There’s nothing like vast, twinkling waters to truly create that feeling of escape and serenity. When you can sleep, dine or relax on them; even better. From lighthouses to ships, we’ve rounded up the most unique destinations for a luxurious nautical night or two.
1. Galley gastro: M/S Henrik Ibsen, Norway
Hop aboard for a unique trip through magical Norwegian nature – the lock constructions you will glide past were considered the world’s eighth wonder when carved into mountains in the late 19th century. On board, you can enjoy first class culinary delights from M/S Hendrik’s galley while seated on the Promenade deck or cafe.
The luxury day-tour cruise ship is decorated with all of the authenticity that befits a 100-year-old craft, with old English interiors that look like they’ve stepped straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. Think 19th century antiques, red plush sofas, crystal chandeliers and brass fittings. Step back in time, soak up the surroundings and dine in style.
2. Lighthouse living: Clare Island Lighthouse, Ireland
You don’t have to be a sailor to take shelter in this sanctuary any longer – the listed building has now been fully revamped into a fully catered, luxury hotel. Breathe in the sea air as you take in panoramic sea views over Achill, Westport and beyond – even the busiest mind can instantly be calmed at this refreshing haven.
3. Floating on fresh waters: Salt & Sill, Sweden
Relax on the roof terrace with spectacular views of Bohuslän landscapes, taste local delicacies such as sublime Swedish herring, or indulge in the world’s first floating sauna. There’s photo opportunities aplenty as you lay back and watch the sun go down over the fjord.
4. Immerse yourself in Greek history: the Captain’s House
The hotels was carefully restored in 2010 – with just 9 bedrooms and is proud of it’s history – a photograph of Princess Marie Bonaparte visiting the house after the town was liberated from Turkish occupation is displayed at reception. It is also right on the doorstep of Nicopolis – just 5km away, where the ruins of the Roman victory are situated.
Explore the area on one of the hotel’s bikes available to guests, or linger over a regionally-influenced Greek breakfast. Make sure you ask for one of the rooms that looks out onto the marina for a water-filled view.