Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is thrilled to welcome five new independent properties on Spain and Greece’s sun-soaked islands to its growing European portfolio of more than 200 hotels, resorts, and residences.
With international travel set to return mid-May, and the likely introduction of green travel corridors from the U.K. to Spain and Greece for vaccinated travellers, travel to these destinations is expected to boom with residents eager to resume plans for sun-filled summer holidays.
Ranging from a soon-to-open luxury property on the pristine island of Menorca, to an exclusive wellness retreat in Santorini, these diverse offerings offer guests highly personalised service and authentic experiences, perfect for couples, friends, and families to relax, rejuvenate, and reset in style.
Lago Resort Menorca Suites del Lago 5*, Menorca, Spain
The eco-retreat is the latest luxury addition at Lago Resort Menorca, which is home to three existing hotel and villa experiences. Close to Menorca’s finest beaches, this chic adults-only hideaway is comprised of 91 elegant suites, each extending minimalist interiors and marina views. Guests can take advantage of the swimming pool and hot tub, relax in the tranquil terrace, and revel in a variety of other amenities such as Lago Spa, a fitness center, and an exclusive Japanese-Menorcan restaurant.
Hotel Hacienda de Abajo, La Palma, Spain
Nestled in the charming town of Tazacorte on the island of La Palma, the hotel is a 17th century sugar farm turned exclusive boutique hotel, offering guests refined chic interiors, elegant surroundings, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. The property boasts 32 individually decorated rooms, a spa and pool, and the El Sitio restaurant featuring local cuisine with international influences. An enclave for art lovers, Hacienda de Abajo houses one of the finest art collections in the Canary Islands, featuring exquisite antiques, tapestries, and museum-quality art collections.
Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, Gran Canaria, Spain
Set in the Canary Islands’ capital, Santa Catalina, the newly renovated 204-room property offers guests a glamorous hub from which to explore, and an opportunity to enjoy traditional cuisine at signature restaurant Poemas where the Michelin-starred Padrón brothers serve locally inspired plates. For postponed celebrations, guests can opt for The Royal Suite – the property’s most exclusive accommodation featuring a private terrace overlooking the Atlantic and palm tree-fringed gardens, two spacious bathrooms including a designer bathtub, and exclusive access to the rooftop infinity pool and wellness studio, complete with Royal Concierge service.
Andronis Arcadia, Santorini, Greece
Located on the fringe of Oia village, this exclusive retreat keeps with the region’s architecture of whitewashed walls and bamboo roofs, while earthy-luxe interiors bring the outdoors in. An appreciation for the natural surroundings is also reflected across 52 suites, featuring plunge pools with sea views, and at Eden Villa – Oia’s largest villa that is complete with six bedrooms over three floors, its own spa, fitness centre, private chef, and two private pools. Guests can feast at two on-property restaurants, offering taverna-style dishes and ultra-fresh sushi, and enjoy downtime at the spa that extends an infinity pool, outdoor relaxation area, and locally inspired treatments.
Lesante Classic Luxury Hotel & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece
Located in the surrounding countryside of Tsivili village on the coast of Zante island, the luxurious resort features 107 coastal-chic rooms, boasting balconies or terraces, two large outdoor pools, a fitness centre, and the islands’ largest and most extensive spa with an indoor pool, hot tub, hammam, and a range of treatments . Guests can dine at the hotel’s two restaurants, featuring Greek and international cuisine, and sip cocktails at the piano bar or swim-up bar. Recommended activities include exploring the quaint village, relaxing at a local beach, visiting the renowned Shipwreck Beach, and setting sailing on the Ionian Sea to spot the Caretta turtles.
Member hotels can take advantage of a range of benefits including I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the brand’s points-based loyalty programme with more than 3.8 million travellers currently enrolled globally. All of these new member hotels offer guests the opportunity to enrol in I Prefer for the opportunity to earn points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, Elite status, and other special benefits such as complimentary internet to members upon every eligible stay at more than 650 participating locations worldwide.
For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.