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6 Leading Hotels of the World Properties to Visit

From an out-of-the-way Caribbean island to a D.C. landmark with a storied past, these six Leading Hotels of the World properties are your ticket to next-level travel

When is a hotel more than a hotel? When it’s your key to the secrets of a destination. That’s what The Leading Hotels of the World promises at each of its properties around the globe. Its collection of remarkably uncommon hotels and resorts—which includes more than 170 Fine Hotels + Resorts® Properties—aren’t simply luxurious places to stay the night; they’re gateways to the best of their location, granting insider access to culinary wonders, natural marvels, hidden experiences, and extraordinary stories. Here, we check into six Leading Hotels properties to discover all the riches they have to offer to Platinum Card® Members, from amenities that connect travelers to their destinations in new ways to exclusive experiences that take them on exciting adventures.

St. George’s, Grenada

Silversands Grenada

You can’t help but feel like you’ve found paradise at Silversands Grenada, a chic resort on the Caribbean island’s postcard-worthy Grand Anse Beach. Each of the property’s 48 villas and suites is a stylish sanctuary, designed with sleek furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, and just steps from a palm-tree-lined pool and serene stretch of golden sand. But Silversands’ surroundings are too alluring to stay put all day: A short walk beyond its pristine beachfront is a string of lively craft markets and toes-in-the-sand bars, while farther afield, guests can explore the adjacent jungles, spice fields, and historic colonial neighborhoods with an expert guide. Back at the resort, there’s more to draw you into Grenada’s vibrant culture, from the local delicacies (just-caught mahi-mahi and fresh plantains among them) served at the two restaurants to the dozens of Grenadian spirits on offer at the sophisticated rum bar.

American Express Travel Tip:

Silversands Grenada is a member of Fine Hotels + Resorts, so you will receive an exceptional suite of benefits when you book with American Express Travel. Check in early and start your vacation on a high note with a soothing treatment at the Silversands Spa, where you can use your $100 property credit toward therapies like the Royal Honey Facial or Coconut Body Wrap, both of which use local island ingredients.*

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Tel Aviv, Israel

The Setai Tel Aviv Hotel

The Setai Tel Aviv Hotel isn’t all that it may seem at first glance. The grand hotel, a 12th-century landmark secreted away behind a towering stone wall, has the appearance of a historic monument—it was, in fact, a Crusader fortress in another life—but make your way into the lobby and you’ll find that there’s nothing stark or sober about the 120-room property as it stands today. Instead, it’s a stunning combination of fresh design and elegant Ottoman details, with original stone archways, rich fabrics, and contemporary furnishings all flawlessly blending together. From nearly every window are panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea—and when you book with American Express Travel, you could enjoy an upgrade to a Premium room with a balcony for some of the best vistas in the house.** The scenery is just as impressive on the rooftop, where an infinity pool that appears to stretch straight into the horizon makes for a strikingly modern scene in the storied setting. Still, it’s the Setai’s location that is the most dramatic blend of history and modernity: Set in the heart of Tel Aviv’s bustling Jaffa district, it’s an epicenter of exploration for curious travelers, a mere stone’s throw away from top restaurants, lively bars, and the famous Jaffa Flea Market stacked high with treasures old and new.

American Express Travel Tip:

The Setai Tel Aviv is a member of Fine Hotels + Resorts, so you will receive an exceptional suite of benefits when you book with American Express Travel. After a day exploring the city, use your $100 spa credit to wind down with a traditional Turkish massage and body scrub experience in the hotel’s authentic hammam.*

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London, England

Hotel Café Royal

The venerable Hotel Café Royal has been the London haunt for more than 150 years: Everyone from famous political figures to known celebrities have stayed the night over the decades. But you could hardly call this Piccadilly grande dame old: The 160-room hotel has managed to stay as fashionably of-the-moment as it was when French wine merchant Daniel Nicholas Thévenon first established it in 1863. Appropriately, everything about the property is quintessentially British, from the rakish gentlemen donning top hats at the door to the stately English oak paneling in the guest rooms. You don’t have to venture far for a taste of London’s modern social scene either: The original café of Café Royal, today named the Oscar Wilde Lounge for yet another famous patron, remains a local institution for afternoon tea, while the Laurent restaurant is a favorite for daily complimentary breakfast when you book with American Express Travel.

American Express Travel Tip:

Hotel Café Royal is a member of Fine Hotels + Resorts, so you will receive an exceptional suite of benefits when you book with American Express Travel. In addition to a room upgrade and complimentary WiFi, you’ll also receive a $150 property credit. Use it toward the Oscar Wilde Lounge’s award-winning afternoon tea service, complete with live music and Champagne, or at the expansive Akasha Spa, where London’s first Watsu pool offers tailored hydro-treatments in peaceful warm water.*

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Washington, D.C.

The Hay-Adams

One of the District of Columbia’s most stately addresses, The Hay-Adams, Washington, D.C. has a long lineage. Named for the two distinguished residents who first called it home in 1928—John Hay (Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary) and Henry Adams (a descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adam)—the Italian-Renaissance mansion has played host to many prominent political figures, past and present. Nearly all of the city’s important museums and monuments is a short jaunt away, but you don’t need to leave the hotel at all to see the American government at work. You may be able to keep a watchful eye on the White House from your room—especially if you book the Federal Suite, whose private balcony has breathtaking views stretching all the way from Lafayette Square to the Washington Monument—and you might even pick up the latest political gossip at Off the Record, the historic bar in the hotel’s basement where many a civil secret has no doubt been spilled. We won’t blame you if you use your 4pm late checkout—a perk when you book with American Express Travel—to spend a little more time there, glimpsing powerful Washingtonians with a cocktail in hand.

American Express Travel Tip:

The Hay-Adams is a member of Fine Hotels + Resorts, so you will receive an exceptional suite of benefits when you book with American Express Travel. Your taste for the finer things in life will be satisfied at every meal, whether you indulge in daily complimentary breakfast for two or use your $100 food and beverage credit at The Lafayette, which serves upscale American cuisine all day, as well as an exquisite Champagne weekend brunch offering decadent dishes like lobster omelettes and brioche French toast with Bartlett pears.*

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Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia

Hotel Las Islas

The paradise that is Hotel Las Islas is just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Colombia’s historic city of Cartagena, and yet this Caribbean jungle retreat feels worlds away. Set between white-sand beach and lush rainforest, the eco-resort neighbors the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park, where a thriving coral reef is home to hundreds of marine life species. You’ll have plenty of Robinson Crusoe moments, exploring hidden islands and mangroves, lazing on out-of-the-way islets, and at night, swimming in glowing waters lit by bioluminescent plankton. The singular setting imbues nearly every aspect of the property too, from the handwoven hammocks (made by local artisans) hanging in the thatched-roof bungalows to the seasonal, organic produce grown on site and served in the overwater restaurant.

American Express Travel Tip:

Hotel Las Islas is a member of Fine Hotels + Resorts, so you will receive an exceptional suite of benefits when you book with American Express Travel. Check in early and start relaxing right away with a complimentary 50-minute massage for two at the Spa Niña Daniela, a beachfront retreat where treatments take place in open-air cabanas surrounded by tropical jungle.*

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*Special amenity varies by property. See Fine Hotels + Resorts terms and conditions for details.

** Room upgrade upon arrival, when available. Certain room categories are not eligible.

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