The Mediterranean is surrounded by three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia – and even though the cultures around this sea are highly diverse, they harmoniously share a pleasant climate, distinctive flora and fauna, and not least the intense blue of the water.
Angelika Taschen set out in search of the most beautiful hotels on a great variety of coasts, islands and beaches, taking you on a journey to the luxuriousHotel du Cap-Eden-Rocand the ultra-chicLes Roches Rougeson the Côte d’Azur, to the little-knownPardini’s Hermitageon the Italian island of Giglio, which is only accessible by boat or on foot, and to Bodrum in Turkey, where the elegantAmanruya resortlies hidden in one of the most stunning bays in the Mediterranean. She also presents new hotel concepts, great architecture and creative design – for example thefinca Menorca Experimentalon the Balearic Islands, the modernistVilla Dubrovnikin Croatia andDexameneson the Peloponnese, where new life was breathed into decommissioned wine tanks.
Further highlights are the brand-new, stylishly designedMezzatorreon Ischia and theTorre di Cala Piccolawith its enchanting private beach on the Argentario peninsula in Tuscany, an almost unknown location that possesses the aura of 1960s Italy. Another real gem isLa Locanda del Barbablù, with just five rooms in the shadow of the mythical volcano on Stromboli. Look forward to staying at theNord-Pinusin Tangier with its fantastic view of the Strait of Gibraltar, and the charmingCoco-Mat Eco Residenceson Serifos, or experiencing the originality of Ammos on Crete, where the art and design are as essential as the sun and the beach!
Angelika Taschenstudied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.
Christiane Reiteris a freelance author based in Brussels. She studied journalism at the University of Eichstätt and worked as a travel editor for Ringier Publishing in Munich and Zurich. Later, she established the travel section of theFrankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
Great Escapes Mediterranean. The Hotel Book. 2020 Edition