When you book through Chic Retreats, you know that you’ll be staying in one of the world’s most exceptional boutique hotels, but that’s not the only benefit. Many of our passionate hosts go above and beyond in offering outstanding experiences to their guests in the form of Chic Treats – small, unique benefits that you won’t find anywhere else. From bottles of the hotel’s own wine to hand-crafted treasures, we’ve rounded up the best to make that special trip just a little bit more precious. It’s worth noting that some of the following are dependent on stay duration, so be sure to check the details on the hotel page.
Villa Crespi – Piedmont, Italy
Chef Antonino Cannavucciulo is already well-established in Italy as a /Masterchef/ judge, but the extraordinary Villa Crespi shows that Cannavucciulo’s talents go well beyond the kitchen. The 19th-century villa on the shores of Piedmont’s Lake Ortu is a labour of love from the chef and his wife, Cinzia, who have restored the building to its former Orientalist glory with its dreamlike spire and beautifully intricate décor. Of course, Cannavucciulo hasn’t entirely forgotten his roots. Under his auspices, the hotel’s restaurant has been awarded two of the coveted Michelin stars with a menu that combines traditional Neapolitan recipes with Piedmontese flavours and ingredients.
Chic Treat: A visit to a 2 Michelin-star kitchen
Go behind the scenes and learn what goes into making a world-class restaurant, only when booking through Chic Retreats. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the kitchen, find out about the inspiration behind the menu, and have a chance to see a Michelin-starred kitchen in action.
The Menjangan – Bali
Nestled in Bali’s Barat National Park, the Menjangan is perfect for those that want to get away from it all. This peaceful retreat is set within 382 hectares of outstanding natural beauty, just waiting to be explored. Climb to the top of The Bali Tower, an impressive structure built from five massive, 33-metre long logs, for breathtaking panoramic views over the surrounding park. If you don’t have a head for heights, instead treat yourself to a session at the Mangrove Spa, or head to the hotel’s beachfront restaurant to eat freshly-caught fish on the wooden deck, with the waves gently lapping below.
Chic Treat: Complimentary horseback ride
As a Chic guest, you’ll have the exclusive chance to explore this stunning natural landscape on horseback. Led by an expert guide, you’ll weave your way through the trees, with nothing but the gentle chirping of birdsong to disturb the silence. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to spot the rare species of deer for which the hotel is named.
Foxhill Manor – Cotswolds, UK
A rural retreat tucked away in the beautiful Cotswolds, Foxhill Manor’s rather cheeky motto is ‘Whatever you fancy, wherever you fancy it.’ With only eight beautiful bedrooms, there’s a truly exclusive feel to this boutique bolthole. Sequester yourself in your comfortable room, or mix yourself a complimentary G&T from the chic Drinks Trolley and enjoy it while watching your favourite film in the Media Room. If you fancy stretching your legs, there’s 400 acres of rambling Cotswolds countryside to explore.
Chic Treat: Hand-made hot water bottle
While Foxhill’s Pantry and Drinks Trolley probably won’t fit in your luggage, it’s still possible to bring a touch of the Manor’s luxury home with you. As a Chic guest, you’ll receive a beautiful hot water bottle, handcrafted in the Cotswolds by a local artisan.
Fontelunga – Tuscany, Italy
With its spectacular views over the Val di Chiana, it’s no surprise that it was love at first sight when owners Phillip and Paolo first saw this Tuscan farmhouse. The couple have really put their personalities into the stylish and comfortable Fontelunga, along with their extended family of excitable canines. The spirit of Fontelunga is epitomised in the weekly dinner parties that they hold for their guests; a real celebration of conviviality and good company.
Chic Treat: An exclusive bottle of estate olive oil
While you may not be able to recreate the pair’s cooking back at home, you can at least bring a flavour of Fontelunga back with you with an exclusive bottle of the small-batch olive oil crafted from the gnarled olive groves surrounding the hotel.
Relais La Corte dei Papi – Tuscany, Italy
Seven generations of David’s family have called this 17th-century farmhouse home, working the land and producing their own wine and olive oil from the surrounding vineyards. With his mother, David has lovingly restored his family home, breathing new life into it as a luxurious boutique hotel. The cellar where David used to make wine with his grandfather is now an acclaimed restaurant serving local cuisine and the historic rooms with their coffered ceilings and parquet floors have been updated with indulgent Jacuzzi bathtubs. Intimate and stylish in equal measure, it’s the perfect place for a romantic Tuscan getaway.
Chic Treat: An exclusive bottle of estate wine
All that remains of the family’s long history of wine production is an exclusive vintage produced each year, which you’ll receive as a welcome present, only when booking through Chic Retreats.
Kurhaus Cademario Wellness & Spa – Lugano, Switzerland
At a dizzying 850 metres above sea level, Kurhaus Cademario is a luxuriously exclusive Swiss spa retreat just a short distance from Lugano. The perfect alternative to visiting the Lakes, this mountainous hideaway boasts an acclaimed restaurant under chef Franco Passoni, and one of the finest spas in the region.
Chic Treat: Exclusive discounts at the Spa
Spanning over 2200 square metres, the DOT.Spa at Kurhaus features both indoor and outdoor heated pools, a sauna, ice fountain, brine pool, salt tepidarium and a hammam, and boasts truly spectacular views over Lake Lugano and the surrounding Malcontone mountains. As a Chic guest, enjoy an exclusive discount on all spa treatments during your stay.
Carpe Diem Exclusive Boutique Resort – Santorini, Greece
With jaw-dropping views over Santorini’s volcanic crags, whitewashed villages and the sapphire sparkle of the Aegean sea beyond, Carpe Diem is one of our favourite spots on this famously beautiful island. There’s an expansive cliff-top infinity pool, and the panoramic bar is the ideal place to savour a cocktail while enjoying a Santorini sunset. We particularly love the pampering Althea Spa, which offers a range of indulgent treatments inspired by the Hellenic landscape.
Chic Treat: Complimentary spa session
Book through Chic Retreats, and you’ll be able to enjoy one of the hotel’s tantalising massages free of charge. With each one guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate, and making use of all-natural Apivita products, the only trouble you’ll have is deciding which one!
The Groucho Club – London, UK
A true institution, The Groucho Club is one of London’s most exclusive hideouts. Tucked away in fashionable Soho, this trendy club was founded as an alternative to the city’s more traditional private members club and still remains one of the coolest spots in the capital. With comfortable, stylish rooms filled with contemporary artwork, The Groucho Club is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the vibrant heart of London’s cultural centre.
Chic Treat: Exclusive access to the club
Ordinarily membership is restricted to arts and media lumineries, but when booking through Chic Retreats you’ll be granted access to the full run of The Groucho Club’s facilities. Relax beside the crackling fireplace in the ‘chill-out’ lounge or enjoy an expertly-crafted cocktail in the ultra-stylish bar, before venturing into the streets of Soho to savour the restaurants and nightclubs of this lively area.
La Verriere – Provence, France
Oenophiles are in for a particular treat: this former Provençal priory is surrounded by biodynamic vineyards, used to produce the award-winning Chêne Bleu Rhone wines. La Verriere is famous in wine circles for hosting the ‘Extreme Wine Course, where a select group of students undergo a masterclass from some of the world’s most respected experts. If you don’t know your Syrah from your Sauvignon, there’s still plenty to captivate, from the beautiful sun-kissed terrace to the spacious infinity pool.
Chic Treat: Wine-tasting session and vineyard tour
Learn more about La Verriere’s wine producing with a comprehensive tasting session, followed by an exclusive tour of the vineyard.
Dimora di Sicilia – Sicily, Italy
From the Baroque architectural flourishes to its romantically faded frescoes, Dimora di Sicilia richly evokes the visual splendour of the 17th-century, while the owner-architect’s restoration has updated the luxuries for the 21st-century. With only five bedrooms, Dimora di Sicilia has the real feel of staying in a private residence rather than a hotel, and the knowledgeable concierge will share the very best tips on how to explore Catania like a local.
Chic Treat: A complimentary Sicilian dinner
Blessed with seas teeming with seafood and rich, fertile volcanic soil, Sicilian cuisine is some of the finest in all of Italy. As a Chic guest, you’ll be treated to a complimentary Sicilian dinner, enjoyed in the romantic candlelight of the terrace with the baroque streets of Catania spread before you.
As you browse our full collection of brilliant boutique hotels, keep an eye out for more unique Chic Treats.