical nugget is that Hotel Motto was the birth home of Josef Strauss, son of the famous composer Johann Strauss, who called the hotel home in 1827.

Today Hotel Motto boasts of 83 rooms and 8 suites showcasing fabric-covered walls with floral patterns; custom-designed carpets and tiles are inspired by the framework of the original vintage furniture, and the herringbone hard-wood flooring is seen throughout the property.

NEW: Maalot – Rome, Italy

Located in the original residence of famous Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848), known for operas such as Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Maria Stuarda, Maalot Roma aims to attract a multigenerational clientele looking for a vibrant yet cozy locale to gather with their loved ones in the most central part of Rome. A restaurant and a bar are immersed in a glass roof veranda. Signature elements of the 30 distinctive rooms showcase paintings of hats that depict the “setting your hat down and feeling at home” mood.

Designed to celebrate life and social gathering, Maalot’s restaurant Don Pasquale is set to be an all-day dining experience for locals and hotels guests. Named after one of the most renowned works of Gaetano Donizetti, the restaurant is a place to relax, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine alone or in good company.

NEW: Atelier Inès. Arts & Suites – Naples, Italy

Set in Naples’ Vergini district, right in the center of the old town, the grounds where this new hospitality experience is located were between 1900 and 1930 an open-air cinema and theatre. Annibale Oste’s grandfather then erected the building in 1947 and since then it has been the home of the Oste family. In 1980 the ground floor started hosting Annibale’s art studio where he designed and hand-made each and every art piece found around the world in hotels, art galleries and concept stores, public spaces, private collections, and so on.

Nowadays Annibale’s son Vincenzo, together with artist wife Inès, are at the helm of the family hotel featuring six bespoke suits, a showroom, a jewelry boutique, and a common living area dedicated to art and gastronomy experiences. Guests can join creative workshops to craft their own pieces of jewelry and interior design and enjoy a one-to-one lesson with Vincenzo.

Vilòn Roma: Rome, Italy

Opened in 2018, this boutique hotel caters to cultured, independent globetrotting guests while also welcoming the city’s urban elite. However, the history of the building dates back to the middle of the 16th century. Then it was the historical residence belonging to the powerful and princely Roman family of the Borghese. In 1841, Princess Adelaide (who’s hotel restaurant was named after) entrusted the building to the French nuns of the order of the Daughters of the Cross and they founded, the First School for Poor Girls in an attempt to create an institution for less fortunate girls, where they could receive an education that would equip them for a more positive future.

In recent history, the Vilòn welcomed modern-day royalty when Harry and Meghan stayed at the exquisite Vilòn Suite in September 2019.

Borgo Santo Pietro: Tuscany, Italy

Situated in the heart of Tuscany near Siena, Borgo Santo Pietro is a 5-star luxury resort with a holistic spa, cooking school, Michelin-starred restaurant, 300-acre organic farm, vineyards, and 13-acre beautifully manicured gardens. Each of our 22 rooms and suites is individually styled, inspired by the villa’s rich history, with bespoke details executed by local craftsmen and our in-house artisans using traditional techniques. Pioneer of nature-meets-luxury hospitality and slow-living concept, Borgo Santo Pietro lives up to its history of healing and seclusion – once a place of pilgrimage many found refuge, healing, and regeneration in the place that we now call Borgo San Pietro.

Life House Nantucket: New England, USA

Life House Nantucket is the oldest continually operating inn on the island. The 1833 building on Cliff Road, at one of the highest points on the island, was once a personal retreat for Captain Robert Calder in between whaling expeditions before he opened it up to travelers in 1870.

Today, Life House Nantucket is a nonchalant innkeeper’s eclectic escape that reflects her flair for cultivating the island’s native botany and practicing holistic wellness.

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BSPOKE — BEST SPOTS FOR WILDERNESS SWIMMING

Float your worries away. These are places where travelers can escape from the bustle of the modern world and reconnect with nature through one of the four elements—water. Bspoke features the best hotels in stunning destinations offering their guests wilderness swimming experience—the perfect way to unwind while surrounded by the breathtaking beauty.

Los Angeles, USA 

Los Angeles has been celebrated for its water sports experiences for centuries. The long and wide beaches that have made the City of Angels a world-renowned destination are hosting Swim Across America come October. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to join the Swim Across America Foundation on October 16th, 2021 at Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach. The event will benefit local cancer research and clinical trials at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Definitely a trip worth booking for those open water aficionados.

Where to Stay: SIXTY Beverly Hills

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Langata, Nairobi, Kenya

Langata, Nairobi, Kenya

Langata is a residential area of Nairobi, completely immersed in lavish nature. It has several attractions such as the Giraffe Centre, the Uhuru gardens, and the tourist village Bomas of Kenya. Eden Hotel, a retreat located in the heart of the suburb, overlooks a beautiful lake suitable for wilderness swimming, where guests can engage with nature in an organic yet safe way.

Where to stay: Eden Hotel

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Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

In Tuscany, you can still find pristine bodies of water and picturesque woods, where travellers can escape from the busyness of modern days. Enjoying solitude in a lush forest and swimming in a wild river – what can be a better activity for those who want to reconnect with nature? The Merse River, part of which runs through Borgo Santo Pietro’s estate, is nestled in dense woods providing refreshing and shaded river swimming for nature lovers. In addition to the striking beauty of the natural landscapes, guests will be surrounded by llamas, chickens, and rabbits happily living on the estate in harmony with the environment.

Where to stay: Borgo Santo Pietro

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Taghazout Bay, Morocco

Taghazout Bay, Morocco

The seaside resort of Taghazout Bay, in South Morocco only 17 Km from Agadir remains a fairly unknown beach destination for many. While ocean swimming and surfing remain at the top of the water sports’ list, the proximity to the Imouzzer region, reveals picture perfect oasis nestled in the rolling foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Fresh pools of azure water and sublime views elevate the experience of swimming in the wilderness.

Where to stay: Fairmont Taghazout Bay

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Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

The small fishing village on the coast of Uruguay turns into a lively upscale resort during the summer months (December to March). Here travelers can enjoy wild swimming and kayaking in breathtaking nature.

Where to stay: Posada Ayana

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Holbox Island, Mexico

Holbox Island, Mexico

Colourful, serene, and surrounded by turquoise waters, Holbox Island stuns for its unexpected vibrancy combined with a tranquil atmosphere. Lying within the Yum Balam reserve, in the Yucatán Peninsula, its impossibly greenish waters are a unique mixture of ocean currents and its wildlife. Travelers can immerse themselves in the outstanding natural beauty, whilst enjoying such activities as snorkeling and diving, whale shark, and dolphin watching.

Where to stay: CasaSandra

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Capri, Italy

Capri, Italy

The Emerald Island is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels, shopping, and La Dolce Vita lifestyle. The Palazzo a Mare beach, on the Marina Grande side, is a place of seclusion that can only be reached by boat, shuttle, or – for the more adventurous travellers – on foot along a route through the area near the Da Paolino restaurant. Whichever way one chooses to get there, crystal clear waters and stunning views will be waiting for them.

Where to stay: Capri Tiberio Palace

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Nantucket, USA

Nantucket, USA

The name “Nantucket” means “sandy, sterile soil tempting no one” but this tiny isolated island, located more than 25 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, is a highly popular summer destination. It’s a place with picture-perfect beaches and a remarkable history: in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world and one of the wealthiest communities in America. Nowadays, the cobblestoned streets of the small town are lined with restaurants, high-end boutiques, and luxury hotels. Its coastline remains an ideal place for seclusion and wild swimming.

Where to stay: Life House Nantucket

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Borgo Santo Pietro Wine Harvest Weekend

Claus and Jeanette, co-founders of Borgo Santo Pietro, will personally host you in Tuscany to join them in the epicurean experience of the wine harvest.  Much more than a mere agricultural event, it is a celebration of the soul of the community and the land.

The harvest includes picking grapes alongside the workers before enjoying a well-earned Tuscan feast which will be produced by Borgo’s Michelin-starred chefs at trestle tables set up under a large oak tree surrounded by the estate’s wine fields and heralded by the notes of local musicians.

As a part of this “la dolce vita” Borgo Santo Pietro lifestyle, guests are invited to explore the estate, to see the animals at the local farm, and even to take a class from Mama Olga at the cooking school.

The experience includes:

Day One

  • Gourmet breakfast;
  • Estate tour of the farm and the Borgo animals;
  • Collection of still warm, fresh eggs from the hen houses;
  • Lunch (where will this be?);
  • Discovering the skill of milking the sheep.

Day Two

  • Gourmet breakfast;
  • Tour of the dairy to learn how to make cheese from ravagiolo, Primo Sale, Robiola, Pecorino, and Ricotta cheese;
  • The wine harvest with grape picking and the countryside picnic feast;
  • Tour of the herb fields which includes collecting herbs for the local production of essential oils.

About Borgo Santo Pietro

Born in 2001 from the desire to create a community and share a tangible sense of home, where nature and luxury flow seamlessly together to build a more sustainable way of living, Borgo Santo Pietro, a luxury five-star boutique hotel and part of Leading Hotels of the World, features 22 rooms and 4 private pool suites decorated with traditional craftsmanship and vintage furnishings, 1 Michelin star restaurant Meo Modo, La Trattoria sull’Albero, a holistic Seed to Skin spa and an estate of over 300 acres with 300 sheep, 20 pigs, 15 alpacas, 175 chickens, 70 rabbits, 11 acres of herbs garden, 2 acres of vegetable gardens, 1 Herb House, 1 Fermentation Laboratory, 1 Borgo Cooking School, 1 Seed to Skin Science Laboratory and hands-on experiences to nurture the body, mind and soul on another level.

New Summer Experiences at Toscana Resort Castelfalfi in Tuscany

 Toscana Resort astelfalfi, one of Europe’s finest eco-sustainable retreats in the heart of Tuscany, is pleased to announce its summer calendar of engaging events and immersive experiences. Including a new spa collaboration with LAJATICA featuring a range of innovative wine-based treatments; the second edition of OltreColle, a food, crafts and music festival; and an art exhibition showcasing works from the region’s own acclaimed sculptor Franco Mauro Franchi, the resort further demonstrates its connection to the landscape and resident community through the following exciting roster of activities.

NEW SPA COLLABORATION WITH LAJATICA FEATURES GRAPE-BASED TREATMENTS

  • Housed in Il Castelfalfi, the resort’s five-star hotel, La Spa extends a range of soothing treatments made from local, organic ingredients and provides an idyllic place to find calm, in keeping with the hotel’s dedication to holistic wellbeing. An 11,000 square-foot rejuvenating sanitarium, La Spa boasts a wide range of spiritual treatments and nature-inspired beauty rituals, indoor and outdoor pools, Finnish and bio saunas, sensory showers and relaxation areas. From this month, the spa is collaborating with Bocelli Wines to offer guests an organic, grape-based range of facial and body treatments, furthering the resort’s ongoing efforts to lead Italy’s green movement from within the hospitality industry. Created locally in Tuscany, the LAJATICA vinotherapy products are made entirely from the by-products of wine produced at the Bocelli family vineyards and blended with Tuscan plants and essential oils. Helping to reduce the signs of aging, boost circulation, and promote brighter skin, these products can be enjoyed by guests during indulging treatments on the property or by purchasing to use at home.

CASTELFALFI CELEBRATES RICH TUSCAN CULTURE WITH SECOND ANNUAL OLTRECOLLE FESTIVAL

  • After a successful first edition, the second OltreColle festival is scheduled to take place in Castelfalfi from June 29 – 30, 2019. The two-day festival will feature live acoustic, jazz and blues concerts, contemporary and street art installations, theater performances, colorful parades, vintage flea markets, and Italian street food – all overlooking the Tuscan countryside. A collective exhibition of artists, musicians, and sculptors from all over Tuscany, OltreColle extends the opportunity for guests to mix and mingle with dozens of unique Italian artisans and purveyors over the course of the weekend. Access to the festival is complimentary for hotel guests and Castelfalfi property owners.

INAUGURAL ART EXHIBITION OPENS UP THE CELLARS OF CASTELFALFI CASTLE

  • Paying homage to the rich history of Castelfalfi, guests of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi can now experience a new GEA art exhibition over the summer months curated by Alberto Bartalini. A celebration of life and rebirth, the exhibit embodies the renaissance of Toscana Resort Castelfalfi through the work of Italian sculptor Franco Mauro Franchi and will run through January 6, 2020. Dotted across various locales, part of the exhibition will be displayed within the cellars of Castelfalfi Castle, a space that has been hidden to the public for decades. Originally used as prison cells at the turn of the nineteenth century, the vaults gradually transitioned their purpose over the years, to become wine cellars and then a backdrop for the classic children’s film Pinocchio by Roberto Benigni. A hugely significant piece in the history of Castelfalfi, the official unveiling of the Castle Cellars is a noteworthy event for the estate. Now, for the first time ever, guests and the local community can experience the cellars first-hand.

Visitors looking to experience this summer’s guest programming can take advantage of the Castelfalfi You & Me offer, which includes two nights of accommodations at Il Castelfalfi – TUI BLUE SELECTION, a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection; one dinner for two at La Via del Sale; and one spa treatment for two at La Spa, starting at US$952 for two persons, for two nights. To book, please visit www.castelfalfi.com. For more information on news and events, sign up for the Toscana Resort Castelfalfi newsletter at www.castelfalfi.com/en/newsletter.

About Toscana Resort Castelfalfi:

Situated in the heart of the medieval village of Castelfalfi, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi – a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection – sits amidst 2,700 acres of protected vineyards, olive groves, lakes, and a wildlife reserve. Since its launch in 2007 by TUI Group, one of the world’s leading tourism companies, the resort is committed to providing an authentic and luxurious Tuscan experience that promotes eco-sustainability and supports the local community through luxury hospitality and organic wine and olive oil production. Comprising luxury apartments, villas, and farmhouses to purchase and rent, Hotel Il Castelfalfi – TUI BLUE SELECTION, Hotel La Tabaccaia, the region’s largest championship golf course, a deluxe spa, restaurants, and bars, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi welcomes travelers and those seeking real estate opportunities to explore, experience, and dwell in its spectacular natural setting.

Tuscan Women Cook

A Culinary Immersion Vacation Experience

Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy, to participate in Tuscan cooking classes? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Each spring and fall, Coleen Kirnan and Rhonda Vilardo welcome guests from around the world to live, breath and cook as Italians do. Taking advantage of their years of business experience and knowledge, as master event planners, they create an insider’s Tuscan itinerary filled friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, translators, drivers and private cooking classes that only a local resident could access.

Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine in a small group of 18 people or less. The best cooks in all of Tuscany, the local women, or “nonnas,” teach their classes. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici— thick strings of handmade eggless pasta made originally in Montefollonico.

Your week with Tuscan Women Cook includes six night’s accommodation at Agriturismo Belagaggio, a restored farmhouse in Montefollonico, breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, cooking classes, daily sightseeing, visits to local artisans, cheese and wine tastings. Full day sight- seeing in Siena with a private guide who has a doctorate in Sienese history. Full translation is provided at all classes. Transportation to all activities is in a Mercedes minibus with private driver.

For wine lovers, Tuscan Women Cook is situated in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook hosts will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for their personal cellars.

To learn more about Tuscan Women Cook and view beautiful photos and videos, visit www.TuscanWomenCook.com.

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Tuscan women cook, 360 MAGAZINE, Italy, wine, Vaughn Lowery

Divine Tours

DIVINE TOURS LAUNCHES COUTURISTA TRAVEL TO PROVIDE LUXURY, FASHION-FOCUSED TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Now Booking its First Tour: A Curated Visit to Tuscany in April 2019

Since 1996, DiVine Tours has been providing innovative luxury travel excursions throughout Italy. This spring, DiVine Tours will launch their newest extension: Couturista Travel – a travel experience personalized for connoisseurs of high-end fashion, gourmet cuisine, and luxury lifestyle. Couturista Travel is now booking for its April fashion-focused journey through Tuscany, followed by trips to Miami and Mexico later in the year.

The inaugural trip, entitled Tuscany Couture, includes stays in luxury fashion inspired hotels such as the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Art Hotel, exclusive vineyard tours, and VIP access and discounts at the world’s leading fashion retailers. Travelers will enjoy once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive, curated access to shops including Prada, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Sergio Rossi, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and many more.

Couturistas will begin their nine-day-long escape in Florence on April 6th, 2019 with a reception and welcome dinner. The following day will include an intimate inside look into the history of Italian Fashion, then & now, via private tours through the culture rich UNESCO City. Expert guides will then transport guests back to the 18th century via the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery, featuring rich collections that represent the evolution of fashion for didactic purposes.

The historical experiences will also include a visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Dedicated to the life and work of the famed Italian shoe designer, the museum contains over 10,000 models of shoes and a variety of exhibits dedicated to the life and work of Ferragamo from the 1920’s until his death in 1960.

In addition to visits to Italy’s top historical fashion destinations and some of the most sophisticated shopping in the world, the Tuscany Couture trip includes visits to local artisan’s workshops, private trunk shows, dining at Florence’s most revered restaurants and guided visits to the iconic sites in historical cities throughout the Tuscan region.

“Tuscany Couture is the ideal vacation framed by the magic and elegance of Florence. Suited for the curious shopper or the fashion-savvy, a group of friends seeking the ultimate getaway, or even the mother-daughter duo looking for a bonding retreat,” said Myriam Angulo, co-founder of Couturista Travel. “There is so much to see in Florence and Chianti besides the traditional visits to see renowned art and wine tastings. Couturista organizers use their personal knowledge and intimate relationships to open the doors to artisan shoemakers, pop-up shops, flagship stores and everything in between. Tuscany Couture is the perfect trip for the inquisitive, divine traveler.”

Tuscany Couture’s $6,999 pp fee includes the complete land program with transportation, deluxe hotel accommodations, English-speaking guides, daily breakfast buffets, welcome and farewell dinners, shopping tours, museum entrances, winery visits, and many more activities for travelers looking to do it all.

With some days planned out and others that allow Couturistas to explore suggested sites on their own, each traveler has the ability to mold their vacation to fit their every want and desire. There are also unique extension options for those who want to extend their stay in Italy with opportunities to spend three additional days in the North or South of Florence.

Following the trip to Tuscany, Couturista Travel will offer innovative programs in the Magic City that is Miami with two distinct themes: Exploration of Art and Curated Shopping; as well as an opportunity to explore and shop Mexico later in the year.

About DiVine Tours & Couturista Travel

DiVine Tours is a boutique tour operation specializing in exclusive Wine Tours, and Gourmet Programs in Italy since 1996. Most recently, they have branched out to develop COUTURISTA TRAVEL, which offers new Curated Fashion Shopping Experiences in famous locations as well as in new, undiscovered destinations. Originally based out of Chianti, Italy, director and owner Myriam Angulo has come back home to Miami, Florida and is determined to bring couture lifestyle back to the tour industry.

Couturista Travel is now accepting reservations for Tuscany Couture taking place on April 6th – 14th.

For booking information, visit www.couturistatravel.com or contact info@couturistatravel.com / 1-877-COUTRVL (1-877-268-8785)