THE BEST OF SUMMER: FOR YOU. FROM BLU.
Great things you must not miss this summer
At Radisson Blu, we know your time is truly precious. We also know that too many choices can make life stressful - even when it comes to the exciting decisions - like booking a brilliant summer holiday. So, we’re making things easy for you this year: we’re sharing our inspirational “Top Tips” for some of our global most stylish escapes, divided into 5 simple sections: City Escape, Family Breaks, Sunshine Holidays, Adventure & Nature and Food Trips.
In addition to the amazing attractions of each unique destination, you’ll enjoy all the spectacular delights of staying at an iconic Radisson Blu hotel, including the best location, fast free Wi-Fi, superb spa facilities and our award-winning Super Breakfast - the unbeatable way to start every day in your very own true Blu heaven. Finally, as an added bonus, you can also earn valuable points - redeemable for great benefits - by joining our richly rewarding Club Carlson loyalty program.
The indescribable joys of discovering the charms of a city are plentiful. Apart from renowned must-sees, legendary monuments and breathtaking architectural wonders, city breaks offer an array of surprises. A spontaneous stroll through alluring alleys might take you to a gem only known to locals. For the best and most authentic experience, mix your city escape with below recommendations and aimless walks. Take time to sit down and observe people enjoy the sun.
Go explore the old town of Basel and let it melt your heart. The attractions are so impressive and in such proximity from each other that a journey on foot will take you to them all. The riveting Rhine splits the city in two: Grossbasel and Kleinbasel. Whichever picturesque part you’ll decide to visit, there will be a fresh produce market square, world-class museum, eccentric city hall or an ancient city gate ready to take your breath away!
The city with a beautiful horizon used to be nothing but a forest up to late 19th century. It’s wedged between mountains and boasts a variety of architectural styles – from Art Nouveau to the distinctive designs of Oscar Niemeyer, which you can see in Pampulha and at Freedom Square. Head to the lively Mercado Central for local delicacies or stroll through the streets of hip Savassi, where you will also the stylish Radisson Blu Belo Horizonte, Savassi.
Glitzy and ritzy Dubai offers a dizzying number of attractions and a great choice of stylish Radisson Blu hotels. With around 1200 stores, Dubai Mall is like a chic mini city, with a giant ice rink, aquarium, a dinosaur skeleton, indoor theme parks and 150 food outlets. Book tickets to soar up the spectacular 828m high Burj Khalifa with its restaurant on the 122nd floor. Visit the iconic Burj Al Arab: built in the shape of a dhow sail on an artificial island.
If you feel the urge to dance whenever someone mentions Guinness, Oscar Wilde or classic pubs, then Dublin is your dream. Its intimate atmosphere has possibly inspired numerous fantasy worlds. Take a glimpse at the enchanting, centuries-old Trinity College and the world-famous Chester Beatty Library. Getting lost is practically impossible. Wander down the alluring alleys and at some point, you will stand at the entrance of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.
Wonderful waterfront Helsinki is a unique fusion of a modern metropolis and an idyllic small town, all easily enjoyed from your iconic Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel. Shop till you drop in the city’s malls and boutiques: Helsinki’s stylish Sokos and Stockmann department stores are well-known landmarks. Treat yourself to a reviving genuine Finnish sauna and a choice of rejuvenating spa treatments. Take a scenic hop around 300 beautiful islands just off the coastline.
One of the only places in the world, where you can be both in Europe and Asia without even leaving the city. The magic that comes from this collide is unimaginable. The powerful waters of Bosphorus run through two continents, and form the heart of Istanbul. On land, there are countless treasures to take in. Don’t miss the mosques, especially the sacred Blue Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque, both a short drive away from Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Ataköy.
Spot a spontaneous concert on Kontraktova Square or plan a performance at the exquisite National Opera House. Follow the enchanting Andriyivsky Descent for an enriching historical tour along the small cobble streets, where the talented author Bulgakov used to reside. The city is bustling with bazars and bars along the bedazzling banks of the river Dnieper. For proximity to the sights, stay in the center at either Radisson Blu Podil or Radisson Blu Kyiv.
A lively metropolis full of action-packed alleys, sacred traditions, crazy carnivals, swarming marketplaces, and ornate Islamic architecture. Lose yourself in the historic fragments of Medina or the modern spheres of Ville Nouvelle. Enter Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, former college from the 14th century, for an experience out of this world. Visit the bedazzling world heritage monument, Koutoubia Mosque, a few kilometers from Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré Eden.
This sleek capital boasts innovation, modernity and a spotless Scandinavian spirit. It excels in culinary traditions and impresses with its architectural wonders – including several Radisson Blu Hotel buildings. You can stride on the roof of the awe-inducing, glacier-looking Opera House and admire skyscrapers’ rapid development. Spend an afternoon at Aker Brygge, or jump on a boat to get a view of the city from the stunning Oslofjord.
Stroll in serenity and explore a myriad of marvelous churches and cathedrals, including the Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Vladislav, where Saint Casimir lies buried. Stop by the iconic Presidential Palace, earlier resided by historic figures like Napoleon. Go to the Gedimino Boulevard for a taste of exemplary markets and fashionable shopping. Take in the charm of the Old Town near the tall Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva by the banks of river Neris.
Welcome to the heart of Poland, a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and historic landmarks with a great choice of bars and clubs. Ride a high speed lift up the iconic, 1950’s Palace of Culture & Science to take it all in. Enjoy a day in the sun at the Wisla city beach with its cool club and Palm Garden. Don’t miss the super cool Neon Museum, featuring some of Poland's brightest cultural treasures. Then relax enjoying the stunning spa facilities of your chosen Radisson Blu hotel.
Having fun with the family is an activity cherished among many. That is why we have selected some unmissable places enjoyable by all generations. Have a lovely laugh with the kids at the giraffe eating your food or spend a day splashing around in a deluxe pool by the resort. Exotic sports games also await the courageous souls in need of a daily adrenalin dose. The recommendations below guarantee amusement and an unforgettable family holiday for everyone!
Awake the adventurer in you and catch cute crabs in the dark at mangrove islands, kayak amid the vast desert at Wadi Adventure Park, greet and feed giraffes in the Park Zoo, and sleep in tents outside amazing aqua parks. Have an extraordinary, splashing experience in Yas Waterworld, where you can get lost in lasers and looping slides. Immerse yourself in the idyllic island life without barely leaving Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island.
Crete is a perfect playground for children with its fabulous beaches, ancient treasures and friendly locals. Take a flashlight to explore the fantastic Milatos cave with all its amazing stories. Eat a refreshing ice cream wandering around the stunning Venetian harbour at Hania. Make history FUN at the amazing Archaeological Museum of Heraklion - before cooling off at the stylish Radisson Blu Beach Resort, Milatos Crete with its private beach and outdoor pools.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure to delight all ages. Take a free shuttle bus from Radisson Blu Hotel, Disneyland® Paris and arrive at the world-renowned theme park in just 7 minutes. Enjoy all the fabulous new events planned for the park’s special 25th birthday this year – like Star Wars takes over Space Mountain and the spectacularly sparkly illuminations show. Then escape and dip into the delights of Paris itself – just 35 minutes away by train.
Adventurous animal lovers should head to Ranch Adada Djerba for an exciting horseback ride around the island. For an even wilder experience, gather your courage to visit Krokodilfarm Animalia, where you can pet and feed various reptiles – including crocodiles. Stroll around Djerbahood for a unique and colourful sight of artists’ work. Enjoy some merited relaxation the upscale Athénée spa, set in the stunning Radisson Blu Palace Resort & Thalasso.
Edinburgh is fun for the whole family. Whether you want to go on a treasure hunt simultaneously exploring the city, visit some of the many children’s museums for light learning or discover the history of the Edinburgh dungeons, Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh is never far away from the fun. After spending the day in the city, return to the hotel in the evening for proper recuperation and family-friendly offers before starting over on new adventures.
Gran Canaria island offers idyllic year-round weather, white sand beaches and mountains, with something to appeal to everyone. Indulge in a bit of energetic mountain biking, body boarding and kite surfing. Relax on a boat trip to watch whales and dolphins. The stunning Radisson Blu Resort with its four swimming pools, gym and spa has a special space for children to play under the watchful eye of our trained staff, leaving parents free to chill out.
Mall of America
The ideal family vacation combines comfort and convenience, and caters to family members of all ages. Radisson Blu Mall of America connects you and your family to the all-American experience and fun waiting at the Mall of America. Home of America’s largest indoor theme park, endless shopping possibilities, over 50 restaurants and much more, Mall of America will keep you entertained for days. Radisson Blu Mall of America will provide the rest and relaxation.
Between its beautifully quaint streets, incredibly kind people and rich history, Malmö is the ideal family vacation destination. Encompassing all these attributes a mere 7-minute drive from Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmö is the oldest public park in the world, Folkets Park (the People’s Park). Take a stroll with the entire family and enjoy the luscious green area in the middle of the city. For a different view of the city, rent a pedal boat from Admiralsbron, close to Gustav Adolfs Torg - a 11-minute walk from the hotel.
At Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi, we cater to kids as well as adults. Start the day with a child-friendly breakfast, and move on to dozens of fun activities for the whole family. Kids can spend the day painting and playing in a safe environment at Kid's World, while you rejuvenate at the beach with a relaxing spa treatment. With us, you can create a perfect summer for everyone.
Would you like to travel back in time and enjoy the spirit of Medieval Europe? Discover Tallinn with its ancient towers, narrow pedestrian trails and stunning sights. The old town is relatively small, so even tiny travelers will not get weary. Recharge in cozy and well-located Radisson Blu to get 100% out of your Tallinn experience. In our hotels, you can find best restaurants with local cuisine and impressing spa amenities to bring your holidays to the top.
Spoil yourself with the ultimate relaxation by a beautiful bay, where you can sip on an exotic, fruity drink while soaking up the glowing sun rays. Surround yourself with the vast, vibrant sea and cherish the chance to plunge in for a refreshing swim amid waves whenever you please. The beach and the fresh ocean breeze set the ideal scene for a revitalizing vacation full of recreational activities. Prepare to get pampered in picturesque surroundings!
For the ultimate luxurious vacation, Cesme offers sandy beaches and endless blue horizons over the crystal Aegean Sea. Luscious views and truly spectacular sights are part of what makes Cesme the ideal vacation for those seeking a little extra. Whether you prefer to enjoy all day relaxation on Blue Flag beaches or lounge by the pool, both options can be found within short walking distance of the grandiose Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme.
Fun filled Fujairah is one of the seven United Arab Emirates, offering some of the region’s best beaches and the lovely Hajar Mountains. Visit Al Bidyah - the oldest mosque in the UAE, built in 1446 of mud and bricks. Make a trip to magical Madhab Park with its healing mineral springs. Wallow in the warm blue Indian Ocean on the idyllic private beach at the iconic Radisson Blu Resort, located close to Dibba city center - just 90 minutes from Dubai.
The ideal destination for relaxation on long sandy beaches and refreshingly crystal clear waters, Hammamet awaits the opportunity to spoil you with its splendors. The garden city of Hammamet is an overwhelming sight to behold and offers some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Right on the coast overlooking the Gulf of Hammamet lies the Radisson Blu Resort and Thalasso ready to welcome you with open arms and a gorgeous pool.
Let Helsingborg surprise you with its beautiful beaches only a short stroll from Radisson Blu Metropol Hotel. Aside from exquisite cuisine, award winning beers and cultural sights, Helsingborg boasts lovely beaches conveniently close to the sprawling city. Soak up some sun on Helsingborg’s very own Tropical Beach and enjoy a refreshing dip in the waters of Öresund. This beach city is an ideal destination for a mix of urban exploration and beach relaxation.
Enjoy the summer sun on the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey and explore its quaint and luscious scenery. Perfectly located in the capital of St. Helier overlooking the stunning coastline of St. Aubin’s Bay and close to town, Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel offers spectacular views of the southern shore. Walk along the promenade right outside the hotel or drive 20 minutes to Portelet Beach and let the water soothe your soul and relax your mind.
The laid-back island of Malta is packed with great things to do. Snorkel in the crystal-clear waters for some unforgettable glimpses of secret caves and wrecks. Take a trip back in time to the old hilltop city of Mdina with its atmospheric ramparts and exquisite architecture. Visit open temples, prehistoric sites and the famous ‘fat ladies’ sculptures in Malta's museums, all easily reached from the stylish Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands.
With its fabulous setting on the glamorous Cote D’Azure, Nice offers an unforgettable taste of sun and fun on the stylish French Riviera. Soak up some rays at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice which has a beautiful private beach and a rooftop pool. Wine and dine overlooking the magical Mediterranean. Savour the sophisticated café society of the Place Massena, the Promenade des Anglais and the atmospheric Old Town, crammed with hidden galleries and museums.
The ideal sun holiday awaits on the beaches in Noordwijk, just a short walk from Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in the Netherlands. Explore a picturesque stroll along the shore of Noordwijk Beach and embrace an exhilarating dip in the North Sea. Sun breaks can also be enjoyed from one of the many delicious cafes on the beach or in the city center, all within walking distance of the hotel. There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the sun in lovely Noordwijk.
Santiago de Chile
Enjoy a spectacular sun holiday in Santiago, Chile and explore stunning sights and city excitement within walking distance of Radisson Blu Santiago La Dehesa. Take in the marvelous architecture or captivating natural sights under the sun and cool down with a picnic in the shade at Santuario de la Naturaleza or at the delightful Piscina Antilén public pool only 15 minutes from the hotel. Whatever your fancy, Santiago will not let you down.
Split is an exciting resort with just the right balance of Croatian tradition and modern sophistication - plus a gorgeous backdrop of dramatic mountains. Imagine you’re an emperor at the UNESCO listed Diocletian Palace - one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Sample outstanding Croatian wine and truffles. Chill out in the city’s biggest spa: the beach side Radisson Blu Hotel pampers guests with a thermal zone and a Japanese Onsen pool.
Adventure & Nature
Adventure & Nature
There is nothing more pleasing and purifying than a walk through peaceful greenery. For a rejuvenating break from bustling metropolises, immerse yourself in summer activities in nature. Why not wander aimlessly through wonderful woods hidden in majestic mountains? Enjoy a heart-pumping bike ride through mesmerizing hills and swim in a crystal-clear lake on the way! Reconnect with Mother Earth in the most spellbinding spots wedged between oceans and oases.
Placed amid woods and beaches, Denmark's second biggest city has tons to offer. If you’re excited about adventure travel, this city represents one of the most prestigious and prominent cultural events in Europe, by being selected European Capital of Culture in 2017. Concerts, exhibitions and events throughout the summer and all just moments away from stylish Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus.
Surround yourself with seven majestic mountains amid breathtaking Norwegian Fjords, and try exotic sports activities like scuba diving and walking on glaciers. For an unforgettable day immersed in hills and trails, prepare for a grand hike from Mount Ulriken to Mount Fløyen. Invest in a 1-day roundtrip to Hardangerfjorden through a magnificent waterfall, scenic railway, glaciers and fruit farms. Plan your fjord getaway from Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
Fresh mountain air, light winds, muffled birds singing and the noise of mountain rivers - this is Bukovel - the heart of the Ukrainian Carpathians. Forget about the city bustle and get recharged. Take a walk in the mountains, visit the cascading waterfalls and mountain lakes or stroll through the famous Dovbush trails. For extreme relaxation, go rafting or on a quad bike tour. Learn more about Ukrainian culture by visiting ancient wooden churches of the 17th and 18th centuries in Yaremche or the Pysanka Museum (Museum of Ukrainian Easter egg). Relax with your body and soul at Radisson Blu Resort, wedged between the Ukrainian Carpathians.
Sense the spellbinding spirit of the glowing Hajar mountain range that Muscat is placed between. For some spectacular scenery, wander through the rocky route of Wadi Bani Awf and visit its enticing snake canyon. Take in Oman’s ancient traditions and striking terrain at the Grand Canyon of Arabia in utter tranquillity. Moments away from Radisson Blu Muscat, you can sit on one of the picturesque beaches along the coastline and gaze at the gorgeous Gulf of Oman.
Savor the safari experience in vibrant settings. A mere 20-minute drive from Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, you’ll discover adventure tourism at its best – namely Nairobi National Park. Here you can observe over 100 mammal species, including herds of zebras, lions and giraffes. The city skyline in the background makes it quite an unusual yet enticing sight for nature enthusiasts. Bring your binoculars and spend the day hiking along the trails to spot your favorite animal.
Get ready for lovely, long cycle paths and action-packed baths. Whether you prefer outdoor swimming, soul-soothing saunas or an exploration of historic bath houses, this recreational gem of a city has what your heart desires. Stroll through the beautiful Botanical Garden to enjoy the colorful blossoming or discover which other secrets the city’s 1000 green hectares might keep. Driving 30 minutes north of Radisson Blu Hotel, you can even dive in Streitköpflesee.
Plunge into clear lakes, walk around lush gardens, bike in fantastic forests, stroll through streets of culture and climb magical mountains in the city of Mozart. Charming 400-year-old Hellbrunner Allee will lead you to Hellbrunn Palace, a peaceful royal oasis where The Sound of Music was filmed. Head to the great Gaisberg mountain for an authentic hiking experience. Eclectic Kapuzinerberg is just a short, green walk away from Radisson Blu Altstadt.
For an urban nature experience, stroll through the parks this sparkling city offers. Join the locals for some jogging, skateboarding or perhaps a Sunday picnic in the very popular and peaceful Ibirapuera Park. The green space offers a variety of cultural hubs amid the city jungle – including a museum, planetarium and auditorium – so you can enjoy birdwatching whilst listening to a concert. You’ll find it just 3 kilometers away from Radisson Blu São Paulo.
Surrounded by soaring mountains and soothing lakes, Sligo is the adventure destination you have been looking for. Enjoy hiking or biking trips and spectacular views from Benbulben Mountain, or explore the mythical lake of Lough Gill just 13 minutes from the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa. Most of the magnificent sights in Sligo are enveloped in mythical folklores and stories, adding a little mystery to your adventure holiday. Sligo can’t help but impress you.
Let the forests of the Ardennes region enchant you. Take in the pure air in the great outdoors surrounding the Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel. Dive into the rejuvenating thermal springs at Les Thermes de Spa or play a round of golf at the Royal Golf Club des Fagnes. What a peacful way to spend the summer!
Fancy a feast in a lovely location away from home? Then keep reading! Below is a small collection of delicious destinations and wine tours that will fulfill your culinary dreams. Taste new, mouthwatering pleasures in spectacular surroundings. Stroll through a local market and grab an enticing bite of a creamy pastry, go on a gourmet food tour through charming alleys or dine at the perfect place with a seashore view. Whatever you do, your stomach will thank you!
The brilliantly located Radisson Blu Martinez Hotel is the perfect base for discovering why Beirut is one world’s best kept foodie secrets. Feast on an amazing mezze of appetizers including hummus, baba ganoush, spinach pies and falafel. Sample a street vendor’s fresh fruit cocktail, with honey, nuts and delicious yogurt. Visit the legendary Falamanki cafe to order your breakfast manessh: a delicious Arabic flatbread, spread with zaatar – a blend of spices.
For a culinary vacation out of this world, Birmingham delivers and is the ideal foodie destination. Whether you are a Michelin star hunter at affordable prices or an avid street food enthusiast, Michelin star restaurant Adam’s as well as Brum Yum Yum street food market are mere 10 minutes away by foot from the Radisson Blu Hotel. Enjoy a plethora of food and drink festivals over the summer and eat and drink your way through this spectacular city.
Known for its countless affordable Michelin star restaurants, Brussels boasts some of the most exquisite dining in the world. For a truly authentic culinary experience, dive into the seafood scene at De Noordzee – De la Mer or enjoy the famously delicious mussels from Brussels at La roue d’or, a mere 10-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. For a different foodie experience, visit the third largest market in Europe, Marché du Midi. The options are endless.
Romanian cuisine is notoriously hearty and is guaranteed to warm your heart and soul with its deliciousness. The Vacamuuu restaurant and market offers a thoroughly authentic and local foodie experience only 20 minutes from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest in the middle of town. Enjoy perfectly prepared aged beef delicacies before roaming the market for cheesy deserts, or stay in and enjoy one of Radisson Blu Hotel’s five top rated restaurants.
The magical meeting point of East and West is bursting with delicacies. Try Mandabatmaz café’s amazing black, unfiltered coffee - so thick a water buffalo wouldn’t sink in it! Head to Datli Maya - a café set in an old Cihangir bakery - for the best pistachio biscuits in town. Sip a local rakı as the sun sets over the spectacular skyline. Enjoy an unrivalled choice of sophisticated Radisson Blu hotels in one of the world’s most enchanting cities.
Lovely Lyon - with its riverside setting - attracts gourmands from all over the world. They flock to try delights like French bread at its very best from Bob's on Quai Saint-Vincent; the Quai Saint-Antoine Sunday morning food market and the foodie haven of Les Halles de Paul Bocuse. Sample luscious local cuisine - sausages, duck pâté or roast pork - in a typical Lyon bouchon. Then feast your eyes on the Alpine view from the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel.
Sometimes, the best way to experience a foreign culture and truly delve into it, is through the local cuisine. The Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel serves personal and delectable storytelling told through exquisite local cuisine from both its award-winning restaurants. This authentic approach to cultural immersion is unparalleled, as you explore the culture of Prague by tasting it. It is a foodie experience for all the senses and unlike anything you have ever tried.
Reykjavik is home to some of the world’s most spectacular views and is one of the must explore foodie cities for the hungry at heart. Whether you are into extravagant restaurant experiences such as Kolabrautin Ristorante or more low-key, local foodie musts, such as a sampling of the infamous Hárkal from Café Loki, you are close to it all from both Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik and Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik. Fulfill all your foodie dreams in Reykjavik.
For a truly authentic and original culinary experience, Riga is the ideal destination. Between outdoor markets of fresh produce and illustrious microbreweries, you can’t help but get inspired. For a local experience, head to the dazzling Central Market. For a more relaxed and pampered experience, dine at the famous and delicious Vincents - a short walk from both Radisson Blu Ridzene and Radisson Blu Elizabete hotels. Wherever you go, expect a grateful tummy!
Armenian cuisine is a gem hidden in the Caucasus. While not renowned, it’s a guaranteed pleasure for anyone. Start with the main: bread, meat and wine, and you will be blown away. Traditional dishes have unpronounceable names and unforgettable taste. If you have a sweet tooth, savour Armenian desserts based on nuts, seeds and fruit juices. Radisson Blu Hotel, Yerevan offers a great view of the city as a complement to your Armenia inspired fusion dinner.