Our Top 10 Beach Hotels and Resorts in Europe
Location is everything when booking a holiday hotel but no more so than when your top priority is to be on the beach. No shuttle buses, no cars no buses…simply fall out of bed and right onto soft golden sands right by the water’s edge. For a while, holidaymakers were shunning the traditional seaside beachfront spots in favour of city locations but recently we’ve seen a spike in the number of people looking for a good old-fashioned sun, sea and sand getaways and there are some real crackers to choose from for this year’s summer escape.
The good thing about the locations we’ve chosen as our hot picks for 2018 is that they are all short haul destinations so you won’t need to spend half a day on a plane getting to the other side of the world – giving you more time to enjoy the sand between your toes as the waves gently lap at the shore. Sounds bliss, doesn’t it?
Check Out These Stunning Beach Hotels…
Perfect for the trendy clubbing set or laid back sun worshippers. This super-cool adults only resort is located right on the beach where you can expect some Balearic bliss on your island escape. Featuring vintage décor inspired by popular rock stars, the beach club at the Santos Ibiza Suites has sun loungers, cushions and sunshades with towels provided for guests. The resort also organizes parties with live DJs and artists, and occasionally fashion shows and special events, PLUS, all the major clubs of the White Isle, such as Space, Amnesia, Pacha and Privilege are a short taxi ride away.
The Costa del Sol is still a firm favourite for lovers of Spanish sunshine and a great holiday atmosphere. There are literally hundreds of hotels along the coast but one which caught our eye for the more discerning holidaymaker is the beautiful Marbella Club which has seen a host of famous faces graces it’s premises but it’s the hotel’s location and luxury which really draws the fancy clientele here. Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa is listed in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List of the world’s best places to stay.
The ultimate holiday hideaway with luxury guest rooms in a unique waterfront location, this resort has not one but two private sandy beaches for guests to relax on. It also has a huge sea-facing pool and a luxury spa with a Turkish hammam. This stunning 5-star retreat offers the last word in luxury, location and Greek hospitality.
A beautiful adults only beachfront hotel, the Pure Salt Garonda offers a heady mix of luxury and leisure in the heart of Playa de Plama with direct beach access, a tranquil spa and fine dining. Despite being in such a peaceful waterfront location, the hotel is just 12 KM from the city of Palma if you can bear to leave your sun lounger.
This hotel has a magnificent beachfront location with seaview pools as well – ideal to cool off in when it heats up in the afternoon sun. The Caravel is perched on a beautiful sandy bay – a dream setting within strolling distance of the bars and tavernas and Zakynthos Town is roughly a 15-minute drive away.
Luxury and elegance in a totally lush beachfront location. You’ll not find a more relaxing or romantic setting on the island than this chic, modern hotel.
Fly to Ibiza and connect to Formentera by boat. The Gecko Hotel & Beach Club is a 15-minute drive from La Savina, the harbour where the regular ferries from Ibiza dock. It’s so worth the journey.
Join the jet-set of the Riviera at this stunning French beach resort. You can expect world class treatment at the super-stylish Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel which is just a 10-minute walk from Juan-les-Pins. The hotel has a restaurant right on the beach and also a beach bar with views of the Esterel Mountains. Conveniently, the hotel is just a half hour drive away from the airport so you can get right into the swing of things pretty much as soon as you touch down.
Situated on the stunning shores of Golden Bay Beach, this up-scale resort is a great choice if Malta is on your radar this year. The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa is perfect for lazing around under the sun all day but if you need an injection of culture, there are plenty of local attractions nearby and St. Paul’s Bay is just 5 kilometres away.
This lovely four-star hotel on the ever-popular Portuguese hotspot enjoys some amazing views – some of the best in the Algarve.
It also has direct access to the golden sands of Falesia beach, sheltered by thirty-metre-high rocks. Don’t worry if you’d rather cool off in a pool rather than a dip in the sea there are two to choose from – a main outdoor freshwater pool and an indoor heated pool, located in the hotel spa.
The Club Jandia Princess offers a relaxed beachfront location for adults only and families alike and the hotel has separate zones for each.
There are steps leading down to Esquinzo Beach which is popular with windsurfers but if you’re not feeling energetic enough to join in, you can enjoy watching them as you soak up the sun by the glistening sea.
Have you been to a cracking beach club hotel or beach bar? Tell us all about it – we love to hear from our members and so do your fellow beach lovers.