12 Secret Places in Europe to Visit Now
Gromin Dolac Beach
This jewel is lined with pebbled shores and 17th-century stone houses.
Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs
Corsica’s little-known sister, with a Catherine Deneuve–meets–Marcello Mastroianni vibe
Known as the Mustique of the Mediterranean, the tiny island one mile off the coast of Corsica lures celebrities seeking privacy. The only hotel on Cavallo, the elegant Hôtel & Spa des Pêcheurs has 50 rooms set in a collection of stone cottages that hugs the shoreline, dotted with massive granite boulders. Rates start at $294; hoteldespecheurs.com.
Hôtel Les Roches Rouges
Refined midcentury design celebrating the Riviera’s timeless appeal
If a single spot can capture the mythos of the Côte d’Azur, it might be this one, with its saltwater pool jutting out of the rocky shore, array of outdoor lounges, and streamlined interiors that highlight the region’s light and hues. Rates start at $244; designhotels.com/hotel-les-roches-rouges.
The classic beauty of Mykonos and Santorini, minus all those tourists
Post one Instagram shot, and your friends will either divorce you in jealousy or start frantically booking their flights to this exquisite isle. Everything’s here—whitewashed stone houses, pink flowers, the cerulean Aegean—except the crowds. Complete the picture at the stunning Anemomilos Apartments. Rates start at $182; anemomilosapartments.com/hotel.
Inishbofin House Hotel and Marine Spa
Off the Connemara coast, a wild Ireland that’s still intact (and within reach)
On the Island of the White Cow, scenic walking loops wind past crystal aqua waters, sandy beaches dotted with dark boulders, and crumbling reminders of former residents that can be traced to the Bronze Age. Stay in waterfront Inishbofin House’s contemporary lodge in the middle of the island, where the 140 or so residents have committed to protecting the flora and fauna through sustainable tourism practices. Rates start at $47; inishbofinhouse.com.
Fiordo di Furore
A quiet little town on the buzzy Amalfi Coast is home to this sweet sliver of shore.
Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola
Monte Argentario, Italy
On the lesser-known Tuscan coast, a breathtaking offshore hotel
Connected to Italy’s boot only by three narrow strips of land, this rocky semi-island has two scenic ports tucked among terraced hillsides of cypress and olive trees. Rising high above it all on a 300-foot bluff, Hotel Torre di Cala Piccola—former host to Liz and Dick, to start—offers a prime vantage point for gazing out across the azure sea to distant isles. Rates start at $164; torredicalapiccola.com.
Casa Angelina Eaudesea Experience Rooms
Luxuriously restored fishing cottages carved out of cliffs below the bustling Amalfi Coast
Is there anything more perfect than the Amalfi Coast? Yes. Casa Angelina, a picturesque resort in the Amalfi village of Praiano, has something even more remarkable on offer: An elevator, 200 steps, and a pathway into the cliff lead to four fishermen’s houses carved from the stone. Redone in perfect restraint, these are hideaways of the first order, and connect you directly to the heartbeat of sea life that has sustained the Italian coast here for millennia. Rates start at $955; casangelina.com.
Aman Sveti Stefan
A Medieval village-turned-resort in one of Europe’s last secret corners
A manmade isthmus is all that tethers this fortified island of stone villas with red-tiled roofs, shaded courtyards, and cobbled lanes to the pink-pebbled beaches of the mainland. The village, which seems to hover above the Adriatic, stood for 600 years (and did time as a state-run tourism spot beloved by jet-setters in the ’50s) before Aman reinvigorated it as a luxury resort. Rates start at $911; aman.com/resorts/aman-sveti-stefan.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
An Arctic fantasy: cozy, crimson-and-ochre cottages and azure waters on Norway’s northern coast
You’ve promised yourself a trip to the ends of the Earth, and this may be the best way to do it: amid the rugged, rocky splendor of this Scandinavian archipelago, under a midnight sun, ensconced in brightly colored fishing cabins—rorbuer—repurposed charmingly for savvy travelers, and reveling in the magnetic romance of the far, far North. Rates start at $210; classicnorway.no/hotell/reine-rorbuer.
At this low-key, wave-blessed eco-retreat, sleep beneath the stars in tents and tepees, and reconnect with nature through yoga and surfing; tipivalley.com.
Bask in hot springs and mud baths on Ibiza’s lesser-known cousin in the Balearic Islands.