This week’s deals will have you daydreaming about beachy paradises across the world – from the golden sands of Greece to Ibiza’s party shores, and even Costa Rica, where surfers take to the waves and the relaxation-thirsty call their towels home. Because this is summertime, where everybody is entitled to an ice cold cocktail and sun-kissed skin. And we don’t think you should have to spend an arm or a leg to get either.
Park Hotel, Rovinj, Croatia
This hotel just had a makeover, so it’s in tip-top shape. It features two pools and Croatian cuisine with a dash of sea views. In the daytime, you can make a visit to the hotel’s Finnish spa or the nearby sport centre, while at night live music takes the stage.
The hotel borders a little marina, though Rovinj’s old town is just a 15-minute stroll down the promenade and the city centre is a 10-minute bus ride away. There, you’ll find a vibrant port city whose web of cobbled streets brim with art galleries, bars and restaurants.
The Majestic Palace Hotel embodies Mediterranean sophistication, with old world decor steeped in luxury. There’s a pool for lounging and a rooftop terrace for romantic nights, not to mention a piano bar and a location that’s a stone’s throw from the sea.
Hop on a train and in two minutes, you’ll be in the centre of Sorrento. The Majestic Palace is located in the quiet Sant’Agenllo area, built into a volcanic cliff overlooking the sea. The town itself is packed with charming piazzas, coffee spots and Renaissance history hidden along its narrow streets.
Esplendor Tamarindo, Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Sleek surroundings and a beachfront location make the Esplendor Tamarindo any relaxation seeker’s dream. You won’t be able to escape the sea, as every room has an ocean view. Onsite is a buffet restaurant and a swim-up bar, though the hotel also offers shuttle service to a nearby beach club, which gives you access to its waterfront restaurant and pool.
The Esplendor Tamarindo provides a free shuttle service into downtown Tamarindo. The beach is a long stretch of rocky coastline whose shores attract surfers and leatherback turtles. But you can use the waterfront to stretch out underneath the Costa Rican sun, resting up from those wild nights Tamarindo bars are famous for.
Ibiza Rocks Hotel, San Antonio Town, Ibiza, Spain
To call the Ibiza Rocks a party hotel would be a gross understatement – its three bars, swimming pools and massive event space make these accommodations legendary. What’s more is, bookings here include all tickets to live concerts held just outside.
On your doorstep is an even bigger wealth of party spots in San Antonio Town and Ibiza Town beyond, as well as a historic city centre teeming with worldly cuisine. The island of Ibiza is Europe’s party capital, packed with super sized clubs. There are also countless beaches within reach that’ll help you take the energy down a notch so you can have some quality recuperation time as well.
Kavos Plaza, Kavos, Greece
The Kavos Plaza is a stack of peach-coloured apartments gathered around a central pool. Each set of accommodations comes with a kitchenette and balcony or terrace for dining al fresco, though there’s a snack bar within reach. You’ll also find a cocktail bar downstairs, as well as live music and entertainment in the evenings.
Kavos Plaza’s best feature is its prime location, just a five-minute walk from the bars and clubs on Kavos’ main strip. The nightlife here is known for not just being some of the best in Corfu, but in all of Greece. But if the party scene isn’t your thing, just a little farther toward the coast is the beach, where watersports and sunbathing are a top priority.