Where To Go In July

Gstaad Valley, Switzerland

Enjoy summertime in the Swiss Alps in our 84 Club Chalet with a special culinary experience. This month, we are excited to announce our new chef series with top private chefs from Zurich, Paris, and London, featuring the best seasonal and local cooking and selected wines from Jura, Burgundy and more. Come summer, there are epic hiking and mountain biking trails, and our updated exteriors with two new terraces for al fresco dining and our new Chalet Spa, complete with a sun deck, hot tub, cold plunge and custom Finnish Sauna.

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Bregenzerwald, Austria

One of our favourite hoteliers in the Alps, Peter & Pia Fetz, their family and team have spent the past years dreaming up stunning expansion plans for their Hotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg. The old barn and chalet have been meticulously reimagined into new modern apartments and an extensive spa featuring a bathhouse, ecologically heated pool, sports deck, and a biodiverse garden inviting guests to now enjoy the gastronomically-driven property all year round.

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Melides, Portugal

South of Lisbon, Portugal’s Alentejo region is becoming a go-to haunt for those lured by the rhythms of slow travel. Comporta has long attracted surfers and the stylish set, but now its neighbor, low-key Melides, is the rising star. Tranquil and untouched, it combines the sandy Atlantic coastline with vineyards, rice fields, and forest. This spotlight is in part thanks to the opening of Vermelho, the first hotel project from Christian Louboutin — a long-term fan of the region. Its 13 boutique bedrooms and shared spaces are filled with curiosities, sculptures, and artworks, and dressed with Alentejo tiles, frescoes, and treasures. This is the simple life, seen through the most elegant lens.

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Nice, France

Only a few miles from the Italian border, where the crystal-blue Ligurian Sea meets the French Riviera, summer has kicked off in the capital of the Côte d'Azur. And we have two reasons for you to visit Nice this month. The first is largely thanks to Hôtel du Couvent, a former convent from the 17th century that opened after an extensive transformation on June 20th in the old town of Nice. The former abbey is home to 88 rooms, a Roman-inspired thermal spa, and an indoor and outdoor pool. The hotel will serve farm-to-fork cuisine focusing on ingredients from the hotel’s farm. You can take time to meditate at the Movement Studio, seek advice at the herbalist in the cloister, or enjoy a thermal treatment at the Roman baths, before stepping out into the hustle and bustle of the old town, with its narrow streets, yellow facades, craftsmen’s shops, and small boutiques, restaurants, and lively squares. Don't miss a new cool exhibition in town, 'Léger and the New Realism' at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which features around 110 works by Fernand Léger with those of New Realism artists. Good to know: United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Delta fly direct from New York to the capital of the Côte d'Azur.

Read more about our road trip along the French Riviera here.

Médoc, France

A wonderfully under-the-radar part of France, the Médoc is a wine-growing region that stretches towards the Atlantic west coast. You can drive to the coast for beach days and oyster shack lunches, visit endless brocantes and wander around idyllic village food markets. YOLO Journal founder Yolanda Edwards is such a fan that she restored a 19th century house in the area, Maison Medoc, which is available for rent and as of June 2024 also for sale.

Read Yolanda Edwards’ Insider Guide to France’s Médoc.

Monte Argentario, Italy

A small island-shaped slice of Italy in Tuscany’s Maremma, the Monte Argentario has remained relatively under-the-radar compared to its counterparts in Puglia or the Amalfi Coast. It’s where you will find the iconic and bellissima Hotel Il Pellicano and, the new La Roqqa. Set in the charming fishing port of Porto Ercole, it’s a place to savour sparkling seas, bobbing boats, hilltop fortresses and golden piazzas. Make sure to book in for lunch at I Due Pini for spaghetti alle vongole and a swim in the prettiest cove.

Read Marie-Louise Scio’s Insider Guide to Tuscany’s Maremma.

Pantelleria, Italy

Known as the Black Pearl of the Mediterranean, Pantelleria is an island like no other. Closer to Tunisia than Sicily, it’s volcanic, raw and elemental — a place where nature rules and your day’s plans are decided by the wind. Stay at the magical Parco dei Sesi (you’re in the best possible hands with owners Margot and Massimiliano) and spend your days exploring this wild island. Jump off ancient rock at Balata dei Turchi at sunset, go for aperitivo at Kaya Kaya, drive over the Montagne Grande in a mehari and go natural wine tasting at Abazzia San Giorgio.

Read our Guide to Pantelleria.


This year, Wimbledon kicks off on July 1, heralding two weeks of tennis-fuelled fun in the capital. Stay at one of our favourite hotels in London, namely those in Chelsea, Mayfair and Notting Hill, and soak up the good vibes. Early July is often accompanied with a healthy dose of sunshine, so make the most of west London’s leafy green parks, charming canals, restaurant terraces — like the one at the River Cafe — and pub gardens.

Read our story about The Best Rooftops In London

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