Need somewhere away from the madding crowd? Drop in to these four stunning stays that give you all the privacy, without falling short on delicious fare, top-notch wellness amenities, or sights to see.


Qatar: Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som

The first retreat in the Middle East to offer experiences based on Arabic and Islamic wellness principles, Zulal Wellness Resort is a destination in itself.

Located in Khasooma, a private coastal location to the north of Qatar, Zulal (pure natural water in Arabic) has two exclusive zones — adults access a wide range of therapeutic and lifestyle treatments at Zulal Serenity, while those with children can immerse themselves in fun wellness experiences at the family resort Zulal Discovery.


Italy: Rosa Alpina

Hike, mountain bike, paraglide or simply picnic to your heart’s content in the Italian Dolomites. Located at the heart of San Cassiano, Rosa Alpina — now an Aman partner hotel — is the ideal base for exploring the region’s natural beauty.

The mountain retreat remains under the guidance of the Pizzinini family, who have been at the helm for three generations, and is known for its three Michelin-starred restaurant St Hubertus and an expansive spa replete with an indoor pool, hydrotherapy areas, yoga studios and a Finnish sauna.


Barcelona: Hotel Arts Barcelona

The iconic beachside resort in Barcelona’s Olímpic neighbourhood is now welcoming families looking for privacy and the comforts of home. Newly launched two-and three-bedroom penthouses at the 44-storey skyscraper offer views of the Mediterranean, generous dining and living areas, and a dedicated concierge.

For views of the Sagrada Família from your terrace, book The Arts Penthouse. Also set within the hotel is two Michelin-starred Enoteca and the only spa in Barcelona with sky-high sea views.


Amsterdam: Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Maurits at the Park

Located beside the Tropenmuseum of world cultures and within the lush greenery of Ossterpark, this is the perfect Amsterdam locale for those who want to bask in the city’s laid-back charm.

Fine dining Felix Restaurant has relocated to the hotel, bringing along with it rising-star chef Floris van Straalen. The Spring Café Brasserie also deserves a visit for its cocktails and outdoor terrace where guests enjoy a view of the open aviary.

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