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Luxury

Luxury holiday destinations: Where to go and when

 

Settle on your ideal luxury holiday destination with a helping hand from our guide to Europe’s top choices…

Planning on booking a late summer getaway? You’ll find a whole host of places that showcase the finer things. Luxury holiday destinations come in all shapes and sizes, offering excellent sunshine hours between June and October, culinary marvels, city sights, chic shopping opportunities, great golf and more.

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Lake Garda

Luscious lemon groves and an illustrious lake paint a picture of sheer bliss in Lake Garda. Throughout summer, the days are hot, the glistening water is warm enough for a dip and the evenings are mild.

Spend time relaxing by the shores of Sirmione and exploring old historic sites such as fairytale-esque Scaliger Castle. And Monte Baldo cable car ride will afford you unrivalled views of Malcesine. As for the food, well, it’s Italy! Expect lemons and olives, while old favourites like bruschetta, creamy pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas won’t be hard to come by.

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The French Riviera

It’s easy to fall for the charms of the Côte d’Azur. Sun-drenched and wildly beautiful, this glamorous part of France teams elegant seaside cities with evocative landscapes.

As Nice’s iconic boulevard, Promenade des Anglais gets a lot of attention. Its blend of pebbles, sun loungers and volleyball nets make it a dreamy beachfront idyll. Later, explore the incredible F1 Circuit in Monaco or wander through Le Suquet, Cannes’ old quarter, then end up in bustling Marché Forville. But the shopping isn’t just restricted to market stalls here – you can expect trendy boutiques and upmarket designer stores.

At Hôtel de Paris, you can sample delightful, critically-acclaimed dishes from Alain Ducasse in his Le Louis XV restaurant. How does live jazz and cocktails in the stylish Le Bar Américain sound next door?

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Dubrovnik

Oozing picture book charm, Dubrovnik is a knockout Croatian city with serene beaches right on its doorstep, too. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is the best place to start a getaway here. Work your way around the walls that wrap around the city, where museums are sprinkled about and terracotta-topped buildings create a postcard scene.

Seamlessly move from exploring to relaxing with a trip to popular Banje Beach to catch some rays. Don’t miss the chance to go island-hopping either to one of the gorgeous natural lands across the sparkling water. Lush Lokrum is a firm favourite, dazzling all who venture here with its dense forest and Benedictine monastery.

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The Algarve

Stunning golden beaches, quaint old towns, sleek hotels - welcome to the Algarve. Vilamoura is one of the most luxurious resorts and boasts five phenomenal courses as part of the esteemed Dom Pedro Golf offering. Get a taste for the glam beach club life and dine al fresco around the yacht-filled marina.

Albufeira is a shopper’s delight, with the fabulous open-air AlgarveShopping mall leading the way. While if you venture over to enchanting Faro, you can wander around the warren of rustic architectural gems and savour local classics such as grilled sardines.

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Madeira

Dreaming of a green wonderland surrounded by sapphire-hued waters? Madeira is just that. The warm climate of this Portuguese archipelago makes it the ideal pick for a getaway during summer. Peaceful Canical Beach is a picturesque pebbly plot that’s a superb choice for relaxing in the sun or enjoying a stroll.

Madeira’s also known as an adventurer’s haven, with its lush levadas providing the perfect backdrop to a hike. But if you’d prefer a go-slow round of golf, the 27-hole Santo da Serra course has bragging rights to epic natural landscapes, while the 18-hole Palheiro Golf Course is perched above gleaming Funchal Bay.

Posted: 13th Mar 2019.

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