The hotels redouble their creativity to make mouths water: fermentation lab, distillery, vegan cuisine and plant-forward menus… They stop at nothing to enlighten gastronomy.
01 De Haan, Antiparos, Greece
Celebrities like Tom Hanks and Madonna visit the laid-back island of Antiparos in the Lesser Cyclades. In the spring of 2021, The Rooster opened its doors there with the same philosophy: low profile, lots of privacy and above all ultra-stylish in a natural spirit. The eccentric owner, Athanasia, encourages guests to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures, without necessarily focusing on a to-do list.
From the bedroom of one of the 16 private stone houses, one can enjoy the view of the Aegean Sea. With a large shaded terrace, personal touches such as locally woven cushions, beautiful books and a private pool, the suites and villas are more reminiscent of an elegant second home on a Greek island. For families there is the farm, which is located away from the main house, in the heart of the hotel’s gardens and vegetable gardens.
Nothing better than a real Greek salad straight from the hotel’s organic farm, room service in the privacy of your own villa or a late night cocktail with your loved one in the secret garden! De Haan’s herb and vegetable garden, which is still cultivated in the traditional way, is 1.5 kilometers from the hotel.
From 750 euros per night in a double room, breakfast included.
02 Borgo Santo Pietro, Siena, Italy
Since 2001, this estate near Siena has been one of the best addresses in Tuscany. Completely dedicated to the authentic gastronomy of the region, the hotel not only has a starred restaurant, but also a fermentation laboratory that combines the art of ancestral techniques with the creativity of the Borgo San Pietro culinary team. The result can be tasted in pop-up restaurant Orto.
The mansion has 22 exclusive accommodations (most are suites with private pool), decorated with traditional and vintage curiosities. New for 2022: two private pool houses with fireplace and Mediterranean terrace.
The emphasis is on discovering the art of Italian living, in complete privacy. In addition to the Michelin-starred Meo Modo restaurant and fermentation laboratory, the estate has 25 hectares of vines and an organic farm of more than 300 hectares with 300 sheep, 20 pigs, 15 alpacas, 175 chickens, 70 rabbits, 11 hectares of herb garden , 2 acres of vegetable garden, herbalist, tree houses, honey and cheese facilities, cooking school plus new spaces to nourish body, mind and soul.
From 660 euros per night in a double room, including breakfast.
03 La Vimea, Naturno, South Tyrol, Italy
At La Vimea, the art of simplicity reigns. Simple, but beautiful. The overwhelming nature serves as the backdrop for this fairytale scene. We stimulate our senses with the scent of soft pink flowers and Mediterranean herbs.
The hotel’s commitment to pure nature is also felt in the rooms, whose minimalist design is characterized by wooden furniture and warm tones. Some have a beautiful sunny terrace, but all have breathtaking views over the countryside.
The Vimea boasts the first 100% vegan hotel in Italy, but also a true oasis of peace for body and soul. Here we cook only local and natural ingredients. A gastronomic evening is accompanied by the house’s organic wines.
From 130 euros per night in a double room.
04 Casa di Langa, Piedmont, Italy
Piemonte is a region popular with bon vivants and this new hotel is a good example. In addition to a restaurant, Vespa attractions, spa and wine academy, Casa di Langa offers a cooking school whose workshops are led by Italian chefs. There is even a “truffle concierge” to dig up and buy the best truffles in the region.
Decorated in a contemporary design, signed B&B Italia or Flos, the rooms overlook the Nebbiolo vineyards of the surrounding hills. Architects GaS Studio and Parisotto + Formenton Architetti set their sights on terracotta, wood and earth tones.
Risotto! pana cotta! The hotel has certainly established itself as a gourmet destination thanks to its Fàula restaurant and Sorì cocktail bar. According to The Times, the first Michelin star is most likely in sight. Next to the restaurant stretches the biodynamic vegetable garden in which Luigi Merlo grows edible flowers, tomatoes, ancient herbs and aromatic plants that go from the kitchen to the plate (and to the spa).
From 344 euros per night in a double room, breakfast included.
05 De Ivens, Lisbon, Portugal
Until 2016, this building in the chic Chiado district was occupied by the radio stations Renascença, RFM and Mega Hits, but the Ivens are now located in the quiet Rua Capela. This brand new boutique hotel in Lisbon is a fantastic invitation to travel, paying tribute to Portuguese explorers. Majestic and elegant on the outside, inside it offers a maze of extravagance created by the Spanish decorator Lázaro Rosa-Violán, known for his JNcQUOI Avenida project in Lisbon.
A spiral staircase dressed in rich velvet fabrics leads guests to the different levels or to one of the 87 rooms and suites, some of which have a terrace with views of Lisbon.
At the bar you can enjoy cocktails and wine chosen from a long wine list, while eating petiscos (tapas). Le Rocco offers upscale Italian cuisine that is also popular with the locals. The room is characterized by elegant benches, understated lampshades and an open kitchen. And the Crudo is all about seafood and champagne. The walls are decorated with atmospheric paintings and vintage photos of beach scenes.
From 310 euros per night in a double room, breakfast included.
06 Masseria Calderisi, Fasano, Italy
Set among olive and lemon groves, a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Sea, a 17th-century farmhouse has been renovated and converted into a boutique hotel. Pool, rooms, gardens and terraces embody Italian chic. A free shuttle will take you to Calderisi’s private beach and Malibu, the hotel’s charming boutique offers outfits by Max Mara or Missoni, as well as homemade jams and taralli, the typical Apulian savory biscuits.
On an area of 24 hectares, the building is made of tuff stone, the local limestone. Some historic details emphasize the country house past, such as high vaulted ceilings, built-in fireplaces and niches in the stone walls. Bamboo chairs, jute rugs and photo art provide the contemporary touch. Some rooms are located in an old tower, others in the gardens of the estate, overlooking terraces with bougainvillea, a piazza or the sea.
This is exactly what this is about. Discover the taste of Puglia during wine or olive oil tastings, during pizza workshops or at La Corte restaurant. Here focaccia, bread and pizzas are baked in an old oven. Everything is accompanied by fresh mozzarella, Puglia beef or fish of the day.
From 380 euros per night in a double room, breakfast included.
07 Casa Silencio, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Xaagá Valley in Mexico is also called the Valley of the Silence and it is here that Casa Silencio opened its doors last year. Upon arrival, one has the impression of entering a contemporary temple. The walls are made of beaten earth, using the local tapial technique. Light filters through the artistic sculptures on the roof, and Alejandro D’Acosta’s ceremonial architecture is a destination in itself.
Earth, clay and wood outline the six suites, all named after elements of nature – Agua, Tierra or Luna. The black and white tones of the handmade candles, hand-woven rugs and leather chairs perfectly match the special atmosphere of this hotel.
Casa Silencio has its own distillery of mezcal, a famous Mexican alcohol made from agave. A stay includes tastings and all meals, which can also be booked by passing visitors. The owners were inspired by the whiskey houses of the Scottish Highlands or the vineyard hotels of Napa Valley. Chef Daniel Robles has a bond with Belgium: he studied at the Spermalie hotel school in Bruges. Oaxaca is considered the culinary capital of Mexico, and Casa Silencio has nothing to envy to the stiff local competition.
From 943 euros per night in a double room, all inclusive.
08 Sterrekopje, Franschhoek, South Africa
Finally a therapeutic retreat in Franschhoek, one of South Africa’s most famous wine regions. Sterrekopje is a place of relaxation, recovery, healing and connection with yourself and nature. The daily program is avant-garde to say the least: intuitive massages, purification rituals, sound therapy, cocoa ceremony, meditations, wild baths, pottery workshops, qi gong or free dance.
All the rooms are called “sanctuaries” and deserve this name: they are indeed oases of tranquility. The colonial style with tribal influences is a dream come true and with their luxurious soaking tubs and golden faucets, the bathrooms are as inviting as mini spas.
The founders of Sterrekopje, the Dutch Fleur Huijskens and Nicole Boekhoorn, believe in the benefits of a healthy and balanced diet, “from soil to soul”. They’ve assembled a team of chefs and farmers who have received rave reviews from food critics. Visitors are invited to take part in fruit and vegetable picking, learn how to bake bread at a bakery or prepare elderflower and carrot jams. Life on the farm, but under the banner of “fancy farmlife”.
From 1,540 euros for three nights, per person, all inclusive.
09 Stanly Ranch, Napa Valley, USA
For example, the Stanly Ranch is a modern ranch located in the heart of the vineyards of the famous Napa Valley, in the United States. The establishment, which opened its doors at the end of April, is one of the most luxurious in the region. Halehouse, the property’s spa, offers a tepidarium (soft sauna) and a salt room (with salt therapy). Fieldhouse is the “movement studio” where you can book your tailor-made meditation, pilates or yoga sessions. A Land Rover Defender is available at the ranch for scenic drives along the Sonoma Coast.
Even the smallest room measures more than 50 m² and they all have a private terrace overlooking the vineyards, equipped with sunbeds, deck chairs, outdoor showers and fire pits.
At the “community hub” Gavel, a coffee shop, locals or passing cyclists stop to buy freshly baked pies and cinnamon rolls. Basin, the poolside bar, offers a “plant-forward” menu, meaning in hipster language the menu is heavily planted with vegetables. But most of the attention is focused on Chef Garrison Price’s recently opened Bear restaurant. The latter worked at “il Fiorista” in New York, both a bar and a florist, where they can often be found on the plates or in the cocktails. Price is bringing this style to Stanly Ranch and the first images on Instagram @bearnapa are already mouth watering.
From 1,109 euros per night in a double room.