Med Terraces | Brave New World
Brave New World | April 2014
Looking for the best place to soak up some rays in the Med this summer?
Feast your eyes on these sumptuous hotel terraces. By Laura Ivill
Il Riccio Beach Club at the Capri Palace, Capri
Capri so captivated Somerset Maugham that he set The Lotus Eater on the island, and visitors have flocked here ever since. Naturally, seek out the most exclusive hangout ‑ Il Riccio Beach Club at the Capri Palace hotel. Clinging to the cliff, the terrace’s blue wooden tables exude classic Mediterranean atmosphere, and the Michelin-star restaurant serves fish, octopus and cuttlefish straight from the sea.
Zannos Melathron, Santorini
Distinctive, inspiring, unique – the Greek island of Santorini revels in its iconic cascading villages of white-washed buildings set against an azure sea. Zannos Melathron was the mansion of the village of Pyrgos, always alive with parties and celebrations. Step from the hotel’s maze of elegant vaulted rooms onto the terrace - the highest on the island - with 380 degree views. In the evening, flickering candlelight mingles with the twinkling lights of the town below.
Hacienda Na Xamena, Ibiza
Those in the know can still find pockets of the old Ibiza, where life is slow, food is bursting with island freshness and the days are long and languid. Hacienda Na Xamena is a cliffside private estate surrounded by miles of unspoiled coastline. It has rustic charm in spades, and reopens in May completely refreshed. Nestling almost 200m above the sea, the best views are from its panoramic terrace, wildly romantic at sunset.
Gran Meliá Victoria, Palma de Mallorca
Mixologist Javier de las Muelas has been kicking up a storm in Spain, and last year launched his cocktail bar DRY on the terrace of the uber swish Gran Melia hotel in the heart of Palma’s action. The terrace has sweeping views of the bay, the yachts and the cathedral, and ambient music by day picks up a pace with DJ sets and live music by night.
La Reserve Ramatuelle, Provence
For lovers of Zen-like, upscale, contemporary spa hotels, La Réserve Ramatuelle ticks all the boxes. It is the place to soak up the dazzling light of the South of France that warms the architectural open spaces that defines its appeal. Awarded Best New Hotel by Wallpaper*, all the rooms and suites have their own private terraces for maxing out on lounging, dining and entertaining.