ÖÖD Hotels, Laheranna, Estonia
For those who can’t decide between a beach break or an adventure in cooler climes, this designer retreat near Ihasalu Bay, a long golden stretch of Baltic beach on Estonia’s northern coast , does both. It’s a collection of mirrored cabins hidden deep in a pine forest, and each of the four hideaways has its own sauna, chic black kitchenette, and deck with a barbecue. This is ÖÖD Hotels’ eighth collection of mirrored cabins in Estonia and is easily accessible from Tallinn, a 45-minute drive away.
From £150 for two people, room only, oodhotels.com
M.Ou.Co, Porto, Portugal
Singing a new tune by combining a 62-room hotel with a concert hall and a cultural space, M.Ou.Co. is set to be a lively new addition to Porto’s Bonfim district. In addition to an outdoor pool and open-air restaurants, this converted warehouse has a music library of over 600 vinyl records, plus guitars, keyboards and turntables to borrow. music lessons are also available. Rooms are named after songs, have sound systems and amps with headphones, and even the spa offers physiotherapy specifically for musicians. Matosinhos beach is 15 minutes away by taxi, the historic center and the Douro barely a whistle away.
double of 79 € B&B, moucohotel.pt
Casa Cook Samos, Greece
The laid-back island of Samos, birthplace of Pythagoras and, in legend, the goddess Hera, is the heavenly location of the fourth hotel of Casa Cook, a brand originally created (then sold) by Thomas Cook. Its low-cost, high-end style pads in Greece and Egypt are perfect for the Insta generation, this one with a rosy-brown cubic architecture based on local traditions kamares (Houses). It’s relaxed here, with a yoga shala, wellness center, six pools and sundecks dotted with earth-toned daybeds – all surrounded by wild olive trees, agaves, pines and palms, making echoing the verdant landscapes of this hilly Aegean island.
Opening in May 2022, double from €148 per nightcasacook.com
Hotel Aristide, Syros, Greece
Dropping down the cliff like an elegant Jacob’s ladder, this neoclassical mansion features sun terraces — with tropical plants and plunge pools — cascading into the emerald water below. This nine-room ‘eco-art hotel’ with rooftop restaurant and art gallery is in Hermoupolis, a town of marble pavements and lavish buildings on the laid-back Cycladic island of Syros, which boasts a scene flourishing arts, dream beaches and fabulous hiking trails. There’s solar power, no single-use plastic, and discounts are given for those who don’t fly (two-hour ferry from Athens, 30 minutes from Mykonos).
Double from 240 € B&B, hotelaristide.com
Hotel de Cambis, Avignon, France
With an extremely well-stocked wine bar and an “artistic concept based on wine and the French art of living”, the freshly opened Hôtel de Cambis is that of oenophiles. Nestled among the medieval fortifications in the center of the Provençal town of Avignon, it may have the exterior of a grand dame, but inside the rooms – classed as vintage, Premier Cru or Grand Cruto suit your chic style – have fashion-forward decor in swirling hues of burgundy, apricot, coral and pink, with retro furniture and glowing globes.
Double from €130 B&Bhoteldecambis.com
MOB House, Paris, France
This is one of those hotels which considers that it has imagined a new formula, this time “3 in 1” rooms, integrating a bed, a desk and a meeting room. But even those who aren’t working will find this stay fun, especially considering the organic brasserie, gym, large garden and 20-meter outdoor swimming pool. The trendy rooms (100 in number), painted in sand and moss colours, with terracotta tiles, oak parquet, light concrete and pinkish clay, are typical of the team behind the hotel, which includes designer Philippe Starck and Cyril Aouizerate, co-founder of Mama Shelter hotels. The first MOB Hotel, launched in 2017 with live music and workshops, is nearby; the flea markets of Saint-Ouen too.
Doubles from €200 B&B, mobhouse.com
Hotel Hotel, Lisbon
While Portugal’s capital has no shortage of great designer hotels, this new venture near Lisbon’s Botanical Garden is worth considering for its fabulous dark-tiled outdoor pool set against a living green wall and graffiti tasteful. Rooms in coral-pink, mint-green, or gray tones have wrought-iron balconies, cacti, and original artwork by local artists and illustrators, and there’s a dark, sultry bar with art at the neon lights, terrazzo tiles and hanging tropical foliage.
Double from 185 € B&B, hotelhotel.pt
Barö, southern Finland
Black wooden cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows are raised on stilts in a pine forest overlooking the sea at this uncluttered retreat in the Inkoo region, an hour from Helsinki. From its rocky outcrop in the Barösund archipelago, accessible by bridge from the mainland, guests can explore several large islands and hundreds of smaller ones, offering beaches, galleries, and stylish cafes, or simply hang out in the black wooden sauna on the beach, go mushroom picking, or borrow kayaks.
Double from 238 € B&B, child under four can share room for free, extra beds €50 after that, thebaro.fi
The Norm, Ibiza
The Standard in London’s up-and-coming King’s Cross has quickly become one of the coolest hotels in town, and the latest in Ibiza is sure to be no slouch either. Drawing inspiration from the island’s bohemian sensibility, flower power, and ’60s chic, its decor is a mature take on the hippie vibe, albeit in a stark white building. A rooftop bar/restaurant with a 15-metre swimming pool, open until the early hours and to which hotel guests have private access during the day, is set to become, like its counterparts Londoners, LA and New Yorkers, a destination in its own right. And it’s in the heart of Ibiza’s Old Town, with its plush, bohemian shops and slightly more grown-up nightlife.
Double from €255 per night B&B, standardhotels.com
Tuba, near Marseille, France
This punchy little number is as colorful and fun as you’d expect from a sleazy beach hotel just outside of Marseille. Here, in the fishing village of Les Goudes, where locals go to fish for seafood and snorkel at the weekend, and near the turquoise waters and white rocks of the Calanques, five simple, bright bedrooms on the Seagrass floors overlook the sea. Yellow-striped lounge chairs are laid out on rocky terraces by the sea for guests to use, and there’s a small, stylish restaurant and cocktail bar, plus pool packages. scuba diving.
Doubles from €220, tuba-club.com