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7 of the hottest new beach hotels in Europe to know about this summer

Hit the sunlounger at one of these stylish new retreats, all just a stroll from the sea

If you like your holiday with warm, golden sands and an aquamarine ocean, you’ll love these new beach hotels in Europe. Whether it’s a bioclimatic boutique retreat on the shores of the Greek isle of Folegandros or the reimagining of an old favourite along the glamorous Costa Smeralda in Sardinia, the latest beach hotels to open on the European coast offer the ultimate seaside escape. 

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New beach hotels in Europe

Dunas de Formentera, Spain
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Visionary hotelier Pablo Carrington adds to his portfolio with Dunas de Formentera in the Balearics, which surely earns its place as one of 2024’s best new beach hotels in Europe. Set in between the unspoilt beaches of Migjorn and Es Caló, it’s the island’s first ‘eco-luxury’ hotel and has been designed to merge harmoniously with the landscape. The public spaces and 45 rooms and suites are all about bringing the outside in, the soft, earthy tones and natural textures thanks to designer Antonio Obrador (the man behind Cap Rocat in Mallorca, Palacio Solecio in Old Town Malaga and Hotel Urso in Madrid).

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The hotel has a glittering infinity pool and direct access to the sea – there can be nothing more peaceful than whiling away the hours wandering barefoot amongst the dunes. In keeping with the free-spirited, laid-back vibe, the dining at Caliu restaurant is relaxed, with a focus on the freshest of Mediterranean dishes. Think gazpacho, sea bass ceviche and incredible wood-grilled pizzas (the likes of Truffled Pecorino, Bologna truffle mortadella and Parmesan cream).

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One & Only Kea Island, Greece
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Kéa – in the Cyclades archipelago – has long been the secret holiday destination of stylish Athenians (it’s just one hour by ferry, plus the beaches are gorgeous). Now they’ve even more reason to visit the island, with the arrival of One&Only Kéa Island. Occupying a 65-hectare beachfront stretch, the one- and two-bedroom villas offer a coolly elegant take on traditional Hellenic design, with glass sliding doors leading out to private decks and pools.

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From the taverna to the beach club to the pool bar, the vibe at this resort is relaxed and the menu as local as can be. The spa draws on local plants for its holistic treatments, while the more energetic can choose to join one of the resort’s unique experience offerings – whether that’s taking a boat to discover hidden coves and exploring beneath the Aegean with the resident dive master, getting beneath the skin of the characterful local towns or learning how to produce honey with third generation beekeeper Georges Thodos.

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Romazzino, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
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Sardinia’s original beach hideaway has reopened this summer as Romazzino, A Belmond Hotel, Costa Smeralda. The hotel was designed by renowned architect Michele Busiri Vici in the 1960s, when the Aga Khan was transforming this glittering stretch of Sardinian coastline into a glitzy holiday destination. The rich and famous came here as much for the white stucco hotel, with its terracotta roof, tiled floors and architectural curves, as they did for the private stretch of white sandy beach and the emerald-blue waters of the Mediterranean lapping its shores

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Following a spectacular renovation by Belmond – the LVMH-owned hospitality group – the hotel is an “ode to historial glamour”. While the architectural nuances remain, the 100 guest rooms – including suites and villas – have been restyled and all feature private pools. That’s in addition to the two main pools (one of which showcases work by landscape and garden designer Gaia Chaillet, a nod to retro charm). The restaurant serves up villeggiatura-inspired dishes and seafood specialties alongside views across the bay; plus there’s a serene spa, as well as an array of curated adventures on land and sea. 

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Andronis Minois, Paros, Greece
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Andronis Hotels’ highly anticipated Paros debut is now welcoming guests. Following an extensive restoration last year, Andronis Minois is atypical of Cycladic architecture, all low-slung, white-washed, pretty-as-a-picture buildings. The 44 suites each have a terrace and/or patio, some with dramatic views across the Aegean Sea, other overlooking the bougainvillaea-strewn garden – but all are consistent in their pared back chic and comfort.

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There’s a main swimming pool and a buzzing day-to-night Lounge Deck, while the hotel’s tiered restaurant Olvo is the perfect spot to feast on Chef Tsantilas’ plates of fresh pasta and innovative salads. Work it off in the well-equipped outdoor gym, or take it more gently in the subterranean Aura Spa where, alongside the treatment rooms, there’s a steam bath and tepidarium. Do explore the island – there’s a free shuttle that takes guests to the fishing village of Naoussa, with its pretty waterfront tavernas and charming boutiques.  

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ZEL Costa Brava, Spain
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ZEL is the lifestyle brand created as a collaboration between Meliá Hotels International and Rafa Nadal. Fresh off the back of their success with their first property in Mallorca, they’re now opening a second hotel – ZEL Costa Brava. The new 214-room property sits on the coastline between Cala Pola and Cala Giverola, a few minutes drive from Tossa de Mar, in northern Spain. This is a place surrounded by nature – where guests swim in the cool, crystal waters of the Mediterranean and explore the rugged coastline along the many hiking trails.

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In keeping with the ZEL ethos (and no doubt world tennis great Nadal’s wishes), the emphasis here is on wellbeing – there’s a spa with a semi-Olympic size swimming pool overlooking the mountains, a steam room, sauna and extensive treatment list – and a well-equipped gym. But it’s the sports activities that set it apart – there are 46 in total, from tennis (of course) and basketball to yoga, jiu-jitsu and Nordic walking, with group sessions every week. But it’s not all working out – there’s a beach club, beach bar, food truck and several terraces for sipping cocktails as the sun dips into the Mediterranean. 

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Nammos Hotel, Mykonos, Greece
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21 years after welcoming its first guests to Nammos restaurant in Mykonos (which has now expanded to Cannes, Dubai and London), Nammos Hotels & Resorts is launching its inaugural property on the Greek island – Nammos Hotel Mykonos. Set on the golden sands of Psarou Bay in the south of the island (the same beach where you’ll find the famous restaurant), the bijou property has 26 rooms and suites, as well as a trio of private villas that come with four to nine bedrooms, 24/7 butler service and private infinity pools.

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As it should be with new hotels, the exterior and interior are in harmony with their surroundings. Walls are white-washed and local woods and stone have been used throughout – inside, the decor is a vision of understated chic with marble, tarnished gold accents and luxe furnishings (the design was collaborative with Loro Piana). The beach, with its iconic teal and white stripe umbrellas, cabanas and plush daybeds, is on the doorstep; so too the eponymous restaurant, with its Mediterranean-Asian menu. There’s a spa, of course, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre with Dior x Technogym equipment.

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Gundari, Folegandros, Greece
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If you head beyond the well-travelled Greek island path to Folegandros in the Cyclades, you’ll find Gundari – the island’s first ultra-luxe five-star boutique resort and definitely a new beach hotel in Europe to bookmark. Preserving the local environment and the peace of the landscape has been integral in every part of this development. The 27 suites and villas are bio-climatically designed, and all come with private solar-heated infinity pools (the views across the Aegean Sea are stunning).

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The cliff-edge pool has a swim-up cocktail bar, and the subterranean spa offers herb-based treatments rooted in ancient rituals, as well as sound bathing, energy healing, yoga and meditation. Dining is under the helm of Greece’s very first Michelin-starred chef – Lefteris Lazarou – who offers his spin on Greek cuisine using ingredients from the hotel’s organic farm. 

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