The 9 Dreamiest Mediterranean Hotels Opening In 2022
Opening in April, the team behind Mallorca’s superb El Llorenç Parc de la Mar boutique hotel brings you its newest venture, El Vicenç de la Mar. Whereas El Llorenç is set in the old town of Palma de Mallorca, El Vicenç boasts an enviable beachfront location in Cala Molins, on Mallorca’s northern coastline, with its azure waters and dramatic views of the Tramuntana mountains. It has two restaurants, a multi-tiered rooftop terrace, a 24-seat cinema and 35 rooms, including five suites, some of which have private terraces, private jacuzzis or even a private swimming pool.
Few places in Italy embody the Dolce Vita lifestyle like the fabled island of Capri. This year, the Oetker Collection is raising the bar by reopening the island’s first hotel—dating back to 1822—under its über-chic umbrella. The 50-room Hotel La Palma will be Oetker Collection’s reimagined incarnation of Capri’s most iconic hotel that has long played host to glitterati from all over the world. Set in the midst of vibrant Capri Village, the hotel offers the best of both worlds with its Palma Beach Club in the Marina Piccola just a short drive away.
Arguably the most sun-drenched Mediterranean destination of all, Tel Aviv is about to get even hotter with the February opening of The David Kempinski Tel Aviv. The Kempinksi group’s first property in Israel is set to raise local hospitality standards with its 250 rooms, most with sea views, including 56 suites and a three-floor, 4,800-square-foot penthouse. The hotel invites you to gaze at the Mediterranean from the Cloud51 rooftop bar, dine at the upscale Sereia Restaurant & Lounge, or relax at the pool bar or in the lush infinity pool.
Opening in June as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, La Zambra is the 2022 relaunch of the Byblos hotel, which became a favorite amongst the jet set and royalty in the late 20th century. Located half an hour from Marbella and 20 minutes from Malaga airport, this new Costa del Sol hot spot will be managed by Marugal and will feature 197 rooms, a selection of bars and restaurants, three swimming pools, two tennis courts, a gym, a yoga and Pilates studio, a wellness center with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and hammam, not to mention a nightclub and kids’ club.
Just when you thought the Greek island of Santorini couldn’t get any more fabulous, along comes Nobu Hotels to take it up another notch. Opening this spring, Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini is the latest addition to the global Nobu lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper. The boutique hotel will house a signature Nobu Restaurant, full-service spa, fitness facility, dual-level infinity pool, and five luxurious pool villas, and offers panoramic views of both the Caldera and Aegean Sea from its unique clifftop location in Imerovigli.
Opening in April, The Standard, Ibiza is the white-hot Balearic island’s most anticipated new hotel of the year. Set in a stark-white building, it boasts a bright, eclectic décor and lush landscaping in a property conceived by acclaimed Spanish creator Lázaro Rosa-Violán, with interiors by Oskar Kohnen, in collaboration with The Standard’s in-house design team. This brand-new, year-round adult playground features 67 rooms and suites, a street-level restaurant, panoramic rooftop bar and pool, and a separate 14-room house that is ideal for groups of friends.
Marbella may be best known for its clubs, designer boutiques and ritzy beach resorts, but there is a quieter, more elegant side to the Spanish jet-setters’ paradise. Located in one of the prettiest historic squares in Marbella, El Castillo is the third property from local hospitality group La Ciudadela Marbella and the only hotel set within the historic walls of the old town. Combining contemporary design and original historic details, it is the perfect spot from which to explore the real Marbella, with its flower-lined alleyways, sun-kissed squares, local artisans and superb restaurants.
Cali Mykonos is set to open in June near secluded Kalafati Beach on the eastern edge of Greece’s ultra-chic island of Mykonos. Overlooking the deep blue Aegean and its own private beach and a 360-foot infinity pool, Cali Mykonos will boast 40 luxury villas, each with jaw-dropping sea views, a private pool, and a patio. The hotel has a fleet of yachts and speed boats at its disposal, available for rides and tours to other beaches, towns, and neighbouring remote islands, and it will also offer private helicopter journeys upon request.
The opening of Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa is set to make Croatia’s Istria region even dreamier. IMAGE COURTESY PALAZZO RAINIS HOTEL & SPA
With its spectacular beaches and crystal-clear waters, Croatia’s Adriatic coastline has become a Mediterranean vacation destination to be reckoned with. Now, there is even more reason to place it top of your bucket list with the opening of Palazzo Rainis Hotel & Spa next to the Novigrad Marina in idyllic Istria. The hotel is a reconstruction of the former Villa Rainis, which was built around 1900 and named after the Rainis family who moved to Novigrad from Venice in the 19th century. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels network, Palazzo Rainis is slated to open in March, featuring 16 rooms and suites, a state-of-the-art spa and the Croatian fine-dining restaurant Chemistry.