The Top 10 Luxury Hotels in EuropeKelsey Knoedler
If you’re a hotel connoisseur like we are, you know that there’s a certain je ne sais quoi that puts some five-star hotels above the rest. With the help of our expert guides and trip designers who have traveled throughout Europe in search of the best hotels and cycling routes, we put together a list of the top luxury hotels in Europe. We’ve tried to describe them for you here, but these ten hotels have that extra something that we just can’t put into words. The only way to experience the luxury, magic, and charm of these incredible properties is to visit them yourself.
Go ahead, spoil yourself. You deserve it.
1 | La Coquillade | Provence
This stunning property was once its own charming hamlet; the hotel’s six separate buildings date back as far as the eleventh century. Perched atop a hill with stunning views of the Luberon Valley and the vineyards that surround it, La Coquillade offers 63 unique guestrooms and is a member of Relais + Châteaux.
Spa: The hotel’s 1500 square-meter spa opened in 2015.
Gourmet: Five restaurants including the Michelin-starred Le Gourmet and the Aureto Wine Estate on property
Other Special Features: Two pools, tennis court, and BMC Cycling Centre on site. Rent (or buy) bicycles to explore the surrounding vineyards by bike for a relaxing self-guided bike tour.
Most Luxurious Suite: Rent the Deluxe Suite with private pool and outdoor Jacuzzi or reserve the Villa with suites, vaulted kitchen with two refrigerators, and private chef upon request.
2 | Masseria San Domenico | Puglia
This whitewashed masseria (farm) dates back to the fifteenth century when its main building was used as a watchtower. Located just feet from the beaches of the Adriatic Coast, it offers stunning views of the sparkling sea and the surrounding ancient olive groves from any room on the property.
Spa: The hotel’s thalassotherapy center features treatments that incorporate seawater and seaweed.
Gourmet: Four restaurants and a bar including La Nassa where Chef Leonardo Di Biase will prepare seafood dishes to be enjoyed with a sea view
Other Special Features: Swimming pool, private beach, two tennis courts, modern gym, and prestigious 18-hole golf course, considered one of the best in Italy
Most Luxurious Suite: Book the San Domenico Suite with private pool and sea views from its large private terrace.
3 | Finca Cortesin | Andalucia
Set on a 215-hectare estate overlooking the Mediterranean, Finca Cortesin is located in the heart of the Spanish Costa del Sol and is considered by many the most luxurious hotel in Spain. It is home to 67 spacious suites with 13-foot-high ceilings featuring grand design and decor inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture.
Spa: The 7200 square-foot spa offers massages, a fitness center with personal trainers, and Turkish and Japanese baths
Gourmet: Four restaurants and a bar, including Kabuki Raw—a Japanese restaurant with one Michelin star
Other Special Features: Manicured gardens, three pools, tennis and paddle courts, golf course, and beach club
Most Luxurious Suite: Book the 1378-square-foot private villa with four en-suite bedrooms, a full-furnished kitchen, garden, and private swimming pool.
Les Sources de Caudalie is a palace that overlooks the vines of surrounding Château Smith Haut Lafitte and several nearby ponds for an extremely tranquil setting. The property features 40 rooms, 21 suites, and 6 cottages all inspired by “The French Paradox”—a study that suggests the French diet and lifestyle are conducive to good health.
Spa: Visit the incredible Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa for grape-based treatments surrounded by the vines – a true wellness getaway.
Gourmet: Three restaurants and a bar including the two-Michelin-starred La Grand’Vigne in an eighteenth-century glasshouse
Other Special Features: Wine tours, cooking classes, tasting lessons, tennis lessons, and two pools
Most Luxurious Suite: Book the Sea Breeze Suite (Vent du Large) with private terrace, a suite on stilts overlooking the lake, or the Château Le Thil with nine rooms and two suites.
5 | Hotel Cristallo | Dolomites
Hotel Cristallo is the only five-star hotel in the Dolomites, offering incredible vistas of the peaks of the Dolomites and its valley below. Beyond the rooms, views, and service, the hotel gives guests the opportunity to spend some time enjoying the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of those posh towns where people go to be noticed.
Spa: Features a 1600 square-meter well-being area, gym, sauna, Turkish bath, and treatments
Gourmet: Four restaurants including The Cantuccio where the chef will serve you a specially prepared meal at his private table
Other Special Features: Golf course, pool with panoramic views, and kids club
Most Luxurious Suite: The Presidential Suite has hosted Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, and Peter Sellers, among other celebrities. Features butler service, Jacuzzi, and private Hammam
6 | Lesic Dimitri Palace | Croatia
Located in the heart of Korcula, Lesic Dimitri Palace is just steps from the ferry port, nearby beaches, and the Old Town. Built as an eighteenth-century bishop’s manor, this stunning property overlooks the sea. Its five unique apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms each, feature décor inspired by different cultures along Marco Polo’s Silk Road travels. The property is part of the Relais + Chateaux hotels.
Spa: The spa center offers Thai massage and 100% natural ingredients.
Gourmet: Prepare your own meals in the residences’ kitchen, eat at LD Restaurant, or invite the chef into your residence for a private meal.
Other Special Features: Motorboats, skipper, and sailboats available for rent
Most Luxurious Suite: The Venice Residence is the largest, with three bedrooms, and features a private balcony encased in ornate carved wood.
7 | Domaine de Manville | Provence
Originally a sheep farm, Domaine de Manville is still devoted to country life and agriculture, with garden, vines, and olive trees on site. Its location in the National Regional Parc of the Apilles provides incredible Provencal views, and its 39 rooms and villas boast beautiful taffeta and cashmere decorations by Annie Zeau.
Spa: Full spa featuring local, organic ingredients and products from the famous Clinica Ivo Pitanguy
Gourmet: Two restaurants and bar/breakfast garden including La Table where Chef Mattieu Dupuis-Baumal creates Provencal dishes with local ingredients
Other Special Features: One of just a few eco-friendly golf courses in Europe, electric bicycles, pool, and private movie theater
Most Luxurious Suite: Book one of the hotel’s nine luxury villas with private plunge pool, golf cart, and private chef or butler on request
8 | Relais San Maurizio | Piedmont
Relais San Maurizio was once a seventeenth-century Franciscan monastery and now an incredible luxury hotel. Set in the Langhe UNESCO Heritage Site, the hotel’s 36 rooms and suites offer amazing views of the surrounding vineyards and valleys.
Spa: The Monastery Medical and Beauty Spa offers thalassotherapy in a former salt cave
Gourmet: Two restaurants including Restaurant Guido da Costigliole where the chef prepares Michelin-starred meals using fresh ingredients from his expansive gardens.
Other Special Features: Indoor and outdoor pools, truffle hunts, cooking classes, electric bikes
Most Luxurious Suite: Book a Grand Luxury Suite like the Sapphire Suite, which offers a private entrance, private patio, Jacuzzi, and panoramic views.
Chateau Les Crayeres offers amazing grounds to stroll around in, with 17 acres of expansive gardens. Its 20 rooms are decorated in classic French style, and the hotel has been restored from its historic beginnings as a private home built in 1904.
Spa: No Spa
Gourmet: Restaurant, brasserie, and bar including Le Parc, where Michelin-starred Chef Philippe Mille will use seasonal ingredients in his always-changing menu
Other Special Features: Visit the Vranken Pommery Champagne House nearby, and find the hidden war bunker onside.
Most Luxurious Suite: The spacious Prestige Rooms with park view
10 | Marques de Riscal | Rioja
This masterpiece of contemporary art and architecture was designed by Frank Gehry and features 43 rooms and suites. It’s luxurious inside and out—with cathedral ceilings and breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards. The photos don’t do it justice, but it’s impossible to describe.
Spa: The hotel’s Vinotherapie Caudalie Spa mimics Les Sources de Caudalie with grape-themed treatments
Gourmet: Wine bar and two restaurants including Michelin-starred Marques de Riscal Restaurant and vineyard on site featuring the oldest winery in the region
Other Special Features: Indoor pool, rooftop library lounge, wine tours, wine museum, and eight panoramic terraces
Most Luxurious Suite: Book the Gehry Suite with special innovative design features, private terrace, and panoramic views
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