Are you a lover of all things nature? There’s no need to avoid all luxury vacation plans in order to enjoy some quality time with Mother Nature. Here are the top 5 luxury destinations in Europe for traveling nature lovers.Five places to visit if you love nature and adventure but also want to combine it with luxury.Take a look at these luxury destinations.
Ready to escape the city for the natural wonder of the European countryside but don’t want to leave all those luxurious amenities behind?
From lakes and rivers to mountains and sees, the continent offers something for every taste. Whether you’re coming from near or far, here are five of the best luxury destinations for the best weekend trips in Europe.
1. Ashford Castle – Cong, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Ireland’s wild west is a natural paradise and with properties like Ashford Castle, a private retreat in Cong, County Mayo, it’s also a top destination for those who want a bit of luxury with a lot of adventure.
Hiking rugged climates, surfing the wild Atlantic waves, and cycling the unending green ways are favorite ways to spend a long weekend on the western fringes of Ireland. Combine them with a few of Ireland’s world-famous seaweed spa treatments for the right mix of excitement and relaxation.
2. Caresse Resort & Spa – Bodrum, Turkey
While the most popular beach destinations in Europe for North Americans tend to fall around the south of France and the Italian coasts, there’s no need to stick to the path well traveled.
When Europeans want a break, they head to the Aegean beaches of Turkey. Bodrum offers miles and miles of turquoise bays to swim, walk, snorkel or dive.
Although accommodation options are available for all budgets, the Caresse Resort & Spa stands above the rest as an excellent option for a luxury vacation.
3. Brenners Park – Hotel and Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
Baden-Baden was once the playground of the Russian aristocracy who came to indulge in the city’s spas, hills, and of course the casinos. Baden-Baden’s legacy continues to live on today.
Its location in Germany’s Black Forest makes it the perfect place to escape for hours of solitude. The town itself is full of window displays featuring the most delicious German cakes as well as cultural sites like castles and the old haunts of the likes of Dostoyevskyamong others.
Stay at the Brenners Park Hotel for old world charm and exceptional luxury. The property is set in a private park in the city and offers one of the best spas on the continent.
4. The Gleneagles Hotel – Auchterarder, UK
Combine a round of golf trip to the Scottish Highlands for the ultimate luxury vacation.
Set in Auchterarder, Gleneagles is near to the picturesque towns of Stirling and St. Andrews while also sitting at the gateway to the highlands, including the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in Europe.
Stay at The Gleneagles Hotel – one of the top luxury destinations in Scotland and all of Europe – for a weekend of refinement and relaxation when you’re done on the course.
5. Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch – Velika Plana, Croatia
Head into the treats and combine a visit to the UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve with the Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, a restorative luxury retreat center. Within the property, you’ll have to option to swim, hike, and ride horses through one of the last untouched eco-reserves in Europe.
Luxury Destinations for All Sides of Nature
These luxury destinations offer a perfect weekend or an indulgent week away. Each offers a window into the different sides of the nature that abounds in Europe and on its fringes.
From hiking to biking to surfing to relaxing, there’s a luxury resort that offers everything and more.
Are you ready for takeoff? Don’t forget to read my travel tips to make your next trip your best vacation yet.