Travel: Spring Break Travel: Spring Break

Whether Poland’s enjoying the first cracks of sunlight or still entombed under ice, March promises much when it comes to a sneaky weekend break…

Mountain Views
1050 Apartments
No matter what time of year it is, getting down Zakopane’s main drag usually requires the aggressive use of a meat cleaver. Instead, head 4.5 clicks west to 1050, a fetching wooden chalet housing three apartments accommodating up to six to eight people.

Design-wise, lodgings are a stylish mix of trad and modern and juxtapose bright fabrics against light timber finishes – it’s the very definition of hygge. As for the views, they make the act of pulling the curtains open a moment of joy.

Apartments from approx. zł. 430

Coastal Chill Out
Just meters from the sand, Boulevard presents a string of hyper-modern, deluxe apartments lined up against the beach.

The muted, neutral color palette only serves to emphasize the key feature: climactic, floor-to-ceiling views of the steely grey ocean stretched out in front.

Enjoy catch of the day inside Octopus, their acclaimed restaurant, before heading for a windy walk on the sands below. Or why go out at all? Dim the lights and watch the waves crash below from the warmth of your bed.

Ustronie Morskie,
Doubles from approx. zł. 250

Lakeside Retreat
Jaczno Lodge
Set on the banks of a deep blue lake, visitors find themselves staying in rustic timber-hewn lodges wedged close to the water by a dense bank of woodland.

Adding to the sense of rural escape is a design that gives attention to heavy stone walls and chunky wooden fittings. Defrost in the steamy bania before enjoying homemade nalewki in front of the fire. Later, don’t be spooked by the calls of the wild – that was probably just a wolf howling in the distance…

Doubles from approx. zł. 265

City Break
Puro Gdańsk
Taking its inspiration from the granary buildings that neighbor it, the latest venture from the design-led Puro brand is the boldest yet from this trending hotel group.

Features include an eight-story atrium, a top floor bar with marina views and a ground floor living space that references Gdańsk’s shipbuilding past with plenty of rugged, raw materials and oxidized metals: even the light fixtures involve recovered bits and pieces from the local docklands. Generous doses of local contemporary art round out this style-driven experience.

Doubles from approx. zł. 275

Rural Escape
Villa Greta
Enjoy the rolling countryside of Lower Silesia at Villa Greta, a pre-war farm complex set in a lazy roadside hamlet where nothing really happens.

It’s a place to ramble the fields, catch up on your reading list, or rent a car and head into the back of beyond: in close reach are picturesque towns like Jawor and a whole trail of Rapunzel-style castles. Back at base, the homespun charm manifests itself in a farm-to-fork menu that’s been endorsed by Poland’s slow food association.

Doubles from approx. zł. 120


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