Five Star Tour Continued
#7. Copenhagen, Denmark
Why: Copenhagen is the capital of the world’s happiest country, and the greenest capital city in the world, where Legos were invented and missile silos are repurposed into trendy waterside lofts.
What to see: Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park, first opened its doors in 1843! With more than 40 places to eat and drink, rides, shows and beautiful gardens, Tivoli is a must with or without children. Copenhagen’s claim-to-fame is The Little Mermaid. Her sculpture (now 101 years old), based on Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, is located at Langelinje Pier. Copenhagen glitters with all of its Michelin stars. Three-time World’s Best Restaurant, Noma, offers a twist on traditional Nordic cuisine. Also be sure to visit Frederik’s Church, known as the Marble Church, located down the street from Amalienborg Palace, where you can witness the changing of the guards at noon daily. A canal tour offers a quick history lesson on Copenhagen and also a water-view of the city’s main attractions.
Where to stay: Established in 1755, the d’Angleterre is the product of a true love story. The unparalleled hotel was recently completely refurbished. The renovation complements the traditional grandeur while integrating a modern sophistication and state-of-the-art technological conveniences. At d’Angleterre, elegance drips from the walls with unrivaled magnificence.
#8 Where to go: Prague, Czech Republic
What to see: The spellbinding romantic charm of Prague is hard to escape from anywhere in the city, but among its most popular attractions is the Prague Castle, the largest coherent castle complex in the world. The Charles Bridge showcases museum-worthy Catholic statues lining the pedestrian bridge, which fills with local artists during the day and offers beautiful panoramic views of the city’s palaces, medieval towers and churches. Prague’s Astronomical Clock was originally built into one side of The Old Town Hall Tower in 1410. The clock features a show of the 12 apostles and 12 medallions of the zodiac signs all tuned by hydrologic mechanisms.
Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Prague was once home to 14th century Dominican Monks. The Baroque and Renaissance architecture from the original monastery are showcased throughout the common areas. Stay in one of the Baroque suites, or the rooftop presidential suite, which offers an expansive rooftop terrace to take in all of Prague’s vistas. At the Mandarin Oriental Spa, the only spa in the world built into a Renaissance Chapel, special attention to detail has preserved the original
tapestries, and you can even walk over the original, glass covered, foundation. The building is so tranquil that Gandhi himself requested to move from his hotel suite to the spa because he felt such peace there. The UTOPIA Gold Facial, featuring Gaylia Kristensen’s passion oil, is a miraculous treatment.
Visit the individual homes of five monks who once lived in the structure, which now are combined to form the restaurant Essensia. Sit in a chic minimalist haven below the original vaulted ceilings and feast on exquisite modern Czech and Asian fare prepared by Executive Chef Jiří Štift. For larger parties, reserve a table below the restaurant in the original red brick atmospheric wine cellar located in the monastery’s foundation. Bon Voyage!