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5 luxury hotels perfect for Summer

Summer is my favourite season of the year – I am a beach bunny, albeit covered in SPF 30 from head to toe. But olive skin does have its advantages. I keep getting asked for ideas of where to go by readers and friends, so I thought I would make everyone’s life easier by preparing a selection. Here are 5 luxury hotels perfect for Summer.


Finca Cortesin, near Estepona, Spain

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I first visited Finca Cortesin in 2012 and it was love at first sight. So much so, that I have been going back religiously each year. I love its simplicity yet incredible attention to detail. Each room is different and beautifully decorated – and its toiletries may be worth stealing too. But what I love the most is the food – how besides all the fine dining options, chef Lutz and co. are not afraid to give us the best of Spain on a plate.

Nearest Airports: Malaga (AGP) or Gibraltar (GIB) with British Airways.

Cost per night: from 750 Euros in high season


Pine Cliffs Hotel & Resort, Algarve, Portugal

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When I return this Summer to the Pine Cliffs Hotel, in the Algarve, it will be my 12th or 15th visit. Why? Because I love it. And I love it even more now that it has been completely renovated. You can see some of the new rooms here. This Summer, I am booked into the brand new Ocean Suites and looking forward to my sunset gins.

Nearest Airports: Faro (FAO) or Lisbon (LIS) which is a 2h30 drive with British Airways.

Cost per night: from 500 Euros in high season


Blue Palace, Crete, Greece

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A pretty special hotel for the O’Reillys – it is, after all, where Mr. O asked me to become Mrs. O many years ago. We returned last Summer to make some new memories and it was as fabulous as we remembered. My favourite part? The in-room infinity pools and the beach-side taverna.

Nearest Airports: Heraklion (HER) with British Airways.

Cost per night: from 450 Euros in high season


Mandapa Reserve by Ritz Carlton, Ubud, Bali

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The Mandapa Reserve by Ritz Carlton, just outside Ubud, in Bali was, without a doubt one of the nicest surprises I have had this year. Despite the distance from home, it is a hotel we will absolutely return to. Bali was the wildcard in my Spring travels this year, and I have to tell you: one week is absolutely not enough. This hotel was nothing short of perfect – the rooms were stunning and do not even get me started on the food. Perfection.

Nearest Airports: Denpasar via Doha with Qatar Airways.

Cost per night: from 500 USD in high season


Nizuc Resort & Spa, Punta Nizuc, Mexico

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Although I visited this hotel during our European Winter, for a bit of off season sun, I have found myself daydreaming about being back countless times. Probably one of the best designed hotels I have ever been to – with the service to match. Punta Nizuc is not far from Cancun, but you really are a world away. Best thing: mango margaritas and a new found love for proper tequila.

Nearest Airports: Cancun direct with British Airways or via Miami with American Airlines.

Cost per night: from 500 USD in high season


True to my word, I am literally back from Finca and heading shortly to Pine Cliffs. I am a creature of habit… what can I say? What are your favourite Summer hotels? Anywhere in the world.



Mrs. O





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  1. sumit vasudeva

    July 21, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Most of them are new for me but during my Greece trip i stayed in Blue Palace, its an amazing palace and the view was so exotic near to beach.

    Really like this post. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Suze - Luxury Columnist

    July 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I haven’t visited these lovely hotels but Pine Cliffs is next to the resort that we stayed in when we went to the Algarve in April and I love the beach there
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