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Travelcall Blog, 26 March 2024

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Leading Hotels of the World

Embark on a journey where each hotel is not just a destination but an immersive experience, all meticulously selected as part of the Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) portfolio. LHW breathes life into travel, elevating it from a mere journey to an enlivening of the senses. For those who crave the remarkably uncommon, LHW curates distinctive independent hotels, transforming each trip into an unforgettable adventure. Whether rediscovering a familiar city or exploring uncharted territories, LHW promises a world of surprising discovery and authentic experiences.

Below’s selection of hotels epitomise LHW’s excellence, where luxurious accommodations meet unparalleled hospitality. From the opulent Royal Mansour in Marrakech to the refined elegance of The Okura in Tokyo, each hotel reflects the essence of its locale while embodying the elevated standards of the LHW brand.

Travelcall is a founding member of LHW's VITA program, an exclusive recognition for valued leisure agencies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions. Our clients enjoy bespoke amenities at the hotels participating in VITA, creating a seamless fusion of luxury, exploration, and personalised service. Join us as we delve into the unique narratives of these extraordinary destinations—each a gem in the crown of the Leading Hotels of the World.


Violino d’Oro

Venice, Italy

Violino D'Oro, a 5-star luxury Boutique Hotel, invites guests to step into the enchanting ambience of a Venetian friend's house, resonating with illustrious history and artistic treasures. Nestled in the iconic heart of San Marco, just steps away from landmarks like the Basilica, Doge Palace, and Harry's Bar, the hotel overlooks Rio San Moise, providing a picturesque setting. Artistry weaves through the property, manifested in paintings, glasswork, fabrics, and tilework, offering a visual journey through Venetian history.

The 32 guest rooms and suites showcase exquisite craftsmanship, featuring original seminato floors and Venetian furnishings that pay homage to local artisans. The hotel's commitment to art extends to its Piccolo Ristorante and Bar in Corte Barrozzi, an ancient Venetian family's courtyard. Here, classical Venetian flavours intertwine with contemporary touches, creating a cosy atmosphere with eight tables overlooking a historical well.

Violino D'Oro's highlights include a celebration of design and art, acting as a cultural conduit from the 20s to the present, where Italian and local excellence converge. The Piccolo Bar offers Venetian cocktails and Cicchetti, while the Piccolo Risto provides an intimate setting for hotel guests to savour a simple and genuine local menu, including vegetarian Venetian dishes. With a capacity for 35 guests, these spaces embody the essence of Violino D'Oro's commitment to history, art, and authentic Venetian hospitality.


Royal Mansour Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

The Royal Mansour Marrakech, a few steps from Jemaa El Fna square, is a rare gem defining the pinnacle of hotel excellence. This prestigious palace unveils a unique concept—a medina within the medina. Lush gardens, riads of exquisite refinement, and traditional architecture contribute to an immersive experience, making it one of the world's most beautiful hotels. The hotel replaces conventional rooms with luxurious riads, creating winding alleys reminiscent of a traditional medina.

Crowned by Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards 2024, The Royal Mansour Marrakech stands out as an undisputed benchmark for hotel excellence. Awarded 5 stars for the hotel and 4 stars for the spa, it is recognised as the "best hotel in Marrakech." The culinary offerings, orchestrated by passionate chefs, promise unforgettable sensory experiences. From chic terraces to dedicated gastronomy restaurants, each setting embodies the spirit of Royal Mansour, ensuring an exceptional stay in the heart of Marrakech.

The Royal Mansour Marrakech extends beyond the palace walls with Le Jardin, a vast landscaped space over 2 and a half hectares. Inspired by Moroccan landscapes and Arab-Andalusian gardens, it pays homage to Marrakech's rich heritage. Additionally, the Spa Royal Mansour Marrakech, distinguished among the world's best wellness destinations, is a sanctuary devoted to the senses. Immerse yourself in the immaculate whiteness, the murmur of fountains, and aromatic notes—an architectural metaphor of well-being that awaits within this unparalleled Moroccan oasis.


The Okura Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

The Okura Tokyo stands as the epitome of Japanese hospitality and luxury, seamlessly blending authentic elegance with contemporary luxury since its inception in 1962. Reborn in 2019, The Okura Tokyo embodies the synthesis of The Okura Heritage and The Okura Prestige, representing traditional refinement and modern urbanity, respectively. Guided by the Japanese aesthetic of understated refinement, the hotel offers unparalleled personal attention, ensuring every guest feels cherished from the moment they step into the tranquil lobby.

The essence of Japanese beauty permeates every aspect of The Okura Tokyo, from its serene surroundings to its impeccable service. Anticipating guests' needs with an almost magical intuition, the hotel staff provides outstanding service tailored to individual preferences, epitomising the essence of Japanese hospitality. Art and culture subtly adorn every space, from the lobby to the guest rooms, embodying a Japanese sense of refinement that prioritises calm and grace over extravagance.

The Okura Tokyo boasts two distinct wings: The Okura Heritage Wing and The Okura Prestige Tower. The former exudes elegance with private guest house-inspired rooms, while the latter offers dynamic views of Tokyo alongside refined interior design reflecting Japanese sensibilities. Culinary experiences at The Okura Tokyo are a fusion of tradition and innovation, with chefs skillfully blending the finest ingredients to create dishes that embody refined Japanese aesthetics. Guests indulge in luxurious moments defined by relaxation, cultural appreciation, and the most exquisite culinary delights, complemented by the amenities of Okura Fitness & Spa, ensuring a truly unforgettable stay.


J.K. Place Paris

Paris, France

J.K. Place Paris, the first venture beyond Italy for the esteemed hotel group, captures the essence of perfection and luxury. Nestled on the serene Rue de Lille, just a stone's throw from Paris's iconic landmarks, this former embassy turned hotel exudes an opulent residential charm. Designed by Michele Bönan, every space, from the reception rooms to the subterranean spa, feels sumptuous and colourful, creating an atmosphere akin to an elegant home rather than a traditional grand hotel. The warm Italian service seamlessly integrates guests into the cosmopolitan "in crowd."

Featuring 29 rooms, including 13 suites, each curated by Bönan, the hotel effortlessly blends Italian va-va-voom with Parisian flair. The Junior Suite, with its Pinterest-worthy parquet flooring and marble-clad ensuite bathroom, exemplifies the designer's exceptional touch. Unique for Paris, the townhouse hosts a sleek heated indoor swimming pool in its subterranean spa, offering an indulgent escape. With amenities like a well-equipped gym, complimentary WiFi, and a pet-friendly policy, J.K. Place Paris caters to guests' every need.

The hotel's restaurant showcases Casa Tua's contemporary Italian sharing plates in a setting reminiscent of the French countryside. The downstairs lounge, a favourite among the fashion set, serves meticulously mixed negronis, creating an atmosphere where peacocking is encouraged. J.K. Place Paris seamlessly blends Italian elegance with Parisian chic, providing a luxurious escape in the heart of the City of Light.


The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories Hotel

Patagonia, Chile

Nestled in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories Hotel, offers a luxury travel experience amidst unparalleled natural beauty. Situated at the "end of the world," this exceptional hotel preserves the century-old cold storage Frigorífico Bories, declared a National Heritage in 1996. Beyond its role as a hotel, it serves as a museum, paying tribute to the region's past and integrating its spirit into every aspect of the guest experience.

The Singular Patagonia seamlessly blends nature and relaxation, providing spacious accommodations ranging from 45 to 70 m2. Each room features an incredible view of the Patagonian fjords, luxurious custom furniture, and 500 thread count Egyptian cotton linens. The dining experience at the hotel is a culinary journey through Chilean Patagonia, with a focus on local products and dishes that celebrate the region's heritage. The Singular Restaurant, overlooking the Canal Señoret, offers award-winning cuisine, fusing French trends with locally sourced ingredients. El Asador, set in the property's 100-year-old former blacksmith's forge, serves delectable cuts of meat, local fish, and traditional Chilean dishes, creating a historic and rustic dining atmosphere.

The hotel's bar, with its warm atmosphere and handcrafted cocktails, provides a privileged view of Patagonia's pure nature. The Desayunador offers the exclusive pleasure of enjoying breakfast overlooking the breathtaking Señoret Channel. Finally, El Asador, with its rustic and historic style, specialises in wood-fired meats, presenting an epicurean experience that captures the essence of Patagonia. The Singular Patagonia is not just a hotel; it's a gateway to the natural wonders and culinary treasures of Chilean Patagonia.


To learn more about these LHW properties and bespoke VITA benefits, contact your

Travelcall Advisor:

MELBOURNE 03 9252 3800 | SYDNEY 02 8333 7700 | BRISBANE 07 3368 2113

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