• Skalakot Manor

    Stay at a Luxury Manor and Farm in the Countryside of Southern Iceland

    A stay at <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel</a> is a stay in the idealized Iceland that we all imagine: a cozy manor surrounded by rugged mountains, with easy access to waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, and miles of lava fields covered with green, spongy moss. The gorgeous accommodation located in the countrysides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Southern Iceland</a> has been owned by the same family for seven generations and wows for more reasons than just the spectacular landscape surrounding the establishment. With gables that echo the nearby mountains, the manor hotel and farm hybrid is a unique accommodation built for guests to enjoy a unique experience that is quintessentially Icelandic.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKf"></img></a><br><b>Jaw-dropping views of the Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel in the countryside of Southern Iceland </b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKQ"></img></a><br><b>The Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel staff and family behind the luxury manor and farm</b><br><br>As you approach the charming <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a>, the surrounding landscape in enough to take your breath away - located at the bottom of a jagged mountain-top, the scene is cinematic. Inside, the Skálakot Manor is complete with fourteen bedrooms, all seemingly inspired by Ralph Lauren&#39;s idea of a luxury Icelandic farmhouse. The interior has hints of Art Deco paired with elegant fabrics. As a result, the rooms are characterized by natural materials and great craftsmanship. Traces of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Icelandic culture</a> are sprinkled throughout the accommodation and it doesn&#39;t take long to feel at home. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKL"></img></a><br><b>One of the fourteen unique rooms in the Manor</b><br><br>One of the best aspects of this hotel, however, may be the charm and ease and welcoming service that accompanies staying at a <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">family-run farm</a>. The lively group of staff are passionate about working in the  <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Icelandic countryside</a> and their love for their home radiates as they welcome you on arrival. In addition to the manor hotel, the working farm is a joy to explore and is most well-known for raising the extraordinary breed of Icelandic horses, known around the world. The family has bred these short, sturdy, and shaggy horses for centuries and can answer any questions you may have about the engaging creatures. On <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> tours, you can join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">guided Icelandic horseback tour</a> of the property and surrounding area.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKG"></img></a><br><b>Guests enjoy an Icelandic Horseback Tour</b><br><br>Energized from an action-packed day full of waterfall hikes or<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"> tectonic snorkeling</a>, you can return and settle in to enjoy the (literally) farm-to-table menu in the dining room. The chef prepares candlelit dinners, as well as coffee and sweet cakes for an afternoon snack. And for breakfast expect to find a delicious buffet that includes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><i>Hafragrautur</i></a>, the delicious oatmeal topped with fresh fruit that many Icelanders love.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKV"></img></a><br><b>The quaint restaurant offers three meals and an afternoon snack of teas and cakes each day</b><br><br>Sited away from any light pollution, <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a> provides the perfect location to admire the Northern Lights. End your days at Skálakot joining the Icelandic tradition of a hot tub soak or enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace, perhaps planning the next days&#39; Icelandic adventure. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKB"></img></a><br><b>Catch views of the Northern Lights September to mid-April</b><br><br>The family-run <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a> and farm is the ideal location to enjoy the many wonders Iceland has to offer all while immersing yourself in Icelandic culture and feeling perfectly pampered with the stellar accommodation features. To have a chance to stay with the Skálakot Manor family in one of their fourteen rooms, take a look at our<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-family-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"> Iceland Family Adventure</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Iceland Multisport Tour</a> or give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more.

    Read More »
  • Positano Villa Franca

    Million Dollar Views on the Hillsides of Positano: Hotel Villa Franca

    The famed <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> is known for many things: colorful houses and cliffside villages, overgrowing gardens filled with lemon and orange trees, beautiful hidden beaches, scenic walking paths and of course a crisp limoncello or Aperol spritz to cool off on an Italian summer day. Perfectly situated among some of the best views on the hillsides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a>, the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> remains one of the most adored accommodations while visiting the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/italy/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a>.   <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The views from<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Hotel Villa Franca</a> are enough to make you want to stay here (and never leave). Upon arrival, expect to swing open your shutters and find jaw-dropping views of the glinting <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Mediterranean sea</a> and two blissful beaches just a stone&#39;s throw away. The ravishing hotel offers the perfect opportunity to check out from reality and absorb the glitz, glamour, and breathtaking beauty of the Amalfi Coast. <br><br>Once a private residence, this boutique hotel was remodeled to share authentic Italian elegance with visitors. Airy rooms and bright luxury suites are spread across two villas. Each unique space is filled with large windows to allow the famous Amalfi sun to seep into your space. All rooms include a balcony or terrace offering spectacular views, where you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the morning brought directly to your room. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> offers a host of dining options for guests, offering fresh fare made from the local Mediterranean produce and product. From local sun-ripened oranges and zesty lemons to freshly caught clams from the neighboring sea, menu offerings mirror the scents and sights you see on a daily basis in Amalfi. Enjoy the Amalfi sea breeze while dining by the cliffside pool, or sit down to enjoy a more luxurious dining experience that embodies sophistication at the<a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank"> Li Galli Restaurant</a> that has recently collaborated with a multi-Michelin starred chef.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The <a href="https://www.villafrancahotel.it/en/index.php" target="_blank">Hotel Villa Franca</a> is made complete with top-notch facilities and an accommodating staff that works closely with the Classic Journeys team to assure all guests have an enjoyable stay. The high terrace swimming pool surrounded by sweeping views of the ocean and colorful <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Positano</a> is a crowd favorite, however, should you prefer a dip in the Mediterranian, a private shuttle is offered to visit two beaches that are only minutes away. A deluxe spa and fully-stocked gym can be found on-site as well to add a hint of wellness to your trip. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfn" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>Whether dining on the restaurant terrace, taking Mediterranean views from your room or sipping an Aperol spritz by the rooftop pool the Hotel Villa Franca encapsulates Italian elegance and is sure to bring your trip to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast</a> to the next level. A dream amid sky and sea, indeed!<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxwp&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWfx" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>View our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri Tours</a> for a chance to stay at Hotel Villa Franca during your visit. Or, give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more about our stellar hotel partners and offered tours. 

    Read More »
  • Convento do Espinheiro

    Stay at This Luxury Portuguese Resort Hotel Created from a Monastery

    <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Évora, Portugal</a> is an ancient walled Portuguese city listed as a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage site</a> for its ancient Roman temple and volume of historical white-washed Baroque churches. After a day of delving into the past and wandering the winding cobblestone lanes inside the 14th-century walls, retreating back to a relaxing and comfortable accommodation is a must. Enter the<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"> Convento do Espinheiro</a>, a new 92 room resort hotel that was created from an 1834 monastery just on the outskirts of town. Pairing a cultural discovery and luxurious holiday, you can enjoy a huge outdoor pool, tennis court, indoor salt-water pool, jacuzzi, and full spa after a day of discovering all Évora and the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/portugal/" target="_blank">Alentejo region</a> has to offer. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXN5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The excitement of staying the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Convento do Espinheiro</a> lies in not only the five-star amenities but also the intriguing history of the hotel. The property was originally built in the 1400s by monks in honor of the Virgin Mary after she was reputed to have appeared there years earlier. Since then, the convent has been visited by Portuguese monarchs, spiritual groups on pilgrimages, several foreign kings and queens and now, yourself! Starwood Luxury Collection purchased the unused property and converted it into the culturally rich and luxurious five-star resort experience guests can enjoy today. The impressive property was even named one of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/resort-hotels-in-spain-portugal" target="_blank">Top 3 Spain and Portugal Resort Hotels in 2019</a> by <i>Travel + Leisure</i> Magazine. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The resort hotel has 92 rooms, including 5 suites, that are divided between &quot;heritage&quot; rooms in the old monastery and newer rooms located in the newer spa building. The &quot;heritage&quot; rooms are created from old monk&#39;s cells and are furnished with dark-wood furniture, oil paintings, and the luxuries that mirror those the Portuguese Royal Family experienced during their stays at the property. The rooms maintain a luxurious and historical feel in conjunction with its surroundings while also incorporating modern glamour design. The rooms maintain a lovely historical charm, garden views, and easy access to the property&#39;s chapel dating back to 1801. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNZ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>The hotel offers a few dining options including <a href="https://www.conventodoespinheiro.com/en/" target="_blank">Restaurant Divinus</a>, which serves classic Alentejo cuisine using simple ingredients as well as indigenous products—creating meals in which the pleasure of eating simultaneously feels like a cultural act. A crowd favorite is also the hotel&#39;s <a href="https://www.conventodoespinheiro.com/en/" target="_blank">Cisterna Wine Bar</a> which is located in an ancient gothic water deposit from the 15th century, where you can sit in candlelight and enjoy nightly tastings of the region&#39;s superior wines. Excellent dining options paired with friendly and accommodating staff makes for a lovely Portuguese culinary experience. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>During the day, enjoy a nature walk along<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"> Aqueduct de l&#39;Agua de Prata,</a> visit a cork factory and savor local wine and a picnic under cork wood trees. On the grounds of Convento do Espinheiro, explore their sweeping gardens, take a dip in one of the pools, and maybe indulge in a treatment at the hotel spa. The gorgeous town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Évora</a> and the charms of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/blog/tag/portugal/" target="_blank">Alentejo region</a> is brought to the next level with a stay at the Convento do Espinheiro—the cultural significance, luxurious treatment, and attentive service are unparalleled. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxz5&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zXNA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>For a chance to stay at the top-rated Convento do Espinheiro, take a look at our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Portugal Culture + Walking tour</a>, or give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more about opportunities to travel to the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal/" target="_blank">Alentejo region of Portugal</a> and indulge in the luxury of this property. 

    Read More »

SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST TRAVEL NEWS & TIPS! CLICK HERE »

Facebook Facebook Instagram Instagram Twitter Twitter