Villa Nocetta

BY Lisa Lindblad

December 21, 2012

Villa Nocetta, a new, exclusive-use property in the center of Rome, is a wonderful addition to the hotel scene in this city. How many times have I planned summer Roman stays for families and wavered over my choice of a hotel. Rome can be hot and uncomfortable in the summer, yet it is, in my view, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. We make magic in Rome for our travelers but we realize that, even with extraordinary access to rich cultural adventures, the day should end in a swimming pool and the cooling green of a garden.

This is where Villa Nocetta comes in. A six suite private villa surrounded by its own gardens and overlooking the parklands of the Villa Doria Pamphili, it has a gorgeous pool, pretty rooms, delicious food and good service.

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I am in a privileged position of sitting ringside at the ever-changing landscape of innovative hotel properties.  I travel to, I read about, and I visit with people associated with new hotels.  I can scan floor plans and site plans, instantly convert square meters to square feet, and ask the right questions about room floor, view, and location.  Spa? Room service? Restaurant? Eco-friendly? Culturally sensitive?  I know all the buzz words.

And then, along comes a property that tells me, in one quick introduction, just how perfect it is.  Everything in balance, no hype, simplicity married to great style.

Think Babylonstoren.

Located in South Africa's wine lands, this relatively new property has it all - Cape Dutch architecture, clean interiors, wonderful formal gardens that reach for inspiration back into the fabled history of Babylon and to the 17th century Cape Company Gardens which replenished ships midway through their journey.  It has its own wine, of course, guest suites that thrill with contemporary furnishings, and a spa.

Come to savor the delicious food, the heartbreakingly beautiful landscape, the comfort of the farm, the lovely walks.  And, guaranteed, you will not want to leave.

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