From Italy to France, there are a number of different countries to visit for those who are looking to vacation in beautiful destinations in Europe. Those who want to escape the crowds and soak up a serene environment can stay at a few hidden resorts that are offered to world travelers. To book your stay and enjoy plenty of R&R, here are the Top 7 Hidden Resorts in Europe to consider booking on your holiday.
7. Hotel Odisej (photo above)
Hotel Odisej is located on Mljet, Dalmatia, Croatia, which is an underdeveloped island that features several saltwater lakes and pinewoods. The hotel is the only resort on the island and features a spa where guests can enjoy feeling pampered in a secluded environment. The hotel offers incredible views of the Adriatic Sea where luxury villas are present. Boutiques, bars, and restaurants are available in Mljet for those who want to maintain a busy itinerary while still lounging throughout the day and avoiding the busy crowds that are common in neighboring countries.
6. Yan Hotel
Yan Hotel in Anamur-Iskele, Turkey is a family-owned and operated establishment that offers gorgeous views of the sea and is within walking distance of the beach for those who want to avoid public transportation. The location is extremely relaxed where locals often congregate to avoid tourist attractions or crowded streets. The hotel welcomes guests to book a room that comes with a view of the water and visit the on-site bar where beverages and small bites to eat can be ordered. Visitors can take buses that are available through the hotel to visit a medieval castle or a small Roman city in the local area.
5. Manto Studios
Visit Manto Studios to stay at a secluded bed and breakfast in Paleochora, south-west Crete, Greece, which is located near the main beach and features a spacious interior and exterior setting. Many of the rooms come with patios where guests can take in the views each day. Complimentary breakfast is also served at the hotel, which is friendly and accommodating for those who want a low-key holiday. Guests can explore the local village where informal cafes and taverns are available or even spend the day at a nearby beach, Pachia Ammos. There are also several different sunbathing spots available, including areas where nudists are known to lounge around.
4. La Casa sul Blu
Located in Marina di Pisciotta, Italy, La Casa sul Blu is a newer resort in the local area that offers stunning views of the coast and is competitive with the rates that are available for its rooms throughout the year. Decadent food options are also served during breakfast, which includes Cristina’s homemade jams and cakes. The resort is also in close proximity to nearby attractions, including an olive mill where tours are still offered. The seaside city is small and quaint, which makes it the perfect place to visit for those who want to avoid crowded areas in Europe.
3. Windmill Villa
The Windmill Villa in Koufonisia, Greece, is a hidden gem in the city where tourists can spend time at an establishment that dates back to 1830. The interior setting is stunning and features antique furniture in every room and even includes a private terrace that offers views of the water. Although the windmill continued to operate until 1956, it now works as a place to stay near Chora, a harbor town in the area. Visitors can visit a nearby beach, Pori, to walk on the white sand and take a dip in the turquoise water.
2. Pazo los Escudos
Stay at Pazo los Escudos when visiting the Cíes Islands in Spain, which is within walking distance to white-sand beaches where plenty of boats are parked. Pazo los Escudos is a secret resort that consists of a large mansion where 54 rooms are available in each season. Guests are welcome to lounge in the outdoor pool or visit the on-site spa to feel pampered during their stay. Some of the rooms even include balconies with views of the Ría de Vigo. Complimentary breakfast is also included each morning.
1. Locanda Sant’Andrea
This establishment is situated in San Pantaleo, near the Costa Smeralda, Sardinia and features luxurious amenities with gorgeous interiors available. The hotel is in close proximity to a number of local beaches, many of which are secluded, making it easy to lounge in a remote area during the day. The hotel also features an outdoor pool and lounge chairs where guests can sunbathe or enjoy dining over a meal. Granite boulders work as the backdrop of the local area where the service is said to be excellent at an affordable price per room.
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This post was written by Andrew Larson, a semi-retired software engineer turned globetrotter and full-time travel enthusiast which now runs Wanderlust 15.