Since opening in 1956 as a private retreat for celebrities and cognoscenti, it has always embodied a special magic. Today, One & Only Palmilla is a place of tranquil harmony and breathtaking natural beauty. Guests are greeted with a sublime array of amenities and activities. Rooms and suites have magnificent views of the Sea of Cortez and the lights of San Jose. Dining options include Market, created by superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The resort also boasts the first Jack Nicklaus signature course built in Mexico. There are now 27 holes of spectacular golf with scenic mountain arroyos and dramatic ocean vistas, as well as an International PGA Tour Academy.
Evian Les Bains, France
The crown jewel of Evian Resort is the five star Hotel Royal, nestled at the foot of the French Alps overlooking Lake Geneva. For more than a century this legendary property has offered the unique experience of a “palace” hotel and a spirit that has been meticulously preserved after several years of historic renovation. It features an award winning spa, classic dining and 150 rooms and suites that epitomize refined luxury. Among the other world class amenities at Evian Resort are a Casino, a Golf Academy and the stunning Evian Resort course, which hosts the acclaimed Evian Championship, one of the five major tournaments on the LPGA Tour. www.evianresort.com/en/home
Badrutt's Palace Hotel
St. Moritz, Switzerland
There are three things that symbolize St Moritz—the mountains, the lake and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. With its tower and memorable silhouette, set in splendid and unspoiled scenery, the resort has become a landmark and an institution in the best sense of the word. It is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion—the perfect playground for the rich and famous. Indeed, Badrutt’s celebrated its storied history in 2016 with a Jubilee that lasted the entire year. One highlight, “The 120 Years Badrutt’s Palace Cocktail” containing a 1.2 carat Graff diamond is certainly the most valuable cocktail ever. Their “On Top of the World” golf packages on wonderful alpine courses will delight as well.
Castelfalfi feels like an epic Tuscan fairytale, a 13th century village and castle, now transformed into one of Italy’s finest vacation destinations. There is a restaurant headed by Michelin star chef Michele Rinaldi, a cooking school and a wine bar—the estate also produces its own premium olive oil and wines. Visitors can stay at the new boutique hotel or one of the renovated casali (farmhouse), wander the artfully restored village shops and cafes, enjoy the pools and spa, or play 27 holes of world class golf. Guests can also explore the nearby historic cities of Siena, Florence and Pisa, before returning to their enchanted 2,700-acre estate, complete with its own 800-year-old castle.
Quinta da Marinha, Portugal
Windcarved dunes, ocean vistas, world class golf in a magical European setting—this is the Estoril coast of Portugal, located 30 minutes west of Lisbon. It is a spectacularly scenic stretch of coastline with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and native grasses, home not only to historic Moorish castles and royal palaces, but also to a chic resort enclave, The Oitavos, and one of the top golf courses in the world. The Oitavos Dunes, designed by Arthur Hills, winds through undulating linksland and stands of umbrella pines. The resort is a luxury 5-star sporting resort designed by Portuguese architect/artist Jose Anahory. Its sleek, minimalist lines are graced by his paintings and sculptures, which complement the sublime surroundings.