We can all use a little luxury now and then, and what better way to get it than exploring Europe’s most sophisticated venues? Here’s a handful, which you shouldn’t miss out on.
Monte Carlo – Monaco:
For centuries Monaco has been named the crown jewel of European luxury and with good reason. This small country with less than 40.000 inhabitants caters to all the needs and demands of luxury travelers. Monaco is able to deliver lavish 5 star hotels with spa facilities on top, a great harbor with one beautiful yacht after another and the famous Casino de Monte Carlo. Scenes of several James Bond movies were actually recorded in the casino and today it’s one of the main attractions of Monaco. Furthermore, The Hotel Metropole built in 1889 offers the most serene setting in Monte Carlo and both the entrance and interior is absolutely breathtaking.
Geneva – Switzerland
One of my own personal favorites, Switzerland never fails when it comes to old-fashion luxury, 5 star service and the most beautiful scenery and nature you can possibly imagine. There’s plenty of skiing destinations for those coming here in winter time, but Geneva – the capital of the French region – offers promenades of 5 star hotels, elegant restaurants and lavish shops and watch manufacturers.
Book a room at Beau Rivage while you’re here and enjoy the view to Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. Read my review of the hotel here.
Scotland is the well-kept secret of European luxury travel. With some of the most beautiful landscapes the continent has to offer, you’ll find romantic hunting lodges and noble residences scattered across the country – all of them offering five star service and sophisticated extravagance.
Scotland also attracts gourmets and connoisseurs from all over the world due to its whiskey production. Stay at the historical Aldourie Castle at the shore of Loch Ness and experience the true Scottish spirit.
The French Riviera – Nice & Cannes
Nestling on the Mediterranean Coast The French Riviera has always been a synonym of old Hollywood elegance and luxury. Today, the Film Festival in Cannes attracts loads of tourists and the Hollywood elite, but the area has so much more to offer. Let yourself be drawn to the winding alleys and true French spirit that hides behind the facade of the beach promenade or simply enjoy an aperitif in one of the many squares. Stay at the famous 5 star hotel Le Negresco and make sure to visit one of the many idyllic islands close to the coast, for example Ile Sainte-Marguerite.
Italy – The Amalfi Coast
Ever since I first visited Italy at the age of 6, I’ve been madly in love with the country. The Amalfi Coast is without a doubt one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, and you’ll find old, charming luxury hotels scattered around the area, for example in Sorrento and Positano. It’s also possible to sail to the beautiful island of Capri and for those interested in history, Pompeii and Mount Vesuv is only a short drive away. Make sure to book a treatment in one of the many luxurious spas, and enjoy the breathtaking sunset accompanied by a glass of wine at least once!
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