Right in the heart of Lisbon, The Vintage Hotel & Spa is the ideal starting point from which to discover everything this fascinating city has to offer.
Created by the founders of the 25hours Hotels, the four-star Bikini Island and Mountain Hotel features a mix of laid-back hippie vibes and deluxe design.
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After years vacationing in Mykonos, London-based jewellery designer Diane Kordas finally decided to establish a base on the island at Villa Agave.
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Casa Cook Ibiza is set to open on the White Isle in July 2019 and it will be the fourth hotel under the boutique lifestyle brand and the first in Spain.
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Part of the Ibiza openings calendar for 2018 are not only the famous clubs, but also many new hotels and restaurants. Here are my personal favorites!
Seven Pines Resort Ibiza will open its doors this May and will be the perfect place to unwind in a calm and private setting. Its name is derived from its location: on a clifftop on the edge of a pine forest which borders the sea, on the west coast of the island (which also means the best sunsets). From here, you can also appreciate unobstructed views of the legendary Es Vedrà and easily access beaches such as Cala Conta and Cala Codolar. The all-suite resort has, instead of bedrooms, full-on mini-villas, some of which have private pools and gardens. Seven Pines’ facilities also include a number of fine restaurants, expansive meeting, event space a sprawling spa which offers relaxing treatments along with meditation, yoga, and Medical Aesthetics. The resort’s mission, as defined on the official website, is a bold one: “Seven Pines’ aim is to respect the unique culture and character of this very special location by integrating local Mediterranean elements into the property itself. A tailor-made offering and service: You define your luxury experience, we will guide you through it.” Seven Pines Resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Los Patios stole my heart last year when I first saw a sneak peek of the place on Instagram. For those who seek a more balanced life, better food, great company and loads of creativity, this is the place. It’s an oasis on the island, away from mass tourism, open year-round and reserved for hedonists who call Ibiza home. Launched by the South African collector, publisher, and philanthropist David Leppan, Los Patios will be pampering guests with a couple of seasonal, all-organic restaurants and bars between olive and lemon groves. The Michelin star-winning chef Peru Almandoz has created a different menu for each of the two restaurants. El Comedor is set to become a place to gather, to mingle and to enjoy delicious food and drink dining experience with produce from organic and sustainable farms. At El limonar the outdoor kitchen prepares barbecued meats, a menu of salads and the naughtiest of summer desserts. The combination of its unique setting and sublime gastronomy makes summer nights an experience for the senses. Also, the freshly baked bread and pastries will be made in the in-house panaderia. Basically, all you could ask for in one place.
Cuban style, modern comfort and the sparkling sunsets of San Antonio Bay – a winning formula for the brand new Cubanito Ibiza. Part of the Concept Hotel Group, this adults-only hotel takes its interior design inspiration from the vibrant Miami neighborhood of Little Havana where Cubans relocated from the 1950s onwards, mixing Art Deco and Colonial architecture styles together. Each room pays tribute to Cuban musicians, actors, and artists from a multitude of disciplines, highlighting Cuba’s cultural contribution to the world. The Group’s signature touches make a welcome return in the form of SMEG refrigerators, Marshall speakers and an in-room bar to start the night with a bang. Set in a tranquil spot next to the beautiful beach of Cala Gració, you are just a short walk from the center of San Antonio and the famous Sunset Strip.
Just as Cubanito, Paradiso is part of the Concept Hotel Group and is located on the main avenue of San Antonio Bay, in an idyllic enclave near the best beaches on the island. The hotel has an eye catching dramatic exterior, redolent of Miami’s South Beach and is decorated in pale pink pastels and lavender. 60 artists of all kinds of disciplines have come together to create a distinctly stylish offering in the area. Guests can chill elegantly in the tropical garden with pink pool and submerged sunbeds or recline on one of the Balinese beds on the delightful pool terrace. Each of the rooms at the Paradiso has Marshall speakers, Smeg fridge and a very colorful furniture characteristic of the 70’s.
For more Ibiza openings for 2018 have a look here
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Behind every door and around every corner, Aynhoe Park has something remarkable to reveal. A polar bear in flying goggles. A pair of plaster caryatids. The tardis. A giraffe balloon-lifted to the ceiling. A wall of vintage globes. An alligator waiter…
Just 50 minutes from London, Aynhoe Park sits amid the hamlets and patchwork pastures of Oxfordshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. Here, within the medieval village of Aynhoe, the unique country house is a countryside sanctuary promising relaxation, celebration and escape from the everyday.
Aynhoe Park was originally built in 1615, but it has been rebuilt, remodeled and embellished many times since then, as time, tragedy and the imagination of its owners changed its face across the centuries. The site itself has been in use since the 12th century, becoming home to the cartwright family. Just 30 years later, Aynhoe Park was all but destroyed in the civil war and required rebuilding from scratch. In 2006, James Perkins bought Aynhoe Park following the dissolution of the country houses association, which had converted the building into a number of flats.
In the years that followed, Perkins undertook the monumental challenge of restoring Aynhoe. The original Jacobean style rubs shoulders with Palladian grandeur and baroque opulence, all set within private landscaped gardens and parkland planned by capability brown over 250 years ago. The 28 bedrooms and suites of Aynhoe Park are all shrines to opulence and individuality with a nod to history in each. From grand Georgian parlours with wallpapers to get lost in, to bodice-straining boudoirs with colonial flourishes, every room has a personality of its own – as well as spacious bathrooms, cosy robes and sink-into-me soft beds.
The house is a living museum of art and curiosities, filled with pieces both priceless and playful, all acquired by Aynhoe’s owner over the course of his travels. An avid collector of the historic, the unusual and the beautiful since he was very young, Perkins has turned Aynhoe Park into a repository of stories told in objects and artworks. His collection of plaster is one of the largest in private ownership, ingeniously juxtaposed with modern design features, contemporary art, taxidermy and sculpture to create unforgettable otherworldly interiors. In 2012, a sale at Christies raised more than £3.5m from Aynhoe Park’s art and antiquities, inspiring Perkins to launch the “A modern grand tour” online shop, where Aynhoe’s collection of fine art, modern design and exclusive editions is available to invest in for the first time.
Photos and info Aynhoe Park | For bookings www.aynhoepark.com.uk
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The first thing you notice on arrival at Roomers is the swathe of over 2,000 lightbulbs that line the ceiling of the porte cochère. This is backed by a full-length window that frames the energetic symphony of chefs in the double open kitchen at Izakaya, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant.
The hotel’s vibrancy continues inside, where the Amsterdam-based design studio Concrete has created a cosy lounge lobby with a curved central bar. That pulls double duty as a check in desk with muted leather sofas, modern mid-century-style chairs, marble coffee tables, dramatic pendant lighting and lots of knick-knacks, such as self-service sweet jars, that are revealed in an avocado palette with brass accents.
The 281 spacious and comfortable guestrooms upstairs are similarly furnished, while some of the suites are anchored with a deep-soaking tub in the bedrooms. Atmospheric interior combining design and warmth. Modern art that creates a sensual and cozy atmosphere. The perfect backdrop for special moments.
The property is located in the Westend, an up-and-coming low-key neighbourhood. The city centre with its abundance of restaurants are just minutes away, but it hardly makes sense to leave the hotel, when Izakaya Asian Kitchen & Bar serves such an inventive Japanese-Peruvian menu. You may remember it from my post about Sir Joan. Izakaya is the modern inspiration of a small traditional Japanese restaurant. The cuisine: Japanese with South American influences. From Amsterdam, a venue for special occasions. Sushi, Sashimi or Osume. And quintessential: Sakana, the fine-tuned menus with small portions. Also reccomended: scallops dressed with a truffle and mushroom sauce or the perfectly crisp sweetcorn tempura. Japan is just a few steps away from the room.
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Suq is like a breeze in late spring.
It’s freshness on a frosty morning. Touching the cheeks, giving you goosebumps.
Making you nostalgic.
Suq is a startup founded in Sicily by a group of creatives and travelers who one day decided to explore the island’s unconventional heritage. A heritage made of places, people, businesses, arts, and symbols that are currently hidden. A heritage made of everything we can touch, but also of everything we can only feel when we’re in touch with our senses. So only at first sight it may seem like a magazine, because it’s actually photography, story, emotion, journey, nostalgia, desire, and beauty, that of a new culture and a new way of seeing and experiencing Sicily.
In a country where footprints are wiped out by the wind, in order to exist one has to keep on impressing his tracks on the path. To go on the bare rock, to listen, to observe. To travel.
This quote sums up perfectly the whole idea behind Suq. And is my favorite one.
I knew I would be nicely surprised, it’s something you just know. Sicily has a sentimental place in my heart and finding out about this project made me extremely happy. It’s not every day you stumble upon things like this here, unconventional. Suq shows the other side of Sicily, the unexplored and authentic one. The graphic design is by Nomad Studio, the creative director behind the project is Francesco Cusumano. The magazine is available online at suqmagazine.com and selected stores in Italy in both italian and english.
This post is not sponsored. It aims to promote and support a project that we truly love. <3
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