Europe's Top New Openings
The latest hotels giving us serious wanderlust.
With extra time to get things just right, these properties have worked particularly hard to ensure you will have an exceptional experience. From Ibiza to Corfu with Malta in between, read about the brand-new hotels that are giving us serious wanderlust.
SIX SENSES, IBIZA
The charm of Ibiza lies very much in the bohemian laid-back ambience that blows on the breeze, where local culture fuses with modern life, and ancient customs form the backdrop to enlivening spiritual experiences. A new Six Senses hotel, located in the north of the island aims to channel this specific Ibizan energy into every guest’s experience, allowing you to connect with the island through its food, music, wellbeing, rural landscapes and stunning seascapes.
Tethered to the island by pretty Cala Xarraca, Six Senses Ibiza is a hidden away in the far northern tip of this Balearic isle. With a choice of accommodation, you can choose a suite with suntrap terrace or plump for a cave-like dwelling which takes inspiration from the caves which are sculpted into the nearby cliffs.
"Chiming with Ibiza's regeneration, Six Senses Ibiza allows you to connect more deeply with the island."
With an emphasis on wellbeing, activities are big on experience – try a snorkelling meditation trip, a sunset sound gong, even cliff jumping! Learn more about the hotel’s agricultural heart at The Farm – admire the produce growing and join a cooking class. Or simply chill at the Beach Caves, a chic but relaxed shorefront lounge and restaurant which embraces island art and music with a celebratory vibe
INIALA HARBOUR HOUSE, MALTA
Overlooking the iconic Grand Harbour, Iniala Harbour House is a fabulous way to experience historic Malta and to delve deeper into World Heritage Site Valletta with its honey-coloured streets dotted with churches, palaces and mansions. Iniala have developed four Maltese townhouses, beautifully renovating them and taking great care to respect original baroque features whilst simultaneously breathing new life into interiors with innovative design concepts.
The result is impactful. Suites and rooms showcase Maltese stone, original balconies and vaulted ceilings paired with custom-made wallpaper and eclectic furnishings such as sculptural light fittings, art deco furniture and designer chairs. The rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner, with sweeping views over the twinkling harbour and quaint cobbled streets. For the ultimate in big group gatherings or family get togethers, take over one whole townhouse, where you’ll have the full run for a truly memorable holiday.
"Staying at Iniala Malta means not only enjoying one of the island's finest residences, but you'll also have access to Malta's insider experiences. "
The hotel 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, a Riva boat trip to nearby island Gozo for sunset or a day trip to Sicily by speedboat.
Palermo hasn’t always been known for its chic hotels, but this summer sees a fantastic new opening that offers a truly stylish and comfortable stay. Fresh from the success of Puglia’s Torre Maizza, Rocco Forte have woven their magic over an existing palazzo in Sicily’s capital.
An iconic sanctuary that was once the haunt of Hollywood jet-set has been reimagined, creating a heritage-rich design that gleams with Olga Polizzi interiors, Carrara marble and intricate parquet flooring. Located at the foot of Mount Pellegrino and known as Palermo’s grandest hotel, 19th century palazzo Villa Igiea preserves its gorgeous fin-de-siècle features throughout the 100 rooms while adding a sheen of modern Italian glamour.
The landmark building overlooks the harbour, with sensational views over the blue of the Gulf of Palermo. Relax in the expansive tiered gardens filled with scented flowers, by the cliffside pool or head out to explore Palermo’s historic streets with its enchanting mix of architecture.
“Experience the best of Rocce Forte hospitality at this elegant villa with Tyrrhenian sea views"
Explore Sicily’s capital on foot for a day to really get to know Palermo. Take a guide and start early at the Capo market to sample delicious Sicilian street food for breakfast, then stroll through the city’s boulevards, piazzas and ancient Old Quarter, past its palaces, churches and fountains, stopping off to take in the Quattro Canti – the four corners of the city – and the Duomo.
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THE OLIVAR SUITES, CORFU
Aimed at adults seeking a peaceful break in stylish surroundings, The Olivar Suites, which opened in June 2021 has nailed the earthy, chic look that effortlessly creates laid-back surroundings which you can simply melt into it.
Located on the east coast of Corfu, the former 18th-century olive oil mill opens out onto a gorgeous sweep of beach lapped by the turquoise Ionian Sea, with plenty of loungers and cabanas scattered in neat clusters, making beach days easy and relaxed.
Although families are welcome, the hotel doesn’t have a kids club or dedicated activities for children, but it is great for families with teens who are keen to explore the area. Traditional tavernas are a short beach walk away and Corfu Town is just 20 minutes by taxi. Here you’ll find narrow cobbled streets to wander, tiny bars with live music and the cool interiors of the Old Town’s astonishing 39 churches. Back at the hotel, the suites are very private places to relax with lovely, shaded terraces. We’d recommend opting for one with a private pool for the ultimate treat.
"Elegant traditional architecture meets contemporary design at this stylish hotel. "
As serenely comfortable as your surroundings are, don’t forget Corfu’s natural beauty. With over 50 beaches to explore, you’ll find turquoise waters fringed by pine trees, and some beaches have local tavernas for a traditional Greek lunch – tzatziki, calamari and Greek salad.
HOTEL LA PALMA, CAPRI
Classic Capri at its best, Hotel La Palma is set to be a chic remodelling on the island’s oldest hotel, built in 1822. Under the wing of the Oetker Collection, the hotel will be brought into the modern-day with a rooftop restaurant and bar, private beach club, pool, spa and fashion boutiques. At its heart though, Hotel La Palma will retain its playful free spirit, a meeting place for artists and dreamers, whilst providing a high standard of living with chic Mediterranean-style bedrooms, especially the suites which have private balconies.
Expect classic Capri cuisine at restaurant Gennaro’s which harks back to the timeless recipes of the 1950s. Rustic Italian dishes focus on high-quality ingredients which create a nostalgic warmth to a hotel that has been providing wonderful holiday memories for years for Italian families, visiting celebrities and in-the-know travellers.
"Bringing in the classic hallmarks of Capri heritage, Hotel La Palma is a stylish hotel, moments from the famous ‘Piazzetta’."
No trip to Capri would be complete without heading out on a boat trip for the day. Sail around the Blue Grotto or head to Positano – perhaps for lunch at one of the infamous beachside restaurants accessible only by boat.
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