Joining Preferred Hotel Group this October, 18 hotels include Dunton Hot Springs in the restored, 19th-century ghost town of Dolores, Colorado, and Gorilla Nest Lodge in Rwanda, for bamboo treks and silverback gorilla-watching.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
The Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi - New Delhi, India
Newly constructed in New Delhi's affluent neighborhood of Chanakyapuri, The Leela Palace Kempinski New Delhi sits among embassies, ministry offices and the Prime Minister's residence. With 260 guest rooms and suites, the luxury of north India's palace is sumptuously recognized among the hotel's high-tech touches. Near to the central business district, the hotel's amenities include its two ballrooms and wide celebration of meeting rooms, also close to the international and domestic airports.
Elysian - Chicago
Harking back to a time when travel was associated with affluence, the Elysian is the personification of decadence. From the heart of the Gold Goast, this Chicago hotel invites guests into its 188-room property, with two restaurants and 24-hour in-room dining, among the shopping, dining and nightlife of the Windy City.
Gorilla Nest Lodge - Gisakura, Rwanda
Located at the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, Rwanda Gorillas Nest Lodge is a testament to Rwandese service and hospitality, intricately crafted from local stone, wood and bamboo with grass-thatched roofs. Take in the nearby Volcanoes National Park, or venture straight into the rainforest-covered slopes - be prepared for wildlife sightings.
Nyungwe Forest Lodge - Gisakura, Rwanda
Deep within the Nyungwe National Park, the Nyungwe Forest Lodge was created to integrate perfectly with its natural setting. This five-star resort honors its surroundings by participating in eco-friendly practices. Experience the area over a nature walk or monkey trek in the closed-canopy rainforest. Chimpanzees are among the 14 species of primates living in the forest, which can be seen on a guided tour by the Lodge. An intimate property, the Lodge has 24 guest rooms and suites, all of which face the forest from your private deck.
Jock Safari Lodge - Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa
The Colonial Era is alive at Jock Safari Lodge, where the indigenous Zulu and Shangaan cultures are incorporated into the property's style. In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the Lodge has on offer an assembly of safaris to choose from, including frogging, birdwatching, rock art and stargazing. Two sections of accommodations includes Main Jock and Little Jock, allowing guests to enjoy the sense of being alone, while at the same time being surrounded by the African Bush.
Last Word Bishopscourt - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Along the oak-lined streets of the Cape Town suburb of Bishopscourt, Last Word Bishopscourt offers a sanctuary in relaxation, tranquility and solitude. With its flourishing gardens and its expansive views of the nearby Table Mountain, the property has five magnificent suites with fresh florwers, heated floors, wireless Internet access, 300-thread-count linens and plush robes and bath amenities. On-site, be sure to visit the solar-heated infinity pool overlooking a tennis court in view of the mountains.
The Last Word Constantia - Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
In one of the oldest and most striking wine valleys in Cape Town, The Last Word Constantia is a treasure in peace and quiet. Close to seven of South Africa's top wine estates, as well as the area's fashionable shops and delightful restaurants, The Last Word Constantia has but eight suites, each distinguished by a private patio, leading out onto the gardens and pool.
Shamwari Game Reserve - Paterson, Eastern Cape, South Africa
One of the largest private conservation initiatives in south Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve provies an exceptionable nature and safari experience over 25,000 hectares of wildnerness, populated by none other than the "Big 5" of lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo. Located near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the property's six lodges offer different atmospheres, for guests to appreciate the reserve's serene environment, right from within South Africa's wild.
Views Boutique Hotel & Spa - Wilderness, Southern Cape, South Africa
The only luxury hotel located overlooking the Southern Cape's coastline, Views Boutique Hotel & Spa boasts the perfect destination from which to explore the area's Garden Route. Glass sculptures hang from the hotel's tall atriums, washing its interiors with natural sunlight. Select from 21 of the property's suites, marked by contemporary, broad and original touches. Then, try the cuisine at Sails Restaurant, featuring local farmers' produce from the surrounding area.
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa - Knysna, South Africa
Experience the Western Cape coastline first-hand at Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, located on the Eastern Head of Knysna. Take in the hotel's access to the Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains from the 2,470-acre estate. Suites are complemented by exclusive patios and balconies, gourmet pantries and heating. At the Pezula Spa, calming body treatments will introduce you to the finest African body products.
Devi Ratn - Jaipur, India
Deriving its name from the "Nav Ratn" - nine pure gemstones that are said to focus the cosmic energy of an associated celestial body, ruled by a deity - Davi Ratn lives up to its name. Romantic space merges seamlessly with the hotel's stark architecture in this all-suite hotel. Whichever suite you decide on, be ready for the stunning view of the Aravali Mountains on display.
Dunton Hot Springs - Dolores, Colorado
The days of American frontier never looked so good at Dunton Hot Springs, in the resored 19th-century ghost town, within the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Consider one of the 12 cabins dating back to the 1880s, and be sure to make time for the on-site spa. Alternately, head out into the Wild West for summer and winter activities available, including iceskating, snowshoeing, horseback riding, photography and fine art instruction, and archeological day tours to the desert. Or, opt for more hard-core fare in heli-skiing, ice climbing, mountaineering, rockclimbing.
Serenity Resort & Residences, Phuket - Phuket, Thailand
From beneath abundant coconut trees in Thailand's Chalong Bay, Serenity Resort & Residences is a haven 25 minutes from Phuket city center's cuisine, entertainment and shopping area. Savor the resort's lavish accommodations, enchanting restaurant and comfortable lounge, before immersing yourself in the resort's spa treatments.
Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand - Lochau, Austria
On the shores of Lake Constance, Seehotel Am Kaiserstrand features soft green and beige color schemes, straight lines and modern materials within its guestrooms of 102. Decide from the four dining facilities on-site, and be sure to consider a treatment at the spa. We like the undisturbed pool for an afternoon dip.
Hotel Blackhawk - Davenport, Iowa
See why U.S. Presidents, movie stars and athletes favor the newly renovated Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa. With 136 guest rooms and extended-stay suites, the property's 1915 foundation is still evident among the accommodations' amentities, including flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet access. Check out the fitness and business centers, swimming pool and hot tub. Or, take it easy at the hotel's bowling alley and game. Then, dine over American cuisine in the hotel's restaurant or unwind in the cocktail lounge or coffee shop.
ShaSa Resort & Residences, Koh Samui - Suratthani, Thailand
Off the Gulf of Thailand, five-star resort ShaSa Resort and Residences, Koh Samui, rests on the enchanting hillside sloping down to the untouched Laem Sett. Cascading pools and exquisitely landscaped gardens set the stage for the private beachfront villa and 32 elegant suites. Visit Z Restaurant for its remarkable cuisine and cocktails, including - of course - only the freshest ingredients.
The Lodge of Four Seasons - Lake Ozark, Missouri
Visit The Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake of the Ozarks year-round for the hotel's accommodations and activities. Right on the waterfront, the resort invites you into its Spa Shiki and through each of the 54 holes of its championship golf course.
Doral Golf Resort & Spa - Miami
For almost 50 years now, Doral Golf Resort & Spa has distinguished itself among Florida's golf resorts. Within the resort's cosy villa-like lodges near the main clubhouse and around the property's 650 acres, Doral Golf Resort & Spa's guest rooms and suites exhibit a refined resort atmosphere. Meanwhile, on the green, golfers can get their green on, on the resort's five courses designed by the sport's leading practictioners, including Greg Norman himself.