Category Archives: TRAVEL

A DREAMY HOLIDAY BEACH HOUSE ON ST. BARTHS

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Warning: you’re about to pack your bags when your read further! Villa Palmier on the Caribbean island of St. Barths is a dream destination. White sand beneath your toes, sea breezes flowing through the villa, palm tress swaying in the wind, fresh fish caught that morning, warm croissants from the local boulangerie… these are just a few delights of the island life. Villa Palmier is the perfect place to stay: this two bedroom, two bathroom villa can sleep up to four people, and it can either be rented as a one or two bedroom. The villa features indoor-outdoor living, a large pool, a private outdoor shower with hot & cold water, beautiful ocean views, ipe decks and the sound of the waves from every room. It has been decorated in a modern organic style with a neutral color pallet to invoke a sense of serenity. Personal touches and attention to detail are found throughout the house with the softest linens, beautiful art, and found objects. The spacious open air kitchen features a lacanche range, perfect for cooking fresh fish from the local fish market. Owners Kate and Matt, an American couple from Aspen, Colorado fell in love with St. Barts on their first trip to the island. “With a passion for both the ocean and French culture, St. Barts stole our hearts. We believe in a curated home, where every part of the house has a story, a purpose and aesthetic appeal. We are passionate about timeless, simple, elegant design, and spaces that cultivate a sense of well being.”

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THE TRAVEL FILES: SOPHIA SUITES ON SANTORINI

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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.

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A BEAUTIFUL RURAL SUMMER HOME ON ANTIPAROS, GREECE

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I have summer on my mind! It’s is a lovely Spring day here in The Netherlands and in a few weeks time we will be off to Ibiza. Today’s post is about another beautiful rural summer home on Antiparos. Will this Greek island be our next holiday destination? Villa Elia is surrounded by a rural environment of sparse, small scale buildings, intense natural vegetation and crops of olives and vines. The ruins of a farm house formed the basis for the new dwelling. The design focussed on the reconstruction of an old house, preserving the traditional architecture and typology of the island of Antiparos. The two-bedroom villa can best be described as simple and humble, a building that remains close to the earth, respecting the landscape and embracing the user. The house and the environment co exist in harmony creating a unique scenery in the calmness that develops a simple lifestyle in direct contact with nature. For more information and reservations you can contact Antiparos Escape Villas.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: RENT A GORGEOUS HOME NEAR BYRON BAY

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This stunning home in Bangalow (near Byron Bay), Australia, can be rented through Airbnb. Haveli House is an Indonesian and Indian inspired luxe cottage providing a truly authentic experience with a distinct relaxing environment and atmosphere that will evoke treasured travel memories. The property sleeps a total of 5 people and is suited for those wanting a quiet private retreat. Heidi, the owner, also runs a beautiful store located in Byron Bay (called Haveli Byron Bay) where you can purchase an eclectic range of furniture pieces, tribal artwork, doors, source from places such as India and Bali.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A HOLIDAY HOME ON ANTIPAROS

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Villa Tea is a beautiful holiday villa located on the Greek island of Antiparos. The house is a contemporary take on the typical Cycladic form, modern with hints of characteristic features of Cycladic architecture. The interior is decorated in a colour palette of earthy tones, while touches of vivid colours are found in the ethnic killim rugs, cushions and blankets.The stone floor inside and out create a sense of continuity between the two spaces and connect the house with the landscape. This south facing house is surrounded by beautiful views. In front there is the deep blue sea, while the peaceful rural landscape surrounds the rest of the house. The spacious villa is available for holiday rentals. With 5 double bedrooms the house is suitable for 8-10 people. Villa Tea has plenty of stunning outdoor areas to entertain and relax any time of day as most are shaded and protected from the sun and wind. Not to forget, the villa’s peaceful surroundings are ideal for night time star gazing. You can find more information about renting this lovely home here on this website.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: OUR FAMILY HOLIDAY ON CRETE

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I am busy organizing our holidays for this year. But it’s always difficult to find a holiday destination that we all like. My 5-year old son wants a pool, a beach and kids to play with. My husband needs some luxury and I want accommodation that has the right feel, good food and warm weather. It ain’t easy to find the perfect family holiday.. (what are your favorite places by the way??). We have found some lovely places over the years but we try to find a new one every year. Two years ago we spent a wonderful vacation on Crete in Greece, which is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and it is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. We stayed at Villa Ippocampi which is a small, family-friendly hotel near Crete’s north coast. The hotel, situated in the hillside village of Koutouloufari, is family owned and operated. The hospitality and familial atmosphere created by Greek/Dutch couple Nikos & Lydia and their wonderful staff, plus the lovely pool and garden make it the perfect place for a laid back family holiday. The white Cycladic-style building offers 13 simple but stylish suites of various sizes, each with a small kitchen. We stayed in a three room apartment (there are only two of these available) and we were very happy with our choice. We especially enjoyed the ground floor patio with sea view where we had breakfast every morning.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: THE WHITE ROOM IN MELBOURNE

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This stylish, industrial style studio in the heart of Fitzroy (in Melbourne, Australia) is decorated by Lynda Gardener (which you might know from the White House in Daylesford). The White Room, which can be rented for short stays, is furnished with unique vintage furniture, industrial lighting and layers of pure French linen and handmade sheets. French open doors open to a small open leafy courtyard. This is a perfect place for a stay in Melbourne. Which is a great city to visit by the way: there are so many great restaurants and coffee places!

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