The summer is around the corner, and we know that your mind is thinking about one thing only: whats the ideal luxury destination for those nice summer days?
Look no further, the Mediterranean is the trendiest luxury destination for design lovers this year, and we’re showing you why!
Perfectly appointed, design-led properties in the Mediterranean from the likes of Meyer Davis, Philippe Starck, and Jean-Michel Wilmotte have already debuted, or are about to, and they’re being launched both by some of the biggest branded names in hospitality (Four Seasons, for example) and a few of our favourite boutique hoteliers (Marie-Louise Sciò of Italy’s Il Pellicano).
The usual Riviera suspects, including France, Greece, and Italy, prove well represented on this list, but such still-on-the-rise luxury destinations as Montenegro and the Croatian island of Hvar—which will welcome its first five-star hotel—have much to offer this summer too.
Mezzatorre Hotel & Spa
This iconic clifftop hotel—whose six gardened acres centre on a 400-year-old watchtower—reopened in April under new management from the beloved Pellicano Group of hotels (Il Pellicano and La Posta Vecchia), with a redesign by the group’s RISD-educated CEO and creative director, Marie-Louis Sciò. Expect a bold, colourful, and whimsical take on mid-20th-century Italian glamour.
Masseria Torre Maizza
Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
People flock to Santorini’s cliff-clinging luxury destination town of Oia for its celebrated sunsets, so the fact that all 53 suites of this just-opened hotel there face west is no small thing. Each is done up in driftwood hues, with woven accents and a huge sliding glass door that opens to a private terrace, plunge pool and the sea beyond. Bonus: The hotel’s main pool is the largest on the island.
La Réserve Ramatuelle
Philippe Starck designed the hotel’s new beach club, La Réserve à La Plage, on Pampelonne Beach—a stretch of sand known for attracting A-listers from nearby Saint-Tropez. Starck combines natural wood and rattan with pops of bright colour, echoing the minimalist Med look of the main resort, a 10-minute complimentary shuttle ride away. Food is by the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef. La Réserve guests will have priority, but the club will be open to all—remember to book a sunbed in advance.
Cheval Blanc St-Tropez
Cheval Blanc—one of the hotel brands of French luxury brand Maison LVMH—has taken over the beloved La Résidence de la Pinede. Reopened in May, it boasts a redesign by Jean-Michel Wilmotte that added contemporary design to the building’s classical structure. The spa is the only one in Saint-Tropez by Guerlain, and the Michelin-starred restaurant remains in place, as does the private beach.