Other than sunbathing in the garden (if you’re lucky enough to have one), summer was a bit of a non-starter for many. That’s why we’re turning our attention to the places where summer keeps on giving: places such as Turkey, Cyprus and southern Italy, where the mercury remains stubbornly high well into October. So, satisfy your sun-kissed cravings by casting an eye over these late-summer stopovers.
The Bodrum Peninsula averages 26 degrees in October, and don’t architects Emine and Mehmet Öğün know just that? The sun takes centre stage here, though the Aegean views are often scene-stealers. Guests’ discreet, open-plan pavilions each have a private garden, pool and pergola, plus there’s a yoga studio, a library tower and some of the region’s finest Med-Turkish fusion food in a smattering of outdoor restaurants.
Named for the Greek word for ‘everlasting’ there are certainly a few things that feel infinite at Amara along the Limassol coast. The dazzling blue views, for example, moreish high-end meals by star chefs such as Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Locatelli, and feelings of unbridled joy. With temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees in September, beachy days and sun-kissed bliss are assured.
Sleek Cypriot hideaway Anassa has earned a fair bit of clout among luxury-hotel seekers for its unique experiences (pottery-making, shamanism…), top service and breathtaking location, at the edge of Akamas national park and by Chrysocou Bay’s beach. Families are very welcome here, but couples will find romance aplenty in its bright modern suites, and glamorous meals on terraces with views.
BORGO CANONICA, PUGLIA
A trulli unique stay in Puglia, Borgo Canonica is an entire village of the region’s conical-roofed trullo huts that’s been restored and turned into a luxurious hideaway. The interiors of these cosy huts are less humble these days with comely rustic trappings and super-soft beds, and a pool and authentic eatery have been added, but you’ll still feel as if you’ve travelled back in time.
PALAZZO AVINO, AMALFI COAST
No rose-coloured glasses required at clifftop nest Palazzo Avino, dubbed the ‘pink palace’ for its cheering hue. But, you could also call it the ‘palace with the wisteria-draped terraces overlooking the Med’ or ‘palace with stepped gardens and a lobster and prosecco bar’, and so on. It has honeymoon written all over it too, but with sleek rooms to experience and a superb location, all that really matter is that you can call it home for a while.
THE STAY WAREHOUSE, TURKEY
Don’t be fooled by the name of the Stay Warehouse, the only industry you’ll come across here is the business of keeping guests happy. The former storehouse is now a spectacular modern stay where cultural happenings are held, a library of art and architecture books opens minds and the grounds have been fitted with a fabulous pool. And, a converted school bus turned shuttle will show you pretty historic town Alaçatı close by.
Texts: Mr Mrs Smith Hotels