Soak up the SUN­SHINE

Shake off win­ter with an up­lift­ing dose of vi­ta­min D at these new de­sign-fo­cused ho­tels

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DOURO41 HO­TEL & SPA, POR­TU­GAL

The stone and shale-clad ex­te­rior blends this ho­tel into the land­scape, while floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows cap­ture views of the river Duoro. Lo­cated half­way be­tween Porto and the Douro wine re­gion, it fol­lows that the food and drink here is of ex­cep­tional qual­ity. Choose from the re­laxed al fresco tapas bar or restau­rant Raiva, which cel­e­brates re­gional dishes. From £100 per night (de­sign­ho­tels.com).

BIKINI IS­LAND & MOUN­TAIN HO­TEL, MAL­LORCA

Look­ing more like a Cal­i­for­nian hang­out than a bou­tique ho­tel, this venue, lo­cated in one of Mal­lorca’s smartest towns, is the ul­ti­mate stress-re­liev­ing es­cape. Chill by the pool, check into the spa, hike in the nearby Tra­muntana moun­tains or pull up a lounger at the Pikkini Bar and or­der a Wa­ter­melon San­gria. De­sign-wise, the vibe is 1960s bo­hemian, with rat­tan and macramé at ev­ery turn, plus a scat­ter­ing of peace signs for good mea­sure – all done with a know­ing, con­tem­po­rary twist, of course. From £118 per night ( bikini-ho­tels.com).

VORA, SAN­TORINI

Over­look­ing a volcano and the glit­ter­ing Aegean sea, Vora is a clutch of pri­vate vil­las carved into this Greek is­land’s cliffs. Each res­i­dence is unique, but ev­ery in­te­rior has the same pal­ette of calm­ing off-white, dark wood fur­ni­ture and lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures, such as washed-linen sheets and hes­sian rugs. Se­cluded from each other yet all with panoramic views, the vil­las have gen­er­ous ter­races and in­fin­ity plunge pools. Ad­mire the views and the stun­ning sun­sets in per­fect pri­vacy. From £537 per night (de­sign­ho­tels.com).

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