From the sun-kissed summer months and well into the autumn, we think an escape to the Mediterranean should always be on the travel agenda. Over the years we have cherry-picked our favourite destinations, including 2 Greek Cyclades babes, and here have chosen just a few places that are the epitome of everything that we love about the Med - from pooled Aegean-side villas to lush hideaway monasteries.
As ever, style is at the forefront of our collection, and this travel edit is no exception. Each place has a natural easy feel following a creative narrative that brings on a smile. You immediately know where you are.
Whether you favour the Spanish espadrilles or the Greek sandals, this is where you meet the coolest cats of the Mediterranean – small, stylish, sun-kissed boltholes of creativity and lovingly simple design.
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Once you find this gem you will see this what hideaways should be all about – simply wonderful. An aged modernist within an 1,300 year-old Franciscan Monastery, this is sheer magic lost amongst the canopy of greenness and hill tops of Capaccio-Paestum, facing the infamous temples. A much-loved little hideaway with delicious locally-sourced fresh food that brings the southern Italian flavours of Salerno to the table, Il Cannito in Cilento is the perfect refuge after a day of ancient temple watching or swimming in the Mediterranean.
Can luxury be chilled? We think so – especially in romantic Ramatuelle – and evidently so do the cool crowds that flock to this retreat on the outskirts of glitzy St. Tropez. A lightness in design and a focus on craftsmanship rather than labels narrates the whole philosophy of this style den. Wrapped in views along the Mediterranean, these Provençal villas, designer suites and très chic rooms dressed all in white form the Bond-like axis of this luxury enclave of chillax. The spa ensures complete relaxation and of course, that you are looking your best – it is South of France after all. Dine at the fabulous Michelin starred La Voile Restaurant by Chef Eric Canino and complete your Med-luxe stay at the ever opulently chic, Côte d'Azur.
Eco-lux private pooled villas of chilled Cycladic design that simply melt into the Aegean, you'll love this place as much as we do. Live like an islander, in style of course, and get the full hotel services as and when you need them – perfect for getting your hands on some sunset chilled wines.
An aged former nunnery, the history and heritage of this renovated Tuscan townhouse has been lovingly exposed to play host to modern furnishings and a cool chilled vibe right in the heart of old town Pienza.
The best example of Agriturismo simplicity meets cool design whilst remaining distinctly Italian. The Masseria sits at the Adriatic heel in Puglia, (Savelletri di Fasano, Ostuni & Torre Canne) and is a firm foodie favourite with those looking for a nature-filled, candle-lit escape. A chilled farmhouse awash in white and sitting amongst the twisted olive trees between a golf course and the Adriatic, welcome to the Italian good life.
Driving to the north of Mallorca (about a 40 mins drive from Palma) is so well worth it. Known as the agricultural anchor of Mallorca, Son Brull Hotel & Spa sits picturesquely sandwiched between Pollença, the Tramantuna mountain range, and the lovely hidden coves of Cap de Formentor. A eco monastic style recluse with washed wiht sleek modernist touches and loads of sun-kissed sophistication. Altogether, a chilled, off the radar, adaption of indulgent luxury. Oh and did we mention the organic wines from their centuries old vineyards? We should have...
This is just so special – well away from the crowds, in this Santorini style den you can sit in silence overlooking the Caldera (tried and tested for the past 5 years) – in sleek designer dens that cling to the rocks overlooking the Aegean Sea, washed in tonal white-washed minimalism and handcrafted originality, these stunningly curved Aenaon Villas sit snugly between Imerovigli and Oia.