While it may feel like we’re still just at the beginning of the year, the Northern Hemisphere summer will roll around in no time, calling us to leave our dreary winter behind in search of greener (and warmer) pastures. As such, we thought it an opportune time to round up some of the new, luxury hotels in Europe that have opened in our favourite destinations, from France and Italy to The Netherlands. If you’ve been wondering whether to book a holiday this year, consider this a sign.
In Kalafati, Mykonos, lies the Cali Mykonos Hotel, a luxurious resort that pays homage to nature and hospitality. The resort’s suites and villas are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape. Guests can bask in the ancient stream beds, take in the breathtaking sea views, and unwind on the beach, lost in the tranquil beauty of the ocean. The resort provides an exclusive hideaway where luxury feels innate and inescapable, and acts as a gateway to the beauty of the Greek Islands with exclusive access to yacht cruises and wellness experiences.
Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel, Amsterdam
The grandeur of this new hotel is evident from the moment you step into its luxurious lobby. The interiors exude elegance and sophistication, with the designer’s respect for the former owners apparent in every nook and cranny of the 5-star hotel in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. Rooms are a harmonious blend of contemporary and opulence, and the exclusive living area is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the surrounds. Here, culinary delights are aplenty, with fine dining at VanOost Restaurant, contemporary dishes inspired by French and Italian cuisine at Spring Cafe Brasserie, and a mixology experience at Fitz’s Bar. A luxurious haven in Amsterdam, offering an otherwise serene stay in this sometimes sordid city.
Portrait Milano, Milan
Purporting to help guests ‘experience Milan at its most authentic’, Portrait Milano exemplifies everything we adore about this chic Italian city. In Milan’s fashion district, the luxurious hotel stands out for its quintessential Italian hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and personalised service for each guest. Housed in one of Europe’s oldest seminaries, the hotel offers an intimate and tranquil oasis with exclusive boutiques and gourmet experiences. The 73 suites and rooms feature classic Italian design with sumptuous materials. Overlooking the city’s largest public square in the fashion district, the former seminary’s wellness area will soon offer a spa, gym, and swimming pool, making this historic structure a hub of hospitality, entertainment and culture.
COMO Le Montrachet, Burgundy
Nestled in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet, Como Le Montrachet boasts inimitable hospitality, elegant dining and excellent service. The 19th-century inn, situated in the prestigious Côte-d’Or wine region of Burgundy, features restful and luxurious suites named after various traditional French village homes. At the hotel restaurant, famed Chef Romain Versino creates authentic French cuisine from the finest local produce, while the sommeliers recommend wine pairings from an extensive list befitting of the region.
The OWO Raffles, London
Home to Britain’s grand Old War Office, the Whitehall building has hosted some of the great leaders and espionage missions in the country’s history. Yet with a new lease of life, Raffles London is a destination that is worthy of the building’s history. Sporting 120 new rooms and suites, alongside nine world-class dining destinations, Raffles offers the ultimate authentic London experience.
Son Net, Mallorca
In the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, the newly restored 5-star hotel, Son Net, awaits. Its private Majorcan estate dates back to 1672 and is just a 15-minute drive from Palma. The creators of the award-winning Andalusian hideaway, Finca Cortesin, are behind this project. With only 31 suites, Son Net offers elegant, palatial architecture paired with tastefully transformed interiors. Preserving many original features, including rustic beams, stone floors, and antique fireplaces, the property spans 57,000m2 and includes multiple pools, an ecological vegetable and herb garden, small farm, private vineyard and curated private art collection. The dramatic backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains is perfect for walkers and hikers, and the food here is all locally sourced.