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Best Luxury Hotels in Europe

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From breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, rich heritage of Paris, historic charm of Berlin and the majestic architecture of Rome, Europe is a dream destination for anyone who loves to travel. Picking the right places to stay in can be that cherry on the cake that turns your European escapade into a truly unforgettable experience. Here is our pick of top five hotels to check in during your vacation in Europe.

From breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, rich heritage of Paris, historic charm of Berlin and the majestic architecture of Rome, Europe is a dream destination for anyone who loves to travel. Picking the right places to stay in can be that cherry on the cake that turns your European escapade into a truly unforgettable experience. Here is our pick of top five hotels to check in during your vacation in Europe.

Hotel Balzac, Paris

Hotel Balzac, Paris

If you appreciate rich history, Hotel Balzac is just the kind of place you’d want to spend your Paris holiday at. This five-star boutique hotel was once home to the famous French writer, Honore de Balzac. The property, steeped in French history and mirroring the quintessential Parisian elegance, is situated off the Champs-Elysées and is a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Its proximity to both Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V gives it a certain vantage point in Paris’ Golden Triangle, known for its haute couture boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. The hotel has 69 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, with the suites and five-star rooms offering a clear view of the Eiffel Tower backed by the stunning Parisian skyline. It also houses a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, where you can treat yourself to some of the finest French cuisine.

Titanic Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin

Reflecting the essence of Berlin’s spirit, the Titanic Gendarmenmarkt has been designed with a mix of heritage and contemporary influences. The hotel is located on Französische Straße in the gorgeous Gendarmenmarkt area, and is housed in an 18th century building once used as a warehouse by Staatsoper. The hotel is equipped with 208 elegant rooms and suites, but the sports and spa facility is the clear hero on this property. Spread over two floors, this luxurious spa retreat boasts of a Turkish hamam, steam bath, dry sauna equipped with ice fountain, 3 full-blown spa suites for massages and beauty treatments, and relaxation rooms designed to exude a tranquil vibe. You can also unwind with some foot-tapping live music performances at the Schinkel Bar here, and finish off the evening with delectable offerings at the hotel’s Beef Grill Club restaurant. The rooms have a charming décor and have been done up to accord all modern-day luxuries. A bath in the walk-in rainforest shower after a long day of exploring Berlin’s neighbourhoods is just what you need to rejuvenate your senses.

La Scelta Di Goethe, Rome


La Scelta Di Goethe, Rome

The La Scelta Di Goethe is a beautiful relais nestled in the charming Tuscan Hills. The location of this luxury hotel, which offers a unique view of ancient history, is a delight unto itself. Plush comforts, luxurious décor and unadulterated pampering—a stay La Scelta Di Goethe is an experience right out of a fairytale. You can book the entire house or just one of the two luxury suites. Guests are treated to a hearty continental breakfast, which can be enjoyed on the terrace by the fireplace, or even in bed. You’d also be assigned a butler and a personal assistant to cater to your every need. In addition to all this, La Scelta Di Goethe also organizes wine tasting tours, shopping trips with a personal shopper, golf outings, helicopter tours, visits to museums and art exhibitions, all with a dedicated limousine to drive you around. It is like living a dream that can only be turned into reality in Rome.

The View Lugano Hotel, Lugano

Aptly named The View, this luxury hotel offers panoramic visuals of the picturesque Lake of Lugano, with all 16 junior suites and two luxury suites facing the magnificent lake. If you want a date with nature wrapped in a blanket of luxury, The View is just the place to be. Each suite boasts of a unique design theme and furnishings, lending it an air of exclusivity. The place also houses a fine-dining restaurant serving the best Italian delicacies prepared from locally sourced produce, coupled with the finest wines from across the world. You can pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or unwind with a dip in the indoor pool. The hotel also organizes fun activities and courses for its guests from time to time.

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Bagues Hotel, Barcelona


Bagues Hotel, Barcelona

The Bagues in Barcelona is an elegant and sophisticated 5-star boutique museum hotel on Las Ramblas in the famous Gothic Quarter neighbourhood. This ancient El Regulador palace was remodelled in 2010 with blends of art nouveau and modernism to create an exquisite luxury destination for tourists from across the globe. The building’s original façade has been preserved to offer a sneak peek into the classic architecture of a bygone era. The property houses 31 luxuriously done-up rooms and suites, a terrace offering a bird’s eye view of the city streets, swimming pool, sauna and gym, along with an in-house restaurant and bar.

There is a museum on the property that showcases unique pieces from the Bagués-Masriera family’s centuries-old jewellery workshop. Special offerings like free access to the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona are definitely an added incentive during your stay here.

Build your Europe itinerary around these amazing hotels and you are set for a memorable holiday.

7 Must-Not-Miss Experiences in Europe

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One can never have enough of Europe’s spectacular landscapes, architectural wonders, rich cultural heritage, exotic adventures and gastronomical delights. To help you plan that perfect European holiday, here is a list of top 7 experiences in Europe that you just can’t miss.

One can never have enough of Europe’s spectacular landscapes, architectural wonders, rich cultural heritage, exotic adventures and gastronomical delights. To help you plan that perfect European holiday, here is a list of top 7 experiences in Europe that you just can’t miss.

1. Watch the sunset from atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris


Eiffel Tower, Paris

No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower. For the most spectacular experience, go atop the Eiffel Tower before sunset. Sip on a glass of bubbly while watching the sun go down against the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle and the stunning Parisian skyline. Truly a photographer’s delight!

Where: The Champagne Bar

Cost: Lift ticket to the top costs 1700 Euros per adult

2. Take a Gondola ride in Venice


Gondola Ride, Venice

The beautiful canals and bridges, charming squares, renaissance architecture and artistic cultural heritage are sure to make you fall in love with Venice. Take a gondola ride through its many historic waterways, with baroque buildings and palaces in the backdrop. Sounds like a dreamy setting, doesn’t it? If you’re lucky, your gondolier might sing for you too!

Where: Tronchetto, the Piazzale Roma or the Rialto Bridge area

Cost: 80 Euros approx. for 40 minutes for 6 people; 40 Euros for additional 20 minutes. Post 7 p.m.: 100 Euros approx. for 40 minutes for 6 people; 50 Euros for additional 20 minutes

3. Attend an Opera in Germany

Home to some of the most noted musicians and composers of all times such as Mozart, Beethoven, Weber and Richard Strauss, Germany hosts one of the largest number of opera performances every year. From short two-act productions to long epic performances and masterpieces by singers from across the globe, you’re sure to find something of your liking.

Where: Baden-Baden Festival Theatre, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Deutsche Opera in Berlin, Gasteig in Munich, Frankfurt Opera, and Hamburg State Opera

Cost: Ranging from 50 to 180 Euros approx.

4. Take a chocolate tour in Switzerland


Chocolates, Switzerland

Welcome to Switzerland—home to the world’s finest chocolates and the best international chocolate brands. The chocolate shops, boutiques and chocolatiers here offer an extraordinary variety of local Swiss chocolates for sampling, along with a glimpse of their chocolate making process with original recipes handed down over the generations. For the most passionate of chocolate aficionados, the Tour de Chocolat organises workshops, lessons, and dining experiences with prominent chocolatiers.

Where: The Maison Cailler in Broc

Cost: 12 CHF per adult, 9 CHF per child

5. Party the night away in Ibiza

 

Think party, think Ibiza! This island off the coast of is packed with beach bars, pulsating electronic music, happening nightlife and an ever-vibrant holiday vib. The best time to visit this ‘party capital of the world’ are the summer months for summer discos and popular European nightclubs where top DJs from around the world come over to play.

Where: Amnesia, Eden, Ocean Beach, Benimussa Park, Ibiza Rocks Hotel, DC-10, Pacha, Heart and Lío

Cost: Ranging from 30 to 60 Euros approx. per person

6. Go wine tasting in Tuscany


Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Tuscany in Italy is touted as one of the world’s best wine destinations. From small, family-owned wineries to large and long-standing historical wine producers, Tuscany is home to an overwhelming variety of wineries, producing the best of local wines, world-renowned labels and great vintages as well. Get set for a tour of their ancient cellars and beautiful vineyards amidst spectacular landscapes, followed by an introduction of the wine making process and a private wine-tasting session.

Where: Chianti Classico

Cost: Ranging from 50 to 200 Euros approx.

7. Cable car to the top of Mount Titlis in Switzerland


Mount Titlis in Switzerland

Switzerland’s most popular attraction, Mount Titlis, is the highest peak in Central Switzerland. Take the revolving cable car from Engelberg to Mount Titlis for spectacular 360 degree views of Switzerland’s scenic lakes, valleys, snow covered mountains and glaciers. Once at the top, explore its glacier cave, glacier park, photo studio and the many snow activities. The Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe, is a must not miss for adventure lovers!

Where: Engelberg

Cost: 92 CHF return ticket per adult

The 10 Most Iconic Landmarks in Europe

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Natural beauty aside, Europe is dotted with man-made marvels, some of which are so iconic that no trip to the continent would be complete without a visit to these! Here are the 10 most iconic landmarks in Europe that you simply must see at least once in your life.

Natural beauty aside, Europe is dotted with man-made marvels, some of which are so iconic that no trip to the continent would be complete without a visit to these! Here are the 10 most iconic landmarks in Europe that you simply must see at least once in your life.

1. Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower welcomes almost 7 million people a year, making it the most visited paid-for monument in the world. Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years, until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. Many believe that the Eiffel Tower makes Paris the most romantic city in the world, or maybe it’s the 20,000 light bulbs that make the tower sparkle like a star every night.

2. Colosseum in Rome

Half circus, half sports arena, Rome’s most iconic landmark is unmissable, especially now that they have opened the underfloor passageways to visitors where the gladiators and wild beasts once roamed. Standing inside the amphitheatre, you can’t help wonder about the brave men who indulged in gory bull fights here.

3. The Louvre in Paris

Millions of tourists flock every year just to feast their eyes on the contemporary glass Louvre Pyramid which is in fact, just the entrance. A former fortress and royal palace, the Louvre is one of the world’s greatest museums. Primarily associated with Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa, Paris’ Louvre museum is a trove of 35,000 paintings and sculptures from the seventh century B.C. to the mid-19th century. It will take 3 whole days to visit each room in the museum, so we suggest making a list of exhibits you’re most interested in.

4. The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel is most famous for Michelangelo’s frescoes, but long before Michelangelo, Sisto commissioned painters such as Botticelli to fresco the two long walls on either side of the chapel. One side told the story of Moses, and the other, the story of Christ. Today, the Sistine Chapel is home to the greatest frescoes in the world.

5. Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, with its equal helpings of beauty and folly, is one of the most popular buildings in the world. It’s interesting to note that the tower was built with plundered loot, on a marshy subsoil with glaring engineering mistakes. The tower has infamously tilted up to 10 degrees in various directions over the years. With the ongoing restoration efforts, the tilt has now been reduced to 3.99 degrees. It’s quite a miracle though, that even after its reputation of being structurally unsound, it is open to the public and you can climb right to the top of the tower to enjoy a view of the city!

6. Acropolis & Parthenon in Greece

Acropolis is probably the most famous and the most visited monument in the world, and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization of ancient Greece, Among its monuments, Parthenon is the most magnificent. The Temple of Parthenon was dedicated to the goddess Athena, protector of the Ancient city of Athens, and is quite a sight to behold. Its unique architecture has inspired many universities, public buildings, palaces, parliaments and libraries in the western world.

7. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain

This is where religions meet halfway, literally! The Mezquita (Spanish for “mosque”) of Cordoba symbolises the many religious changes Spain has undergone over the centuries. The church was divided into Muslim and Christian halves when Muslims conquered Spain in 711. Like a phoenix, it stands tall today with columns of jasper, onyx, marble and granite taken from the Roman temple which stood in its place, and other destroyed Roman buildings in Spain.

8. Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate, one of the most iconic sights in modern-day vibrant Berlin is much more than just Berlin’s only surviving city gate. This landmark symbolises Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West, as well as a reunified Germany since the fall of the Wall. It’s open all year round, but if you really want to see it in all its glory, celebrate New Year’s Eve here with the locals, or watch the FIFA World Cup or UEFA EURO Championships being screened for all!

9. Charles Bridge in Prague

Prague’s most stunning landmark, Charles Bridge is a gothic stone bridge spanning 16 arches and lined with 30 baroque statues of religious figures. It is also a popular spot for Czech artists, musicians and souvenir vendors. Take a walk on the cobblestone bridge and get transported to another era, but don’t forget to marvel the architecture and the grand views of the Vtlava River from the bridge towers. Visit the bridge after dark to enjoy a breathtaking view of the fully-lit Prague Castle against the evening sky, or at dawn to beat the crowd and enjoy a glorious sunrise.

10. Chateau de Chillon in Switzerland

The Chateau de Chillon (Chillon Castle) standing by the shores of Lake Geneva, has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Lord Byron, Jean Jacques Rousseau and Victor Hugo are among the luminaries who took her as a muse. Take your time to admire the Great Halls, the gothic underground rooms, the chapel with 14th-century paintings, and magnificent views of Lake Geneva.