Seven Stunning European Holiday Destinations


Looking to get away from it all? Here are seven of Europe's most beautiful holiday destinations.

1. Almyra Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus

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"Stylish and relaxing, fashionable yet unpretentious, Almyra is a cutting-edge five star family beach hotel that makes contemporary luxury accessible to all." 

Pack: Swimsuit and a tripod for great sunset photos
Eat: Try the meze at 7 St Georges Tavern
Photograph: Aphrodite's Rock at sunset

2. Can Anges, Ibiza, Spain
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"Nestled in a huge unspoiled forest area with not a neighbor in sight, Can Fructo is a unique 21st century finca with extraordinary sea views and spectacular sunsets. Located a few minutes from St Agnes and only 20 minutes from Ibiza town, Can Fructo is one of the very few houses in this sought after area with a sea view and the added wow factor of the sun setting into the ocean nightly." Petersham Properties.

Pack: Glow sticks - you can't go to Ibiza and not experience the night life, even if you just go once
Eat: In! With an outdoor kitchen and BBQ you don't have to go anywhere
Photograph: The house, which is wonderfully decorated

3. I Casali Di Monticchio, Umbria, Italy
Umbria - "This is a genuine land where you can find roots. This elegant country lodge helps you return to simplicity: an estate in the genteel hills bordering on Umbria and Tuscany. The villa is surrounded by three farmhouses. With 12 suites for 24 guests, its own winter garden, library, and billiard room. I Casali di Monticchio have an ancient atmosphere which constantly reminds that time belongs to you here and your hostess Liria will make you feel at home."

Pack: Jodhpurs, for some countryside horse riding
Eat: Outside, take a freshly prepared picnic basket and enjoy the still of the Italian hills
Photograph: The Monte Ruffeno Nature Reserve

4. Le Mas Candille, Cannes, France
Cannes - "Between Cannes and Grasse, Le Mas Candille is a five-star luxury hotel in Mougins, on the Cote d'Azur. An exceptionally individual hotel, Le Mas Candille offers a sense of informal luxury, exclusive tranquillity and classic elegance. Guests benefit from all the advantages of staying in a hotel in Cannes, close to the Mediterranean Sea, yet surrounded by the peaceful and tranquil countryside of Provence."

Pack: Your golf clubs
Eat: At Gaston-Gastounette in Cannes
Photograph: The view from the hotel

5. Hvar yacht harbour hotel, Riva, Croatia
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"Hovering on the waterfront promenade in the heart of the medieval Hvar Town, Riva, one of Croatia's trendiest boutique hotels, offers you the finest in Adriatic ambiance. Completely reconstructed in 2006 incorporating a beautiful 100-year-old building, Riva brings together the best of both worlds: old world charm and state of the art luxury. You’ll find yourself at home in one of Riva’s rooms featuring uniquely designed interiors, contemporary furnishings and an exceptional view of the sun as it sets over the Paklinski Islands." Suncani Hvar Hotels

Pack: A good book to take full advantage of those big beach loungers
Eat: At a Konoba (meaning basement bar) - selling homemade food and wines
Photograph: The lavender fields

6. Grace Mykonos Hotel, Mykonos, Greece
Greece - "The Grace Mykonos is an intimate, exclusive boutique hotel located just north of Mykonos town above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos. Guests at the Grace Mykonos are treated to an ideal setting, comprising luxurious facilities and intimate hospitality for a unique hotel experience and a relaxed and pampered Mykonian island holiday."

Pack: Your dancing shoes - Mykonos has some great cocktail bars!
Eat: At Matsuhisa Mykonos
Photograph: The quaint streets of Mykonos town

7. A'jia Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
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"A distinguished boutique Hotel, A'jia is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. With well appointed contemporary interior design, and its centuries old architecture the venue oozes trend and excitement. When you add the extraordinary attention to detail, individualized service and HIP aspect in the mix, hotel experiences is simply redefined." 

Pack: Comfortable shoes for strolling around the streets of Istanbul
Eat: At The House Cafe
Photograph: The Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Aga Sofia