Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added five new hotels in Italy and Greece to its portfolio, each one ideal for couple and family summer getaways. The hotels offer history, culture, and attractions like picking up new culinary skills for a Tuscan feast, learning a traditional Apulian tarantella dance, discovering new sights on a Vespa with a significant other, or spending a day of watersports with the family.
Eagles Villas: Halkidiki, Greece
Set on a hillside on the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, this collection of luxury sea-view villas with private heated plunge pools is a newly created extension to Eagles Palace. Note: Each villa has views towards Mount Athos and the Aegean Sea.
The resort’s Aqua Explorers kids club offers six water sports programs daily for five to 13-year-olds, and parents can unwind at the spa or explore the historic villages and beaches of Halkidiki.
Hotel Vilòn: Rome, Italy
This boutique hotel in the heart of Rome is a short trip away from the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and the shopping district. The revived historic mansion in the Campo Marzio neighborhood used to be a convent and dates back to the mid-16th century when it was known as the "House annexed to Palazzo Borghese”.
Throughout the property, guests will find marble bathrooms, velvet furnishings, and elegant works of art – hallmarks of architect and designer Paolo Bonfini. Guests looking to explore Rome can contact the concierge to arrange tailor-made sightseeing trips and exclusive transport.
Villa di Piazzano – Tuscany, Italy
This historic, family-run estate, dating back to 1464, is located in the countryside just outside Cortona, a town on the border between Tuscany and Umbria. Originally the hunting lodge of Cardinal Passerini, the Renaissance country estate in the hills has been restored to provide "down-to-earth luxury" to guests.
La Villa del Re – Sardinia, Italy
Located on the waters of the Costa Rei beach on the southeast coast of Sardinia, La Villa del Re is an adults-only luxury beach resort surrounded by Mediterranean gardens. The beach resort’s design is inspired by traditional Sardinian architecture, while its rooms fuse contemporary comfort with Italian style. Guests can enjoy the outdoor infinity pool, or relax on the terrace.
Il Melograno – Puglia, Italy
Set in an ancient olive grove in Puglia, this country estate is considered throughout Italy as the first masseria (a fortified farmhouse used to protect Puglia’s rich produce from Saracens) to open its doors to guests. The chef at the 400-year-old property uses ingredients grown in the hotel’s own garden and fresh fare from the Adriatic Sea. The estate also owns 200 protected olive trees and produces its own Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Guests can learn the traditional Apulian pizzica or tarantella dance, sign up for the hotel’s olive oil tasting session, or sight see via vintage car, Cinquecento or by Vespa.