Six ideas for your next European holiday

Six ideas for your next European holiday: From the culture of Dubrovnik, sunny southern Spain and bustling Rome to the island charm of Malta, glitzy Monte Carlo and a sunny Greek isle

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From the rugged coasts and olive groves of Crete to the glamour of Monte Carlo, Spain’s most exclusive coastal enclave to Italy’s Eternal City, where would you like to go for your next holiday?

It’s just a short hop to the Continent, where historical sites, exquisite cuisine and beautiful beaches can be found around every corner. Accor has a hotel for every occasion, whether you prefer sipping cocktails from a crystalline infinity pool, racing across the waves on a jet ski, or the perfect city centre spot.

Accor includes 43 different hotel brands, from budget-friendly Ibis through to Mercure, elegant Mondrian and deluxe Fairmont and Sofitel. So you can always find the perfect spot for your break, whether it’s a romantic escape, a family holiday or a city break with friends.

Book with British Airways Holidays and peace of mind is guaranteed. Reserve with deposits from just £60 per person*, pay the remaining balance in as many instalments as you like, and rest assured knowing that your holiday is ATOL-protected. With a 24-hour holiday helpline to help you solve any problems during your stay and a 23kg baggage allowance per person, all there’s left to do is plan your perfect escape. Here are some of the most exciting and in-demand destinations.

Spanish elegance at SO/ Sotogrande

Settled on the verdant rolling hills of southern Spain, SO/ Sotogrande is the newest and only luxury hotel in the elite enclave at the tail end of the Costa del Sol. 

Beloved of the A List, SO/ Sotogrande offers everything you want from a decadent break

It started life as a rustic cortijo (type of farmhouse), and still evokes a traditional white village, providing the most authentic experience possible in the region. But now you’ll find European royalty and Hollywood A-listers rubbing shoulders here. 

You can while away your days playing polo and tennis, or hiking and biking the routes that criss-cross sun-drenched hills. From kitesurfing to soaking in the panoramic vistas from the impressive golf course, this five-star resort also offers a world of relaxation in the spa, a kids’ club, and four restaurants offering some of the finest regional cuisine paying homage to Andalusian gastronomy and products to round off your days.

Book your holiday at SO/ Sotogrande here

Italian style at Mama Shelter Roma

Step from the doors of your hotel straight into the ancient majesty of old Rome when you stay at this colourful urban refuge, just a stone’s throw from the Vatican’s imperial walls. 

Roman Holiday: Mama Shelter Roma offers Italian style in the heart of the Eternal City

Flooded by bright colours and touches of extravagant style, Mama Shelter offers the ideal family or couples’ retreat in one of the most coveted destinations in the world. Refresh body and mind in the spa after a day of discovery, enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in the Pizzeria, then head to the rooftop bar for sundowners and music from the resident DJ.

Book your holiday at Mama Shelter Roma here

Splendid sunsets at Mercure St Julian’s Malta

You’ll love the impressive views out over the rooftops of St Julian’s and out to sea from the stylish 11th floor pool and bar at this exclusive Mercure hotel. 

Relax in style at Mercure St Julian’s Malta, with stunning views and great shopping nearby

Tucked away from the crowds that flock to one of Malta’s most fashionable beach spots, this hotel offers warm Maltese hospitality and understated elegance in the heart of town. Upgrade your stay and even your double-sized bath tub will have an amazing sea view. Newly opened and with bright, spacious rooms, you’re also just a short stroll from the waves at Spinola Bay, the boutique shops and Malta’s famed casinos.

Book your holiday at Mercure St Julian’s Malta here

Greek beauty at NIKO Seaside Resort MGallery, Crete

Spectacular sea views dominate at this relaxing adults-only retreat on the water’s edge in Mirabello Bay. Strong lines, soft monochromes, and intimate spaces open out onto panoramic windows and spacious balconies, and an expansive infinity pool seems to almost flow into the ultramarine Aegean waters.

NIKO Seaside Resort – MGallery is a new hotel with luxury rooms and suites that boast their own plunge pools

A new hotel with luxurious rooms and suites that come with their own plunge pools, NIKO Seaside Resort – MGallery is just minutes from the vibrant heart of Agios Nikolaos, while history-lovers will love exploring the storied island of Spinalonga, made famous by Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel The Island. 

Book your holiday at NIKO Seaside Resort – MGallery here

Fine dining at the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik

Emerge from the quiet charm of Dubrovnik’s medieval quarter into the sophisticated comfort of Rixos, settled on the shores of Croatia’s serene Dalmatian coast. 

The Rixos Premium Dubrovnik offers sophisticated comfort in a secluded bay 15 minutes’ walk from the medieval quarter

With captivating views over the Adriatic Sea, this contemporary resort offers a kids club for the little ones, while adults can enjoy the only casino in Dubrovnik, the elegant Tea Lounge boasting more than 100 organic flavours, or an afternoon of indulgence in the ice room, salt room, and pools in the Anjana Spa.

In the kitchens, expert teams of international chefs and sommeliers prepare a medley of Croatian, Mediterranean, Asian, and Turkish culinary delights and serve fabulous wines to be enjoyed in three unique restaurants.

Book your holiday at Rixos Premium Dubrovnik here

A-list glamour at The Fairmont, Monte Carlo

Feel that quiver of excitement as you walk the famous Grand Prix hairpin bend, or enter through the opulent doors of the legendary Casino Of Monte Carlo in the French Riviera’s hottest town, Monaco. 

Ultra glamour on the French Riviera: The Fairmont Monte Carlo is known for its opulence

One of the most celebrated hotels of the Principality, The Fairmont Monte Carlo offers quiet sophistication, dramatic sea views, and divine dining, where Japanese traditions fuse with lime-spiked Peruvian flavours and Mediterranean bites come with endless panoramic views on the glamorous rooftop. 

Find your inner peace in the La Vallee Spa, soak up the sun on the private beach, or bask in the turquoise waters of the top-floor swimming pool. 

Book your holiday at Fairmont Monte Carlo here


There’s a whole world out there to explore, and when you book with British Airways Holidays, you know you’ll have your pick of the best Accor hotels, as well as complete peace of mind that your whole holiday is taken care of.

Upgrade to Club Europe on your European holiday to receive the extra little touches like delicious on board dining options, lounge access and increased baggage allowance. Wherever you want to travel, Accor has hotels in all the most desirable destinations.


*Ts&Cs apply. Deposit balance due 7 weeks in advance for long haul and 28 days in advance for short haul. Travel restrictions may apply. 

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