Tucked into the dazzling landscape of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, the 5-star Hotel Romazzino offers gay travelers the rare chance to tap into the renowned grandeur of the Mediterranean. The breathtaking white stucco property sits on a hill and allows for impressive views over a sheltered bay with a white sandy coastline. Elegant rooms and suites have spacious bathrooms and private terraces or balconies, some with sweeping views of the azure ocean. Unwind amid furniture and decorative elements made by local craftsman. No vacation is complete without a trip to the spa—head to all-new Spa My Blend by Clarins, with four treatment rooms, a sauna, and steam and relaxation rooms. And for dining, choose from several upscale options focusing on the culinary traditions of Sardinia. Discover why travelers say this corner of the Costa Smeralda leaves an indelible mark!
For a quiet retreat that offers fresh, verdant terrain overlooking the rugged Atlantic coastline, gay travelers could hardly pick a better place than County Mayo, located on the western side of Ireland. Nature lovers flock here to enjoy active pursuits in an unspoiled and mostly tourist-free environment. But nature is not the only thing that brings visitors to County Mayo. A string of local villages liven up the landscape and provide gay travelers with opportunities to mingle with Ireland’s notoriously friendly population. With around 10,000 residents, Ballina is the largest town in the county—this sleepy riverfront spot boasts brick-paved streets, dimly lit pubs, and restaurants serving a diverse array of cuisines. Rent a car so you can explore the county in depth, stopping to admire historic houses, untouched pastures, and tiny, inviting outposts. Need a place to stay? Check out our gay-friendly pick, The Lodge at Ashford Castle.