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Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO JANUARY 3 – 6, 2019 Join us for a re-energizing yoga retreat at  Riad Camilia, one of Marrakech’s premier luxury Riads set in the Medina of Morocco’s ancient city. A healthy way to start the new year. RIAD CAMILIA Located in Marrakesh’s authentic Medina, this stylish 18th century building is is just a 10-minute walks to the famous Djemma el-Fnaa. The design reflecting the eponymous Camille’s French-Moroccan style, Riad Camilia perfectly blends design and comfort. The centre courtyard is shaded by orange trees and palms, freshened by a deep

When I first visited The Exumas in 2015, I did not know what to expect. Holidaymakers I met once in Turks & Caicos told me I was setting my bar very high and that no other Caribbean Island was as beautiful as Turks&Caicos. Well, I can prove those holidaymakers wrong as I was blown away by the beauty of Exuma. A tropical paradise surrounded by sapphire-blue water and footprint-free fine white sandy beaches. The Exumas are an archipelago of no less than 365 cays and islands, located 35 miles southeast

Greetings from Schiermonnikoog, the unpronounceable Dutch Frisian island, a sort of “Dutch Hamptons”. Literally its name can be translated into “Grey Monk Island” . The island’s first known inhabitants were the monks of Klaarkamp Abbey, a Cistercian monastery near Rinsumageest, on the mainland. “Monnik” means “monk”, “schier” is an archaic word meaning “grey”, referring to the colour of the monks’ habits, and “oog” translates as “island”. A National Park of breathtaking natural beauty, the island, 16 Km long and 4 Km wide, can only be reached on foot or by

Are you one of those travellers who always likes to take souvenirs back from your trips? Anything from a fridge magnet of the Tower of Pisa to a carpet from Marrakech? Let us help you with some ideas should you visit the wonderful and captivating region of Puglia, the heel of Italy.   1 – CERAMICS FROM FASANO CERAMICHE IN GROTTAGLIE The city of Grottaglie in the province of Taranto is has since the 17th century known for the production of plates, vases, ornaments, cups, tiles, ceramics. The Fasanos have

Enjoy a Different Gastronomic Adventure Every Day of the Week at El Carligto – Luxury Retreat in Andalusia NEW FOR SPRING 2018 Andalusia boasts a richness of gastronomy and celebrates world-class cuisine ranging from hearty mountain food and Moorish-inspired rice dishes, to delicate seafood and dainty tapas. One could spend an entire week-long holiday exploring the food markets and fine restaurants here in Southern Spain… But wouldn’t it be nice to pass your time as you wish and then enjoy an exquisite and varied cuisine each night without having to

For those not fortunate enough to have been there already, there are five destinations that should make anyone’s bucket list. Anyone tempted to make a repeat visit will discover that each of these very special places has compelling new events and attractions in 2018. MARRAKECH Marrakech is certainly having a moment. The ground-breaking African contemporary art fair 1-54 takes place in February 2018. October 2017 saw the keenly-awaited opening of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, a final labour of love by his partner Pierre Bergé. Experienced travellers will always choose

Many travellers are keen to combine a luxury villa break with pursuing a new skill or interest. It might even be one of their 2018 resolutions! One of the best ways to immerse in a new culture – learning about the food – is also one of the most enjoyable skills to acquire. After all, learning how to cook the local cuisine from an expert can give pleasure not just to you but to everyone around you, too. Fortunately, there are some properties in some of Europe’s most renowned culinary

It is the time of the year when no matter the country and language everyone puts diet and gym on pause and gets merry behind the dinner table. France France wouldn’t be France without its gourmet food and for the end of the year festivities, the French bring out the crème de la crème in a soirée of lush abundance. If you are lucky to be invited for the New Year’s Eve dinner (or Le Réveillon du Nouvel An as it is referred to by the locals) in a French house, you

Anyone who has had incredibly adept children zoom past them on black slopes will know that it is almost never too early to start teaching kids to ski. It can be a little bit more complicated picking out the very best places to get them on those nursery slopes for the first time. It’s sometimes even harder to make sure all that learning and exercise still feels like a vacation. Fortunately, there are four beautiful European destinations where those little darlings are perfectly catered for night and day.   Set

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