These new boutique hotels are made for sipping something chilled on a lazy fall afternoon. Plus: They offer high design, family history and gourmet adventures aplenty. Cin-Cin!
To the delight of design lovers and oenophiles, Casa di Langa brought contemporary style to the ancient hills of northern Italy’s Piedmont region—which produces some of Italy’s most coveted wines, including Barolo and Barbaresco—when it opened in the spring of 2021. Casa di Langa has 39 current yet earthy rooms, a spa and wellness center, a wine academy and 42 hectares of land, where guests can immerse themselves in Piedmont’s culinary traditions, through such experiences as hunting for white truffles, exploring the vegetable garden and greenhouse and strolling through the property’s hazelnut groves and orchards. Those wishing to venture off-property can reserve a guided Vespa tour to access historic castles, UNESCO World Heritage sites and nearby vineyards. Plus: The hotel places a unique focus on sustainability, both in its winemaking and culinary practices as well as in the building itself.
The Southern Highlands is an upscale, bucolic region in Australia just a 90-minute drive from Sydney that is often compared to the Hamptons, but is more akin to Hudson Valley and Sonoma, or the Cotswolds. Designers and celebrities like Nicole Kidman keep homes there, and it’s heralded by locals as the under-the-radar luxury destination that’s only just coming onto the traveler’s map. You can enjoy the area's golf, horseback riding, hiking, antiquing, farm-to-table cuisine and, of course, wineries from the comfort of Osborn House, a chic boutique hotel that opened in 2022. The property overlooks Morton National Park (so keep an eye out for Roos at dusk), and it contains a historic main house—built in 1892 as the private residence of socialites George and Dinah Osborn—as well as freestanding, rustic one-bedroom cabins (for 22 unique accommodations total), a small spa and pool and three dining concepts (George’s, Dinah’s and The Green Door). The property was brought to life by Linda Boronkay, the original designer for Soho House—so lovers of texture, shape and color will be well fêted here. Additional highlights include the supremely comfortable, Frette-clad beds, the whimsical murals painted by artist-in-residence Jai Vasicek and the Fire Feast, an over-the-top Argentinian wood-burning answer to a British Sunday Roast, held for guests (with some open seats for locals) every week. Preparations by the predominantly Argentinian culinary team begin at 6:00 a.m. sharp, and the Mendoza rosé (and charred meats) flow freely from lunch into dinner.
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