Blame The White Lotus. This summer season, Sicily was overwhelmed with vacationers. Legendary beach-club locations like Capri and Mykonos are usually elbow to elbow in July and August, however since Covid-related journey restrictions had been lifted, they’ve been particularly packed—regardless of the file excessive temperatures. This explains why savvy vacationers should not solely planning journeys to the Mediterranean islands in September and October, they’re additionally venturing additional afield.
“Autumn is my favourite time,” says French architect Marie Rivalant-Lazarakis, proprietor of two intimate properties on the quiet Greek isle of Kastellorizo, a part of the Dodecanese archipelago. Mediterraneo, a lemon-yellow visitor home, is known as for the 1991 Oscar-winning movie that was shot there. Final summer season, Rivalant-Lazarakis partnered with two associates, Grégoire Du Pasquier, additionally an architect, and Luc Lejeune, an inside designer, to open the blood-orange all-suite lodge Casa Mediterraneo throughout the harbor. Product of three conjoined neoclassical buildings, the hillside property options six ethereal suites with sea views and personal terraces.
In terms of Spain’s Balearic Islands, it’s at all times been Ibiza and Mallorca which have gotten all the eye. However now the extra rural Menorca, with its art-world cachet (Hauser & Wirth opened an outpost there in 2021), turquoise water, and dramatic copper-hued seashores, is having a second. Because of Menorca’s strict historical-preservation legal guidelines, there was a growth of exceptionally trendy agroturismoproperties, from the Menorca Experimental to Santa Ponsa. The most recent and biggest is Son Blanc Farmhouse,an deserted Nineteenth-century stone manor refurbished as a 14-room boutique lodge with an infinity pool overlooking olive groves. It was renovated by the London-based couple Benoît Pellegrini and Benedicta Linares Pearce, who’s from Menorca. They spent years replanting the land in order that by the point Son Blanc opened this spring, the kitchen group was harvesting herbs, tomatoes, and artichokes to produce the garden-to-table restaurant.
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Even in Sicily, it’s attainable to discover a quiet nook. Enterprise inland and also you’ll discover the newly opened Palazzo Previtera in Linguaglossa, with three rooms and two backyard cottages set inside a Seventeenth-century household property on the northern aspect of Mount Etna. Proprietor Alfio Puglisi spent the previous 10 years impeccably restoring its ornate interiors: grand areas lined with brightly patterned historic silk materials and colourful ground tiles, elaborately painted ceilings, and invaluable antiquarian books. Fall is a superb time to go to, as a number of the wines being made within the space’s volcanic soil have been gaining a cult following and the harvest historically takes place in September. Staying right here is much less like hustling for area with different Individuals and extra like staying with a captivating host.