Who doesn't love the idea of taking a break from the daily routine, checking into a top-tier hotel, and unwinding in new place? These five one-of-a-kind hotels each offer insane perks that make the travel experience even better.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, Oregon
Pet psychic social hours and a "Director of Pet Relations" are just two of the perks you and your pooch will find at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, which was labeled one of the 10 Pet-Friendly Hotels We Love by Jetsetter.
Fido isn't the only one who will enjoy the stay. With a full-service AVEDA spa, live music every evening in the lobby, and a nightly wine hour, human guests have the opportunity to socialize, dance, and learn about the region's grape growing culture. The social hour also features local artisans, culinary masters, and a weekly appearance by the pet psychic to help solve any stress or behavioral issues your furry and feathered friends may be experiencing.
The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
An artist's easel, paint, and brushes await you in your room at The Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, located in the heart of a historic artist village that's been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Practice on your own or take part in a wide array of painting classes that will help inspire your creativity, including watercolor, pastel, oil, and acrylic lessons.
If the culinary arts are more up your alley, then you'll love the Rosewood's selection of cooking courses that showcase the unique flavors of this central Mexican region. After class, you can join one of the hotel's famous wine tasting events, featuring selections from the area's two up-and-coming boutique vineyards. Perhaps the biggest perk at this family-friendly haven is the Rose Bud kid's club, where youngsters can participate in fun and artsy activities like "Meet the Famous Artists" painting classes, piñata making lessons, T-shirt decorating, and origami.
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, Russia
A 1940s-style speedboat will guide you through the hidden canal routes that were part of everyday travel for Imperial-era Russians when you book a stay at the Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. Located on Nevsky Prospekt, the famous central thoroughfare, this architectural wonder delivers opulence in spades. Within its stained glass accented walls, you'll find a gilded shopping gallery, masterclasses at the city's only dedicated caviar restaurant, and a resident vodka sommelier who leads workshops on the "spirit" behind this classic Russian liquor.
The Grand also features enchanting "Tchaikovsky Nights," which take place inside Europe's oldest continually serving restaurant, L'Europe. Here, guests can enjoy Art Deco designs and sumptuous cuisine amid the sights and sounds of classical ballet, opera, and orchestral ensembles. Amazing amenities abound for younger travelers, as well — free cake and ice cream are available at the charming Mezzanine Café for kids under 18, and you can even book an ice skating lesson with Russian Olympic gold medalist Tamara Moskvina. Of course, you won't want to miss a tour on the hotel's resident boat, Katarina, down the city's Neva River.
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, New Mexico
If you ever dreamed of hitting the open road in a super sleek sports car, look no further than the 45-acre Ranch Valencia, where guests can test drive a Porsche for the day at no additional charge. The luxury resort has partnered with a San Diego dealership to provide you with your choice of three models: a Cayenne GTS, 911 Convertible, or Panamera Hybrid. An expert concierge will give recommendations on the best regional highways and byways to showcase Sante Fe's best views.
For those wowed by the fun behind the wheel, an on-site Porsche-certified concierge will guide you through the process of purchasing and taking home your dazzling new vacation memento.
Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa and Golf Resort, Italy
Situated above a volcanic crater in the Italian town of Saturnia, Terme di Saturnia Natural Spa and Golf Resort sits on site of a 3,000-year-old thermal spring. This spring was enjoyed by the ancient Romans and Etruscans as far back as 800 B.C. Guests can step right outside the hotel doors into the therapeutic hot springs located on the slopes of the magnificent Mount Amiata in the heart of Maremma country. Here, you can unwind to the soothing sounds of the spring's two cascading waterfalls while ever-flowing waters create a healing environment for your mind-body. The hotel even offers custom hydro-massage tubs made to mimic the composition of these natural volcanic thermal pools.