Winter Travel: Hotel Update
Published: November 2010
By Jennifer Flowers
Hot hotels in perfect destinations for winter travel.
Head south of the equator to Punta del Este and join the jet set at Las Piedras Fasano (doubles from $850), which has 20 sleek bungalows designed by São Paulo–based Isay Weinfeld. The restaurant serves Italian dishes like osso buco and duck ravioli. A private car whisks guests to the exclusive La Barra and José Ignacio beaches, a five-minute drive away.
Culture buffs won’t want to miss the stylish Hotel Matilda (doubles from $295), a modern, white-walled retreat that overlooks San Miguel de Allende. On the walls: art from the owner’s collection, which includes works by such luminaries as Diego Rivera.
After a long-awaited two-year, $24 million renovation, Four Seasons Resort Nevis ($445) is back in business and better than ever. The 196 spruced-up guest rooms are decorated with teak furnishings and have sprawling outdoor verandas.
Play castaway at Anantara Kihavah Villas (doubles from $2,200), where frangipani-scented pool villas come with outdoor showers, private pools, and wooden decks that hover over a blue lagoon.
At the Taj Falaknuma Palace (doubles from $773) in Hyderabad, Rajasthani gardens, Edwardian paintings, and chandelier-filled halls are fit for a maharajah. The hotel, a 19th-century royal guest house, took 11 years to restore.