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.