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, sun-kissed cities and some of the most luxurious resorts scattered around the dazzling shores of the Mediterranean. With an impressive list of first-class events planned this summer, cities across the region are as inviting and buzzing 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 Mediterranean are out of this world, so expect a ton of character, impeccable service, splendid views and overall perfection refined over centuries.
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.
It’s not just a place of outstanding service, however, as 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.
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 even boasts a Michelin-starred dining establishment. 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 that overlooks the sea and the gardens of Palazzo Avino, as well as a sensual spa, any stay at Palazzo Avino will awaken the senses and please your thirst for the ultimate Italian opulence.
Muse | St-Tropez
Muse is 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.
Like many hotels in the Mediterranean, elegance and warmth are 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.
Mykonos Blu Hotel | Greek Islands
You could search your entire life and still struggle to find somewhere as photo-worthy as the sensational Mykonos Blu Hotel. The sugar-white architecture is framed beautifully by the blue of the sea and shimmer of the turquoise pools. Antique lanterns, nautical themes and pristine panoramas look out across Psarou Beach, where the hotel also has its own private section reserved for guests. The resort features 103 gorgeous bungalows and suites that resemble traditional Cycladic cave-style architecture. The rooms were made to pamper yourself with private pools, glass-walled waterfall showers and circular tubs. To add another layer of lusciousness, you will also find tropical-clad gardens and champagne served at breakfast.
Hôtel de Paris | Monaco
It’s impossible not to marvel at the extraordinary opulence that Monaco’s legendary Hôtel 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. The Hôtel 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.