Someday soon, when we’re able to travel again, I’m dreaming of checking in to these beautiful and remote hotels. From Switzerland to Tuscany – in this post, I’ve hand-picked 10 places in Europe for your next (safe) holiday.
1. La Bandita, Pienza, Tuscany
Vacation in Tuscany; it sounds like a dream – and it is! If exclusivity and genuine luxury is what you’re looking for on your next holiday, I’d recommend you checking out La Bandita. This 8 bedroom luxury villa is located in the middle of Italy’s stunning Tuscan countryside, and it’s an eclectic mix of traditional architecture and contemporary interior design. Fun fact: La Bandita is owned by an American music industry executive who got tired of his fast-paced lifestyle, moved to Italy and, well, opened this hotel. The rest is for you to explore.
Fly to: Firenze.
More information: la-bandita.com/countryhouse
2. Raven Hall Hotel, Yorkshire, England
Dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park, this place is a writer’s paradise and a historical gem that must be experienced if you’re into nature, golf and/or hiking. Raven Hall was built in 1774 and opened as a hotel in 1895. Today, the estate comprises 51 rooms, 8 eco-friendly lodges, a spa, restaurant and an award-winning golf court.
Fly to: Leeds or Manchester.
More information: ravenhall.co.uk
3. Hotel Union Øye, Norway
A picturesque hotel from 1891, Hotel Union Øye is full of stories in every corner. It’s an ode to Norwegian culture and even surrounded by some of Northern Europe’s most breathtaking nature. 30 individually decorated rooms are adorned with antiquities and named after the royals and celebrities who have stayed here since its opening; Kaiser Wilhelm II, Karen Blixen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to mention a few. If you close your eyes and think of this magical place, you can almost smell the fresh mountain air and feel the fresh breeze on your skin. As Author Karen Blixen once said; “It has been a favourite venue of royalty, writers and lovers for generations”. What’s not to like?
Fly to: Ålesund.
More information: unionoye.no
4. Lyngen Lodge, Norway
A family-owned luxury boutique lodge located in the remote scenery of Northern Norway, Lyngen Lodge brings you anything you could possibly crave on a holiday; relaxation, adventure, gastronomy and wellness. Whether you’re looking for full-blown adventures including sea safari’s, waterfall hikes and glacier ice climbing or dog-sledding, a Northern Lights experience and chilling in front of a cosy fireplace; this hotel has got you covered all the way. Rather than a hotel, it’s an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve checked out. To top it off, Lyngen Lodge caters to a maximum of 16 guests.
Fly to: Tromsø.
More information: lyngenlodge.com
5. Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Although Iceland has experienced a massive increase in tourism in recent years (at least before Covid-19), most of the island is still relatively untouched. If nature and adventure is your thing, you must check out Hotel Ranga – a four-star resort located in the Southern part of Iceland. Because of its remote location, it’s ideal for star gazing and Northern Light watching. And the hotel’s restaurant serves delicious local delicacies, too. Read my previous review of Hotel Ranga here.
Fly to: Reykjavik.
More information: hotelranga.is
6. Briol, South Tyrol, Italy
Picture unspoiled alpine meadows, lush forests and breathtaking mountain views. That’s Hotel Briol in Barbiano. Located on a hillside 1310 meters above sea level and with pristine nature as its closest neighbour, this place is certainly like an island of tranquility. The hotel nestles in the beautiful Italian dolomites and can only be reached by foot or taxi jeep. The hotel is build on family values and holds a very special history.
Fly to: Innsbruck (in Italy: Venice or Milan).
More information: briol.it
7. Bellevue des Alpes, Switzerland
One of the few remaining grand hotels of the 19th century, Bellevue des Alpes is nestled in pure alpine splendour. At 2017 meters above Grindelwald, the area is both well-known for its skiing and hiking opportunities – and of course, this spectacular hotel with 100 rooms, which is still owned and managed by the same family.
You can’t reach Bellevue des Alpes by car. The only way to get here, in winter and summer, is with the mountain railway; Wengernalp.
Fly to: Geneva.
More information: scheidegg-hotels.ch
8. Taverna Pantelis, Marathi Island, Greece
Have you ever heard of the Greek island of Marathi? Probably not, right? And that’s why it’s the perfect destination if you want to get away from it all. This small island east of Patmos boasts almost 4 kilometers – and this charming hotel, which has been owned by the same family since 1977. There are no roads, stores or cars – only one sandy beach, lots of exotic birds and goats. Close to the hotel, you’ll also find a restaurant that serves local delicacies straight from mother nature.
Fly to: Samos.
More information: marathi-island.gr
9. 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat, Switzerland
Not only a hotel, but an observatory including a restaurant and a small shopping center, 3.120 meters above sea level, this place exceeds your wildest alpine dreams. Book a double room with a view to Matterhorn, enjoy world class skiing during the day, and dine with a view to the stars at night. Pure paradise for snow lovers and adventurous souls.
Fly to: Geneva.
More information: gornergrat-kulm.ch
10. Hotel Budir, Iceland
Remote luxury. That’s what the boutique Hotel Budir is all about. Just two hour’s drive from capital Reykjavik, you’ll embrace nature as long as the eye reaches and – if you’re lucky – Northern Lights at night. Whether you’re looking toward the endless black lava fields, the mountains or the Atlantic ocean, the hotel will leave you pampered in all ways, not least on the gastronomic front. Real vikings can take a dip in the nearby ocean or in one of the lagoons.
Fly to: Reykjavik.
More information: hotelbudir.is
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