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Our All-Time Favorite European Hotels

From hilltop hideaways overlooking emerald Italian waters to ultra-sophisticated Parisian icons, Europe is rife with stylish, luxurious hotels. Read on for Indagare’s tried-and-true favorites.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized getaway to one of these hotels.

Cipriani, Venice

For a resort-like getaway, book at the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani, with sprawling grounds and five-star amenities on the island of Giudecca, a five-minute boat ride from San Marco.

Indagare Loves… The hotel’s picture-perfect pool, which is a treat at the end of a busy sightseeing day.

Ett Hem, Stockholm

The Ett Hem is a chic, 12-room boutique hotel housed in a 1910 townhouse in a posh part of the town, and so special that it is worth visiting Stockholm simply to stay there. Be warned: Once you check-in, you won’t want to leave.

Indagare Loves… The décor by British designer Ilse Crawford: a stunning mix of classic Scandinavian design and much more modern pieces.

Ballyfin, Ireland

There might not be a more luxurious stay in Ireland than at Ballyfin, located about a 90-minute drive from central Dublin. This ultimate country house is rich in personality and history, and is elegant, removed and undoubtedly Irish.

Indagare Loves… The 610-acre property, made up of walled gardens, stone towers, castles, grottoes and more.

Amanzoe, Greece

Located on the eastern coast of Greece’s Peloponnese, Amanzoe commands a position atop a large hill like a modern-day acropolis: a complex so striking it would impress Alexander the Great.

Indagare Loves… The blend of Aman sensibility and Grecian elegance—think shallow reflecting pools and sleek outdoor fire pits complementing garlanded pergolas and marble statues.

Related: The Top 15: Indagare’s Most-Booked Beach Resorts

Ritz Paris

A time capsule of Belle Époque decadence, this historic hotel—once a home-away-from-home for Coco Chanel, Marcel Proust and Ernest Hemingway—reopened in 2016 following an extensive, four-year renovation.

Indagare Loves… The interior courtyard garden, planted with white floral varieties, which is the largest private green space in Paris.

Related: The Top 15: Indagare’s Most-Booked Beach Resorts

The Connaught, London

The Connaught in Mayfair has long been one of the top luxury hotels in London, its standard-setting reputation is known around the world.

Indagare Loves… The restaurants, including the David Collins–designed bar (which features a martini trolley) and Michelin-starred eatery Hélène Darroze.

J.K. Place, Capri

Perched cliffside, between the harbor and Capri Town, J.K. Place has sweeping views and just 22 beautifully appointed rooms.

Indagare Loves… Michele Bönan’s ultra-stylish, homey interiors.

Hotel du Cap, French Riviera

One of the French Riviera’s most iconic properties, The Hôtel du Cap is nestled among 22 acres of private gardens on the southernmost tip of the Cap d’Antibes.

Indagare Loves…The famous seawater swimming pool nestled into the rock, offering a 180-degree view of the ocean.

Hotel Eden, Rome

Rich in history but fully updated with every modern luxury and more, the immaculate Hotel Eden is a five-star haven in Rome.

Indagare Loves…La Terrazza and Il Giardino Ristorante, the hotel’s two terrace restaurants, feature great views of the city and oversized, retractable windows.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

A destination resort, the Six Senses Douro Valley is the brand’s first property in Europe, and has made a splash, elevating a once sleepy, under-the-radar destination.

Indagare Loves… The cuisine served throughout the property, which marries international healthful dishes with traditional Portuguese classics.

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Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda

Built in 1892 for a wealthy Italian family, the waterfront Villa Feltrinelli was transformed into a heavenly 21-room hotel in 2001, and has since become one of Italy’s premier five-star properties.

Indagare Loves… The romantic hideouts—two chairs placed in a quiet corner of the garden; a shaded lemon grove for an afternoon stroll—found throughout the property.

Schloss Elmau, Germany

Located a 90-minute drive southeast of Munich, surrounded by the beautiful Bavarian Alps, Schloss Elmau is a fairytale castle estate perfect for families and couples passionate about spa-going, culture and the great outdoors.

Indagare Loves… The incredible wellness facilities, including five outdoor pools, several spas and a hammam.

Related: The 15 Most Romantic Restaurants in the World

Aman Canal Grande, Venice

The 24-room Aman Venice is not just a hotel but a true piece of art and feels akin to staying in an exclusive museum.

Indagare Loves… The five Signature Suites, which hold much of the 16th-century historic detail of the original palazzo.

Villa la Coste, Provence

A modern art wonderland in a blissfully remote corner of Provence, Villa La Coste is a boutique hotel and open-air museum that packs a punch with sleek, sophisticated rooms, an on-property vineyard and hundreds of acres studded with works of art by the likes of Tadao Ando and Renzo Piano.

Indagare Loves… That the hotel’s art collection is ever-expanding, so travelers can return and experience the property anew.

Le Sirenuse, Amalfi Coast

The sixty-two-room Le Sirenuse is built into the steep hillside of Positano and exudes an uncanny mix of serenity and elegance in the midst of the town’s sometimes overrun and overheated streets.

Indagare Loves… La Sponda restaurant, lit with hundreds of tea-light candles every evening.

Le Bristol, Paris

A model of old-school service and sophistication, Le Bristol is one of the top palace properties in Paris.

Indagare Loves… The bar scene at night: an ever-changing view of Paris glamour.

Belmond Hotel Grand Timeo, Sicily

Taormina’s — or rather Sicily’s — most luxurious hotel has somehow stayed a bit under the radar for sophisticated travelers, and that’s part of its charm.

Indagare Loves… The secret back-door to the Greek Theatre (adjacent to the property) that guests can use during concerts.

Related: The Most Romantic Destinations Around the World

Cap Rocat, Mallorca

The sexiest hotel option in Mallorca—and the closest the island gets to St.-Tropez—is the über sleek Cap Rocat, perched on the Bay of Palma de Mallorca.

Indagare Loves… How the property seamlessly integrates its 19th-century history, as a former fortress, military dormitory and chapel, with a stunning 21st-century design aesthetic.

Rosa Alpina, Dolomites

Owned and run for three generations by the Pizzinini family, the Rosa Alpina is one of those wonderful European hideaways where tasteful design, fantastic cuisine and heartfelt hospitality come together to create an extraordinary place.

Indagare Loves… Spacious rooms that can come with cozy fireplaces, in-room hammams, balconies and views of the mountains.

Heckfield Place, England

An immaculate 18th-century estate–turned–countryside hotel in Hampshire (not technically a part of the Cotswolds, but similar in atmosphere), the sophisticated Heckfield Place is a pastoral haven guaranteed to make even the most stubborn city slickers appreciate a slower way of life.

Indagare Loves… The farm-to-table cuisine crafted by celebri-chef Skye Gyngell at restaurants Marle and Hearth.

Villa D’Este, Lake Como

The first summer home built on the shores of Lake Como in the 16th-century, Villa d’Este is not only the best property in the region, but one of the most indulgent waterfront destinations in all of Europe.

Indagare Loves… The first-class service that is pampering but entirely unfussy.

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Deplar Farm, Iceland

Owned by pioneering adventure travel company Eleven Experience, the pampering, 13-room Deplar Farm resort in northern Iceland is one-of-a-kind thanks to its five-star service, ultra-posh lodgings and access to some of the best heli-skiing and fly-fishing in the world.

Indagare Loves… The world-class guides, many of whom have been leaders in their respective field (skiing, mountaineering, fishing) for decades.

La Réserve, Paris

Every suite within this quiet boutique hotel feels like one’s own private apartment. The traditional French flair of La Réserve Paris combines with the most up-to-date fittings to make for an ultra-luxurious experience.

Indagare Loves… The cozy private library for guests and friends of guests.

Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast

Belmond Hotel Caruso, located in the hills of Ravello, is a choice destination for sophisticated travelers looking for peace and sanctuary above the Amalfi Coast.

Indagare Loves… The family-friendly activities, including full-service Kid’s Club with a fantastic cooking school.

Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany

A Ferragamo family–owned hideaway close to Montalcino, the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco has a golf course, stables and impeccable amenities.

Indagare Loves…  The mixture of luxury with nature and well-run, on-property activities, including hiking trails.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a customized getaway to one of these hotels.

– Blair West on May 10, 2019

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