The European Jetsetter
If you’re looking for some summer sun, but don’t want to travel to the ends of the Earth, then Europe offers some of the world’s most luxurious holiday spots. This week we’ll be looking at the best places to stay, the must see sights and what’s on offer in Europe.
Whether you grew up with cars or princesses, everyone knows of the enchanted land of Monaco. With luxurious landscapes and glittering cities, there is something to suit all tastes here.
The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is an architectural accomplishment, constructed on four hectares at sea level and complete with waterfalls, gorgeous gardens and a solarium. The hotel offers all the amenities expected from such an extraordinary hotel, and experiences not found anywhere else in Europe, such as a private sandy bottom blue lagoon. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort overlooks the crystal blue bay of Monte Carlo, views guaranteed to stay with you for life.
When you think of Monaco, you think of three unmissable experiences; the F1 Grand Prix, Opera Monte Carlo, and the Prince’s Palace. The Palace is best way to get a taste of this land’s history and culture. The popular Court of Honor is a meeting place for the people of Monaco to indulge in the splendour of the royal lifestyle, with events on throughout the year. Each year the TSH Sovereign Prince and Princess attended the summer concert in the palace gardens from the balcony of the Grand Apartments, which you too can enjoy.
Of course, a trip to Monaco is incomplete without a visit to Europe’s legendary casino. Place du Casino in Monte-Carlo will engulf all of your senses, with an insatiable classical environment and forward-thinking approach to gambling. The Casino houses six different types of game tables and over 1,000 slot-machines, which is largest collection in Europe. Exclusive machines, games and ways to play are frequently introduced to keep the Place du Casino one of the best in the world.
Get out your designer bikini in St Tropez, where only the best of the best will do. Be immersed in the hustle and bustle of boutiques and Michelin starred restaurants, and delve into the intoxicating night life. La Réserve Ramatuelle is a show stopping retreat just outside of the city, with unbelievable views over the Mediterranean sea. The crowning glory of the hotel is its state of the art spa, but is incomplete without the imaginative detox-friendly cuisine and peaceful interior design throughout the building. Each spacious room is complete with creature comforts to completely lull you into a holiday frame of mind.
The renowned Pampelonne beach is St-Tropez’s claim to fame with five kilometres of pure, white sand bordering the deep blue of the Mediterranean sea. It is a surprisingly zen backdrop to the excitement of the city, offering an opportunity to indulge in nature’s beauty and the pleasures of the sea. Throughout the year, boat races and regattas grace the water, viewable from the beach itself. The Pamelonne is in another world to other European beaches, with no boring seaside promenade, no noisy snack stands, and no tacky souvenir stalls. After the sweep of white sand, the landscape backs onto grasslands and vineyards where you can sample some of St Tropez’s best wines.
Take a step back from the city to a secret part of St Tropez, on a hilltop guided walk. Visit Gassin, one of the oldest towns in the St Tropez Gulf still full of traditional charm, as well as old Ligurian Roman and Saracen villages. Ancient walls provide a platform to allow you to view the whole of the St Tropez area from the islands of Hyères to the Alps. Today, the hilltop villages of St Tropez are ranked among the most beautiful villages of France.
Charming Lake Como sits in the mountainous region of Northern Italy, providing a taste of traditional Italy with its pretty secluded villages and untouched scenery. If you want to be whisked away on a romantic fairy-tale holiday, then look no further than the Relais Villa Vittoria hotel, which sits right on the shores of Lake Como. Each room is luxuriously decked out with its own balcony, private sitting room, working fireplace and lake views. Only a stone’s throw away from local markets and restaurants, the hotel surrounds you with the landscape of Lake Como with infinity pools looking out onto the lake, as well as indulging its visitors in Jacuzzis and hot stone massages.
The Lido di Lenno is a hotspot for holidays makers searching for the complete package. The site features the locally renowned Gulf of Venere restaurant, offering a laid back atmosphere and a well-loved international menu. Lido di Lenno provides contemporary, well equipped beach service upon the golden shores of the lake. Lap up some sunshine on the beach with gazebos, beach umbrellas, sun beds and canopy beds all available at your command.
The best way to explore Lake Como is upon the waves of the lake itself. Hire a boat to the small, hidden island of Comacina to escape the tourist traps on the mainland. The island has an ancient aura, as its inhabitants have remained on the island for generations. Once you have landed on the island, look for the town’s Oste to treat you to local wine and freshly prepared food before a tour of the island’s ruins.
Italy is well known for the beautiful cathedrals celebrating the country’s devout Catholism. The Cathedral of Como, or Duomo di Como, built in 1740, incorporates centuries of years of styles and influences. Duomo di Como is one of the last of the gothic cathedrals built in the region, and has unbelievable views from the top of its tower.
For a taste of the seductive Spanish lifestyle, set off this year to the enchanting city of Marbella, playground of the rich and famous for over seventy years. The Oasis Hotel by Don Carlos delivers on everything its name promises. The 5-star resort 15 minutes from Marbella is nestled amongst tropical gardens, and next door to the exclusive Nikki Beach Club. The Oasis hotel caters to everyone’s expectations of relaxation, with tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, golf courses and hotel spa. At The Oasis by Don Carlos Resort, rooms are kitted out with designer furnishings, king sized beds, modern décor and up-to-date technology.
Since 1940’s, the Marbella Club has pampered some of the biggest names in modern history on their glittering holidays. Lose yourself in another world with innovative concerts, endless trellises, an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, Spanish show jumping championships, an adult’s beach club, grill restaurant, summer cocktail bar and botanical gardens. The Marbella club offers a concierge service which is unrivalled along the Costa del Sol, which enhances all the activities it had to offer.
Explore this history of this prestigious Spanish city by delving into the ruins of the La Basilica de Vega del Mar, a Paleo-Christian church and burial site. Surrounded by a sensory eucalyptus forest and the Guadalmina river, the site contains the unique remains of the Basilica and the burial site. Artefacts found on the site have been deemed so important to Spanish history that they are now exhibited in the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid.
Next week in part two, we will move on to fashion and accessories to match these incredible locations, revealing our top tips and our fashion no-no!