What’s better than a beach getaway? A beach getaway that comes with a slice of seclusion and immersion into the exotic world of ideal seaside experience. And while the Caribbean may be the famed beach haven many dream of for this, the unique coastlines and less frequented shores of these European beaches give the polished sands across the pond a run for their money.
From postcard worthy views of Italy’s Amalfi Coast and Greece’s Macedonia, to the lesser known escapes of Turkey’s Peninsula and Mallorca’s waterfront oasis, at least one of these five spots should make your summer shortlist for a true European beach retreat.
Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Address: Adnan Menderes caddesi No: 89, Asarlik Mevkii PK 225, Bodrum, 48400, Turkey
Room rate: €285 to €855 per night
Set off the well-worn city of Bodrum, yet surrounded by the deep, blue Aegean Sea, Caresse is the resort you haven’t heard of, that will provide you with that I-didn’t-know-what-I-was-missing experience. The 67-room, villa-style resort is a mesh between modern luxury and Mediterranean comfort, that will immediately take away any doubt you had about visiting Turkey and lounging at the beach, instead of getting lost in the history of Istanbul or Bodrum (although, you can do that too!). Yet, once you’ve checked into this tranquil-inducing locale, we can’t promise you’ll want to leave the sheltered beachfront, captivating harbor, fluid infinity pool, or soothing Turkish baths anytime soon. So, kickback, relax and bask in the glory of finding a hotspot that exudes mystique, and excludes the crowds.
Location: Amalfi Coast, Italy
Address: Via Gennaro Capriglione, 147, 84010 Praiano SA, Italy
Room rate: From €530 per night
Fantasize about the Amalfi Coast and romanticize comes to mind. This 39-room, boutique hotel will sweep you off your feet and reimagine your romantic getaway; whether with lover or not, Casa Angelina epitomizes the romance of the Italian seaside town to make you fall in love with the landscape. Perched atop the cliffs of the small stone beaches, Casa Angelina offers views of the Amalfi from your Etro linen beds at sunrise to the rooftop Spritz at sunset. Detail and dedication are at the hotel’s ethos with specially-designed boating excursions, catered beach days, freshly-grown produce on your plates, and concierge-made packages for romantic getaways, or self-pampered escapes that awaken that lost pep in your step, and dare we say it? Even fall in love with treating yourself.
Location: Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France
Address: Boulevard J.F. Kennedy – BP 29, 06 601 Antibes Cedex – France
Room rate: From €690 per night
It’s a trip back in time at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, where a Palace fit for royalty is exactly what you’ll find. Choose from one of the three locations to suit your stay–the main hotel, private villas or the secluded residence–and behold the key to luxury. The private coastline, landscaped grounds and overwhelmingly appealing pool appease the loungers and adventurers, alike; and are just the tip of the iceberg. The fine dining, sleek spa space, and minimally decorated rooms are modern accents to the charming grounds, ensuring that guests experience the stylish relaxation at the heart of the French Riviera.
4. Ikos, Olivia
Location: Polygyros, Central Macedonia, Greece
Address: Thesi Rahones, Gerakini, Halkidiki 631 00, Greece
Room rate: €156 to €478 per night (with a minimum five night stay)
The allure of a Greek getaway is unavoidable–simply, why would you want to avoid this European jewel? Ikos, Olivia is a 22-acre, all inclusive, luxury resort that has grown with the destination’s popularity. From the fine, white sand beach sunbeds to the adrenaline-inducing sailing opportunities, the uninterrupted stretch of coastline hosts your beach getaway with lavishness. The three exterior pools are as accommodating as the winding beach, with peeks of the Mediterranean Sea that ensure you’re never too far from nature.
Location: Palma, Mallorca
Address: Passeig Illetes, 58
Room rate: Day sunbeds range from €20 a day, and rooms from €273 per night
With pure rolling off the tip of your tongue, it’s no doubt that Puro offers guests the purest stay, offering all that Mallorca stands for; music, design, and the beach-bum lifestyle. Eat, drink, swim and lounge with the Mediterranean as your backyard at this newly-revealed beach club. The access to the sea is unparalleled–even the pool exists as an enclave of the Mediterranean–its crystal waters enticing you from the comfort of your sunbed. The contemporary hotel is just ten minutes from the club and maintains a unique flavor for each of its 51 rooms, in the heart of the La Lonja district. When not dancing in the center of the nightlife scene, or lounging along the coast, the rooftop pool is where you’ll be; with Balinese beds and extended space that assure you unwind in privacy.