Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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A RUSTIC CHIC GETAWAY ON THE ISLAND OF IBIZA

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I’m back! I have been to France for a wonderful holiday but I am also experiencing some health issues which forced me to take a longer break than planned. But here I am again, although I will be taking it easy in the coming weeks. I have found some gorgeous summer homes to show to you this week. Today I start with this beautiful home on Ibiza which is designed by Annabell Kutucu, the same designer that is also responsible for the interior of San Giorgio Hotel and Scorpio on Mykonos, and Casa Cook on Rhodes. I love that rustic chic signature style!
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THE TRAVEL FILES: HOTEL ESENCIA IN TULUM, MEXICO

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I love Tulum in Mexico. Since I have been there about 8 years ago more beautiful hotels and resorts have opened their doors. One of them is Hotel Esencia. This former hideaway of an Italian Duchess, located on a 50-acre estate between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, is tucked into the jungle on one of the prettiest stretches of beach. The Main House is the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas where guests enjoy genuine privacy and top flight hospitality. Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests. Hotel Esencia invites the happy few who know how rare it is to find a place that is truly unique, to make it their home in the tropics.

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