La Bionda, Begur / Spain
Carla Lloveras from Barcelona dreamed of running her own hotel, so she created one in the most beautiful Costa Brava town of Begur, right in the centre. The house is full of colourful details, an urban palace with beautiful light seeping through the rooms in the morning and evening. In total, there are only nine stylishly furnished suites at La Bionda. Breakfast is served on the ground floor in the morning and the seven beaches are only 5 minutes away by car or bus. You’ll love it. Promised.
La Bionda Begur
Carrer Font de Baix
I Cucali, Porto Recanati / Adriatic Coast (Italy)
Chiara Scislowskis family still owned an old fisherman’s house directly on the beach, so she decided to furnish it exquisitely, and opened a small sanctuary, which really should be kept top secret and not divulged to anyone. This jewel of a B&B has only got three rooms, which all look as though they are the dressing rooms in a Giuseppe Verdi opera. The show-stopper of this Pretty Hotel: It is located directly on the beach in the small town of Porto Recanati in the Macerata province south of Ancona.
Lungomare Palestro, 39
62017 Porto Recanati MC
Casa Ceu, Olhão / Portugal
Lara and Dario dreamed of opening their own B&B in the Algarve and started Casa Céu in 2019. The beautiful house in the middle of the historic center has just four small, sleek rooms, a common breakfast area and a fabulous roof terrace. From the patio, you have a fantastic view of the cubic, nested houses and get the idea why Olhão is called the Marrakesh of Portugal. To access the beaches on the offshore islands, you take a boat during the day, and in the evening you mingle with the other guests on the rooftop terrace for Aperitivo. Absolutely brilliant.
Rua da Liberdade
Olhão / Portugal
Follonico, Montefollonico / Tuscany (Italy)
At Follonico hosts Susanna & Fabio take good care of every guest personally. They will spoil you with their farm-to-table food and also encourage you to sit on a communal table with the other guests. Nice detail: Due to the fact, that there are only six rooms, chances are high, you will meet some likeminded people and enjoy their company. Special: The swimming pool above the property is ready to jump in.
Località Casale 2
53049 Torrita di Siena
Kirchenwirt K1326, Leogang / Austria
A visit to Kirchenwirt is something like this: In the afternoon you move into one of the beautifully renovated rooms that have been furnished with lots of love, then you take a stroll up to the Sinnlehenalm, where you take a seat at one of the comfortable tables, and admire the spectacular rock formation of the Leoganger Steinberge, after which you descend back into the valley, sit on the historical bench in front of the Kirchenwirt and let your lovely hosts Barbara and Hans-Jörg show you a few of their precious wines, before going to the garden and enjoying a lovely dinner while watching the glorious sunset.
Der Kirchenwirt K1326
Gourmetwirtshaus & Historisches Hotel
Geschwister Hans-Jörg Unterrainer & Barbara Kottke
A-5771 Leogang Nr.3, Dorfmitte
Salzburgerland / Austria
Tel. +43 (0)6583 8216
Villa Arcadio, Saló / Lake Garda – Italy
At Villa Arcadio, you sit on the terrace and watch the bay of Saló and you think: this is where I want to be. This is where I want to stay. Which is quite dangerous: because guests who stay at Villa Arcadio sometimes don’t leave the property at all. The house offers everything you need. Breakfast, lunch, aperitivi with olives and dinner, a pool with a fantastic view, a huge garden and cozy rooms. In total there are only 18 of them, so the risk of disappearing in a crowd of people is quite low.
Via Palazzina 2
Salò / Lago di Garda
Villa Flor, S-chanf – Engadine / Switzerland
A visit to Villa Flor is always a reminder, that – historically – hotels have been places of cultured taste. Unlike in the hip designer hotels no spectacular wellness area has been built here, but rather stylish furniture and top quality flooring. Those who enter Villa Flor automatically belong to the family and are free to admire the ever-changing art exhibition of the host and art lover Ladina Florineth. In the morning you are being served a healthy breakfast and in the evening everyone, who wants enjoys drinks in a private atmosphere. Further highlights: With it’s landscape and elevation Oberengadin belongs to one of the most beautiful places on Earth – during the day you wander through the picturesque landscape and in the evening dine in rustic establishments without even getting a sniff of the St. Moritzer Jet Set.
S-chanf / Switzerland
Ottmanngut, Merano / South Tyrol (Italy)
It`s a reoccurring dream: You have to experience Ottmanngut, because it belongs to the few places, in which the, “What-are-we-going-to-do-today” stress of the modern holidaymaker has no place whatsoever. You live in light rooms, in which the furniture harmonises perfectly with the historical walls and in the morning enjoy a three-course breakfast, which would be hard to find anywhere in the world. After breakfast, the young host Martin Kirchlechner provides you with valuable tips on how to get to know Merano and its surroundings. In the evening you sit in the garden nursing a glass of South Tyrolean red wine and contemplate how the tranquility is washing away the cobwebs of your mind.
Ottmanngut Suite & Breakfast
Giuseppe Verdi Straße 18,
Merano / Alto Adige
+39 0473 449656
Hotel La Maison, Saarlouis / Germany
Okay, Saarlouis might not exactly be the Provence or Tuscany (and definitely not Sicily!), but the Hotel La Maison should really be put on this list. Host Günter Wagner, because of the sale of his firm (Wagner frozen pizza) had “a little“ budget for the renovation of this former administrative appeals court, created his own francophile sanctuary here, in which you can, on a whim, spend a romantic weekend. Seriously, La Maison gives you the feeling of being someone really special, a VIP, but without the burden of 230 million Instagram followers. Apart from the pretty rooms, the cuisine is a dream come true. In the morning you breakfast in “Pastis“, which was modelled on a French bistro and the evening at “LOUIS“, which was awarded with two Michelin stars recently.
Maison Valvert, Provence / France
Naturally a place in the Provence cannot be missing from this list – with a host-couple who first fell in love with each other, then in Luberon and also in the idea to run a bed & breakfast here together. Maison Valvert is a perfect base for Provence-discoverers and apart from the charming rooms, there is also a tree-house and three small Maisons with more privacy and an uninterrupted view to Mother Nature.
Route de Marseille