Though Europe is the smallest of the continents around the world, it welcomes a staggering number of tourists each year; more than half of all worldwide. The popularity of European destinations can be gauged from the fact that 7 out of 10 most visited countries in the world are European nations. Europe’s well preserved cultural heritage; Gothic architecture; rich history; and overall safety act as primary factors that make Europe worth visiting for millions of tourists. Europe offers a wide array of tourist attractions that it becomes a difficult task to arrange them in order of their beauty and exoticness. Here’s a list of 20 most luxurious and captivating tourist resorts and attractions that draw millions to Europe each year.
1. Cheval Blanc Courchevel
The French ski resort of Courchevel 1850 known for its challenging black runs and off-piste terrain, rightly holds the title of adventurer’s paradise. Its Gothic infrastructure gives a cool vibe of soothing coziness. Glittering snow, luxury restaurants and sophisticated boutiques give a cool sensation taking all worldly worries off the visitors. Having a rich history, this historical hotel gives an exciting depiction of French alps, art, design and architecture. Enveloped in the spirit of winters, it is a fairytale for families, especially kids who can ski, twirl and glide making countless memories.
2. Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, Antibes
Located somewhere between Nice and Cannes at the southern tip of Cap d’Antibes, this elegant Napoleon-styled building is truly a heaven on Earth. Overlooking the Mediterranean, this stunning hotel provides panoramic views of the sea and the Lerins Islands. The chic rooms and suites all are decorated in classic-style. There is a unique saltwater swimming pool dug inside the rocks and guests can enjoy swim in it. The hotel is home to fancy restaurants of unparalleled cuisines and also features a spa with a fitness room.
3. Forte Village, Sardinia
Nestled among lush green pine forests, Forte Village enjoys a premier beachfront setting. This luxury hotel stands at one of the most enviable locations in Sardinia and enjoys a soothing sun-soaked micro-climate. The resort is home to seven luxurious hotels including Hotel Castello and Le Dune, both of which have stunning beaches and mesmerizing sea views. The resort holds seven swimming pools where some of the most famous European clubs have established sporting academies. The resort is capable of holding large groups and offers a vast stretch of restaurants; a luxurious spa; and a wide range of entertaining activities for kids, making it perfect for families.
4. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Ibiza
Located in Talamanca Bay, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay resort is quite famous for its young nights. This lovely resort is home to opulent suites, restaurants and bars. For those who aspire solitude, the resort is nothing short of a paradise with its white sandy beach. A treat for those who yearn for romantic sunsets, the resort gives a perfect sunset sight from the comfort of the hotel room. Its sizzling beach gives a relaxing sensation; an escape from reality. Holding a signature romantic vibe, it appeals to young couples. The resort is also famous for its exclusive Nobu restaurant; an exquisite spa; with a separate area for families and swimming pools.
5. D Maris Bay, Turkey
Feel your senses rejuvenated and spirits lifted as you immerse yourself in calm, restorative waters at the beaches of D Maris Bay. Suspended between the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, D Maris Bay is a place known for its aquamarine activities. Located on the wonderful Datça Peninsula which is dotted with tiny islets, the resort gives a spectacular sight overlooking volcanic mountain ranges. When it comes to exquisite pools, fancy cuisine restaurants and oozy sandy beaches, the resort is spoiled for choice. Be it the best spa treatment on the sand; cocktail party at the beach; or naps under a cabana, D Maris is one of its kind.
6. Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
With a stunning cliff top view and built on a majestic 72-Hectare area, the Pine Cliffs resort holds several enclaves on the Portuguese Algarve. Tourists can enjoy the seaside while sipping champagne by the cliff edge at Mirado; and enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes while having a sumptuous dine-out experience. The family-friendly resort takes pride in providing the best opportunity for kids to experience the ultimate Algarve holiday. While toddlers can enjoy the Porta Pirata children’s village and the life-size pirate ship, grown-ups can have a good time playing mini golf.
7. Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel, Sicily, Italy
Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte Hotel is set in South Italy, having more than a mile of private coastline. The architecture features luxury with simplicity that comes from keeping in with the local culture. Having more than a hundred rooms and dozens of suites and private villas, all having sea view, the resort is one of the largest in Sicily. Its four restaurants, inspired by traditional Sicilian cuisine, offer a treat for food enthusiasts. The resort also boasts an award-winning spa offering holistic treatments and health programs. The resort is also home to a spectacular golf course which serves attraction to hundreds of golf-lovers each year.
8. Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete, Greece
Located on Crete’s northeast coast, Daios Cove is one of the most spectacular luxury resorts in Europe. Its architecture elegantly expresses the culture of traditional villages found throughout the Greek isles. Combining both luxury and traditionalism, it blends well with its rugged surroundings. Its spacious rooms, suites and villas, most of them having their own private pools, the resort offers a perfect holiday destination to families. The resort is also home to an award-winning spa that offers various health and beauty programs. It also has a magnificent infinity pool that adds to its beauty. The resort boasts several gourmet options to serve the taste buds of diners.
9. Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa, Portugal
Vila Vita Parc, offering tourists an ultra-luxurious and rich seaside oasis, features one of the best luxury resorts in Portugal. The resort holds a majestic position atop a cliff at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The architecture takes significant influence by the Moorish culture and blends in well with the local landscape along the Algarve coastline. The sea-themed rooms have been designed to offer ultimate privacy. Guests can also get the best spa treatments at Vila Vita Parc. The famous Two Michelin-star Ocean restaurant offers a delicious six-course meal to its diners.
10. Puente Romano, Costa del Sol
Located at one of the prime beach spots of Marabella, this lively beach offers the best out of Costa del Sol. With its dynamic pool bar, one dozen restaurants and live DJ; there is never a dull moment at Puente Romano. Its Lena Marbella steakhouse received the accolade for world’s most beautiful restaurants. The spectacular weather of the resort along with its beach clubs, Puente Romano offers a true Spanish vibe to its visitors. Its Six Senses Spa offers a tranquility treatment that reinvigorates the moods of its visitors.
11. Domes of Corfu, Corfu
With its sun-kissed elegance and beauty, Domes of Corfu is a treatment for body, mind and soul alike. Admiring the shimmering beauty of the Ionian Sea, the famous resort is located on the sands of beautiful award-winning Glyfada beach. It is a family friendly resort having private access to coastal heaven. Its beach-front bars and exotic restaurants offer Venetian, Greek, and Cypriot cuisine. Home to shady pine trees and aquamarine waters, Corfu tends to be the ideal choice for family holidays.
12. The Romanos, Peloponnese
If you want to immerse yourself in the rich ancient Greek heritage with a luxury beach resort, then The Romanos is the place. Surrounded by olive trees and sand dunes on the Peloponnesian coast, the hotel strikes a perfect balance for those who fancy exotic food and adventure sports. The resort offers wide sporting opportunities including yachting, climbing, PADI diving and mountain biking. With first-class golf courses and tennis center, you will never run out of choices. You will also find the ancient Temple of Apollo Epicurus and Mystras of Peloponnese.
13. Ikos Olivia, Halkidiki
The famous all-inclusive Greek resort, known for its unique dine-out services, efficiently complements luxury with the local Halkidiki culture. It offers exotic candle light dinners to new couples. For families and groups, it has a lagoon pool and swim up bars for families and groups. From snorkeling to shell collecting, there is a wide range of activities waiting to be explored. For sporting types, this award-winning beach offers activities from tennis to scuba diving. The resort also takes pride in its professional childcare and beachside services in order to ensure the safety of kids.
14. Constantinou Bros Asimina Suites Hotel, Paphos
Asimina Suites Hotel is one of its kind exclusive resort on the sun-kissed island of Cyprus. Its romantic vibes make it perfect for honeymooners and new couples. It is an adults-only hotel and has its own secluded beach. Its executive all-inclusive suites boast private pools with Jacuzzi jets and spectacular sea views. Excite your taste buds with plenty of refined dining options. This includes an exotic lunch at the beachfront Kymata restaurant; a splendid seafood menu at A La Carte; and a breakfast buffet at the famous Estia Restaurant.
15. Santa Marina, A Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos
Santa Marina is a glamorous beach resort that offers luxury complemented with an experience to the ancient Cycladic culture. Tends to be the ultimate destinations of stay on the jewel of Cyclades offering spectacular views of the Aegean Sea. The resort is famous for its wide range of opulent suites and villas having private pools, panoramic views, and butler services. The Gingko Spa has all the essential elements of positive energy and best healing treatment. The coveted Buddha Bar, famous for its cocktails and dining experience is yet another distinctive feature of this golden beach.
16. Airelles Courchevel, Les Airelles
Steeped in French history, Airelles Courchevel holds the honour of being the first ski resort to be established in the Trois-Vallees. It attracts skiers and winter lovers from all around the world who come to relish its unparalleled beauty. Airelles truly offers dynamic athleticism and glamour to people who appreciate fine things in life. Presenting a wide range of ski options, including Courchevel, Méribel, Val-Thorens, Saint Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, La Tania, Brides-les-Bains, and Orelle. All in all, it’s a snow-covered legend in the kingdom of dreams.
17. Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, Turkey
Situated along Turkey’s Riviera, Mandarin Oriental Bodrum is Europe’s one of the most exclusive beach resorts and a feast for the eyes. Dotted with olive groves, this large resort also has an exclusive private beach and a water sports center with plenty of activities. Tourists can enjoy their private cabanas, play tennis or join a Pilates class. The kids club and spa treatments make it perfect for families. Enjoy plenty of dining options ranging from traditional Turkish to contemporary Japanese cuisine.
18. One&Only Portonovi, Montenegro
Located at the entrance of Boka Bay and lapped by Montenegro’s Adriatic Sea, this phenomenal beach resort is the jewel of Europe’s most fashionable new Riviera. Enjoy the perks of your private beach, get enrolled in yoga classes or join night festivities hosted by the resort’s local DJ’s.
19. Calilo, Ios, Greece
Sun-drenched sanctuary surrounded by ancient olive-pricked landscape and carved out of natural rocks in the remote corner of unspoilt Ios, Calilo is cradled by 6 miles of golden sands. Encircled by Cerulean sea, in the heart of Cyclades, this 30-suite sanctuary offers an escape from reality. Its architecture is nature at heart that heals body, mind and soul alike.
20. Amanzoe, Greece
Laying in the center of centuries old olive groves, Amanzoes hilltop location offers panoramic views of the Peloponnese rustic countryside. Encircled by awe-inspiring mountains and glittering sea, this heaven on Earth features classic villas which open to private terraces for seclusion. Amanzoe’s exclusive beach resort club comes with four pools and provides complete privacy for families.