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!

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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.

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