Best of Europe: Amalfi Coast
Posted: 27 May 2016
What’s not to love about Europe in June? Short-haul flights and long, sunny days, world-class beaches, first-class service, fine wines and luxury dining; we’re enamoured with the continent this summer. As always, the big question is which European destination is ideal for your luxury summer holiday, so our expert Travel Consultants have compiled an exclusive collection of captivating choices, just for you.
Beautiful Croatia still retains much of its refined ambience as Europe’s best kept secrets. Hidden coves, unspoilt beaches, cities rich in culture and elegant architecture and an atmosphere of exclusivity, free from the haze of mass tourism, make Croatia a charismatic and enriching holiday destination. Villa Orsula in Dubrovnik is steeped in style and sophistication, ideally located within walking distance of Dubrovnik Old Town and overlooking the alluring Adriatic Sea. Unwind after a day’s exploring in the atmospheric jazz lounge, or enjoy a culinary showcase courtesy of Peruvian chef Roberto Chavez. The beautiful, grapevine drenched terraces and quaint courtyards of this exclusive boutique hotel encapsulate the prestigious luxury of a perfect European holiday. With just 11 rooms and 2 superior suites, Villa Orsula is the ideal setting for an intimate couple’s holiday or a luxury city break. The hotel’s exceptional concierge service is also on hand to facilitate any special requests or advise on ways to make your stay truly unforgettable.
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Italy’s illustrious Amalfi Coast is synonymous with beauty, luxury and romance but there is more to this resplendent region than meets the eye. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is, as the name suggests, a former 17th century monastery restored as a luxury boutique hotel enjoying a premier location. Situated just moments from the idyllic fishing village of Conca dei Marini, the neighbouring towns of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano all await your discovery. Whilst the Amalfi Coast is rich in glamour and pizzazz, Monastero Santa Rosa boasts a wealth of first-class facilities including the signature spa that offers comprehensive treatment packages; the perfect accompaniment to any luxury Italian holiday. Of course, no luxury Italian adventure would be complete without sampling some of that famous food and fine wine. Monastero Santa Rosa showcases the Amalfi Coast’s superior seafood and flavoursome Italian delights in all their glory and we recommend sipping a limoncello by the firepit at sunset for a delectable end to a memorable dinner. The romantic ambience of Italy’s stunning coastline is the ideal backdrop to a blissful honeymoon or luxury holiday for two but Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa’s private garden spa suite is a couple’s haven and not to be missed.
Belmond La Residencia
For sumptuous Spanish sophistication, Mallorca reigns supreme and Belmond La Residencia’s is something of a mythical legend to the well-travelled. Enjoying an elevated position in the Deìa countryside, the beauty of Belmond La Residencia’s surrounding landscape was said to have inspired poets and artists as they looked out to the mesmeric Mediterranean Sea. The resort is comprised of two 16th and 17th century manor houses and boasts a prestigious spa complex, walking and art tours of the palatial hotel grounds, and a complimentary boat tour of the magical Mallorcan coastline. Intertwined with lush floral gardens and fragrant fruit groves, guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and exclusively designed so that no two are the same. Executive and Presidential Suites, in addition to the resort’s secluded private villa, allow guests to enjoy private gardens and private swimming pools for added glamour. It is this attention to detail, and desire to appease guests’ individual needs that sets Belmond La Residencia apart. The spa plunge pool located on the sun terrace, overlooking the magnificent mountains, is our favourite place to wind down whilst the hotel’s elegant eateries offer everything from formal fine dining to elegant Afternoon Tea. This is the Balearics at their most blissful, for a private fiesta or sun-soaked siesta, Belmond La Residencia should be your June jaunt.
With a name like Mojo, you can imagine this is a villa made for entertaining. Villamoura is synonymous with elite European elegance, and Mojo is a vibrant example of the best this resplendent region has to offer. With a prestigious location, overlooking the 6th hole of the Millennium Golf Course, which just happens to be one of Portugal’s finest, and within easy reach of Praia da Falésia beach and the famously exclusive Vilamoura harbour, Mojo has it all and more. The perfect setting for a fabulous family holiday or unforgettable group getaway, Mojo’s private pool, thirteen bedrooms, play area, cinema room, show kitchen and gym can keep even the most active traveller occupied. The all-important finishing touches really pack that five-star punch, with a sunken fire-pit and entertainment gazebo complete with Bose Sound System ready to get the Mojo magic flowing. Mojo is one of the finest properties on the Algarve and you’re sure to be seduced by its sun-drenched, sophisticated style this summer.
Hotel Royal – Evian Resort
Originally the holiday destination du jour of European royalty, Hotel Royal – Evian Resort remains a sparkling gem in the crown of southern French hospitality. The life-affirming, youth-giving properties of Evian region spa water are world renowned and the resort’s breathtaking spa complex is a true testament to the iconic aqua assets. Enjoy impeccable views of Lake Geneva and the Alpine Mountains as you’re pampered in the spa, or dine on the finest French cuisine accompanied by a world-class wine. Hotel Royal – Evian Resort enjoys an enviable location in one of France’s most prestigious regions. To ensure you make the most of your luxury June holiday, take advantage of the hotel’s exemplary array of excursions – arranged by consulting with the in-house Sports and Culture Team. For a taste of the high life why not spend an evening at the nearby Evian Casino, or those with a passion for culture can arrange a tour of the local towns and cities. Finally, a day trip to Geneva is the ideal place to pick up some designer delights; the exact attire those European royals would absolutely approve of!
Enjoy the joie de vivre this June.
For further information about any of our favourite European properties for June, or to discuss your exclusive European luxury holiday, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.