EUROPEAN HOT LIST
RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP, YET WORLDS APART, EUROPE IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN THE WORLD AS WELL AS PICTURESQUE HARBOUR-SIDE VILLAGES, COLOSSAL MOUNTAINS AND CHIC ISLAND ESCAPES. THE POTENTIAL HERE IS LIMITLESS, FROM LAVISH VILLAS TO STYLISH HOTELS.
IKOS Dassia, Corfu, Greece
Opening in May 2018, Ikos Dassia is already set to become one of Europe’s hottest spots. Set on the lusciously-green and inviting island of Corfu in over 25 acres of space, this exciting resort is the perfect beach holiday. With an expansive all-inclusive offering, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining with eight restaurants and even a Dine Out experience at local eateries.
7 nights from £1,199 per person sharing a Double Room on All-Inclusive.
OFFER: Save up to 20%.
STAY: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2018.
Elounda Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, Crete, Greece
Overlooking the spectacular shimmer of Mirabello Bay, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more exclusive enclave than the opulent Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel. Not only do each of the 54 suites provide astonishing sea views, but they’re also designed and furnished to the highest standards, with each boasting a heated pool.
The Peninsula Collection Suites are the largest standard category suites in Europe. Each of these double-storey accommodations features a master bedroom and bathroom on the top floor, as well as a ground floor living area furnished with a private terrace and heated seawater pool. The Peninsula Residence is a true marvel, offering panoramic views over the sea and distant mountains in a luxury accommodation experience to rival the best in the world. Highlights include lavish bathrooms, a spacious dining room and landscaped grounds leading down to the sea.
Aside from the enviable accommodations, the hotel is a gourmand’s fantasy. Not only is it home to the world’s only Relais & Châteaux yacht (available for private charter, of course) but eight à la carte restaurants are yours to take your pick from. We recommend booking an intimate private dining experience at The Kelari wine cellar which is host to an impressive collection of wines from around the world.
7 nights from £1,729 per person sharing a Junior Suite including breakfast.
OFFER: Save 15%.
STAY: 01 May - 18 Oct 2018.
St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel, Crete, Greece
The award-winning St Nicolas Bay is a boutique hideaway beautifully positioned on the water’s edge of the Mirabello coastline, just a mile from the charming town of Agios Nikolaos. We love the décor here; fresh and contemporary with a classic Greek twist.
There’s a multitude of room categories to choose from, from modern rooms set amongst the gardens, to sea view villas with their own private pools.
You’ll likely spend much of your time on the hotel’s stunning private beach which has been awarded a Blue Flag for its high quality. Go for a dip in the water, have a go at windsurfing, or pull on your flippers to explore the colourful marine life that call these waters home.
For some ‘me time’, visit the serene Poseidon Spa where you’ll be pampered by Elemis and Cinq Mondes therapists. The vast range of spa treatments include skincare programmes, Ayurveda massages, bath detoxes and aromatic body scrubs.
When it comes to dining, there are five excellent restaurants to choose from, amongst them Labyrinthos for local and international cuisine, The Greek Kafenion for innovative Cretan specialities just steps from the beach, and Minotaure for poolside candlelit dinners. After dinner, head to Bonatsa Jetty Bar for cocktails overlooking the ocean, then get your dancing shoes on as DJs provide the soundtrack for your evening.
Being so close to the charming town of Agios Nikolaos, it’s only right that you explore its delightful waterfront, quaint tavernas and boutiques. Meander along tree-lined avenues and stop for a glass of wine and bowl of olives as you watch fisherman working on the harbour.
7 nights from £1,339 per person sharing a Classic Double Side Sea View Room on Half Board.
OFFER: Save 15%, plus complimentary Half Board and €150 resort credit.
STAY: 21 Apr - 26 Oct 2018.
Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella, Spain
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into an Andalusian beachfront village when you first arrive at Puente Romano, red-tiled roofs and low-rise whitewashed buildings gleaming in the sunshine, banana and orange trees swaying in the gentle breeze. Situated on the Costa del Sol, along Marbella’s famous Golden Mile, Puente Romano is named after the ancient stone bridge that sits at the centre of its manicured sub-tropical gardens; it’s said that this once formed part of the ancient Roman road which connected Rome to Cadiz.
The restaurant offering here is fabulous – not least because the resort is home to Spain’s first Nobu. The world-class dining doesn’t end there with a further nine eateries including Dani García’s two Michelin-starred restaurant which serves up imaginatively presented dishes with a fresh perspective on Andalusian classics.
Immerse yourself in the calming atmosphere of the Six Senses Spa, an enclave of wellbeing and tranquillity. Spa facilities include a wet area with hydrotherapy pool, heat and ice experience showers, a herbal steam room, and nine treatment rooms including three outdoors, overlooking the ocean.
As if Puente Romano needed another wow factor, tennis aficionados will be pleased to know that one of the best tennis clubs in Europe is based here, with 10 courts, a fitness centre, massage room and Turkish bath. While here, take some time to meander through the exotic botanical gardens, brimming with over 400 species of plants from around the world. The scenery here is simply enchanting, festooned with flowers and adorned with lush vegetation.
7 nights from £1,759 per person sharing a Junior Suite including breakfast.
OFFER: Save 15%.
STAY: 09 Sep - 18 Oct 2018.
Daios Cove, Crete, Greece
Daios Cove is simply stunning with its elegant stone-clad architecture nestled into a hillside and overlooking a secluded bay. It’s also perfect for families, catering to their every need. The resort’s dazzling private beach steals the show, replete with soft sand and shallow waters. The dining here is sublime, with three incredible restaurants utilising fresh local ingredients.
Feast on Mediterranean and Greek-influenced cuisine at Taverna and Ocean Restaurant, and enjoy special theme nights at Pangea. The rooms, suites and villas are elegantly furnished and each offers striking views over the shimmering Aegean Sea from spacious balconies. Many feature private sea water pools, giving you the perfect spot from which to make the most of the spectacular views.
The Premium Suite is ideal for families, complete with tasteful Maxalto Italian furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, a master bedroom with sitting area, open-plan living area with double transformative wall bed, and two marble-lined bathrooms. The spacious furnished verandah looks out over the secluded cove, completing the picture of holiday perfection.
7 nights from £2,339 per person sharing a One Bedroom Villa Sea View with Private Pool on All-Inclusive.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 20%, plus complimentary All-Inclusive and return transfers.
STAY: 15 Apr - 03 Nov 2018.
Son Bunyola Estate, Mallorca
From the moment you arrive at Sir Richard Branson’s 680-acre private estate, Son Bunyola, you’re simply obliged to switch off and enjoy the magic of the UNESCO-listed Serra De Tramuntana mountains and the embracing luxury of the property. Three beautiful stone villas with private pools are hidden away amidst breathtaking vines and citrus trees. They offer a choice of four or five bedrooms and are built in traditional Mallorcan style, with exposed beam ceilings and terracotta-tiled floors. Whether you take one villa individually, or all three to enjoy the whole estate exclusively, this is the ultimate setting for a family or group of friends. You’ll be beautifully looked after with a private chef to create meals entirely suited to your personal preferences, and a concierge service that will arrange activities including wine tasting, golf, sailing and visits to picturesque local villages.
7 nights from £2,819 per person based on 8 people sharing a Four Bedroom Villa on All-Inclusive. OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5.
STAY: 17 Apr - 31 May or 29 Sep - 27 Oct 2018.