We have hand-picked three of Europe’s most Instagram-worthy hang-outs to visit this summer.
Ranging from the most gorgeous infinity pool hanging off the edge of a cliff on the Amalfi Coast, to a pop-up restaurant on Palma’s coolest rooftop.
The infinity pool at Monastero Santa Rosa Resort & Spa, Amalfi Coast
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is a former monastery, which was painstakingly restored and transformed into a 20-bedroom boutique hotel. Situated between Amalfi and Positano, the property is suspended over a cliff edge, offering one of the most dramatic locations and views in the world. The hotel is home to a Michelin star restaurant, award-winning spa, outdoor gym, 12th-century chapel, stunning landscaped gardens a historic herb garden and one of the most Instagrammable infinity pools in the world. During the summer months, guests can sunbathe on the hotel’s terrace, complete with unbeatable views, recharge at the award-winning spa and enjoy the sea breeze with outdoor treatments on the private walled outdoor treatment pavilion, sip cocktails at sundown and dine on the finest Italian fare at Michelin star Ristorante Il Refettorio by night. Those looking to explore the beautiful surroundings can opt for Monastero’s popular Health & Hike experience, allowing them to discover secret viewing points on the Amalfi coastline with the help of an English-speaking local guide.
HOW: Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa is open between April – November and is approx. 1h 15m drive from Naples International Airport. Rates start from €400 on a B&B basis plus taxes www.monasterosantarosa.com
The rooftop at Sant Francesc hotel Singular, Palma, Mallorca
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is perfectly situated right in the historical heart of Palma, allowing guests to stroll the sun-streaked cobbled streets and discover the abundance of historic architecture, museums and art galleries that the local area has to offer, as well as some of the finest Mediterranean cuisines in the Balearic Islands. This summer, the hotel has teamed up with one of the island’s hottest local chefs – Maria Solivellas to launch an exclusive rooftop pop-up restaurant ‘CO CA TO NE TA’, available to hotel guests and members of the public alike, every evening until October 2019. Signature dishes are Maria’s famous Cocas. Cocas is the island’s llesserknown version of pizza – a traditional dish made with ‘xeixa flour’ and local olive oil, topped with fresh local produce. Guests can choose from a range of exclusively created cocas including Fried carrot, fennel and ‘butifarrón’, Octopus with onions and Suckling pig with apricot sauce. Originally built in 1860, and lovingly restored in 2015, Sant Francesc is now home to 42 elegant rooms and signature suites, three restaurants and bars, including destination dining hotspot Quadrat Restaurant & Garden, as well as, the fitness and wellbeing centre.
HOW: CO CA TO NE TA at Sant Francesc Hotel, Palma de Mallorca will be open every evening between 7pm – 11pm from 16th May – October 2019. For reservations please contact: email@example.com. Rates at Sant Francesc start from €285 per night. For more please visit: www.hotelsantfrancesc.com
The Chateau at Domaine Des Etangs, Messianic, Sw France
Domaine des Etangs offers a truly unique experience in the heart of one of the most beautiful areas of rural France. Set over 1,000 hectares of protected nature-filled countryside comprising forest, grassland and lakes, Domaine des Etangs is a converted private home that has been recently transformed into a unique hotel. At the heart of the property lies a fully renovated 11th-century château, featuring seven individually-designed suites designed by Isabelle Stanislas – interior designer to the French president Emmanuel Macron. Numerous pieces of contemporary art fill the property and grounds from Matisse and Picasso to Richard Long and Irina Rasquinet and the hotel is also home to a spa in a working wwatermill longère, on-site art gallery a vegetable garden, Gallo-Roman baths, two swimming pools, a floating tennis court and a Michelin star gourmet restaurant, Dyades, which uses fresh, organic produce grown on-site. During the summer, guests of the Domaine will reconnect with nature and can take boats out on the lake, go horse riding around the estate, discover the flora and fauna with the on-site forest rangers, forage with the gardener and learn about the local birds.
HOW: Domaine des Etangs is a 40 minute drive from Limoges and a 2.5h drive from Bordeaux. Rates start from €400 per night. www.domainedesetangs.com