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Hidden Places & Spaces: boutique hotels

A setting that is almost so beautiful you won’t ever want to close your eyes. In the middle of the city or where nature is at its best. These are our favorite boutique hotels in Europe. Ideal for the perfect weekend getaway or short break.


Sardinia of the stars: Su Gologone Experience Hotel, Oliena, Italy

Take a vacation like Madonna. That’s right: Even the Queen of Pop is pampered at this boutique hotel. This already gives you an idea of the level of extraordinary experiences that await guests. The interior: Sardinian design and exquisite craftsmanship. The cuisine: a tribute to regional agriculture and local cooking traditions. All this nestled in the spectacular landscape of Barbagia, which you can overlook from the "Terrace of Wishes and Terrace of Dreams". If you still have any after this visit.

Rooms: from CHF 350


Award-worthy: Pulitzer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Our favorite for those who love time travel and newspapers in addition to weekend getaways. This five-star boutique hotel actually belongs to the famous publishing family that once created the award of the same name. It is located right on one of the canals so typical of Amsterdam and is surrounded by historic canal houses. The winner of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award convinces its guests with exclusive design and a glamorous bar. If you want to read more than just the travel guide, head for the in-house library, where you will actually find many works that once received the famous award. How fortunate that hotel founder Peter Pulitzer preferred designing to writing.

Rooms: from CHF 500


Off to the Appenzell region: Hotel Bären, Gonten, Switzerland

Many things in Appenzell remind us of the Shire. But hobbits do not pop up from behind the numerous hills. It is the "Huus Bären" that surprises visitors with its diverse offer of recreation, dining and culture. The "Bärenstobe" led by Executive Chef Peter Prüfer is the top address for gourmet cuisine in the region and boasts one of the best-stocked wine cellars in eastern Switzerland. This is currently being given a stylish facelift. So reserve your spot now for September 2023, when it will reopen with a new design. You’ll enjoy a wonderful sleep in the over 400-year-old building’s tastefully designed rooms!

Rooms: from CHF 250


À votre santé: Château de la Resle, Montigny la Resle, France

Just take it easy. And enjoy a very good glass of wine. This 17th century château is situated two hours southeast of Paris in Burgundy. The six-hectare property features an impressive park with numerous modern works of art, a heated outdoor pool, and a sauna. A normal day begins with a fantastic breakfast from the region and ends, on request, with an exclusive menu including wine tasting. The perfect place for people with exquisite taste and a soft spot for upscale French country living.

Rooms: from CHF 300

Palace with the prospect of many perks: Aman, Venice, Italy

For those who can’t get enough of pomp and splendor, Hotel Aman, a 16th century palazzo right on the banks of the Grand Canal, comes highly recommended for a short break in Venice. Its five stars are deserved thanks to the classically elegant rooms, the outstanding service, and the sensational view from the restaurant. Platinum Card® members enjoy regal benefits here. These include a room upgrade, if available, early check-in, a complimentary breakfast, an Experience Credit worth USD 100, and late check-out. After all, no one is in a hurry to leave here.

Rooms: from CHF 2,000


Artful Su Gologone

The Art Suites in the chic Italian oasis are constantly being restyled by the owner’s daughter. Obviously, as she is an interior designer and Su Gologone is her passion.

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In the Bärenstube

The restaurant at the Bären hotel is by far the best address for gourmet cuisine in the Appenzell region. A hike through this magical region is recommended before your meal.

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For a nightcap in Amsterdam

For those who like staying up late before going to sleep in style. The bar at the Pulitzer hotel is legendary.

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Pure relaxation

Water and wine in Burgundy. Château de la Resle also features a pool.

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Wow, Venice!

A palace with all mod cons right on the Grand Canal.

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