It’s time to chase away those winter blues. Spring is here, and if you’re planning a trip away from the cold, these hotel re-openings are the best places to escape to.
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Amalfi Coast
5 reasons to book:
1. The views: The hotel’s setting – on a cliff side overlooking the Amalfi coast, and adjacent to Positano’s characteristic colorful homes – grants you postcard perfect views every time you look out the window.
2. The looks: It’s a family owned hotel with character. They’ve resisted the urge for swooping overhauls with designer credentials. Instead, Le Sirenuse looks and feels like a private home.
3. Franco’s Bar: The hotel’s brand new watering hole, Franco’s Bar, is exactly what Positano needed. Ideal for people watching, stellar views of the ocean, and of course, finely crafted cocktails.
4. The Amalfi Coast: The fishing village of Positano is one of the most photogenic spots on the Amalfi Coast.
5. Michelin-star restaurant: La Sponda, the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant, is one of the best on the coast. In the evenings the restaurant is lit by 400 candles creating a surreal atmosphere where you can enjoy the dishes of Chef Gennaro Russo
Amanzoe, Porto Helo, Greece
5 reasons to book:
1. Ed Tuttle Designs: Imagined by Ed Tuttle, one of America’s best architects, the Amanzoe looks like a modern day acropolis overlooking the Peloponnese’s breathtaking landscape. The Amanzoe has one of the most exciting designs in the Aman portfolio. And, with the amazing hotels they’ve got, that’s no small feat.
2. The views: Immortalized in the legends of Hercules, the Trojan wars, and Jason and the Golden Fleece, few landscapes are as influential in world history as the Peloponnese. The Villas of the Amanzoe offer uninterrupted views over this breathtaking landscape and the waters of the Mediterranean ocean.
3. The spa: As with all Aman’s, the spa is a superlative experience that’s not to be missed. Inspired by the holistic healing of Hippocrates, the treatments at the Amanzoe’s spa combine diet, gymnastics, exercise and massage to get you on the path to a better you.
4. Food and drink: Focused on providing organic produce sourced from local farmers, every meal at the Amanzoe is an explosion of taste on a plate. The Pelopennese’s fertile soils and free roaming animals offer some of the best ingredients this side of Europe and the Amanzoe’s Chefs, masters of their craft, coax out their flavors with precision and skill.
5. The 1 Bedroom Villa: Possibly the best romantic getaway in Greece, the Amanzoe’s 1 bedroom Villa impresses with a master bedroom, 22 metre private pool, a private kitchen, extensive shaded terraces with sweeping views of the landscape, and a living room. For a unique touch, the villa is home to an immersive art installation by James Turell.
The Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat a Four Seasons Hotel
5 reasons to book:
1. It’s timeless: It’s no coincidence that the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, has been around for over a century. Families will love the amount of outdoor space available and the Club Dauphin – home to one of the most beautiful infinity pools in the world – is where the kids of Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, and Paul McCartney, learned to swim.
2. The rooms: Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and with gorgeous views of the French Riviera stretched out before them, the rooms at the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat a Four Seasons hotel are a feast for the senses. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon’s choice of an all-white color palette make them a refreshing place to return to after a few hours in the pool, or after a day spent in the French Riviera’s towns.
3. Le Cap restaurant : Run by Michelin Star Chef Didier Aniès, Le Cap’s menu is dictated by the seasons, and whatever quality ingredient finds its way on the Chef’s chopping board. Pair your selection of meats, seafood, and fish with a grand cru bottle from the hotel’s extensive list, and pick a table on the terrace under the Aleppo trees, and we guarantee you’ll be in culinary heaven.
4. The Villa Santo Sospir: Dine in a work of art by French artist Jean Cocteau. Held in the Villa Santo Sospir, formerly owned by the socialite Francine Weisweiller, this is a unique dining experience punctuated by the visual and culinary arts. After an art tour led by Weisweiller’s former caretaker enjoy freshly prepared meals by the Michelin Star Chef Yoric Tièche on the Villa’s Mediterranean view terrace.
5. La Véranda restaurant: La Véranda’s setting is as delicious as what comes from its kitchens. With a hundred-year-old Aleppo pine tree towering over it, and the gorgeous Mediterranean ocean as a backdrop; it’s hard to find a more picturesque setting for an alfresco dinner.