Europe’s secret beach hotels

Looking to escape the crowds? You’ll have no problem securing a sun lounger at these off-the-radar beach hotels, says Ruth Jackson.

Six Keys, Thessaly, Greece

At the bottom of the garden is the hotel's private Kalifteri beach, "a long sand-and-shingle stretch with sun loungers and umbrellas that dips into shallow, clear waters, ideal for those children and adults who aren't strong swimmers". Active sorts are well-catered for the hotel also offers horse riding, hiking and mountain biking.

Suites from €150 (Sixkeys.gr; 00 30 242 303 3720).

Prima Donna, Kalkan, Turkey

The Hotel Prima Donna is a "hip hideaway with boho Turkish dcor, a poolside honesty bar and a complimentary shuttle to Patara beach".

Doubles from £250 (Hotelprimadonna.com; 00 90 532 543 6181).

Don Ferrante, Monopoli, Italy

704_don-ferrante-300

Don Ferrante, now a ten-bedroom townhouse, started life as a fortress "carved into the ancient defensive walls that surround the town". Behind the front door lies a "maze of narrow stone steps and corridors all leading to the same Adriatic panorama".

The sea is always visible and the bedrooms are "simple, sun-filled and very comfy". The tiny pool is a minor drawback given that "some of the best beaches in Italy are just minutes away".

Doubles from €145(Donferrante.it; 00 39 0 8074 2521).

Chateau de Valmer, St Tropez Peninsula, France

Chteau de Valmer is a "peerless" hotel with its own private stretch of the beach, as well as "its own vineyard, a new pastis bar and two luxurious treehouses".

Doubles from €230 (Chateauvalmer.com; 00 33 4 9455 1515).

Can Simoneta, Mallorca, Spain

704_can-simoneta-300

A winding staircase takes you down to the water. "Hot tubs are dotted around the manicured lawns, and crocheted cotton hammocks swing from umbrella pines." There is also a spa and a restaurant that serves locally sourced suckling lamb or Iberian pork.

Doubles from €210 adults-only (Cansimoneta.com; 00 34 971 816 110).

Recommended

A whistle-stop tour of north Wales
Travel and holidays

A whistle-stop tour of north Wales

Matthew Partridge takes in the country’s charming towns, breathtaking scenery and fascinating ruins.
11 Sep 2020
Five holidays for wine lovers
Travel and holidays

Five holidays for wine lovers

From a Bordeaux-rivalling estate in Surrey to a taste of “fizz and falconry” in Kent. Jasper Spires reports
4 Sep 2020
Private travel: avoiding the rat race to the Costa del Sol
Travel and holidays

Private travel: avoiding the rat race to the Costa del Sol

Luxury travel agents are beginning to seem like the sensible option, says Chris Carter.
28 Aug 2020
Take advantage of the world's deserted tourist hotspots
Travel and holidays

Take advantage of the world's deserted tourist hotspots

Popular destinations are more attractive than ever as the crowds stay away. Nicole Garcia Merida reports
21 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin
Bitcoin

Here’s why you really should own at least some bitcoin

While bitcoin is having a quiet year – at least in relative terms – its potential to become the default cash system for the internet is undiminished, …
16 Sep 2020
Central banks want politicians to take charge – but what will they do?
US Economy

Central banks want politicians to take charge – but what will they do?

The US Federal Reserve has come to the end of the road in terms of what it can do to accelerate any recovery, says John Stepek. It's over to the polit…
17 Sep 2020
IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it
Trading

IAG's share price is ready for take-off - here's how to play it

The owner of British Airways has had a turbulent year, but is now worth a punt. Matthew Partridge explains the best way to play it.
8 Sep 2020