European Luxury Hotels
Hotel Santa Caterina ~ Amalfi, Italy
Tucked away between the dramatic cliffs of the quaint Italian town of Amalfi, the 66-suite Hotel Santa Caterina — Amalfi exemplifies the iconic chic of Italian living. Boasting the charms of late 19th century liberty villa architecture, this luxury property cloaks itself in its floral surrounds of draping bougainvillea. Guests can use private lifts to access exclusive beaches and wander through the coastal villages along the Amalfi coast. Further comforts include two restaurants with panoramic sea views and a range of bars where you can sample the local home-made lemon liqueurs or famous Italian espressos.
The Lanesborough – London, England
What was once the St George’s Hospital when it originally opened its doors in 1733 is now the Oetker Collection’s 93-room Lanesborough Hotel in London, an establishment that represents quintessential English elegance. Offering the touches you would expect Queen Elizabeth II herself enjoys, The Lanesborough provides guests with a dedicated round-the-clock butler service, a cigar and Cognac lounge called The Garden Room, and an award-winning afternoon tea service. The hotel completed a multimillion dollar refurbishment in 2015.
Four Seasons Gresham Palace — Budapest, Hungary
Offering amazing views of the hills of Buda and the Danube river, The Four Seasons Gresham Palace — Budapest impresses with its vast array of luxury services on show for guests, including first-class gym facilities complete with personal trainers, lavish treatment rooms and in-room Nespresso machines. When the 179-room hotel opened in 2004, The Four Seasons famously recruited many elite Hungarian sportspeople as staff so they could emphasise the teamwork needed to achieve the highest excellence in service.