The It Girl’s Guide to European Hotels
The cooler days and months has us daydreaming about a European summer. Taking a page from our favourite fashion girls, these spirited and wildly cool retreats are the stuff of Instagram-feed magic. You may just recognise an infinity pool or two on the list. From supermodels to Jackie O, you'll want to keep your passport ready to see these spaces. They host some of the most chic dames around, and for good reason.
Who: Alexa Chung, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen
What: The boutique Hôtel Costes on Rue St. Honoré in Paris is perhaps best known for its chic-to-death bar and café. Alexa Chung favours it for the beauty amenities, admitting to pocketing her own in-room supply daily during her stays. This is the roost for sipping an evening cocktail over a live DJ set, aka vamping with the best of them.
Who: Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid
What: One of the most singularly iconic landmark hotels in the world, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is known for hosting lavish parties. From Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald in the jazz age to any number of monarchs, the sprawling five-star luxury destination is as prestigious and steeped in glamour as it comes. Summer is high season, when the annual Cannes Film Festival sees supermodels and celebrities flocking to the manicured lawn in fully turned-out couture. Pack your ball gown. If there exists an abode where it's impossible to overdress, this must be the place.
Where: Antibes, France
Who: Olivia Palermo
What: Located in the quaint town of Fiesole, what was once a 15th-century villa is now the immaculately hand-restored Il Salviatino hotel. Topping multiple lists, including Conde Nast Traveler's 25 Best Hotels in Europe, the grounds include four distinctive type of guest rooms, 10 suites, a luxury spa, multiple pools, and sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside. Olivia Palermo sings its praises as a grandiose and romantic sanctuary just outside of Florence.
Where: Fiesole, Italy
Who: Poppy Delevingne
What: Poppy Delevingne calls this countryside converted farmhouse her favourite hospitality suite in the world. Filled with rustic charm and surrounded by the sublime Tuscan landscape, La Bandita is a petite hotel with an educated eye for amenities. The boutique spot offers Italian cooking lessons, yoga, and meditation classes. According to Delevingne, the homemade pizza alone is worth the journey.
Where: Tuscany, Italy
Who: Alicia Vikander
What: Celebrated five-star luxury hotel Claridge's dates back to 1856. The classic, Art Deco decor, and flawless service make it a recurring favorite for jet-setters and locals alike. It plays host to many a Hollywood event across the pond. Spotting the likes of Alicia Vikander in conversation with Harvey Weinstein in the lobby would not be out of turn.
Where: London, England
Who: Chiara Ferragni
What: Native Italian Chiara Ferragni cites the pool at Punta Tragara as one of her favourites the world over. Located in idyllic Capri, the landscape architecture and soulful use of succulents offers up some major outdoor design notes. The picturesque resort overlooks the famous Faraglioni ocean rock formations. We're contemplating the strength of will it takes to check out of this jewel box.
Where: Capri, Italy
Who: Emily Ratajkowski
What: The iconic Belmond Hotel Caruso, set on a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast, is a former 11th-century palace with views and celebrity guests lists befitting the property's rich history. Visitors include generations on generations of taste makers, from Jackie Kennedy to Greta Garbo. Emily Ratajkowski Instagrammed from the famously dreamy infinity pool last summer captioning, "Most beautiful place in the world?" Fair question.
Where: Ravello, Italy
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