Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa

HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL & SPA. For the past 600 years the medieval Spanish city of Salamanca –designated in 1988 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has been enchanting travelers from across the globe.

Today, the HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL & SPA, just 10 miles down the road and housed in a former monastery, offers guests a vacation as vibrant as the area’s past.

As the name suggests, the spa specializes in vinotherapy – using the pulp of the grape for skin rejuvenation and healing – a process said to have anti-aging benefits.

All this, plus a Michelin-starred restaurant, an oak barreled wine cellar dating from 1366, an exquisite setting in the Douro Valley overlooking the River Tormes, and its proximity to one of Europe’s most interesting and historic cities, make the Hacienda Zorita a perfect choice for your European holiday.

Classic Travel Rate Includes:  

  • Full breakfast for two daily
  • Upgrade at time of arrival, if available
  • Early check-in-late check-out if available
  •  Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  •  Wine tasting for 2 once per stay

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Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN – LAUNCHED!

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: “WithIN” is now available on ClassicTravel.com for our members. This recently launched program provides a hand-picked selection of some of the “very best travel agencies in the world” access to the best available rates, along with value added amenities such as breakfast and upgrades at over 200 Small Luxury Properties.

SLH WithIN benefits include:

  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two people
  • Room upgrade to next room category (subject to availability at the time of check-in)
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability at the time of check-in)
  • A credit worth minimum $50 per room, per stay to be spent on non-accommodation extras such as food & beverage and spa on property
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

What do we love about SLH? Not everyone loves a big hotel. Each and everyone of the these gems is owned by either a family or small groups. There is something extra special about small hotels and the unique intimate touch they provide. It could be lashings of luxury at a palatial mansion or barefoot bliss on a desert island and everything from treehouses, to ranches, to overwater bungalows.

“With the launch of SLH ‘withIN, we are making this partnership approach bigger and better, so that selected travel agencies working with us benefit from even more opportunities to promote and sell our participating SLH hotels regardless of luxury network affiliation”. said Carsten Lima, Vice President of Sales for Small Luxury Hotels of the World (EMEA).

Classictravel.com members can now access rates for SLH WithIN online. Sign up today if you are not already a member and start benefiting from these exclusive rates 

Classictravel.com is excited to be part of this inaugural partnership with Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN . We look forward to helping book your next SLH property.

All the best,

Classic Travel Team.

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Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program joins ClassicTravel.com

Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program is now part of ClassicTravel.com Collection. As a handpicked agency, Classictravel.com Members can now access Shangri-La Luxury Circle rates online when booking through ClassicTravel.com

What does this mean for you as a member? As a Classictravel.com Member, you will have access to Shangri-La’s Luxury Circle Program that includes exclusive benefits and amenities at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts around the world.

Shangri- La Luxury Circle Member Benefits​:

  • Upgrade to the next category at the time of booking, subject to availability
  • ​Hotel credit of USD50 / USD100 or 10% of average daily room rate, whichever is higher (once per stay) **​
  • Complimentary full breakfast for two, including in-room dining​
  • A VIP Welcome Amenity​
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability​
  • A strict-no walk policy and a priority wait-list clearance in sold out hotels​
  • Dedicated concierge personnel to handle all requests​

As a ClassicTravel.com member, a dedicated Virtuoso Advisor will work closely with hotel management to ensure that you receive personalized service and VIP status.

What we love best about this program? Breakfast can be served in the room as well as the dining room. Our clients love this option!

Insider tip: Did you know 40% of the rooms at Shangri-La Paris have an Eiffel Tower View?

Classic Travel is proud to be a preferred partner agency for Shangri La Hotel & Resorts.

Sign up to be a Member of Classictravel.com and VIP your next Shangri La stay!

We look forward to planning your next Shangri-La Experience.

All the best,

Classic Travel Team.

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A Long Weekend in Sonoma

A Long Weekend in Sonoma…
June 2016

A long weekend filled with wine tasting, biking, spa-ing and lounging by the pool…what could be better? I do not think there is much that could be more glorious than a weekend in Sonoma, California.

The perfect backdrop for this fantastic weekend? The Farmhouse Inn, a boutique resort just south of Healdsburg. After a few days in San Francisco, we escaped the city and made the short drive up to the Russian River Valley with a list of appointments at “off the beaten path” wineries and a mission to relax. Arriving at the Farmhouse, we checked into our understated luxurious room and prepared for our first tasting.

Healdsburg is an adorable town and the restaurants are top notch. With the help of a friend who is a sommelier, we had planned two tastings each day (the Russian River Valley is known for it’s wide range of Pinot Noirs, each one unique thriving on the cool air from the nearby Pacific) with leisurely lunches and sumptuous dinners in between. We also found time to lounge by the pool – with a bottle of chilled white of course!

One of the most fun things we did that weekend was to take a private bike tour, complete with tastings at various vineyards and a beautiful picnic lunch on one of the properties. Biking through vineyards is a beautiful thing and the rolling hills, well-maintained roads and bike-friendly traffic will please even the most serious biking enthusiasts.

Our fantastic guide, Dave, brought along a peddle-assist bike “just in case” and by the end of the tour they had put me on it…apparently I could not keep up after a few tastings and a big lunch. It was actually a fun bike to ride!



Another treat was attending a 4th of July party with a group of wine makers. A woman giving us a tasting at a smaller wine maker’s warehouse spontaneously invited us to her home for the celebration. It was so much fun to talk wine, food and life with these winemakers who brought unmarked bottles of their latest offerings.

As a mentioned previously, Healdsburg is a “foodie mecca.” Most of the restaurants are farm-to-table and the presentations are spectacular. Special mention though for the food at the farmhouse. The three-course breakfast (included if you book through me) was a daily treat and dinner at their Michelin starred farm-to-table was incredible.

We returned home with memories of fabulous meals, delicious wines and a thought that maybe we had joined a few wine clubs! We would not find out how many until the cases started arriving at the house!


If you would like any further information or are ready to plan your escape to Sonoma, please contact Jennifer at 917.741.7409 or [email protected]

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