Does your idea of a dream holiday involve being pampered in the most opulent surroundings, while also enjoying some unforgettable experiences?
If the answer is yes, then you will love new holiday company the Utopian Hotel Collection.
It has carefully curated a selection of hotels guaranteed to meet the travel needs of those who like to mix intriguing activities with pure luxury. The group of hotels includes the Hotel Furnirussi Tenuta’s in Italy where you can go fig-picking in Europe’s biggest fig plantation – and the Nolinski Paris where guests can have an old school photoshoot experience with the world-renowned Studio Harcourt.
Blue lagoon: Katikies Hotel (above) has a poolside bar where you can sip on fruit-infused cocktails
Forbidden fruit: Hotel Furnirussi Tenuta (pictured) in Italy has Europe’s biggest fig plantation on its doorstep
Work up a sweat: The gym at Hotel Furnirussi Tenuta has glass walls so you can exercise while enjoying the garden views
The 130-room Marbella Club Hotel has hosted the likes of Brigitte Bardot – but treats all guests like stars
In total there are currently 24 luxury independent hotels on Utopian’s list – and they ‘reflect a shift in the industry and the move away from old school luxury to one that focuses on one-off authentic experiences’.
Art lovers will be able to admire some of the finest art collections at The Emblem Hotel Prague and guests are also invited to display their artwork within the hotel.
While if you check into the Le Grand Bellevue Hotel in Switzerland during the summer months you have the option to be whisked away for a spot of heli-yoga. This is the perfect activity for those that want to channel their inner Zen and also get their adrenaline racing while soaking up the panoramic mountain views.
Cultured: The Emblem Hotel in Prague, above, invites guests to display their artwork inside the property
Understated: São Lourenço do Barrocal in Portugal, one of the 24 hotels, combines luxury with the simplicity of farm life
Ronald Homsy, Co-founder of Utopian Hotel Collection
For travellers who like to arrive in style, then look no further than Hotel Chetzeron, a former gondola station located in Crans-Montana, which visitors can only reach by foot, ski, snowmobile or snowcat.
Guests staying at the Park Hotel Vitznau can explore Lake Lucerne on the hotel’s very own boat, which doesn’t require a license.
And wine aficionados can fully immerse themselves in the world of wine with a private tasting or a tour with the sommelier through the hotel’s six wine cellars, which hold 32,000 bottles.
Paul Cordier, co-founder and chairman of Utopian Hotels Collection, said: ‘We are at a significant turning point in the luxury travel industry. Utopian Hotel Collection is well positioned to offer a new type of luxury experience which enriches, surprises and reignites travellers’ passion for adventure.’
He added: ‘We’ve made sure from day one that our hotel curation process is meticulous and consistent. Selecting the perfect hotels for the collection is of paramount importance. Once a property has been invited into the Utopian Collection, guests are guaranteed an authentic, world-class experience with new levels of verve and spirit.’