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Island Dreams

It is certainly a weird time to do anything, especially to travel, however, if you are itching to escape to an island, the key is to choose a hotel with sprawling grounds to make social distancing a breeze. These 3 hotels on Europe's most beautiful islands are more than happy to welcome you with open arms, from a safe distance of course, into their homes complete with pools, sea views and outdoor activities.

In Sardinia, spread over 50 hectares, is the luxury resort Forte Village. Boasting no less than 8 luxury hotels, with villas and bungalows dotted around the grounds, the resort is an ideal destination for both families and couples. Overlooking the emerald coast of Sardinia, serving up breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, the resort is a wonderful escape for the summer with its endless offerings. 11 swimming pools, soccer fields, tennis courts and a gym will have your sports calendar filled during your stay, but if you are after a more relaxing experience, the resort offers Thalasso & Spa packages, treating you to massages, detox treatments and facials. When it comes to dining, whatever your mood, one of Forte Village's 20 restaurants is sure to tickle your fancy. For a romantic evening reserve a table at Le Dune for Italian fare served with a view looking out onto the Mediterranean Sea, or if you are travelling with children then book a table at Mario's Restaurant that caters to the younger guests. The resort also houses luxury boutiques and a nightclub looking to dance the night away.

Casadelmar Hotel © Serge Detalle

Corsica, France's treasure island, boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches with crystal-clear water and pure white sand, drawing in tourists every summer. The island's popular city of Porto-Vecchio is home to many stunning, secluded hotels, including Casadelmar Hotel. This five-star hotel is made up of 34 rooms and suites and a plush private villa, all offering sea views from their private terraces, and is ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy the finer things in life and just unwind for a few days. A romantic garden filled with olive trees, a heated outdoor pool, a spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant all come together for you to eat, play and relax without ever leaving the hotel except perhaps for jumping into a boat from its private jetty to take you to Palombaggio beach to spend a day in its turquoise water.

The idyllic Italian island of Capri is the answer to everyone's dream of living the dolce vita, mixing a vibrating atmosphere, refined tastes and gorgeous views of the Mediterranean. And perched right at the top of the island, in Anacapri, is Capri Palace, from where you can experience this dreamy world filled with glamour and life. Featuring 68 rooms and suites including the Presidential Paltrow Suite, named after Hollywood starlet Gwyneth Paltrow, Capri Palace is discreet and resembles more of a private home than your standard luxury hotel with sitting rooms under whitewashed arches and a wine cellar. Designed in the style of an eighteenth-century Neopolitan palazzo, the five-star hotel, which was recently taken in by the Jumeirah Group family of luxury hotels, first opened its doors in the 1960s and continues today to attract guests from all over the world who are looking to escape big cities and to take in nature's beauty that can be admired from the hotel's private terraces. The hotel also features Michelin-starred Mediterranean restaurant, L'Olivo, and the only Michelin-starred beach club in the world, Il Riccio Restaurant & Beach Club, from where guests can watch a romance-filled sunset.


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