Don’t know the name? I had not heard of them either! The Utopian Hotel Collection encompasses a group of luxury, independent hotels designed for travellers in pursuit of extraordinary experiences and modern, progressive luxury.

It is said that these hotels can be favourable compared to brands such as Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels.

Currently, there are only 24 member hotels and if photographs are anything to go by, they do look pretty unique and quite special.

Current properties are located in France, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic. They are divided into four categories: City, Mountain, Beach and Retreat. Guests are guaranteed an authentic, world-class experience.

As an example, you might like to try your hand at fig-picking in Europe’s biggest fig plantation (which sits on the Hotel Furnirussi Tenuta’s doorstep in Italy); or you could stay in the Salvador Dali Suite at the Hotel Vistabella in Spain or perhaps experience an old-school photo-shoot experience with the world renowned Studio Harcourt at the Nolinski Paris. Art lovers will be able to admire some of the finest art collections at The Emblem Hotel, Prague and guests are also invited to display their artwork within the hotel.

Guests staying at Le Grand Bellevue Hotel in Switzerland during the summer months have the option to be whisked away for a spot of heli-yoga.

A stay at the Park Hotel, Vitznau allows you to explore Lake Lucerne on the hotel’s very own boat, which doesn’t require a license, while wine aficionados can fully immerse themselves in the world of wine with a private tasting or a tour with the sommelier through the hotel’s six wine cellars which hold 32,000 bottles.

So if you like a more personal approach, these could be the hotels for you.

By Vicki Williamson

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