Fantastic hotels and villas in sun-soaked countries perfect for your last-minute summer getaway
Three of the best Spanish Villas
Villa Santanyi – Mallorca
This red-hued Mallorcan edifice is a John Pawson creation, featuring imposing courtyards and a 30m-long pool. More an experience than mere accommodation, with room and amenities for the entire family.
Aire de Bardenas – Tudela
This hotel is a collection of futuristic pods and modern villas set in the otherworldly landscape of the Spanish Navarra. Explore the surrounding nature reserve and grab some unforgettable photos.
Puente Romano – Marbella
Fancy a sea view from your suite’s terrace? Or a villa with garden and pool? Either way, you’re covered here. And with golf, watersports and an on-site Nobu, all ages and interests are catered for, too.
Three Greek Island Escapes
Daios Cove – Crete
This five-star hillside beach resort has just added a rustic-luxe beach restaurant and lounge to its already impressive offering, meaning you can dine in style while listening to chillout DJs. The kids’ club should keep littles busy while you unwind.
Ikos Dassia – Corfu
Set aside any lingering doubts you have about “all-inclusive” holidays. Ikos resorts provide a high-end spin on the concept, with chic hotels, extensive facilities and kids’ clubs to boot. The new Ikos Dassia in Corfu exemplifies the approach.
MarBella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas (Adults Only) – Corfu
One for the babymoon – or any time you get free of the little ones – this chic hotel nestles on a Corfu hillside (which is appropriate, given “nido” is Greek for nest) and boasts villas with private pools or whirlpools, plus extravagant sea views.
Three of the best hotels in the Algarve
Pensao Agricola (adults only)
Going child-free? A triumph of rustic minimalism, this converted farmhouse has three suites and surroundings of the most beautifully unspoilt tranquillity. Oh, and there’s a resident donkey, too. We love the serenity of the outlook and the minimalist design.
The Magnolia Hotel
A fun, ’50s-inspired “motor hotel” design lends a quirky Palm Springs vibe to this Quinta do Lago establishment. Great for families, the young and the outgoing – not to mention Instagram fanatics, given the bright colours and sharp shapes of the architecture and décor.
It may be large, but this luxury hotel in Vilamoura – the first Anantara in Europe – boasts an intimate atmosphere and unparalleled service, as well as show-stopping architecture. A family holiday with all those refined grown-up touches you thought were gone forever…