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Europe’s Hottest Hotel Openings Of 2018

Earlier this year we brought you a round-up of the hottest hotel openings in Australia. Now it’s time we thought we’d do the same for Europe. From a cliffside hotel in Sicily to an ultra-chic boutique in Berlin, here are our pick for the continent’s most anticipated accommodation.

Club Med Cefalu, Sicily

Built on the site of a former ‘village of holidays huts’ from the 1950s, Club Med Cefalu, which opened in June, has 300 rooms, three restaurants, a fully-functional chapel and an 18th century palazzo. Its cliffside location in Sicily’s northern coast allows for sweeping views of Cefalu Bay and the town.

Active travellers will get a kick out of the resort’s water sports, which include electric surfboarding, kitesurfing, scuba diving and stand up paddle boarding. The all-inclusive hotel will stay open only 10 months of every year.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Warsaw

History buff or not, stepping into Raffles Europejski Warsaw, which opened on June 1, makes for a special experience. The hotel is housed in a neo-renaissance palace dating back to 1857. Art lovers in particular are also in for a treat. The five-star accommodation features modern and contemporary Polish art by some of the country’s most well-known artists.

Despite its museum-feel, the hotel is warm and welcoming. Colourful carpets and plenty of plants add to its understated luxurious décor. The 106-room hotel is situated steps from the Presidential Palace, Old Town and the 19th century Polish National Opera House.

SO/ Berlin Das Stue, Berlin

Taking over the building of the former Royal Danish Embassy, SO/ Berlin Das Stue, which opened in March, has a neo-classical façade and sleek, creatively-designed interiors. A sculpture of a crocodile in the lobby greets guests as they walk in.

It’s also only a stone’s throw from Berlin city attractions Tiergarten Park and Berlin Zoo. So close in fact that the terrace of its bar backs onto the zoo’s ostrich enclosure. In addition to its terrace, the hotel also has two concept restaurants including one by Michelin-starred chef Paco Perez. Each of its 78 guest rooms overlook gardens.

The Milestone Hotel, London

Though not exactly new, historic 17th century The Milestone Hotel in London’s Kensington neighbour recently underwent a major renovation, which included the refurbishment of two of its suites, including the Meghan Suite, inspired by Meghan Markle.

As you’d expect, it’s elegant and exquisite, and yet still down-to-earth. Original contemporary art hang on its walls and black and white marble was used for its bathroom. There’s even a chance guests might see the suite’s namesake with its windows looking out onto Kensington Palace and Gardens.

The Galata Istanbul Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel, Istanbul

With the tagline “Experience your own fairy tale in Istanbul”, guests at Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery by Sofitel, which opened in March, already know they’re in for a treat. A 182-year-old former bank building with modern architectural touches sets the scene, while Historical Peninsula-facing rooms, two restaurants and a terrace bar looking out onto Istanbul help see it play out.

The 83-room boutique property is strolling distance from attractions like Galata Tower, Suleymaniye Mosque and Spice Bazaar. When guests aren’t taking advantage of its prime city position, they can use the fitness centre or traditional Turkish baths.

Our French Country Home, La Cropte

Though private country homes in France are aplenty, Our French Country Home is unique in that it provides a fully immersive French chateau experience. There’s croquet and billiards to play, salons to relax in and 10 hectares of rolling green grounds to explore. When guests have worked up an appetite, they can feast in a formal dining room.

Set in a dreamy 200-year-old chateau in the Loire Valley, the 10-room accommodation offers an escape from city life. Rooms can be booked separately or as part of a bespoke group tour in which meals and excursions, including to antique markets, wineries and golf courses, are included.

Published 24 July, 2018