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Luxury European summer escapes, Belmond Hotel Splendido

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Luxury European Summer Vacations

Europe in the summer is a delicious quandary with its many fascinating cultures, vibrant cities, and gorgeous landscapes bathed in sunshine. Treat yourself to a multi-destination journey or discover the many facets of just one wonderful slice of the Old World. 

Jubilee Celebrations in England

Rolling green hills of Yorkshire Tree by a lake on Scafell Pike
Champagne picnic at Simonstone Hall Simonstone Hall exterior Yorkshire

We’ve curated some of the most exclusive ‘Best of British’ experiences in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer in London. From Britain’s finest stately homes to charming villages and heli tours over London’s iconic landmarks to watching the historical Jubilee unfold from within the parade grounds.

PLACES TO STAY

Get the full royal treatment and stay in beautiful manor houses in rolling green countryside. Or opt for a luxurious penthouse suite in London’s center—five-star facilities and one of the city’s most sought-after locations, right on your doorstep. 

Spanish Traditions and Culture

Granada Alhambra in Spain Dining hall in Hacienda de San Rafael
Swimming pool area in La Nava, Spain Beautiful terrace dining area in Barranco

An enchanting expanse of vineyards, oak forest, arid mountains, and endless beaches, southern Spain is a perennial favorite for many addicted to the climate and the culture. Feel the passion of the Spanish Flamenco while watching a performance and gorge on the regional gastronomy perfectly paired with local wines.

Places to Stay

Stay in a stunning luxury villa in the remote Spanish countryside—the ideal base for a tranquil and romantic vacation away from the crowds. And of course, all with the service you’d expect in a world-class hotel. 

Hidden Gems of Southern France

Wild horses in a field in Carmague Boat moored off the Corsica coast in France
Chalet in Pelerin, France The gallery at Villa La Coste France

France is a European heavyweight—from the Cote d’Azur to cobblestoned Paris to the aromatic micro-climates of its artisan cheese shops, the country is always a surprise and a seduction all at once. Ride on horseback across lavender-striped Provence and set sail for the fragrant hinterland of Corsica and its incredible canyoning and island culture.  

Places to Stay

Stay in a traditional chalet overlooking a quintessential French village, with 180-degree views of the verdant Alpine valley. Spend sunny days in the freshwater pool and savor the cuisine made by your private chef. Or if you’re a nature lover, opt for a villa located beside the idyllic Luberon Natural Regional Park. 

Mystic Legends in Ireland

Aerial picture of Ashford Castle Ireland Meal by the window at Hideaway Cottage
The Prince of Wales Room Family picnic by the Irish coast

See the shining green pastures of the aptly named Emerald Isle. Tap your foot along with its traditional folk music in atmospheric country pubs, explore ruined castles, and look out over its romantic Atlantic coastline. Take a helicopter ride high above it all for a rare perspective on this beautiful island.

Places to Stay

Stay on a sprawling castle estate and unwind ensconced in historical surrounds, fully immersing yourself in the Irish way of life. 

From Glistening Shoreline to Mountain Tops in Italy

Traditional cottages in Puglia, Italy Seating area in a hotel bar in Puglia
Private terrace at Amalfi Monastero Santa Rosa Italy View of the Dolomites in Italy

Offering a greater density of UNESCO sites than any other country globally, Italy, from its alpine lakes to sun-drenched Sicily, is a destination of endless intrigue. Southern Puglia is one of its more magnetic provinces, a place of gorgeous conical architecture and whitewashed coastal towns. Visit the stunning Dolomites in the mountainous north for outdoor adventure and exquisite fine dining.

Places to Stay

Unique boutique hotels jut from the edge of the rugged Amalfi coastline, guaranteeing first-class facilities as well as views of azure seas and terracotta-tiled roofs. 

Tradition and heritage in Scotland

Highland cottage in Scotland's Alladale Wilderness Reserve Gleneagles dining area in Scotland
Alladale Lodge in Scotland Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland

Scotland is a surprisingly versatile destination, from its majestic highlands riven with serene lochs to white sand beaches and culture-rich cities. Brave the Scottish wilds searching for its elusive wildlife or take an unforgettable road trip through the gorgeous topography and duck into its medieval castles accompanied by a historian.  

Places to Stay

Experience the windswept romance of the Scottish Highlands at a magnificent property surrounded by nature and wildlife. Countryside on your doorstep, cozy interiors, and delicious cuisine to welcome you in after a day of exploring, this unique location makes for the perfect summer getaway.

Escape to the world’s best Fjordlands in Norway

Kayaking in the bay of Henningsvaer, Arctic Hikers in Lofoten in Norway
Kinfish yacht by Svalbard in Norway Sunset views at a Norwegian fjord

Within the Arctic Circle you’ll find many of Norway’s most dramatic fjords while the Lofoten Islands are just in a class of their own. The epic scale demands adventure, so take a helicopter to experience glacier kayaking before lunching on the glacial blue ice while taking in the supreme panoramas.

Places to Stay 

Take the scenic route and stay in a converted lighthouse in the breathtaking Lofoten Islands. Alternatively, see Norway from the comfort of a luxury yacht—one of our team’s favorite ways to witness the many coastal landscapes from serene fjords to glowering mountains.

Submersive experience in Greece

Yacht U-boat sub in Greece Boats by the coast in Greece
Traditional building in Greece Adronis Hotel private swimming pool Greece

The Greek Islands are myth made flesh—a vacation destination so perfect in its beach blissfulness that it’s hard to believe they’re real. One of the world’s supreme island hopping destinations, cruise the Cyclades and Dodecanese archipelagos, where East meets West in a unique and elegant cultural fusion. Plunge into the clear Mediterranean waters for wrecks and lost ruins, walk the black sands of volcanic islands, and explore the winding streets of ancient cities.   

Places to Stay

Journey between islands—and shimmering infinity pools at luxury stays—dining at traditional tavernas specializing in delightful Greek cuisine.