Island hopping in the Mediterranean can be the trip of a lifetime. World's Hottest Hotels takes you to the very best resorts from Greek coastal villas to Italian Riviera retreats to cliff side island hideaways.
With a classic Mediterranean vibe, the Italian Riviera's Hotel Splendido in Portofino is an original gem. For decades, the Splendido has been one of the World's Hottest Hotels, hosting big shots like Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Stewart and Humphrey Bogart. The hotel's 70 rooms are decorated in a classic Italian style with balconies and awesome views of the harbor. Take your time at the hotel's terrace eatery, have a swim in the saltwater pool, or get a message in the open air while the Mediterranean breezes flutter through your hair. The Hotel Splendido set the stage as an original jetsetter Mediterranean getaway.
Off the Italian mainland on the island of Capri, you'll find the Capri Palace high in the hills. This hotel features an eccentric mix of traditional and modern art that reflects their goal of the pursuit of beauty. The lobby features a mix of art including Louis the XVI chairs, Venetian lamps, Florentine tables, 3-D pop art, and one-of-a-kind video installations. The suites are themed after artists like the Mondrian suite, named for Piet Mondrian. The wine cellar at Capri Palace has more than 10,000 bottles to choose from. The sea, the artwork, and the wine make Capri Palace an ultimate Mediterranean vacation.
If you're looking for privacy and tranquility on the Italian coast, head to La Posta Vecchia, about an hour drive from Rome. This World's Hottest Hotel is like a private estate with no traditional lobby or check in. Posta Vecchia is filled with 17th century Italian sculptures, Renaissance furniture, and museum quality art in all 17 guest rooms. The estate was originally J. Paul Getty's vacation home. Today, the Getty Suite is the primo place to stay, with oakwood ceilings, and a 200 square foot bathroom with Carrera marble. La Posta Vecchia is a classic Italian luxury retreat.
The Greek island of Santorini is picture-postcard famous for its blue domes and whitewashed hillside buildings. In the village of Oia is where you'll find the Hotel Katikies built right into the cliffs. The 27 cottages are all dressed with antique furniture and white pine floors. Each has its own balcony with stunning views. Every spot in this hotel offers striking views of the Aegean see, from the Jacuzzi to the inviting infinity pool. Even the top-shelf restaurant, which is carved into the Cliffside, offers terrace dining with the promise of an impeccable sunset show each day. A stay at Hotel Katikies is unforgettable.
Suspended above Italy's Amalfi coast is the town of Ravello where cliff side palaces were built nearly 1000 years ago. At the top of town is one of the Worlds Hottest Hotels called the Caruso Belvedere. You might feel a wave of creative inspiration coming off the place, as classical composer Richard Wagner, author Gore Vidal, and more recently singer Alicia Keys did while here. The Caruso's 50 rooms have been updated while keeping the 18th century frescoes. Each one has a killer view of the Amalfi coast, Mediterranean Sea, and the hotel's gardens. But the best spot to take in these spectacular sights might be the Caruso's infinity pool, which seems to spill over the cliffs and into the sea. A stay at the Caruso is truly inspiring.