By the ELLE team
Melenos Lindos, Rhodes
With its whitewashed walls, views of the Aegean Sea and fragrant gardens of frangipani and jasmine, there are few places better to soak up the last of the autumn sun than at one of our favourite Greek retreats. Melenos Lindos has 12 individually designed suites, traditional restaurant and pebbled mosaic terraces, where you can recline back on a lounger and watch the sun set, cocktail in hand.
La Posada del Marques, Mallorca
Autumn sun isn't just about the beach; it can also mean a 16th-century mansion hidden away in Mallorca’s lush Tramuntana Mountains. La Posada del Marques sits 500 metres above sea level and has some pretty awe-inspiring views over the south of the island. Suites are traditional but plush, and each comes with its own private roof terrace for catching rays and watching sunsets. Its remote location makes for unadulterated relaxation between working your way through the amazing menu and extensive wine list overlooking the twinkling lights of Palma.
La Posada del Marques, Esporles, Islas Baleares, Spain, +34 971 61 12 30, Dobles from £117, B&B
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
There are few places quite as lovely as the sunny South Italian shores of Puglia. And there are even fewer better places once you're there than Borgo Egnazia. Built out of honey-coloured sandstone in the style of a traditional Apulian village, the hotel is a total suntrap. The suites are elegant and filled with quirky design details from the ceiling lights made from bottles to the bird cages and old books tied up with string. With October temperatures reaching a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you can spend lazing afternoons borrowing bikes to cycle between one of the four elegant swimming pools, the ancient olive groves and the beach.
Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri, Fasano, Italy, +39 080 225 5000. Doubles from around £160, room only
If you haven’t filled your surf quota this year, then you should book in a stay at Muxima, sharpish. The eco-friendly retreat in the Algarve is a former farmstead and its grounds are filled with lavender, eucalyptus and cork trees. Solar panels provide the energy, and there’s a natural reed-filtered swimming pool to take a dip in. You can while sunny afternoons away out on the daybeds or down at the beach. It’s part hippy, part chic retreat and total bliss.
Monte Mulini, Croatia
If you're looking for something a bit sleeker and more luxe, then you'll love Monte Mulini. This ultra-modern hotel is set into the hillside on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula, and each of its 113 sleek bedrooms looks out to sea. You can rent bikes to rattle along the winding coastline, finding tiny secluded bays to swim in, lounging by the pool, hopping on an island boat trip, or taking the short walk into the old town of Rovini for its little shops and pretty, lantern-lit cliff-side bars.
Monte Mulni, Rovinj, Croatia, +385 52 636 000. Doubles from around £151, B&B.
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