THE SOUL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA

by
Christian Stan, at 16 Jun. 16, in Heaven on earth, Hotels, News, Sea View Hotels

Synonymous with endless beaches, turquoise waters, and impeccable cuisine, it is no wonder the Mediterranean continues to top the list of summer vacation destinations. And yet, it is in its role as the archetypal artistic muse for the carefree creative set that the Med really comes into its own.

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From the blissed-out shores of the Aegean to the chic enclaves of the Italian Riviera, Design Hotels™ presents three retreats which have become the stomping ground for an emerging community of nomadic trendsetters through their authentic narrative and freethinking ideals. Start at San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos and Scorpios, the ultimate beachside paradises, and then head to Casa Angelina, a clifftop retreat on Italy’s Amalfi Coast that gazes out over the Gulf of Salerno. Last but not least, Maçakizi reigns supreme as the original bohemian haunt set among Bodrum’s bougainvillea-strewn hilltops in southwest Turkey.

SAN GIORGIO HOTEL MYKONOS — Greece

In one of the most scenic areas of the island, between the Paradise and Paranga beaches, lies San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos: a barefoot haven for the global community of unconventional drifters. The crisp white Cycladic architecture, adorned with local handcrafted treasures, creates a feeling of serene simplicity throughout the 32 rooms and suites.

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The culinary concept focuses on fresh, local produce, served up on sprawling, family-style wooden tables, emphasizing the laid back ideology of the hotel. This philosophy extends to Scorpios Mykonos, a beachside oasis in the form of a modern-day agora, where good music, fine food, and the shining sun unite wanderers from all walks of life. Rooms start from EUR 310 all this summer with limited availability.

 

CASA ANGELINA — Praiano, Italy

Casa Angelina is a contemporary interpretation of the Italian Riviera; an innovative, intimate retreat of 43 guestrooms. Although just a few minutes’ drive from the destination village of Positano, Casa Angelina’s fishing village location immerses guests in an off-the-radar authenticity that occupies a prime spot on the Amalfi coast.

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Resting high up on the cliffs, the converted fishermen’s homes look to the future with an immaculately minimalist design complimented by exquisite Murano glass sculptures. Aperitivi are served at the on-trend Marrakech Bar, and the rooftop gourmet restaurant—Un Piano nel Cielo—offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Salerno. Guests are also encouraged to make use of the restorative spa and exclusive access to Casa Angelina´s own beach, La Gavitella, to fully appreciate la bella vita. Rooms start from EUR 550 and can go up to EUR 1900 in July or August.

 

MAÇAKIZI- Bodrum, Turkey

A veritable legend of the Bodrum scene, Maçakizi represents the modern face of Turkish hospitality while paying homage to its roots as a 1970s hangout for intellectuals and artists. The 74-room hideaway, located on a secluded, olive-tree strewn hillside, is a lesson in understated luxury. Clean, chic spaces and contemporary furnishings honor the hotel´s minimalist ideals, while the private motorboat urges guests to venture out into the natural beauty of Turkey’s southwest coast.

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When the trials of kicking back in the mistral breeze become too much, Maçakizi´s spa combines centuries-old Turkish know-how with ground-breaking products from the prestigious French cosmetics maison, NUXE. Rates start from EUR 697 per night.

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