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
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 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)