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Mediterranean hideaways for 21st-century Bohemians

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

You might think the Med is all crowded beaches and over-priced restaurants, but according to our friends at Design Hotels™ there is still nowhere better for chanelling your inner Bohemian. To prove it, they have selected three retreats which have become favourites with what they call an  ‘emerging community of nomadic trendsetters’. In other words, those in search of barefoot luxury. Even Bohemians, it seems, aren’t prepared to slum it these days.San Giorgio MykonosSan Giorgio Mykonos

San Giorgio Mykonos enjoys one of the prettiest spots on the island, set between the Paradise and Paranga beaches. According to Design Hotels™, it's a 'barefoot haven for the global community of unconventional drifters', with the crisp, white Cycladic architecture creating a feeling of serene simplicity throughout the 32 rooms and suites. Fresh, local produce is served on family-style wooden tables, emphasising the chilled ideology of the hotel, which also extends to Scorpios Mykonos, a beachside agora where wanderers from all walks of life are united by good music, fine food and sunshine. From around £236 per night.Casa Angelina, PraianoCasa Angelina, Priano

Casa Angelina is an intimate retreat on the Amalfi Coast with just 43 guestrooms. Although only a few minutes’ drive from Positano, Casa Angelina’s location in a quiet fishing village immerses guests in an off-the-radar authenticity. Aperitivi are served at the on-trend Marrakech Bar, and the rooftop gourmet restaurant – Un Piano nel Cielo – offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Salerno. Guests are also encouraged to make use of the restorative spa and exclusive access to Casa Angelina´s own beach, La Gavitella, to fully appreciate la bella vita. From around £452 per night.Maçakizi, BodrumMaçakizi, Bodrum

Bodrum has been a hangout for intellectuals and artists since the 1970s. This 74-room hideaway, on a secluded hillside dotted with olive trees, brings things thoroughly up to date: clean, chic spaces and contemporary furnishings honour the hotel´s minimalist ideals, while the private motorboat allows guests to explore the natural beauty of Turkey’s southwest coast. Even Bohemians need pampering and Maçakizi´s spa combines centuries-old Turkish know-how with ground-breaking products from the prestigious French cosmetics brand, NUXE. From around £500 per night.


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