The 20 most beautiful country hotels in the world

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Today hotels in the countryside are very popular and tourism seeks adventure in the countryside and remote places where you can find tranquility. But country hotels can also be luxury destinations that offer direct contact with nature, but also the best service. Today we want to travel with you from one end of the world to the discovery of ultra-luxury accommodation surrounded by the most diverse nature. We travel to the African desert to visit a rural hotel with traditional Berber decorations in a modern key; but we also jump into the Colorado desert, where the most avant-garde residential design blends in with the gorges and the reddish landscape of this part of the United States; and we even get lost in the mountains of southern China to see an old sugar factory transformed today into a luxury resort. When we search in Europe’s fields, we become more romantic and rural by finding French film castles full of history, estates with vineyards in Portugal or a farm in the English countryside. In addition, we have considered some of the favorite hotels of architects and interior designers, such as the one chosen by Mario Gronda or Ramón Esteve.

All these country hotel they have something in common: it the nature that surrounds them is part of their five-star services. Away from the city bustle, sidewalks and elevators, our list of hotels tells us about the luxury of slow travel and eco-travel. All that is left is to choose your next destination!

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Reschio Slot (Umbria)

This excellent 11th-century castle in the Umbrian countryside was purchased in the 1990s by Count Antonio Bolza and his wife Angelika as a resort. In 1999, the son took over the property to transform it into an exquisite hotel with 36 rooms, each separately but all filled with works of art. Among the rooms, the spectacular stands out Tower Suite, of 180 square meters and with an outdoor bath. Its library, its five restaurants and bars with 0 km of gastronomy and its thermal baths are the other hidden gems to discover.

We travel to the most rural and authentic side of Morocco, between the Atlas Mountains and the Agafay Desert, to get to know this paradise. slow life, where every corner reflects the worship that its owner, interior designer Romain Michel, feels for this country. Together with his architect friends from Studio KO Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty and landscape architect Arnaud Casaus, Romain has opened a very special structure, furnished with pieces inspired by the Berber tradition that reinterprets traditional colors and designs.

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Soho Farmhouse (United Kingdom)

One of the smartest hotels in the UK is a country farm an hour and a half from London. Bicycles, rubber boots and umbrellas outside the lodge, fresh milk and cookies every morning, picnic in wicker baskets and five-star service. It also has a wonderful spa, which includes an indoor pool that extends into the garden. His clients include British celebrities from the big screen.

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Torre de Palma Wine Hotel (Portugal)

The Torre de Palma Wine Hotel occupies an old estate dating back to 1338 and consists of a series of restored (and other new) buildings that surround a tower. It celebrates the ancient Roman passion for wine, olive oil, horses and spas. Everything is inspired by the lifestyle of the famous Basilii family, the ancient inhabitants of the nearby Roman ruins of Torre de Palma and the traditions of the Alentejo.

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Abadía Retuerta (Spain)

This wonderful vineyard with hotel is located two hours drive from Valladolid, in a 19th century monastery, surrounded by natural spaces and vineyards that transport us to another era. It includes a spectacular swimming pool and spa area, but also a restaurant, El Refettorio, awarded a Michelin star.

In it Namib Desert, one of the most beautiful natural areas in Africa is Sossusvlei, the largest dune field south of the Sahara. In the heart of this area is Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, the only getaway allowed in the area. It is a sustainable home where the interior comes in direct contact with the desert through the large windows that delimit the rooms. It has 10 suites of 130 square meters each, a Star Dune Suite of 267 square meters and the Observatory.

It is a beautiful and romantic hotel on Lake Maggiore, very close to Milan. It consists of two buildings overlooking a pond. The stage is framed by a fascinating set of trees, plants and a secret garden, the work of Gianfranco Giustina, a former gardener in the Borromean Islands and nominated for the World’s Best Gardener for 2014 by the Royal Horticultural Society. Its interior is wonderful, with a very sumptuous, warm and bright style that reinterprets the aristocratic life of the 19th century.

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Hacienda Zorita (Spain)

It is considered to be one of the most beautiful country hotels on the Iberian Peninsula. It is an ancient monastery, located in the Duero Valley in the province of Salamanca, which has a private winery, a luxury spa and spectacular gardens that stretch to the Tormes River. Its rooms, all located inside the Casa Grande and the common areas, are decorated in a rustic style that combines history and art. Their restaurant is 0 km away and offers taste experiences.

An old sugar refinery from 1969 in southern China converted to way out by architect Dong Gong, by Vector Architects and by interior designer Ju Bin from Horizontal Space Design. Thus, the old molasses warehouse is now the hotel’s spa, and the original pier has been transformed into a wonderful swimming pool overlooking the Li River. The main building is characterized by simple but strong lines and is built with a combination of local stone and bamboo, in a perfect balance between hard and soft materials.

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Vivood Landscape Hotel (Spain)

This is what we would call a total connection with nature. Its suites are small mountain huts, conceived as observation points, as its main facade is a glass window. With an avant-garde design, these modules have all the luxury of a 5-star hotel.


Quinta da Côrte (Portugal)

In Alto Duero, on one of the oldest farms in the region, you will find this dream hotel. The owner of the Quinta da Côrte property, Philippe Austruy, wanted to transform it into a wine tourism hotel with a clear goal: that customers value the landscape, the traditions of the area and the wine produced in this country as much as he does. For this, he relied on interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch, who has shaped a hotel with a winery full of charm.

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Hotel Vie Villas Phuket (Thailand)

Diego Gronda’s studio signs this project consisting of 30 private villas immersed in the jungle, designed with the utmost respect for nature. Just below the reception pavilion, there are five architectural volumes that overlap the trees and house the spa structures, which consist of four suite private rooms, a gym and a space reserved for yoga. The central pavilion, which connects all the structures, has a glass ceiling flooded with crystal clear water that serves to cool the yoga studio.


Hotel de campo Dá licença (Portugal)

We’re moving in nowAlentejo, in an eco-reserve of over 120 hectares with about 13,000 olive trees. It is a paradise in nature where you can enjoy modern design, art and architecture. For the decor, the owners bought furniture from all over Europe – France, Norway, Finland, Italy and Portugal – perfectly complemented by details such as the fireplace from 1960, the lamps by Francesco Pluma, the sculptures by Rui Chafes or the ceramics by Susana Piteira.


A Quinta da Auga (Spain)

What was once an old paper mill is now a Relais Chateuax hotel, where luxury is seen in the small details, in the kitchen and in the decor. Located on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, this rural oasis has a spa with heated pool and beautiful gardens to escape city stress.


Rural Hotel Andenia (Peru)

We climb into the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, officially known as the Urubamba River Valley, to see this beautiful country hotel consisting of three brick houses. A luxury hotel where the designers have adopted the wabi-sabi style in all rooms and used natural materials, furniture and locally produced works of art. Many of the furniture was specially designed by local craftsmen, as were the tapestries and ceramics. A common outdoor table and large lounge promote work and social life in the hotel.

The La Bobadilla Hotel presents itself as an authentic Andalusian city to convey to its visitors a luxury experience in the middle of the Loja Mountains, between Granada and the Costa del Sol. A unique enclave that has become an icon of Slow Travel and is considered one of the most beautiful hotels in Spain. Its gardens, including swimming pools, and its interior, with Mediterranean-style decoration, offer a luxurious, rural holiday.


Hotel de campo Amangiri (USA)

On the Colorado Plateau, we find a hotel immersed in an extraordinary landscape, with gorges, ravines, rapids and desert. The architecture blends perfectly with the dry nature that surrounds it.


Cliveden House (United Kingdom)

Set in large, beautiful National Trust gardens, this historic Italian home combines Edwardian style with modern luxury services. To experience an episode of the acclaimed Downton Abbey series with exceptional cuisine and impeccable hospitality. In addition, the Cliveden property is a 45-minute drive west of London and just 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport.


Palazzo Daniele (Apulia)

In Gagliano del Capo, designers Ludovica + Roberto Palomba have transformed a 19th-century palace into an exquisite boutique hotel that has retained the charm of yesteryear. Its stone walls, as well as the interior, reveal the passage of time despite the fact that they have been renovated. In the corridor at the end of the building is the wonderful “Orange Garden”.

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Relais de Chambord (France)

It faces one of the most special castles in France and the most important in the Loire Valley, the Chambord, the second largest in all of France after Versailles. The hotel building was renovated by the architect Jean Michel Wilmotte and reproduces the charm of traditional French country houses down to the smallest detail.

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