Defining luxury hotels can vary massively amongst the general public,but if you crave excellent architecture, simple design, clear surfaces and elegant decor then I have a collection of Europe’s best minimalist and modernist hotels for you to check out.
While others search out lavish, luxe decor with rich-pile furnishings and ornate detailing, you could be relaxing in the minimalist outlines of some of Europe’s most contemporary designs. Check out my favourite architectural hotels just a minimalist, short-haul flight from the UK.
Maritime Flare in Croatia
Taking the sea as its inspiration, the beautiful Design Hotel Navis with its stylish 44 rooms, blends architectural design with maritime themes to create a relaxing, soothing ambience. Lots of polished concrete combines with expensive textiles to create a sense of indulgence without opulence: the hotel owners cleverly leave the sea views to be the most impressive focal point of the building. Exhibitions of the work of local artists add to the cultural appeal of this beautiful contemporary hotel.
Island Life on Lanzarote
There are plenty of luxury hotels on the island of Lanzarote, but none that encapsulate the specific appeal of the island as neatly as La Isla y el Mar. The sleek design of the building itself is perfectly complimented by the colours of the island in its decor: the whitewash of the traditional houses, the azure blue of the sky, the grey of the rocks and the turquoise of the sea. By incorporating the natural polished volcanic stone of the island in the hotel structure itself, La Isla y el Mar seems to merge naturally with its landscape.
Even the luxury facilities like the two swimming pools, spa and wellness centre carry on this theme of elegant simplicity so that guests feel connected with the beautiful island environment around them.
Lakeside Simplicity at Lake Garda
One of the beautiful, historic Art Nouveau hotels which line the shores of Lake Garda is not somewhere you would expect to find the clean lines and clutter-free living of minimalist hotels, but the Lido Palace defies expectations. Embracing the beauty of the building’s original architecture, the current owners have blended it with the open, clean spaces of contemporary design. Focal points like the original Liberty-style staircase are emphasised by juxtaposing them with the clean lines of modern furnishings. A contemporary glass atrium adds light to create an elegant, bright modern space within its beautiful, Art Nouveau shell.
Guest can enjoy a traditional atmosphere of elegant fine dining on the terrace of one of the hotel’s restaurants, like Il Re della Busa where chef Giuseppe Sestito creates marvellous tasting menus to enjoy by candlelight. Or they can step into the sleek modern bar spaces where socialising takes place in a more contemporary context.
There are so many beautifully designed luxury hotelsacross Europe that whether your taste is for lavish, Regency extravagance or cutting edge contemporary cool, you’ll find a hotel that fits your chosen style and makes you feel right at home.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing accommodation in luxury hotels across Europe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.