With Europe just a short flight away, these exciting new hotel unveilings make a holiday on the continent an attractive idea. Be first through the door of these hotly anticipated hotel openings from Bulgaria to Spain, Malta to the Dolomites.
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.
Iniala Malta, Valletta, Malta
Overlooking the iconic Grand Harbour, Iniala Malta is offering a brand-new way to experience this historic island. Four Maltese townhouses have been beautifully renovated 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, 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 Riva boat trip to nearby island Gozo for sunset.
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.
Ikos Andalusia, 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 gorgeous 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 use to explore the coast. Keeping kids happy is easy when there are super-smiley and helpful staff, and absolutely no reason for kids not to have another ice cream! And no surprise bill means Ikos Andalusia could be your most relaxing summer holiday yet.
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 a new take on Alpine chic using Italian wood, stone and glass creates a modern yet supremely comfortable space. The vast suites and residences are the epitome of sumptuous luxury and ideal 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.