I’m hankering after the sea at the moment – preferably somewhere with a bit of warmth and sunshine to add to the equation. There’s something so incredibly relaxing and soothing about being by the water, and if you’re looking for a hotel with “wow” factor, then it’s hard to beat waking up to a sea view. Whether you’re after that perfect beach hideaway for your honeymoon, or you just fancy a bit of an escape at the moment, here’s three of current my favourites.
Grace Santorini, Greece
If there’s one place I really really want to go in Europe at the moment it’s Santorini – I just can’t get enough of the whitewashed buildings and sunset views over the Caldera. And Grace Santorini is the perfect place to make the most of it all – the view from the swimming pool is just perfect.
The rooms vary from deluxe up to the Grace Suite, which has a private terrace and plunge pool – what they all have in common are views over the sea, stylish monochrome furnishings, and an understated modern style. A real selling point of this place (well, for me, at least) is that you’re greeted on arrival with champagne – the perfect way to kick off your honeymoon – and there’s also champagne served at breakfast. Just heavenly.
From £273 a night.
Alila Cha Am, Thailand
Alila hotels are seriously hot right now, and with their sleekly designed resorts it’s no real surprise; I’d really recommend checking them out if you’re contemplating a honeymoon in Asia. Just two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Bangkok International Airport, Cha Am, on the Gulf Coast, is a great choice for a beach holiday, especially if you don’t really fancy having to catch another flight once you arrive in country.
This resort has a sleek, contemporary feel – but without looking pretentious – with minimalist but comfortable rooms. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere stylish and not too cliched in its Asian style, and the modern resort buildings are really striking. I love the look of the pool area, which heads down towards the beach, and the romantic cabana dining (see photo above) looks idyllic – the perfect way to soak up the hotel’s seaside position.
From £91 a night.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia
From £1126 a night.
Photos courtesy of Grace Santorini; Alila; Southern Ocean Lodge