On this foggy day in November I’d like to take a virtual trip to tropical paradise. These beautiful, dreamy images of the Maldives (on my places-to-visit list) are from Cereal Magazine. More information about the Maldives can be found here.
I have featured the San Giorgio hotel before but this hotel on Mykonos, Greece, is too gorgeous not to be featured again.. True, authentic, simple – the hotel’s interior is a collection of eclectic treasures and organic materials. Every piece of furniture is handpicked, has its spirit of simplicity and the power of craftsmanship. Just how I like it!
Santorini is high on my list of places to visit. I have been to this beautiful Greek island before but that was in 1990 when I was island hopping during summer school holiday. It will be hard to choose accommodation as the island has some stunning hotels. For example Sophia Caldera Suites which offers beautiful, spacious, luxury living hotel suites. This romantic traditionally modern boutique property has individually styled suites and rooms with the infamous Caldera sunset view. The building was reconstructed and renovated with the appropriate care, during 2015. The original manor houses were built more than 150 years ago by a Turkish business man who was in love with the island. He was one of the most important philhellene and moreover he was over fascinated by the Cycladic architecture and philosophy of the Greek islands. During the first construction he found and kept them safe a lot of antiques as well as genuine Santorinian artifacts and unique items of different sections of the island’s history. The retreat itself is nestled in the heart of the colorful volcanic rocks. All 13 individually designed rooms and suites are stylish and beautiful decorated with an eye for details. I would certainly feel at home here! For more information, bookings and rates you can visit the hotel’s website.
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.
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!
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.
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.