Romance and relaxation are on tap at three historically significant getaways.
Ise-Shima National Park, Japan
Tucked into the surreal, green forests of Japan’s Ise-Shima National Park, Aman’s first-ever hot springs resort, Amanemu, is a serene retreat overlooking deep-blue Ago Bay. Opened in March, it’s an oasis for exploring nature and nearby UNESCO-protected Kumano Kodo routes. From dining to activities, everything adheres to an elevated holistic philosophy. Inspired by the region’s hot springs, the sprawling 21,528-square-foot Aman Spa’s two onsen (hot spring) pavilions honor the traditional Japanese bathing ritual. AMAN.COM
As of June, after a four-year, $400 million-plus renovation, the storied Ritz Paris is back and better than ever. Once the playground of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Coco Chanel, the grande dame that’s defined luxury hotels since 1898 focuses on service packed with personalized touches. From the world’s first-of-its-kind Chanel beauty concept inside The Ritz Club spa to the new Salon Proust tearoom to the mixology-focused Bar Hemingway, the City of Light’s famed property has officially ascended to the next level. Of 15 suites named for illustrious guests like the Duke of Windsor and opera singer Maria Callas, the reimagined Coco Chanel Suite has the most intrigue. The legendary designer lived in the room for over 30 years. If only walls could talk. RITZPARIS.COM
San Clemente Palace Kempinski
Spread out on a private island in the middle of a Venetian lagoon, San Clemente Palace Kempinski (which reopened in March) delivers la dolce vita in elegant proportions. With imposing 12th-century architecture, manicured gardens and 190 rooms and suites decked in terrazzo floors and gleaming Murano light fixtures, the former monastery offers a lavish hideaway just a 10-minute boat ride from Piazza San Marco. Taking the experience to the next level, two new suites reside in a separate palazzo. And baskets packed with Champagne and antipasti are always at the ready for an impromptu picnic or boat ride. KEMPINSKI.COM
Edited by Jenny Murray.