KALIMERA KRITI HOTEL & VILLAGE RESORT
On the north coast of Crete facing the Sissi Bay and the Aegean Sea in Greece sits Kalimera Kriti Hotel & Village Resort (www.kalimerakriti.gr). The 415-room property has accommodations to suit just about any traveler, including large family suites and more than 100 bungalows, directly on the waterfront. Onsite activities also run the gamut, featuring tennis, squash, parasailing and kayaking. The resort houses several restaurants—Dionnysos, Aphrodite and Artemis—serving traditional Greek delicacies. Rates, including breakfast, start at 160 euros and go up to 800 euros ($237–$1,190). Contact General Manager George Pelekanakis at 011-30-28410-69000.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
The four-star Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza (www.hospes.es), a member of the Spanish group Hospes Hotels & Moments, stands in the center of Seville; its façade can fool passersby into thinking the 41-room property is just another 18th-century home. In fact, the building originally was a gift from King Ferdinand III to the king of Baeza for helping him defeat an enemy in 1248. Guest rooms offer Indonesian headboards and detailed bathrooms. Be sure clients enjoy a drink at Patio Sevillano and take in a meal at the Senzone restaurant. Rates range from 165 euros (approximately $215) for standard rooms to 300 euros for suites. Contact General Manager Cristina Álvarez at 011-34-954-561-496.