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Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel

Velden, Austria

This turreted 17th-century castle on the Austrian Riviera draws a discerning crowd year-round. Impeccable white-glove service is available on demand, whether guests need to store ski equipment or schedule canyoning excursions. Offering 105 rooms with dual fireplaces, a private marina, and the Schlossstern restaurant—awarded a Michelin star—the hotel is also home to the palatial Auriga Spa. The 30,000-sqaure-foot spa facility is housed in a striking glass structure, with a steam room, whirlpool, and an ice room that features falling snow. Besides a core menu of massages, body envelopments, and facials are two- and three-hour lunar-influenced body treatments, which use organic ingredients like rose petals, jasmine, and eucalyptus.