There is a great variety to be found in Europe: from mountainous sceneries to stunning beaches, from bustling cities to picturesque villages. The fact that there is something for every budget makes it a great continent to travel to; however, there are destinations in Europe that mostly cater to those who seek luxury and opulence. Lavish hotels, fine dining restaurants and high-end shopping, combined with white, sandy beaches, make these destinations the ultimate place to go to in summer. Let’s take a look at some of Europe’s best luxury destinations.
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If you have the desire to be surrounded by the jet set along the French Rivièra, Monaco might be the place for you. Multi-millionaires show off their fast sports cars and luxury yachts in the harbor, while tourists splurge on fine dining and high-end shopping. Thankfully, there is also a plethora of sightseeing to do. Monaco-Ville still feels like a medieval village in many ways, as it mostly has pedestrian streets, and a guided tour through the Prince’s Palace and the Prince’s car collection will leave many astonished. Is this too much culture and history for you? Those who want to sunbathe can head for the beach and opt for a cocktail or two at one of the trendy lounge clubs afterwards.
Where to go?
On Monaco’s most prestigious private beach lies the Sea Lounge, an ode to modern Zen cool. A huge bowl of Cristal champagne bottles strewn with flower petals greets you, setting the tone for a luxurious night out. Head over to the massage tent, or let chef Jean-Claude Brugel’s gourmet tapas carry you through to evening, when the partying begins on the candle-lit dance floor. In summer, special events like the Pink Party guarantee dancing ’til dawn. The unique and pricey Sea Lounge CD (50) lets you take it all home with you.
When it comes to traveling to Ibiza, you can make it as expensive as you would like. While there are many options to make a holiday to Ibiza affordable, spending a lot of cash is not difficult either. Ibiza has countless luxury boutique hotels with stunning views, as well as trendy restaurants and clubs where Ibiza’s jet set is seen after sunset. It is a popular hotspot for those in the movie, music and fashion industry and people come here to flaunt. Even though Ibiza’s jet set scene is prominent, the island also attracts a wide variety of people who enjoy things like water sports, music festivals, great food and relaxation.
Where to go?
Atzaró Beach has a well-deserved reputation as the place to be on the island’s east coast, attracting a medley of locals, Atzaró lovers and jetsetters. The Mediterranean fusion menu includes breakfast, plus daily home cooked fresh fish, tapas plates, grilled squid and the restaurant’s popular seafood rice, paella and more. If that’s not impressive enough, an extensive wine list of over 80 of the best drops from Spain, France and Italy is also here to please. A spectacular white canopy provides a shaded respite from the heat, overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Med – perfect for lounging to the chilled sounds of resident DJs, or indulging in a massage from the resident physiotherapist.
Before the 1950s, Saint-Tropez was a serene fishing town that no one found worth visiting, but when Brigitte Bardot came here for her movie And God Created Woman, this instantly changed. Since then, the town has attracted many millionaires and large numbers of tourists, who gasp at the wealth that this town showcases with its luxury yachts in the harbor, chic boutiques and fine dining restaurants. For a small town like Saint-Tropez, the possibilities are endless. On warm summer days, the beaches with crystal clear waters are an easy occupation, but the cobblestone streets of Saint-Tropez and its neighboring towns are a charming variation of scenery. History lovers adore this jet set fishing town because of its historical and religious sights.
Where to go?
Le Club 55 -On a typical summer day, the traffic heading down the one-way-street to Club 55 is most intolerable. Bumper-to-bumper Bentley’s and open-top Ferrari’s reveal platinum bombshells in their bikini best, as one blonde passenger decides it’s best to hop out, flip-off her stilettos and run. It’s Paris Hilton. She arrives to a thick-forest of overgrown bamboo surrounding a typically Provencal beach bungalow with white canopies and lavish beach club jetting all the way to the Mediterranean. A wooden pier extends into the water, luring star-studded occupants away from their mega-yachts parked offshore and into the land of the fabulous. No matter how famous or well known, guests should expect to fight for prime lounger near the water that command 100-Euro in high season and promises of endless Cristal-ordering. More modest types may prefer a simple lunch within the main dining room, offering all the views of the elite with a more digestible price tag.
Over the past years, the Greek island of Mykonos has gained a reputation of a party island, but it is in fact a holiday destination for the international jet set. In the 1960s, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Aristotle Onassis frequented here and since then, Mykonos has become a favorite destination for high-end fashion designers and celebrities. With stunning beaches, a trendy night scene and some of the finest restaurants of Greece, Mykonos is a hotspot in summer, but even in winter it attracts plenty of tourists. Cooler seasons on Mykonos are generally sunny and warm, compared to other parts of Europe, and it is a great way to benefit from Mykonos’ glamour at a lower price.
Where to go?
The recently renovated 5 Star Petasos Beach Resort & Spa in Mykonos is set on a private peninsula between the well known beaches of Platis Yialos and Psarou Beach. Offering breathtaking views, unique privacy and relaxation the Petasos Beach Resort & Spa is located only 3.5 km from the city of Mykonos. It combines Greek hospitality and contemporary design and embraces the colours and vibe of Mykonos. You can choose between between different types of accommodation. The superior room for example features a jacuzzi, sauna and a balcony with views over the sea. In addition to that the Petasos Beach Resort & Spa features two swimming pools, a gym and a spa.
Marbella & Puerto Banus, Spain
With its great micro-climate, numerous golf courses and fantastic beaches, Marbella and nearby Puerto Banus are popular options for a holiday. Marbella´s motto used to be ´A way of life´ and this glamorous resort town is a favourite location with the rich and famous, boosted by foreign residents who are seduced by the lifestyle. Sala Beach is one location where various members of the reality show cast have been spotted, and it’s the place to head to if you’re looking for an all-day party atmosphere. Relax around the pool or in front of the Med on a day bed, sky lounger or VIP Jacuzzi bed while listening to laid-back beats and enjoying waiter service.
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Nikki Beach Marbella opened in 2003 and is located on one of the finest white sandy beaches. The beach club comprises of a swimming pool with VIP beds on a raised deck, a large open air restaurant, a centrally located octagon-shaped bar, a Lifestyle Boutique and a VIP terrace with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Ocean Club Puerto Banus, the definitive choice in luxury, exclusivity & beauty, this incredible beach club sits firmly at the top of Europe’s hottest destinations
With its panoramic white washed profile, million dollar yacht like decking, and crystal clear infinity pool, its easy to see why they attract the best clientele from all over the world, who simply want ‘to be seen’ at Ocean Club. On the surface she is stunningly designed with beauty and elegance but take a closer look at OC’s services and facilities and you will experience the very best in fine dining, exquisite decor and furnishings, impressive hospitality and a tantalising party calendar to suit every kind of club goer.
Although more than a million tourists flock to its beaches, boutique hotels and clubs each summer, Bodrum never loses its cool. More than any other Turkish seaside getaway, it has an enigmatic elegance that pervades it, from the town’s grand crowning castle and glittering marina to its flower-filled cafes and white-plastered backstreets. Even in the most hectic days of high summer, you can still find little corners of serenity, in the town and especially in its outlying coastal villages.
Where to go?
Halikarnas, the legendary club of Bodrum and Turkey holds its place as one of the best clubs of the World with a brand new design, new concepts and the cutting edge sound and lighting systems. Halikarnas first opened in 1979 and quickly became the forerunner of Bodrum and Turkey’s nightlife. With its spectacular location, world class entertainment, shows, and luxurious atmosphere. Halikarnas is not only unique, but one of the most beautiful clubs in the world. Halikarnas has been operating for 27 years bringing top artists, dj’s and celebrities to Bodrum. The special shows tailor made for Halikarnas The Club introduced a never seen before entertainment style to Turkey. Halikarnas Show Crew dazzles each night with a special show.
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