Heating up: Where to holiday in Europe in summer 2022

Mhairi Mann

21 March 2022

Locator forms have been scrapped and flight availability is on the rise. After two years of restrictions, it’s time to pack your bags for a proper holiday. From hot new openings and palatial villas to health and wellness retreats, here’s where to sojourn in Europe this summer

21 March 2022 | Mhairi Mann

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f the early spring sunshine has got you thinking about your summer holiday then you're not alone. And, thankfully, due to easing restrictions and countries re-opening post-Covid, it looks like this year you might actually get one. So where to go? With short flight times, fantastic weather and a multitude of cultures and countries to explore, Europe is always a good idea – and for 2022 there's plenty of newness to explore. From lavish new luxury hotels to serene spa escapes and trending destinations, here's where to see and be seen in Europe this summer. 

The hot hotel: The Maybourne Riviera, France

The Mayborne Group, which owns Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley, unveiled its first property in mainland Europe towards the end of 2021. Don’t expect Claridge’s on the Cote d’Azur, however – this super-luxe hideaway is bright, white and modern, with an impressive contemporary art collection. The no-expense-spared hotel reportedly cost €300m to build, led by big names in the design industry including Pierre Yovanovitch and André Fu. Expect vast infinity pools and spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Roquebrune-Cap-Martin’s rippling coastline. Multi-starred French chef Mauro Colagreco runs the glamorous rooftop restaurant, wrapped in panoramic views. There are also some recognisable touches from the Maybourne Group’s London hotels: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has an eponymous restaurant at The Connaught, is responsible for the pool bar, which serves his signature truffle pizza.

Fly to: Nice. Room-only doubles from £600, maybourneriviera.com

The health retreat: Lanserhof Sylt, Germany 

The wellness tourism market was already buoyant pre-pandemic, but the demand for high-end retreats and health-orientated holidays is now greater than ever. Super-luxe getaways include the newly opened Lanserhof Sylt in Germany. Lanserhof is famed for its no-nonsense, health-focused resorts in sublime surroundings across Austria and Germany. Designed by internationally renowned architect Christoph Ingenhoven, this is Lanserhof’s first resort by the sea, allowing guests to combine cutting-edge therapies and treatments with whale-watching and coastal walks.

Fly to: Sylt; Lanserhof Sylt is due to open this spring, rates start from €7,120 for seven nights; lanserhof.com

The resort: One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro

If you are looking for the world's billionaires and rich kids this summer, you will likely find them in Portonovi, a marina-meets-village on the Adriatic coast. This high-rolling shoreline is home to Europe's first One&Only resort, which opened in July 2021. Hugging the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, it features palatial rooms and suites, several swimming pools and four restaurants. One&Only has partnered with Chenot, the exalted Swiss wellness operator, to create the three-storey spa, with swathes of treatment rooms, a phalanx of medical staff and a cryotherapy chamber. Guests can check-in for everything from a facial to a seven-day detox programme.

The resort is realised by Jean-Michel Gathy and Denniston Architects, the firm also responsible for the Aman Sveti Stefan, which is located on the other side of Montenegro's marina (where Roman Abramovich's superyacht is currently sanctioned). 

Fly to: Dubrovnik; room-only doubles from £366 in low season and £620 in high season; oneandonlyresorts.com

The arty destination: Menorca

Jardí de Ses Bruixes hotel

Menorca has been trending since summer 2021, when Hauser and Wirth opened a gallery and restaurant on the tiny island of Isla del Rey, with gardens by Piet Oudolf. Long considered the least glamorous of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is building a reputation as a serene choice for creative types. Menorca, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is also widely recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable destinations, with swathes of unspoilt golden sand and clear, unpolluted waters.

Menorca Experimental

Book into Jardí de Ses Bruixes, an adults-only boutique hotel in Mahón with a subterranean spa. The Hauser & Worth gallery is a 15-minute ride from Mahón port by shuttle boat. Further afield, Menorca Experimental is a former ​19th-century farmhouse-turned boutique hotel, with chic interiors in a palette of peach and ivory. 

Fly to: Menorca; hauserwirth.comhotelsesbruixes.com; menorcaexperimental

The Balearic bolthole: Petunia Ibiza

From one Balearic island to another, Petunia Ibiza is reopening following an extensive renovation. So new that you can almost smell the paint, the Bougainvillea Suites now have separate living areas and al fresco terraces with fragrant garden views. There is also a new Japanese restaurant on the rooftop, noted for its captivating views of the mythical island of Es Vedrà. Down below is a slick gym and a series of treatment rooms for bespoke facials and massages, as well as daily yoga classes. Far from the madding crowd, the hotel is a half-hour drive from Ibiza Town. Irina Shayk holidayed here last October with Ricardo Tisci, who is a regular at the restaurant. 

Fly to: Ibiza; from £185, petuniaibiza.com

The property: Villa Jane, Théoule-sur-Mer, France 

This secluded, seven-bedroom villa is perched on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Cannes. Guests can rack up lengths in the 12.5m saltwater pool and sunbathe on the expansive terrace, which is also primed for entertaining. Expect magnificent views and minimalist interiors, flooded with natural light. The villa is next to the charming coastal town of Théoule Sur Mer, where you will find unpretentious local restaurants, golden beaches and possibly an A-list actor or two. The property is hosted on onefinestay, a trusted rental platform that opens doors to some of the finest homes in the world. 

Fly to: Nice; from £1,80, onefinestay.com

The train ride: Orient-Express and Veuve Clicquot

To mark its 250th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot has partnered with the Orient-Express for an unforgettable two-night train trip through Europe. The Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will depart from Reims, the home of Veuve Clicquot since its inception in 1772, and travel to Venice, chugging via Innsbruck and Brenner. Expect nightly entertainment and lashings of champagne, before finishing up with an overnight stay at Belmond's famed Cipriani hotel in Venice.

From £6,200 per person, belmond.com

The cruise: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Set sail on a romantic voyage to Italy this summer with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Glide from Rome to Venice via Verona, aboard the ultra-luxurious Regent Seven Seas Explorer, which boasts a $5 million pound art collection that includes works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Every room is a suite and its inclusive offering covers absolutely everything, from your first glass of champagne to dinner at Compass Rose, the ship's signature French fine dining restaurant. 

On terra firma, experience a guided walking tour of the city of love, where you can marvel at medieval architecture and sample authentic Italian cuisine. In the evening, visit the famed, open-air Arena di Verona opera house with Poltronissima Gold tickets – ergo, the best seats in the house. Bed down at the luxurious Hotel Indigo Verona Grand Hotel des Artes, where you will stay for two or three indulgent nights. 

Fly to: Rome; fares from £5,619 for a deluxe veranda suite, rssc.com

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The adventure break: 62°NORD, Norway

62°NORD is a charming and unique collection of hotels in Norway, which are exactly 62 degrees north of the equator, hence the name. These rural retreats offer a gateway to some of the world’s most beautiful walking, hiking and biking destinations, with a focus on highly personalised adventures. Fresh from a refurb, Hotel Union Øye sits in the small, remote village of Øye by the Norangsfjord. The hotel, which has courted mountaineers and royals alike, has three new suites, a spa, orangery and a barn for an immersive, fairytale Finnish escape. Interior aficionados will also love Hotel Brosundet, a converted warehouse with 131 rooms, in the old art nouveau town of Ålesund.

Fly to: Vigra; rates at 62°NORD Hotel Union Øye start from approx £197 per night; Hotel Brosundet starts from approx £127 per night; 62.no/en

The family choice: Forte Village, Sardinia

The cavernous Forte Village in southern Sardinia is widely regarded as one of the best family resorts in Europe, if not the world. It is made up of four and five-star hotels, in addition to 13 luxury villas. Hotel Costello is the most luxurious and has previously hosted the Beckhams. Children’s activities at Forte Village are seemingly endless: cookery classes, water polo, go-karting and arts and crafts, as well as multiple pools, a water park, a vegetable garden and a nursery. New this year is a Real Madrid Football Academy, where you can catch notable players coaching the stars of tomorrow, and a Dance Academy. These join established tennis, basketball, fencing and rowing sports academies. For adults, the newly renovated Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa is serenity in excelsis, with myriad treatment options and a circuit of six saltwater pools.  

Fly to: Cagliari Elmas; from €663 per night for a family of four on a half-board basis; fortevillageresort.com

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