From city-centre hotels where the in-crowd parties to villas with impromptu open-air dinners, if you’re going it alone, we’ve found some great places for you…
Locals congregate at the bar of this super-cool hotel in the Eixample district of central Barcelona, giving the place a really great buzz in the evenings. You can tuck into tapas and salads on the roof terrace, or dine like royalty at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Moo. Upstairs, the rooms are bathed in natural light, while the bathrooms have luxuriously deep bathtubs and special touches like bathrobes, slippers, and jars of bath salts. What a wonderful place to really spoil yourself.
Diana, who owns Puri Ganesha Villas, is an incredible hostess. She loves to bring her guests together for impromptu parties – but if you’d rather enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, the 4 beachside villas, each with a private pool, are wonderful to escape to. Dinner is served in the convivial open-air restaurant (or in your villa if you prefer), giving guests a chance to socialise with one another and swap travel stories over a glass of wine or a deliciously strong cocktail. The menu changes daily, but think Bali-style chilled gazpacho, giant prawns steamed in banana leaves, and swordfish with pesto on garlic mash. Yum.
This is one super swanky hotel. It’s bang in the middle of Sydney’s main tourist attractions – the opera house, Harbour Bridge, Centrepoint, the Rocks – so there’s plenty to see and do nearby during the day. Come evening, there are 4 bars, a nightclub, a sushi kitchen and a fine dining restaurant to choose from, or, if you fancy a quiet evening in, you can arrange to dine in your room. Which, by the way, will be beautifully designed and luxurious, without scrimping on comfort.
We love a room with a view, and that is exactly how they are categorised at this relaxed harbourside hotel . It’s worth splashing out on our favourite (Mediterranean View with Terrace) to watch the beautiful sunsets over the sea from the comfort of a lounger on your terrace. The historical buildings, art galleries and boutiques of Palma are an easy bike ride away, and there’s a great pool to laze by. And, with reduced rates for single occupancy, you’ll have more Euros to spend on a delicious feast in the restaurant or cocktails in the lively bar.
Cool design, warm staff. Home Hotel is, as the name suggests, like a home away from home. The spacious rooms are full of creature comforts like llama-wool throws, cable TV, WiFi and iPod docks. Chill by the pool in the fragrant garden, where any street noise is drowned out by birdsong, or enjoy some ‘me time’ in the spa. At night, the cool ‘resto-bar’ is the place to be, where the city’s top-rated bartender serves inventive cocktails and 22 different hand-infused vodkas. Bottoms up!
This is the place to be seen on the Nice scene. The décor is wild: purple and green resin floors, movie screens between bath and bed, and a pink lift which whizzes guests up to the orange cushion-clad designer loungers by the rooftop pool. Lazy sun-filled days can be spent at the hotel’s nearby private beach club (guests get discounted entry), before dancing the night away to tunes spun by France’s best DJs. If you fancy something more sedate, there’s a hammam and steam bath for guest use, and design books and magazines to peruse in the lobby.