Luxury baby boomer travelers love to be pampered. And, surprising to some, more and more of that pampering is coming from luxury Bed & Breakfast Inns.
The Chateau de Challain (pictured right) is perhaps the perfect example. Wouldn’t you love to spend a few nights in a castle?
As we’ve traveled around this big, beautiful world of ours, we’ve had the opportunity to luxuriate in a few of our nation’s best Bed & Breakfast Inns. In them, we’ve found uncompromising luxury with a special blend of intimacy that can’t be found in larger, luxury resorts.
We’ve been building a relationship with BedandBreakfast.com, and they recently asked us to help them select the ten most luxurious B&Bs from their massive collection of such properties all over the world.
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Our recommendation? Life’s a trip. Go have fun by spending a few nights at a luxury Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Top 10 Luxury Bed & Breakfast Inns
Ancient Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Sevierville, TN
Luxuriate on 90 private acres in the Smoky Mountains. Exercise in the fitness room with a tanning bed, or soak in the hot tub on the upper deck with surround sound. Feel like a kid again as you play air hockey, ping pong, or pool in the 1,500-square foot game room. Kick your feet up in plush leather recliners as you watch a movie in the in-house movie theater. The 10-foot screen comes with a huge movie selection for you to choose from. All of the guest rooms have flat-screen TVs with cable, remote-controlled fans and lights, and some mini-fridges. The most luxurious room here is the Renaissance Suite, which has an in-room Jacuzzi tub, remote-controlled curtains, large walk-in closet, and a private balcony. Its bathroom has double sinks, dual rain shower head and massage system, bathroom heater system, and private toilet room.
Unwind at this unique villa in the heart of Springs artists community. While the villa itself is massive and teeming with amenities, there are only two guest rooms, giving you privacy and plenty of room to spread out. The innkeepers are also artists, and the villa is decorated in art throughout. Soak in the 66-foot pool, wading pool, and hot tub with a waterfall. If you enjoy swimming laps, take a swim in the indoor Endless Pool. Other amenities include a gym, game room with HDTV and Blu-Ray, pool table, darts, Wii, media room, and a living room with fireplace. The Master Guest Bedroom has a steam showers with multi-jet sprays, a towel warmer, a deep soaking tub, and its own fireplace. Snacks are available all day. Each morning, dine on an abundant cooked-to-order meal. Stroll along the Zen walk or take a five-minute walk to a private bay beach.
Located on 23 acres in the Texas Hill Country, this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn has 12 spacious and sunny rooms, including four private cottages. Most of the rooms have Jacuzzis, and all have Hill Country views, Direct TV, CD players (some have DVD players), fresh flowers, fine chocolates, and luxurious linens. Cool off in the custom-designed pool and hot tub. It’s free to relax in the inn’s sauna, and you can add on a massage for the ultimate spa experience. Savor a three-course breakfast every morning, complete with fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and Columbian coffee. If you stay from Sunday-Friday, be treated to having a homemade dessert and beverage delivered to your room each evening. On Saturday evenings, add on a meal at the inn’s restaurant for a gourmet five-course fixed menu. The food is prepared by their classically trained chef, and you can even take a cooking class with him at the inn.
This elegant Diamond Collection inn is decorated with 18th-century period furnishings, oriental rugs, antiques, four-poster, and canopy or sleigh beds. Some of the guest rooms have fireplaces, and all have free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Drift off to sleep in comfy beds with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. Awake to a full Southern breakfast, enjoy complimentary wine and cheese in the afternoon, and snack on cookies and milk before bed. Be pampered with evening turndown service. Guests can borrow bicycles for free to explore the historic district. Add on dinner in the Library Restaurant or in the Rooftop Restaurant, where you can watch the sun set over Charleston.
Chateau de Challain in Challain la Potherie, France
Feel like royalty at this authentic French chateau. The stunning building was originally completed as a private residence in the 1850s. The current innkeepers bought it in 2002, and it had no plumbing or electricity. They turned it into a regal inn that features modern amenities while retaining its luxurious old-world charm. The guest rooms make you feel like you’re living in a romantic fairytale palace, with opulent linens, silk curtains, decorative ceilings, and canopy beds. You can even stay in the original master bedroom, which still has authentic furniture, including a hand-carved canopy bed made of oak that stands 14 feet tall. Several of the rooms have fireplaces, and all have spacious bathrooms, most with tubs.
Enjoy staying in the Northern California Mountains in this lakefront hideaway. All of the guest rooms are suites that have a large, private lake-view veranda, a jetted Jacuzzi tub, a mini fridge and microwave, an electric fireplace, complimentary cider, a game table with a choice of games, a walk-in closet, and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and HD cable. Two of the suites have private hot tubs on their balconies. Your breakfast is served in the privacy of your suite. Love movies? Head to the inn’s HD/Blu-ray Theater Room, which has a 14-foot screen, floor shakers, and 29-speaker sound system. The innkeepers have a MasterCraft X9 Wakeboard Special docked on-site and ATVs available for rent. The Great Room features 20 eight-foot high beveled glass French doors that open onto a porch surrounding the house, where you can admire the view of the lake from the comfort of a rocking chair.
Colonial Gardens Bed & Breakfast in Williamsburg, VA
Feel pampered at this elegant Diamond Collection property on over an acre of gardens. Room amenities include plush robes and slippers, luxury spa towels, lavender-scented hand-ironed 500+thread count linens with triple sheeting, fireplaces in the upstairs rooms, cable TV with DVD, CD/MP3 players, and high-end toiletries. Every morning, sip freshly brewed European coffee and dine on a gourmet breakfast served on china with crystal and silver service. Be treated to a complimentary wine or cider in the sun room before you head out to dinner.
Only a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, this stunning and modern property is built on a cliff and overlooks Owhanake Bay. All of the suites face north and overlook the bay, giving you complete privacy and an incredible view. They also all have a rain shower and bath. Best of all, the rooms come stocked with freshly-baked cookies! Take advantage of the complimentary pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and dine on a cooked-to-order breakfast. A large menu of spa treatments is available, which you can have in the spa or in the privacy of your room. Bask in the heated infinity pool, tropical rock pool, cave-like Jacuzzi, or sauna. Delamore Lodge also has a wine cellar with award winning wines, so you can enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking the stunning view.
Relaxation comes easy at this luxurious Diamond Collection B&B located at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Accommodation options include rooms, suites, and villas. Many of the rooms have views of the Long Island Sound, in addition to fireplaces and balconies. Room amenities include luxurious robes, European pillow-top mattresses, and mini-fridges. All guests can take advantage of the on-site spa, a health club featuring heated indoor and outdoor pools, modern fitness equipment, expanded sun decks, therapeutic whirlpool, steam room, sauna, and diverse exercise classes. If you want to stay put, the inn has a gourmet waterfront restaurant with an impressive wine list.
This restored historic home is the perfect place for a classy Cape Cod getaway. Guest rooms feature plush pillow-top mattresses, down-filled duvets, triple sheeting with luxury high thread-count linen, iPhone/iPod-compatible clock radio, in-room cable TV, and spa robes. Some rooms have fireplaces, and two have rain shower heads. Situated on more than one acre of park-like grounds, the inn has a 2,000-square-foot wrap-around veranda—the perfect place to read a book or sip some wine. You can choose to eat your full breakfast on the veranda or in the formal dining room. The shared living area features the original black marble fireplace from 1849 and expansive plantation style windows that open onto the vast wrap around veranda.
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