Unspoiled Nature in Portugal
Time has a different feel at Memmo Baleeira, located on the southwestern tip of Portugal’s coastline in Sagres. The unspoiled nature and historic fishing town give guests the impression of having traveled in time. Varied landscapes, together with extensive recreational activities, such as surfing, diving, sailing, dolphin watching, and trekking, keep visitors active and encourages them to enjoy the wonders the region has to offer. Go off the beaten path with treks charted out by the hotel through the stunning landscape of the Western Algarve.
Exotic Escape in Panama
Indulge in the vibrant culture and pristine nature surrounding El Otro Lado, located in the rainforest of the Panamanian National Park of Portobelo. With numerous outdoor activities, from snorkeling, scuba diving with certified instructors through the multicolored coral reefs, to kayaking through the swampy mangroves, there are many ways to enjoy the landscape. For those interested in discovering the Afro-Panamanian heritage of the region, the traditional Congo dances, as well as the folkloric Danza de los Diablos and the Pasa Pasa performance are sure to entrance guests. The historic ruins of the Spanish colonial Fort San Fernando, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, command awe with their majesty.
Serene Luxury in Cyprus
The landscaped gardens of Almyra in Paphos offer guests a tranquil getaway on the shores of the Mediterranean, while the resort itself provides unwinding opportunities to both families and couples, with the five restaurants, a renowned spa, and a shopping atrium. The annual Paphos Aphrodite Festival from September 7-9 draws guests from around the world to see interpretations of opera pieces in the outdoor theater of a historic medieval castle, with the classical “Othello” being performed by the Slovak National Theatre this year. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paphos offers history buffs the chance to visit the wonders of the ancient world, such as the mosaics in the ruins of the Roman governor’s palace.
Fun in the Tuscan Sun
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa gives guests a perfect view of rolling Tuscan hills and the pristine coast of the Argentario peninsula, dotted with small fishing villages, islands, and rocky as well as sandy beaches. Guests may choose between various activities, from full-day boat trips, a visit to the beaches of Feniglia or Gianella, as well as relaxing treatments in the spa. The resort will offer golf clinics on its own course with certified instructors as part of the prestigious “BMW Drive & Golf” professional golf tournament event in July. Tuscan luxury and active recreation thrive in this eco-conscious resort and golf haven.
Peaceful Perfection in Thailand
Casa de la Flora in Khao Lak, Thailand, entices visitors with its modernist private villas with pools on the shore of the Andaman coast as well as its bathwater-warm sea. The 36-villa resort has taken special care to preserve its unspoiled surroundings. Kayaking, biking, fishing, massage, and yoga facilities are easily accessible. And the stunning views along the mangrove canal is a pleasure on its own. For those looking to get a taste of the local culture, the hotel offers cooking classes with professional chefs at Stella de Silva, Casa de la Flora’s newly opened private mangrove pier, which is just a 30 minute drive from the hotel. Try your hand at traditional Thai dishes, prepared with the finest ingredients.
Smooth Jazz and Tantalizing Delicacies in Croatia
The coastal town of Rovinj is surrounded by lush flora, and a favorite Southern European destination. With Croatia’s first lifestyle and design resort, Hotel Lone, guests have the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Adriatic at its fullest. Each of the 248 rooms on the property give guests spectacular ocean or park views. The hotel features pieces from renowned designers like Patricia Urquiola, Richard Schulz, and David Rowland, making it the perfect place for design fanatics. The region is famous for its cuisine, especially for Istrian truffles, which are often incorporated in the local dishes. Visit Rovinj this summer to experience the Avantgarde Jazz Festival, held annually from May to July, featuring Grammy winning artists such as Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the smooth tunes of some of the most significant names in the jazz world.
Whether you like a relaxed, quiet vacation, or one with a fully packed schedule, there is something for everyone with this collection of coastal Design Hotels™, from the Mediterranean, to the Andaman, the Caribbean, the Adriatic, and the Atlantic. More information: www.designhotels.com/idyllic_escapes