Hot Hotels of Europe
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From destinations we love returning to, to new and intriguing places to stay, these hot hotels are just a short flight away. For relaxed getaways that add on the cachet of being first through the door, book in to one of our brand-new recommendations.
AN UNDISCOVERED LAND
ZORNITZA FAMILY ESTATE - MELNIK, BULGARIA
Seen and done Europe? Think again with a new hotel located in a flourishing wine region of south-west Bulgaria. What’s even more surprising is Zornitza is just one and a half hours from Thessaloniki in northern Greece so it’s easy to combine a stay here with a sun-soaked beach break in Halkidiki.
Heralded as ‘Tuscany without the crowds’, Zornitza occupies a pretty part of Bulgaria, known for its early Christian monasteries, lost-in-time villages and snow-capped mountains. Savour picnics around Zornitza’s estate, relax in the spa, climb the jagged ‘sand pyramids’ and enjoy Bulgaria’s burgeoning wine scene: Zornitza itself has its own vineyard and one of the best cellars in the country. Spend your free time in rustic-luxe suites and villas, furnished in natural wood and stone with oversized tubs perfectly placed to make more of those breathtaking views.
"Best For? We think couples will love this unusual destination. With a rejuvenating spa, wine tasting and villages to explore, Zornitza makes a perfect break for 'just the two of you.'"
The gleaming spa at Zornitza is well worth a visit. Swim in the indoor thermal pool, with its adjoining fireplace and detox in the wooden sauna or steam before a treatment. Making use of its natural environment, massages and facials use ingredients that you might spot from the window including grapes, lavender, honey from the beehives, and mud from the nearby volcano.
INIALA MALTA - VALLETTA, MALTA
Overlooking the iconic grand harbour, Iniala Malta is offering a brand-new way to experience this historic island. Four Maltese townhouse have been beautifully renovated taking great care to respect original baroque features while simultaneously breathing new life into interiors with innovative design features.
The result is impactful. Suites and rooms showcase Maltese stone, original balconies and vaulted ceilings paired with custom-made wallpaper, plunge pools and minimalist décor. The rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner, with sweeping views over the twinkling harbour and quaint cobbled streets. They can also arrange exclusive access to some of Malta’s finest sights including closed-door visits to galleries for a one-on-one with a Caravaggio, or a private-hire sunset Riva boat trip to the nearby island, Gozo.
"Best for? Valletta is ripe for exploration and this layered city has hundreds of steps, so would suit active types. It's drenched in history too - culture vultures will love ancient temples juxtaposed with Baroque architecture."
When in Valletta, we recommend doing as the locals do and head out for long lunches or dinners into the night. We can happily reserve you a table at Da Pippo, where Maltese crowd in for Friday lunch, or for fine dining at The Harbour Club, built on the site of an old well.
OMMA - Santorini, Greece
Seductive Santorini and its gasp-inducing caldera views have been wowing tourists for time immemorial. With new opening Omma, you can enjoy sensational sunset-flamed vistas away from the crowds as the hotel sits in between Imerovigli and Oia, with its own unobstructed panorama.
The seascape is intoxicating, and you’ll find yourself gazing at it from morning until night: take a suite to appreciate sunrise, sunsets and a diamond-speckled night sky. The interiors are steadfastly monochromatic – nothing can take away from the caldera colours – but there’s a deeply luxurious simplicity about your surroundings. Nearby, there’s a winery where you can learn how ancient vines benefit from the volcanic soil, producing the island’s distinct wines. Come back to Omma for a Mediterranean-Greek inspired dinner accompanied by caldera views.
"Best for? This is a couple's sanctuary. The romantic views, pampering spa and spacious suites are made for sharing with a loved one."
We predict that you’ll find it very difficult to drag yourself away from the sensational views that beg to be stared at from your poolside lounger. But head down to the cave-like spa and you’ll be rewarded with pampering treatments from Elemis which promise to soothe body and soul. Emerge feeling soft as butter – treat yourself to a signature caldera cocktail while the sun sets.
LEFAY RESORT AND SPA DOLOMITI - DOLOMITES, ITALY
Skiing and spa pampering go hand-in-hand, so new hotel Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti is cause for excitement. Nestled in the beautiful UNESCO protected Dolomites, the hotel has gorgeous snow and mountain vistas.
Inside is a new take on Alpine chic using Italian wood, stone and glass to create a modern yet supremely comfortable space. The vast suites and residences are the epitome of sumptuous luxury and spacious enough for families. Head out onto 150km of ski runs or enjoy the four snowboard parks and in summer hike forest trails to shimmering lakes. Return to rejuvenate at the spa. This temple to wellness comes with a salt-water lake, indoor and outdoor pool, salt grotto, mineral-rich whirlpool and four saunas. Come out feeling zen-like and utterly uplifted.
"Best for? If you're a family of skiers, then LeFay will tick all of your boxes. The residences are huge and will sleep a family of four very comfortably, and the 150kms of runs will be suitable from beginners to pros. The spa soothes ski-weary limbs and children will love tobogganing and snowball fights."
If you have even a passing interest in history, then the open-air World War I museum makes a fascinating day trip. During the Great War, the Italian and Austro – Hungarian armies dug shelters, tunnels and machine-gun posts into the cliffs, transforming it into an impenetrable fortress. Today you can walk around the area, giving you an inside look at the First World War.
The New Spanish Luxury
IKOS ANDALUSIA - MARBELLA, SPAIN
We’re excited to announce that Ikos is bringing its brand of all-inclusive luxury to the shores of Spain – its first opening outside of Greece. Ikos Andalusia presides over a glorious swathe of Costa Del Sol beach, with the pleasures of Marbella and its flower-draped old town less than 30 minutes away.
Ikos aficionados are well accustomed to its generous take on all-inclusive and here in Andalusia it’s no different. Families love the mini-bars stocked with pre-arranged favourites, the convenient beach childcare and even the use of a Mini to explore the coast. Keeping kids happy is easy when there are super-smiley and helpful staff, and absolutely no reason for everyone not to have another ice cream! And no surprise bill means Ikos Andalusia could be your most relaxing summer holiday yet.
"Best for? This is heaven for families but equally, adults-only pools mean couples could come for a child-free break."
Like its Grecian counterparts, Ikos Andalusia, despite already having seven restaurants, has partnered up with some local Spanish eateries, so you can head out to explore the area and stop for local tapas on your way, at no extra cost.
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