With international travel resuming slowly but surely, here are a few top properties and destinations for whisky-lovers looking to enjoy a dram or two on their next long-haul trip:
The Glasshouse - Edinburgh, Scotland
The Glasshouse, YTL Hotels' five-star property in Edinburgh, prides itself on its extraordinary collection of 150 scotch whiskies including YTL Hotels' very own limited-edition YTL Whisky, a bespoke Adelphi Glenborrodale Batch Six offered at all of their UK properties, and its 17 luxurious suites, all named after local whisky distilleries and regions including Macallan, Dalwhinnie and Glenfiddich. Whisky lovers are invited to sample a selection of Scotland’s most prestigious whiskies with the property’s two-night Elite Whisky Experience, perfect for the whisky connoisseur looking to further their journey in sampling and better understanding high-profile and unique Scottish whiskies. Included in the Elite Whisky Experience is a stay in the property’s lavish Islay Suite, overlooking the historic Calton Hill in the heart of Edinburgh. Following a welcome dram of whiskey from the Islay region, guests can dine on a 7-course whisky tasting menu, featuring a variety of locally sourced ingredients served alongside a curated whisky dram. The following day, guests embark on a personal-guided bespoke distillery tour of their chosen distillery and a 3 course dinner in the Snug — The Glasshouse’s cozy whisky bar.
The Carlton Hotel St. Moritz - St. Moritz, Switzerland
Situated in St. Moritz, one of the most well known ski resorts in the world, the all-suite Carlton Hotel St. Moritz is a classic example of the destination’s renowned elegance and exclusivity. With breathtaking views of the frozen Lake St. Moritz and the Engadine mountains beyond it, the Carlton feature 60 suites over seven floors (and a Penthouse Suite), two restaurants, a spa and wellness center, and a bar and lounge with the most impressive whisky list in St. Moritz. Offering more than 100 pours with an emphasis on scotch, the Carlton Bar and Lobby is the place to unwind after a day on the slopes with a dram of whisky overlooking the Alps. With options ranging from $10 a glass to $3,000 a bottle, there are whiskies for all palates and price ranges to enjoy.
Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve - Niseko, Japan
In the heart of Niseko Village, one of the world’s best skiing destinations, lies Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan and the fifth across the globe. Lying at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, the resort offers majestic, panoramic views of Mount Yotei, 43 rooms and seven suites, two distinctive restaurants, the Ume Lounge, a fitness center, an exclusive team of Higashiyama Reservists, and a world-class spa and onsen.
Only a short drive from Higashiyama Niseko Village, Nikka Whiskey Distillery in Yoichi is becoming world renowned after winning multiple top-distillery awards in recent years. Single malt and blended whiskey aficionados have the unique chance to experience the whiskey distillation process first-hand, gain knowledge about the whiskey making process and taste the goods for free. But even if guests are not whiskey lovers, the excellent museum detailing the story of one of Japan's most interesting marriages between East and West is worth a visit. The museum also showcases a range of limited-edition Nikka Whisky bottles. Back at Niseko Village, the lounge at Higashiyama Niseko Village offers the perfect spot to relax, sit back and sip some Hokkaido whiskey.