Need to know
Double rooms from $343.20, excluding tax at 16 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
If you’re lucky enough to be staying in March, you can attend Charlie Palmer’s annual ‘Pigs and Pinot’ event, a celebration of fine wine and quality pork raising money for child hunger (ending it, that is).
At the hotel
Spa with six treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi, gym, free DVD library, free WiFi throughout, free valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, 500-thread-count Frette linen, bespoke organic toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Although the hotel’s suites are, of course, larger and have added sitting rooms, for the price, we’re still more than happy with the Standard King rooms – these all feature six-foot bath tubs, similarly generous beds, French doors opening onto private balconies and oak floors covered with Tibetan rugs.
The hotel’s secluded garden pool is lined with extra-comfy loungers and surrounded by olive trees.
Pack the shades – it’s blindingly bright round here – but leave the perfume/aftershave at home – artificial scents hijack your palate when sampling wines. No lipstick either – it’s a nightmare to scrub off the tasting glasses.
There’s a two-night minimum stay during weekends between March and October. Small dogs are welcome for a US$150 fee including doggy bed, doggy bowl and doggy snacks.
Kids stay free, and extra beds can be provided for children 15 and older or extra adults for US$50 a night. The hotel can recommend babysitting services (about US$15 an hour) and its restaurant can prepare dishes for younger palates on request.