Category Archives: TRAVEL

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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THE TRAVEL FILES: A KID FRIENDLY VILLA ON BALI

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I often receive questions from readers if the beautiful (summer) homes that are featured on this blog can be rented. If they are available for short term rent I will mention this in the blog post with a link to a website for more information. From the high number of questions I can make up that traveling is a popular topic so I will be sharing more travel tips and beautiful homes which can be rented for holidays. Starting today with this beautiful villa that is listed on Airbnb. The colorful holiday villa is located on Bali, in a beautiful area called Umalas. This is where most expats live, and where most Europeans choose to spend their time in Bali. Although the area is very different to Seminyak, the hustle and bustle of Seminyak is only 5 minutes away. The owners of this villa are the designers behind Australian fashion label Mister Zimi. Their colorful style is clearly visible throughout the three-bedroom home, with bright colors, various bold colored textiles and a beautiful mural of a Mexican Otomi in the kids’ room. The villa is perfect for kids, there is a glass pool fence and a good sizes grassed garden, but is can also serve a group of friends or two couples. Komang, the villa manager will come to the villa each day and clean it. Should you require her to get you some supplies from the supermarket she is more than happy to do this. And she is also available as a babysitter, while her husband can be hired as a driver. Reservations can be made through Airbnb.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: BOUTIQUE HOTEL DWARS IN AMSTERDAM

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Hotel Dwars is a small boutique hotel in a cool area of Amsterdam, just a few steps away from the vibrant Utrechtsestraat which is known for great shopping and food. There are only 9 rooms and it is wise to book well in advance as this hotel is quite popular. Rooms are cozy and have comfortable beds, the location right in the centre of Amsterdam is just perfect. For more information and bookings, you can vist Hotel Dwars’ website here.

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A CHARACTERFUL HOLIDAY HOME IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

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This beautiful house is located in the lovely French village of Lalanne-Arque, which is situated within Midi-Pyrénées region in the South of France. The building, which has been renovated with respect for original features, is divided into two holiday houses (which can be connected). The first one (originally the stable) is suitable for a group of 2 to 6 people and the second house can be rented for up to 2 people. Both houses are decorated in a warm, natural style with lots of character. You can find more information here on Maison Vire’s website (you can use Google translator for a translation).

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