As the European Union is welcoming back US travelers to their countries, we’ve rounded up what’s new in prime destinations across the continent for those who feel comfortable crossing the pond. From upcoming immersive tours and educational hotel packages that allow you to explore a city’s history, to where to stay if you’re looking for an intimate seaside escape, these top European destinations offer a memorable experience for all kinds of travelers. Here are our top recommendations for a fall getaway.
The Marbella Club
The Marbella Club is a dreamy, seaside Mediterranean staple founded by Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe in the heart of Andalusia’s ‘Golden Mile’ in Southern Spain. The newly launched ‘Clubhouse’ social hub of open-air and interconnected bar and dining spaces includes the brand-new, all-day eatery, El Patio restaurant. The Clubhouse at Marbella Club will feature an exciting series of pop-up exhibitions and fashion residencies from now to October, including legendary French Maison CHANEL for its very first ephemeral boutique in Spain, and a showcase of the Marbella Club Days swim-short in collaboration with British men’s resort wear brand Orlebar Brown and renowned international photographer Stuart Cantor. Alongside the shorts is a pop-up exhibition from Stuart Cantor of his Marbella Club Days series, known for his vintage style and character-filled images of some of the world’s most iconic beachfront locations and party playgrounds.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
This season, international photographer Stuart Cantor—known for capturing the understated luxury and timeless glamour of some of the Mediterranean’s grandest destinations—will be exhibiting his Balearic Bliss series exclusively at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay for guests to enjoy. Cantor’s first ever physical exhibition will showcase a series of 16 first edition prints expertly capturing the barefooted spirit and natural beauty of the Balearics islands. Provoking a sense of escapism with each image through soft lighting and a unique composition, guests will be transported into another world; from lazy pool days in Ibiza to the crystal-clear waters of Formentera and the arty enclaves of Deia in Mallorca. The exhibition will be displayed at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay for the 2021 season and all prints, including the ‘Ibiza Bay Days’ and ‘Family Time At Ibiza Bay’ will be available to purchase from the hotel.
Located in Praiano, Italy, Casa Angelina is a quiet retreat from the busy nearby towns of the Amalfi Coast. The boutique hotel recently unveiled its new Live La Dolce Vita Package, allowing travelers to experience both Casa Angelina and its surroundings through arranged programming, centered around each one of our five senses. Guests will be picked up on property and treated to a sailing along the region’s coastline to see Italy’s most stunning beaches. In the spa, touch the Amalfi Coast with Casa Angelina’s signature, Amalfi Coast Sea Salt Scrub. Guests can also hear Casa Angelina’s home region come to life with a live, private performance at Seascape Bar, featuring local musicians playing Neapolitan melodies. Those craving a taste of Italy can enjoy the package’s private four-course live cooking show experience on the hotel’s rooftop. Lastly, smell the wines of Italy with a guided wine tasting at Un Piano Nel Cielo’s, the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant that offers sweeping views of the Amalfi coastline.
The Thinking Traveller
Those seeking the perfect mixture of connection and seclusion for their return to Europe should look no further than luxury villa specialists The Thinking Traveller. The brand offers exclusive access to the most desirable rental properties in the heart of the Mediterranean, located throughout Sicily (Tenuta della Cava, Linera) Puglia (Il Tabacchificio, Villa Eterea), Greece (Noiya, Alessia), Corsica (Cala d’Istria, I Bruzzi) and its most recently launched destination, Mallorca (Mal Pas, Palacio Can Ferrer). The Thinking Traveller also offers thoughtful service and enriching Think Experiences, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in local culture with the help of the brand’s expert, local knowledge.
Puente Romano Beach Resort
Set amongst acres of lush, tropical gardens, the luxurious rooms and suites at Puente Romano Beach Resort all benefit from their own private access and the varying luxury villa options offer complete seclusion, with private pools and gardens to soak up the Mediterranean sun behind closed doors. New for 2021 is the family friendly al fresco lounge and dining area La Concha, for refreshing custom-made cocktails and mocktails delivered straight to sun-loungers. An active living destination, guests can also enjoy the new state-of-the-art Health & Fitness Centre, multiple tennis and paddle courts, and access to an 18-hole private golf course.