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Casa Pestagua Hotel – Luxury in the Walled City

At Classic Travel, we like to keep our clients up to date with all the new hot destinations and it is no news that Cartagena is the place to visit. The moment you arrive in this colonial city, it immediately transports you to a different world; a world full of history where every wall and every corner has a story to tell. The key is always finding the best place to stay!

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Casa Pestagua Hotel sits right in the heart of the Walled City at Plaza Santo Domingo and it is perhaps one of the most beautiful houses in Cartagena. It is the only hotel in Cartagena where you will find yourself living in the luxury of the seventeenth century, only four hundred years later but with the latest technology and exquisite taste.

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Casa Pestagua Hotel belonged to the Count of Pestagua, a distinguished business man and thanks to his foresight, the hotel is able to offer its visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. Casa Pestagua’s architectural beauty reflects the magnificence of a time like no other. It allows guests to get a glance back in time and feel part of the history of this beautiful city.

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Its majestic size, proximity to the Walled City’s main attractions, shops and restaurants, 11 unique rooms, dazzling swimming pool and dreamy courtyard, makes this mansion the perfect choice for travelers looking for a unique experience. Casa Pestagua Hotel is the ideal choice for a destination wedding!

For 2015, Classic Travel Rate Includes:
• A la Carte full breakfast for two
• Upgrade on arrival if available
• Early check-in/late check-out if available
• Complimentary 30 min Massage once during stay

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Top 5 luxury weekend getaways at driving distance from NYC!

Classic Travel brings you our top 5 luxury weekend getaways at driving distance from NYC, providing you the ideal environment to relax, unwind and make the most of the beautiful weather by participating in outdoor activities!

Start planning exciting weekend getaways for the summer, beginning with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend!

Delamar Greenwich Harbor

Delamar - Greenwich Harbor, Connecticut

Delamar – Greenwich Harbor, Connecticut

Set overlooking the Greenwich Harbor, this resort offers world-class 5-star luxury services. The recently refined guestrooms offer private balconies with water views, and the suites come with separate private living rooms. Private in-room yoga classes are also offered on request. Continental breakfast, bicycle rentals and seasonal harbor boat cruises come as part of complimentary services. You can go sweat it out at the fitness center and enjoy a delicious glass of wine after at the elegant French restaurant with beautiful water views. Delamar is iconic in its delivery of luxury to its guests.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests (already included in rates)
• $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Winvian, Morris Connecticut

Winvian - Connecticut

Winvian – Connecticut

Winvian Farm will give you a luxury resort experience that is one of a kind. Offering 18 individually designed resort cottages, with the Hadley Suite being the most exclusive of them all bringing a unique experience of a night in a tree-house, a greenhouse or a musical conservatory. Bikes come with every cottage for you to go on adventures and explore the breathtaking organic gardens.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Ocean House, Watch Hill Rhode Island

Ocean House - Rhode Island

Ocean House – Rhode Island

Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort that offers a direct access to a 650-foot private white-sand beach with the luxury of cabana beach service. You can also enjoy the outdoor venues for private events, dining, and cocktails as well as beachfront fire pits for delightful evenings. Further, it offers putting green, along with a tournament-level croquet lawn. So get out and enjoy the open-air activities!

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Twin Farms, Vermont

Twin Farms - Vermont

Twin Farms – Vermont

Located in the romantic countryside, Twin Farms is the only place offering a luxury 5-star experience in all of Vermont! Enjoy an unconventional and quirky private art collection through 20 distinctly designed accommodations. Immerse yourself in a unique experience of gourmet meals, fine wine, outdoor adventures and spa retreats to relax. You will come back inspired!

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests included in rates
• Bottle of Dom Perignon and house made chocolates
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

 

Blantyre, Lenox Massachusetts

Blantyre - Lenox Massachusetts

Blantyre – Lenox Massachusetts

This luxury Berkshires resort is set in 117 acres and offers accommodation in a Tudor-style mansion as well as stylish cottages. The aesthetics of the space are astounding flaunting a carriage house and an upscale decor of chandeliers. Amenities include a spa with a sauna and hot tub, tennis courts, an outdoor heated pool, an ice skating rink, hiking trails, a warming hut, and a cross-country ski trail. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one!

For 2015 Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
• For Stays of 2 or more nights: guests also receive a $100 Food & Beverage credit plus $100 spa credit for a two night stay
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Legend

untitled2What becomes a legend? Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy on Lake Como has recently been chosen to be part of the new Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Preferred represents over 650 properties in 85 countries so choosing which ones deserve this new status could not have been an easy task. I’m honored to be on their advisory board and when I arrived there last October for our annual meeting, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be one of the chosen few. Grand Hotel Tremezzo; an hour from Milan’s Malpensa airport, sits directly on Lake Como with breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains not unlike the views of the Long Island Sound that I grew up with. NOT!

untitled8The hotel was first opened in 1910 and was on the circuit for the elite of Europe until the outbreak of World War I. Then it was quickly turned into a clinic for the army. After the war the hotel re-opened but not with the same cache until in the 30’s when it was purchased by the Sampietro family. They refurbished and soon it was chic once more. The film Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo was filmed there. There’s even a Greto Garbo suite today.

untitled9Fast forward to present and under the present ownership of the DeSantis family with Valentina De Santis at the helm it is once again one of “the” places to stay. Like the hotel, Valentina is charmingly grand but also like the hotel she is not the least bit stuffy. Her easy and approachable persona is attracting a younger generation of luxury travelers.

untitled6The rooms are all different and most have views of the lake with the others having lush green garden views with one of the swimming pools in the background. If you can’t snag a lake view room in season don’t be dissuaded as you’ll not be unhappy in these garden view rooms. I slept like a baby on eco-friendly linens that are created from processed wood. You would never know as they are soft and luxurious.

untitled3Dining at Grand Hotel Tremezzo is an experience on its own. A meal here and you’ll lose desire to dine anywhere else in the area. There are three restaurants and all offer extensive menus that focus on local and original dishes from the Lombardy region. My personal favorite was La Terrazza. The first day I was there I had lunch preceded by the best “aperitivo” selection I have ever tasted. Of course, when in Italy, you have to have Pizza. The poolside T-Bar hosts candlelit pizza dining every Monday night that is so popular that even locals come. Always a good sign!!! For a very cool and more intimate setting L’Escale; their cave-like restaurant may actually be the finest Fondue & Wine Bar on Lake Como.

untitled7When to go? Anytime from May to October is perfect. Reserve early and naturally with a Virtuoso agency or right here at Classictravel.com. Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a Preferred Legend Hotel and has what it takes to create sublime lifetime memories.

For 2015, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• 25 minutes of ESPA experience at our TSpa ( equivalent to 60 Euro SPA credit)
• Complimentary WiFi for entire stay
• Free entrance to Villa Carlotta and its Botanical Gardens
• Italian wine tasting at L’Escale Fondue & Wine Bar (3 flights of wine)
• With minimum of 5-nights stay 30 minutes Boat Tour on board the Water Limo RUY, the Grand Hotel’s very own period lancia boat to discover the Lake’s magic in exclusive style
• Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

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Our new addition to Florence…Hotel Brunelleschi!

Classic Travel is pleased to announce the addition of the exquisite Hotel Brunelleschi to our luxury collection! Hotel Brunelleschi is one of Florence’s top tier luxury hotels and is one of the best known hotels in town!

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Hotel Brunelleschi is truly an Italian born hotel. The Pagliazza tower, which is part of the hotel, has been a part of the Florence cityscape since the Byzantine era. The rest of the hotel’s different architectural styles show the heritage of ancient Italy and the sophistication of contemporary times. The gorgeous wood flooring and some of the rooms’ featured stone walls serve to highlight the wonderful blend of Italian craftsmanship within the property3_Deluxe Room Direct View of Duomo and Campanile

The welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere of Hotel Brunelleschi invites all guests to appreciate the ambience of this luxury hotel. The 96 rooms are made with superior relaxation and comfort in mind and the two suites are just divine. The pool suite, which features a four-poster bed and an outdoor hot tub on the terrace, is perfect for a romantic evening gazing across the center of Florence’s historical district. The Pagliazza Tower Suite has been prepared in the Byzantine style to recall the origins of the tower. All of the rooms are made to the delight of the guests who stay here.

Pagliazza Tower Suite_ bedroom

Hotel Brunelleschi, a staple in Florence’s historical center, is in a fantastic location in the heart of town. Only a few minutes away from the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery and from the main museums and shopping area.

As part of Classic Travel Luxury Collection, Hotel Brunelleschi features exclusive Classic Travel rates and amenities, as seen on our website. Our Classic Travel rate for Hotel Brunelleschi includes the following:

  • Room upgrade if available upon arrival
  • $50 credit once during stay at F&B outlets
  • Full American breakfast buffet included
  • GM/Hotel Manager meets clients at check in to make sure that the clients are happy with the accommodations
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Early check in / late check out subject to availability

For more information, please do not hesitate to click here at Hotel Brunelleschi or to contact one of our Luxury Travel advisors.

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