Autumn holds wondrous new travel opportunities and destinations for you to explore. We’ve compiled the 6 best luxury hotels in top destinations for an Autumn getaway. Read our guide to find your next travel inspiration!

Villa d’Este, Lake Como

Lake Como is one of the most iconic and romantic destinations throughout Italy! It delights with splendid weather and an array of luxurious establishments along its banks. Yet, few hotels stand out the way the historic Villa d’Este does. Lounging along the banks of Lake Como (20 minutes from Lugano Airport) Villa d’Este finds its roots in the Renaissance era. With 25 acres of pristine gardens and breathtaking interior designs, the hotel transports guests back in time.

The Hotel’s History & Décor

Built in 1568 and once the home of Princess Caroline of Brunswick, the hotel has retained much of its historical atmosphere and aesthetic. Its Murano chandeliers, grand staircases, and collection of scattered artworks lend a timeless feel to it. The 152 rooms and suites however display a more contemporary look! The blend of pastel colors, modern amenities, period furniture, elegant prints and luxurious fabrics do a fantastic job of communicating the look and feel of Renaissance Italy. The Suite’s position in the Queen’s Pavilion gives a sumptuous separate living room and balcony. You’ll experience a truly unique view of the Lake!

Dining in the Villa d’Este

The hotel boasts the culinary expertise of Executive Chef Michele Zambanini, who oversees Villa d’Este’s four restaurants. La Veranda is the hotel’s main gastronomic outlet, presenting an elegant décor, a stunning menu and views over the property. Meanwhile, the Sundeck Bar brings guests right to the edge of the water. It’s ideal for taking a break throughout the day to sip on one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

Villa d’Este, Hotel Information

Address: P.za Trento, 5, 00019 Tivoli RM, Italy

Opening season: March to November

Cost per night, starting from: US$756

Six Senses Douro Valley, Douro Valley

Nestled within vast expanses of lush woodland and vineyards, the Six Senses Douro Valley makes the most of the idyllic setting. The hotel welcomes its guests into a 19th-century manor at the heart of historic Lamego.

The Hotel’s History and Décor

The hotel possesses all the comforts of the 21st century. Yet, the rustic 19th-century exteriors allow you to immediately immerse yourself into the atmosphere of the place. The 71 rooms and suites sport a contemporary look that favours comfort and elegance! The purpose of the resort is to offer a peaceful and intimate experience in the region, especially considering how each one of them offers stunning views of the Douro, whether it is the vineyard, the woodland, or the Quinta River. Even the state-of-the-art spa opens to the gorgeous environs.

Dine and Drink in the Six Senses Douro Valley

One of the things the Douro is known for throughout the globe is its wine, and the Six Senses Douro Valley knows it. Whether it is at the Vale de Abraão Restaurant, the Quinta Bar and Lounge, or even the al fresco Summer Garden, relish fantastic Spanish dishes paired with the excellent wines of the region.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Hotel Information

Address: Quinta Vale de Abrão, 5100-758 Samodães, Portugal

Opening season: All seasons

Cost per night, starting from: US$368

One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

Guarded on all sides by the Bay of Kotor, the eponymous town and its 13, 510 inhabitants have the pleasure of staying in arguably one of Montenegro’s most scenic locations. That is exactly why the location was chosen to become the host for the very first One&Only resort in Europe.

The Hotel’s Rooms & Décor

With an architecture that brings to mind ancient Venetian palaces, the One&Only Portonovi adds a dose of panache and glamour to this side of the Balkans. Take the opportunity to revel in the location’s exquisite landscape and culture.

The 123 rooms and suites were designed by superstar architect Jean Michel Gathy. They’re spacious and feature items that immediately communicate the hotel’s stand-out designs. Enjoy a glass-sided fireplace (visible from all corners of the room), a window-side sofa in the bathroom next to the deep bathtub and an array of Abahna toiletries. Even the terraces are fully furnished with a daybed, table and armchairs for guests to enjoy the view of the bay.

Dining & Spa Facilities at One&Only Portonovi

The accommodations hosts 3 restaurants, La Veranda, Sabia, and Tapasake. Distinct Japanese-Peruvian fusion menus are scattered across the 60 acres of property, which treat clients to stunning vistas of the Bay of Kotor. Additionally, the hotel also boasts an exclusive collaboration with Chenot. The result? A 4000-square-meter spa, complete with a wellness program designed especially for the guests of the One&Only Portonovi.

One&Only Portonovi, Hotel Information

Address: Portonovi Resort, Herceg Novi 85340, Montenegro

Opening season: All seasons

Cost per night, starting from: US$404

Coworth Park, Ascot

Ascot is famous for the iconic Ascot Racecourse. Members of the Royal family, celebrities and over 600,000 visitors gather to watch one of the world’s most famous thoroughbred horse racing events. Ascot is a little town in Berkshire that epitomizes the English countryside rustic charms, whilst being one of its most luxurious destinations.

The Hotel’s History, Rooms and Décor

Located next to the Windsor Great Park, near Ascot, Coworth Park is a sprawling Georgian manor that sits at the heart of 240 acres of pristine meadow and woodland. Built in 1776, the exterior may be the epitome of 18th-century aesthetics. The interiors of the hotel feature a stunning design that incorporates rich elements of gold and bronze to a palette of butter and caramel. It invites guests to relish the warmth and rustic charm of the English countryside.

The manor offers 30 main rooms in the central mansion, with 40 more rooms split across the cottages and stables. These all sport a much more contemporary look and feel, with hints of past centuries. The four-poster beds, the parquet floor, and deep freestanding copper bathtubs are incorporated into a spacious layout that features modern furniture and luxurious material. They allow for plenty of light through the windows that open onto the beautiful gardens.

Dining at Cowath Park

The gardens host pools, lanterns, benches, gorgeous foliage and flower beds to make for a delightful experience. Though, nothing beats enjoying the views along some of the finest cuisine this side of Britain. Relish the elegant Michelin-starred cuisine of Chef Adam Smith at the Restaurant Coworth Park (currently undergoing renovation and reopening in September 2022) or some hearty, comfort food at The Barn.

Cowath Park, Hotel Information

Address: Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot SL5 7SE, United Kingdom

Opening season: All seasons

Cost per night, starting from: US$689

Grantley Hall, Ripon

The hotel is nestled at the heart of a Yorkshire parkland, only five miles from the rustic city of Ripon and Pateley Bridge town. Grantley Hall is a Downton Abbey-like setting that immediately immerses you in the bucolic atmosphere of long afternoon walks in the gardens and afternoon tea at the strike of 4 O’Clock.

The Hotel’s History, Rooms and Décor

It’s a magnificent Palladian-style edifice from the 17th century build by nobleman Thomas Norton. Throughout the years it had seen a long list of guests and residents that includes the likes of Queen Mary and the Furness family. Grantley Hall is surrounded by 30 acres of wooded parkland and grounds featuring a Japanese garden that’s listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. There are plenty of common areas to make the most of the setting, like 3 lounges, a wine-tasting room, and terraces to enjoy the warm autumn weather.

The 47 rooms and suites, all sport a stunning country-style interior. They’re designed with period furniture (with plenty of velvet), satin curtains, and full marble bathrooms with a luxurious free-standing bathtub and shower.

Grantley Hall’s Dining and Spa Amenities

The hotel went all out with the various culinary offers and experiences. The five restaurants include the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, the sumptuous Norton Bar and Courtyard. Guests are treated to a variety of international and local recipes and delights. The Afternoon Tea is one of Grantley Hall’s defining activities and takes place in either the Main Hall or the gorgeous exterior Orchard. The hotel also boasts the services of the Three Graces Spa, perhaps the most luxurious spa experiences on this side of England.

Grantley Hall, Hotel Information

Address: Grantley Hall, Ripon HG4 3ET, United Kingdom

Opening season: All seasons

Cost per night, starting from: US$593

Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa, Algarve

Known as the Grande Dame of Algarve, Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa and brings its guests right on the stunning beach of Armação de Pera. Experience the south of Portugal, where time seems to stand still!

The Hotel’s History, Rooms and Luxury Décor

Launched in 1992, Vila Vita Parc is located at the heart of a 22-hectare property of manicured gardens. It quickly became the standard for Portuguese hospitality and luxury. The hotel was renovated in 2015 by Archer Humphryes Architects and presents itself as a little village by the shore. It teams traditional Portuguese architecture, whitewashed buildings, Azulejo mosaics adorning the common areas, and a stunning landscaped greenery that anchors the place in Algarve’s rich natural vistas.

With 200 rooms and suites spread over the various buildings, and no less than 11 restaurants and bars, the resort is self-sufficient. Guests are treated to a variety of moods, atmospheres, and experiences to fill in the time. The accommodations are spacious, bright, and decorated to feel like a traditional home. You will find the most luxurious of fabrics, imagined white walls, hardwood floors, and a hint of color that recalls the ocean.

Vila Vita Parc Dining and Spa

Meanwhile, on the culinary side, the Vila Vita Parc boasts the talents of 2-Michelin-starred Executive Chef Hans Neuner and Executive Chef Manfred Kickmaier. Both oversee the hotel’s 11 restaurants and bar including the Japanese Teppanyaki menu of Mizu, the gorgeous seafood grills of Aladin, and of course, the gourmet experience of the Ocean Restaurant. To wrap things up, the hotel also partnered with the Sisley brand to bring a spa experience unlike any other in Algarve.

Vila Vita Parc, Hotel Information

Address: R. Anneliese Pohl, 8400-450 Porches, Portugal

Opening season: All seasons

Cost per night, starting from: US$191

Book an Autumn Hotel Break

Here at Lartisien, we offer the most luxurious and unforgettable stays across the globe! Pick from one of our top Autumn picks, or check out our full hotel collection for your next stay.


About Log Pillay

I’ve always been fascinated by the power of stories and storytelling. And stories are made up of people and situations, but also destinations that often become a character of their own. Quirky alleyways with century-old shops, grand hotels that become home to authors and their personages, or even entire cities that leave a mark in history… This magazine is all about telling these unique stories, and taking the readers along for the ride. 

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