In the past taking a luxury holiday often meant long haul flights to exotic locations, which was something that could take the shine off an otherwise perfect experience. Choose Europe however and rest and relaxation are on our doorstep. Whatever your preference, European luxury destinations will have something to suit your need.
You can find luxury across the continent, if you know where to look, but if you are new to luxury European getaways then these are some of the most popular spots with other holidaymakers.
With some of the most stunning landscapes in Europe Scotland is the well-kept secret of luxury travel. Highland retreats and hunting lodges offer five star service – this is also the perfect destination for connoisseurs of malt whisky.
The capital of the principality of Monaco is well known as a resort that caters to luxury tastes. Thinks fine dining, evenings in the casino or luxury yacht charters. Five star hotels abound, with spa facilities on tap.
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, the French Riviera has long been synonymous with luxury. Resorts such as Nice and Cannes are favourite haunts of the Hollywood elite and the accommodation on offer caters to high-class tastes. Enjoy the beautiful beaches or watch the world go by from the pavement cafes.
The Swiss Alps have long been a draw for those seeking to restore balance and harmony, so it is no surprise that this region is home to some amazing spa retreats. Alpine air, stunning scenery and five-star service are readily found here.
The Spanish Island group may be popular with those seeking a traditional beach break, but they are also home to some more high spec holiday destinations. Ibiza offers great alternative spa resorts, while Majorca has a superb selection of luxury hotels.
With their stunning seascapes and tradition of hospitality it is no surprise that the Greek Islands are a great place to find a luxury break. Choose from remote mountain hotels with all services or all-inclusive beachside complexes.
The Italian Island offers some of the Med’s most beautiful beaches and its recent rise in popularity with holidaymakers has seen the emergence of some great luxury accommodations. Choose from stunning villas finished to high spec or full service hotels ready to cater to your every need.
Croatia Dalmation Coast
Since the Balkan states opened up in the 1990s more and more travellers have been discovering the delights of the Dalmation Coast. This stretch of Croatian shore is a luxury traveller’s paradise, with popular holiday choices including crewed yacht charters allowing visitors to enjoy intimacy and autonomy while they explore the many islands in the area.
Arguably the most stunning coastline in Italy. A wide range of exclusive hotels is available in the area, offering access to such delights as Sorrento and the island of Capri. Rental cars are a great option for those wanting to drive the wonderful winding coast roads to enjoy amazing sea views or head to nearby Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.
If you prefer your luxury destinations a little more natural, then Iceland is where it is at. With its high cost of living, many Icelandic resorts fall in the luxury bracket by default – but this isn’t to say they don’t belong here. Reykjavik boasts a great array of luxury boutique hotels, while those seeking seclusion
By Doug Scott (A Luxury Travel Blog)