Monument Hotel – Barcelona

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Where is it:


Bang on the trendy Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona’s best shopping strip. Prada, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and other designer stores are shoulder to shoulder with Modernista architecture buildings. Landmarks like the Casa Mila, the Barri Gotic, and the Picasso Museum are only minutes away.


The rooms?

All come with balconies overlooking the street letting you catch all the glamor below. There are only two room classes here, suites and Deluxe rooms. Well sized and equipped with Egyptian cotton, ovoid bathtubs, and toiletries by Jo Malone, the hotel creates a sense of exclusivity down to the minute detail.


What’s to eat?

Foodies flock to the hotel’s three Michelin Starred Lasarte restaurant like moths to a flame. Chef Martín Berasategui serves fusion cuisine best described as sensory experiences on a plate within sleek interiors designed by Oscar Tusquets and Mercè Borrell. The Monument hotel’s other restaurants, the Restaurant Oria and Hall0 Cocktail Bar provide a more relaxed setting to settle down for a bite.


What to do there?


You can enjoy a rooftop terrace and pool overlooking the strip, a Valmont Spa, and live jazz on Friday nights. But the prime attraction remains the Passeig de Gracia. If you like your shopping experiences to come with a hefty dose of architecture gazing and sun, you’ll find no better in Barcelona.


Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi – Santa Fe

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Where is it:


Close to Santa Fe’s Plaza, the city’s epicenter of activity. From here you’re only minutes away from the Palace of Governors and the pop-up Indian and Spanish markets the Plaza holds regularly. Buzzing with activity from sun-up to sun-down, staying here is an experience that blends culture and luxury to perfection.


The Rooms?

Every room comes with a fireplace, antique navajo decoration, four poster beds and embody the Rosewood’s ” a sense of place” philosophy. They’ve got character, but aren’t over the top thanks to sleek contemporary design touches that’ll have you feeling 100% at home.


What’s to eat?

The Anasazi Restaurant offers a menu inspired by the seasonal fare of the America’s South West. One of the best dining experiences in Santa Fe, sitting down for a meal within the soothing lighting and Pueblo ruin styled stone walls of the interiors ought to be on your to-do-list while you’re there. If you’ve always wanted to discover the finer points of tequila or taste the best Silver Coin margaritas in town, the Anasazi Bar and Lounge is where you want to spend your early evenings.


What to do there?


A veritable melting pot of cultures, the area around the Rosewood is packed with artistic activities and things to do.

The nearby galleries on Canyon road (over a hundred of them), are your chance to buy works form the best artists in the city. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum are nearby too. Come the evenings, book yourself in for a  massage and aromatherapy sessions and get ready to do it all over again the next day.


The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara

The Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara 

Where is it:


Two hours away from Los Angeles and lodged between the Pacific and the Santa Yez mountains. The Four Seasons is a quiet beachfront hotel that shows you the softer side of California.


The Rooms

The originally designed rooms are spacious and make the most of Santa Barbara’s weather by allowing for plenty of natural light. You have the choice to enjoy views over the ocean or the garden. The flagship, is the Anacapa Suite, a 900 sq.ft room with views over the Pacific Ocean and direct access to Butterfly Beach.


What’s to eat?

The two restaurants, the Bella Vista (Italian) and Tydes (local sea food) are among the best in the region. For something a little out of the ordinary, the Coral Reef Bar lets you sip cocktails on a 275-gallon salt water bar that’s home to over 450 life forms. Paired with the sunsets on Butterfly Beach, there’s simply no better place in Santa Barbara to spend your evenings.


What’s to do?


As with all Four Seasons, there are plenty of curated experiences including learning how to surf with champion Tom Curren or play volleyball with two-time Olympian Todd Rogers. The true ace in the hole though, is the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Available to all guests booked into a Jungle room or higher category, (200 USD daily fee for anyone who isn’t) the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club is an exclusive social club once frequented by Hollywood’s elite.


Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Fe

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Where is it:


Just opposite Santa Monica Pier and the boutiques of Main Street. If Downtown LA and Hollywood are on your to-do for the day, a quick train ride on the Santa Monica Train Station will get you there in no time.


The Rooms

Comfortable and spacious, the Casa del Mar’s Mediterranean style designs have that Goldilocks effect. The neutral colors and style are a soothing place to return to in the evenings and the gorgeous ovean views and large mirrors make them the perfect place to settle down for a nice long read.


What to eat?

The Terrazza Lounge is one of Santa Monica’s best Mediterranean style restaurants. Catch incredible 180 degree panoramas of the Pacific ocean while enjoying some of the best Pappardelle Pasta you’ve ever had.


What’s there to do?


A lot. Beach activities, long bike rides, hours long pool sessions… there’s  a lot to enjoy in the hotel itself. Hollywood and some of La’s best sights are only a short drive away.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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