All Eyes on Europe
Destinations We’re Dreaming Of
Isn’t everyone hungry to travel now? A bit further perhaps? Maybe experience the beauty of old-world surroundings and hear some other languages around you.
We recently teamed up with the team at The Local Foreigner, a New York-based luxury travel consultancy that specializes in high-touch itinerary curation and deeply personalized client service. They are sharing the European destinations they can’t wait to return to. Here’s what Alexandra from the Local Foreigner had to say:
“So many of our clients are asking when they will be able to return to Europe, and though we can’t say for certain, we’re hopeful that day will come this year. In the first quarter of 2021 we’ve seen a significant uptick in requests. In January we set a company record for new client sign ups (40% of whom are honeymooners) – a positive indication that people are ready to get back out there! We are in constant contact with our European hotel and tourism partners, so while we don’t have answers right now, we’ll be the first to know when American travelers can start visiting again. Until then, these are the destinations we’ll be dreaming of.”
The Amalfi Coast
“Ah, la dolce vita. Italians have perfected the art of indulgence, and there’s no better place to live the good life than along its storied southern coast. A 35-mile stretch of winding roads and cliffside villages, Amalfi is a sybarite dream, where old world glamour meets indulgent luxury.
Dripping with storybook romance, Amalfi tops many honeymoon bucket lists – but the coast isn’t a one-size-fits-all destination. For a no-holds-barred taste of Positano, Le Sirenuse is the ultimate Amalfi dream. The inimitable Sersale family’s private-home-turned-boutique hotel has mastered the art of Italian hospitality. Few can argue with a stay at Le Sirenuse, but its high-profile legacy might not be suited to everyone’s taste. For something a bit more under the radar, try Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Casa Angelina in Praiano, or Monastero Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini.”
South of France
“Those who’ve summered in the South of France know the sublime pleasure of its stereo: the constant swish-swish of the Cypress trees, the steady hum of the cicadas, the crunch of rocky shorelines beneath Les Tropeziennes – a seasonal soundtrack so beguiling, it’ll replay in your memory long after you’ve left.
Two grande dames dominate the hotel scene along the riviera, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Oetker Collection’s legendary property on the Cap d’Antibes, and Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel on the Nicoise peninsula of the same name. Romantics will want to head to the former, while families are better suited at the latter. And for those who want to pair their time on the coast with more pastoral pursuits, Chateau Saint Martin and Villa la Coste pair nicely.”
“A longtime celebrity hideaway, it’s not hard to see the star-studded appeal of Lake Como as you glide across the lake in a classic Riva boat, Prosecco in hand. Sitting at the foot of the Alps, Como is a scenery superstar, that just so happens to be conveniently located 50 miles from Milan. Choosing the perfect hotel is all about your personal style. Choose Villa d’Este or Grand Hotel Tremezzo for classic old-world grandeur, Il Sereno for contemporary sophistication, or the Mandarin Oriental for something in between. Though we’ll let you in on our little secret – escape the Como crowds and head to the quieter Lake Garda, where one of our favorite properties in all of Italy – Villa Feltrinelli – will ruin you for all future hotel stays.”
“When people think of Greece, their minds usually summon the whitewashed villages of the Cyclades. But for a true taste of Greek luxury, we like to direct travelers to the often-overlooked Peloponnesus. A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens (or a 35-minute private helicopter ride), Amanzoe sits on a hill above the town of Porto Heli, surrounded by olive groves and swaths of Agean blue. A place so utterly beautiful, you’d think its name was Greek for “perfection,” Amazoe exquisitely balances Greek tradition with contemporary luxury. Don’t miss sunset cocktails on the property’s legendary terrace – a nightly custom worth staying in for.”
“There is something wondrously romantic about the decaying 16th century opulence that gives Venice its haunting appearance. Like a city stuck in time, La Serenissima refuses modernization, compelling contemporary life to succumb to its demands. But we’re happy to bend to its beck and call – this city is worth making exceptions for. We’ll happily get lost in its maze of ancient alleyways, squeeze into miniscule dimly-lit bars, taste every cicchetti and sip every spritz, if it means we can delight in the pleasure of being Venetian.”
For a contemporary take on 16th century grandeur, the Aman Venice is a veritable exhibition of design prowess. Though the Cipriani is better suited for those with more classic taste. Any stay in Venice is made better by pairing it with an overnight trip on Belmond’s Orient Express. Board in Venice, and wake up in Paris…we won’t tell what happens in those 12 hours if you don’t!”
Ready to book your hotel room now? Check out The Local Foreigner’s Hotel Desk for seamless reservations and added perks, like daily breakfast and resort credits. The Hotel Desk is a complimentary service available for anyone to use. For more in-depth itinerary curation, contact The Local Foreigner team here.”
We love working with a knowledgeable travel partner like this and cannot wait to return to these wonderful destinations - Christian