The Mediterranean coast is a magical place, with a beautiful quality of light and a timeless glamour. It was the inspiration behind my latest fragrance, Mediterranean Honeysuckle. Here are three of my favorite classic Mediterranean hotels.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Côte d’Azur, France
This 19th-century mansion on the Cap d’Antibes’ peninsula exudes French Riviera glamour, with 22 acres of manicured parkland and swaying pines and palms. The 117 traditionally designed guest rooms are bright and airy, and spread throughout the main hotel, as well as two villas, and Les Deux Fontaines Residence, which offers guests further privacy in the grounds. The Eden-Roc Restaurant’s new dining room has a woody palette that is a beautiful contrast to the azure surroundings, while the Bar La Rotonde also makes the most of the views with a circular wall of windows. A heated saltwater infinity pool sits just about the Mediterranean, while seafront cabanas are a perfect spot to order lunch or a cocktail.
Hotel II Pellicano, Porto Ercole, Italy
Hotel Il Pellicano has been wowing guests with dramatic views from its cliff-top perch at Argentario’s Bay since the 1960s. The 50-room luxury property includes cottages and suites in a main villa, with sunny, large rooms and terraces that make the most of the picturesque location near Porto Ercole. The interiors by designer Marie Louise Sciò are traditionally Tuscan, with tile floors and fine fabrics that offer a pop of color against dazzling white walls and bedding. Highlights include a two Michelin Star restaurant, a spa scented with an exclusive fragrance created by maître perfumer Maria Candida Gentile, and a beautiful saltwater pool looking out to the bright blues of sea and sky, backed by verdant Mediterranean pines, cypress, and olive trees.
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Formerly the seaside home of the noble Sersale family, when the glamorous resort of Positano was a mere fishing village, the scarlet-hued Le Sirenuse opened as a luxurious hotel in the early 1950s, and is still managed by the same dynasty. The whitewashed interiors of the 18th century property have a Moorish feel, with vaulted and domed ceilings and intricately tiled floors, while private terraces offer views of stunning Positano and the Mediterranean. The 63 comfortable guest rooms have sumptuous fabrics, majolica-tiled floors, and antique furniture and paintings. The hotel’s La Sponda restaurant serves Neapolitan dishes, while an alfresco champagne and oyster bar is the perfect way to enjoy the region’s riches—your drinks are served in handblown Murano glasses. As well as a beautiful Aveda spa and an attractive terrace pool, guests can enjoy exploring the coastline on Le Sirenuse’s vintage wooden boat.