Mandarin Oriental, Prague
BEST PLACE FOR A CULTURAL FIXWHY IT'S GREAT
This new 99-room property, formerly a 14th-century monastery near Prague Castle, is a romantic hideaway. Guest rooms are individually designed and boast contemporary furnishings and textiles. It's located within a ten-minute walk of all the major sites, and the spa is housed in a former Renaissance chapel.
WHAT TO DO
Visit the Prague Castle and the Old Town with a guide; get tickets to a performance at the Prague State Opera; don't miss the restored Kampa Museum, which displays a superb collection of Czech modern art; have coffee at the venerable Kavarna Obecni Dum
; and for dinner, make a reservation at the riverside Kampa Park.
BRING IT BACK
An historical engraving from Antikvariat Parizka; handmade botanical soaps and lotions from the family-run Botanicus; feminine fashion or large-bead jewelry from native Prague designer Klara Nademlynska; traditional Czech wooden puppets from the weekend market.
BOOK ITmandarinoriental.com/pragueMelissa Biggs Bradley of indagare.com additional reporting by Elisabeth Durkin