An integral part of the culture and history of the region, the Mediterranean Sea spans nearly 965,000 square miles and provides a sandy waterfront for 3 continents- Europe, Africa and Asia- covering 23 countries. The sea is part and parcel of their environment and ancestry, and it provides a stunning backdrop for its coastal towns. Known for its azure color, pleasant climate and warm waters, the Mediterranean Sea attracts thousands of tourists each year to its distinct shores. From the Sub-Saharan and Arab influences in Morocco to the Roman and Greek influences in Sicily and the Greek Islands, there is perhaps no better place to explore the variety of human history than the Mediterranean.
Additionally this exquisite region is home to some of the most stunning hotels, unparalleled in history and luxury. Enjoy all the Mediterranean has to offer from culture to history to relaxing by the sea all while staying in luxurious properties. Here is a complete list of our top Mediterranean hotels, handpicked by our travel professionals.
Located on the east coast of Peloponnese, the Amanzo’e is ideally situated over a picturesque bay offering panoramic views of the Peloponnese coastline and the island of Spetses. Additionally, it is located nearby several important cities and archeological sites dating back to 300 BCE. One such notable sight is the Epidaurus Theater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, distinguished for its excellent conditions and outstanding acoustics. Visitors in the summer months can still enjoy performances as the theater recreates ancient Greek classics. Influenced heavily by the surrounding region and Hellenic culture, the artfully crafted Amanzo’e is a tribute to classical Greece featuring marble columned walkways, garden courtyards and an amphitheater. For guests, a stay at the Amanzo’e is like stepping back into time and offers a glimpse into how ancient civilizations thrived along the Mediterranean.
Although not situated directly on the Mediterranean, Cordoba has been influenced by the Mediterranean due to years of trade and commerce thanks to its strategic central position in Spain. From Berbers and Moors traveling from Africa and Asia to Romans traveling from Italy to the Jewish communities that thrived there during the Middle Ages, Cordoba has a uniquely formed history and culture. Home to several sites of historical importance including the Synagogue of Water, Puerta Sevilla and the Mezquita of Cordoba- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cordoba is a prime example of the fluidity of culture and goods commonly found along the Mediterranean. For an authentic experience of Cordoba, visitors should look no farther than Hospes Palacio de Bailio. Situated in the historic center of Cordoba, the boutique hotel delicately balances the new with old featuring a sleek yet traditional design. Reflecting Andalucían culture, the hotel is home to four uniquely designed Andalucian-style courtyards, original 17th century frescos and exquisite gardens inspired by ancient Roman designs.
With connections to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco has historically been poised as a pathway to Africa and Western Europe. As the formal imperial city in Western Morocco, Marrakesh is the major economic and cultural center of Morocco, home to several mosques, palaces and marketplaces where the trade of common and cultural goods takes place. Heavily influenced by Berber culture, marketplaces in Marrakesh are often brimming with trinkets and goods once popular with this ancient tribe. Additionally, Marrakesh was home to craftsmen from Seville and Cordoba who influenced the design of numerous palaces in city much like how in turn the Berbers influenced the design of Andalucian cities. One hotel in Marrakesh that seamlessly embodies this combination of cultures is the luxurious La Mamounia. Painstakingly redesigned and renovated by acclaimed designer Jacques Garcia, the property was restored to its former grandeur displaying beautifully designed artwork and intricate patterns shaped by Berber and Arab-Andalucian traditions that one can find repeated throughout the city. Boasting high end amenities and luxury experiences, La Mamounia combines the ancient tradition of the region with the experiences that modern, discerning travelers have come to expect.
Situated directly in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is no stranger to the comings and goings of distinct peoples and cultures. Some of the more influential civilizations included the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French, and the Spanish Bourbons. As the capital city of Sicily, Palermo’s distinct atmosphere has been heavily shaped by its history of invading civilizations. From a vast range of architectural styles to the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes, Palermo and in general Sicily represent this crossroad of ancestry. Adding to this experience is Villa Tasca, a private, 18th century manor that invites guests to explore the Sicilian identity in luxury from huge suites with frescoed walls to Persian carpets to a gorgeous terraced garden. In addition to luxury amenities, Villa Tasca is conveniently located near the city center of Palermo and the famous village of Monreale, home to the Norman cathedral and several Byzantine era frescos. For guests, the Valla Tasca offers privacy as well as accessibility to some of Palermo’s most sought after historic sites.
Nestled into the southern part of the French island of Corsica, Porto Vecchio has been home to several generations of ancient cultures who sought to make use of its strategic location as a port town on the Mediterranean. Most notably, Porto Vecchio was home to ancient Romans and Genoese settlers. The Romans were some of the first to take advantage of the location and some speculate the name “Porto Vecchio” meaning old port is a reference to old Roman infrastructure left in the vicinity. The Genoese settlers who followed were careful to conserve the Roman port. Even to this day visitors can see this combination of architecture in the old town. Despite its long history, Porto Vecchio did not rise to prominence until the Second World War when the swamps lands- long known for bouts of malaria- were cleared to improve conditions for the army and soldiers. After the war ended, the port and now-filled in marshes continued to prosper with increased trade and tourism; turning Porto Vecchio into a luxury, seaside village visited by hundreds of travelers every year. For a taste of this luxury, Casa del Mar offers guests outstanding coastal views and high end amenities. In two hectares of private landscape, facing the bay of Porto-Vecchio, Casa del Mar is a hotel of fine luxury and elegance, heralding the start of a new jet-set era for the island.