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Small B&B’s Make a Comeback in Switzerland

Brucke 49

If you are planning on skiing the slopes of Switzerland this winter, check into Brucke 49, a chic bed & breakfast in the Alpine village of Vals. The lodge is famed for its Peter Zumthor-designed thermal spa. Run by a young couple, the B&B opened in December 2011 in a grey-and-white 1902 villa on the riverbank.

The four rooms of Brucke 49 mix Danish designer furnishings by the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Shaker elements and William Morris wallpaper. The ambience is design-led yet cozy and informal- sounds a little like home, doesn’t it? And just like home, some of the bathrooms are shared. Stay here for an affordable, personal experience in a chic European village.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of Brucke 49

Bizarre Paris Bar Gives the City a Stir

Le Bristol

A quirky bar is just the prescription to liven up an otherwise ordinary neighborhood. Take Paris’s bizarre new bar at Le Bristol, for example. A giant stuffed peacock welcomes you at the door, leading you to other tasteful taxidermy within the expansive former conference suite.

Located within the luxurious Hôtel Le Bristol, Le Bristol’s wood paneling, parquet floor, and sumptuously upholstered furniture give the venue a younger feel than the rest of the hotel. Lending also to the club vibe is the mirrored LED display over the bar, which runs slide shows and video art from local artists.

The bartender, poached from the Ritz Paris’s Hemingway Bar, serves an array of unique craft cocktails. Tapas, including beef carpaccio and urchin taramasalata, are designed by triple Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon. Le Bristol’s offbeat personality is bound to make it the hot local watering hole.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Romeo Balancourt Paris Photography

Spa Day Sightseeing in Paris

Four Seasons Paris

After ascending the Eiffel Tower and walking miles through the Louvre, a spa day in Paris is in perfect order. The following spas in the City of Light help relieve any sightseeing aches:

Hôtel Le Meurice has completely rebuilt its spa to allow a generous flow of natural light. Expansions include a couple’s suite, new manicure and pedicure stations, and terrace for the ultimate pampering experience.

Shangri-La hotel recently added a 15x16m indoor swimming pool to its spa and fitness facility, as well as two treatment rooms for massages, facials, and body treatments.

If you are looking for the cherry-on-top to your relaxing spa day, consider slumbering in the penthouse suite at Four Seasons Hotel George V. The grand suite got a revamp this summer with a mix of pale sand and apricot colors, traditional fabrics, and eclectic, antique knick-knacks. Six terraces offer 360-degree views and 160-square-feet means an oasis of open, tranquil space to make you sigh, Ah, Pari!

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V

Countryside Chic: Tuscany’s New High-Profile Hotels

Hotel Monteverdi

The expansive green hills and sun-kissed vineyards of Tuscany, Italy lend an air of elegance to the countryside. Driving along such scenery is a dream in itself—but when you do arrive at your destination, plan to lay your head down in luxury at one of these high-profile hotels.

Founder Michael Cioffi opened Hotel Monteverdi, with interiors by contemporary Italian designer, Ilaria Miani, during summer 2012 in Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The village also has several newly built villas to let. Castiglioncello is located six kilometres from La Foce, biographer Iris Origo's former estate. Each year, La Foce hosts an annual classical music festival, put on by the not-for-profit cultural association, Incontri in Terra di Siena.

In another high-profile opening, a chic new 41-suite castle hotel named Castello di Casole, was recently inaugurated six miles from the quaint Etruscan village of Casole d'Elsa. Now owned by Timber Resorts, the estate was formerly the home of film director Luchino Visconi and an entertainment center for countless Hollywood luminaries. The 4,200-acre wine estate is one of the largest land holdings in Italy, and also has a farmhouse and villa rentals, plus real estate for sale. Special services include hand-made picnic basket lunches, art and ceramic classes and wildlife tours. 

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Castello di Casole

On the Menu: Treats and Tarts at Paris Brunch Spot

Colorova

Paris is mixing up their brunch scene with pastry shop and tearoom, Colorova in the Saint-Germain neighborhood. Eclectic, cultural pieces such as African masks contrast Colorova’s contemporary furniture. Compotes are homemade and all food is organic. To satisfy a morning sweet tooth, try a caramel, peanut, or speculoos tart. For a heavier meal to get you through the day, order a salmon and grilled eggplant sandwich or ratatouille and fresh spinach tart.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Meg Gagnard

Paris: New Hotel Gets Space-Age Design

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Hotel designs are constantly shifting, so why not think a few millennia ahead? Paris’s Hotel O, designed by Ito Morabito, recently debuted as a colorful, futuristic boutique property near Place des Victoires.

While the 29 compact guestrooms feel like a space cabin, the loud blue, violet, and Kelly green accents make it feel as if you’ve already landed on another planet. In larger rooms, beds recede into walls to maximize small quarters. Dark, pressed wood acts as a unifying element across the bold color scheme. Quirky details extend to the bar with honeycomb-motif shelves, giving Hotel O’s imbibing guests something to talk about. Doubles from $329.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Studio Ora-ito

T+L Facebook Chat: Italy

Rome

Planning a trip to Italy this summer? Want expert advice on everything from where to shop in Florence to what to eat in Rome? Join us for a one-hour Facebook chat with host Valerie Waterhouse, T+L’s Milan-based correspondent, on Wednesday, March 13th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Just head over to T+L's Facebook wall and ask away. Valerie will be standing by—don't miss this great opportunity to get all your burning Italy travel questions answered!

 

All comments are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Maria Pedone is Travel + Leisure's digital editorial intern.

Photo by Simon Watson

T+L Twitter Chat: Design + Travel

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Smart design makes for great travel. In honor of the 2013 T+L Design Awards—where we spotlight 22 winners as chosen by 7 experts—we're hosting a one-hour Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. ET. We'll chat about excellent design (cities, airports, hotels, and more), as well as reveal that perfectly designed item that should always be in your carry-on. The chat will coincide with T+L's Design Awards party in Berlin—so expect live tweets from the event.
 
Please join T+L for the chat, Wednesday, March 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
 

The Panel

Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer, @RebeccaMinkoff

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, @robertrhammond

Toby McDonald, Design Hotels, @Design_Hotels

David Rockwell, Founder of Rockwell Group, @Rockwell_Group

Microsoft Surface, @surface

Museum of Arts and Design, @MADMuseum

Architizer, @Architizer

Karrie Jacobs, T+L contributor, @KarrieUrbanist


How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. EDT and be sure to follow the chat host: @TravlandLeisure
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to tweetchat.com/room/TL_Chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to experts in design and travel.

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

 

Maria Pedone is a digital editoiral intern at Travel + Leisure.

Contest: Win a Trip to Santa Barbara with Vacationist.com

Win a Trip to Santa Barbara

Missed out on a romantic getaway this past Valentine’s Day? T+L’s flash-sale site, Vacationist, will help you make up for it. From now until March 10th, Vacationist is pairing up with experts Snooth and Food & Wine magazine to bring you a seriously romantic prize: a trip for two to Santa Barbara Wine Country. Just sign up for Vacationist and you'll be entered to win.

The Prize: Round-trip airfare for you and your plus one, three nights cozying up to the fireplace in a premier bungalow suite at the recently remodeled El Encanto Hotel, complimentary breakfast, VIP winery tours, and airport transfers. 

Sound like a California dream? Join Vacationist (it's free!) and enter now for your chance to win.

Photo Courtesy of El Encanto.

T+L Twitter Chat Tomorrow: Romance + Travel

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Chocolate and roses may be Valentine’s Day staples, but travelers know there’s nothing more romantic than a trip with the one you love—whether you're on a gondola in Venice, a pink-sand beach in Bermuda, or the plains of the Serengeti. Our panel of travel, honeymoon and wedding experts will discuss the best destinations, hotels, and booking strategies for a romantic trip, whether it's on Valentine's Day or in the future. Let them help you figure out where Cupid's arrow will strike you!

The tweet-up will take place Wednesday, February 13th, from 2–3 p.m. EDT.

The Hosts
Irene Edwards, Travel + Leisure special projects editor (@irenenewyork)

Kate Appleton, Travel + Leisure senior digital editor (@k_appleton)

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