When Are Our Favourite European Hotels Re-Opening?

As lockdowns ease, our feet are getting itchy. We've touched base with some of our favourite hotels from Spain to Stockholm and beyond to find out everything you need to know about re-opening dates, new safety measures and where to book your next trip.

Opening dates, post-pandemic protocols and the lowdown on Europe's best hotels

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Can Bordoy Grand House & Garden

Palma de Mallorca , Spain

After around two months of closure, this restored 16th-century mansion in Palma's historic La Lonja quarter is inviting cooped-up souls to spread out its spacious art-deco suites where baths are cavernous and views stretch to Bellver Castle. There's a host of social-distancing measures in place, including in-room requests made via Suite Pad, regular cleaning with UV light and ozone generators, a carpet that sanitises your shoes, spaced-out tables in Botànic restaurant and an antibacterial clothes cleaning service. What we're looking forward to the most? Feeling the Mediterranean breeze in the hotel's vine-strewn garden.

Re-opening: 14 May

Address

Forn de la Glória 14 07012

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Il Pellicano

Porto Ercole, Italy

Il Pellicano was born when two lovers - a charismatic American socialite and dashing British aviator - discovered in a secret cove in 1965. Now a jet-set favourite dripping with bougainvillea, the hotel will revive its original intimate spirit (while giving social distancing a helping hand) when it kicks off its summer 2020 season; just 25 of the hotel's 52 rooms will be open. Think of it as Casa Pellicano.

Re-opening: 26 June

Address

Località Sbarcatello 58019 Porto Ercole GR Italy

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Sublime Comporta

Grandola, Portugal

Touted as the "new Ibiza", Comporta is a laid-back cocktail of sand dunes, wild beaches and rolling surf. Here, we've got our post-lockdown sights set on Sublime Comporta's minimalist cabana villas, where earthy textures, white walls and big windows surrounded 17 acres of pine forest are ticking that reconnect-with-nature box at the top of our travel plans - as is its nearby restaurant on Carvalhal Beach. While the hotel will be adhering to the Portuguese government's new health and safety guidelines, it's also offering grocery delivery and an optional comfort-food menu served directly to each villa. Social distancing at its finest.

Re-opening: 1 June

Address

EN 261-1, 7570-337 Muda, CCI 3954 Grandola

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Les Roches Rouges

Saint-Raphaël, France

Trade in four walls for megawatt sunshine, pine-scented air and the crash of waves on the Côte d'Azur. This 50s-style modernist hotel is the ideal place to wind back the clock on the last few months. Bronze yourself by the saltwater pool before a game of pétanque or a hike across the Massif de l'Esterel. The French Riviera is prime territory for catching up on a little hedonism, though a Provençal feast and the hotel's open-air cinema will suit us just fine. In light of the pandemic, room numbers are limited - make sure one of them is yours.

Re-opening: 19 June

Address

90 Boulevard de la 36e Division du Texas 83530 Saint-Raphaël

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Le Sirenuse

Positano, Italy

As it's in the Campania region, where hygiene measures are strict and social distancing is in full swing, Le Sirenuse won't open until July - but it'll be worth the wait. With the feel of a historic yet glamorous private home, it's a must-book for those who want to cleanse their lockdown palates with a taste of the Mediterranean, which comes courtesy of La Sponda restaurant and ice-cream-hued vistas across Positano.

Re-opening: 4 July

Address

Via Cristoforo Colombo 30, 84017 Positano

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Ion Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir, Iceland

Such is the remote nature of Ion Adventure Hotel that never needed to implement total lockdown - though it did endure a few quiet months. Just 18km from the Unesco-protected Thingvellir National Park, it's the perfect launchpad for off-grid adventures across craggy mountains and crashing waterfalls followed evenings back at base, where you'll tuck into Nordic cuisine beneath the dancing Northern Lights.

Re-opening: open now

Address

Nesjavellir við Thingvallavatn, 801 Selfoss, Iceland

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Sikelia

Pantelleria, Italy

The Black Pearl of the Mediterranean, Pantelleria floats closer to Tunisia than it does Sicily, making for a happy marriage between North African influence and Italian soul that can be felt both across the volcanic (and virus-free) island and in its best hotel, Sikelia. Off-grid is the raison d'être here, making it a hotspot for eking out social distancing between its dammuso-style buildings, inviting pool and first-rate spa. Need an extra reminder that life is sweet? Opt for a tasting and cannoli at the hotel's six-hectare winery, Coste Ghirlanda.

Re-opening: 26 June

Address

Via Monastero snc, 91017 Pantelleria, Italy

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São Lourenço do Barrocal

Monsaraz, Portugal

The secluded, slow-paced simplicity of rural Portugal may well be the perfect antidote to the recent onslaught of social and political brouhaha - and it's for this reason that the team at São Lourenço can't wait to welcome guests to "monte alentejano". Life here remains relatively unchanged from its 200-year-old pre-pandemic self; swallows swoop between olive trees, vines reach out towards wildflowers and serene days punctuated by pool dips segue into balmy evenings accompanied by a bottle of the estate's own plonk.

Re-opening: 1 July

Address

São Lourenço do Barrocal Herdade do Barrocal Monsaraz 7200-177 Portugal

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Borgo Egnazia

Puglia, Italy

Gazing across the Adriatic Coast, Borgo Egnazia is going above and beyond protocols prescribed by the Italian government with an extra dose of sanitisation, a doctor on call and staff trained according to WHO directives. Social distancing is a doddle here; not only does this citrus-scented property spread over 16 hectares (borgo means "village", after all), but it's also reducing occupancy by 30 per cent, making restaurant menus available in-room and moving all wellbeing workshops outdoors. Between sunning yourself at one of two private beaches, avail of the hotel's laughter therapist - don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Re-opening: 23 May

Address

Borgo Egnazia Savelletri di Fasano Brindisi 72010

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Hotel Torralbenc

Menorca, Spain

While all health-and-safety measures dictated by the Spanish government, EU and WHO will be followed to a tee at Torralbenc, this farm-turned-chic-getaway enjoys a vast amount of space, meaning there's little chance you'll be swapping germs with other guests. Check in to one of its stand-alone villas for private plunge-pool dips between sizzling Menorcan rays. Days are best spent horseback riding along the nearby shore before sampling Basque flavours at the restaurant advised by Michelin-starred chef Gorka Txapartegi.

Re-opening: 1 July

Address

Ctra. Maó, Cala’n Porter Km.10 07730 Alaior

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Hôtel Lou Pinet

St Tropez, France

Nostalgic for pre-pandemic life? Within strolling distance of St Tropez, this retro Riviera retreat pairs 60s-style with Provençal rusticity. We're looking forward to bronzing by the postcard-worthy pool while chugging heady lungfuls of citrus and pine, unwinding at the sleek Tata Harper wellness centre and loading up on fresh ceviche Riccardo Giraudi's Beefbar restaurant. Spritzer under the stars? Oh, go on then.

Address

70 Chemin du Pinet, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France

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Villa La Coste

Le Puy-Staine-Réparade, France

If there was ever a time to lose yourself between rolling Provencal vineyards, arty Aix (once the home of painter Cézanne) and the untamed Luberon Regional Nature Park, this is it. Here, 28-suite Villa La Coste will cure the lockdown lethargy of aesthetes and epicureans with a healthy dose of artwork by the likes of Renzo Piano and Louise Bourgeois and over-water fire-fuelled cookery courtesy of Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann. Concerned about COVID-19? These guys have a special healthy-and-safety charter.

Re-opening: 19 June

Address

2750 Route de La Cride, 13610, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France

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Parīlio Hotel Paros

Paros, Greece

Sanitising, steam-cleaning and social distancing will be the order of the day when Parīlio Hotel Paros reopens at limited capacity in July. Lazing between the sun, sea and, erm, your room is easy; private balconies are generous and in-room dining will be ordered from QR-code scanned menus. Thankfully, the cross-shaped pool here is one of the biggest on the island, so there will be plenty of space on deck to worship Helios, the god of sunshine.

Re-opening: 1 July

Address

Κολυμπήθρες 844 01, Greece

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Soho Roc House

Mykonos, Greece

Staring wistfully over the Aegean, this waterfront hotel in Mykonos is the latest addition to the Soho House family. Its doors were set to open to the public on 8 May, so when bookings finally start later this summer, they'll be among the first ever for Soho Roc House. While visitors will be cocooned by Cycladic charm - all raw materials and whitewashed walls - the party is never far away; Paradise and Paraga beaches are within easy reach, as is Soho House's beachside bar, Scorpios.

Re-opening: Summer, date TBC

Address

Paraga Beach, Platis Gialos 846 00, Greece

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Miramonti Boutique Hotel

South Tyrol, Italy

After months spent languishing in our pyjamas, we're hankering after a touch of the star treatment. Enter Miramonti Boutique Hotel, where views across the Dolomites are best enjoyed from a wellness area kitted out with outdoor hot tubs and steam baths carved from natural stone. To keep guests safe, it's using mobile check-in, has opened new sun decks and an Onsen pool and is conducting laser temperature checks ahead of all spa treatments.

Re-opening: 11 June

Address

Via San Caterina, 14 St. Kathreinstrasse 14 Hafling, 39010 Merano BZ, Italy

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Casa La Siesta

Vejer de la Frontera, Spain

Social distancing is second nature at this bohemian farmstead that basks in the Andalusian rays; there are only eight rooms, meals are usually taken in the courtyard and, outside, the bucolic Spanish countryside beckons you into the wilderness. Between late-morning dips and lazy afternoons exploring Vejer de la Frontera, this is the kind of trip that will sate your back-to-nature desires without forgoing the good-life luxuries.

Re-opening: 1 June

Address

Camino de Los Parralejos s/n 11150 Vejer de la Frontera

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Ett Hem

Stockholm, Sweden

Unlike most European countries, Sweden never went into total lockdown, so Ett Hem's doors never actually closed. After weeks of #stayhome ennui, you may think twice about travelling to a hotel whose name translates as "at home" - though you needn't. This 12-room bolthole is one where creature comforts are served with the most impeccable taste thanks to interiors designed by Ilse Crawford, a fully stocked pantry and bespoke dinners whipped up by chefs.

Re-opening: open now

Address

Sköldungagatan 2 114 27

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