Christmas-Hideaways, Part Two: New York, Gargnano, Baden Baden

Our first selection of Christmas hideaways was wild - the second is again a bit more dignified and classically elegant inspired. And it takes us from the Big Apple via Italy to the beautiful Rhine Valley.
Text Wiebke Brauer
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Magnificent: Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano

Perhaps we should just simply quote journalist and hotel critic Heinz Horrmann, who has tested more than two thousand luxury properties and has written at least thirty-five hotel guides: “This extraordinary accommodation on the shores of Lake Garda near Gargnano is called Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, located just under an hour’s drive from the airport in Verona. Though calling this a hotel doesn’t really do it justice – jewel, hideaway for the discerning guest, historic gem are much more appropriate terms for this heavenly temple with its twenty-one suites.” Incidentally, Mr. Horrmann found the service to be particularly stellar.

The Golden Age: Roomers, Baden-Baden

When it comes to historic spa towns, nothing tops Baden-Baden. With its Kurhaus complex built in 1824, the casino modeled on the Palace of Versailles, the Festspielhaus concert and opera hall, and the Museum Frieder Burda designed by Richard Meier, Baden-Baden is more than just a spa resort with thermal springs and promenades but also an important center of culture in southwestern Germany. If you’re not into the Belle Époque, the best place to stay is Roomers Baden-Baden. The hotel has a large wellness area with its own spa terrace, an infinity pool, and a lounge bar on the roof.

Crowning Glory: Aman, New York

The Aman Hotel opened its doors in Manhattan’s Crown Building last year, just in time for the skyscraper’s 100th anniversary. The iconic structure, which got its name because of its crown-like appearance when illuminated at night, housed the Museum of Modern Art from 1929 until 1932. Today, the fully renovated building at 730 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 57th Street offers guests and residents three restaurants, a jazz club, the 2,300-square-meter Aman Spa and a members’ club. An absolute must is dinner at the Italian restaurant Arva. Though you might want to wait for some warmer weather – that way you can dine on the garden terrace overlooking Central Park.

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