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 sinking summer sun than at one of our favourite Greek retreats. Cue Melenos Lindos, with their 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. If ever there was a place for a bit of shameless plugging from your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram account to make your friends seriously jealous back home, this was it.
La Posada del Marques, Mallorca
Late summer sun doesn’t just have to involve beach-side retreats; 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 from which to lie back and lap up the sun. Its remote location lends itself to complete unadulterated relaxation. That and working your way through the amazing food and extensive wine list out on a terrace overlooking the twinkling lights of Palma.
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
There are few places quite as lovely to catch the last of the summer rays than 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.
If you haven’t filled your quota of surf for the summer, 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 luxier, then Monte Mulini is your place. 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 choose between renting bikes to rattle along the winding coastline, lounging out by the pool, hopping on an island boat trip, or taking the short walk into the old town of Rovini and hanging out in lantern-lit cliff-side bars. All in all, it’s just about the perfect way to end the summer, basically.
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