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
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 1250 Euros in high season. Click here to book Finca Cortesin.
Malibu Beach Inn
If you are looking for sun loungers at the beach in California – this is the place to go. Lovely rooms and the restaurant is also worth a visit.
Nearest Airports: Los Angeles (LAX) with British Airways.
Cost per night: from 600 Euros in high season. Click here to book Malibu Beach Inn.
Blue Palace, Crete, Greece
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. Click here to book The Blue Palace.
Mandapa Reserve by Ritz Carlton, Ubud, Bali
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 recently, 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 800 USD in high season. Click here to book the Ritz Carlton Mandapa.
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Punta Nizuc, Mexico
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 700 USD in high season. Click here to book Nizuc.
What are your favourite Summer hotels? Anywhere in the world.
PS. Have a look at my beach bag edit, my favourite flat sandals and espadrilles. Men can also have a little look at my husband’s summer shoe edit.