Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

With the EU’s Covid passport (or the confusingly termed Green Digital certificate) getting ready to launch from July 19, those of us who have been fully vaccinated and received a negative Covid test at least 72 hours before the flight, are free to head on a European holiday. This means if you haven’t booked that B&B in Dingle yet, don’t worry, you might have more options than you think.

So where should be on your list? Well, I’m not sure about you but the ultimate idea of luxury to me right now is a really excellent hotel. So even if you don’t feel comfortable travelling this summer, these six European holiday destinations and the best places to stay while you’re there are great ones to bookmark for future trip planning.

Montpellier

In the pedestrianised, medieval heart of shockingly underrated Montpellier, in the South of France, Baudon de Mauny is a breath-taking 18th-century townhouse offering luxury B&B in a boutique hotel setting. Run by the affably charming Alain de Bordas, whose family have owned the house for generations, Baudon offers eight outstanding rooms in a listed building that has been brought bang-up-to-date via a spectacular marriage of tradition and contemporary innovation.

Dubrovnik

Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

With designer-clad staff and lots of white, at first, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into a very high-end sanatorium at Villa Dubrovnik. However, with its setting – nestled into striking cliffs just outside the city, among pine, orange, and lemon trees and surrounded by gardens of bougainvillaea and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic and the Old Town – that perception soon recedes. Overall, super luxurious and bearing all the attention to detail a five-star should.

Bordeaux

Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

Set on a quiet side of Bordeaux’s verdant Jardin Public, La Course Hotel is a former family home that has been converted into an ultra-stylish and ultra-compact boutique hotel, with unique rooms served by friendly, unobtrusive staff. Boasting a wine-stuffed cellar and a novel way to order lovely wines by the glass, this is as elegant a Bordeaux signature accommodation as you’ll find. Ps, the Lovebird Suite will set the most leaden hearts aflutter.

Tenerife

Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

“Luxuriously convenient” is one way of describing the grand experience at the Ritz-Carlton Abama, a behemoth of leisure, and indeed pleasure, situated on the perennially sunny south-west coast of the island of Tenerife. “Lavishly appointed” is another. The unique resort comprises stunning terracotta-hued architecture, heated swimming pools, some of the island’s best restaurants, impeccable service, spacious rooms, a world-class golf course and a rejuvenating spa … All of those amenities – and many more – are set among calming gardens, buttressed by a golden sandy beach. A highly memorable stay.

Barcelona

Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

Refined, distinguished, discreet … the Mercer Hotel is the perfect bolthole for international rock stars and starlets … or those who’d like to temporarily partake in living that particular dream in the heart of Barcelona’s historic Gothic Quarter. The Mercer manages to pull off that difficult act of aping cutting-edge interior design while showcasing the historically important architectural features of the building. Furthermore, staff go the clichéd above and beyond when it comes to guest satisfaction. A very classy affair.

Cascais

Six European holiday destinations based on their most alluring hotels

The Albatroz Hotel affords soothing views of the Cascais coastline. Originally an aristocratic residence, the hotel keeps some of those old-school glamorous flourishes, adding all the modern conveniences one would expect. A recent facelift has brought the property dashingly into the 21st century, adding airiness, bright colour and no shortage of style to this stunning heritage building. Morning dunks in the pool are best followed by fresh seafood lunches and something, cool, white and crisp. Stunning sun lounger views too.


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  1. Pineta

    Pineta Campite is a relaxed holiday park with a new area for mobile homes situated approximately two kilometres outside of Fazana, a lively fishing village on the west coast of Istria in Croatia. Pineta Campsite offers one thing in particular ─ peace and relaxation. The park consciously avoids leisure and activity programmes. The site offers Wi-Fi access so that you can inform yourself about the region and simultaneously keep your friends up to date with the occasional selfie to show off your tan!


    Sunsets and swimming
    Pineta Campsite is located on a section of the coast that is characterised by lawns for sunbathing, sunny plateaus, pebble beaches and cliffs. Here you can dedicate your days to relaxing, reading, sunbathing and swimming in the sea. The on-site restaurant offers a menu that concentrates on fish specialities as well as meat dishes. The campsite organises a traditional “fishing evening” every Friday where you can try fresh fish from the grill. There’s always a great atmosphere at the beach bar that offers regular live music. In the evenings you can enjoy the stunning sunsets over the Brioni Islands off the coast.

    Mobile home under pine trees
    Pineta Campsite has recently constructed a new area specifically for mobile homes. This zone is not directly by the sea but is a few hundred metres inland in a pine forest. The area next to the beach is reserved for guests who are staying in tents or caravans. After you have unloaded your luggage, you can park your car in a special parking area for mobile home guests. The mobile homes are comfortably furnished and include a small kitchen as well as a small bathroom. The Premium mobile homes are a little bit closer to the sea and are equipped with a dvd player, microwave and two sun loungers.

    Stroll along the promenade
    Stroll along the promenade all the way to Fazana. The small fishing village contains a picturesque harbour that draws many visitors in the summer months. You are guaranteed a sociable evening on the outdoor terrace of one of the many restaurants. The surrounding area also offers many destinations for trips including the town of Pula with its Roman amphitheatre and the Brijuni National Park and Islands, which can be reached by boats departing from Fazana.

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  2. Centro Vacanze Verde Azzurro

    Centro Vacanze Verde Azzurro, in Le Marche, offers you a tremendous amount of water fun for the entire family! The park offers an aqua park of 2.5 hectares with slides, a Grand Canyon River, hydromassage, a lagoon, children's play equipment and, of course, a completely separate children's pool that is also suitable for the very youngest children. The park also has a variety of sports facilities and restaurants. The park lies in tranquil surroundings with a great deal of nature. You can, for example, go mountain biking or visit one of the many beautiful cities, such as Sirolo. This holiday park in Le Marche is ideal for families with children and nature and culture lovers! 

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    Centro Vacanze Verde Azzurro holiday park facilities
    Do you and your children love swimming? If so, this holiday park will be a paradise for you! The facilities include:
    • An enormous 2.5 ha aqua park
    • A separate children's pool

    Alongside all this water fun, the holiday park offers much more enjoyment as well. For example:
    • Fitness, cycle hire and horse riding
    • Children's amusement programme
    • Children's playground

    Have you worked up an appetite after all these activities or excursions? If so, the holiday park offers you a choice from no less than places for a meal. You can visit one of the 3 restaurants, order an Italian pizza at the pizzeria or collect a snack from one of the 2 snack bars.


    Your stay at Centro Vacanze Verde Azzurro
    The holiday park's most conspicuous characteristic is its combination of tranquillity and the enormous aqua park laid out in the hills. You stay in a comfortable bungalow during your holiday. The bungalows' facilities include a private patio with garden furniture - a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The bungalows are also equipped with air-conditioning, a welcome facility on hot summer nights. Barbecues can be loaned from reception. Click the 'view the bungalow' tab for more information.


    Centro Vacanze Verde Azzurro holiday park's surroundings
    The holiday park is located in the Le Marche region, known as ‘The undiscovered Tuscany’, a region that has yet to be inundated by tourists. The green hills, sunflower fields, cypresses and olive trees confirm you are in Italy! The surroundings are tranquil and you have every opportunity to enjoy the region's beauty. You can rent a mountain bike and explore the landscape on a sporty two-wheeler. The closest town is Cingoli, just 8 km from the park, where you can visit the local market. Other interesting destinations for an excursion include Appignano, Jesi, Montecassiano, Recanati and Loreto. And how about a visit to the lively town of Sirolo and sea port town of Ancona on the Adriatic coast? A 55 km drive brings you to the coast and the beaches awaiting your arrival.


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  3. Plein Air des Chênes

    A 4 star campsite with fantastic pool complex! Plein Air des Chênes Campsite is situated near Clapiers, a small village to the north of Montpellier in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The medium-sized holiday park is only 15 kilometres away the Mediterranean Sea in a quiet location that is not too far from the numerous beaches. 
    The lush grounds of the resort are full of greenery and the plots are generously spaced. A wide variety of leisure activities takes place during the day. In the evening you can enjoy entertaining shows and concerts with live music. The added possibility of several exciting trip destinations in the surrounding region makes Plein Air des Chênes Campsite an ideal base for exploring the south of France.

    Swimming, sports and the sea
    Plein Air des Chênes Campsite has its very own water park with turquoise-blue lagoon, waterfalls, water slides and a multi-coloured fun pool for children. The resort also offers Aquagym and other fitness classes for guests who enjoy being active on holiday. Alternatively you could take part in one of the organised cycle or hiking tours. Fancy a game of table tennis, basketball or Minigolf? Or an exciting tennis match? Then you’re in the right place! The entertainers always come up with fun activities for children, teenagers and even for adults. Of course you can’t miss a trip to the Mediterranean Sea and the stunning beaches of Mauguio-Carnon, Palvas-les-Flots and La Grande-Motte.

    Holiday in a mobile home
    On Plein Air des Chênes Campsite you will stay in a comfortable mobile home with a fully equipped kitchen. Top tip: enjoy all of your meals under the open sky on your own outdoor terrace.

    French cuisine
    You may not want to cook for yourself on holiday, but don’t worry, there are alternatives! You can get delicious meals at the resort’s very own restaurant. Many specialities are also available to take away. The restaurants in the centre of Montpellier are definitely worth visiting, some of which are hidden in the narrow alleyways of the old town. Look forward to relaxing days in Languedoc-Roussillon and book your holiday at Plein Air des Chênes Campsite right here with Campingselection!

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  4. Loano2Village

    Residence Loano2Village, Floral Riviera, Italy 

    1.5 km from the beach
    Luxury holiday park
    Three swimming pools
    Restaurant with panoramic view
    Excursions to destinations including Monaco / Cinque Terre

    Residence Loano2Village offers you a great holiday packed with luxury and comfort and with numerous opportunities for relaxation and activity. The Mediterranean Sea is close by, as are interesting places for a visit. Everyone seeking a carefree holiday in the Italian sun is at the right address when they visit the Residence!


    Residence Loano2Village's facilities
    You don't even need to leave the holiday park to enjoy yourself. The relaxation facilities include:
    • Cooling in the three swimming pools, with facilities including a wave machine pool with jacuzzi
    • Sun terrace with lounge beds and parasols

    The facilities for fun activities include:
    • Children's playground and amusement programme
    • Sports area, including fitness and archery
    • Activity and entertainment programme - 21/05 – 24/09

    When you have worked up an appetite you can visit one of the park's three places for a meal: you can enjoy a pizza, order a local speciality in the restaurant with panorama view or collect a delicious snack from the snack bar.


    Your stay at Residence Loano2Village
    You have a spacious holiday home during your holiday. The homes have stylish and well-maintained furnishings. The home's facilities include 1 bedroom, a kitchen with kitchenette and a balcony with garden furniture. You also have air-conditioning and satellite TV. You have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Click the ‘view the holiday accommodation’ tab for more information.


    Residence Loano2Village's surroundings
    You are in a lively holiday area and near the beach. The sun, sea and beach are just 1.5 km away. The park operates a free bus-shuttle that brings you to and from the beach. After a visit to the beach you can wander around the Loane seaside resort. Other places well worth a visit include the cultural city of Genoa fashionable Monaco. Another pleasant excursion is a visit to Cinque Terre, which consists of five picturesque fishing villages with a marvellous view. You can also see impressive hills, rock and sand beaches, vineyards and olive tree orchards. This splendid Italian locality is actually included in the World Heritage List. During your holiday you can also explore the Italian Floral Riviera by bicycle: Residence Loano2Village has a cycle waiting for you.


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  5. Joan Bungalow Park

    Camping Joan Bungalow Park, on the sunny Costa Dorada, lies in the Cambrils holiday paradise, just south of the marvellous Port Aventura amusement park. This traditional family camping is renowned for the individual attention it pays its guests, which you will also experience for yourself from the personal, warm welcome you receive on your arrival. This is also the reason for the extremely high quality of the facilities. The restaurant, bar and kids club with a marvellous children's amusement programme form the throbbing heart of this camping. Your children will be able to enjoy themselves to their heart's content in the games room, which offers them table football, billiards, darts and table tennis, while you amuse yourself with the game machines. The camping also offers you a lovely, playfully laid-out 200 m² swimming pool, with a separate children's pool, which is surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers - great for a refreshing dive! The lush vegetation makes this camping a green oasis where you will certainly feel at home. Book a great family holiday with Campingselection now! 

    Camping Joan Bungalow Park's facilities The camping offers you everything you need for a perfect family holiday:
    • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool
    • Restaurant and bar
    • Range of sports facilities

    This is also the ideal destination for your children:
    • Lovely children's playground and games room
    • Extensive amusement programme for your children
    • Children's pool

    You can also play golf at the course just 12 km from the camping!

    Your stay at Camping Joan Bungalow Park You stay in the beautiful glamping section, with top-quality mobile homes. These very well-maintained mobile homes are laid out in a lovely manner that respects the camping's trees and offers you maximum privacy.

    Camping Joan Bungalow Park's surroundings Camping Joan Bungalow Park is just minutes from the centre of Cambrils, one of Catalonia's most popular tourist destinations. You'll certainly visit the town regularly via the ‘Paseo Marítimo’, an attractive footpath and cycle track which brings you along the front of the camping, next to the sea and the wide beach. You stay in the heart of the Costa Dorada, surrounded by the Llaberia, Argentera and Mussara mountain ranges, with rolling hills that come down to the sea. You are close to appealing towns such as the modern town of Reus, La Pineda, Salou, Mont-Roig del Camp and Priorat, which offer you a wealth of opportunities for excursions. A visit to the characteristic old Roman city Tarragona and an excursion to Barcelona will also certainly be worth your while. Moreover, one of the region's major attractions, the Port Aventura amusement park, is just a ten-minute drive from the camping!

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  6. Terme Catez

    Terme Catez is a large holiday park in the middle of Slovenia, a country that is still relatively untouched by tourism. A giant water paradise has been built on an area of over 10,000 square metres for the whole family to enjoy. If your children are looking forward to an exciting holiday full of adventure then you have come to the right place! The huge water park includes Olympic-sized pools, Jacuzzis, wave pools, waterfalls and many different water slides!
    Float down the 450 metre long river on an inflatable ring. A further highlight is the kids’ paradise with a real pirate island! The whole pool complex is very impressive and guarantees you and your family the ultimate swimming holiday! On the off chance that the weather isn’t so good then you can have just as much fun inside in the covered subtropical swimmer’s paradise.

    Apartments with a terrace at Terme Catez Campsite
    At Terme Catez Campsite you will stay in well-maintained and nicely furnished apartments that are all provided with air conditioning, a microwave and a CD and DVD player. Each apartment has its own terrace with outdoor furniture where you can fully relax after all those hours spent in the water!

    Despite the fact that you won’t be bored for a single second here at Terme Catez Campsite, there are still many fantastic trip destinations in the surrounding region including Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, and Ljubljana. The stunning Postojna Cave is also well worth a visit. The surrounding forests are perfectly suited for long walks. Thanks to the great location of the campsite, you can combine your stay with a visit Croatia, Italy or even Austria. One thing is clear ─ at Terme Catez Campsite in Slovenia you will have a great time! Camping Selection wishes you a great holiday!

    ** All Happy standard accommodation comes with disposable linen (if you choose this) **

    The winter Thermal Riviera complex, the indoor pool, is partially closed for the period 16/07 -26/08/18 due to work. You can use the outdoor swimming pools.
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