By Team In Bed With, January 2019
Most Romantic Escape - Captains Rest, Tasmania, Australia. This private rental beckons lovers to snuggle up and stay in. Situated on Lettes Bay Village, just out of Strahan in west Tasmania, this cottage boasts a waterfront location. Days can be spent feeding the ducks, walking along the jetty, taking the boat out for a row or sipping on Tasmanian wine whilst the sun sets. Inside, you’ve got a fully equipped kitchen for cooking up romantic dinners and endless nooks in which to cuddle upon. The focus here is peace and serenity, perfect for couples looking to intimately connect.
Best Hotel Breakfast - Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy. Grand Hotel Tremezzo serves up a spread that is mind bogglingly huge. There’s a cured meat station, a cheese station and a chocolate station just to start. Moving on we have overflowing bowls of ripe cherries and eggs cooked to order. Fancy focaccia? They have them. At the focaccia table. There’s 10 cookie jars filled with sugary morsels which lie right next to the cake and cannoli table. The best part is everything is delightful. Pastries are crisp, cakes are buttery and crumbly, chocolate is rich and creamy and the salumi is sliced to order. We’re in breakfast heaven.
Best Eco-Friendly Hotel - Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia. The owners of Southern Ocean Lodge have an outstanding commitment to ensuring the best possible practices in sustainability, installing 225 visually impressive solar power on site which generates around 130kw.h per day, saving approximately 42000kg of carbon dioxide per year in reduced diesel fuel consumption. Theres a Nature Bin organic compost system which treats up to 100kg of organic waste a day, reducing it to around 10% of its original mass and converting it to powerful natural fertiliser. Water is harvested from all roof surfaces and stored in tanks with a total capacity in excess of 1.5 million litres with an aim to have the property rainwater self-sufficient nine out of ten years. The chef ensures all produce comes from South Australia, reducing it’s travel footstep. And as a guest, you wouldn’t even notice as these practices are effortlessly weaved in to the luxury experience. This truly is the future of hotel sustainability.
Best Hotel Restaurant - Hotel Esencia, Yucatan, Mexico. We could rave about this hotel all day long, it was truly one of our favourites of the year. The stunning beaches and warm service could only be topped by unbelievable food. Starting off with a divine mezcal cocktail at the beach bar, you move to dine in the wonderfully picturesque restaurant which is clad with intricately designed linens and crockery. The menu is local, authentic and damn good. Cheese fondue is wickedly moorish, guacamole seems to free flow and a lime soup is refreshing and light. The breakfast is fabulous too - try the burrito.
Best Hotel Bed - The Surfrider Malibu, Los Angeles. Perhaps it’s the sumptuous, custom designed California King four poster bed or the Bellino linens that make The Surfrider Malibu one of our favourite sleeps of the year. It also helps when you can hear waves faintly crash in the distance, lulling you to drift off. With the curtains billowing in the wind, this really is the bed of our dreams.
Best Lodge or Resort - Finca Cortesin, Andalusia, Spain. Finca Cortesin is breathtaking from the get-go. It’s long hidden driveway opens to a courtyard filled with greenery and staff with beaming smiles to greet you. Rooms are understated but incredibly luxe, lounge spaces are whimsical adorned with de Gournay wallpaper and there’s sunny terraces that beckon afternoon naps in nearly every corner of the property. To top it off there are countless glimmering pools, a heavenly beach club, a world-class golf course and an outstanding Michelin starred Japanese restaurant making this one of the top resorts in the world.
Best Hotel Service - Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia. No detail is overlooked at Saffire Freycinet. Menus are personalised and printed without your food dislikes. A wine that was dearly loved at dinner magically appeared bedside upon return to the room. Staff were incredibly generous with their time and tips. They even shared their secret spots to capture the best photographs. There’s just something about that Tasmanian hospitality we couldn’t get enough of!
Best B&B or private rental - L’Arancera di Villa Grabau, Lucca, Italy. You can stay at L’Arancera on either a bed and breakfast or exclusive use booking which will set you up for the perfect summer holiday in Tuscany. Only 1 hour from Florence, 30 minutes from Pisa, 50 minutes from Cinque Terre, you’re in the best location to soak up the best of what Tuscany has to offer. Bedrooms are elegantly appointed, the communal kitchens are modern and the pool comes with views over the rolling hills. You may want to venture in to town, but you could be equally as happy sitting in the courtyard watching the sun set with a glass of plummy Tuscan wine.
Best Hotel Room - The Whitby, Midtown, New York. The suites at any Firmdale hotel pull you in to their fantasy as soon as you step in the door. It would rude not to sip tea in the afternoon here or swan about in your robe pre-theatre in the evening. Intricate bedheads and abundant flower arrangements aside, Firmdale also understands functionality. Connectivity, bathroom layout and lighting is perfected for the fussiest of traveller.
Best Hotel Pool - Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy. You can’t help but gaze over the pool at Grand Hotel Tremezzo and sigh. Its aqua blue water twinkles in the sunshine, encased by Lake Como and its mountain range. The temperature is balmy and there’s stellar poolside service (order the pizza). The sandy beach club will have you spending most of your day here and we’re ok with that.