Five of our favourite new European hotels

Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus – one of our favourite boutique hotels in Cyprus and Europe

If you’re looking for a short-haul holiday with all of the luxuries but none of the hassle, look no further than our European luxury hotels, including boutique hotels in France, Spain and Italy. Set in beautiful locations with a wealth of facilities, including spas, fine dining establishments and family-friendly sporting activities, many of the new hotels we’ve found also boast their own fascinating histories. Here’s five of our favourite new hotels, offering everything from a wine getaway to island retreats.

Fountainhead Hotel, Andalucia, Spain

Fountainhead Hotel, Andalucia, Spain – one of our favourite boutique hotels in Spain and Europe

Set in the midst of the beautiful Andalucian countryside and just 40 minutes from the coast, the Fountainhead Hotel is a technology-free retreat encouraging you to get away from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy an experience close to nature. The region’s cultural gems, including Sevilla and the Alhambra, are all just a short distance away, while the hotel can also easily arrange a mountain hike, a spot of golf or a relaxing spa treatment at the Fountainhead Spa. The Fountainhead Hotel is also known for its award-winning restaurant, serving modern, healthy and Spanish-influenced dishes.

Villa Rose, Samoens, France

Villa Rose, Samoens, France – one of our favourite boutique hotels in France and Europe

Samoens is one of France’s best-kept secrets – an authentic Savoyard village tucked away amongst snow-topped mountains, just 40 minutes from Geneva. Villa Rose is one of the villa’s gems, offering every comfort imaginable and exceptional service. There’s seven mountains you can descend down during skiing season, while out of season the mountains are perfect for mountain biking and hiking. Other winter sports are also on offer such as ice climbing, ice skating and husky sledding.

Torre de Palma, Alto Alentejo, Portugal

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, Alto Alntejo, Portugal – one of our favourite boutique hotels in Portugal and Europe

In the heart of Portugal’s Alto Alentejo lies the Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, a truly splendid manor house which dates back to 1338. Blending tradition and modernity together perfectly, the hotel makes for the perfect couples’ or wine retreat. Here you’ll be able to enjoy numerous activities embracing the high-quality wine produced on site, from grape picking to cellar and vineyard tours. There’s also plenty in the way of other activities, from spa treatments to cultural tours of the nearby historical sites, canoeing and riding on the local Lusitano horses.

Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus

Annabelle, Paphos, Cyprus – one of our favourite boutique hotels in Cyprus and Europe

Hidden among six luscious acres of Mediterranean gardens and overlooking the coast of Paphos, Annabelle is a top-notch yet unpretentious hotel with everything you need for the perfect couples’ or family holiday. Kids will be entertained by the various clubs on offer, while the adults can choose to soak up the sun by the pool, head to the golf course or even try out some water sports. There’s also four restaurants and five bars to choose from if you’re looking for some refreshment, offering a variety of dishes as well as relaxing settings.

1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa, Lombardy, Italy

1711 Ti Sana Detox Hotel and Spa, Lombardy, Italy – one of our favourite boutique hotels in Italy and Europe

This 18th century noble dwelling is set in Italy’s Lombardy dwelling and offers ultimate spa and retreat for those who are serious about their wellbeing. Medical consultations, therapies, nutrition plans, Chinese medicine and personal training are all on offer here to help you detox and get your lifestyle back on track. Personalised Active Life Programmes can be arranged, lasting from 1 to 21 days, offering full support and rejuvenation in comfort and luxury. A number of sporting activities, often enjoyed alongside the neighbouring Adda Valley, are on offer including walking, biking and canoeing.

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.