When many people think of Mediterranean vacations, images of the summertime sun and lying on the beach come to mind. However, the Mediterranean region is also a perfect getaway spot to beat the cold weather blues during the winter season.
Ifyour idea ofa perfect trip involves plenty of adrenaline-pumping water sports, then Dakhla is your perfect Mediterranean destination. Dakhla is a quaint fishing port at the edge of a tranquil lagoon, and its beaches are filled with sand dunes and lots of wildlife. This is an excellent place for windsurfers and kitesurfers because of the waves and since the water stays a consistent 25-degrees Celsius. You can view migratory birds, dolphins, and seals from atop the sand dunes here as well.
The Santa Caterina resort is a 19th century villa situated in the beauty of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The resort is a Conde Nast Award Winner and a Travel & Leisure Award Winner, and it’s the only 5-star hotel on the Amalfi Coast that allows children. It features a private beach club, lush gardens, terrace dining, and a beach club pool with fresh saltwater. It’s only a mile from Amalfi, so you can easy explore the town as well while staying here.
Casa Angelia features 39 luxurious rooms and suites along the Amalfi Coast as well. The best place to stay here is in the ultra-exclusive Eaudesa rooms, which are almost at sea level. There is a gourmet restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo, that serves seasonal, locally-sourced Mediterranean cuisine and some poolside dining options that are both convenient and healthy. You can indulge in a pampering spa treatment and then head out to the beach to sip seaside drinks by the water.
Villa Felice is perched atop the rocky Amalfi Coast and features a quiet atmosphere with unparalleled scenic views. This resort has 11 comfortable and spacious rooms, many of which even have a terrace that overlooks the gulf. Some rooms have an in-room Jacuzzi and shower tub as well for the ultimate relaxation experience. There’s a restaurant, bar, baby sitter, taxi, and lift to a private Amalfi beach, and the hotel offers activity excursions as well.
Another top-notch resort in Paphos is the Anassa Hotel, which is a luxury 5-star hotel on the Mediterranean shore of Cyprus. It’s a hot spot for weddings, corporate meetings, and it’s also family-friendly. Anassa means “queen” in ancient Greek, and the resort is a beautiful blend of classical architecture and nature-inspired design. You can take advantage of marine-based detox programs, lifestyle consultations, seasonal local produce, and sea-view fine dining during your stay here.
The Coral Beach Hotel and Resort is located on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage site along the western coast of Cyprus. Here you’ll find 420 rooms along the beach and a 164-foot pool that’s perfect for getting in a few laps. This resort lets you unleash your creative side with pottery and glass-painting classes onsite, and you can watch some local folk dancing during your stay as well.
If you’re planning to spend some time in Casablanca, a 5-star luxury resort called Mazagan is just 90 kilometers away. This resort is located at the edge of a eucalyptus forest that overlooks the El Haouzia beach. You can easily visit the nearby historic 16th century cities of El Jadida and Azemmour when you stay at this resort.