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VENICE

Ca' Sagredo Hotel
Venice is Europe’s most romantic city; Ca’ Sagredo is a Venetian palace. Together, the experience is out of this world . . . Drifting like a mirage within its watery realm, Venice is certainly the world’s most unreal city: beautiful, mysterious, an assault on the senses, itself assaulted by water. Thronged with palaces, churches and courtyards, it is like walking through a vast museum whose landscape changes with the tides and the ebb and flow of people. As Henry James said, a visit to Venice becomes a perpetual love affair. Like a scene from Canaletto, every aspect of this city is a work of art. Our Members not only enjoy admiring works of art, they like to stay in them. To enjoy the perfect view of the Voga Longa as the boats are rowed along the Grand Canal, stay in our favourite Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, a wildly romantic 14th-century palazzo on the water. The experience is unmissable, and Members receive exclusive rates . . . more

Hotel Metropole
Venice's historic private palazzo hotels are uniquely charming and offer some of the most unusual places to stay in this glorious and romantic city. One of the best, and most original, the plush Hotel Metropole on the Riva, overlooking the Lagoon, is one of the rare private hotels in Venice that is rated five-star—and it is a quirky and intriguing private palace in which to stay and absorb the full mystery of this beautiful, sensual city.

Run by the exuberant Gloria Beggiato, the third-generation owner, the Metropole is a romantic palace housing the Beggiato family’s eclectic collection of antiques in candle-lit, perfumed interiors. It has a beautiful, palm-shaded private garden with a 14th-century well, and it is home to Venice's only Michelin-starred restaurant.

It has a picture postcard location on the wide promenade of the Riva degli Schiavoni, round the corner from the Piazza San Marco, facing the Bacino San Marco and the church of San Giorgio Maggiore on its island. Vivaldi was the choirmaster at the church next door, La Pietà. It is but a few minutes' walk from the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s . . . more

LAKE MAGGIORE

Villa & Palazzo Aminta
The elegant former family palazzo of the Admiral of the Italian Navy, Francesco Capece, Villa & Palazzo Aminta is now one of the Leading Hotels of the World—and our new hand-picked five-star hotel in Stresa, the small, sleepy Italian town on lovely Lake Maggiore. Villa & Palazzo Aminta stands in a quiet location on the lakeside at Stresa, with its own private beach and pier jutting out into the glassy blue water. It is the perfect place to experience the full sense of just how impressive are the surroundings of this magnificent lake. You can take a boat straight out from the pier to explore the lake's romantic islands, swim or water ski, or simply relax in style on the sun terrace, on the beach and in the beautiful Italian gardens. Elegantly Venetian in décor, with an Eastern influence, the 54 guest rooms and 13 suites have stunning views of the lake or the gardens, and many have a balcony. The interiors are sunlit and graceful, filled with archways and frescoes, Murano chandeliers, antiques and silk wallpapers . . . more

Hotel Splendid
The Hotel Splendid stands on the western shore of Lake Maggiore at Baveno, Queen Victoria's favourite place on Lake Maggiore, and where Churchill honeymooned. It is a truly charmed location, with its own private beach and pier, and panoramic views of the lake, the Borromean islands and the Swiss Alps. This is a most relaxing place to stay, the Hotel Splendid an elegant establishment set in a beautiful garden with a large swimming pool and solarium, and that private beach and jetty which allows guests to simply sit in the sunshine or take a boat across the lake. Rooms have spectacular views across Lake Maggiore and the islands to the Alps beyond, and Baveno is a delightful small town to explore . . . more

LAKE GARDA

Lido Palace
The largest lake in Italy is Lake Garda—143 square miles of placid blue waters with its own micro-climate, fringed by wide beaches and snow-capped mountains, ancient towns, natural hot springs, vineyards, lemon and olive groves, and palm trees. Adored by the Italians themselves, Garda is the most languid of the great lakes. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age, and the air is clear, the climate warm. Its natural virtues have been eulogized by poets and writers since Roman times, from Catullus to Tennyson, Virgil to Ezra Pound and D H Lawrence, all heaping praise on the region. At Lake Garda’s northernmost point, encircled by mountains at its narrowest tip, stands the elegant small town of Riva del Garda. Goethe called the view from Riva ‘a precious spectacle’, and the pre-eminent hotel in the region, a 19th-century palace with a spectacular lakeside location, is the five-star Lido Palace. One of the Leading Hotels of The World, Lido Palace is itself a Lake Garda legend. It opened in 1899 as a grand hotel to rival the best in Europe, a blue-blooded, Art Nouveau-style palace which became the holiday retreat of the Hapsburg Royal family, attracting the noble families of Europe on their Grand Tour, artists, musicians and philosophers, creating the atmosphere and allure of La Belle Époque. Today, when you step into the foyer you will find newly-created, avant-garde, light-filled interiors designed by the architect Alberto Cecchetto. The result is a discreet sense of luxury . . . more

FLORENCE

Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa, near Florence
Sweeping through the main gates into the aristocratic surrounding of the 12th century Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa is the perfect introduction to a bygone Italian era of lavish wealth and power, perfectly preserved in this restored castle, now a five-star deluxe hotel and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Appropriately located 20 minutes from both Florence and Siena, Castello del Nero’s sumptuous buildings and interiors will induce the perfect mood for a visit to two of the most artistic cities in Europe. Such is the Castello del Nero's historical importance that the Italian Fine Arts Commission had to be called in to oversee work on the original structure, in all its frescoed glory. The resulting restoration is impeccable; the noble Del Nero family, Florentine priors and politicians whose country seat this was, would have approved—as will our Members, who are invited to stay here at advantageous rates . . . more

Villa Mangiacane, near Florence
Set on a hillside overlooking Florence, Villa Mangiacane is a stunning piece of Tuscan heritage, designed by Michelangelo for the Machiavelli family. This romantic, glorious villa provides a grand Tuscan country sojourn with easy access to one of the world’s great cultural capitals: 15 minutes’ drive takes you to Florence—and 15 minutes’ drive brings you back to Villa Mangiacane at the end of the day. This is a 15th-century villa on its own private estate, bearing in its décor the unmistakable hand of Michelangelo. It has been painstakingly restored from the original designs, still kept in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. These are unlikely to include the more recent additions: 26 luxury rooms and suites, swimming pools and a spa. The Villa’s Renaissance atmosphere, its antiques and frescoes, all come with expert service and luxury-hotel ambience, and our Members enjoy exclusive CoutryClubuk rates . . . more

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, Florence
Standing resplendent in the heart of old Florence, opposite Palazzo Strozzi and a few minutes' stroll from the Duomo, Hotel Helvetia & Bristol is that rare jewel: one of the very best five-star Florentine hotels that makes a point of remembering the important things, like maintaining its originality and roots with the past while offering lose-yourself-in comfort and warm and indulgent hospitality. It is a wonderfully stylish affair, of course, and the real beauty of this hotel is its sheer 1800s refined and elegant class: this is the hotel the British aristocracy enjoyed on the Grand Tour, and which Bertrand Russell and Igor Stravinsky called home when in Florence. Latter-day guests include the Danish and Dutch royal families, Mikhail Gorbachev and several Nobel Prize winners. Yet despite the upscale guest register, the homely ambience and attention to detail are apparent from the moment you walk into the foyer. And what a home it is, one which we are sure our Members will enjoy—particularly at our attractive rates . . . more

Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
The treasures of the Renaissance fill every niche and corner of Florence, and the famous names of the city’s past are a roll-call of European art and history: Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, the Medicis, Giotto, Donatello, Piero della Francesca, and more. When to go? As with most Italian cities, Florence is less crowded in late-autumn and winter, and sights are easier to see. The weather hardly matters since Florence is an indoor city; most of the treasures are in churches, galleries and museums; and the restaurants are superb. Where to stay? We love the Brunelleschi, the hotel referred-to in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code in the following response: 'We’d be living in luxury. They’re giving me a room at the Brunelleschi.' For which, our Members have a Blue Ribbon rate . . . more

ROME

Hotel Eden, Rome
The famous Hotel Eden—renowned for its style, its location, its spectacular views of the Eternal City and for having entertained the international élite, from the King of Spain to Valentino and Fellini—is a jewel of an hotel, now part of the Dorchester Collection. Becoming an Italian sister to The Dorchester in London's Park Lane gives it an undeniable additional layer of class on top of what is already an hotel filled with luxurious accommodation, inimitable style and service, and fine food—on which note, there can be no finer place in Rome to enjoy a drink or a delicious dinner while gazing over the rooftops and hills of Rome. Hotel Eden's sweeping views stretch from the neighbouring Villa Medici to St Peter’s and guests can take in these views from elegant rooftop bars and a Michelin-starred restaurant . . . more

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, Rome
One of the Leading Hotels of The World, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is a grand 19th-century villa decked out in white marble with wall tapestries and tinkling chandeliers in one of the most sought-after addresses in Rome. A former convent set within a private park, this palatial privately-owned villa is superbly located between the Borghese gardens and the historic Valle Giulia and Borghese Gallery, within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Via Veneto. It creates an elegant oasis away from the tourist hubbub: after a day visiting Rome's historic sights and galleries guests can relax in the heart of the city either within the ivory walls of the villa itself, in the large, airy rooms decorated in silks and velvets, or in the secluded garden with its outdoor pool (open May to September). There are two restaurants, one of which, the eponymously named Oliver Glowig, is two Michelin starred . . . more

Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome
There can be no finer place in Rome to stay than the Villa Spalletti Trivelli. It is the elegant family palazzo of a Roman Count and Countess. Neighbours include the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, whose 17th-century Palace is just across the leafy park. The Trevi Fountain is a stroll away. Italian aristocrats on Roman holidays love to stay here, in the cultural heart of their own capital city: it is every inch a home-from-palatial-home, a salmon pink mansion from where everything takes on extra resonance: the joy of a performance of Verdi at the Teatro dell’ Opera; the spectacle of the Coliseum lit by a rising moon; dinner beside the Pantheon; a picnic by the River Tiber; a feast of fine art in the footsteps of Bernini. Explore Rome at its most magical, after dark. Then return to your palazzo, to be welcomed home, no matter what time of day or night. And, as a Member of CountryClubuk, you receive exclusive rates, saving you . . . more

Hotel D’Inghilterra, Rome
For those who seek hotels rich in history, romance and literature, as well as modern comforts and service, the elegant five-star Hotel D’Inghilterra is the perfect desirable residence in the heart of Rome—and many would say Rome's best boutique hotel. In the 16th century it was the family home of the Princes of Torlonia; later, in the 1800s, it became the favourite hotel of Byron, Keats and Shelley and a stopping place on the Grand Tour—so beloved by the English poets and aristocrats that it was renamed in honour of its cultured English guests. Then came La Dolce Vita and with it the great American novelists and film stars, among them Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck. Today’s guests are still surrounded by history: gorgeous wood panelling, period furniture and Neapolitan paintings, Chinese lacquer ware and gilt mirrors, and our Members receive exclusive rates and preferential treatment . . . more

Residenza di Ripetta, Rome
Residenza di Ripetta is a hidden gem of an hotel set within one of Rome’s most famous and architecturally important former convents, near the Spanish Steps in the heart of the city. A stunning 1600s building with high ceilings, archways and warmly-lit interiors, this delightful four-star hotel contains an inner garden courtyard, a terrace with panoramic views of Rome, and a favourite restaurant and bar. This historic hotel is in a peaceful enclave within a busy neighborhood, surrounded by lively piazzas and restaurants, a short walk from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps . . . more

LAKE MAGGIORE

Grand Hotel Majestic, Lake Maggiore
Of all the Italian lakes, Maggiore has long been a shimmering magnet for the great and the good. A former stop on the Grand Tour and preferred retreat of the French aristocracy, the lake retains a whiff of inter-war jet set glamour. Visitors have long been seduced by the Mediterranean-like micro-climate, still, tranquil waters, Baroque architecture and majestic alpine peaks, and the Grand Hotel Majestic is one of the finest hotels on the lake, with uninterrupted lake views and a dreamy quality all its own. It dates from 1870 and was a favourite with Debussy and Toscanini. Timeless luxury and old school service combine with modern facilities, including a spa and wellness centre (with sauna and treatment rooms), indoor heated pool, gym and secluded private beach. For Club rates in lake-view suites . . . more

SORRENTO

Laqua Spa & Terrace Suites, Sorrento
The lemon-scented Sorrento Peninsula, lying within sapphire seas overlooking the Bay of Naples, is among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Magnet for poets, artists and lovers over generations, the rocky peninsula with its sun-drenched citrus groves offers a panorama of enchanting views and a wealth of historic Renaissance palazzi and Romanesque churches to give depth to its lively holiday atmosphere. Sorrento has earned many alluring names: Land of Mermaids and Land of Colours, to name but two. For Members seeking a stylish contemporary boutique hotel here, with sea views to Ischia, the Isle of Capri and the Bay of Naples, and an emphasis on calm and regeneration, we have chosen Cinzia and Antoninino’s ‘place by the sea’, Laqua. This is a peaceful boutique spa and suites hotel at Meta, 4km from Sorrento centre, where our Club rates for sea-view rooms are superb . . . more

RAVENNA

Relais Villa Roncuzzi, near Ravenna
Of the hundreds of Italian cities that never reach most travel itineraries, none is more worthy of recognition and close inspection than the historic city of Ravenna. Its welcoming people, delicious food, sublime art and rich history make it a masterpiece that is easy to fall in love with. Where to stay? Relais Villa Roncuzzi is a real treat. Family owned and run, it stands in the lovely countryside of Romagna, a few kilometres from Ravenna. It is ideal for travellers wanting to relax while touring the historic local cities—not only Ravenna but Faenza, Russi, San Marino and Rimini. Even the Adriatic Coast is nearby. Roncuzzi is a villa for all reasons, and seasons, at an incredibly good Club rate . . . more

Relais Villa Abbondanzi
They say Emilia-Romagna is the culinary heart of Italy; after all, Pellegrino Artusi, the grandfather of Italian cuisine, was born here, and who can possibly question the quality of Parma ham or Balsamic, or the delicious Parmigiano-Reggiano? But this treasure-laden region of Italy, fuelled by the mighty River Po, has great Romanesque and Renaissance cities too. Cities such as Bologna, Ravenna, Parma and Modena, not to mention its close neighbour Florence. . . . more

TUSCANNY

Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Tuscany
Standing in idyllic surroundings overlooking its own 7,000-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves near Montalcino, Castello Banfi, maker of some of Tuscany’s best-known wines, is also a renowned purveyor of generous hospitality, elegant, Tuscan-style munificence and gastronomic experiences with Michelin-starred chefs. It is, in short, a fabulous holiday for all who enjoy good wine, good food and good living, Tuscan style. Castello Banfi creates a unique setting for its guests in 14 individually styled rooms and suites, set within 18th-century stone buildings beside the estate's 12th-century castello. Our Members receive special rates, starting with an exclusive Blue Ribbon rate for a Cook at Banfi stay: three nights in a suite overlooking the valley and the vineyards . . . more

Isle of Capri

Tiberio Palace, Isle of Capri
Glamorous outpost of Roman Emperors and modern-day sybarites, the floating rough-cut gem of an island has been a favoured summer playground since Tiberius made it his ruling seat in AD26. Almost every artist, designer, movie star, diva, politician, writer, king and queen, prince and princess since then has made an appearance in Capri's stage-set Piazetta, described by Nöel Coward as 'the most beautiful operetta set in the world'. An aphrodisiac climate, lush Mediterranean garden and dramatic views from the car-less towns of Capri and Anacapri sustain the reputation of this five-mile-square island Eden surrounded by emerald waters. The sun, the sea, good wine and delicious food come together on the sun-dappled terrace of the Tiberio Palace, our chosen five-star boutique hotel just a five-minute stroll from the Piazetta along a cobbled narrow street lined with elegant boutiques and positioned just high enough to enjoy sparkling Meditteranean views yet with easy walking access to the town . . . more

Hotel 'A Pazziella, Isle of Capri
The air as you walk along the leafy avenue of the Hotel 'A Pazziella is heavy with the scent of Mediterranean flowers and lemons, for this is a peaceful, Mediterranean-style boutique villa hotel with whitewashed walls and arches and an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by lush gardens.

It creates an oasis within the maze of narrow streets and alleys, minutes from the famous Piazzetta, in the heart of the beautiful island of Capri. This colourful hotel offers its guests airy interiors, a bar and lounge with relaxed light dining on the shady terrace, a large outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace as well as a Shiatsu massage service, outdoor tennis courts and a fitness centre.

The 20 comfortable and airy guest bedrooms are simply yet but elegantly furnished, with fresh white-painted walls and a traditional white-and-blue tiled floor. In addition to LCD televisions with satellite channels, guestrooms include minibars. The en-suite bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and bidets . . . more

Isle of Ischia

Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa, Isle of Ischia
A lush Italian island set in the Bay of Naples, the towering volcanic isle of Ischia is famous for its warm, healing waters, beautiful beaches, gorgeous gardens and balmy Mediterranean weather. These natural attractions made the island perfect for the movie stars in search of La Dolce Vita—from Ava Gardner and Laurence Olivier to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, even Charlie Chaplin and Gracie Fields (who escaped to Ischia in search of solitude from her home in Capri). Still glamorous, yet also natural and historic, Ischia is the setting for a relaxing holiday combining beach and sea, spa health treatments and relaxation, with plenty of walks, interesting sights, gentle sports and delicious local Italian food and wines—and we have chosen the Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa for our Members to stay in luxurious splendour overlooking the sea. This fabulous five-star resort lies within an 19th-century palace at Casamicciola Terme, its spa built around an ancient Roman water source whose regenerating, healing and therapeutic properties created a compulsory stopover for any Grand Tour itinerary as the young British and European aristocrats absorbed not only antiquity and history but good health ... more























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