Porto Heli, Greece
Porto Heli on the northeastern Peloponnese coast isn’t known as the Greek Riviera for nothing. Its spectacular sheltered coves and crystal-clear sea have drawn Greece’s high society for decades, but the rest of the world has finally cottoned on to its charms. The jewel in its crown is the Amanzoe resort where, for a super spenny room rate, you can enjoy an experience as close to living life as a Grecian god as you can get.
Stay: From £767. aman.com
Getting there: Wizz Air flies from London Luton to Athens from £130 return. wizzair.com
Volosko, Opatija, Croatia
Hidden behind the boot of Italy, Croatia is a sleepier Mediterranean destination that needs your urgent attention – fewer crowds and better bang for your buck make it a must-visit right now.
Hotel Navis is a modern and oh-so stylish take on the luxury hotel. There’s a private pebble beach for sunbathing and a well-equipped spa for those hungry for further relaxation. If this is the face of budget luxury, we’re ready for our close-up.
Stay: From £109. hotel-navis.hr
Getting there: easyJet flies from London Gatwick to Pula from £255 return. easyjet.com
Il San Pietro di Positano
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast is Hollywood glam at the best of times, but if you really have A-list aspirations there’s one Italian blockbuster not to be missed.
Carved out of a rocky promontory, Il San Pietro is a breathtaking cluster of bedrooms and suites looking out towards the deep-blue sea. There are few hotels in the world with views this good.
Stay: From £537. ilsanpietro.it
Getting there: easyJet flies from London Luton to Naples from £83 return. easyjet.com
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Cap d’Antibes, France
The Cote d’Azur is a go-to destination for Mediterranean luxury, not least because it’s home to the sumptuous Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. This grand 19th-century mansion takes the phrase ‘gilding the lily’ and throws the (golden) kitchen sink at it.
But the treat really comes when you leave your room: 33 seafront cabanas for private lounging in the sun and nine acres of landscaped gardens create a five-star bubble you won’t want to leave.
Stay: From £506. oetkercollection.com
Getting there: easyJet flies from Gatwick to Nice from £55 return. easyjet.com
Hillside Beach Club
Yes, Turkey does high-end luxury just as well as it does your Aunt Doreen’s package holiday sunburn fest. It’s home to the unspoilt Aegean coastline for a start, but also a crop of the most underrated luxury hotels in the Mediterranean, including Hillside Beach Club. Hidden among fragrant pines, the resort’s all-white spacious rooms look out onto the sapphire-blue waters of Kalemya Cove, while several secluded beaches wrestle for your attention with tempting spa and wellness packages.
Stay: From £1,560 for four nights. hillsidebeachclub.net
Getting there: Thomas Cook Airlines flies to Dalaman from £200 return. thomascookairlines.com