We may have missed out on some of our 2020 travel plans, but we’re blowing away the holiday blues with our top pick travel trends for 2021. Settle in for dreamy moments in drop-dead gorgeous suites from Greece to Lake Como, Cornwall and beyond.
Our 2021 trends include: suites with glorious views, adventures on the water, arty city breaks, design-led interiors, beautiful beachfront hotels and cute coastal gems. Check out six of our luxe picks…
GLORIOUS VIEWS >>
BASSA MAINA VILLAS & SUITES
WHERE IT IS: Mani – the southern Peloponnese region of Greece.
SET THE SCENE: Stone-built tower houses stand proudly in the hills, overlooking the clear blue waters of the Med. Bassa Maina Villas & Suites are set on the rugged coastline – a rural retreat where you can really escape from the everyday.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It’s relaxing, rural location in a rugged and untouched are of Mani. There are no distractions here, so visitors can really focus on the mind, body and soul.
LUXE TOP TIP: The undisrupted ocean views from the villa’s cave-like balcony makes for the perfect love nest to sip champagne as the sun sets into the horizon.
WATER ESCAPES >>
BORROW A BOAT
WHERE IT IS: Wherever you wish. From the cultured coastline of Croatia, to the tropical beauty of the Seychelles and the cooler climes of Norway, there’s a Borrow a Boat adventure to suit everyone.
SET THE SCENE: Adventure-seekers can take to the ocean at their leisure thanks to Borrow a Boat, ticking off some bucket list moments as they go. Imagine picking a beautiful bolthole and taking it with you as you travel in style!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A skippered charter means you can relax, retreat and learn as you sail through the seas. Whether that’s exploring perfect pockets of paradise, working on your watersports skills or basking in the sun, it’s the ultimate hop-on, hop-off getaway.
LUXE TOP TIP: Don’t go overboard on your itinerary, but take some time to hop off your yacht and explore somewhere new. It might be a bike ride through a rural French village, a river boat cruise through the locks, or a sunset dinner on an untouched beach.
ARTY VENUES >>
HOTEL ARTS BARCELONA
WHERE IT IS: The Penthouses at Hotel Arts Barcelona is top of our to-do list when it comes to the city break – luxe style. It’s the tallest building in Barca and boasts wraparound views of both the city and the Med.
SET THE SCENE: Floating high above the city, the hotel’s luxurious penthouses bridge the gap between adventure and relaxation – complete with spa access, a private gym and sky-high yoga sessions.
WHY WE LOVE IT: If interior design is your thing, you’ll love the penthouse suites. We’re blown away by the dazzling designs by world-renowned Jamie Tresserra – and can’t get enough of the Bvlgari amenities.
LUXE TOP TIP: Penthouse guests should make use of the MINI Cooper Cabrio service to help you explore the city in style!
INSPIRING INTERIORS >>
IL SERENO LAGO DI COMO
WHERE IT IS: Il Sereno Lago di Como breathes fresh new life into the iconic bucket list destination of Lake Como.
SET THE SCENE: Set along the pristine waters of the Lake Como shoreline, this design-led den is the perfect spot for those who appreciate the finer things in life. A breathtakingly beautiful waterfront wonderland.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The views both inside and out are absolutely amazing. Designer, Patricia Urquiola has injected a bit of fun and futuristic style into the interiors; and the natural beauty of the iconic Lake Como speaks for itself.
LUXE TOP TIP: Spend an afternoon enjoying the exquisite flavours of Italy’s Lombardy region with wine tasting and cooking experiences.
BEACH CLUB VIBES >>
WHERE IT IS: This beachfront hideaway boasts a beautiful home in the exclusive St James area of Barbados.
SET THE SCENE: An idyllic, away-from-it-all retreat perfect for a beach break. Let this white sand, palm tree-lined beach be your base for a blissful holiday with loved ones. Lone Star is loved by newlyweds for its easy-going nature and endless R&R possibilities.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Known as the ‘Ivy of the Caribbean’, Lone Star is a fantastic location for foodies – with its restaurant forming the heart of the hotel. Imagine this… toes in the sand, cocktail in hand, colourful Caribbean cuisine filling the table. What’s not to love?
LUXE TOP TIP: Spend a day or two exploring the Caribbean island. Whether it’s a reef tour, a market mooch or a catamaran sailing cruise, you’re sure to uncover something new as you go.
CUTE & QUAINT >>
THE OLD QUAY HOUSE
WHERE IT IS: The Old Quay House hotel is a coastal gem in Cornwall – perfect for a special seaside staycation.
SET THE SCENE: Sitting on the water’s edge through the narrow streets of Fowey, a picture-postcard fisherman’s village on England’s rugged southwestern tip, this luxurious boutique hotel is the ultimate Cornish escape.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A home from home with spectacular harbour views. There’s nowhere better on our UK coastlines for a feel-good getaway where you’ll feel worlds away from the everyday.
LUXE TOP TIP: Open your balcony doors and let the fresh sea air breeze through your superior bedroom. What a way to rest, relax and recharge.