From swim-up cave pool suites in Santorini to charming coastal cabanas in Corfu, Europe is fast becoming one of the most desirable destinations for the discerning traveller. Follow our guide to discover where the best luxury hotels in Europe are…
Turkey: Six Senses Kaplankaya
Skirted by wild olive trees and the sparkling Aegean Sea, this sleek, chic resort is the embodiment of the stylish sophistication that the Six Senses brand is renowned for.
Each of the rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, sourced from natural materials and designed to complement the stunning coastal surrounds. The true jewel in this resort’s crown, however, is its 10,000 square metre Six Senses Spa. This state-of-the-art wellness centre has everything you could desire to rejuvenate the senses, including Meditation Caves for the mind, fitness centres for the body, and traditional Turkish hammams for the spirit.
Our European Expert, Alex Wilson, stayed at this remarkable resort in 2019 and shares his experience with us:
“The beauty of this resort is the sense of nature you feel around you in both directions, as well as access to three very different private beaches. There are some lovely coastal paths that allow you to explore and enjoy its secluded setting on the Aegean coast. At the end of one of these coastal routes sits the sublime Anhinga Beach Club overlooking a white-sand beach, so you are never short of unique settings to discover and enjoy here! The Spa within the resort – as you’d expect from Six Senses of course – is also sensational, and includes some very specific signature treatments, such as the Watsu hydrotherapy massage. Having tried this treatment during my stay, it was like nothing I have experienced before; an exhilarating combination of gentle movement in the water, deep relaxation, ambient sound, and shiatsu massage!”
Santorini: Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa
Say hello to Santorini’s serene all-suites & villas, Santo Maris Oia. This five-star sanctuary is home to boho-styled villas and suites, five outdoor pools, two of them are exquisite infinity pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and of course, the star of the show, the resident Anassa Spa. Awarded the prestigious title of ‘Greece’s Best Resort Spa’ at the World Spa Awards™ for five consecutive years running, this incredible wellness centre has an abundance of rejuvenating activities on offer, including massages, scrubs, steam baths, and cryotherapy. Where do we sign up?
Montengro: One&Only Portonovi
Set beside the stunning Adriatic Sea and framed by Montegero’s Black Mountains, the resplendent One&Only Portonovi is truly the shining star of the Balkans. Take a dip in one of the six, sublime swimming pools, feast upon traditional Mediterranean fare, or indulge in one of the week-long signature Chenot Espace wellness programmes – this is the gratifying escape you’ve been dreaming of.
Majorca: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
From the moment you step foot into the spectacular glass-roofed lobby of Jumeirah Port Soller, you instinctively know you’re in good hands. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with locally inspired treats such as homemade chocolate orange peel strips, and a bottle of exclusively produced orange liquor. It’s from this point, the feeling of pure indulgence only continues.
Choose to unwind at the sumptuous Talise Spa, ignite the tastebuds at one of two fine restaurants, or simply revel in the spectacular views of the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Tramuntana Mountains.
Mykonos: Myconian Utopia
Make way for the finest hotel in Mykonos, the dazzling Myconian Utopia. Perched in a prime location 300ft above Elia Beach and affording panoramic views over the shimmering waters of Aegean Sea, this stunning resort is the epitome of luxury coastal living.
Designed with strong ‘green values’, this eco-conscious hotel was inspired by nature, offering exquisitely designed suites with all-natural materials, and restaurants boasting delectable farm-to-fork cuisine. Perfect for those who thrive in an organic environment.
Italy: Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Offering five-star opulence on the shores of Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo is bursting with Italian character. Its charming rooms are decorated with stylish period interiors; and balconies, terraces, and rooftop suites give way to magnificent views over the lake’s shores.
Adventure lovers will be in their element here, with plenty of boat tours and water sports to choose from to explore the breathtaking blue waters.
Ibiza: W Ibiza
Set on the glistening seafront at Santa Eulalia, Ibiza’s quieter, and more laidback resort town, W Ibiza is the perfect choice for those seeking a fun-filled and sun-soaked getaway. By day, sunbathe and lounge on the palm-lined Wet Deck, and at night watch it transform into a lively sundowner drinks spot. You’ll absolutely love this slice of hedonistic heaven.
Crete: Domes Zeen Chania
Inspired by the Greek concept of Ef Zeen – ‘the art of living well’, Domes Zeen Chania caters to just that. Everything about this Cretan paradise makes you feel good, from its fabulous fine-dining options to its soulful and sustainable bungalows and suites.
It’s a fabulous option for families too, with a private beach to descend to, or 46m2 freshwater kids pool to splash in. And there’s even a complimentary Kids Club should you wish to enjoy an afternoon away from the little ones!
With an unmatched attention-to-detail, array of dining options, and airy, white-washed aesthetic, Anassa truly knows how to awaken the senses. Surrender yourself to its award-winning spa, and relish in true peace and tranquillity as you wander the sun-dappled courtyards and bathe beneath the ornate Roman columns. Anassa has a well-deserved spot on this list of the best luxury hotels in Europe.
Portugal: The Yeatman
Wine connoisseurs, look no further. Considered one of the continent’s leading wine hotels, The Yeatman has long-established partnerships with the biggest wineries in Portugal, leading to exclusive tastings, seminars, and wine dinners for its discerning guests.
As well as housing the most comprehensive collection of Portuguese wine in the world, The Yeatman is also home to a two-star Michelin restaurant, making it one of the sumptuous escapes in all of Porto.
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