Under the circumstances your attention might be diverted but perhaps we can distract you with some superlative stays in some of the world’s more soothing hotspots. Grecian hideaways in secluded coves, South of France super spas and glossy Ibizan boltholes like Seven Pines Kempinski (where there’s 25% off four-night stays, by the way) offer more of a serotonin top-up than doom scrolling your way through lockdown.
Plus, deciding where to go now gives you an advantage over the hordes who’ll panic-book as soon as we can move about freely again. So, take your time, enjoy the easy-on-the-eye images and treat yourself to a trip down the line.
DAIOS COVE LUXURY RESORT & VILLAS, CRETE
Crete’s been a dab hand at breezy summer stays since its resident minotaur was slain, and Daios Cove has distilled all the isle’s sunny elements into one superlative retreat. There’s a beach, private pools galore and watersports for all ages – even your four-year-old can learn to waterski. Plus dining and drinking options that run the gamut from slurpable Asian noodles to haute Greek fare to herb-, fruit- and veggie-infused cocktails.
BORGO PIGNANO, TUSCANY
The Etruscans set the template for the Italian good life several centuries ago – good food and wine, beautiful scenery, perhaps a spell in a hot spring – and Borgo Pignano, a charmed country stay sprawling over 750 acres of greenery, has translated this approach for modern wellness-seekers. To this end, they’re giving guests a generous €80 to drop on food and drink, spa spoiling or a horse-riding session past patchwork fields.
LILY OF THE VALLEY, LA CROIX-VALMER
Cleansing and cocktails go hand in hand at this top spa stay in the lushly green hills just south of St Tropez. You can be spoiled and shed bad habits at the same time, thanks to a resident naturopath and dietician, rituals that deep-dive into Eastern holistic practices and high-tech honing with Biologique Recherche Esthéderm treatments. And to spur you on you’ll be hosted in super stylish Philippe Starck interiors.
MARTINHAL SAGRES, ALGARVE
The families who’ve home-schooled together will undoubtedly crave a change of scene, and Martinhal Sagres offers quite the dramatic shift, with its views over cliff-backed beaches and the rugged terrain of one of Portugal’s most picturesque natural parks. Other breath-of-fresh-air perks include a trio of pools, dining for all tastes and myriad distractions for smalls.