Location, location, location! Immaculate vineyards, erupting volcanoes, pounding ocean waves and mighty mountain ranges – just some of the spectacular views Headwater customers will enjoy this summer when staying at our finest-ever collection of hand-picked hotels.
1. The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its sensational scenery: mountains dropping into crystal blue seas, towns clinging vertiginously to limestone cliffs, stunning walking trails through lemons, olives and vines. Customers joining our 7-night guided Amalfi Coast Walk spend their first three nights in enchanting Ravello where rooms at Hotel Garden overlook the world-famous Amalfi Drive.
2. Fancy breakfast in the shadow of a volcano? Choose Headwater’s Islands of Sicily Walk and you’ll spend your last three nights at the Hotel del Corso in Taormina where the breakfast room and terrace overlook Etna – simply spectacular if she’s putting on one of her regular performances!
3. The stunningly unspoilt island of Bermuda boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: deserted sugar-pink sands, secret turquoise bays, stunning sea grottoes and amazing coral reefs full of strikingly colourful fish. Our walking base here, the luxurious Coco Reef Hotel, lies on the edge of the best private beach on the island with all rooms offering panoramic ocean views – even the beds have been strategically positioned so that you wake up, not just to the sound of the ocean, but also to the most stunning of views!
4. Originally designed to house the vulcanologists who came to the Costa Rican town of Arenal in 1987, the Observatory Lodge Hotel enjoys prime position facing the dramatic Arenal Volcano, and is the only accommodation within the Arenal National Park.
5. Arguably the finest hiking in Europe can be found on Italy’s stunning Ligurian Coast, home to the famous Cinque Terre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of five picturesque villages and long-time favourite for poets, artists and celebrities! Headwater’s 9-night, self-guided walk here includes two nights in the Royal Sporting Hotel (sea view rooms guaranteed) in postcard-pretty Portovenere, a charming fishing port. The views extend across the Gulf of La Spezia and the small island of Palmaria.
6. Perched on a high, sunny terrace facing the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks, the traffic-free mountain village of Murren nestles at the foot of the Schilthorn and is a highlight of our Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Hiking tour. Headwater walkers spend two nights at *** Hotel Alpenruh and have the opportunity to take a cable car to James Bond’s revolving Piz Gloria restaurant for 360° views over Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
7. Hotel Le Grand Jardin is a gorgeous six-room, family-run hotel set in lovely tranquil grounds between the impressive Dentelle mountains and the famous Grenache vineyards of Provence. Each of the cottage-style bedrooms opens onto a private terrace and garden, and meals are taken on the vine-covered poolside terrace.
8. In Umbria, the Hotel La Bastiglia boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. Originally an ancient mill the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed into an unforgettable place to stay. There are 33 rooms divided into three categories, many overlooking the typical Umbrian landscape of cypress trees and olive groves.
9. The Hotel Post in the Austrian Lakes sits on the shores of Attersee, offering panoramic views of Austria’s biggest lake as well as a stunning mountain backdrop. All rooms have lake views and balconies (and there’s even a lakeside sauna!). The hotel has its own private beach – so you can swim in what is said to be the warmest waters in the Salzkammergut Lake District!
10. The quintessential views of the Tuscan countryside are simply breathtaking from Hotel Le Fonti, the start and end point for our Volterra to San Gimignano Walk holiday. Located just below the Porta dell’Arco entrance to mediaeval Volterra, the hotel has a fabulous infinity pool with a sweeping panorama over the rolling Pisan hills.
11. On our Catalan Coastal Cycling holiday you’ll follow a mix of glorious coastal paths and unspoilt inland routes. Two nights are spent in the Castell d’Empordà, a superbly restored 700-year-old castle perched on a rocky outcrop, boasting spectacular views over the idyllic Empordà plain.
12. The simply stunning rooms of the C17 Château de Sainte Sabine in Burgundy, built on the site of an ancient monastery, offer a distinct blend of modern and period decor, with an unbroken view of the village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, one of the select group of “the most beautiful villages in France”, and the surrounding countryside. There is also a swimming pool for guests to enjoy amid a natural setting featuring a small lake and eight hectares of carefully tended grounds.