Palazzo Margherita, Bernalda, Italy
Style credentials: Winner of the ‘Best Dressed Hotel’ category at the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards 2016, Palazzo Margherita was once a crumbling 19th century relic in the 15th century hilltop town of Bernalda. It was then rediscovered by Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, who pledged to restore the decaying building to its former glory. Interior designer Jacques Grange restored the original marble floors of the Palazzo, which also boasts hand-painted fresco ceilings, a courtyard, pool and even a Tunisian-themed suite. Today, Palazzo Margherita boasts unobtrusive yet intuitive service, extravagant suites designed by the Coppola clan, and rustic homemade cooking.
Mr & Mrs Smith extra: For guests staying one night, a bottle of local wine; guests staying two nights or more get a three-course meal for two (including a starter, first and second course, fruit and house wine) instead.