Category Archives: TRAVEL

A HOME IN THE HEART OF THE SOUK IN TAROUDANT

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This beautiful house is ideally located in the heart of the souk in Taroudant, Morocco. It belongs to landscape architects Arnaud and Eric Maurières Ossart who divide their time between Mexico and Taroudant. When they discovered the building it was completely neglected but they transformed it into a beautiful home. All decorative objects are made by local craftsmen. Arnaud and Eric also own Dar Al Hossoun which is the first and only eco-garden lodge and restaurant in Morocco, on the outskirts of Taroudant. It is a fully licenced luxury boutique hotel. This modern estate was entirely built by local artisans using natural materials and ancestral techniques such as rammed earth. It is surrounded by hundreds of acres of olive groves and agricultural fields.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VACATION IN A TRADITIONAL TRULLI IN 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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A PERFECT SUMMER HOME (FOR RENT) ON FORMENTERA

I hope you are enjoying this long Easter weekend! The temperature here in The Netherlands is cold for the time of year which make me long for warmer destinations. One of my favorite holiday destinations are the Balearic islands of Spain. We have been to all of the islands: Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca. The beautiful summer home featured in the post is located on the small island of Formentera. Casa Manuel is a beautiful oasis situated in the Formentera country side. This cozy home is a typical island house. It can be rented for groups and has a capacity for 14 people. The ideal location to enjoy the holidays with family or friends! I love the outdoor areas which are perfect to enjoy an al fresco meal.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A BOHO CHIC ECO RETREAT IN ANDALUCIA

La Donaira is a stylish eco friendly retreat in the heart of the Andalusian country side in Spain. The estate was once a working farm. The old cortijo (= type of traditional rural habitat in the Southern half of Spain) and the stables were converted into a social centre with a reception area, restaurant and various lounges. The old pig shed is now a health and wellness centre with an indoor as well as outdoor swimming pool. The result is a stunning eco friendly retreat with a bohemian chic atmosphere. There are eight suites and this year five luxury yurts will be added as accommodation. For more information you can visit La Donaira’s website.

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THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAIN ESCAPE IN THE SWISS ALPS

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Eco resort Whitepod offers the ultimate mountain escape, bringing together the concepts of ecotourism and luxury. The hotel consists of 15 pods – which are geodesic tent-like structures – and is designed to leave a minimal environmental footprint. Since its creation in 2004, Whitepod aims to prove that hospitality and environmental conservation can coexist to create a unique and positive experience. The use of energy and water is controlled. The waste is recycled. Local and regional ingredients are purchased locally. Each pod is cosily decorated with a king-size bed, a bathroom, a wood oven and a private terrace with a superb view over pristine Swiss mountains. Limited transport in the camp means that you have to walk from reception to your pod. This is part of the Whitepod experience. Just like walking in a silent forest, enjoying local cuisine or enjoying private ski slopes. Whitepod is also open during the summer season for those seeking an adventurous summer mountain escape.

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WINTER WONDERLAND MOOD BOARD

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I am missing the cozy winter cabin in which we stayed during our holiday Lapland (Finland) last week. So I created these mood boards to hold on to that winter wonderland feeling just a little bit longer. Happy weekend to you all!

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A WHITE WASHED HOLIDAY HOME ON NISYROS, GREECE

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Nisyros is a volcanic Greek island and municipality located in the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between the islands of Kos and Tilos. A place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. The island is one of the lesser known of the Greek islands but it draws arty crowd to its black-sand beaches and hilltop villages. Sterna residence is a beautiful house on the island that can be rented. Originally built as a two-storey tower in the mid-17th century, the residence was the first to be restored in the medieval castle after its collapse in the devastating earthquake of 1933. The restoration work has been meticulous, with the use of traditional materials and on the basis of historical documentation. The tasteful decor of the interior is characterised by whitewashed minimalism and enhanced by the intriguing sculptures of Sterna’s resident artists.

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