With the Mediterranean season peaking its head from around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited to talk about some of our very favorite destinations, sunkissed cities, and some of the most luxurious hotels scattered around the dazzling shores of the Mediterranean. With an impressive list of first-class events planned this summer, cities across the Med are as inviting as ever. And not without a reason, most of us keep coming back year after year. Whether it’s Cannes, St. Tropez, the Amalfi Coast, the Greek Islands or Monaco, each has more than enough to offer in terms of luxury, resort chic, endless sunshine, and culture. It really goes without saying that 5-star hotels in the region are out of this world – a ton of character, impeccable service, splendid views, and overall perfection refined over decades make some of these destinations a top choice.
Hotel Byblos | Côte d’Azur
A true great dame of the Mediterranean 5-star hotel scene, Hotel Byblos is unlike any other. A true legend and a showstopper that keeps A-listers coming back year after year, Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez celebrated its 50th year of service in 2017. Offering a truly bespoke and personal approach to customer service, this family-run establishment is more than just a hotel. The Chevanne family has perfected the ultra luxurious approach to greeting and serving its guests, and even if you are returning after an eventful night at one of French Riviera’s most legendary night clubs Les Caves du Roy, you can rest assured that your every wish shall be met. Moreover, it’s not just a place of outstanding service – the hotel is exceptionally inviting and remains true to its French Riviera roots. Beautiful and warm terracotta buildings enclosing a pool with cerulean window shutters and elegant balconies intensify the signature look of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Hotel Byblos has 41 rooms and 50 suites making it the perfect-size hotel, never really feeling overwhelming. All rooms are all about the ultimate comfort. The main features include signature Mediterranean colors and furnishings that are not only beautiful but functional. The hotel’s most luxurious and spacious Missoni Home Suite has been designed and furnished by the Italian high-end fashion house Missoni Home known for its colorful knitwear designs.
Forza Terra Boutique Hotel & Spa | Porto Montenegro
The remarkable Adriatic coastline, where turquoise waters meet impressive mountains, is as inviting as you’d expect. Porto Montenegro has become one of the top destinations on everyone’s list with its five-star facilities and natural appeal, superyachts are not hesitant to flock to this destination. Overlooking the striking Bay of Kotor, Forza Terra Boutique Hotel only has 12 rooms and suites. Despite its compact size, it packs a punch. Rooms boasting contemporary design have relaxed interiors with bright but not overwhelming accents in yellow, coral, and dark purple. The bayside rooms have balconies allowing you to fully take in the incredibly lush scenery complete with green foliage, the most awe-inspiring blue water, and majestic mountaintops. A marble staircase connects the reception with the upper floors of the hotel while the fantastic spa features a sauna, a Turkish bath, and a mosaic-tile whirlpool bath. If an outdoor pool is what you’re after, you will find a plunge pool on the first-floor terrace.
Muse | St. Tropez
Muse, a sanctuary-like boutique hotel perched atop a little bluff in Ramatuelle, is as lavish as St. Tropez itself. The inspiration behind this stylish hotel comes from mythical deities that have inspired an ultra harmonious space where immersing yourself in unmatched relaxation is key. The hotel is a chic resort reflecting architectural uniformity nestled at the heart of a self-sustainable garden designed by the celebrated landscape artist, Sophie Agata Ambroise. Elegance and Mediterranean warmth is woven into the very seams of this retreat offering luxuriously-appointed suites that feature individual décor and ambiance. The plush beds are lined with 800-thread count Egyptian silk and cotton-blended sheets while the furniture pieces are all custom-made by Henryot, one of the oldest manufacturers in France. All suites are designed in pastel earthy tones with cool stone floors, with some suites also featuring a private garden or wooden terrace, plunge pool and a personal spa room.
Hotel de Paris | Monte Carlo
It’s impossible not to marvel at the extraordinary opulence that Monaco’s legendary Hotel de Paris exudes in the most powerful way possible. Every carefully-crafted detail and element is so rich and luxurious, you immediately feel immersed in a land of royal elegance where time stands still. Inside the hotel, you will find nothing less than marble columns, splendid crystal chandeliers, and the French touch of gilded gold. Hotel de Paris is set in the very heart of Monaco between the glitzy casino and the opera house; with Ferraris and Maseratis lined up outside, you couldn’t wish for a better location if you want to find yourself amidst all the A-list buzz that takes place during Monaco Yacht Festival or the Grand Prix. Pastel tones, freshly cut flowers and large windows offering sea or city views are the norm in the beautiful hotel suites. The older style rooms enjoy a simpler, more refined elegant style of natural color tones and precious modern tastes instead of the heavy mahogany look that they once were dressed in. The hotel’s most luxurious suite, the Diamond Suite, strips away excess to expose a clean white and bright space. Spacious and elegantly dressed in the finest pale fabrics, you can enjoy two bedrooms and a lounge, seamlessly tied together and boasting the best views in Monaco.
Palazzo Avino | Amalfi Coast
The dazzling Amalfi Coast is a gem within itself but when you look closer, there is more than meets the eye. Palazzo Avino, a striking 5-star hotel, was once a 12th-century private villa for a noble Italian family and opened as a hotel in 1997. Palazzo Avino has been lauded as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts one Michelin star dining. Tucked away in the hilltop village of Ravello, the hotel sits above the sparkling Mediterranean and overlooks some of the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages. There are 33 rooms and 10 suites altogether, each decorated with hand-made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as brass accessories and appliances. Complete with an outdoor pool overlooking the Mediterranean as well as gardens of Palazzo Avino and a sensual SPA, a stay at Palazzo Avino will awaken the senses and please your thirst for the ultimate Italian opulence.