A nice lady in the northwest London suburb of Wembley has created a guestroom for a very particular traveler: one who cannot get enough of the royal family, even in this Windsor-giddy period between Kate and Will's wedding and the Queen's Jubilee.
The Sandringham Suite, a visual explosion of Union Jacks and Diana portraits, is available to rent for rates from $121 per night from rental site Wimdu.com. If sleeping amidst more than 10,000 artifacts is not enough, you can supplement the experience by renting a corgi for the day.
A stay in a wine-region hotel doesn’t have to cost as much as a rare vintage. Here, four of our favorite finds.
France: Olivier Leflaive opened Burgundy’s La Maison et la Table d’Olivier Leflaive(doubles from $146), an inn with 13 bright rooms in the vineyards of his famous Puligny Montrachet wines.
California: The Avia Napa(doubles from $229) makes a perfect base from which to visit the area’s 17 tasting rooms. In Sonoma, Auberge on the Vineyard(doubles from $125) offers on-site workshops on pruning, blending, and barrel-tasting.
Spain: The family-run Echaurren(doubles from $112), in Rioja, houses four restaurants (one of them Michelin-starred) serving local pours from a 300-label cellar.
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When I had the chance to take a bucket list trip to explore the pristine beauty of the Arctic Circle I jumped at the chance (after cobbling together frequent flier miles). First stop: the world famous IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, where the walls, tables, beds, and everything else are made of ice and snow.
While spending a night on ice in 23° F degrees is a big part of the IceHotel’s draw, a thrilling daytime excursion by snowmobile (booked through the hotel) was the main event for me.
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For his fifth property, Francis Ford Coppola goes back to his ancestral roots.
“Bernalda bella.” Those were the words Francis Ford Coppola’s grandfather used to describe his birthplace, the quiet hilltop village of Bernalda, Basilicata, in southern Italy. The Godfather director first visited 50 years ago—and has now opened the nine-room Palazzo Margherita(64 Corso Umberto, Bernalda; 39-0835/549-060; doubles from $430), where his daughter, Sofia, was married last August. The interior of the 19th-century estate was dreamed up with the help of French interior designer Jacques Grange, whose clients have ranged from Yves Saint Laurent to New York’s Mark Hotel. Rooms feature restored frescoes, claw-foot tubs, and Juliet balconies overlooking a courtyard garden. In the brick-vaulted kitchen, guests learn to cook regional dishes such as spaghetti with bread crumbs and anchovies. There’s also a screening room with a library of 300 classic Italian films—all selected by Coppola himself.