Hot Hotels for Summer
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Spain, France, Greece
Son Bunyola, Mallorca
A historic restored 16th century finca set amid the ruggedly beautiful UNESCO-protected Tramuntana Mountains, on northwest Mallorca, Son Bunyola farmhouse is joined by three standalone villas within its 1,300-acre estate, encircled by vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves.
Benefiting from both sea and mountain views, the hotel offers the best of both worlds for those visiting the island of Mallorca. With easy access to a picturesque cove lapped by the Med, pair with walks from the doorstep and excellent biking, of which Mallorca is famous for. This peaceful hotel is a fine place to while away your holiday, at the pool, on the tennis court, or with a relaxing with a yoga or cookery class with the chef. Slightly further afield, explore ancient Mallorcan villages, visit a winery or head out to sea on a yacht for the day.
“With a clutch of new hotels, this Balearic isle is going from strength to strength. We’ve got our eye on Son Bunyola - in our opinion Mallorca’s hottest new opening.”
With standalone villas as well as hotel rooms in the restored farmhouse there’s a great deal of flexibility when it comes to choosing your room. It works equally well as a romantic escape as a three-generational holiday, where a family with young children could enjoy the seclusion of a villa while the older generation luxuriate in spacious suites with sea views in the main house.
Den of Chill
Domes Norus, Mykonos
A gorgeous Greek Isle, located in the Cyclades and surrounded by the deep blue swirl of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos historically has attracted a boho-party crowd. That hasn’t changed, but the island is perhaps more diverse than ever, catering to those that like to make the most of Mykonos beauty, dipping into its cosmopolitan vibe when the moment strikes.
At new outpost Domes Norus, located in the northwest of the island, the five-star hotel has perfected the art of pared-back luxury, where the décor, staff and ambience is in perfect harmony from the mottled taupe colour scheme, ancient olive trees, oversized and absurdly comfy day beds by the shimmering pool to soothing, tactile-chic suites where you can drift off to the sound of the waves. And if you do head out late to one of Mykonos many beach bars or clubs, rest assured you can recuperate in style at Domes Norus with a CBD massage in the stylish spa, a pressed juice from the Raw Bar or a nourishing meal of lobster, ceviche, salads and sushi in the laid back restaurant, Topos.
“Enjoy all that Mykonos has to offer, safe in the knowledge that soothing Domus Norus is a stylish retreat where your every need is met by authentic, can-do service.”
Given the emphasis here on its chilled ambience, we think Domes Norus suits cool couples who like cocktails by the pool, soundtracked by the DJ. Food is a particular highlight and when you want to head out, knowledgeable Guest Relations Staff have their finger on the pulse with contacts at all the in-the-know spots so you can enjoy Mykonos in style.
COMO Le Montrachet, France
Elegance and sophistication sum up COMO’s new outpost, located in Puligny-Montrachet, the beating heart of Burgundy, France’s acclaimed wine region. COMO Le Montrachet is a series of 19th century renovated buildings and an inn set around the village square; a stunning restoration story filled with crafted pieces made by local artisans.
Here is a place to immerse yourself in French customs in this tradition village scene, where the way of life is celebrated through exquisite French cuisine, wine from oak barrels, elegant suites with accents of local design to the vineyards, established in medieval times. The wine traditions are perhaps the defining factor at Le Montrachet and form the backbone to many experiences such as meetings with wine producers, Burgundy tastings by e-bike, private walking tours of Beaune, wine visits to the Côte de Nuits, learning about winemaking history at the Château du Clos de Vougeot and cookery classes with wine pairings.
“Set in the heart of a wine region formed in medieval times, COMO Le Montrachet allows a sophisticated entry point into a world of fine wine, good food and opulent surroundings.”
COMO Le Montrachet is an ideal retreat for oenophiles or those wanting to learn more about one of the world’s most revered wine destinations: the Côte-d’Or wine region of Burgundy, where viticulture has been practiced here since the Middle Ages.
Lesante Cape Resort & Villas, Zakynthos
Described as a ‘village resort’, this new offering on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos feels authentic and rooted into its natural environment. Cradled into the cliffs on the remote Akrotiri peninsula on the eastern coast, Lesante Cape is a sprawling hotel of whitewashed buildings, cobbled pathways, red-tiled rooftops and manicured lawns. Its crowning glory is the series of stunning infinity pools that seem to merge into the shimmering blues of the Ionian Sea.
With ribbons of locality running through daily life here, you can start with a strong Greek coffee and fruit from the neighbour’s orchard followed by a walk to the beach and refreshing swim in the clear waters of the Ionian before lunch of the fisherman’s morning catch or a farm-to-table feast featuring the best from the garden. Evenings are for that last swim in the pool, watching the sun set the sky ablaze with a cocktail followed by traditional Greek night at the hotel’s taverna for local specialities to the soundtrack of a live band.
“With stunning sea views and an authentic atmosphere, luxe clifftop hideaway Lesante Cape skillfully creates that feel-good factor allowing you to sink easily into holiday mode.”
Zakynthos is a fabulous island for families with its astonishingly blue water, gorgeous beaches, water sports aplenty and lots of laid back tavernas. For a family, we’d recommend staying in one of Lesante Cape’s two-bedroom sea view villas which come with kitchenettes and decent sized private swimming pools.
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