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Villa d'Este, Lago di Como, Italy

Villa d'Este

From the beginning of March until mid-November, Villa d'Este opens its gracious doors to welcome a luminary guest list that includes heads of states, world renown celebrities and visitors who appreciate quietude in a refined setting. Exuding a long tradition of romantic classical elegance, the Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, is situated in a magnificent park amidst pristinely created floral gardens, terraces, fountains and fortresses, overlooking the blue-green waters of exquisite Lake Como.

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Grand Hotel Terme, Sirmione, Italy

Grand Hotel Terme

Right next door to the castle and the entrance to the town of Sirmione, The Grand Terme is a three story hotel that sits graciously alongside the lake. The wide marble clad halls, warmly hued Venetian plaster walls lead to casually elegant furnished balconied bedrooms with exquisite views. Spa, physical therapy facilities and lakeside swimming pool make this a comprehensive hotel and resort. The Conference Center includes two halls, the Catullo and Virgilio which accommodate 120 people each.

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Italy

Grand Hotel Serbelloni

Owned by the Bucher Family, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is the only 5-star deluxe hotel in Bellagio and while it boasts a rich and interesting history of almost 125 years, it also continues to meet the needs of today¹s visitors. The newly opened Spa of Villa Serbelloni uses only the finest techniques to reduce stress and decrease tension. From the soothing colors of the subtly-decorated rooms to the personnel trained in programs of beauty and massages, one is assured of leaving Bellagio stress-free and relaxed.

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Hotels

La Fenice Bed and Breakfast, Positano, Italy

Villa d'Este

If you want a spectacular location, where you will feel like you are part of a big extended family, La Fenice Bed and Breakfast is ideal. Named for the mythological Egyptian bird the phoenix, La Fenice is perched on a hill, with villas and cottages that gradually drop down by a series of steps, lush with flowers and plants, to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Hotel Solara, Sorrento, Italy

Villa d'Este

High on a hill, amid the olive trees, the Hotel Solara, with its charming, helpful staff, is a perfect place to relax while being close to all the activities in Sorrento. Located about 10 minutes by hotel shuttle bus from downtown Sorrento, the Hotel Solara offers spacious, soothingly tailored rooms, decorated in blue, yellow and white, with balconies overlooking the mountains and the bright blue sea.

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Grosvenor House London, England

Grosvenor House London

Grosvenor House has beautiful hotel rooms done in floral prints, longer-term apartments and a grand ballroom called the Great Room, which began as an ice rink some eight decades ago and recently went through another renovation. It also has two restaurants, two bars, a hair and beauty salon and a variety of other conveniences. Its most pleasurable features, however, are its underground health club and well-stocked upstairs lounge equipped with a computer and free Internet access.

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Hotel Quirinale, Rome, Italy

Hotel Quirinale

Located about 10 minutes from the Spanish Steps and adjacent to the Rome Opera House, the Hotel Quirinale is a home away from home to both Italian and International clientele who enjoy its spacious and quiet rooms. Its history dates back to the mid 1800's and it has been host to international royalty, cultural elite and Roman aristocracy ever since. Its reputation for fine cuisine and excellent service has remained steadfast throughout the years.

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Grand Hotel Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland

Grand Hotel Lucerne

When one enters the five-star Grand Hotel National Lucerne located on beautiful Lake Luzern, one is quickly drawn into an atmosphere of grace and elegance and welcomed by a staff that makes visitors feel as if they are the only reason the hotel is in existence. Although open on a year-round basis, the hotel only has 95 guest rooms with an additional 25 apartment residences.

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Gran Hotel Tryp Reina Victoria, Madrid, Spain

Gran Hotel Tryp Reina Victoria

Gran Hotel Tryp Reina Victoria This four star hotel has 201 rooms that have all the amenities one could desire. Dine in the El Ruedo Restaurant and Bar Manolete and enjoy the European breakfast. Meetings can be held in spacious lounges. Conveniently located in the heart of the city in front of the "Espanol" Theatre, one can walk to museums, the Plaza Major and the Puerta del Sol. The Reina Victoria has a deep bullfighting tradition. Stay here if you want to see some bullfighters during the season. The lobby bustles with people watching the bullfights on TV.

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Hotel Fenix, Lisbon, Portugal

Hotel Fenix

Hotel Fenix This four star hotel has 123 well-appointed rooms including four suites. Located in the Marques de Pombal Square across from the Edward VII Park and in the center of the business/banking district it is ideal for tourists or business people. It is easily accessible to the metro, buses and trains. Banquet facilities and three conference rooms are available. Relax in either of the two bars or enjoy Portuguese and international gourmet foods in the Restaurant Bodegon.

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Hotel Alexandra Mallorca, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Hotel Alexandra is a newly refurbished four-star hotel with 77 double rooms and the four junior suites with a terrace and Jacuzzi. There are five conference rooms with every possible business service and amenity. The hotel's location, between Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya in the Eixample district, and allows one to walk just about anywhere.

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Great Hotels in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland

The stately and most prestigious five-star Balmoral, combining the noble character of a Scottish baronial home with the classic sophistication of an international hotel, is conveniently located next to the central railway station and 20 minutes by car from Edinburgh Airport. After a long history, the hotel was closed from 1988 to 1991 for a complete multi-million pound refurbishment, which restored it to its former glory. There are 165 bedrooms, many of which offer superb views of Edinburgh.

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The Hotel Poseidon, Positano, Italy

The Hotel Poseidon

The splendid four star Hotel Poseidon is our pick for Positano. Genoan Bruno Aonzo fell in love with Positano in 1926. In 1950 he and his wife Liliana decided to purchase an orange and lemon grove on the Amalfi Coast and build a villa there.A few years later, that charming mediterranean home in the center of Positano became the Hotel Poseidon.

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Tours

Cooking Vacations, Positano, Italy

Cooking Vacations

Cooking Vacations is the brainchild of a Bostonian Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli, whose grandmother was born in southern Italy and whose traditions have included cooking with family and friends. Cooking Vacations, with headquarters in Boston and an office in Positano, offers hands-on cooking classes and cultural tours in Italy’s 20 regions from Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast, to Sicily or Apulia and many places in between. You can learn to cook traditional Italian recipes with Italian chefs, visit the markets, vineyards and cultural landmarks or take classes in watercolor or ceramics.

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Tauck World Discovery, Budapest, Vienna, Prague

Tauck Tours

Established in 1925, Tauck World Discovery is a third generation family owned and operated premium luxury tour company. The philosophy of providing ultimate vacations through creative itineraries, registering at the world's finest hotels, offering culinary excellence, allowing leisure time and including all necessary expenses, - all result in each traveler enjoying a carefree journey that far exceeds their expectations.

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The Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland

The Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival, was established in 1949, soon after World War II. It includes The Fringe Festival which fills the streets with impromptu and rehearsed performances from groups and individuals, playing instruments, and acting out skits and plays along the broad cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile in the old city. This festival provides some type of entertainment from early in the morning to midnight, and spills over into every nook and cranny of this charming town.

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