Europe’s Top 5 Star Holidays
Are you searching for the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life? Then a dose of relaxation and luxury is just what you need. Here are three of Europe’s top 5 star holidays, from yoga retreats by the Aegean Sea to forest spa getaways and lakeside Italian eco-breaks. Once you’ve booked your dream resort, let our team arrange your private jet hire to get you there in style.
Yoga Escape in Mykonos, Greece
Soothe your mind and body with the ideal blend of yoga and luxury on the idyllic Greek island of Mykonos. Enjoy yoga classes twice a day in the shade of a church overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea with Instructor Holly Warren, who has over 20 years of experience. All yoga levels are welcome and there are no rules on this retreat. You’re encouraged to savour the benefits of the beachside 5 star hotel including pools, a spa, sweeping sea views and fine Greek dining.
Start the morning with an invigorating Vinyasa Flow class and breakfast then spend the day as you please. Explore Mykonos’ ancient landmarks, stroll through the maze-like, white-washed streets of the old town, relax on the resort’s private beach or cool off in one of two outdoor pools. Don’t miss the spa, which is rated one of the best in Greece. Your package includes two heavenly treatments at the Thalasso therapy centre, so take time to have a massage and sink into a warm Jacuzzi. End the day with a peaceful Yin yoga class and dinner by the sea.
Location: Myconian Imperial Hotel and Thalasso Spa or the Myconian Avaton Resort in Mykonos, Greece.
Price: Between €1,700 and €1,900 per person based on two people sharing a double room for seven nights. Single occupancy rooms cost between €2,100 and €2,300. These prices include transfers, breakfast, morning and evening yoga classes and two spa treatments.
Contact details: Call +44 (0) 207 584 9432 or email email@example.com.
Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds
Experience a true slice of serenity in this lavish hotel tucked away in the English countryside. This 17th century farmhouse is set on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, near to the quaint village of Broadway in the Cotswolds. Dormy House has 38 rooms that have been individually designed and feature original fireplaces, exposed stone walls and wooden beams. Food is served in the Garden Room, which caters for afternoon tea and evening dining with gourmet taster menus. The Potting Shed has a warm, pub vibe with brasserie classics such as locally-sourced fish and steaks.
The highlight of the Dormy House Hotel is its award-winning spa, which boasts lavender saunas, salt-infusion steam rooms and cutting-edge treatments. Sink into the infinity and hydrotherapy pools, explore the fitness centre or book yourself in for a rejuvenating treatment. If you’re feeling more active, explore the Cotswold countryside with its historic houses and tranquil gardens, or take advantage of onsite activities like clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and archery. You can even enjoy a round of golf on the neighbouring 18-hole course.
Location: Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LF, UK.
Price: Starts at £240 per night for an Intimate Room in the main farmhouse and rises to £320 for a Top Notch room. Luxury suites feature lounges as well as patios or roll-top baths and cost between £355 and £470 per night. For the ultimate getaway, book a private hot tub suite for £470. All rooms have a king-sized bed and include breakfast and departure goodie bag.
Lefay Resort and Spa on Lake Garda, Italy
Why not jet off to Italy’s stunning Lake Garda for an eco-break? Perched above Gargnano village, the Lefay resort has been built into the mountainside using bio-architecture inspired by Lake Garda’s traditional tiered lemon houses. Inside you’ll find rooms decorated with locally-sourced walnut and olive floors, marble bathrooms and natural fabrics. The resort runs on renewable energy, uses rainwater harvesting and is set in 11 hectares of natural woodland with olive groves. Nearby sights include an ancient citadel, botanical gardens, Roman amphitheatre and vineyards.
The Lefay’s spa has won awards for excellence, mixing Chinese medicine with western practices to create personalised treatments. Unwind in heated salt-water pools, a hammam, saunas, meditation areas and private massage rooms. The huge infinity pool overlooking views of Lake Garda is the jewel in the resort’s crown. Take in more lakeside views while dining at the Trattoria La Vigna restaurant which serves delicious authentic Italian cuisine, or opt for light Mediterranean fare at La Grande Limonaia, a dining room built in the style of the area’s rustic lemon houses.
Location: Lefay Resort and Spa, Via Angelo Feltrinelli 136, Gargnano 25084, Italy.
Price: Rooms start at £195 per person per night.
Winter offers: The Winter Relaxation package offers a two-night stay in the Prestige Junior Suite with breakfast. You’ll get full access to the spa, one neck and back massage and a cleansing facial. The package costs €390 per person and covers stays from Sunday to Wednesday until the 20th March.