Hotel Schloss Fuschl, Salzburg $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Perched on the lip of the pristine Lake Fuschlsee and framed by mountain peaks, Schloss Fuschl was built as a hunting lodge in the 15th century. It sits just ten miles south of Salzburg but offers an Alpine idyll that keeps drawing big names (most recently, Prince Charles and Camilla). The 110-room miniresort—with row boats, fishing, a recently expanded full-service spa, and an adjoining nine-hole golf course—lets you design your own kind of getaway. Anyone hoping for an old world vacation should opt for the seven regal suites located in the original, yellow tower—distinguished by the best lake views and serious Baroque-to-Biedermeier antiques—and dine at the Schloss Restaurant, where pike perch hooked fresh from the lake precedes a big Austrian finish (try the pancakes folded around nougat-brittle-mousse). Fans of more contemporary comfort should book one of the recently renovated rooms in the Waldhaus wing, distinguished by a vaguely Mediterranean style that can resemble an upscale San Diego condo (marbleized columns, TVs enclosed in new cabinetry); to dine in a like manner, choose the Eurasian menu (think crayfish and chorizo ravioli) at the urbane Restaurant Imperial. For the rustic at heart, there are six renovated lakeside cabins, each with a sauna.