Temperatures are on the rise and Europe is a delight this time of year. Parks in full bloom, streets alive with festivals and beaches with come-hither blue waters deliver breaks worth savouring. Take time out for more than the weekend and treat yourself to a slow and balmy summer holiday. This handful of sun-drenched stays will make summer 2019 your best yet…
1. Chalkidiki, Greece
Where to stay: Savour the low-key vibes in minimalist marvel Skites Hotel & Bungalows. With UNESCO-protected Mount Athos closeby, the hotel’s architecture is inspired by the monks who settled in this holy land centuries long ago.
2. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Where to stay: You might find you’re in no rush to explore the city after all when you stay at Antiq Palace. This boutique treasure is a culturally protected monument itself, due to its former regal life as a noble residence in the 16th century and location on the ancient necropolis in the Roman settlement of Emona (Iulia Aemona).
3. Santa Maria, Switzerland
Where to stay: “Here you experience the magic moments without having to eat hallucinogenic mushrooms before”: so go the scribblings of Albert Hoffman (inventor of LSD) in the guest book of Chasa de Capol. Choose from one of 10 individually designed rooms and imagine the ancient dwellings as they
4. Brecon Beacons, Wales
Where to stay: Poking its handsome head from the treetops of Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes Country House Hotel is a serene haven that epitomises country house hospitality. Expect warm welcomes, fresh local food and guest rooms with their own mini libraries: this late-19th-century listed house truly feels like home. With over a mile of River Usk flowing alongside it, Gliffaes is also a famous and much-loved trout and salmon fishing hotel.
5. Reeks District of Kerry: Ireland
Where to stay: Carrig Country House & Restaurant sits on the shores of Caragh Lake in Kerry’s Reeks District. With bike hire available directly from the hotel, it’s easy to explore one of Ireland’s best cycling routes on two wheels. Carrig’s award-winning Lakeside Restaurant is the perfect place to start and finish your day, with a signature homemade Irish breakfast to set you up for an activity-packed day. Ard Na Sidhe Country House is another delight close to the Ring of Kerry. With 10 beautiful rooms stuffed with antique-style furnishings and gorgeous country decor, a stay in this 20th-century home is living the true Irish dream.