#nzgirlhacks: 8 Super-Luxe European Hotels You’ll (Desperately) Want To Visit
I’ve been all about plotting my year of vacays, and started with this post 5 Hot Destinations That Won’t Be On Your Bucket List But Should Be! And seems like you are too, ‘cos thousands of you read it.
So now I am all about the luxury… the fantasy of what could be. We all need a bit of luxury sometimes, and I know that some of you have honeymoons in the planning. But if you’re anything like me, right now you’ll have been bogged down in decluttering and preparing for days spent indoors. It’s like trying not to have a meltdown juggling life while figuring out how to fix a leaking tap at home – yep, I just did that!
So I reckon, it’s time to think about booking yourself a little luxury, and if not booking, just melting into the fantasy of what’s possible! A European escape any time from now is the perfect way to unwind from everyday life. So here’s our epic #nzgirlhacks guide to our top 5 super-luxe hotels in Europe.
1. The Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy
There’s nothing gritty about The Gritti Palace, it’s luxe all the way! Just look at this gallery. The Gritti Palace has been home to the elite for eons, with the guest-list reading like a roll call of the rich and famous, with cult icons like Hemingway and Elizabeth Taylor. Its no. 1 asset is its extraordinary and privileged location right beside the Grand Canal in Venice, as well as its luxurious terrace, where you can see the basilica and toast the amazing view when the sun sets. If you’re on the hunt for serious adult luxurious pampering, or a honeymoon you’ll never forget, this is it. The Gritti Palace hosts a sumptuous spa, royal-inspired rooms and an epicurean school, which is a Venetian kitchen where guests can attend wine tastings, cooking workshops and enjoy good Italian home cooking.
2. Le Bristol in Paris, France
With its fab central location and a three-Michelin star restaurant, Le Bristol, Paris is a hot pick. It’s a classic Paris experience location and it’ll charm you with it’s 1930s European chic Parisian style. As you can imagine, it’s been celebrity favourite stop-off on their jaunt to Cannes for the annual film festival …so watch out for the famous if you book in May. Picture yourself relaxing in style on your private terrace,, admiring the stunning gardens, then saunter your slippered feet to your room to watch the Eiffel Tower come alive at night.
3. Casa Delfino Hotel and Spa in Crete, Greece
Greece is the location of the moment. Because of its much-publicised struggles during the financial crisis, prices are lower than ever, and tourism is booming, boosting the country’s coffers. But there’s nothing struggling about Casa Delfino Hotel. Situated just a hop, skip and a jump from the Old Venetian Harbour, Chania Harbour, and near the stunning Old Town, this hotel is the height of Crete chic. Breakfast is full of locally sourced, organic foods and eaten al fresco. Then after brekkie, you can wander the ancient streets and bask in the island of Crete’s magnificent ancient history.
4. 101 Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland
Although Iceland is a small country it punches well above its weight in terms of a holiday destination. Reykjavik is a city vibrant with culture, the modern, and sexy 101 Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy it from. 101 Hotel features luxury rooms with a black and white palette, with contemporary art, a Jacuzzi, spa and full concierge service with large rooms overlooking the city’s bustling harbour. This is a great base to sample Icelandic art forms – from contemporary music a la Sigor Ros to Icelandic poetry. 101 Hotel staff are known to be super friendly and informative about the best hidden gems to see in the city, making this a perfect choice for those visiting Iceland for the first time.
5. Bellinter House in County Meath, Ireland
After peace and quiet? Then the idyllic rural Bellinter House is calling you. It’s set in beautiful Irish countryside, just 1 hour from Dublin, so is the perfect environment for relaxing and unwinding from urban life. The house was designed in 1750 and represents the best of modern Irish design. It includes a drawing room where you can chill and have high tea, a games room for entertainment and drinks, and a library for all the book lovers who visit. Children are welcome and can enjoy the green fields and fresh air, with duplexes available for families and even babysitters on request, which you’ll need when you head down to Eden restaurant for a world class dinner and cocktails!
6. Ham Yard Hotel in London, UK
Ham Yard Hotel is situated right at the heart of London’s trendy Soho district, known for its vibrant night life, the is great for those looking for an exciting city break. This residence is influenced by contemporary European design, balancing neon colours with a pared down background aesthetic. Indulge in a ‘full English’ breakfast from the luxurious restaurant then spend the day at the hotel’s own bowling alley before heading to its very own theatre at night. This hotel is a small city within a city, so you can enjoy a break from queues and get to the movies on time, with no rush.
7. Sir Albert in Amsterdam, Netherlands
A former diamond factory now described as ‘modern aristocratic,’ Sir Albert Hotel is based on the life of its fictional patron, Sir Albert. As a guest, you can peruse his extensive book collection in the residents-only study and relax in front of a traditional open fire. The rooms have high ceilings, sleek furniture and detailed craftsmanship, with a modern and exclusive design which completely defines this boutique hotel. Sir Albert also comes with a top-notch restaurant serving both European and Japanese flavours in an unusual twist on Dutch cuisine – and, of course, there’s a lovely terrace.
8. OD Talamanca in Ibiza, Spain
OD Talamanca is great for you party gals out there, and is designed for those who want to party in #girlboss style. Breakfast is served until noon (yay sleep-in!) where you can enjoy their specially prepared detox juices to cleanse the night before. Then once you’re rejuvenated, you can head poolside for your pre-night owl snack at the oyster and champagne shack! And for those who either go big or go home, the premium suites come with a private rooftop pool and spectacular terrace views. Yep… that!
So forget about all your TO DO list; stop wondering how the heck you’re going to declutter your lounge, fix a leaking tap, remember where you put your winter duvet, or what to cook for dinner. Instead, plan your winter getaway. And if you can’t go full noise, treat yourself to just a night in one of these luxurious locations and enjoy yourself some pampering at one of these sweet escapes!
Now don’t forget to read this post 5 Hot Destinations That Won’t Be On Your Bucket List But Should Be!