Buzzing with the return of travel, Italy’s hotels, hostels, resorts and bed and breakfasts anticipate scores of travelers wanting to visit the country’s cities and countryside. Luxury rentals also expect an increase in bookings, with many travelers seeking destinations overlooking the Mediterranean. Luxury vacation rental company onefinestay recommends travelers looking to book a trip to Italy consider these three properties in Sardinia for a stay in July and August.
Situated near the beach, Villa Stella boasts gorgeous views of the green terrain rolling down to the ocean. Spacious interiors make for the perfect vacation getaway for up to 10 guests. The property incorporates soft and contemporary furnishings, varnished wooden walls and floors, and circular informal seating. Villa Stella values comfort and soft tones over busy patterns and impractical designs. The property also features a pool overlooking the fields and manicured lawns. Guests can book this property for the entire month of August.
Lying within the exclusive residential complex of Porto Rafael, Villa Rafael sits on the hillside of Punta Sardegna, encircled by gardens. In addition to a glittering pool, the property includes stunning outdoor spaces to lounge in throughout the day, a massage room and sauna, and a fireplace. Utilizing natural materials in the design and details of the villa, guests relax among rough-sculpted wood, stone walls and wicker furniture. Villa Rafael is available July 9–21.
Indulge in a peaceful vacation at Villa Gemelli, located in a private gated enclave of villas in Cannigione. Villa Gemelli not only offers direct access to the beach, but it also boasts a modern and sleek kitchen and round table for a sociable evening meal. Soak in the hot tub under the stars before choosing from any of its five bedrooms. Villa Gemelli also suits families with young travelers, with one bedroom featuring bunk beds. This property is available Aug. 14–28.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
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Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.
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Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, invites guests to enjoy its new elevated pool experience at the adult pool on the property’s north side. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, the space welcomes guests 18 years and older to indulge in its newest amenities and features.