Ho­tel

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As the Côte d’Azur swings into sum­mer, so does new Hô­tel Les

Roches Rouges. The mod­ernist resort skirts the coast of Sain­tRaphaël. Flanked by pine and Mediter­ranean gar­dens, it of­fers an au­then­tic Riviera ex­pe­ri­ence that al­lows guests to chan­nel Brigitte Bar­dot and step into the hal­cyon days of the 1950s. Parisian firm Festen is be­hind the de­sign and its 50 rooms show clean lines that draw fo­cus to the ocean un­furl­ing be­low, while a nat­u­ral seawa­ter pool has been carved out of the rocks. It’s all about the Tri­col­ore when it comes to decor: the prop­erty is bathed in blue azure, crisp white and red och re in­spire d by th e rocks th at sur­round the area. hotellesroches­rouges.com The re­cent launch of Tam­burlaine in Cam­bridge brings the univer­sity city bang up to date in terms of ho­tel beds. Its lo­ca­tion, close to the rail sta­tion, is in­te­gral to the area’s re­gen­er­a­tion.

Ir­ish ho­tel group O’Cal­laghan mas­ter­minded the 155-room prop­erty, which takes its name from a 1580s play by Cor­pus Christi alum­nus Christo­pher Mar­lowe. Rooms are graded as Fresher, Scholar and Dean, though the stylish de­sign, lean­ing heav­ily on Cam­bridge blue, is not just for the literati. Dark wooden head­boards frame lux­u­ri­ous King Koil beds, floors are adorned with an­tique rugs and bath­rooms clad in mar­ble. It’s so­phis­ti­cated and cosy in equal mea­sure. Pick up a pic­nic from the ho­tel’s deli and head out for a day’s punt­ing. Af­ter­wards, opt for a King’s Col­lege spritz at the bar. thetam­burlaine.co.uk If the glis­ten­ing, cobalt wa­ters of the Greek is­lands are call­ing, the open­ing of Casa Cook Kos casacook.com this month will come as wel­come news. Bring­ing cool vibes to Kos’s north­ern coast, its one- and two-storey build­ings take their shape from an­cient Greek ar­chi­tec­ture. The 100 min­i­mal­ist rooms are grouped in small en­claves around pretty court­yards and gar­dens, each open­ing onto a pri­vate bal­cony or ter­race. The earthy de­sign mixes mid-cen­tury mod­ernism and rough, nat­u­ral tex­tures to cre­ate warm, invit­ing sanc­tu­ar­ies filled with char­ac­ter. Dip a toe in your suite’s pri­vate pool or make foot­prints in the golden sand at the nearby beach club. Later, a bar­be­cue set against the back­drop of a fiery is­land sun­set comes as stan­dard.

July also sees the chic Al­manac Barcelona al­mana­cho­tels.com fling open its doors just me­tres away from the Pas­seig de Grà­cia with its wealth of shops, mu­se­ums and restau­rants. Ex­pect a gold, mush­room and navy colour pal­ette with flur­ries of dove grey and muted orange. Of the 92 rooms, 30 are suites and many of­fer ter­races or bal­conies. Other key fea­tures by Jaime Beri­es­tain Stu­dio in­clude ab­stract art and cube-like bay win­dows which al­low nat­u­ral light to flood the rooms and pro­vide the ideal nook to peo­ple-watch. A spot for warm days will be the rooftop bar Az­imuth, with its cool­ing mot­tled stone, pool and panoramic views.

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