Are you planning your last minute August getaway in sunny southern Europe? Great choice! There is no greater variety to be found than in Europe, and every destination is convenient to reach. Because there are just too many beautiful spots to visit, I’d like to share my top selection for this summer with you.
Just steps away from the small and charming center of Anacapri, the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is the definition of luxury and refined elegance. For total comfort, privacy, and decadence, be sure to stay in one of the hotel’s suites that include a private pool and garden. And if your budget allows, treat yourself to a stay in the 70 sqm Acropolis Penthouse Suite located at the very top of the hotel. Be inspired by its luminous views over the Gulf of Naples and Ischia island. The Acropolis Penthouse Suite features white marble floors, a bedroom completely outfitted in Loro Piana fabrics, an intimate relaxation area, a spacious bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and large shower box, and last but not least, a large terrace with a private heated pool.
The Capri Beauty Farm at the Capri Palace Hotel is an internationally renowned spa known for being named the best medical spa in the world many times over. It specializes in beauty and medical treatments and is best known for its “Leg School” – a patented treatment by Professor Francesco Canonaco.
The hotel also includes three restaurants to choose from depending on your mood, the two Michelin star “L’Olivo”, the one Michelin star restaurant and beach club just moments away from the famous Blue Grotto, “Il Riccio”, and the more casual “bistrot Ragù”, which offers a breathtaking panorama of the sea and Gulf of Naples from its terrace. The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is truly a place of dreams!
Credit: Capri Palace Hotel & Spa
The Balearic Islands can be quite relaxing and at the same time very entertaining. Most visitors focus on the entertaining part of the island and relax afterwards, just as rock stars do. The Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza offers two special experiences for guests with high standards and high budgets – the Sublimotion restaurant and the Rockstar Suite.
If you get the chance and have the budget, you should definitely book a table at the world’s most expensive and innovative restaurant, Sublimotion. At Sublimotion you dine with all of your senses. The restaurant presents the greatest gastronomic show in the world. A space that offers tastings of the entire creative process of 2 Michelin star chef Paco Roncero and his team. Two years of hard work together with a diverse team of professionals, including designers, engineers, illusionists, set designers, architects, choreographers, and screenwriters, achieved the unique fusion of haute cuisine gastronomy and breakthrough technology – and became known as an entirely new stagecraft. It’s designed to transport dinners to an unknown universe where molecular cuisine merges with the most radical and diverse staging.
Credit: Sublimotion Ibiza
And where to sleep after such a mind-blowing dinner experience? Just a few floors above, at the legendary Rockstar Suite of the Hard Rock Hotel, of course. This large suite features a round bed within a rockstar-like master bedroom offering stunning sunset views. The living room includes access to a spectacular outdoor terrace, featuring a large spa tub and designer furniture. With 165 square meters of space to strut through, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the top of the charts. If that’s not enough, you can rent some of the Hard Rock collection’s musical instruments and play them in your suite.
Rockstar Suite Terrace at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Credit: Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza
Mykonos is a world-renowned, cosmopolitan island known for its white-washed Cycladic architecture and an easy going lifestyle. Whether travelling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, this Greek island has an abundant offering.
For an unforgettable stay with captivating panorama views, check-in to The Luxury Collection Resort Santa Marina Hotels, owned by Starwood Hotels. The resort overlooks the iconic Ornos Bay, the only private beach in Mykonos. Here you can bathe in the transparent turquoise waters or walk along the white silk sands away from the public eye. For an ultra-luxury experience, book the exclusive Villa Horizon, which is strategically located at the highest point of the property and affords guests unparalleled sea views. The villa features six designer bedrooms, a private gym, spa area as well as private infinity pool and butler service. The hotel also features an in-house Buddha Bar restaurant for a unique dining and lifestyle experience on a breathtaking beachfront.
If the hotel’s luxurious amenities and secluded beach are not enough, then find yourself in one of the nearby picturesque villages featuring charming boutiques, excellent cuisine, trendy bars and a vibrant nightlife scene. What are you waiting for?
The Cap Rocat is a former military fortress, which seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape. It has been completely refurbished by architect Antonio Obrador without altering its characteristic architecture and natural environment.
This unique resort is situated in the most secluded area of the bay of Palma de Mallorca and offers romantic sea views, privacy, and charm. The luscious Mediterranean garden surrounding the resort is reminiscent of being in a cozy villa with generous outdoor spaces. Guests can enjoy the plunge pool while overlooking the bay of Palma or the salty breeze kissed terraces for total relaxation while catching some sun or dining under the stars.
The sea and various swimming areas, which are situated on the former pier, now belong to a natural reserve. The spectacular salt water infinity pool perched atop a former fortress wall is not to be missed. Here, the water melts into the sea and sky and you will be left breathless by the spectacular views over the entire bay of Palma.
This is truly an exceptional place and is one of the most romantic spots on the island to enjoy the fantastic and crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.
Credit: Cap Rocat Mallorca
Presiding over Antibes in the heart of the glamorous Côte d’Azur, is the luxurious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Known historically as an inspirational retreat for writers and creatives, here guests can indulge in diverse natural beauty and rich culture amongst a distinguished guest list of royalty, dignitaries, and Hollywood stars.
Intrinsic to the region’s character is the legacy of great artists who were inspired by its blue skies, quaint villages, lavender fields and coastline – these greats include Picasso, Matisse, and Renoir. If spending a day on the water is on your bucket list, the South of France is world-renowned as an exclusive yachting destination. The hotel boasts a private pontoon and launch from where you can easily visit the nearby Lerins Islands for a secluded gourmet picnic.
Belonging to the exclusive Oetker Collection, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is counted amongst the most inspiring masterpiece hotels in the world and offers only the highest level of service to its guests.
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