The leading hotels of the world presents the “Hidden Gems” guide for Europe


Calling all curious travelers who are in search of the undiscovered and the uncommon on their next trip. The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.’s unveils the “Hidden Gems” guide in Europe to help guests find what lies beneath the surface of these cities and explore beyond the doorsteps of the collection’s 375 independent, luxury properties.

The “Hidden Gems” Guide offers guests insider recommendations from local tastemakers and exclusive experiences curated by the collection’s hotels. While they may be a bit off the beaten path, a destination less well known, or require you to journey just a little longer, these exquisite properties will bring you memories to last a lifetime.

Uncover hidden gems across Europe:

Uncommon Southern Europe: also known as Mediterranean Europe, it houses the beautiful Mezzatorre Resort & Spa (Italy) hidden away on the Island of Ischia in Italy. The resort makes the most of its stunning natural setting, both above and underground. The island’s thermal hot springs, with healing properties, flow into three water therapy pools, while volcanic mud is used in spa treatments.

If you are looking for a more romantic getaway, Katikies (Greece)—a complex of bridges, cubist cottages and infinity pools—is considered the grande dame of Santorini’s boutique hotels. Hugging the dramatic Caldera (a volcanic rim), which affords astounding vistas, the property is a natural fit for honeymooners, romantics and couples.

Uncommon Central Europe: Placed right between Eastern Europe and Western Europe, one must visit Hotel Louis C. Jacob (Germany). For more than 225 years, the Hotel exists for exclusive enjoyment, personal charm and excellent service. In a unique location on the River Elbe, near the city of Hamburg and yet a relaxing distance away, the Louis C. Jacob combines tradition and modern hotel comfort.

Uncommon Northern Europe: Inspired by the Medieval period, The Schlössle Hotel (Estonia) is one of the finest boutique hotels Tallinn has to offer. This 5-star hotel invites you to disappear under the arches of the romantic Old Town and enjoy the charms of the building with dignified history. Nestled in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, the Schlössle is a delightful boutique hotel that will take you back to Estonia’s medieval past.

Or you can experience the Adare Manor (Ireland). This nineteenth century neo-Gothic castle is steeped in history and surrounded by medieval ruins, walled gardens and winding woodland paths in Ireland. In the Manor house you will discover the fairy-tale setting of the vast Great Hall, the lavish Drawing Room and the splendid Minstrels’ Gallery. This unique experience offers individually-designed stately bedrooms, elegant fine dining and an impeccable approach to hospitality that brings guests coming back, time and time again.

Uncommon Western Europe: Synonymous with Roman Catholic cultures, Hostal de la Gavina (Spain) sits at the heart of the Costa Brava, on a small peninsula between two secluded bays, each with a sandy beach. While away from home, enjoy the days luxuriating in the stunning seawater outdoor pool or heated indoor pool, taking lazy lunches or delectable dinners in a choice of restaurants, sleeping late and waking up refreshed for a game of tennis, an indulgent spa treatment, a little shopping or a day trip to sample Catalunya’s cultural highlights.

Vidago (Portugal), well known for the underground springs, this 1910 landmark palace is enjoying a grand renaissance. With an emphasis on preservation as much as innovation, the unchanged Belle Époque façade appears in orange and white between the patchwork of cedar, pine and holly trees. The interiors, too, bring glory to the high-ceilings, stucco artwork and floor-to-ceiling flourishes of classic Noble architecture.

Uncommon Eastern Europe: The story of the Monte Mulini Hotel (Croatia) is a uniquely told story of style featuring a bold architectural concept, warm and natural materials, carefully selected details and a synergy of design, functionality and elegance. Set in a lush Mediterranean landscape on a hillside, the hotel overlooks a beautiful small bay and offers sweeping sea views. It is only a short stroll along the marina from Rovinj, one of the most picturesque and romantic towns in the Mediterranean. It is characterized by its exclusive facilities, especially its restaurants, as well as a highly personalized service.

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