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The Top 50 Hotels in Europe

Here's the Top 50 Hotels in Europe

With a mix of thoughtful designs, centuries-old heritage, cutting-edge spa treatments, Michelin-star restaurants, and world-class facilities, these European hotels are the destination.

Europe is beautifully diverse, and this selection of extraordinary hotels represents that. From luxury farmhouse hotels in the wine regions of Portugal to heritage grand dames in the heart of Berlin, every corner of the continent is celebrated.

There are some historic favourites on this list, as well as new luxury hotels that we think will be hot on travel wish lists. We’ve considered facilities, service, design, food, location, and in some cases, heritage, to make our final selection. Here are the top 50 hotels in Europe for 2023.

Best Hotels in Europe

50. Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa – Budapest, Hungary

The Kozmo is a Budapest institution, dating back to the 19th century. This oasis in the heart of Budapest is a shining example of how to transform a historical landmark into a hotel. The revamp is chic, contemporary, and luxe, without going overboard. And the service is undoubtedly five-star. The poised and prompt staff strive to deliver a luxury bespoke service tailored to each guest’s needs – nothing is too small, or too big. The spa could well be described as a temple. It’s one of the most striking indoor pools we’ve seen, where low-lit lights lull you into a post-massage siesta. There’s another pool for laps, as well as a fully equipped gym – there’s a dedicated team on hand to talk you through a personalised workout programme. The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for a sundowner from their signature cocktail menu, followed by a fine dining dinner in the swanky restaurant.

Price per night from £131

Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa

49. Raffles Europejski Warsaw – Warsaw, Poland

Having opened in 1857, this grand dame of Warsaw hotels is laced with history. The neo-Renaissance architecture was designed by an Italian architect, Enrico Marconi, who shaped much of Warsaw’s landscape in the 19th century. Today, it’s the picture of upscale luxury blending with an unapologetic display of Polish talent. Contemporary Polish art adorns the walls of the hotel, and the food at the Europejski Grill serves up gourmet Polish favourites.

Raffles hotels are famous for their excellent service, with Raffles Butlers ensuring you barely lift a finger during your stay. Guests can indulge in full relaxation in the cloistered spa, with a sparkling indoor pool and restorative holistic treatments, as well as a sauna, steam room, and gym.

Price per night from £314

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

48. Hotel d’Angleterre – Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen’s Hotel d’Angleterre takes its guests back in time, with ballroom dances and an air of old-world ritz. The hotel, which dates back to 1755, is a historical landmark with a long legacy. The Victorian architecture and the palatial interior are a contrast to the city’s cool and contemporary style, but it’s certainly not stuck in the past. A recent revamp modernised the room with swish mod-cons (including in-room climate control), marble bathrooms, and fluffy robes. Marchal is the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, with lavish dishes blending French and Nordic touches. The tranquil spa is a gorgeous and holistic experience, with highly skilled therapists tailoring treatments and programmes to suit every guest’s needs.

Price per night from £581

Hotel d’Angleterre

47. Rosewood Villa Magna – Madrid, Spain

As one of the Leading Hotels of the World, Rosewood Villa Magna is certified luxury. It’s one of the oldest and grandest hotels in Madrid, set on the illustrious Paseo de la Castellana. With the added opulent touches of shoeshines, in-room Nespresso machines, huge walk-in closets, and housekeepers that’ll hang and arrange your clothes, the service is faultless. It’s formal – the bellmen that greet you at the ornate door are very official – but not without heart. The food can attest to that. The Lounge serves up superb Spanish and Mediterranean classics, while Tse Yang is still one of the best Chinese restaurants in Madrid. The pièce de résistance is the hotel’s Sense spa, complete with a Turkish hammam, Finnish spa, and a menu of restorative treatments.

Price per night from £620

Rosewood Villa Magna

46. Dromoland Castle – County Clare, Ireland

An Irish fairytale comes to life at Dromoland Castle. The estate was the home of the royal O’Briens and became a hotel in the 1960s. It was transformed into the luxury hotel that it is in 2019, which is apparent in the sumptuous, contemporary bedrooms and modern facilities. However, it hasn’t lost its old-world charm, with velveted lounges, suits of armour, and stoic portraits dotted around the hotel. The main restaurant, Earl of Thomond, is grand and formal, with white glove service and twinkling chandeliers. However, the casual Fig Tree restaurant satisfies with casual but delicious classic dishes to reflect the modern traveller. The spa is not to be missed, with an outdoor hot tub (the prime seat for enjoying the countryside scenery), and superb treatments – they use cream and gels made from ingredients from the Irish Sea. There’s a huge dose of fun here, too. Try your hand at falconry, practice your swing on the 18-hole golf course, attend an obligatory whiskey tasting, and seek out herbs and vegetables on a foraging excursion.

Price per night from £546

Dromoland Castle

45. Palais Hansen Kempinski – Vienna, Austria

With grandeur and heritage in spades, the Palais Hansen is an example of how contemporary luxury can blend with history. The lobby-lounge is the beating heart of the hotel, with velvet upholstery, cream bricked walls, a sparkling chandelier, and a grand piano to set the scene. The old Vienna can be felt in the ballroom and the cigar lounge, while palatial rooms kitted out with mod-cons (including Nespresso machines and iPads) and the striking Die Küche restaurant represent Austrian modernity. The lush glass atrium sets the scene for the menu of creative takes on Austrian classics. Or splash out on the restaurant’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Edvard, for a formal affair. Rarified service is expected at any Kempinski hotel, and Palais Hansen is no different. Each room receives a bowl of fruit and pastries upon arrival, as well as luxury Kempinski-brand toiletries. The amenities are brilliant too. There’s a gym, an indoor hydro-pool, saunas, a steam room, and a selection of restorative treatments.

Price per night from £275

Palais Hansen Kempinski

44. Domes Zeen – Chania, Crete, Greece

Sophisticated and uber-cool, Domes Zeen is the place to stay on Crete’s sunny northwest coast. With private access to a sandy beach, a large outdoor infinity pool, spacious sea view balconies, and select rooms with their own private pools, it’s a dream for soaking up the Cretan sun. The brutalist style is the standout feature, and while that can be cold and sterile, is softened by grainy woods, lots of rattan, and lush plants. The service is warm and prompt, with friendly staff who can’t do enough for you. Whether it’s the expert massage therapist in the spa or the buggy driver whisking you around the complex, everyone here strives to deliver a five-star experience. The hotel encourages guests to live by the concept of ef zeen – a Greek term for well-being. It’s refreshing, contemporary, and relaxing. The activities, however, are quintessential island experiences: ceramics classics, cooking classes, organised coastal hikes, and even wine tasting. The Enino Gastronomy restaurant is well stocked with various wines to sample, which go perfectly with local cheeses, olives, and tzatziki.

Price per night from £204

Domes Zeen

43. Raffles – Istanbul, Turkey

Raffles stands apart from the usual Byzantine and Ottoman-style hotels, offering something new for the modern traveller. It rises above the surrounding commercial buildings, close to the historic Old Town and the entertainment district of Beyoğlu. Most of the spacious rooms are treated to views of the Bosphorus and Istanbul’s characteristic cluttered skyline dotted with domes and minarets. If there’s one thing you can count on with Raffles, it’s top-notch service. All guests have a personal butler, who will find the perfect balance of catering to you without being overbearing. Istanbul can get busy and hot – after a day in the chaotic city, there’s nothing quite like taking a dip in a rooftop pool. Or perhaps a trip to the spa is just the ticket, there are three traditional hammams for full body restoration.

Price per night from £379


42. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

There are few locations in Amsterdam as illustrious as the Waldorf. The hotel occupies six 17th- and 18th-century canal front palaces. It’s both stately and whimsical, with gorgeous historical characteristics and period touches. The rooms and suites are wonderfully spacious – uncommon in Amsterdam – with high ceilings, large windows, and a sheen of timeless elegance. It’s all very luxurious, even down to the Salvatorre Ferragamo toiletries. Despite being in such a prime location, the Waldorf is a sanctuary amid the busy city. Spend sunny afternoons sipping wine in the grand 17th-century-style garden, and rainy days keeping warm in the Guerlain spa – complete with a tranquil relaxation room, indoor pool, sauna, and steam room. The hotel’s restaurant, Spectrum (formerly Librije’s Zusje), puts on a supremely impressive avant-garde tasting menu.

Price per night from £533

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

41. The Newt in Somerset – Somerset, England

This is no ordinary hotel, it’s a luxurious, activity-filled village wrapped up in a Georgian 800-acre estate. To put the scale of The Newt into perspective: there are just 42 rooms and over 500 members of staff. The rooms and the manors are gorgeous, dressed in a mix of contemporary cool and country house chic, but it’s the experiences that are the main focal point here. The gardens are home to 267 varieties of British apple trees, which produce The Newt’s own cider. You can visit the cider press and bottling plant, or simply enjoy the beverage in the baroque gardens. Maybe you’d prefer a dip in the wild swimming ponds first or get your heart rate up on the treetop walk. Oh, and there’s an interactive museum of gardens around the world, a farm shop, bakery, butcher, ice cream shop, and much more. The Newt is an all-encompassing fairytale: a true destination hotel.

Price per night from £625

The Newt in Somerset

40. Anassa Hotel – Polis, Cyprus

Escape to a relaxed Cypriot village at the Anassa. Whitewashed buildings, a village square, and the setting of mature gardens emulate the relaxed atmosphere of a small village, but with luxury facilities to boot. The Romanesque-style Thalassa Spa is the pièce de résistance, with signature thalassotherapy treatments, as well as massages and facials. A soak in the steam bath might just transport you to ancient times, while the squash, tennis, gym, yoga facilities, and sparkling infinity pool are decidedly modern. The food is also a mix of contemporary opulence and laidback traditional. On one hand, there’s gourmet Asian-inspired fare by candlelight, and on the other hand, there’s a Cypriot buffet, which goes hand-in-hand with jolly live music and folk dancing. The hotel also puts on a weekly barbecue on the beach. You might come for the five-star service and award-winning facilities, but you’ll fall in love with the warmly familiar atmosphere.

Price per night from £386

Anassa Hotel

39. Palé Hall – Gwynedd, Wales

Live out your Pride & Prejudice dream from this Victorian mansion. The setting couldn’t be better, on the cusp of the wild Berwyn Mountains and Snowdonia National Park. Although, with grounds as beautiful as these, there are few reasons to leave. This hotel is so beautiful that it once played host to Queen Victoria and Churchill. The manor’s period features and ornate furniture are wonderfully regal, holding the power to make any guest feel like royalty. Maybe it’s that, or maybe it’s the discreet yet attentive staff. They’re not hovering over you, but they’re somehow there as soon as you think you want a glass of wine. And delicious wine at that – even better when paired with the five-or-eight-course dinner menu. It’s this seasonal, ultra-fresh, and creative food that earned Palé Hall Wales’ first Michelin Green Star.

Price per night from £327

Palé Hall

38. San Clemente Palace Kempinski – Venice, Italy

A hotel doesn’t get much more exclusive than a private island. In a city where the tourist crowds can dull its sparkle, the Kempinski on San Clemente Island is a chance to appreciate the magic of a lesser-known slow-paced Venice. It’s just across the water from Piazza San Marco: a speedboat collects guests from here. The grounds are big enough to get lost in the pastel gardens, and there are even tennis courts and a small golf course. There’s also a state-of-the-art spa, run by the Merchant of Venice chain. You do have to get a boat journey to get to the city, so they ensure there is plenty to keep you occupied on the island. And most importantly, well-fed, and watered. There are six restaurants and bars, serving classic Italian fare.

Price per night from £505

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

37. Hotel Adlon Kempinski – Berlin, Germany

One thing’s for sure, the Hotel Adlon knows how to impress on arrival. And that’s before you’ve even walked through the grand front door. The famous Brandenburg Gate is in touching distance, along with other historic buildings. Aside from the illustrious location, the Old Europe-style hotel is the definition of refined glamour. Think marble bathrooms, traditional wood furnishings, and timeless artwork. There are levels to the rooms, and those with views of the Brandenburg Gate do go for a premium. But this is arguably the best hotel in Berlin, so any room here feels like one of the most luxurious, lavish things in the world. If you want to go for gold, check out the Royal Suite, where Queen Elizabeth II was once a guest.

Price per night from £294

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

36. Isbreen the Glacier – Finnmark Alps, Norway

Some places transcend what it is to be a hotel, and Isbreen the Glacier is better described as an otherworldly escape. Few get to experience what it’s like to stay in a geometric igloo in the Arctic Circle, with views of the Finnmark Alps lit up by the Northern Lights. Each igloo, or glass dome, is uniquely decorated to reflect the surroundings and local folklore and comes with a telescope for star spotting. The ultra-snug domes (some have wood-fired stoves for extra cosiness) are the best place to relax after a day of activities before the kitchen whips up a hearty meal showcasing local cuisine. The team put a lot of effort into making this the trip of a lifetime; it’s clear how proud they are to share this majestic corner of the world. They have guides on hand to take guests glacier hiking, dog sledging, fjord kayaking, on a whale safari, and much more. And to top it all off, there’s a hot tub and a sauna by the glacial sea.

Price per night from £1,260

Isbreen the Glacier

35. Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel – Antibes, France

It doesn’t get much more exclusive than the French Riviera. There are few hotels with their own sandy shore, so beach lovers will struggle to find somewhere better than Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel. Or perhaps you’d prefer to watch the yachts bob in the waters from the infinity pool, after catching a suntan on the signature flamingo pink loungers. Either way, this hotel is less business-class serious and more relaxed luxury, fuelled by buckets of champagne. There is a gym, but the French Riviera calls for calming massages in the spa over cardio. There are two restaurants to try out, both serving Michelin-starred dinners. Try the chef’s tasting menu for a culinary voyage to remember.

Price per night from £420

Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel

34. Forestis – Dolomites, Italy

Panoramic views of the Dolomites are a luxury not everyone gets to see, so the Forestis takes full advantage. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel put the alpine scenery centre stage. So, whether you’re unwinding in the Finnish-style sauna, soaking in the deep Dolomite stone tubs, or dining in the vast restaurant, the surrounding forest is never out of sight. Some rooms even have daybeds on the balcony for moonlit stargazing while sipping a drink from the mini bar.

The facilities are geared towards ultimate relaxation with specialised treatments (such as tree therapy) and an outdoor heated pool. It’s all perfectly rounded off with a superb restaurant featuring a tasting menu that changes every night made with ingredients from the forest.

Price per night from £500


33. Hotel Excelsior – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Waking up to views of Dubrovnik’s medieval walls rising from the Adriatic becomes a reality at Hotel Excelsior. The views certainly caught the attention of the rich and royal over the years, including Queen Elizabeth II, Francis Ford Coppola, and Sir Roger Moore. Steps lead down to a rocky private beach, where the hotel lines up parasols and comfortable loungers for guests only. There is also an outdoor seawater pool carved out of stone – a true highlight and excellent photo op – as well as an indoor heated pool in the spa. The hotel promotes rest and rejuvenation, with a Finnish sauna, themed showers, treatments, and a Roman bath. Every bit of the Excelsior conveys luxury, from the L’Occitane toiletries to the romantic stone terrace restaurant (there are three restaurants in total)

Price per night from £217

Hotel Excelsior

32. Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa – Salamanca, Spain

This sprawling estate is a dream come true: balcony views across the River Tormes, a never-ending wine cellar, an outdoor pool surrounded by the Douro Valley, and historical character in spades. The hotel occupies a former monastery, with a history that dates back to the 14th century. There’s a piece of history everywhere you turn here – the ancient chapel houses masterful artwork from the 16th century. And of course, there’s the wine. The surrounding vineyards produce gorgeous wines – guests can enjoy private tastings in the dimly lit, atmospheric tasting room. The hotel’s organic farm also produces its own cheeses, jamon, and olive oil. Dinners are an experience here, with fresh, gourmet food perfectly paired with local wines.

Price per night from £178

Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa

31. Grace Hotel – Santorini, Greece

Santorini’s indigo blues have never looked so good. The characteristic white flat roof exterior clings to the cliffside, with front-row seats to the caldera. The heated infinity pool is the best place to take in the scenery, closely followed by a romantic dinner on the terrace at sunset. It’s one of the most exclusive hotels in Santorini, with only 14 rooms and a relatively private location. While there isn’t a spa, most rooms do have a hot tub. Plus, fluffy bathrobes, luxurious rain showers, flip flops, and Apivita products help to create an in-room spa experience. Relaxing comes easy in the privacy of spacious balconies, with the caldera centre stage.

Price per night from £475

Grace Hotel

30. The Yeatman – Porto, Portugal

With an infinity pool within touching distance of the Porto’s terracotta roofs and an impressive dedication to all things wine, the Yeatman is arguably the best hotel in Portugal’s second city. The hotel does revolve around wine, but it’s never done in an over-the-top or tacky way. The pool is shaped like a decanter, there’s an astonishing 25,000-bottle cellar, historical wine titbits throughout the hotel, and more. The spa even offers grape-pip treatments – it also has a hammam, indoor pool, sauna, gym, and a menu of restorative treatments. All these wine-related aspects are impressively done discreetly and confirm the Yeatman to be one of the most notable wine hotels in Europe. Days are spent soaking up the Portuguese sun, looking out to the Douro River, or reading on your spacious balcony. Evenings are spent tasting vintage wines and tucking into Michelin-starred dinners – meticulously paired with wine selected by the hotel’s Wine Director.

Price per night from £380

The Yeatman

29. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc – Antibes, France

The playground of the rich and famous, and synonymous with F. Scott Fitzgerald, the French Riviera has opulence in spades. And while they might try, few hotels have the same retro movie-star feel to them as the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Dusted in 20s glamour and with world-class staff, who can’t do enough for you, the Cap has the power to make anyone feel like a star. The views are some of the best on the Riviera, with an infinity pool hanging above the indigo sea and the wraparound terrace providing the perfect spot for afternoon spritzes.

Price per night from £432

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

28. Adare Manor – Limerick, Ireland

A stately country manor with bags of history, charm, magnificent scenery, and faultless service: we adore Adare Manor. The 19th-century neo-Gothic castle was in the family of the 2nd Earl of Dunraven until it became a hotel in the 1980s, and it got a huge makeover in 2017. No expense was spared, with Ireland’s only La Mer spa and modern integrations in the rooms. But there are nods to Adare’s past in every corner – ornate fireplaces, walls adorned with 19th-century art, and stained-glass windows.

Ask any member of staff anything you’d like to know about the manor, they’re highly knowledgeable and eager to share its lore. Although gawping at the views from your freestanding tub and exploring the 842-acre estate could easily take up all your time, there is so much to do here. Adare Manor is no typical stuffy (and often spooky) country manor, it’s a fun one. Horse-drawn carriages take you around the grounds in style, or you can try your hand at fishing, falconry, or archery. Adare is also home to Ireland’s most impressive golf course: it’s set to be the location of the Ryder Cup in 2027.

Price per night from £639

Adare Manor

27. Four Seasons Hotel Ritz – Lisbon, Portugal

In an ever-changing city, this classic hotel has managed to keep up the pace. Lisbon’s first luxury hotel continues to impress and has done so since it came on the scene in 1959. The walls are adorned with modern Portuguese artwork – the paintings and tapestries compete with the sweeping cityscape views from every room. The facilities are second to none. There’s a running track on the rooftop for a morning sprint with a view, and the hotel spa gets everything right. The Ritz Pool Bar is the pinnacle of opulent relaxation, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne and a lobster roll in the sun after a dip in the outdoor pool. The Four Seasons brand knows how to do food. The extravagant brunch is not to be missed – it’s become a destination unto itself. Dinner is served at the Michelin-starred CURA, where chef Pena Basto presents a tasting menu of modern takes on Portuguese classics.

Price per night from £619

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz

26. Augustine – Prague, Czech Republic

This maze-like complex is unexpected in a busy city like Prague, and this abundance of space is thanks to its location in and around the Augustinian monastery. The unique location is one of the things that confirms Augustine as the most impressive hotel in Prague – a community of monks still live in a separate quarter of the monastery. In true Prague fashion, the monks started brewing their own beer, St Thomas, in 1352. The gorgeous former refectory bar is the only place in the world where you can try a pint of St Thomas. Augustine ticks a lot of boxes, and the facilities are a big one. The holistic spa is the only one in Prague with a Turkish hammam, along with other restorative treatments. Between the top-notch food using fresh local ingredients, excellent facilities, and a serene courtyard, guests may never want to leave – although, Prague Castle is a stone’s throw away.

Price per night from £301


25. Beau-Rivage Palace – Lausanne, Switzerland

Few places in Europe evoke such elegance as Lake Geneva, and the Beau-Rivage Palace is the crème de la crème of luxury hotels on the lake shore. And it’s also the most renowned, having been around since 1861. Here, days unfold like a real-life fairytale: they start with coffees on the balcony, looking out to the Alps, and end in the two Michelin-starred Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant. It’s such a fancy and historical hotel, that it’s at risk of being snobbish. However, there is no pomposity here, just sumptuous Marie-Antoinette-esque bedrooms, fantastic food, beautiful lake views, and most notably, the kind of friendly service that sticks with you.

Price per night from £549

Beau-Rivage Palace

24. São Lourenço do Barrocal – Monsaraz, Portugal

If there was anywhere to convince you to swap the Portuguese coastal getaway for a country escape, it’s São Lourenço do Barrocal. More of an exclusive farmhouse stay than a swanky hotel, this 2,000-acre estate is the setting of something special. The landscape hasn’t changed for centuries, with wild horses, cattle, wildflower meadows, and mature olive trees setting the scene. This is a working farm, and the activities make the most of that. There are beekeeping lessons, foraging, horseback riding, and stargazing – the area is a Dark Sky Reserve. The farm is also known for its winemaking heritage, and the robust wines are perfectly paired with the restaurant’s creative takes on traditional Portuguese dishes. While nearly every aspect of this hotel is a journey back in time, the refined rooms are the exception; the terracotta-roofed lodgings have been restored to comfortable rustic chic.

Price per night from £267

São Lourenço do Barrocal

23. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras – High Tatras, Slovakia

The High Tatras mountain range is one of Europe’s natural treasures. The characteristic craggy peaks, alpine lakes, and towering forest trees all come into vision at the Grand Hotel Kempinski. The setting is spectacular, on the shore of glacial Lake Strbske Peso. Nature lovers will feel right at home among the ample hiking trails, cycling paths, and ski slopes, while those seeking rest and recuperation will find it in the hotel’s luxurious spa. Indulge in the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience or relax by the indoor heated pool. Laps feel a bit more special with the floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing High Tatras panorama. No room is a ‘bad’ room here – they all have utterly gorgeous views. There are few better feelings than sitting on your balcony in a fluffy hotel robe and sipping coffee while taking in the alpine landscape. There are several bars and restaurants, but the Grand Restaurant is the go-to for fine dining excellence. And to dial up the romance, guests can arrange a private dinner in the panoramic View Tower.

Price per night from £202

Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

22. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort – Tourrettes, Provence, France

Hidden between Provencal hills stands this low-slung, sprawling hotel. Modern luxury meets charming country escape, with a huge infinity pool showcasing views of pretty terracotta rooftops. Terre Blanche was owned by the original 007 himself, Sean Connery. Now, it belongs to German Dietmar Hopp, whose impressive art collection is presented throughout the hotel. The spa is a haven, with a cloistered Zen garden and plunge pool, an indoor heated pool flanked by Romanesque columns, and science-backed treatments. This is a true resort, with 750 acres to play with – much of that is taken up by the two 18-hole championship golf courses. Even those who don’t play golf can appreciate the soft, rolling course. It might even tempt you into a lesson. Other activities here are deliciously French. Think: cheese maker visits, wine tasting (it’s only right in the wine country), and cycling through the countryside. Although sometimes, the best thing to do on holiday is relax in a wisteria-lined poolside cabana, sipping wine from the cellar – will it be Whispering Angel, a popular Provencal wine, or a rare vintage champagne?

Price per night from £519

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort

21. Marbella Club – Marbella, Spain

This heritage hotel has said the same ethos for decades – slow living, carefree, and escapism. The cult favourite has grown a lot since Slim Aarons captured it on camera in the 70s, but the vibe remains the same. It’s low-key and relaxed, but still with an air of hard-to-reach luxury. While Marbella is typically boozy and flashy, the Marbella Club couldn’t be more different. It’s a family place, with wellness at the heart of it. There’s a Thalasso spa, with treatments using sea-water ingredients, and registered nutritionists, therapists, naturopaths, and fitness coaches to help address any health issues. Lean into the bohemian energy and take part in Tibetan bowl singing, or if that’s a step too far, stick to reformer Pilates and yoga. Sip post-yoga green juices in the jasmine-lined courtyard restaurant, El Patio. Sunset is best spent at the Art Deco-style Beach Club, where fresh fish is grilled on the barbecue every night.

Price per night from £397

Marbella Club

20. Santa Marina – Mykonos, Greece

A jewel of the Cyclades, Santa Marina is the pique of Mykonos luxury. It’s been in the same local family for four decades, so despite its dazzling splendour, there’s a familial air about the place. Think cottage-style suites, family-friendly amenities, warm service, and taverna-inspired Greek food. No-frills, taverna-style food can be hard to find in Mykonos, and the on-site Buddha Bar serves chic Asian-fusion dishes and good sushi. It’s the first Buddha Bar to be on the beach, and the views of the Aegean are special. By night, it turns into a club. And one of the most impressive things about Santa Marina is the private beach. It’s the only hotel in Mykonos with a private stretch of sand, and super-soft sand at that – a rarity on the typically pebbly coastline. Switch up yacht-watching on a beach sun lounger for one of the two infinity pools.

Price per night from £413

Santa Marina

19. Hotel Villa Honegg - Ennetbürgen, Switzerland

With views facing Lake Lucerne, flanked by jagged mountains, the Hotel Villa Honegg is a superb location. It’s also at the foothills of Felsenweg, the cliff path that leads to Europe’s fastest exposed elevator. It’s epic in every sense, and the Art Nouveau hotel does well to compete with the surroundings. The heated outdoor infinity pool gives way to the dramatic alpine panorama, a pinch-me-moment. And don’t miss out on the spa: there’s a Finnish sauna, a steam room, and a menu of treatments. The food is proudly farm-to-table, with local ingredients and produce doing the talking. The best place to enjoy it is on the terrace – that view never gets old.

Price per night from £540

Hotel Villa Honegg

18. One&Only Portonovi – Portonovi, Montenegro

With a medical spa that is a destination unto itself, this ultra-luxurious hotel has a lot to give. It’s gorgeously grand, from the gleaming marble lobby to the bronze fountain, yet it’s also chic and modern. The rooms say goodbye to cold and impersonal upscale hotels – they encourage comfort with plush bedding, soft slippers, and snug bathrobes. An infinity pool overlooks the indigo waters and pebbly beach, where guests can take advantage of the kayaks, paddleboards, beach volleyball, and water polo. Maybe that’s too much activity for a relaxing holiday, in which case the smiling staff will happily bring you ice-cold glasses of wine and Mediterranean snacks while you soak up the Black Mountains view poolside.

While there is a lot to love here, from the setting to the service, the spa is where they kick it up a notch. The Chenot Escape Spa takes inspiration from Chinese medicine to design tailor-made treatments and detox programs, including cryotherapy, ozone therapy, and more. It’s all overseen by doctors and nutritionists, and there are also personal trainers to keep you on track.

Price per night from £270

One&Only Portonovi

17. Six Senses Douro Valley – Samodaes, Portugal

Combine wellness and wine, and you’ve got the Six Senses Douro Valley. Six Senses hotels always deliver on rejuvenation: this particular hotel has a huge range of treatment possibilities, from Ayurvedic physiotherapy to innovative skin analysis through smart technology. The tech can design sleep programmes and do wellness screenings, too. They haven’t forgotten the basics, though, with a menu of relaxing massages and facials – using homemade products made of garden-grown ingredients, of course. If you’re in the full wellness swing, there’s a gym and a yoga/pilates pavilion where you can try out aerial yoga. And no trip to Douro Valley, one of the world’s oldest wine regions, is complete without a wine tasting. The hotel has nightly wine tastings, and the staff have an impressive wealth of knowledge about each one. They’ll also happily give you tips on the best mountain biking routes, kayaking locations, or scenic hikes.

Price per night from £554

Six Senses Douro Valley

16. Can Ferrereta – Santanyí, Mallorca

When the owners of a luxury Palma hotel realised how much they were recommending Santanyí as a day trip to their guests, they knew they were onto something. They’ve brought their chic aesthetic of locally handcrafted furniture, smooth concrete walls, and contemporary finishes to this 17th-century rural mansion – and the result is a dream hotel. There are 32 sandy-toned rooms, some with plunge pools, and most have a patio or balcony for coffee in the morning sun. Afternoons are best spent around the scene-stealing swimming pool – the perfect place for a glass of local wine and fresh bites. A dinner of seasonal local produce is served at Ocre restaurant, which occupies the dimly lit former wine cellar. There’s a lot to love here, from the prompt and personable service to the tranquil spa – complete with a hammam, sauna, and a menu of restorative treatments using locally sourced ingredients.

Price per night from £313

Can Ferrereta

15. Le Bristol – Paris, France

Mon dieu, this hotel is beautiful. Le Bristol has retained the same French regalia as when it opened in 1925, but its six-year-long restoration (completed in 2018) gave it a high-end refresh. The walls, suites, and hotel areas are embellished with Versailles-style furniture, Persian carpets, and original paintings. This hotel is as much of a destination as Paris, especially when there are four Michelin stars under one roof. The legendary Epicure has three, and bistro 114 Faubourg (centred around an open kitchen) has one. The lush garden is quintessentially Parisian – the perfect place for your morning café. Faultless service, unforgettable Michelin-starred dining, and luxury personalised spa treatments, combined with an air of Old Paris – it’s not hard to see why Le Bristol has long been one of the best hotels in Europe.

Price per night from £1,646

Le Bristol

14. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet – Istanbul, Turkey

The former Ottoman prison is in touching distance of the Hagia Sofia, especially from the rooftop terrace – there are few Istanbul locations as historical and distinguished as this. It’s hard to believe the lush garden, fragrant with fresh rosemary and peppermint, was once a prison courtyard – the place where visitors sip their tea leaves no trace of being where prisoners walked back and forth for their daily exercise. However, there are plenty of nods to the hotel’s storied past. The building is surprisingly unchanged, with the original watch towers, high ceilings, and wrought iron bars across the lower level’s windows.

The hotel went through a refurbishment in 2022, resulting in luxurious rooms, a boutique spa, and five-star services. The dazzlingly beautiful spa is a destination unto itself, with sparkling hammam treatment rooms. The hotel’s main restaurant, Avlu, is centred around a giant copper wood-fired oven, which cooks up most of the Anatolian dishes. Views from every room are spectacular, whether they’re of the Bosphorus Strait, the Hagia Sophia, the cityscape, or the flourishing courtyard.

Price per night from £690

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

13. The Savoy – London, England

When walking through the extravagant gold-gilded entrance, it’s hard to imagine a time when the Savoy was the only hotel with electric lights and elevators in the UK. However, the top-hatted doormen, Edwardian front hall, and the who’s who clientele of sheikhs and film stars will certainly whisk you back in time. There are three world-class restaurants here, all franchised by multi-Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay. Each has a different slant – the Savoy Grill is awash with Art Deco touches, and the new 1890 Restaurant is an intimate space serving a French tasting menu. But the River Restaurant is the place to be for London views. Here, guests are treated to London’s characteristic skyline, tucking into the best seafood the UK has to offer. Don’t miss a drink at the American Bar – the longest-surviving cocktail bar in London.

Price per night from £720

The Savoy

12. The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon – Blue Lagoon, Iceland

If anywhere is going to remind you of the world’s spectacular beauty, it’s the Blue Lagoon. And this hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows that take full advantage of its surroundings, is in prime position to appreciate it. The famous restorative waters are right outside, and the lucky ones might just catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The Icelandic touches are felt throughout the hotel, from the chic minimalist design to the sporadic statement interiors made of Icelandic ceramics and solidified lava. The Retreat justly pay homage to Iceland’s spectacular resources wherever they can. Don’t miss the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Moss, where contemporary Icelandic dishes are beautifully presented. There’s much to love about this unique hotel, but the world-class spa is the main selling point. The cavernous space is ethereal and dimly lit, with private access to a section of the lagoon. Along with superb treatments, including their signature cleansing ritual, the wellness facility has a small library, gym, and a yoga studio with a complimentary yoga class every morning.

Price per night from £1,300

The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon

11. Six Senses – Ibiza, Spain

You can always count on Six Senses for a sumptuous, relaxed, and rejuvenating experience. Even in the party capital Ibiza. However, that party status isn’t exactly fair for this particular corner of the island; the northern tip has a more laid-back and bohemian atmosphere. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Six Senses in Ibiza. They strive to provide an experience that engages with the local culture and surrounding nature, from celebrating art to wellness and spirituality. The huge spa is stunning and offers pioneering treatments – it won’t be your usual mani/pedi, that’s for sure. The bountiful activities available suck you in and you’ll never want to leave, especially with the glittering Cala Xarraca on your doorstep.

Price per night from £455

Six Senses

10. The Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland

Experience the best of Scotland’s rugged natural beauty at the world-class Gleneagles. It’s been around for a century, with jazzy 20s glamour still prominent in the luxe furniture and grand rooms. The Great Gatsby-esque atmosphere is felt in the restaurants, too. There’s a double Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Andrew Fairlie, and the Strathearn Restaurant is a step back in time with elegant, choreographed service and classic French dishes. The Gleneagles is steeped in luxury, but the 850-acre estate is the perfect setting for a fun-filled getaway. Think treetop rope adventures, falconry, mountain biking, horseback riding, and driving segways. After all that adventure, guests can unwind in the award-winning spa or with a game on one of the three championship golf courses.

Price per night from £292

The Gleneagles Hotel

9. Il San Pietro di Positano – Amalfi Coast, Italy

A getaway to the lemon-scented Amalfi Coast is one to remember wherever you stay, but San Pietro is particularly special. The cliffside hotel tumbles down to the sea, where there is a secluded beach exclusively for hotel guests. Dinner is served at Zass, the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant – it’s perched high on a rock ledge, and meals come in the form of elegant yet familiar Mediterranean favourites. Meanwhile, the rooms are huge with spectacular views of Positano, with colourful tiles and quirky features. Even the most reluctant of morning people won’t be able to resist an espresso on the balcony. Fancy a walk around Positano or a spot of shopping? The free Mercedes-Benz shuttle service is ready to take you into the town. Well-known hotels have a habit of disappointing, but San Pietro certainly lives up to its reputation.

Price per night from £1,034

Il San Pietro di Positano

8. Cali Mykonos – Mykonos, Greece

Built into the craggy rocks that characterise the Mykonos landscape, this whitewashed hotel tumbles down to the Aegean Sea. It’s the epitome of Cycladic excellence. A long infinity pool is perched on top of a rock edge, with panoramic views that stretch for miles. It’s hidden from the buzzy Old Town, although the hotel does offer complimentary rides there and back, and the hotel even has a private beach. Buggies zip guests to and from the intimate beach, as well as around the cascading complex. The warm staff will do everything to encourage a smooth, enjoyable trip to Cali, including organising yacht charters to neighbouring islands. Meanwhile, every room comes with a ravishing sea view, along with a Nespresso machine and stocked minibar. And while there might not be a spa, you can request in-room massages. Cali makes a great case for being one of the best hotels in Europe. And to top it all off, the poolside restaurant serves a Greek-Mediterranean menu designed by Lefteris Lazarou – the first Greek chef to receive a Michelin star.

Price per night from £731

Cali Mykonos

7. Grand Hotel Tremezzo – Lake Como, Italy

A grand dame of luxury Italian hotels, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a century-old monolith on the shores of Lake Como. This hotel set the standard when it opened in 1910, but it’s still head and shoulders above others on the lake. The Art Nouveau façade is nearly as impressive as the panorama it looks out onto, with the gorgeous Grigne Mountains and the pastel-hued town of Bellagio in the not-too-far distance. We recommend swinging for a room with a lake view for the full experience, but every other corner of the hotel does take full advantage of the scenery if not. There are two outdoor pools: one is surrounded by private gardens, and the other is impressively floating on the lake. Guests walk across a bridge to reach it – from the retro beach area, complete with candy-striped umbrellas, to the sparkling pool. A third pool is in the spa, and while it’s indoors, it still has pretty lake views. There’s also a gym that spans three (yes, three) floors, yoga classes around the floating pool, and floodlit tennis courts.

Price per night from £648

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

6. Hotel de L’Europe – Amsterdam, Netherlands

When a hotel has been around since 1896, it has a certain magic. Perched on the bank of the river Amstel, across the water from the flower market, the Hotel de L’Europe is instantly recognisable. The waterfront terrace provides the perfect people-watching spot, as a steady stream of canal boats glide by. Steak and frites is the optimum choice on the terrace, seeing as it's part of the hotel’s French restaurant, Brasserie Marie. And for a more formal affair, the Dutch fine dining restaurant Flore boasts two Michelin stars. Don’t miss the wellness spa and indoor pool, although the entire marble ensuite will give you the spa experience in your room.

Price per night from £348

Hotel de L’Europe

5. Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel – Amalfi Coast, Italy

Tumbling down a rocky outcrop, with panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast’s iconic blues and characteristic cliffs, the Santa Rosa is a cure. It’s well positioned away from the flocks of tourists but within a short drive of both Positano and Amalfi. While it’s now a stylish, upscale hotel, the Santa Rosa was once a monastery. The 17th-century building has been transformed, but there are nods to its past throughout the hotel. The 20 rooms were the nuns’ rooms, the monastery bell rings when a new guest arrives, and they serve the nuns’ original recipe for sfogliatella (sweet pastries). They’re delicious, but anything at the Michelin-starred restaurant is superb – especially when suspended high above the sea, with the twinkling lights setting the romantic scene.

Price per night from £518

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel

4. The Connaught – London, England

Some hotels have that impossible-to-pinpoint magic, and the Connaught is one of them. It’s dusted in a genteel, mysterious shimmer of the utmost luxury. The original oak bannisters, the ornate furnishings, and the low buzz of the hotel bar give the impression that something important has happened here. Find yourself in the hotel’s new velvety speakeasy, the Red Room, agreeing to another drink as the martini trolley rolls by. The service here is impeccable – as you would expect from one of the best hotels in Europe. A doorman greets you from the moment you step out of the black cab, and 24-hour butler service comes as standard.

Price per night from £840

The Connaught

3. Belmond Hotel Cipriani – Venice, Italy

The Cipriani is timeless Italian chic personified. Others try to emulate it, but nowhere does it like the original. This iconic hotel overlooks the Venetian lagoon, where guests will arrive by vintage speedboat after being picked up from St Mark’s Square. In a city where tourist crowds are dense, you’ll appreciate the easy breezy, spacious Cipriani. Beyond the gorgeous grounds and the Olympic-sized swimming pool, it’s the level of personalised service that makes this one of the best hotels in Europe. When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll be greeted by name. The bar manager will remember your favourite drink. And the food will blow your mind. Multi-Michelin star chef Riccardo Canella of Copenhagen’s Noma fame is ready and waiting to feed you simple yet fresh and creative Italian fare. Easy glamour is hard to describe, but the Cipriani gets it just right.

Price per night from £1,382

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

2. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze – Florence, Italy

This is a Four Seasons like never been seen before, occupying a historical estate. The hotel is spread across two buildings: the Renaissance-era Palazzo della Gherardesca and a converted 16th-century convent, La Villa. It’s the chance to stay in a living museum, with Michelangelo-esque painted ceilings, eye-popping artwork, period architecture, and brocade everything. With rare 11 acres and huge rooms, it’s the height of luxury in Florence. Even the location feels exclusive, separate from the swathes of crowds, but still within walking distance of the main sights. Not everyone wants to walk in the Florentine heat, so the hotel arranges a free shuttle service to and from the attractions. Seek shade from the sun at the Al Fresco restaurant, which is quite Gatsby-esque around the outdoor pool. Or dine in the Michelin-starred Il Palagio restaurant for an unforgettable meal.

Price per night from £667

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

1. Hôtel de Crillon – Paris, France

With heritage in spades, the Hôtel de Crillon is a Parisian institution. Before the Revolution, the building was owned by dukes and counts and became a hotel in 1909. It closed its doors for 4 years up until 2017 when the $300 million renovation was unveiled. And what became of it was SO much marble, layered chandeliers, precious stones, and Renaissance art in droves. Two suites were even designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Stepping into the hotel is a sensory experience of times gone by, but Le Crillon is not without its mod-cons. Each room is assigned a butler, who is contactable by WhatsApp. And the gilded indoor pool, spa, and fitness centre are brilliant new touches. But the hotel hasn’t lost its original Les Ambassadeurs bar, one of the grandest in Paris. Meanwhile, sommelier Xavier Thuizat (officially named France’s best sommelier), brings a unique concept to the Michelin-starred restaurant. Guests choose their wines first, then the chef whips up fine dining dishes based on the ingredients that complement the flavours. It’s all very extravagant, but it is Paris: if you need a reminder, head to the terrace for a dazzling Eiffel Tower view.

Price per night from £1,386

Hôtel de Crillon

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