The sunny days are finally back and the desire to escape accompanies them. Italy, Portugal, Spain… Destinations to get away from it all for a sunny weekend just a few hours from Paris. It is in the most coveted European cities and islands of these countries that luxury hotels welcome their customers in idyllic settings with sea views, private beaches, green rooftops and starred restaurants. Good places relaxing as a couple or with friends. The opportunity, also, to discover or (re)discover Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon, Majorca or even Amalfi, through their different cultures and landscapes. Address book of five exotic hotels where to put down your suitcases for a weekend.
The Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Considered the most emblematic address in the Portuguese capital, the Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon offers its guests a unique experience in an idyllic setting. While keeping its vintage atmosphere of the 50s, the hotel has been able to modernize with furniture that is both designer and contemporary. For the comfort of guests, the hotel offers state-of-the-art rooms with cozy terraces, perfect for enjoying views of Lisbon. New last year, a heated outdoor swimming pool. Nestled in a green oasis, this new swimming pool invites guests to relax while enjoying a breathtaking view of the treetops of Parc Eduardo VII. A little extra, it is equipped with an underwater music distribution system, for a unique and luxurious experience.
Four Season Hotel Ritz Lisbon, R. Rodrigo da Fonseca 88, 1099-039 Lisboa, Portugal. www.fourseasons.com
The Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona
Head for the Catalan capital and head for the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona. A true symbol of hotel excellence, this neoclassical establishment is located in the heart of the famous Passeig de Gracia, a timeless setting near Gaudi’s buildings. For the well-being of its customers, the hotel offers in its spa, a hammam, a sauna as well as a range of treatments. In the evening, guests can enjoy an evening at the piano bar, Bar Del Majestic or a cocktail on the Dolce Vitae rooftop, with a view of Barcelona. In addition, the hotel houses a unique art collection made up of more than 1,000 works, including paintings and sculptures, the opportunity to learn more about Spanish art. The hotel also offers the “Made in Barcelona” experience, a four-hour opportunity to discover some of the city’s secret places, such as the workshops and boutiques of Catalan designers, as well as the Mercader Palace…
Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, Paseo de Gracia 68 – 70, 08007 Barcelona – Spain. www.hotelmajestic.es
Hotel Santa Caterina Amalfi
Located on the corniche of Amalfi, this Villa Liberty from the beginning of the 19e century welcomes its customers in a colorful and vegetal universe, while keeping its “family hotel” spirit. In terms of decoration, bright colours, floral ceramics and shimmering fabrics are in the spotlight. Surrounded by fruit trees such as orange trees and bougainvillea, this villa is the ideal place for a relaxing weekend away from city life. With its private beach and seawater swimming pool, the hotel offers top-of-the-range services to its customers. For a gourmet break, head to the starred restaurant Glicine or the beach restaurant Al Mare.
Santa Caterina Hotel, Via Mauro Comite, 9, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy. www.hotelsantacaterina.it
It is in the Balearic Islands, in Spain, that the four-star hotel MIM Mallorca has settled down. This establishment, reserved for adults, is located on the east coast of the island of Majorca, by the sea and in the heart of the fishing village of S’Illot / Sa Coma, and promises a relaxing and upscale stay. In the program ? A moment of relaxation at the MIM Spa with sauna and hammam, a walk along the white sand beach, a taste break in a chic restaurant, and a moment of sharing on its rooftop, the SKY Bar, with a view of the Mediterranean. Both modern and minimalist, the architecture and decoration fit perfectly with the local setting. An ideal warm place to cut yourself off from Parisian life for a weekend for two.
Hotel MIM Mallorca, Carrer Gregal, 22, 07687 S’Illot, Illes Balears, Spain. www.mimhotels.com
Mama Shelter Roma
Head to the so-called eternal city to discover the first Italian address of the Mama Shelter group. Nestled in the Prati district, just a few steps from the Vatican, the five-star hotel welcomes its customers into a colorful universe, always in the spirit of the group. Columns, marbles, or even antique mosaics, the hotel displays codes of 100% Italian architecture with a slight twist of bright colors. On the bedroom side, customers discover rooms that are both comfortable and connected. After a long day exploring Rome, guests can rest and refresh at the spa, with swimming pool and hammam, or enjoy a spritz at the Summer Garden. The Mama Shelter Roma is a real place of Italian chic sobriety, ideal for experiencing a 100% Dolce Vita weekend.
Mama Shelter Roma, Via Luigi Rizzo, 20, 00136 Roma RM, Italy. www.mamashelter.com