Idyllic escapes - Design Hotels presents five of the best coastal getaways
Tuesday 10, July 2012
Everyone has different tastes, we get it. That’s why Design Hotels has collected some of the best places to sunbathe, listen to the sonance of the sea, and enjoy world class cuisine for the summer– there’s hardly a better way to flee from the hustle and bustle of everday life.
Whether you like a relaxed, quiet vacation, or one with a fully packed schedule, there is something for everyone with this collection of coastal Design Hotels™ members, from the Mediterranean, to the Andaman, the Carribean, the Adriatic, and the Atlantic www.designhotels.com/idyllic_escapes
Memmo Baleeira in Portugal will entrance guests with a pristine stretch of Atlantic coastline. The dramatic landscape with clear waters, white sand beaches, and jutting cliffs is breathtaking. At El Otro Lado in Panama, nature lovers will be astounded by the wonders of the mangroves in the rainforest. History buffs can enjoy the Spanish ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those searching for true Mediterranean spirit, Almyra is ornamented with romantic gardens on the oceanfront of Cyprus. The rich history of the island will also fascinate culture fanatics. At Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Italy, sport and relaxation come together through first-rate golfing and the pristine Tuscan landscape. For the utmost solitude in a private guest villa, Casa de la Flora is flawlessly placed in Thailand. Their new exclusive mangrove pier will be sure to wow even the most hard-to-please. Culinary enthusiasts will find themselves surrounded by delicacies at Hotel Lone, located in Rovinj in Croatia’s Istria. In addition to the Istrian truffles, guests can enjoy the tunes of smooth jazz and the annual Avant-garde Jazz Festival.
Unspoiled Nature in Portugal
Time has a different feel at Memmo Baleeira, located on the southwestern tip of Portugal’s coastline in Sagres. The unspoiled nature and historic fishing town give guests the impression of having traveled in time. Varied landscapes, together with extensive recreational activities, such as surfing, diving, sailing, dolphin watching, and trekking, keep visitors active and encourages them to enjoy the wonders the region has to offer. Go off the beaten path with treks charted out by the hotel through the stunning landscape of the Western Algarve.
Exotic Escape in Panama
Indulge in the vibrant culture and pristine nature surrounding El Otro Lado, located in the rainforest of the Panamanian National Park of Portobelo. With numerous outdoor activities, from snorkeling, scuba diving with certified instructors through the multicolored coral reefs, to kayaking through the swampy mangroves, there are many ways to enjoy the landscape. For those interested in discovering the Afro-Panamanian heritage of the region, the traditional Congo dances, as well as the folkloric Danza de los Diablos and the Pasa Pasa performance are sure to entrance guests. The historic ruins of the Spanish colonial Fort San Fernando, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, command awe with their majesty.
Serene Luxury in Cyprus
The landscaped gardens of Almyra in Paphos offer guests a tranquil getaway on the shores of the Mediterranean, while the resort itself provides unwinding opportunities to both families and couples, with the five restaurants, a renowned spa, and a shopping atrium. The annual Paphos Aphrodite Festival from September 7-9 draws guests from around the world to see interpretations of opera pieces in the outdoor theater of a historic medieval castle, with the classical “Othello” being performed by the Slovak National Theatre this year. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paphos offers history buffs the chance to visit the wonders of the ancient world, such as the mosaics in the ruins of the Roman governor’s palace.
Fun in the Tuscan Sun
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa gives guests a perfect view of rolling Tuscan hills and the pristine coast of the Argentario peninsula, dotted with small fishing villages, islands, and rocky as well as sandy beaches. Guests may choose between various activities, from full-day boat trips, a visit to the beaches of Feniglia or Gianella, as well as relaxing treatments in the spa. The resort will offer golf clinics on its own course with certified instructors as part of the prestigious “BMW Drive & Golf” professional golf tournament event in July. Tuscan luxury and active recreation thrive in this eco-conscious resort and golf haven.
Peaceful Perfection in Thailand
Casa de la Flora in Khao Lak, Thailand, entices visitors with its modernist private villas with pools on the shore of the Andaman coast as well as its bathwater-warm sea. The 36-villa resort has taken special care to preserve its unspoiled surroundings. Kayaking, biking, fishing, massage, and yoga facilities are easily accessible. And the stunning views along the mangrove canal is a pleasure on its own. For those looking to get a taste of the local culture, the hotel offers cooking classes with professional chefs at Stella de Silva, Casa de la Flora’s newly opened private mangrove pier, which is just a 30 minute drive from the hotel. Try your hand at traditional Thai dishes, prepared with the finest ingredients.
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