Coast To Coast

Summer brings with it Poland's annual stampede towards the coastline. Yet while most resort towns find themselves submerged under scrums of braying holidaymakers, finding a class coastal retreat has never been more easy... By Alex Webber

The High Life

Sofitel Grand

Since Sopot's inception as a tourist destination, the talk of the town has been the Grand Hotel by the bottom of the pier. Originally completed in 1927, this historic hotel has greeted everyone from Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, to Charles de Gaulle and... Adolf Hitler. The private beach, luxury spa and champagne sipping guests ensure that the sense of Gatsby-esque luxury lingers to this day. (Sopot, sofitel.com)


For Wow Factor

Boulevard

Mere meters from the sand, Boulevard presents a string of luxury apartments lined up against the beach. Super modern by design, the key feature of these glass-fronted behemoths are floor-toceiling views of the ocean out in front. If you're really splashing out, then the 'exclusive' suites come with the additional bonus of a rooftop jacuzzi with vertiginous views of the crashing waves. (Ustronie Morskie, blvd.pl)



The Long Trek

Villa Park

Viewed on a map, Villa Park rubs shoulders with Germany and all manner of tacky resort twns. Despite this, the atmosphere here is of seclusion and serenity. Windy cliff-side beaches and pristine woodland are ripe for exploration should you tear yourself away from the hotel, though that's not necessarily a given. Spend your days chilling out in the spa before retreating to white-on-white rooms that are the epitome of class. (Wiselka, villa-park.eu)


On The Water

HT Houseboats

Despite the name, the lodgings at HT don't so much resemble traditional houseboats as they do floating blocks of glass and wood. Beautiful in every respect, there's more to HT than novelty factor alone: the sensation of opening the curtains each morning to find yourself on the sparkling waters of Lake Jamno is a buzz in itself – it's a feeling beaten only by watching the sun go down with a glass of something bubbly. (Mielno, hthouseboats.com)


For Home Comfort

Sielska Chata

This wood-framed fisherman's cottage has been repurposed as a charming guesthouse with soothing colors and a cheerful style. A piece of home-from-home, there's a warmth here that's often absent from your more generic tourist options. They're also justly proud of their food, which includes their own-made preserves, pickles, cheeses and suchlike: dinner under the stars is what memories are made of. (Leba, sielskachata.pl)


City Slickers

Gdansk Puro

Designed by the London-based practice DeSallesFlint, accommodation in the Puro involves touchscreen tablets to 'control the environment' and beds that are marshmallow soft. Naturally though, guests gravitate towards the striking, brick-lined public areas that are filled with vibrant pops of artwork and eclectic items accrued from design stores. The gabled townhouses, soaring steeples and cobbled back alleys of Gdansk's historic center are practically on your doorstep. (Gdansk, purohotel.pl/gdansk)


Sopot Secret

Fisher House

Sopot's strength lies in the variety of its accommodation. If you're looking for something more personal and private, then eschew the big brands for lodgings such as Fisher House, a charismatic boutique residence with a flowery garden and rooms that are both chic yet homely. Although well segregated from the human flotsam that streams into town, the nocturnal attractions of Sopot are just a 10-minute walk should you want to join the party. (Sopot, fisherhouse.pl)


From Hel

Fulinowo

When the tourists arrive, there are times when the Hel Peninsula really can feel like the physical embodiment of... hell. Less frantic than its neighboring hotspots, the fishing town of Kuznica feels like a breath of fresh air, and so too does its Fulinowo guesthouse. Rooms have a contemporary nautical style, though expect to find yourself spending most of your time swinging in a hammock on the quiet, wood-clad patio. (Kuznica, fulinowo.pl)


Design Minded

Cisowy Zakątek

Ideal for a break with plenty of friends, Cisowy is comprised of 14 bow-roofed bungalows that have each been highly personalized and creatively-styled: you imagine it's a matter of time till the interiors are profiled by Wallpaper* or Dwell. Fields and forests and sun-kissed beaches are within easy reach, as is the award-winning local restaurant, Ewa Zaprasza. (Sasino, cisowyzakatek.pl)



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