Swedish born Helene Henderson has a two-acre organic farm in Malibu. For years she has been organizing cooking classes and hosting farm dinners out of her home and recently she has openend Malibu Farm, a cafe & restaurant at the Malibu Pier in Los Angeles. Helene: “We are not a big corporation or funded by investors, we are a locally owned small business. Our food is super simply prepared, there are no secret ingredients. We order everything organic, but none of our local small farmers are certified, and our big suppliers, do not deliver 100% organic 100 % of the time. I naively thought when I opened the cafe, that organics were easy for restaurant to source – it is not. It is a daily and challenging struggle.However we are proud of the products that we serve and believe we put the best possible produce available on every dish served”
This colorful holiday villa, called Casa Dos Chicos, is located right on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Coast of Sayulita, Mexico. The house has been redecorated using a mix of minimal and clean lines combined with colorful Mexican accessories. Casa Dos Chicos can be rented for events (imagine having a wedding here!) and/or holiday villa accommodating up to ten guests. The property features four beautifully decorated suites, a swimming pool, a tree-top Jacuzzi with ocean views, and a Mexican-style open air living area which includes a rooftop living room and kitchen/dining room dramatically linked by a bridge. Sayulita, which has been called “Mexico’s best kept secret”, is on my list of places-to-go-to. The small charming town with a great vibe has lots of good restaurants and boutiques. You can visit Casa Dos Chicos’ website for more information and bookings.
This villa on the Greek island of Antiparos is a former stone ruin that has been converted into a stylish two bedroom summer home. It is surrounded by two acres of land which gives a lot of privacy. The summer home has completely refurbished by well known Greek architect Fania Sinaniotis. The modern touches, such as the metal kitchen table, contrast beautifully with the raw wood and whitewashed beams. I love the old wooden shutters that are now being used as partition doors between the kitchen and living room. The house can be rented as a holiday home, for more information you can contact Antiparos Escape Villas.
I received an email from Elena, introducing me to Agnandi. This small complex of summer suites and villas on Mykonos (Greece) has been created by her parents almost 25 years ago. Elena and her husband (both are architects) are the co-owners of Agnandi and they have renovated the property during the last 2 years. About Agnandi: Freshly renovated by the owners-architects, only 500 meters uphill over the new port and within an easy 5 minute car-ride from Hora, nestles Agnandi, an ideal summer get-away for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Surrounded by two and a half acres of lush garden filled with geraniums and bougainvilleas, are 18 independent residences, varying in size, that offer all the comforts of a perfectly set country home, coupled with the personalized services of a hotel. I have been to several Greek islands (I love Greece!) but have never been to Mykonos. After seeing these beautiful images of Agnandi, this place is now high on my list of places to visit! Please visit Agnandi’s website for more information and bookings.
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.”
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.
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.