Where to Celebrate Life’s Major Milestones in EuropeBy Qin Xie
Whether it’s a big birthday, your honeymoon or a promotion at the job you love, life has many milestones worth celebrating. So, why not do it in style with a mini-break to really mark the occasion?
Here are seven destinations around Europe offering something special to commemorate life’s big moments.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
Turning 30 in Style
Often seen as the transition between youth and adulthood, turning 30 is an important milestone for many people. Toast the occasion at the stylish Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof in the heart of the German capital, where check-in is done at the bar and food and drinks are available 24/7.
You can still party hard — legendary nightclubs Berghain and Kater Blau are within walking distance — but return to a spacious room with sumptuous bedding and a comfy lounge chair.
A bus stop is nearby, too, for getting around the city.
Getting Married in a Dreamy Location
Overlooking the Ionian Sea and surrounded by lush olive groves, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino effortlessly creates a fairy-tale setting for weddings. The resort has its own wedding planning team so you can leave the details to the experts, while accommodations are split into rooms, suites and villas to suit singles, families and larger groups.
And if you need some pampering before the big day, the 43,000-square-foot Anazoe Spa is a sanctuary of well-being with treatments based on traditional Greek health and beauty practices.
Jetting Off on a Honeymoon
Want to escape to an island paradise for your honeymoon? You don’t need to head to the tropics — the intimate JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is set on its own private island, Isola delle Rose, in the Venetian Lagoon.
Arrive in style via the resort’s boat before cocooning in one of the ultraluxury suites, some of which feature their own plunge pools. When you’re ready to explore, there are complimentary shuttles taking you across the water to St. Mark’s Square in just 20 minutes.
Vacationing with a New Baby
Being a new parent is already stressful enough, but traveling with a baby can add an extra level of anxiety. So take it easy at Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve, which is regularly voted as one of the best family resorts in the world.
Cots and highchairs are available on request, and there are well-equipped play areas for older children. For multigenerational groups, there are villas for privacy and convenience, and downtime can be spent in the spa.
Plus, the Algarve’s fine sandy beaches are right on the resort’s doorstep.
First Solo Break
Welcoming, friendly and one of the safest cities in the world, Reykjavik makes a great solo travel destination, especially if it’s the first time you’ve traveled alone. Base yourself at The Reykjavik EDITION, located in the heart of the Icelandic capital with harborfront views.
By day, explore the city on foot or book a treatment at the spa. Then watch the sunset from the rooftop bar before making your way downstairs for classic Icelandic dishes from renowned chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason.
And if you fancy dancing the night away, The EDITION’s Sunset club hosts DJs and live performances.
Toast a Big Promotion
Just been promoted? Toast your success with a country-house getaway that’s the antithesis of the busy working week. Delta Hotels St. Pierre Country Club in Chepstow is a 14th-century manor home-turned-rural bolthole on the edge of the Wye Valley.
Set in 400 acres of parklands with gorgeous lake views, it’s home to two 18-hole golf courses and a golf academy to improve your game.
Or if you just want to relax, the spa offers a full range of treatments.
Relax into Retirement
Kick off your retirement with a pampered stay at The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, Abama, located on the wild and beautiful west coast of this Spanish island. There are plenty of ways to treat yourself here, from two Michelin-starred restaurants to the award-winning spa — or keep yourself busy at the seven swimming pools and 18-hole golf course.
Thanks to child-friendly facilities ranging from a playground to hosted activities, this is also a great option for a multigenerational holiday.