Europe is a continent of exquisite diversity, blessed with some of the world's most dramatic coastline yet also offering wonderful safe sand beaches for families, offering Michelin-starred restaurants or the simplest freshest cuisine, home to historic buzzing cities and quaint traditional villages. And then there are the hotels: boutique bolt-holes to grand mansions, family-friendly resorts to adult-only escapes. Which to choose? That's where we come in.
We’ve handpicked a selection of Europe’s finest luxury hotels that ooze character, style and have that indefinable something that makes a good hotel great. So whatever kind of European holiday you're after, whether it's a luxury family beach holiday in Greece, a luxury honeymoon in Italy, a travel tour of Croatia's Dalmation coast, or a gourmet holiday in France, Exsus can make it happen in style.
If you'd like to combine two or more places in Europe, or wish to blend city culture with beach R&R, let us know. Tell us about your passions, priorities and interests and we'll create a luxury tailor-made Europe holiday that's perfect for you.
Three millennia of living it up have taught the Italians a thing or two about la dolce vita, and a luxury holiday to Italy is celebration of all that is dolce: good food, great wine and gorgeous people. Italy offers enormous diversity and a tailor-made holiday or luxury honeymoon in Italy works incredibly well for romantics who want to cherry pick from Italy's many exquisite highlights.
A vision in white and blue, Greece and its islands are the quintessential Mediterranean getaway for a fabulous luxury family holiday or honeymoon, with fantastic weather, sparkling clear blue water, luxury hotels a plenty and laidback island life. There's plenty for cultural types too with ancient ruins, pretty fishing villages and of course Athens, Greece's vibrant capital city. As for her islands, the big question is, which to choose...?
There's lots to love about a luxury holiday or honeymoon in Spain or on her islands: think up-all-night cities, white-washed hill towns, tranquil countryside dotted with picturesque villages and miles and miles of beaches lapped by warm, Mediterranean waters. Whether its a cultural city break, family beach holiday or luxury honeymoon you're looking for, Spain has it all.
An oriental jewel straddling Europe and Asia, Turkey is one of the most intriguing luxury holiday destinations you could dream of. Marvel at ancient ruins in the morning and laze on the beach in the afternoon; eye up breathtaking lunar landscapes at sunrise or catch the sunset over Istanbul's dazzling skyline of mosques and minarets. With its mesmeric mix of vibrant cultures, spectacular landscapes and idyllic coastline, you’re sure to be captivated by this Eurasian gem.
A beguiling mix of drop dead gorgeous landscapes, vibrant culture that mixes Slavic, Italian and Central European flavours, ancient towns and bustling fishing ports, Croatia has oodles of holiday appeal. Meanwhile, in Montenegro, the secret is finally out. Outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage combine here to create an unexplored and compelling luxury holiday or honeymoon destination.
The UK packs endless variety into such a tiny island- from the world-class hotels, restaurants and shops of London to the Georgian splendour of Bath and Edinburgh, and from the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool to the charming villages and rolling countryside of the Cotswolds, as well as the regal castles and highlands and islands of Scotland, there’s something for everyone for a perfect holiday, honeymoon or short break.
The place that brought us camembert, revolution, Impressionism and Jean-Paul Sartre knows a thing or two about the art of a holiday. Saunter through picturesque medieval villages, catch some Mediterranean rays on miles of golden beaches and explore cities jam-packed with culture - France is a country full of life's best luxuries.
Perfect for luxury family holidays, Cyprus is shrouded as much in intriguing myth and legend as it is covered with dazzling beaches, secluded coves and seas of wild flowers. There is certainly plenty to explore in Cyprus too, with ancient archaeological treasures dotted across the island and charming traditional villages that bask in the sunshine.
Portugal's Algarve has a deservedly excellent reputation as a luxury holiday or honeymoon destination. Its beaches are beautiful and sun-drenched most of the year, it has plenty of fabulous hotels and yes, the golf here is superb as are the children's facilities. But Portugal is so much more than this...
The Czech Republic is one of the delights of Europe, and a perfect spot for a luxury holiday. Impressive castles perch above charming cities which showcase spectacular Baroque and Renaissance architecture alongside modern masterpieces from architects such as Frank Gehry- while the winding rivers meandering through the cityscapes are perfect for relaxing beside or exploring on a leisurely cruise.
A land-locked country that sits right at the heart of Europe, Hungary has been attracting wide-eyed visitors since the Iron Curtain was lifted in 1989, and remnants of its communist, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman past make it a beguiling holiday destination. A glorious confection of baroque castles and palaces, Roman ruins and medieval mansions, Hungary’s eclectic architecture is utterly captivating; while the countryside is a fairytale-like dream, with one-fifth of the land carpeted in forest, more than 1,000 natural hot springs and Central Europe’s biggest lake, Balaton.
With the immortal composers of Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Mozart, and the ingenious minds of Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria has paved the way throughout millennia with its brilliance and innovation. Whether you want a hiking adventure through the Alps in summer, or a romantic city break in winter, Austria has the unique opportunity of giving rise to a myriad of cultural and action-packed activities.
A magical island marooned at the top of the world, Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts- where the incredible blue glaciers offset the smouldering volcanos, where dark winter’s day is followed by summer’s midnight sun, and where nature reigns supreme.
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