Set on a hillside just outside the centre of the Eternal City, the Rome Cavalieri is to be found – A Waldorf Astoria resort spread over 15-acre of land. The five-star resort is a luxurious oasis from a sweltering Roman summer, with three heated outdoor swimming pools, a Michelin-star restaurant, tennis courts and the largest art collection outside of a museum in the world.

The Cavalieri has a rather distinct 1960s architecture filled with big spaces and lavish interiors centred around fine art and antiques. The lounge, Imperial Club and suites are decorated with extravagant tufted velvet, wood panelling and gold leafs. And the hotel’s particular point of pride are the three magnificent Tiepolos seen in the main lobby.

My partner and I had the pleasure of staying at the resort for 3 days in a premium room with a view over the beautiful treasures of Rome and the private garden. Some unforgettable moments were taken in when the sun rose and set as a painting on our bedroom wall.

During our stay at the Cavalieri we were invited to spend time in the Petronius (presidential) suite of the hotel. Being named after the fashion advisor and judge of fine taste, the opulent suite is a splendid gallery of antiques and classical arrangements. It is The Cavalieri’s largest suite and it’s interior includes historic furniture such as a rare French 18th century inlayed desk and sofas from Karl Lagerfeld’s home in Paris.

Each morning we were spoiled with a booming breakfast buffet which we enjoyed on the terrace over looking the hotel’s pool and oasis looking park. We spent our afternoons sunbathing, relaxing in the Imperial Lounge, unwinding in the spa facilities and exploring the hotel’s historical art pieces.

Leaving The Rome Cavalieri we felt like having discovered one of Rome’s hidden treasures. Being a paradise of beautiful art & architecture, breathtaking views, amazing food and perfect service we can’t wait to be back.