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ASW Fall Escapes

Written by Kabir Awatramani

 

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Fall is the Internet’s favorite season: jack-o-lanterns around every corner, the anticipated return (by whom actually, though?) of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at your local Starbucks, auburn foliage, and all that fur (or faux fur- basically fall fashion). As a member of ASMALLWORLD, we trust that the mere turning of leaves is just another excuse for you to travel again, and undoubtedly in style. Whether you love the cold or hate it, here are some travel ideas for your next journey charted across the globe with a few of our very generous hotel partners.
For the first time ever, we publicly reveal what they offer only ASW members (and honestly, the treatment is jaw-droppingly luxurious – you’ll see).
If you’re here and not already a member, take a good look at what you’re missing out on traveling like some plebeian armed with travel guides, yelp reviews, and an Airbnb reservation (psst: it’s never too late to travel like a VIP: www.asw.com/APPLY).

For The Romantic Recluse: Hotel Relais Christine in Paris, France

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Imagine a weekend getaway right in the heart of Paris’ Saint Germain district (a few steps away from the Latin Quarter and the River Seine) during the city’s most photogenic season. And the best part? Paris is relatively tourist free in Autumn, so you can explore the city like a local.

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Why we love it:

Luxurious in heritage— the hotel was once a medieval abbey, and still offers the distinctly quaint privacy of its original residents coupled with modern luxuries. For example, there is a fully equipped spa in the hotel’s restored vault.

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What they offer ASW members:

A VIP welcome to the hotel after which members (with the appropriate driver’s license, only) may rent a complimentary Fiat 500 for excursions during their stay. We recommend driving off to one the many museums the hotel arranges gratis tours to.

Book now here.

 

For The Subtle Sultan: Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Argentina may not cry for Evitta, but if you’ve never been to Buenos Aires before, we wouldn’t be surprised if the breath-taking cityscape elicits a tear or two— that and pollen allergies as it currently Spring down there. Downtown Buenos Aires is unique in its mélange of French, Italian, and Spanish art and architectural influences, so if this excites you— you know who you are, and this vacation is waiting for you. Enjoy the blooms; don’t forget an umbrella.

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Why we love it:

Algondon Mansion is a restored villa in the city’s embassy-studded Recoleta district (and if you’re street smart you know that’s code for read: ultra-posh neighborhood). The Mansion is decorated with a refined demurity—interiors framed by Slovenian Oak parquets, and Belle Époque plasterwork. It’s only old world in appearance though: the interiors are refreshed with a discreet millennial touch (think silk curtains and suede everything alongside jet showers and tubs with underwater speakers). The tone here is formal, but seductive in bygone etiquette.

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What they offer ASW members:

When you check in via ASW, the hotel offers you 15% off the best available rate, and a complimentary relocation from your booking to best available room at the moment. On arrival, expect cocktails, tickets to the museum of Latin American Art, and access to any seasonal VIP programs, of course. If you decide to commit for 4 days, you can enjoy additional privileges that includes a dinner for two, one spa treatment per guest, and a romantic in-room bath. If you’re not ready to leave by day 5, the hotel invites you for a complimentary and personalized wine tasting.

Book now here.

 

For The Rich Kids of Instagram: The Hanging Gardens Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

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If the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t be surprised when you recognize the split-level infinity pool (yes, really) practically levitating over the dewy Balinese rainforest. An internet sensation, now lauded as the most luxurious hotel in Indonesia, as well as one of the most luxurious in the world (they have an entire page on their website enumerating all the awards they’ve won), the Hanging Gardens Ubud will leave you dumbfounded. They now offer more private villa residences due to high demand — all secluded so you don’t have to interact with the other guests unless you want to. Located in the tropics- the weather is a dream if you want to flea Fall’s chill.

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Why we love it:

Choose from 44 villas in the heart of Bali’s rainforest, equipped to cater to your every whim: be it fresh fruit and chocolate from the resort’s organic farm to massages that we can’t even pronounce at the spa. The romantically inclined may opt for a panoramic villa for two (with space for 10) overlooking the forest. A larger family suite for the squad is also available—all with private decks, private elang-elang infused petite pools, and personalized full course meals. Of course, all you have to do in return is send us an instagram.

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What they offer us:

When you book via ASW, you will receive 15% off the best available rate at the time. Upon arrival expect a VIP welcome, and complimentary daily breakfast. If you plan to spend at least three days here, be sure to use your complimentary spa treatment (one per guest).  

Book now here.

 

The Modern Duchess: Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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Wish you could teleport to Downton Abbey? You can come pretty close to the Upstairs life at Nira Caledonia. An oasis hidden within Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, the hotel is ideal for those looking to escape to the old world, if only briefly. Decadent right from your first step in, the hotel boasts a refined polish minus the tartan (the rest of the city makes up for the latter).

Why We Love it:

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For the refined taste, old world seclusion, and ability to be at once both urban and isolated (staycation appeal par excellence).

What they offer us:

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When you book with ASW, you will receive 15% off the best available rate at the time, along with a complimentary room upgrade if possible. With any booking at the Blackwood Restaurant and Bar, the first bottle of wine is on them.

 

For The Hipster: The Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden

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Delete IKEA from your vocabulary–  if you’re coming to Sweden, stay in the most artistically cutting-edge hotel in the world. Don’t believe us? The room offerings are comprised of unique tree houses including one constructed entirely of mirrored exteriors, a bird’s nest, and a flying saucer. Literally. The wow-factor doesn’t stop at design; almost all of the hotel’s fabulous amenities are crafted to be environmentally conscious. #NotBasic

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Why we love it:

Honestly, you will be the envy of all your friends when they see a selfie of you climbing to a night’s rest aboard a UFO (a 7-star one that too) on your Instagram.

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What they offer ASW members:                                                                       

When you book through us, you will instantly receive a complimentary upgrade to next room category or suite (well in this case, tree house). On arrival, expect no less than the VIP treatment, which includes a welcome bottle of wine and a box of chocolates (or other seasonal confectionaries). You will also receive a special welcome from the owner or general manager over drinks at the bar (on her or him), and later an information session and tour of the premises after high tea to learn the story behind Tree Hotel. You will also receive alert calls at your room in case the Northern Lights appear (so answer your phone). Obviously you will also receive complimentary spa/sauna services. Members who stay three nights or longer will receive one complimentary dinner for two.

Book now here.

 

For The Haute Clicquot: The Sezz Hotel in Paris, France

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Back to France: This hotel is home to Paris’ first Veuve Clicquot bar—if this isn’t enough to get you booking periodic sojourns here, then maybe you need more pampering (than direct access to champagne—who are you?) Perhaps a personal assistant that the hotel offers in lieu of a receptionist is more your style. Still not enough? Then maybe you’d care for the hotel’s regency(?) architecture, stunningly contemporary-chic interiors (of the ultra-tech variety), and a sweeping view of the Tour Eiffel from your bedroom. If you haven’t conceded to these siren calls yet, you need to learn to appreciate the suite life, and you should start here.

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Why we love it:

I think we made our case, already.

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What they offer ASW members:

On booking with us, you will receive a complimentary room upgrade to next room category (eg: Deluxe to a Junior Suite and from a Junior Suite to Suite), confirmed upon reservation. You will also receive 15% off the best available rate, and VIP welcome with drinks upon arrival. Also: a VIP in-room treatment, complimentary daily breakfast, and flexible check-in / check-out.

Book now here.

 

For The Post-Montauk Prepster: Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island (USA)

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Remember your summer in Montauk? No? OK. That’s Rosé for you. Anyway, you don’t want to be caught dead in the Hamptons until next Memorial Day (if the masses haven’t ruined it for us by then). If you’re craving a little New England nautica: the salty sea air, marine stripes under pea coats, and Moby Dick’s ghost (basically a real-life Ralph Lauren catalogue) then head over to Vanderbilt Grace. This is like a country club that you can live in minus the popped-collar crowd acting like they’re the Kennedys. Your preppy dreams can come true, here.

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Why we love it:

Fall most visually autumnal in New England, and it’s best spent in a deluxe suite that comes with a private kitchen and optional chef, a heated pool (outdoor and indoor), a gym with steam and sauna, and easy access to beach.

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What they offer us:

On booking with ASW, you will receive 15% off the best available rate. Expect a VIP welcome from the general manager on arrival with welcome cocktails at the bar. For your leisure, the hotel offers us a flexible check-in and check-out (upon availability, of course), and tickets to Mansions of Newport (must see). Members staying for 5 nights or more will enjoy a complimentary spa treatment.

Book now here.

 

The Faux Farmer: Hacienda De San Rafael in Seville, Spain

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The grass is greener in Seville. Literally. This spot will appeal those of us who yearn for the simple life (if that simple life comes with a hot tub, organic cuisine, and wifi). That special breed of urban dwellers who know that a life spent entirely in concrete jungle is just not living at all can come here to commune in the fields under the Mediterranean sun. Don’t worry, you won’t actually have to engage in any pastoral activity —at Hacienda, they care about your handmade linen shirts and gluten-free manicure, so all you need to do is sun-bask, lounge, and luxuriate.

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Why we love them:

The vibe here is casual, but you will still be treated like royalty. Choose a bedroom, and spend the rest of the day exploring the villa’s many drawing rooms, sitting rooms, and dining room. When you want some sun, head to the private terrace or recline under an Olive Tree. At sunset head to the lunar bar for some cocktails.

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What they offer us:

When you book with ASW, you will automatically receive 15% off the best available rate at the time along with, a room upgrade (upon availability), and complimentary daily breakfast and wifi (a local peasant’s wet dream), and VIP other amenities in-room upon arrival. Members staying 3 nights and longer will receive a complimentary lunch and $25 hotel credit.

Book now here.

 

For The Starry-Eyed: Villa Crespi at Lake Orta in Italy:

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Some of us take comfort in the fact that we’re actually stardust (validated by Quantum physicists and Spiritual quacks alike) and accordingly feel that we deserve no less than the Hollywood treatment. If this is you, then head off to Lake Orta, a favorite among the Hollywood crowd like George Clooney (and AMAL!), Cindy Crawford, and Sophia Loren. Hobnob with the rich and famous under the Mediterranean sun, but be sparing with your selfie stick if you want to return next season. The bodyguards can and will blacklist you.

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Why we love them:

Firstly, know that Villa Crespi is a palace. The Marquis of Torre Roscano turned it into something of a hub for the aristo-crust of cafe society in the 30’s. If none of that means anything to you then think 7-stars al italia— picture a Versace Palazzo and now imagine it’s inhabitants more discreet and sophisticated, and decor lightyears more tasteful. Done? That’s Villa Crespi on the banks of Lake Orto- intricately relieved in stucco and arabeque exteriors in the Moorish stlye, completely restored for your pleasure and comfort.

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What they offer us:  

When you book with ASMALLWORLD, you will receive 15% off the best available rate, a room upgrade, and complimentary daily breakfast-in-bed and wifi. VIP amenities will be available in-room, upon arrival. Members staying 4 nights and longer will be received directly from the Milan airport, and at some point during the visit are invited to schedule a complimentary wine degustation.

Book now here.

                                                                                                              

 

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