The best luxury hotels in the Mediterranean to visit by yacht
Hôtel Casadelmar

Classic and iconic, cruising along the Mediterranean coastlines is a vacation option favoured by the elite for decades. Whether it's the best bars, rustic restaurants, luxury spas or party destinations, if you're heading to shore for a night or two, you might want to try out some of the best hotels to rest your head.

Hôtel Casadelmar, Corsica

Nestled unobtrusively on the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio shoreline, the recently renovated Hôtel Casadelmar showcases Corsica’s natural beauty. Two hectares of lush, perfumed gardens afford privacy and space to the French politicians, musicians and sports stars who visit, while each of the 31 rooms offers a sprawling vista of the sea and mountain villages beyond. The interior is just as impressive, with tasteful artworks and sculptures adding pops of colour to the rosewood-and-glass decor. Anchor out, arrive by tender at its private jetty and grab a cocktail to accompany the Mediterranean sunset, followed by dinner at the island’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Head chef Fabio Bragagnolo emphasises fresh local produce in his spectacular dishes: hazelnuts, game, honey, cheese and seafood all feature heavily. And if you overindulge, don’t worry: Casadelmar’s gym has floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can work o those extra calories while the island continues to bewitch you from the treadmill.

Palazzo Avino
Ravello, Italy

A 12th-century villa once owned by Italian nobility, the blush pink Palazzo Avino perches 350 metres above a dramatic stretch of the Amalfi Coast. Spread across a series of flower-filled terraces, it was once used as a hideaway by Hollywood high-flyers (with varying degrees of success – Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini were spotted cosying up here during their scandalous affair in the late 1940s). Today, the property’s vaulted ceilings and graceful balconettes allow guests to relive this glamorous golden age.

Tender in to its recently renovated cliffside beach club – where cocktails are delivered to your sunlounger – before the meandering drive up to the town of Ravello. Dinner is served on a candle-lit terrace overlooking the bay at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Rossellinis, where guests can sample the best of Italian haute cuisine (don’t miss grilled scallops served with their coral and the Vesuvio apricot soufflé). Afterwards, retreat to the Infinito Suite where you can watch new yacht arrivals from the spa pool on your private terrace.

Image courtesy of Roberto Bonardi.

Regent Porto Montenegro
Tivat, Montenegro

Encircled by granite mountains and backed by bottle-green swathes of cypress, Porto Montenegro lies at the heart of the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor. Significant investment in recent years has transformed this old naval shipyard into a sparkling superyacht marina, luxury village and five-star spa hotel.

Start by mooring in one of Porto Montenegro’s 138 superyacht berths before taking your pick between relaxing in the softly lit Regent Spa or a dip in the yacht club’s Instagrammable infinity pool. The shipyard’s old syncrolift now serves as an events venue – hosting fashion shows, plays and concerts – and a polo field is in progress for this summer’s inaugural tournament. Once the sun slips behind the surrounding mountains, wind your way through the Italian garden to sink into a corner of the hotel’s Library Bar. Furnished with dark wooden panelling, it offers groaning bookshelves, a live pianist and cigars at the ready.

Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca’s most spectacular vistas make picture postcards out of clifftop windows at the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa, from sunsets burning into the Mediterranean to lights twinkling across the Tramuntana mountains. Moor at the local marina, which takes yachts up to 35 metres, or at Port Adriano to the south, which accepts bigger yachts. Enhance the view from the infinity pool with a new pair of Taylor Morris shades – the hip London brand’s first international outpost is here, complete with sunglasses butlers to buff your lenses.

Wander through scented gardens to the spectacular Talise Spa with its open-air heated hydropool and melt away stress with a salt steam bath for immune rejuvenation and fragrant treatments with olive oil, lemons and almonds. The hotel is infused with Spanish culture, from Mallorcan artwork to the churro server who visits tables at breakfast. There’s plenty to eat here: stop by the Sunset Sushi Lounge for cocktails and maki, and for inventive tapas with the finest panoramas try Es Fanals, at the top of the hotel.

Santa Marina
Mykonos, Greece

Tucked away on a quiet southern peninsula, with few distractions other than idly watching a superyacht cruise along the horizon, at Santa Marina it is easy to forget Mykonos’s party reputation. Arrive by yacht, helicopter or plane to find a scattering of 101 sugar cube suites and rooms, and 13 villas cascading down the granite hill towards the Aegean.

The resort has undergone a multi-million-euro refurbishment and is now the ultimate retreat in which to relax, whether on a double sunpad by the saltwater infinity pool, in a woven-backed, cushioned cabana above the clean ecru sand of the island’s only private beach, or in the calming surrounds of the new Gingko spa. After the sun sets, drop back down to the beach for dinner – Buddha-Bar serves pan-Asian sharing plates such as scallop sushi and aromatic duck salad. Twice a year the famous bar group’s head mixologist flies in to mix cocktails such as the White Princess, with gin and sake infused with lemongrass essential oil – and after that, how much of a party vibe you feel in Mykonos is up to you.

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort
Halkidiki, Greece

Sprawling across a wooded slope overlooking a secluded bay on the Toroneos Gulf, the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort is a new stop for yacht owners seeking a peaceful retreat away from the Med’s well-worn hotspots. Moor in the resort’s 81-berth marina, which can host yachts up to 40 metres, and find yourself right by the hotel’s private beach, two pools and three restaurants.

The real star of the show is its cavernous Myrthia Thermal Spa, perched in a prime position overlooking the hotel’s cascading landscaped grounds. Choose from an extensive menu of traditional Greek treatments or tap into the healing power of the resort’s natural thermal spring with the spa’s signature Miraggio Water Source Journey. Begin by awakening the senses in the vast thalasso pool and four thermal baths before unwinding in the Finnish and herbal saunas, tepidarium and steam room. Finally, brighten your skin (and test your endurance) in the eight degrees Celcius walk-through plunge pool, and revive yourself with a refreshing rainforest-style experience shower.

Villa Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, Croatia

By a twisting coastal road sits a simple stone wall with an unassuming lift entrance – you would never guess that below it lies the glass walled sanctuary of Villa Dubrovnik. With expansive views across to Dubrovnik’s romantic Old Town and the forests of Lokrum island, this cliff-side property boasts some of the finest vistas in Croatia. A member of the recently formed Mytha Hotel Anthology, a collection of seven unique properties across the Mediterranean, its chic neutral interior ensures that the turquoise Adriatic remains the star of the show. At its heart is a spa with a vast indoor pool.

Book in for the Diamond massage on a futuristic bed that stimulates the senses through scent, light, sound, colours and vibrations. Then hop aboard the hotel’s Venetian Vaporetto speedboat that will whisk you into the Old Port. Make sure you return in time to watch the sun set from your balcony’s hot tub, or the property’s rooftop champagne bar.

Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Antibes, Côte d'Azur

A gleaming white 19th century mansion sitting proudly on the tip of Cap d’Antibes, surrounded by 22 acres of pines and tropical gardens – places to stay on the Côte d’Azur don’t come more glamorous than the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Join the fleet of tenders that glide past the swimming pool – blasted out of the basalt rock in 1914 – to deposit celebrities at the hotel’s teak dock.

Overlooking the Grande Allée, which sweeps down to the cerulean sea, the property’s Bar Bellini has buzzed with high profile guests since it opened in 1870, from the Windsors to the Kardashians. Interior designer Bergit Grafin Douglas recently rejuvenated the venue with installation works by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren and German minimalist Imi Knoebel. Sip the house speciality – a bellini, naturally – on the contemporary terrace and let any tensions you may have drift away as the sun sets.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Taormina, Sicily

Built into the crags above the clustered terracotta rooftops of Taormina, with views across Sicily’s volcanic coastline to the plumes of Mount Etna, is the neo-classical Grand Hotel Timeo. Situated next to the ancient theatre of Taormina, the hotel is set in five acres of terraced gardens dotted with palm trees.

Sip a Bellini on the Literary Terrace – the view is reportedly the reason that American novelist and playwright Truman Capote stayed at the hotel for two years – before dining on Sicilian favourites, such as pasta con le sarde, on the restaurant terrace. When you want to return to sea level a private shuttle will whisk you down to the hotel’s sister property – Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea – located on the Bay of Mazzarò. Relax in a cabana on the pristine private beach while you await your tender.

Cala di Volpe, Costa Smerelda

With a wonderland of terraces offering stunning vistas across Costa Smeralda’s verdant coastline, this fantasy-worthy hotel is as vibrant now as

the day it opened 54 years ago. Join the fleet of tenders gliding into Cala di Volpe Bay to disgorge cargoes of celebrities, models and financiers

and attend one of the famous summer concerts. If you book full-board for four nights or more you will get a day out exploring in a lobster boat with your own captain – great fuel for your James Bond fantasies. But then so are the hotel’s famous bellinis, best sipped in the Pontile Bar where scenes from The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed.