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RENT A MODERN AUSTRALIAN BEACH HOUSE

Salt is a unique waterfront property located in Port Stephens (Australia), providing guests with relaxed, luxury beachside accommodation. This modern Australian beach house is divided into two self contained levels and a third freestanding cottage, enabling large groups to stay in the same location with the convenience of their own private spaces. The upper level (Salt One) is the ultimate luxury, featuring high raked ceilings in all bedrooms and living areas. Large glass windows showcasing panoramic views of the bay, Tomaree and Yacaaba headlands. The master bedroom features it’s own private balcony with stunning turquoise water views. Salt Two is located on the ground floor of the main house featuring a private backyard deck, outdoor dining and BBQ area. An additional side deck and bar offering views of the Tomaree & Yacaaba headlands. The entirely freestanding two storey cottage (Salt Three) with private access is located at the South end of the property. Featuring lofty raked ceilings in bedrooms, open plan kitchen, dining and living opening onto a large outdoor courtyard with views of the headlands. The house is located in Shoal Bay (Port Stephens) just 2.5hrs North of Sydney. This pristine and tranquil environment is home to a large variety of sealife. Dolphins, whales and curious fairy penguins are regularly spotted in the bay. The sand of Shoal Bay Beach is warm and welcoming and often fairly vacant, giving guests their own little slice of sanctuary with the gentle soundtrack of the sea lapping against the shore. For more information you can visit the Salt website.

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RENT A LUXURY SUMMER HOME ON SANTORINI, GREECE

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Native Eco Villa is built on a stunning location, right on the rim of the cliff at the village of Imerovigli, Santorini, with the world’s most beautiful scenery. This part of the island has the nickname “the balcony to the Aegean Sea’ for a reason. The building was constructed following the unique architecture of the Island without any corners and with soft and earthy colors. This villa is the first house that acquired the title “Green Key” on the island of Santorini for the ecological way that has been built. The interior is decorated with handmade objects with ecological materials all of unique design. But the very best feature of the house is of course the stunning view. More information can be found on the Native Eco Villa website or here on Luxury Retreats.

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A SUMMER HOME ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF ANTI PAROS

This beautiful house on the island of Antiparos in Greece is perfect for a relaxed summer holiday. Casa Nigri is nestled in the fertile valley of Kampos, surrounded by a rural environment of intense natural vegetation. The design of the house has successfully preserved the traditional rural architecture of the island, enhancing it with interconnected outdoor living spaces and lounge areas. The exterior walls of the house are a combination of white washed and locally sourced stone walls. The stylish interior features wooden beams, custom made furniture, vintage tiles and sinks, and marble accents throughout, making the old and new co-exist in this charming space. You can contact Antiparos Escape Villas for more information about rental options.

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A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY VILLA FOR RENT ON MALLORCA, SPAIN

This beautiful 2 room bedroom holiday villa (suitable for up to 5 guests) on the Spanish island of Mallorca is for rent. Surrounded by centuries-old oak trees, the house is located in a World Heritage village. Its simple design radiates harmonie and fresh tranquility. The untreated wood surfaces and the use of natural materials creates a functional homey atmosphere. More information can be found here on Airbnb.

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A UNIGUE ISLAND HIDEAWAY ON HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Casa Impala is an exclusively private retreat on beautiful Holbox island, Mexico. This unique island hideaway is ideally located in a luxuriant palm grove, just a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island. The two level property has a loft style living space and a roof top sun deck and bungalow on the third level. The beautiful decor is a mix of tropical and influences from Morocco and the Mediterranean. Casal Impala can be booked via AirBnb.

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AN OLD BAKERY TURNED INTO A VILLA ON SANTORINI

It’s hard to believe that this sleek and chic holiday villa on the Greek island of Santorini was previously a working bakery. Boasting three cosy bedrooms, Villa Gaia consists of two cave houses, each with its own private terrace and connected by exterior stairs. Outside, a private ocean-view plunge pool and private Jacuzzi completes the picture of an idyllic and luxurious Greek island hideaway. This beautiful villa can be booked through The Luxe Nomad.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: EDEN LOCK HOTEL IN EDINBURGH

Eden Locke is a 72 room hotel located in Edinburgh’s New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterised by properties of the Georgian era. The hotel has been designed by New York City based practice Grzywinski+Pons. “The project was a complete gut renovation and comprehensive fit out of an existing hybridized structure. We took an 18th Century Georgian mansion and its 20th Century extension down to their respective bones and created the hotel from there.” Throughout the building a palette of warm materials and textures was crafted, powdery tones and soft lighting that make the most of the inimitably breathtaking natural light in Scotland. The end result is a design-led aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic. Designed for travellers for whom a bed and shower in a shoebox isn’t enough, Eden Locke immerses you in its neighbourhood’s culture through spaces that connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers.

The designers: “Our intention was that the tension between the severe and stony building fabric and the verdant interior would foster measured incongruity where one exalts the other. We also designed much of the furniture and all of the joinery and employed bent wood, cane, wicker and terra cotta in equal measure with brass, stone, cementitious cladding and steel, all of which sits amongst ample vegetation. At the thresholds into the building we paid special attention as to how to architecturally transition between both the spaces and the eras. Glazed fanlights and wrought iron are framed by glass, timber and stone vestibules. Vignettes of the space within are shown to the street and the exterior ashlar and interior elevations form a studied composition on the facade.”

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