So This Is How a London It Girl Does Europe

Sophie Miura

Hotel heiress, It girl, and budding hospitality pro are just some of the buzzwords used to describe 27-year-old actress Alessandra Balazs. The daughter of famed hotelier André Balazs (who owns The Standard hotels and Chateau Marmont) and Ford Models CEO Katie Ford, it's no doubt that the world of travel and luxury hotels is in her blood. 

An honorary British girl (Balazs called London home for several years), she admits that the gloomy weather means travel is the norm. "Every person living in England shares one thought: I want sun! The Brits crave every second of vitamin D that they can get, and they will use any excuse to take that two-hour plane ride to get it," she laughs. 

Given her travel pedigree and hotel nous, we approached Balazs with one question: Of all the places you've explored in Europe, what are the summer destinations that actually live up to the hype? Not surprisingly, Spain and Croatia are high on her list, but the pro reveals some lesser-known favourites that British girls love: a tiny town in Tuscany that's a mecca for foodies and a fairytale castle town in Portugal are just a couple. 

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