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Backroads Spain Biking trip


April, 2013
A Better Way to See the World
An Unforgettable Night's Rest


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Million-euro views in the Swiss Alps. Unabashed luxury in Bordeaux. Historic charm in Tuscany. We take every element of trip design seriously, and selecting the best Premiere Inns—with outstanding service and local character—is no exception. Not surprisingly, our preferences are often shared by such respected industry sources as Travel + Leisure, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report and other discerning critics.

Hotels that go above and beyond—and make you feel at home after your active day—are an essential part of the Backroads experience. Read on for a peek at seven European properties that our guests (and we!) rave about.
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Mark Selcon
Regional Manager Spain, with Backroads since 2003

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Hôtel des Berges

Nothing quite compares to life à la française. And our Alsace & Black Forest guests have told us they feel like they've discovered a well-kept secret during their stay at Hôtel des Berges. No comfort has been overlooked at this handsomely restored 18th-century farmhouse. And its beautiful setting on the willow-lined banks of the Ill River is the very definition of peace and tranquility.
Visit this hotel on our Alsace & Black Forest Biking trip
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Hotel Caesar Augustus

Would Mr. Augustus have approved? We'll hazard a guess—YES! Because the splendid Hotel Caesar Augustus not only affords one of the most dazzling views on the isle of Capri, it offers enough luxury to delight even the most discriminating of emperors. Spend a couple of memorable nights here, and you'll certainly understand why this Relais & Châteaux property is ranked one of the best among our guests, as well as the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, year after year.
Visit this hotel on our Amalfi Coast Walking & Hiking trip
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Hostellerie de Plaisance

Our Dordogne & Bordeaux biking guests just can't get enough of Hostellerie de Plaisance. In fact, we've received raves about this drop-dead gorgeous hotel since we first started staying here more than a decade ago! With its ideal setting above prestigious Bordeaux vineyards and medieval St-Emilion—not to mention its superb restaurant and massive terrace with stretch-forever views—the hotel is on our list of favorites, too.
Visit this hotel on our Dordogne & Bordeaux Biking trip
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Cap Rocat

You might be surprised by the aura of romance at Cap Rocat, a 19th-century military barracks-turned-Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. With guest suites set in former munitions rooms, door handles made from stylized bullets, and décor hailing from Mallorca, India and Morocco, the hotel has been roundly praised for its understated yet eclectic style. Factor in the private terraces with all-weather canopy beds, the sparkling infinity pool and gorgeous private beach, and you may decide to move right in!
Visit this hotel on our Mallorca Biking trip
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Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa

Though mas means "old farmhouse"—this place is anything but. The oh-so-chic Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa delivers the swank Euro-hotel fantasy in spades. Oozing luxury from every perfectly placed detail, the hotel is situated in the countryside not far from the Costa Brava's idyllic beaches. But why head to the beach when there's decadent time to be spent at the world-class spa? Need we say más?
Visit this hotel on our Pyrenees & Costa Brava Biking and Walking & Hiking trips
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Riffelalp Resort

If you're like us, once you've caught sight of the Matterhorn from the stylish Riffelalp Resort in Zermatt, Switzerland (and, for that matter, checked out the hotel's fantastic pool and heavenly spa), you may never want to leave the property! And the rooms themselves? Just the right combination of alpine coziness and old-world elegance.
Visit this hotel on our Switzerland Walking & Hiking trip
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Hotel Relais Borgo San Felice

You'll love stepping back in time—and into the lap of luxury—at Hotel Relais Borgo San Felice in Tuscany, described by the Hideaway Report as an "enchanting resort enclave set within a restored medieval hamlet fringed by olive groves and vineyards in the Chianti Classico region." Backroads guests have been singing the praises of this Relais & Châteaux member for years—ready to experience it for yourself?
Visit this hotel on our Tuscany Walking & Hiking trip


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