The Best Holiday Destinations To Visit In Summer 2024

Emma Hodgson   |   06-07-2024

These are the summer getaways you need to jet to this season 

Bodrum, Turkey

The Turkish Riviera offers a backdrop of azur views of the Aegean Sea, pleasant temperatures and rich natural landscapes, making it a perfect place to visit during the summer months. Bodrum in particular is renowned for its stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters. Popular spots like Bitez, Gumbet, and Camel Beach offer ideal settings for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Meanwhile, the Aegean Sea’s refreshing blue waters are also perfect for cooling off in the summer heat. An increasing number of luxury properties have also recently arrived in the area, particularly in Bodrum along with a slew of high-end boutiques and five-star restaurants. One of the hotels leading the way is the Six Senses Kaplankaya. The property offers a luxury escape in the heart of nature, with a 10,000-square-metre spa, multiple organic dining options, and private beaches. Another leading property in the area is the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bodrum, which offers panoramic coastal views. It is also home to the seasonal Chanel boutique, which is open until October.

Costa Navarino, Greece

Costa Navarino Residences

Step into unspoiled beauty this summer in the lesser-explored Greek region of Costa Navarino. The sustainably driven destination is located in Messinia, in the country’s southwest Peloponnese region. A slew of high-end properties have recently arrived in the area offering costal luxury to travellers to the region. One of the best is the multi-award-winning The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort. The property is set amidst lush olive grows with unobstructed views of the Ionian Se and overlooks a magnificent sandy beach. The resort’s Ionian Exclusive Suites and Villas collection, with two Royal Villas over 600 m² offers bespoke 24-hour five-star service, while all pool villas offer total privacy and direct beachfront access The hotel also recently opened an adults-only pool, offering tranquil relaxation. For those looking for discrete luxury, there is the five-star Costa Navarino Residences, a collection of luxury villas and apartments. This year, the destination expands its offering with the introduction of a new Villa Rental Collection. Located either a few meters from the beach or nestled among verdant olive groves, the villas offer breathtaking, unobstructed sea and golf views and can accommodate up to 10 guests.

London, UK

The Other House, South Kensington

London is a classic choice for a summer escape from the heat. The vibrant and diverse British capital offers a plethora of attractions and experiences, making it especially appealing to visit during the summer. The city is also home to world-leading luxury properties, restaurants and social hotspots. For those seeking luxury and discretion during the trip, The Other House South Kensington is the perfect choice. Situated in the well-heeled Kensington and Chelsea district, it offers a unique blend of apartment-style living, hotel services and access to the property’s exclusive private members club. While in the British capital, take in a helicopter tour of the city to get an overview of its majestic architecture, or enjoy a private yacht or boat cruise along the Thames River, with stunning landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and the London Eye. For a quintessentially British experience, head to The Ritz London for afternoon tea including a selection of hot drinks, delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and pastries.

Côte d’Azur

Cannes on the French Riviera

For the ultimate summer road trip, the Côte d’Azur boasts breathtaking landscapes, including pristine beaches, azure waters, and picturesque coastal towns. The scenic beauty provides a perfect backdrop for a relaxing and memorable summer holiday. Key coastal places to add to your list include the famous city of Cannes, with its well-heeled luxury boutiques and sumptuous restaurants. Further along the coast is Nice, with some of the best art galleries in the region, and old town streets to explore local delicacies. A stone’s throw from the city is Villefranche Sur Mer, with its idyllic beaches and hiking routes to St Jean Cap Ferrat (nicknamed Billionaire’s Row due to its density of high-end properties). There are plenty of short trips inland that are worth a visit too, including the historic picturesque hilltop town of Eze and the art hub of St Paul de Vence. Further along the coast, travellers can hop over the border to Monaco, with its luxury hotels and five-star restaurants, and further still, there is Menton, close to the Italian border offering a sumptuous blend of French and Italian cuisine.

Marbella, Spain

Puente Romano Beach Resort

Marbella’s Golden Mile Mediterranean coast has long attracted well-heeled guests to the region. The area continues to push the boundaries of exceptional high-end travel and is home to several of the Costa Del Sol’s leading luxury properties. While visiting the area, two must-visit properties include the Puente Romano and the boutique Nobu Hotel Marbella. Both are situated around Marbella’s leading luxury social hub, known as The Plaza and offer five-star amenities, and panoramic coastal views. The local outpost of the famous Nobu restaurant is located in The Plaza, while the hotel also offers an exclusive guest-only rooftop pool for visitors to enjoy. Other popular waterfront spots include Playa de la Fontanilla and Cabopino Beach, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. While in the area also be sure to visit Puerto Banús, which is known for its luxury yachts, high-end boutiques, and vibrant nightlife, where visitors can enjoy fine dining, upscale shopping, and exclusive night spots.

Portofino, Italy

D&G at Le Carillon Portofino

Portofino is a picturesque village, popular with jetsetters in the region. The fabulous spot is located on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy, known for its stunning natural beauty, luxury yachts and colourful houses lining the harbour. The village is the perfect place for travellers seeking a blend of elegance and scenic charm. While visiting the area, be sure to try the region’s traditional Ligurian cuisine and fresh seafood which it is known for throughout the country. For relaxed summer days, head to the luxurious Le Carillon where Dolce&Gabbana is hosting a summer takeover. The restaurant serves sumptuous dishes and drinks, throughout the day and into the evening. The hotspot is located on a small but beautiful sandy beach located just a short distance from Portofino. It is an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the crystal-clear waters. Another must-visit local spot is the harbour in the heart of the village which is lined with pastel-coloured houses, luxury boutiques, and seafood restaurants. It’s the perfect place for leisurely walks, people-watching, and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.