According to the experts consulted by a special edition of Observer Travel, these are the most charming boutique (design) hotels on the coast of different Mediterranean countries.
Villa Val Des Roses, Cap D’antibes, France: upon arrival, you can park your car and not touch it again until you leave. Years ago, brothers Frederik and Filip found this cute little white house with a garden in the Val des Roses, where they offer an excellent breakfast, which you can take in your room, on the terrace or by the pool. Reservations: doubles from € 150, breakfast included.
Tel .: 00 33 6 85 060629 (mobile); www.val-des-roses.com.
Lavanta Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey: the views are wonderful, the breakfast excellent and the rooms luxurious. Tosun Merey and his German wife Maria, have transformed a virgin hillside into a spacious and comfortable haven. Each room is furnished differently and above the usual five-star hotel standard. Excellent cuisine and attention to detail. Reservations: double rooms from € 130, breakfast included.
Tel .: 00 90 252 3852167; www.lavanta.com.
Perivolas, Santorini, Greece: vaulted rooms with unusual beauty, where everything is perfectly placed. Its cozy rooms, nestled on a cliff, are airy and sunlight trickles into the interior through openings in the walls. They all have a terrace, some have a private Jacuzzi, plunge pool and even a garden with olive trees. Reservations: double rooms from € 400, breakfast included.
Tel .: 00 30 22860 71308; www.perivolas.gr
The Beach House, El Chaparral, Spain: between the busy N-340 and the sea, this small hotel with a quiet, Zen-like atmosphere takes great care of the details: from an orchid by the bed, to the music included on the CD hotel compilation. The staff are lovely and in summer they serve you breakfast on the terrace. Reservations: double rooms from € 125, breakfast included.
Tel .: 00 34 95 249 45 40; www.beachhouse.nu.
Hostal Sa Rascassa, Begur, Spain: quiet accommodation surrounded by pine trees, in a lonely rocky cove in Cala d’Aiguafreda, which has five sophisticated rooms. If you are lucky, rascassa (local fish) will appear on the menu. On hot summer nights, flamenco surrounds your terrace. Reservations: double rooms from € 70, breakfast included. Tel .: 00 34 972 622845; www.hostalsarascassa.com.
La Minervetta, Sorrento, Italy: Over the Bay of Naples, La Minervetta has 12 rooms and a junior suite, all with floor-to-ceiling windows offering wonderful views of Vesuvius. Very intimate. Reservations: double rooms from € 180, breakfast included. Tel .: 00 39 081 877 4455; www.laminervetta.com
Can Simoneta, Mallorca, Spain: next to a nature reserve and overlooking the Bay of Canyamel, is this lonely 19th century hacienda hotel. Just one hour from Palma airport, Can Simoneta has 18 rooms and a private beach, as well as countless pools and Jacuzzis on the edge of the cliff. Reservations: double rooms from € 185, breakfast included. Tel .: 00 34 971 81 61 10; www.cansimoneta.com.
Hotel Pastis, St Tropez, France: Surrounded by palm trees, Pastis is a small airy hotel, with nine rooms with a terrace to relax in and a swimming pool. It is an elegant alternative to finding space on the beaches of the Côte d'Azur. Reservations: double rooms from € 200, and breakfast € 20 per person.
Tel .: 00 33 4 98125650; www.pastis-st-tropez.com.
Londa, Limassol, Cyprus - Created by Italian designers Letizia Caruzzo and Paolo Rancati. Spa hotel with strong geometric lines on walls, windows and columns softened by custom furniture. Its spa offers a wide range of treatments, its minimalist restaurant has one of the best cuisine on the island and its Caprice Bar has daiquiris, DJs and dancing until dawn. Reservations: double rooms from € 275, breakfast included.
Tel .: 00 357 25865555; londahotel.com.
Hotel Signum, Salina, Aeolian Islands, Italy: stroll around and you will feel like The Godfather, when Al Pacino returns to Sicily and the screen takes on a sepia tone. Rustic, yet stylish and comfortable interiors (white walls, tiled floors and wooden furniture) while the exterior offers views of the sea and the Stromboli crater. Reservations: double rooms from € 130, breakfast included.
Tel .: 0039 090 9844222; hotelsignum.it.
Source: The Observer Travel