Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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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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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A BEACH COTTAGE IN EAST SUSSEX, UK

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This lovely beach cottage in Winchelsea, East Sussex (England) is for rent. There are three bedroom which makes the cottage suitable for up to 10 guests. A great place to spend a family holiday (Winchelsea beach is nearby)! The shabby chic beach style decor with a slight industrial touch works really well I think. You can find more information about this house on the website of Big Cottage Company.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: UNSPOILT SATELLITE ISLAND, TASMANIA

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Satellite Island is a unique destination. This small island of immense beauty lies in the heart of the magnificent D’Entrecasteaux Channel, in the south of Tasmania (Australia). Whether you’re looking to escape frantic city life or yearning for adventure, Satellite Island is the perfect combination of relaxing hideaway and untamed Tasmanian wilderness. The result is a truly unique experience. In the morning wake to the sound of sea birds, and take breakfast out on the deck before heading off on one of the island’s stunning walking tracks. Sheer sea cliffs fall away to pristine water and wild shellfish can be found in the ancient rock shelf that circles the Island. A pair of rare white breasted sea eagles who live on the Island can be seen soaring high above the huge blue gums, whilst quail, pheasants and native wildlife forage below. The island has never before been accessible to the public. It remains utterly unspoilt. With 360° views of this southern hemisphere wilderness—a mix of beautiful native bush, ancient blue gums, sheer sea cliffs, pebble beaches and sunny coves—Satellite Island is a secluded secret hideaway, yours alone to explore. Satellite Island is exclusively yours when you come to stay. It is your own private island to explore and enjoy as you please. For more information you can visit Satelite Island’s website here.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: ISLETA EL ESPINO, NICARAGUA

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Isleta El Espino is an island on the Lago de Nicaragua, a freshwater lake in Central America. On the island there are three holiday cabanas, a restaurant, a pool, yoga platforms, a bar and lots of places to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Birds, monkeys, breezes are the soundtrack of your visit. Because this very untouched (eco)resort is the only premises on the island, shortly after arriving you can’t help slipping into a total holiday mode. This sounds al wonderful to me. When can I go??! For more information and reservations you can visit the resort’s website or their page on Airbnb.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: STYLISH TRAMUNTANA HOTEL IN SPAIN

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The interior of the beautiful Tramuntana Hotel in the old town of Cadaqués, Spain, is designed by Barcelona based interior studio INTSIGHT. This hotel with only eleven rooms is small but there is lots of charm and a friendly atmosphere. Cadaqués (part of the Costa Brava) is an old fishing town by the Mediterranean, which has preserved its charm intact throughout time. Its bohemian atmosphere and cosmopolitan spirit have embraced great painters, artists and writers, who have been attracted and inspired by the light, the color and the beauty of this special spot. Seems like to the perfect place to spend a holiday!

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