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European Summer Holidays You Haven't Thought Of

European Summer Holidays You Haven't Thought Of

When you think of European summers, what comes to mind? London? Paris? Santorini? If you haven't been yet, we suggest looking at these travel guides for some inspiration. But if you've 'been there, done that' with all the major European destinations, we have a few new ideas brainstormed with Flight Centre Hong Kong that might just pique your interest. From Poland to Georgia, here are some of the lesser-known places (and design hotels) to visit for your next holiday. 


Stawiguda, Poland

Who's it for?

Nature- and wildlife-lovers

What's cool about it?

The north-eastern Polish gmina has long been a go-to holiday destination for locals and comprises of over 2,000 lakes, forests and insta-worthy lakeshore towns. 

Where to stay?

Hotel Galery69: located in a small lakeside village called Dorotowo hidden along the shores of Lake Wulpińskie. The 20-room boutique hotel has its own spa and restaurant and takes all of its aesthetic, emotional and gastronomical inspiration from its scenic natural surroundings. 

What's there to do?

Visit during the summer and spend lazy days fishing, swimming, kayaking or exploring the forest trails on foot or horseback.

How to get there?

Hong Kong via Istanbul / Vienna / Frankfurt to Warsaw. Hotel Galery69 is a 3-hour drive from Warsaw Airport.

 Hotel Galery69 |  Photo: designhotels

Hotel Galery69 | Photo: designhotels


Kazbegi, Georgia

Who's it for?

Those looking for a quiet getaway.

What's cool about it?

From vineyards to forests to the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia's Tbilisi is an absolute hidden gem comparable to the Alps or Rocky Mountains - but way less crowded.

Where to stay?

Converted from a former Soviet sanatorium, Hotel Kazbegi is tucked away in northern Georgia. Decked out in native wood, exposed brick, vintage carpets and retro-inspired light fixtures and furniture, the vibes are just like Soho House. The highlights? A 30-foot swimming pool with an exceptional Alpine view and a sun-drenched library area with big leather armchairs - perfect for relaxing afternoon. 

 Hotel Tilibisi |  Photo: designhotels

Hotel Tilibisi | Photo: designhotels

What's there to do?

Explore Georgia by doing some white-water rafting or paragliding. When back in the hotel, visit the casino and let the mixologists prepare cocktails for you all night long.

How to get there?

Hong Kong via Istanbul / Doha / Dubai to Tibilisi. Hotel is a 2.5-hour drive from Tilibisi Airport.

 Hotel Tilibisi |  Photo: designhotels

Hotel Tilibisi | Photo: designhotels


Provence, France

Who's it for?

Romantic travelers looking for a classic Mediterranean holiday.

What's cool about it?

We've all heard and seen photos from the stunning coastline, but few have made the journey to the French Riviera. Blue waters and classic cafés set the backdrop of your care-free holiday. 

 Hotel Les Roches Rouges |  Photo: designhotels

Hotel Les Roches Rouges | Photo: designhotels

Where to stay?

Hotel Les Roches Rouges is a hallmark of the 50's modernist design and carries hints of a bygone era of glitzy glamor. Modern artwork and photography line the walls of its warm wooden interiors and marble bathrooms. 

What's there to do?

A dip in the pool is a must. After which, you can find yourself lounging on one of the deck chairs with a book in one hand and a glass of rosé in the other. Try your hand at a game of Petanque or take a stroll along the coast - no matter where you are, you'll be able to take in those heavenly sea views. 

How to get there?

Hong Kong via Paris to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Hotel Les Roches Rouges is a 90-minute drive from the airport.

 Hotel Les Roches Rouges |  Photo: designhotels

Hotel Les Roches Rouges | Photo: designhotels


Halkidiki, Greece

Who's it for?

Summer retreaters needing a digital detox. 

What's cool about it?

When we mention Greece, everyone thinks of the southern islands like Santorini or Mykonos. The locals say that Halkidiki actually has some of Greece's best beaches. Combining incomparable sunset views with the crystal clear water of the Aegean Sea, it's definitely a place to discover (and return to). 

 Ekies All Senses Resort |  Photo: designhotels

Ekies All Senses Resort | Photo: designhotels

Where to stay?

Ekies All Senses Resort is located on a pristine beach in Vourvourou on the eastern peninsula of Halkidiki. An eco-friendly hotel, solid wood and Greek grey marble is used to create 69 distinctive rooms and suites, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. 

What's there to do?

Sip ouzo in your hammock stretched over the water, work on your tan on the beautiful beach, or set sail to an island a million miles away from your inbox.

How to get there?

Hong Kong via Istanbul / Frankfurt to Thessaloniki. Ekies All Senses Resort is a 90-minute drive from Thessaloniki Airport. 

 Ekies All Senses Resort |  Photo: designhotels

Ekies All Senses Resort | Photo: designhotels

Want to book your next holiday getaway? Get in touch with Flight Centre Hong Kong for more information. 

 

All images courtesy of designhotels.com.
Content collaborated with Flight Centre Hong Kong.


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