Category Archives: TRAVEL

WEEKEND ESCPAPE: A RUSTIC CHIC HOME IN TULUM

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This lovely rustic chic home in Tulum at the Mayan Riviera in Mexico belongs to Claus Sendlinger, founder and CEO of Design Hotels. The setting is perfect: there is the tropical forest on one side and white sands with a turquoise ocean at the other. The four rustic cabins are built according to the principles of regional architecture and respecting the vegetation around the property. From furniture to accessories, every detail of the décor is handpicked by Claus’ wife Polina, who is a photographer. The furniture pieces were developed by local artisans and designers. Such a perfect spot to relax and unwind!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: PENDER LEA BARN IN AUSTRALIA

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Pender Lea provides summer and winter ski holiday accommodation in the heart of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. Their barn, which is suitable for eleven people, is absolutely stunning. Here you can unplug, reconnect & revive and be close to nature. The barn is infused with the character of the Snowy Mountains, from the stone feature walls to rustic exposed beams, beautiful timber floors and the open fireplace. It is the perfect gathering place for extended family or groups of friends to take time out to relax, enjoy quality time together and create memories to treasure!

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A GREEK ISLAND HOME

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Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A STUNNING GUEST HOUSE IN NEW ZEALAND

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Villa Scrubby Bay is a working farm and luxury holiday escape (suitable for up to 14 people) nestled between the rolling hills of Annandale, New Zealand. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. The man behind this unique destination is Mark Palmer, who was born and raised on a New Zealand sheep farm, and has always dreamed of sharing a property like Annandale, which captures what is real and unique about New Zealand. His vision has resulted in a striking harmony between land and architecture, where rugged beauty and ultimate luxury rub shoulders, evoking a strong sense of belonging, providing guests with an authentic setting in which they tailor their own experience and make their own enduring memories.

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MEDITERRENEAN SUMMER COLORS

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I am holding on to summer with these mediterranean pictures from the portfolio of photographer Romain Ricard. I hope we still have some beautiful summer days left before the leaves start falling. The frist two photos are from stylish hotel Masseria Cimino, which is a 18th century farmhouse that has been transformed in a stylish boutique hotel in the Puglia region in Italy. You can read more about this hotel here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: RUGEN BEACH HOUSE IN GERMANY

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Benefiting from the rugged beauty of the Baltic coast, Rügen Beach House is a tranquil retreat immersed in nature. Scandinavian in its design, this self-catering house which is entirely wooden compliments its surrounding environment while offering modern luxuries such as a sauna and underfloor heating. Overlooking a quiet harbour, a stone’s throw away from white sand beaches and surrounded by the Zickerschen Alps, the location couldn’t be more idyllic. The island of Rügen also boasts harbour villages, dramatic landscapes and Robin-Hood type woods. This stylishly decorated home in Germany is for rent, it is suitable for up to 8 people.

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TANIS: A BEAUTIFUL NEW INTERIOR SHOP ON IBIZA

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Tanis is a beautiful new shop on Ibiza, Spain. Conveniently located on the road from Ibiza to Santa Gertrudis, Tanis offers a beautiful selection of furniture pieces, homewares and interior accessories sourced from all over the world. Owners Tatjana Berger-Sandhofer and Nick Lording (both interior designers) have a chic, pure and natural take on design. There is also an in-store cafe which makes it even more attractive to visit the shop when you are on Ibiza. Address and contact details for Tanis can be found here.

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