TRAVEL TEXTURES AND TERRAINS
Experience the wonders of the world and all that nature has to offer, across terrains at these four amazing hotels. From mountainous regions to snowcapped splendor É and sandy deserts, new marvels lie ahead!
Mountains and valleys to sandy dessets.
MOUNTAINS BELLEVUE HOTEL & SPA - COGNE, ITALY
The least populated region in Italy, Valle d’Aosta is in no want of peace and serenity.
There’s plenty to see and do at Bellevue Hotel & Spa, especially during summer and winter seasons. If you’ve dreamt of snow-capped alpine summits, green pastures, and stone-roofed villages, look no further than Cogne in Valle d’Aosta.
Hole up in one of Bellevue Hotel & Spa’s 39 rooms, or in one of their three chalets; the hotel offers spectacular views of the Gran Paradiso glacier, which one might enjoy surrounded in cosy and classy interiors. Once enough rest has been had, guests can look to various experiences and activities: spa treatments to rejuvenate the body and amazing food and wine for nourishing the soul. The hotel is equipped with wine and cheese cellars and a kitchen garden, housing over 2,000 wine labels and aged Alpine and Parma cheese. Only the freshest of vegetables and herbs are harvested by the cooks; this means a meal at Bellevue is a meal to savour indeed.
Live the dream by taking a page out of the Swiss classic, Heidi. You can even bring home a piece of Italy: perfumes, teas, pewter products, bedspreads, bags made from aged leather, hats, and traditional alpine handicrafts are available from the hotel’s very own boutique, Le Marché aux Puces.
Keep your eyes peeled for special offers! For more information visit, www. hotelbellevue.it/en/
CAVES HEZEN CAVE HOTEL, TURKEY
This is one cave we wouldn’t mind staying in forever.
The natural cave bedrooms in Hezen Cave Hotel possess warm and welcoming charms. It’s almost impossible to not curl up on a sofa and soak in the cosy and intimate atmosphere in private. Orangetinted lights gently bathe the rooms in a warm glow, complementing the eclectic style of the interior.
While it may be tempting to lounge all day in the bedroom, guests should indeed head over to the hotel’s terrace to enjoy magnificent views of the Ortahisar castle and old cave houses. There is also plenty to do if you’re up for some exploration.
The hotel itself is located in Cappadocia, a hub for history buffs with a thirst for knowledge. Guests can visit and explore the grounds of historical sites, and experience local culture and architecture. An open-air museum of monasteries and churches, the National Gerome is also worth a visit, alongside the Ihlara Valley and the underground cities of Derinkuyu. Those well-versed in horseback riding can do so across valleys; a delightful alternative lies in a hot-air balloon ride across the beautiful landscapes. High-quality handcrafts are also available, and those looking to mark their trip with souvenirs can easily take home fine pottery, jewellery, and handmade carpets.
Guests who have explored their fill can enjoy baths in a ground-heated marble shower, or a Turkish Hamamstyle bathroom overlooking common gardens. Custommade toiletries complete the experience.
For more information, visit www.hezenhotel.com/
ICE AND SNOW ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN
A palace fit for the Ice Queen.
Warm up with a round of champagne at the ice bar, meet new friends, visit the ice church, or gallery, then turn in for the night by snuggling up against soft and warm fur throws. Sweden’s ICEHOTEL features cold and warm rooms and chalets; the latest addition to the hotel, ICEHOTEL 365 allows guests a choice of art, and other luxury suites.
There’s always something new to see for repeated guests as the hotel exhibits different art sculptures on a yearly basis. These sculptures of ice and snow are made by artists from all over the world. Visitors can also lay down their concerns for the hotel; far from melting away into the Torne River, where the hotel sources its ice, ICEHOTEL 365 is built on a former refridgeration plant, and as such remains intact throughout the year.
Hotel guests can enjoy a number of activities in the summer, where the nights are as bright as day. Canoeing, river rafting, fishing, or boat tours are available at the Torne River, the last of which ends with a comforting cup of coffee in wooden drinkware, made and enjoyed over an open fire at the riverbank.
The seasons of Spring and Fall are also enjoyable at ICEHOTEL, with the magnificent Northern lights creeping into the skies. Guests can enjoy these sights in a forest camp, away from the distractions of artificial life; they can also learn about local spa traditions and culture with the Jukkasjärvi Sauna Ritual and a five-day Sami Wildlife and Nature Photo trip.
Be sure to check out the list of activities, which differ by season, and look to midnight sun tours in the summer and year-round ice sculpting classes if you’re interested!
For more information, www. icehotel.com
DESERT QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Beautiful sunsets and warm fine sand beneath your feet make for a memorable holiday.
Make your way across the Rub’ al Khali, the largest unbroken stretch of sand in the world, in your preferred mode of transportation. Race off, dune bashing at top speed or go on in a leisurely pace with a camel.
The Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort is the perfect picture of a quiet, peaceful and serene retreat, topped off with a spa treatment evoking ancient hammam rituals. Guests can spend a romantic evening watching the sunset from the plunge pool in private villas, and dine under skies dotted with twinkling stars.
The resort offers a selection of rooms, suites, and villas to accommodate all needs and preferences. In the privacy of their pool villas, guests can soak up the sun on a deck, enjoying the amazing views of the desert while attended by a personal villa host to boot. The resort further personalises all guest experiences with a soap and pillow menu.
Look forward to lounging like royalty on daybeds, absorbing the immense richness of embroidered fabrics and Bedouin accents incorporated into the interiors of each villa. Music lovers will be pleased to know that the spaces are equipped with Bose Bluetooth speakers for the ultimate audiophile experience on holiday.
For more information, visit www. anantara.com/en/qasr-al-sarab-abudhabi/
ICEBAR Unique by Sofi Ruotsalainen, Mikael Nille Nilsson & Viktor Tsarski. MAIN HALL SECRET GARDEN by Alessandro Falca & AnnaSofia MåågArt Suite White Desert designed by Timsam Harding & Fabián Jacquet Casado BELOW Art Suite Cumulus. Designed by Annakatrin Kraus & Hans Aescht.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Chandelier at the main hall.