Category Archives: TRAVEL

TRAVEL REVIEW: HOLIDAY FINCA LA BASA ON MALLORCA

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Recently we spent two wonderful weeks on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The first week we stayed in Hotel Esplendido, a luxurious hotel in Port de Soller in the north of Mallorca (I will share more about this hotel in a later post). The second week we had booked La Basa, a beautiful holiday finca in Sóller. I’d like to share our experiences with you as we absolutely has a wonderful time here. Surrounded by mountains in an evergreen valley full of citrus and olive trees, the setting of the characteristic yet contemporary design finca is just perfect. The historic centre of Sóller, where can you find various shops & restaurants and a bustling market on Saturday, is less than 10 minutes away by foot. Dutch owners Nico and Kristien have renovated the ancient building with a lot of love, creating a comfortable and contemporary home. From the outside authentic and characteristic, inside La Basa is beautifully decorated in a organic blend of modern design and original elements in pure, local materials such as stone, steel, wood and concrete. La Basa has a stylish living room, a spacious modern kitchen and can be easily extended from one master up to three bedrooms each with private bathroom, which makes it not only a heavenly hideaway for a couple but also a perfect home to share with family or friends (suitable for up to 6 guests). I have not mentioned the large garden yet! Looking out from your hammock, the benches under the old almond tree or the loungers next to the modern salt water pool you have a magnificent, panoramic view on the Sierra Tramuntana mountains (which is a World Heritage Site). I can truly recommend this Mediterranean hideaway! For more information & bookings you can visit La Basa’s website.

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STYLISH SCORPIUS BEACH CLUB ON MYKONOS, GREECE

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I am back from a wonderful holiday on Mallorca! I will tell you more about that later this week but today I would like to show you a beautiful beach club on the Greek Island of Mykonos. This beautiful restaurant was featured in Vogue Living and it went straight to my places-to-visit list when I read about it. Like an ancient agora (meeting place), the Scorpios beach club boasts stylish day beds and lounges on open air terraces spread across a peninsula flanked by Kavos and Paraga Beaches on Mykonos. I love (love, love) the natural style atmosphere! Wood, rattan, stone: these materials and colors mixed together give a wonderful rustic chic atmosphere. I can see myself laying on one of those comfy day beds staring into the blue Aegean sea the entire day!

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BEAUTIFUL RESTORED TRULLI IN PUGLIA, ITALY

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Have you ever heard of a trullo? This is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli (plural) were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural laborers. Nowadays the surviving trulli are popular and are often bought and restored for general use. However, anyone wishing to restore a trullo needs to conform with many regulations as trulli are protected under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage law. The trulli in the images here are beautifully restored by Azzurra Garzone Architects. Only traditional materials such as stone and lime have been used. Also the interior is in line with traditions.The walls are whitewashed in lime, and the flooring is made from chianche stone from the area. The furniture comes from a careful selection of local craftsmen. The bathrooms are coated with a mixture of cement and natural pigments, derived from the surrounding earth. There are several trulli in Apulia that can be rented for a holiday. Go to Pure Puglia for instance or do a Google search.

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COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT ITALY DESIGNED BY NORM

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Well known design studio Norm Architects has designed the interior for Italy, a restaurant in Copenhagen (Denmark) which is part of a chain of restaurants run by the owners of Cofoco. The atmosphere is a nice mix of Italian and Scandinavian. The interior with its yellow walls and shades of azure blue hints references to the classic architecture of southern Italy, but colors and materials have been used in a clean lined design with wooden flooring, benches and tables by Danish family business Dinesen.

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STYLISH CAMPOS COFFEE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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Cult coffee company Campos has opened their third flagship Sydney store in Dulwich Hill late last year. Besides serving good coffee this popular cafe also provide light lunch items including sandwiches, baguettes and sausage rolls. All items are made and supplied from their own bakery. The clean Scandinavian style interior is designed by Luchetti Krelle, an award winning Sydney based, architecture and interior design firm established by Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti. I especially love that stunning counter which is made from wood in various colors.

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THE TRAVLES FILES: 5 COLUMNS RIAD IN ESSAOUIRA, MOROCCO

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These beautiful images shot by photographer & stylist Paulina Arcklin feature 5 Columns Riad. This stunning 200 year old house is located in the old medina of Essaouira, a coastal town in Morocco. The guest house has recently gone through a complete renovation and has sympathetically restored, retaining all original features such as the sand stone columns, wooden ceilings and amazing flooring of black and white tiles in the courtyard. The rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and European furniture and lighting with beautiful antique pieces from Morocco. You can find more information about the Riad and its rates here on the 5 Columns website.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VILLA VERGELLE IN TUSCANY, ITALY

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I am currently on holiday in Tuscany, Italy (you can see some pics here on Instagram) and are having a wonderful time. It is just a short break to reload our batteries and Tuscany is ideal as it is only a 2 hour flight from Amsterdam. We are staying in Tenuta San Pietro a small, luxurious hotel near Lucca which I can highly recommend (the food on offer in the hotel is excellent!) but you could also rent a villa, which is especially suitable for larger groups. Villa Vergelle for example is a new country house (former farm house) on the border of the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia in between the towns of Montalcino and San Giovanni d’Asso. It includes 3 bedrooms and bathrooms that sleeps in total 8 persons. The Villa is equipped in a luxurious way and has its own spacious swimming pool. This lovely villa is traditional from the outside and modern and industrial from the inside. For instance, floors in concrete, ceilings and pilasters in iron, beautiful kitchen, modern in old wood and bathrooms in Moroccan Tadelakt. More information can be found on the Villa Vergelle website.

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