Six places to get you dreaming

Although the green list of countries you can travel to currently is fairly small and the general advice is still to avoid all but essential travel, we can certainly see light at the end of the tunnel. While we aren’t jumping on a plane quite yet, we feel we can safely start dreaming of international travel once more and that alone is super exciting. Margaret Hussey has rounded up some of her favourite overseas hotels to put on your bucket list for when the world is once again our oyster. It’s time to get dreaming!


Changing the concept of holidays in the Maldives, Kandima allows you to book as you like, one night to two weeks, bed and breakfast or fully inclusive. And breaking away from it being seen as a honeymoon destination, there are children’s clubs while single travellers will feel at home. Rooms from £200.

Mama Shelter, Prague

For a weekend break that doesn’t break the budget, Mama Shelter in Prague offers everything. Stays include bubbles and pizzas for two, free movies on demand with popcorn – and one of Europe’s most stylish cities on your doorstep. More Mama Shelters are coming this year to Rome, Lisbon, Bahrain and Dubai. Rooms from €69.

Ikos Andalusia, Costa del Sol

Bringing its famous Greek brand to Spain, all inclusive Ikos is now on the Costa del Sol. Ikos Andalusia has more than 400 rooms over 21 acres with eight outdoor pools, golf, paddle boarding and canoeing. With seven restaurants and beach waiter services, the resort is just 55 minutes from Malaga airport, and 20 minutes from Marbella. Rooms from €385.

Lotti Hotel, Hamburg

With its lean luxury philosophy Ruby Hotels is style on a budget. Its Lotti hotel in Hamburg is in the press district, so you can create your own story here. With big comfy beds and rainfall showers, it’s minutes from the city’s vibrant markets and harbour. Rooms from €89.

Daios Cove, Crete

All inclusive with its own beach, six restaurants, water sports and children’s club, you can while away many lazy hours at Daios Cove in Crete. During the summer there will be guest appearances from acclaimed chefs and leading holistic practitioners, as well as wine tasting and winery visits. Rooms from €294. 

Ace Hotel, Brooklyn

Photo credit: Stephen Kent Johnson

With 287 rooms, the Ace Hotel, Brooklyn is bringing cool to New York’s hippest borough. Opening this summer it’s got a utilitarian vibe mixed with textiles from local artists. And suites up top give a view over Manhatten and the Statue of Liberty. Rooms from $289.

All imagery: Courtesy of hotels, unless credit otherwise stated

Feature Image: Daios Cove, courtesy of hotel

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