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5 Romantic Spots in the Mediterranean

by Rowena Carr-Allinson

There’s a famous French song that laments ‘Mediterranean, my life will be yours’ – the crooner was enamoured of the sparkling sea, and so are we.

Barcelona, Spain

Why go? Barcelona, is one of the most vibrant cities on the Mediterranean shores. The cosmopolitan city has much to offer from its man-made beach to its exhilarating nightlife.

Where to stay? Check into the Hotel Claris, ideally located for exploring. The hotel still has its former Palacio Vedruna façade but inside antiques aplenty sit alongside a hip restaurant and even a rooftop swimming pool.

What to do? Discover the city’s architecture: Gaudí’s Temple of the Holy Family and the Casa Milà, the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum too. Take a walk along Las Ramblas throughout the Old Town by day and hit the tapas bars by night.

Any tips? Remember the Spaniards go out late so the party doesn’t get started till Midnight…

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

Why go? Simply gorgeous, the Amalfi coast is stuck in time and utterly romantic. Made famous in movies like ‘The talented Mr Ripley’, this rugged stretch of coastline has been a favourite with the ‘jet-set’ since the 50’s.

Where to stay? Stay at the very exclusive Capri Palace in Anacapri. The swanky hotel has it all: Michelin starred restaurant, authentic columns and vaulted ceilings, and the obligatory beautiful pool.

What to do? Explore the famous Blue Grotto or take the lift up 1,932 feet to Monte Salaro for amazing views across Capri’s shore. Check out Positano and Sorrento on the mainland, and the infamous town of Pompei, preserved in lava.

Any tips? Do it like the locals and hire a Vespa to discover the island.

Crete, Greece

Why go? The sun, the sea, the food… What’s not to love about Greece? Discover the country’s island beauty in glorious Crete, a classic Mediterranean destination.

Where to stay? The Blue Palace in Elounda is a picture perfect resort blending traditional Greek colours with modern style. But the best part? Over half of the 251 rooms have their own private pools!

What to do? Go exploring with a picnic or take a day trip to the island of Spinalonga on a fishing boat. For a quieter approach, laze at the beach, by your pool or get pampered at the spa. And, at night dine under the stars, either on a boat or at the beach…

Any tips? The Blue Palace has a ‘romance department’ so get in touch for help with organizing an ultra romantic stay.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Why go? Monaco is a slightly surreal mini-principality whose fascinating history has made it synonymous with glitz and glamour. From the Formula 1 grand-prix to the royal family and the celebrities who live there tax free, it’s a world of its own.

Where to stay? Check into the Columbus hotel owned by Formula 1 champ David Coulthard, for a sea view and swish style. Leather, dark woods, cream linens, marine stripes and sharp lines all shout: Mediterranean chic.

What to do? Take a walk around ‘the rock’ and stop off at Castleroc for lunch overlooking the fairytale palace. Meander through the quaint labyrinth of pastel coloured houses, and don’t miss the impressive Oceanographic Museum, a marble temple to the sea.

Any tips? If you like flashy cars, take a peek in the city’s underground car parks: more Ferraris per square inch than anywhere else on earth!

Istanbul, Turkey

Why go? Istanbul is one of the world’s must see cities: exotic and very romantic! Spanning two continents, there’s plenty to do, and most of all, a magical atmosphere…

Where to stay? Stay in style at the Conrad hotel. The rooms have fantastic views over the city, cool designer style and are very affordable too. To go crazy, check into the Presidential Suite, where Bill Clinton loved the bathtub with a view!

What to do? Visit the sights: the Agha Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the incredible Grand Bazaar and experience the nightlife on the Bosphorus. Don’t miss the city’s many great restaurants and ultra hip rooftop terraces like Mikla’s.

Any tips? Head to mega club Reina which is where the beautiful people go to party.

5 Other Romantic Mediterranean Hotel Escapes

  1. Kempinski Istanbul
  2. Hotel de Paris, Monaco
  3. The Albergo, Beirut
  4. Le Meridien, Nice
  5. Sheraton Tel Aviv

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