The chilly season has arrived and travelers are looking to get away from the cold temperatures and settle into luxurious accommodations in warm destinations. Here are some notable hot spots.
Fine Wines at Francis Ford Coppola's Hotel in Belize
Turtle Inn, part of The Family Coppola Resorts, opened of its new wine room designed by Laurent Deroo and built by local Belizean builder and architect, Margarito M. Ortiz.
The room, which features a wall-to-wall glass-encased wine cellar, holds up to 1,200 bottles of wine including award winning selections from Francis Ford Coppola’s two wineries in Sonoma County, along with vintages from his Inglenook estate in Napa, Chile, Argentina, Italy, France and the U.S.
Guests can tour the space while enjoying tastings of select bouquets, or even rent out the garden, situated just outside the cellar, for an intimate event accompanied by local cheeses and freshly baked breads made in-house.
Como’sThe Treasury in Perth, Australia Offers Bespoke Experiences
Como Hotel and Resorts debuted its first Australian property, Como The Treasury, in Perth’s city-center development.
Located on Cathedral Avenue, the luxury hotel was designed by Australian architect Kerry Hill and opened on October 15 after three years of construction. The property is decorated in handcrafted European furniture with accents of its 19th-century origins, when it once played an important role in the city’s history. Guestrooms have large windows which allow light to flood the accommodations, while en-suite bathrooms have free-standing bathtubs and heated tile floors.
For dining options, Wildflower on The Treasury’s rooftop allows guests guests to enjoy a menu filled with produce from Western Australia and views of the Swan River. When its time to unwind, head to the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a couple signature cocktails, or relax with some yoga or Pilates at Como Shambhala Urban Escape where there are also holistic therapies on offer.
A Spacious Retreat at Amanera in the Dominican Republic
Guests can escape this winter to Aman Resorts’ newest property, Amanera, which officially opened in the Dominican Republic on November 23.
Located on a cliff top overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande beach, Amanera is surrounded by the island’s dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range and lush jumgle. The resort is also the first golf-integrated Aman, with the new Playa Grande Golf Course offering the highest number of oceanside holes in the Western hemisphere.
The property is located on 2,000 acres of land comprised of peaks and jungle with centuries-old trees and royal palms that stretch across nearly seven miles of Atlantic seacoast. The surrounding region is sparsely populated and offers a variety of scenery including desert areas, dramatic waterfalls and small towns.
Amanera also offers extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities and 25 Casitas, which afford unobstructed ocean vistas from a private terrace, outdoor seating and lounging areas and through floor-to-ceiling windows. Every Casita is accessed via a pathway through a private garden and 13 Casitas boast their own 32-foot private swimming pools.
The resort’s informal beach club, the Club de Playa, is situated in a sandy cove on Playa Grande beach, where guests can enjoy casual feet-in-the-sand dining, relax in a hammock under the coconut palms or take advantage of water sports equipment provided.
Additionally, the resort’s fitness center offers a full range of cardiovascular and strength equipment and a personal training studio. Other wellness facilities include a steam room, sauna and relaxation room.
Four Seasons Hotel Debuts in Casablanca
The Four Seasons Casablanca has officially made its debut as the only oceanfront hotel in the city.
This is a highly anticipated opening for Four Seasons in Morocco’s biggest city, as the property joins its sister property in Marrakech. Situated in the Anfa Place community, a mixed-use development designed by famed London-based architects Foster + Partners, the Four Seasons Casablanca is a resort-style property with 186 guestrooms, including 29 suites. The rooms are billed as the largest in Casablanca and most come equipped with a terrace.
Facilities include an outdoor pool and fitness center, a spa with 10 treatment rooms and four restaurants and lounges. Of these, the signature restaurant, Bleu, has both indoor and outdoor seating for watching the sunset over the Atlantic. The hotel also aims to become a coveted venue for events and weddings in Casablanca with a ballroom and seven function rooms.