Mediterranean – The Ideal Luxury Destination for Design Lovers

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!

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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
Ischia, Italy

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Mezzatorre Hotel & Spa. Photo: Giada Mariani

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
Puglia, Italy

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Masseria Torre Maizza. Photo: Photography SRL
Taken over by Rocco Forte—known for Rome’s de Russie and Florence’s Savoy, among other historic hotels—this Puglian gem reopened in May after an eight-month, $6 million-plus redo masterminded by Olga Polizzi, the group’s design director and the eponymous hotelier’s sister. The remastered 40 rooms—many with private patios—feature colourful prints mixed with local white linens and terra-cotta.

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens
Athens, Greece

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Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens. Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons

Comprising a series of sleek late-20th-century buildings and bungalows that have been a hangout for Athenian elites for decades, this sprawling seafront resort on the Vouliagmeni peninsula has newly debuted a Four Seasons. Meyer Davis handled its 300 big-windowed rooms and most public spaces, with several restaurants done by Martin Brudnizki.

Andronis Arcadia
Santorini, Greece

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Andronis Arcadia. Photo: Carley Rudd Photography

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.

Finca Serena
Mallorca, Spain

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Finca Serena. Photo: Courtesy of Finca Serena

Awash in shades of ivory and grey, with natural materials and raw wood accents, the 25 chic and simple Wabi-sabi-inspired rooms and suites of this two-month-old hotel occupy reimagined agrarian buildings on the property’s 100 acres. Walking paths weave amid olive, lemon, pine, cypress, and jacaranda trees; lavender fields; vineyards and gardens, and the Natura Bissé spa features an indoor pool.

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La Réserve Ramatuelle
Ramatuelle, France

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La Réserve Ramatuelle. Photo: C. Margarit

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
Saint-Tropez, France

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Cheval Blanc St-Tropez. Photo: Courtesy of 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.

Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club
Budva, Montenegro

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Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club. Photo: Courtesy of Ānanti Resort, Residences & Beach Club

This June, this luxury destination will have its opening, with its own private beach, sits tucked away on a secluded cove, its 14 suites and eight villas opening to terraces and water views through double-height glass walls. Sleekly contemporary interiors—by the designer who created the Chedi and Regent hotels elsewhere in Montenegro—feature neutral colours, custom walnut pieces made regionally, and furniture and wallpapers from Italy.

Palace Elisabeth
Hvar, Croatia

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A rendering of the restored Palace Elisabeth exterior. Photo: Courtesy of Palace Elisabeth

Occupying a late-19th-century building on the site of a 13th-century ducal residence, this hotel will reopen this summer after a top-to-bottom redo that turned it into a five-star, full-service property—Hvar’s first. The 45 rooms in the building, which has Venetian and Austrian architectural elements, look out over the town’s main square, with the marina and sea extending beyond.

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