Best of the Best 2018 - 427
HOTEL ROYAL - EVIAN RESORT
LA KE GEN EVA (EVIA N -LES-B A IN S), FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D South Bank of Lake Geneva
Water-based wellness is the focus at Hotel Royal - Evian Resort. Located near its namesake
springs in the hills above Lake Geneva, the resort's three spas offer treatments for all ages; the
thermal spa utilizes natural mineral water in therapies. Specific treatments keep athletes limber while skiing, kayaking, mountain biking or playing the only golf course in Continental Europe to host a Major championship. The hotel's 150 accommodations blend contemporary
stylings with original belle epoque aesthetics; top-floor suites offer stunning views of Lake
Geneva. Dining options run the gamut from on-the-go to gourmet affairs.
$100 value resort credit per stay; and round
of golf for two, including cart rental.
The hotel offers cooking classes for adults
and children. Each July, the resort's 1,200seat auditorium hosts les Rencontres
Musicales d'Evian chamber music festival.
Distance from Geneva Airport (GVA): 28 miles/45 km
Size: 150 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
CHÂTEAU DE LA BARRE
LOIR E VA LLEY (CON FLA N S-SU R -A N ILLE), FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Loire Valley Castles & Wineries
A DV I S O R T I P
VIP welcome with drinks; private château
tour; afternoon tea; voucher for nearby wine
tasting; and, when staying three nights or
more, luxury gift hamper.
Don't miss having a Grand Siècle Dinner with
the Count and Countess in the amazingly
elegant dining room in their château.
EU RO PE
Experience French heritage and gracious hospitality as guests of Count and Countess de
Vanssay, 20th generation in their château. Less than two hours southwest of Paris, this château offers five en suite bedrooms and suites, each replete with important antiques and designer fabrics, without compromising on modern comfort. Twice a week, a Grand Siècle Dinner is hosted in the 17th-century dining room, with the family silver and crystal. The property
is a perfect base for visiting the Loire Valley countryside, wineries and farmers' markets, plus
famed historic castles nearby. Airport transfers and sightseeing tours can be arranged.
Distance from Paris Airport (CDG): 120 minutes
Size: 8 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Sophisticated
CHATEAU DE BERNE
LOR GU ES, FR A N CE
N E I G H B O R H O O D Gorges du Verdon
Wine is the word at Chateau de Berne. Fine wines have been produced on this Provençal estate since 1750, while its 5,000 olive trees yield exceptional olive oil. At the center of this bucolic setting lies a 27-room, country-chic hotel awash in light, offering authentically regional, Michelin-star cuisine and an 8,611-square-foot Spa by Cinq Mondes. Stroll the footpath, or ride a
mountain bike on well-marked trails. The enjoyable cooking school is a vast, old-fashioned
kitchen worthy of the finest mansion houses, where budding chefs can explore the thousand
and one flavors of Provence.
Two-hour wine discovery tour, including the
owner's private cellar, with vertical tasting,
including six wines from the estate. Must be
booked prior to arrival.
Our chef invites you to dine at his table,
offering you an exclusive and intimate dinner
behind the scenes at gourmet restaurant Le
Jardin de Benjamin, which recently won a
Distance from Nice Airport (NCE): 56 miles/90 km
Size: 27 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Zen