When the crowds of tourists start leaving the beaches and coastal areas and the weather become more mellow, it starts the best time to relax and enjoy the view across the water from your bedroom or hotel terrace. We have put together a selection of our best hotels by the water.
Villa San Michelle
Ravello / Salerno / Amalfi, Capri & Sorrento / Italy
There really is no better way to spend your time on the Amalfi Coast than being perched 20 metres above it or following the hotel’s private path down to the sea abd explore the cute little bathing area that the Dipino family has placed there. Deckchairs, a few umbrellas and the sound of the Mediterranean sea lapping below - simple but perfect.
Areias do Seixo
Santa Cruz / Lisbon Coast North / Portugal
On the beaches of the north coast of Lisbon, rather unknown to foreign tourists but sought-after by many Portuguese, lies one of the most beautiful hotels in Portugal. Nestled in sand dunes and directly on the sea, the Areias do Seixo is a successful blend of modern architecture, charm, enchanting nature and a breathtaking location. Great beaches, historic towns and natural attractions are all within easy reach. Explore the little secrets of Portugal's coast far away from the touristic trail.
Ilha do Toque Toque Boutique Hotel
São Sebastião / São Paulo State / Brazil
There are times we let our imagination run off to paradisiacal places where the sun always shines, the sand is pure gold and we can smell the blue ocean. The Ilha do Toque Toque which lies in a preserved area of natural beauty near São Sebastião, in the state of São Paulo. The Ilha do Toque Toque is the only hotel within a 6 mile radius in this little corner of paradise and sits comfortably some 50 metres above the sea, with amazing views to match.
Chania / Crete / Greece
The Mama Nena, a stylish, modern boutique hotel with historical elements, can be found along the waterfront of the Venetian harbor in Chania. Although modernity can be found throughout the entire facility, the house itself is anything but modern: It looks out over a history, which started in the 15th century. With great attention to detail and high quality Mama Nena was brought up to date. The result: Here you will find a contemporary home far away from home with a minimalist atmosphere.
Sidi Kaouki / Essaouira Region / Morocco
Pools, beach, spa and a collection of 6 lovely private villas located in the village of Sidi Kaouiki , just south of Essaouira, make the Rebali Riads. Just few steps away from stunning sandy beaches and views of both coast and mountains, the Rebali Riads are the ideal place to relax and get inspired by the mood of an unhurried way of life here. For the more active people, the beach offers great surfing, kite- and windsurfing facilities.
Les 3 Îles
La Croix Valmer / Var / French Riviera & Provence / France
A private terrace, views out across the Mediterranean sea, 200 metres from the beach, immersed in nature, 20 minutes from Saint-Tropez and miles away from the hustle and traffic, what else could you need?
Casa da Ermida da Santa Catarina
Elvas / Alentejo / Portugal
Located in the beautiful Alentejo region, the Casa Ermida de Santa Catarina is probable one of the best places to get away from it all. Bathed by the waters of the Caia Reservoir and surrounded by old oak trees and stunning natural beauty, the feeling is one of total seclusion.
Hostal La Hormiga Voladora
Ensenada de Bolonia / Andalusia Cadiz / Spain
The Hostal La Hormiga Voladora is one of those lovely, unassuming places that seem increasingly hard to find in these days and this age. It is a beautifully situated and quirky seaside accommodation that fits in perfectly with the relaxed and typically Andalusian environment. Inside the Hormiga, the visitor will find simple but lovely decorated rooms furnished with the highest comfort standards.
Quinta do Barranco da Estrada
Sta. Clara a Velha / Alentejo / Portugal
From this small hotel with only seven rooms you have a wonderful view to the south, onto one of the cleanest and largest lakes in Europe, which lies in wonderfully unspoilt nature. Passing beautiful orchards and flower gardens, you can quickly reach the shore, where you will find a wide range of water sports.
La Sultana Oualidia
Oualidia / Oualidia – El Jadida / Morocco
The luxurious La Sultana Oualidia lies at the foot of the small Moroccan village of Oualidia, surrounded by an idyllic lagoon and endless sandy beaches. The magic of the lagoons known for their oyster farms and flamingo swarms build the perfect backdrop for utter relaxation.
Parador de la Gomera
San Sebastián de la Gomera / La Gomera / Canary Islands / Spain
A heavenly setting with fabulous views of the ocean, gardens brimming with sub-tropical exotic plants and a typical Island architecture, make up the main reference points of the lovely old-fashioned Parador de la Gomera. Inside its bright walls encrusted with volcanic rocks, the combination of Castilian and Isabelline style decoration enable an authentic La Gomera experience.
Hôtel U Capu Biancu
Bonifacio / Corsica / France
It is the mixture of authentic Corsican simplicity with a touch of refinement which makes Hotel U Capu Biancu really enjoyable. Located between Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio and perfectly nestled above the gulf of Sant’Amarza with stunning views will make you feel as if you were at the end of the world. The decoration is young and fresh, with a little traditional touch - the perfect conditions for a comfortable stay. The rooms, although not really large, are colourful and comfortable.
Avanti Hotel Boutique Fuerteventura
Corralejo - Fyerteventura – Canary Islands – Spain
You can find the beautiful Avanti Boutique hotel on the coast of Fuerteventura, in the old town of Corralejo and as many have said of it, “it is the only place to stay here”.
Estalagem da Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol / Madeira & Porto Santo / Portugal
Nestled on the rocks above the sea on the Southern coast of Madeira, which is said to have the best climate and more hours of sunshine than any other part of the island, lies the Hotel Ponta do Sol. In contrast to the rather sleepy village of the same name, the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is trendy, minimalistic, modern and utterly magical, a really well-designed hotel.