October 2017 · The 50 luxurious hotels that grace our annual feature incorporate all that is new and grand. Among some of the most dramatic settings in the world, these magnificent hospitality beacons reimagine the elegant and exotic–seamlessly blending gracious hospitality and local cultures, aesthetics and ecotourism. In the ever-evolving luxury travel landscape, these properties reinvent existing sweetheart destinations and facilitate the opening-up of new locations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Another year, another list, you say. We disagree. Luxuriously living in the moment is an ever-changing art form. Welcome to this year’s best in show–the newest exceptional properties in luxury travel." />

Pale Hall (Wales)

Lovingly restored to its past glory

Owners Angela and Alan Harper have termed their loving renovation of this historical high Victorian mansion as “open wallet surgery.” Indeed, no expense was spared as forty workers spent ten months renovating the 1871 house which transformed the mansion into a gem. Elegant details include stunning Biedermeier divans, the drawing room’s marble fireplace, Zoffany fabrics, and dark wood panelling throughout. The 18-room hotel once hosted Churchill and Queen Victoria on a ten-day stay in 1889 in her namesake suite. Other notable rooms include a suite housed in the turret and The Caenarfon Suite’s silver bathtub. Palé Hall, Gwynedd, Wales

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