- TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards celebrate the world’s best hotels and resorts.
- For 2019, the Belvedere hotel in Riccione, Italy, has been named the top Travellers’ Choice hotel in Europe.
- The hotel offers lavish rooms, easy access to the beach, and gourmet dining options.
- Travellers can also enjoy the Belvedere’s swimming pool and onsite parties.
Between its rich culture, high fashion, and unparalleled food, Italy is a dream vacation spot for many. But rather than visiting its most popular cities, TripAdvisor suggests heading to a smaller region of the country.
In its annual Travellers’ Choice awards – which celebrates the world’s best hotels and resorts, among other areas of travel – TripAdvisor named the Belvedere hotel in Riccione Italy as the top Travellers’ Choice hotel in Europe.
The glamorous destination is known for its luxurious suites, relaxing spa, and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel is also located a short distance from the beach, where it holds parties and various events. Here are 11 photos that will make you want to visit during your next vacation.
Speaking to INSIDER, a representative for the Belvedere said that the Italian phrase “Dolce Vita,” which translates to “The Good Life,” has become the hotel’s motto.
While the entire resort speaks to the “good life” motto, its luxurious atmosphere is especially present at the hotel’s pool.
Also called “the heart of Belvedere,” the picturesque pool is lined with blue mosaic tiles and is surrounded by tall plants. Guests who go for a swim can choose to either relax in the freshwater section, or hop into its designated jacuzzi areas.
There’s a distinct bridge that crosses over the pool.
On the hotel’s website, the wooden bridge is described as “what unites and also divides the Belvedere from the rest of the world.”
But the pool isn’t just for swimming.
It’s also a place where you can sit back and indulge the hotel’s Mediterranean cuisine. Tables are lined next to the pool in place of lounge chairs, creating a unique dining experience for travellers.
Pasta dishes are frequently served, as well as fish, meat, vegetables, and dessert.
Visitors who don’t sit for a formal dinner can choose to snack at the hotel’s buffets.
According to the hotel’s website, the Belvedere focuses on “the pleasure of good food, with that of healthy cooking.”
That rule even applies to the 16-foot-long buffets that are served, which include shellfish, vegetables au gratin, mushrooms, and varieties of cheese, among other foods.
Of the hotel’s 39 guest rooms, many travellers choose to stay in the Belvedere’s “Glamour Junior Suites.”
The rooms were designed using cool-toned colours to create “skillful and pleasant visual contrasts,” according to the hotel’s website.
“Glamour Junior Suites” also incorporate “extra space, digital technology and prestigious linen” into each room.
The most luxurious travellers will want to stay in the hotel’s “Glamour Rooms.”
A representative for the Belvedere told INSIDER that each “Glamour Room” is equipped with a TV, DVD player, mini bar, hairdryer, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.
Health and wellness is crucial to the Belvedere.
At the center of the hotel’s wellness mission is the Belvedere’s in-house spa, which focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation through 10 different treatment options.
One package offered at the spa is the “Turkish Bath and 5 Senses Relaxation Room.” While there, visitors lounge on benches while a Himalayan salt-rock crystal is dissolved by warm vapour.
Afterwards, travellers can relax in the “5 Senses Relaxation Room,” where they’re encouraged to lounge on soft chairs and walk on textured materials.
A “bio-sauna” is also available for visitors to relax in.
Unlike traditional saunas, the one at the Belvedere doesn’t utilise hot steam. Instead, the bio-sauna first expels hot water, then cold water, and eventually scented mist.
Rather than including a regular hot tub, the Belvedere’s spa is home to a “Salt Jacuzzi Bath.”
There are no lighting fixtures in the Jacuzzi room, but guests can still relax under natural sunlight that streams in from large windows.
In terms of the actual Jacuzzi, the bath’s water is set to remain at 100 degrees, and is infused with various salts and minerals.
The “Kneipp Pool & Dead Sea Salt Bath” are arguably two of the hotel’s most stunning features.
As spa visitors walk on soft pebbles throughout the “Kneipp Pool,” the water alternates between hot and cold temperatures, light and dark colours, and sweet and salted scents.
The adjacent “Dead Sea Salt Bath” allows guests to relax under a ceiling which imitates a star-studded night sky. Like the “Salt Jacuzzi Bath,” its water remains at 100 degrees and is infused with minerals to relax muscles.
The Belvedere hotel is located 164-feet away from the beach.
Of course, visitors can lounge on the beach throughout the day, but its the Belvedere’s evening beach parties that are really worth the trip.
Parties are held at the Bagno Leo beach area, and are typically themed to represent other destinations, such as Mexico, Monte Carlo, or Panarea.
Music is usually played throughout the night as guests dine on hotel cuisine, and warm doughnuts are served at midnight.
Find out more about the Belvedere hotel on its website.
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