Best luxury hotels in Europe’s lakes and mountains
Looking for a little luxury on your next holiday to Europe? Well, our Platinum hotels really set the bar high – they’ve all got a TUI rating of 3 plus and above, and have been handpicked for their superb locations and high-quality facilities, like spas and à la carte restaurants. Here are 10 of our favourite Lakes & Mountains Platinum picks…
Hotel Kristal Palace, Riva, Italy
For a stylish stay on Lake Garda, look no further than the Kristal Palace. This hotel is super modern throughout – think calm colours, pale wood and minimalist touches. But the highlight is right at the top. Spend your days sunning yourself on the rooftop Sky Terrace, gazing out at the panoramic views and taking dips in the pool to cool off. Then head back there in the evenings to sip a cocktail and listen to live music as the sun goes down.
The hotel’s in a residential area, just a few minutes’ walk from the lake and around 1.5km from the centre of Riva – so you’ll get the perfect blend of ‘easy to explore’ and ‘peace and quiet’.
Hotel Tirolerhof, Zell am See, Austria
Right in the centre of Zell am See and just a short walk from the lakefront, the Hotel Tirolerhof mixes sophistication with friendly hospitality. The chalet-style building is decorated with flower-filled balconies and surrounded by pretty gardens. Its luxurious spa is perfect for a little me-time, with its indoor pool, saunas and relaxation room.
When you want to get out and about, you can join the weekly guided walks or set off by yourself to explore the Hohe Tauern mountains and the shores of Lake Zell. And when you get back, you’ll find afternoon snacks to keep you going until dinner – which is full of dishes made with fresh, regional produce.
Hotel Catullo, Sirmione, Italy
The family-run Catullo is a more traditional pick on Lake Garda – it’s a listed building, so they’ve kept the décor simple. One of the best things about it is the location. Right on the lakefront in the town centre, it’s got a lovely little garden on the shore and a private jetty full of sun loungers. The restaurant overlooks the garden, and all of the rooms have either a partial or full view of the lake too.
If you do manage to tear yourself away from the scenery, you can borrow a bike for free and pedal along the shore or around town.
Hotel Silberhorn, Wengen, Switzerland
For a first-class Swiss break, the Silberhorn crosses off every point on the luxury wish-list. It’s in an excellent location in Wengen, a short walk from the summer lifts and with amazing views across the valley. Inside, you can split your time between spa sessions – it’s got an outdoor whirlpool, saunas and steam room – enjoying a tipple on the terrace, and savouring buffet breakfasts and 5-course dinners. For an extra treat, book a meal in the Silberhorn-Stube à la carte restaurant, which specialises in Swiss cuisine like raclette and fondue.
The light, airy bedrooms fit the natural theme, and most of them have a balcony so you can soak up the scenery without stepping out of the hotel.
Hotel Caesius Thermae & Spa, Bardolino, Italy
This thermal spa hotel is all about relaxation, so it’s no wonder it’s one of our top places to stay on the south of Lake Garda. It’s got a contemporary feel throughout, with chic restaurants and bars, a spacious lounge and comfortable bedrooms – many of which have lake views. The sense of luxury carries on into the wellness area, from the indoor pool with whirlpools and fountains, to the tempting menu of treatments. And outside, there are five more pools set among palms and olive trees in the peaceful gardens.
The Caesius is just across the road from Lake Garda, outside the pretty village of Cisano. It’s a 30-minute lakeside stroll into Bardolino’s lively centre, with its restaurants, shops and excellent transportation links to other towns around the lake.
Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled, Slovenia
Grand in name and in nature, this impressive hotel ticks all the boxes. The stately look of the outside matches the elegant décor inside, from the rich fabrics to the chandeliers. Your day starts with breakfast overlooking the lake in the Grand Restaurant. From there, you can head to the private lakeside lido to sunbathe or swim. Or maybe hire a rowing boat to get out on the water instead. You can’t miss the spa either, with its saunas, steam room and thermal pool filled with spring water.
Evenings are dedicated to gourmet dinners – either a 4-course buffet or à la carte meal in the Julijana restaurant – followed by a nightcap in one of the hotel’s two bars.
Hotel Monte Rosa, Zermatt, Switzerland
Opened in 1853, this boutique hotel’s been run by the Seiler family ever since – so they know a thing or two about making your trip special. And it’s hosted famous faces like Mark Twain and Edward Whymper, the first person to climb the Matterhorn.
The inside is elegant, from the rooms to the restaurant, and there are lots of historic touches on display. For a bit of peace and quiet, find a spot in the shady garden and settle down with a drink or a good book. Or for extra pampering, you’ll also have access to the modern spa at the nearby Mont Cervin Palace hotel, with its indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools and saunas.
Hotel Regina Adelaide, Garda, Italy
The Regina Adelaide has a prime location on the waterfront promenade in Garda town, one of the must-see destinations on the lake. And you’re just steps away from the cobbled streets and pavement cafés in the medieval centre.
Spend your time relaxing by the hotel’s outdoor pool or head indoors to the wellness area to make the most of the pool, sauna, steam room and treatments. Then sit back in the lounge or unwind in the elegant American Bar, before a gourmet dinner in the à la carte restaurant – paired with garden views and a bottle of wine from the well-stocked cellar. On balmy summer mornings, there’s no better way to start the day than with an al fresco breakfast on the terrace.
Hotel Tennerhof Gourmet & Spa de Charme, Kitzbühel, Austria
All-out luxury is the bread and butter of the Tennerhof. It’s Kitzbühel’s first 5-star hotel and a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of the world’s best hoteliers.
It’s won awards for everything from the spa to the food. You can go for a dip in the indoor or outdoor pool, and unwind in the Finnish sauna, steam bath and relaxation rooms. The buffet restaurant serves rich breakfasts and 5-course dinners. Or you can treat yourself to a meal in the Gourmet Tennerhof à la carte restaurant, one of the best in the country.
Add to that the excellent staff and beautiful panoramic views over the town, and you’ll see why this hotel is such a favourite.
Hotel Casa Barca, Malcesine, Italy
On a quiet hillside above Malcesine, this adults-only hotel is just the place for a couple’s getaway. It’s small, modern and family-run – so personal service is a given. And it feels made for relaxation, with outdoor pools surrounded by olive trees, a wellness area and a rooftop terrace. They’ve really made the most of the location too, so you can admire views of Lake Garda whether you’re swimming, lounging or sitting back on the balcony in your own room.
If you do manage to tear yourself away, it’s only a 10-minute walk down to the town centre and lake. Or you can borrow an e-bike from the hotel and explore on two wheels instead.
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