Summer Escapes: Unforgettable Destinations and Luxurious Retreats

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As the summer sun beckons, there's no better time to explore some of the world’s most breathtaking locales. Whether you crave the serene embrace of alpine lakes, the charm of Mediterranean villages, or the allure of tropical beaches, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences. Each hotel has been carefully selected to provide an unforgettable stay, ensuring your summer holiday is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. So what are you waiting for? Let’s embark on a journey through ten exceptional spots, each paired with a luxurious hotel that epitomises style and comfort!

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Where to stay: Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas

Guanacaste, with its lush landscapes and pristine beaches, is a tropical paradise that captivates the senses. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, an adults-only boutique hotel, offers a secluded and luxurious escape. This exquisite retreat boasts 21 villas, each designed with contemporary minimalism and featuring private plunge pools with breathtaking ocean views. The hotel is renowned for its romantic ambience, highlighted by an impressive saltwater infinity pool and spine-tingling panorama sunsets that fill your days with joy.

Casa Chameleon offers some of the most unbeatable room types for its guests: from plunge pools and unprecedented views as standard, to vertical rock fountains and rain showers with coral floors, each detail is crafted for private luxury. Indulge in the very best of coastal Costa Rican cuisine at Sentido Norte, with sea-and-farm-to-table ingredients in every plateful and glassful. Float in your private plunge pool and opt for the mountain pose on the third-floor yoga deck. This place combines luxury and nature in a way that’s truly distinctive.

Puglia, Italy

Where to stay: Masseria Dagilupi

In the heart of southern Italy, Puglia boasts whitewashed towns and stunning coastlines that lure travellers with their timeless beauty. Masseria Dagilupi, a restored farmhouse, offers a blend of rustic charm and modern luxury that perfectly complements the region's allure. Surrounded by ancient olive groves, this intimate hotel provides a serene retreat where guests can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the countryside.

Situated between Ostuni and the Adriatic Sea, Masseria Dagilupi is a shimmering gem whose understated beauty is a pure breath of fresh air. Hidden within four hectares of olive groves, this renovated olive mill exudes charm and relaxation through its refined design and decoration. The original lime walls bridge a gap between old and modern, melding the property with its rural surroundings. Architect enthusiasts Danielle and Jean Louis have successfully created a boutique stay that remains both exclusive and simplistically beautiful. While the masseria has no on-site restaurant, guests can still indulge in Puglia's rich tradition of gastronomical delights. Beyond the culinary experiences, reconnect with your spiritual self through a variety of yoga and holistic itineraries led by nutritional professional Stefania Mastruzzo. Enhance your relaxation with a selection of massages and shiatsu treatments, all offered under the tranquil shade of ancient olive trees, providing a harmonious blend of wellness and nature.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Where to stay: ME Cabo

Cabo San Lucas is a destination renowned for its vibrant nightlife, stunning beaches, and thrilling marine adventures. Nestled along the pristine Medano Beach, ME Cabo offers a chic, beachfront experience with its modern design and lively atmosphere. By day, relax on the beach or by the pool; by night, immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture. This adults-oriented resort promises an unforgettably sleek getaway, perfect for those seeking an energetic escape in the evening and sophisticated pool-side relaxation during the day.

The hotel embodies sophisticated elegance with a creative flair and a hint of local culture. Every imaginable comfort awaits in the 170 rooms and suites, all recently enhanced with bold, contemporary design and special touches that bring out the very best in your stay—and you. Minimalistic design meets distinct and characteristic detail. Awake naturally to daylight streaming through the windows and relax, dine, and unwind in the effortlessly luxurious surroundings of Cabo San Lucas. Dining at ME Cabo is an experience in itself. A light and airy haven is the setting for your culinary journey within the resort. Indulge in fine cuisine with a variety of sophisticated backdrops, from the Taboo Beach Club to the Funky Geisha. These dining venues offer spectacular settings and delectable menus that are sure to delight your palate. For a pre-dinner tipple, visit the Confessions Skybar.

French Riviera, France

Where to stay: Le Manoir de L'Étang

The French Riviera, with its sun-drenched beaches and azure waters, epitomizes Mediterranean glamour and allure. Nestled in the quaint village of Mougins, Le Manoir de L'Étang emerges as an oasis of tranquillity amidst the vibrant coastal scene. Dating back to the 19th century, this charming manor is cocooned by lush gardens, offering a serene escape from the bustling coast. Whether you're sipping Provençal wine while overlooking the serene Étang de Fontmerle or venturing into nearby Cannes and Nice for a taste of Riviera chic, Le Manoir de L'Étang ensures a luxurious retreat.

With its 19 spacious rooms and a decadent restaurant serving an interchangeable menu, indulgence becomes instinctual at Le Manoir de L'Étang. Set against the backdrop of a small lake adorned with lotus flowers and a charming outdoor swimming pool, guests are invited to roam freely in the large landscaped gardens, fostering an air of exclusivity. The elegant rooms, featuring Egyptian cotton sheets and fine quality linens, offer sublime vistas over the lake and surrounding hills, catering to every guest's comfort. Whether you're planning a corporate event, wedding celebration, or simply seeking a leisurely escape, Le Manoir de L'Étang promises an unforgettable experience, with 300 days of sunshine a year adding the perfect touch to your Riviera getaway.

Taormina, Sicily

Where to stay: Hotel Villa Ducale

Perched on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, Taormina stands as a jewel of Sicily, captivating travellers with its timeless beauty. Hotel Villa Ducale, nestled within this enchanting setting, embodies the region’s rich heritage and natural splendour. Set in an aristocratic Sicilian villa, its terraced gardens and elegant rooms provide an intimate retreat, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the charm of Taormina.

Originally built as a private residence, this magical boutique hotel comprises 18 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. Indulge in stunning panoramas of terracotta rooftops and the glimmering Mediterranean from the renowned terrace, tantalize your tastebuds with a delicious Sicilian breakfast buffet, and relax in the serene atmosphere that defines Villa Ducale. Close your eyes and envision the glittering deep blue Mediterranean sea at your feet; listen to the sounds of pristine nature and inhale the scent of fresh lemons and oranges. That's the sounds of complete peace and quiet enveloping you in serenity!

St Wolfgang, Austria

Where to stay: Cortisen Am See

Nestled by the shimmering waters of Lake Wolfgang, St Wolfgang emerges as a picture-perfect alpine village, offering a serene backdrop for unforgettable summer escapes. Cortisen Am See, a lakeside haven, beckons with its chic, contemporary decor and sublime wellness area, promising guests a harmonious blend of luxury and tranquillity. Imagine waking up to panoramic lake views, spending your days hiking through verdant trails, and evenings indulging in gourmet cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. The seamless integration of serene nature and refined luxury transforms Cortisen Am See into a true summer sanctuary, where dreams effortlessly come to life.

Having recently undergone renovation, this incredible hideaway has reemerged in 2022 with a newfound vibrancy, captivating travellers with its unparalleled offerings. From the inviting 25-metre indoor panorama pool to the relaxing upper deck of the boathouse, Cortisen Am See ensures an unforgettable stay filled with relaxation and recreation. Situated on the edge of Austria’s Lake Wolfgang, the hotel's location sets the stage for unforgettable outdoor adventures. Whether hiking or mountain biking around the pristine surroundings, rowing across the lake in a picturesque rowboat, or embarking on a cruise aboard the hotel’s motorboat, Cortisen Am See caters to every guest's desire for exploration and relaxation.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Where to stay: Ocho Suites

Palma de Mallorca, with its historic architecture and vibrant culture, is a captivating summer destination. Wander through the winding streets of the old town, visit the stunning Cathedral of Santa Maria, and relax on nearby beaches, all with the comfort and style of Ocho Suites as your base. Nestled within Palma’s cool and historic neighbourhood of La Lonja, Ocho Suites & Kitchen is the ultimate city stay, offering luxurious, contemporary accommodations in the heart of the city. Each suite is elegantly designed, providing a chic retreat after a day of exploration. Designed with a spectacular Swedish twist, this marvellous private stay is one of the most HIP residences in Mallorca.

This magnificently trendy stay comprises eight spacious suites within a traditional Spanish manor house. From beautiful interiors and stylish decor to tantalizing local cuisine and awe-inspiring residential suites, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes this place so magical. Compelling and utterly eye-catching, this city-centre manor house offers the perfect balance of comfort and style—Swedish elements meld seamlessly with the building's original architecture, for a wonderfully captivating stay. Each of the eight unique suites offers a one-of-a-kind experience, complete with a fully fitted kitchenette, living room, en-suite bathroom, and balcony. Settle down in the fluffiest beds in Palma—you won’t be leaving your suite in a hurry!

Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

Where to stay: Pomâlo Inn

The Dalmatian Islands are a treasure trove of crystal-clear waters and picturesque towns, offering a serene escape for travellers seeking relaxation. Pomâlo Inn, nestled on one of these enchanting islands, is a stylish sanctuary designed to immerse guests in tranquillity. The minimalist decor and expansive sea views create a peaceful ambience that sets the stage for a truly rejuvenating stay. Whether you're sailing through the Adriatic, diving into hidden coves, or simply lounging with a good book on the sun-drenched terrace, Pomâlo Inn ensures a serene and luxurious experience that epitomizes island living at its finest.

An unspoiled paradise surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, Pomâlo Inn is where luxury meets comfort in the heart of the Dalmatian Islands. This intimate boutique hotel, perfectly nestled on the island of Vis—one of Croatia's most beautiful and untouched destinations—is quintessentially minimalistic with a boho-chic touch. Featuring unique touches like lamps reminiscent of old fishing traps and vintage 1958 Dr. Pepper Vendo 81 filled with local sodas, every detail exudes authenticity. With just ten rooms and suites, each with its own story to tell, Pomâlo Inn offers a personalized and enchanting retreat where dreams come true amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Adriatic coastline.

Trosa, Sweden

Where to stay: Bomans Hotell

The coastal town of Trosa in Sweden is a hidden gem, renowned for its picturesque streets, historic charm, and serene archipelago. This quaint town, often referred to as the "World’s End," offers a perfect escape for those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. Located within this charming location's heart lies Bomans Hotell, a quirky boutique celebrated for its unique decor and warm ambience. Each of the hotel’s rooms is individually styled, creating a personalised and enchanting experience for guests. The eclectic decor, featuring a blend of vintage charm and modern elegance, sets Bomans apart as a distinctive retreat.

Guests can enjoy a range of activities, from boating and fishing in the archipelago to exploring the charming town's shops and cafes. After a day of adventure, unwind in the hotel’s beautiful garden, where you can relax amidst lush greenery and enjoy the serene surroundings. Whether you're savouring a meal at the hotel's renowned restaurant or simply lounging in one of its uniquely decorated rooms, Bomans Hotell offers an unforgettable stay that captures the essence of Trosa’s beauty and charm.

Sylt, Germany

Where to stay: Mimosa Suites

Known as the “Queen of the North Sea,” Sylt offers expansive sandy beaches, rolling dunes, and charming villages. Mimosa Suites is the perfect stay capturing the island’s elegance and tranquillity. With spacious, light-filled rooms and impeccable service, it’s the perfect base for exploring Sylt’s natural beauty. Spend your days cycling along coastal paths, enjoying fresh seafood, or windsurfing on the North Sea waves.

Following an extensive refurbishment in 2020/2021, Mimosa Suites now opens its doors to travellers, providing the ideal base for a Sylt adventure. The property’s stunning exterior is matched by its unique and high-quality interiors, designed to inspire and comfort. Each suite features relaxing seating areas, dreamlike beds, cooking facilities, underfloor heating, Nespresso machines, and Molton Brown bath products, ensuring every detail contributes to an unforgettable stay. The colourful furnishings and awe-inspiring views add to the timeless and warm atmosphere of the suites. Start your day in the property’s breakfast room, where a delicious buffet is served daily. Whether you prefer a morning coffee paired with a freshly baked pastry or a local delicacy, the staff at Mimosa Suites will ensure your breakfast is a delightful experience. With its exceptional amenities and dedication to guest comfort, Mimosa Suites is the perfect haven for discovering the enchanting island of Sylt.

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