Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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SANTA CLARA 1728 BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Santa Clara 1728 is a beautiful 18th-century palace that has been transformed into a romantic boutique hotel. Perched atop one of the city’s seven hills, overlooking the Pantheon and the Tagus River, the hotel has been designed by local architect Manuel Aires Mateus. The modern, clean design contrasts beautifully with the ancient walls and limestone stairs. The six spacious suites are suited with minimalist wooden furniture by designer Antonio Citterio and linnen bed textiles, all in a neutral color palette.

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A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY HOME ON MALLORCA, SPAIN

Villa Son Font is located in the Son Font area of the city of Calviá, this is one of only 18 areas in Mallorca (Spain) that is UNESCO protected. This four bedroom holiday home (that can be rented) is in many ways a classic Mallorca villa with polished facades, natural stone and terracotta tiles. And yet, the house is renovated with micro cement floors, built-in stainless steel fixtures and Gaggenau appliances. In order to soften it all, a little Ibiza mood has been added with soft white shapes on the built-in furniture, lounge environment, indoor lighting, illumination lights and more. The style is relaxed, laid back and cool, and inspired by the wa???rm atmosphere and ambience of the Balearic Islands, combined with Nordic elements. Visit Villa Son Font’s website for more information about rental options.

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A BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE HEART OF PARIS

The Doisy Hotel in Paris enjoys an exceptional location right in the very heart of Paris, just a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. This boutique hotel recently underwent a complete renovation, which was executed by BR Design Interieur. All 33 rooms offer a cool-chic and warm, welcoming decor. Soft hues and colourful tones combined with a wide range of different exotically designed wallpaper. This hotel will definitely go on my list of places to visit!

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A RELAXED SUMMER HOME ON ANTIPAROS IN GREECE

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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