DO EUROPE LIKE A LO­CAL

From hit­ting the places free of In­sta-hordes, to do­ing the well-trod­den hotspots dif­fer­ently – this is what a Euro va­cay should look like in 2019

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A chic spin on old haunts: from cool Athens stays to Lis­bon’s hip or­ganic wine bars.

FRANCE GO­ING TO: PARIS

Just steps from the Lou­vre, Jardin des Tui­leries and Musée de l’or­angerie, the Le Roch Ho­tel & Spa (le­rochho­tel.com) is a Parisian first-timer’s par­adise. Though it’s hard to jus­tify time not spent shop­ping or snaf­fling eclairs, hang­ing in the ho­tel is well worth it for the in­cred­i­ble in­te­ri­ors (by de­signer Sarah Lavoine), Miche­lin-starred restau­rant and dark, moody in­door pool com­plete with a ham­mam.

THEN TRY: A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE SOUTH OF FRANCE THE ITIN­ER­ARY:

Fly into Nice, then fol­low the coastal road west, tak­ing a de­tour in­land for a side-trip to the mag­i­cal com­mune of St Paul de Vence, then head­ing up to the hills of the Alpes-mar­itimes, to the pretty me­dieval vil­lage of Tour­rettes-sur­loup, be­fore pop­ping down to the ma­rina in An­tibes to ogle the su­per-yachts. Take a de­tour for lunch at the ho­tel La Colombe d’or (la-colombe-dor.com), a for­mer hang­out of Pi­casso and Matisse – they used to ex­change art for rooms and it’s still on dis­play there to­day.

THE FIN­ISH:

The south of France is syn­ony­mous with yachtie types and high rollers, but out­posts like Hô­tel Les Roches Rouges (de­sign­ho­tels.com/ho­tel-lesroches-rouges) are draw­ing a younger, cooler crowd (if you hadn’t no­ticed from the French blog­gers on your feed). The de­sign is a cu­rated mix of mid-cen­tury fur­nish­ings and con­tem­po­rary art that feels wholly now, with bou­jee touches such as bou­tique spir­its and an ex­clu­sive col­lab with Le Labo. But de­spite that (and the en­vi­able ocean-side po­si­tion) the vibe is far from pre­ten­tious, with sweet touches such as sun hats and beach bas­kets to use dur­ing your stay. Opt for a sea view room – why else are you here?

Fall in love with the luxe in­te­ri­ors at Le Roch Ho­tel & Spa (also pic­tured right) Soak up those South of France vibes at the Hô­tel Les Roches Rouges (also pic­tured left)

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