Step inside London fashion editor-turned-ceramicist Deborah Brett and her writer/film director husband Tom Edmunds modern Mediterranean-style beach house in Ibiza. Covered by coastal greenery and only metres from the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean, this unique hideaway is the perfect destination to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle of an endless summer.
The build is by local builder, John Broekman and the interiors by leading South African-raised, UK-based designer Hubert Zandberg. However our favourite part of this unique home has to be the massive courtyard which is tiled in sky-blue and white Granito tiles which were custom made from Mosaic Factory. Click here for the full feature in Inside Out.
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Nestled to the south of Gokarna, along the picturesque coastline where the cliffs of the Western Ghats plunge into the Arabian Ocean, lies an unexplored expanse of beach and jungle and India’s only true luxury villa, Kahani Paradise.
Perched atop the hills and affording 360º views of the contrasts of sea and forest-scapes, Kahani Paradise offers a world of quiet indulgence amidst nature. A flight from Mumbai to Goa, followed by a winding drive down the coastal highway to Gokarna town, will bring you to this remarkable villa on 20 acres of gorgeous gardens, forests and rolling farmland, which is available to book either as a whole (some of us can only dream) or room by room.
The property includes a main villa, three outbuildings set amongst a magnificent garden of palms and tropical flowers, a spa and an infinity pool. There are six suites, with each suite designed to provide spectacular views of the ocean and the antique handcrafted doors and wooden high ceilings compliment the tastefully designed interiors, which are fitted with authentically Indian furniture and customised textile tapestries and rugs.
Dining is taken in the only restaurant, drawing on ingredients from Kahani’s garden or nearby organic market and the experiences include walks to the local beaches, nature walks in the forest, relaxing on your terrace, setting off with local fisherman in boats, visiting the markets or having drinks in secluded hot spots.
Kahani Paradise is a true hidden gem and one of India’s most spell-binding secrets. The remote location and stunning views overlooking the Arabian Sea, makes it a really unique holiday location.
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YOUR SARDINIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Sardinia has it all: a proud and unique local identity, a rich cuisine, stunning beaches, and dramatic natural scenery both above ground and deep beneath the limestone surface. Whether you are seeking a mix of adventure, romance, or a family holiday – Sardinia will not disappoint. Follow this guide for everything you need to know to plan the perfect Sardinian holiday…
We stayed in Baja Sardinia, which is at the north of the island and one of the most famous seaside towns thanks to it’s beautiful beaches and venues that liven up the summer nights.
Baja Sardinia is a 45 minute drive from Olbia airport and a beautiful drive at that. It almost feels like you’re driving through Palm Springs with its stunning yet peculiar landscape (think granite rocks, mountains, cultivated fields, bougainvillea, cactus and desert areas). It’s best to have a hire car for the time you stay so you can explore the island.
WHERE TO STAY
- We stayed in Baja Sardinia at Grand Hotel Smeraldo Beach. This stunning hotel is on the beach and just 200 metres away from Baja Sardinia main square.
- We also stayed at this cute Airbnb which was such a memorable experience. This bed and breakfast was a gem, the quintessential Airbnb experience and much better than the photos display. A short walk to the beach, the B&B was minutes from restaurants and nightlife. The host (Laura) and daughter provided a generous and delicious breakfast each morning which included homemade cakes and pastries, croissants, cold meats, cheeses, fresh coffee and every juice you could imagine.
WHERE TO WINE & DINE
- Porto Cervo is home to many of the beautiful restaurants, so we drove here most evenings for dinner (only a 20 minute drive from the hotel). However Baja Sardinia was also the perfect dining spot. It had a great atmosphere, multiple beach front restaurants and amazing seafood (and gelato). Some of our favourite restaurants are listed below…
- Agriturismo La Colti ‘The best meal in Sardinia’ – At this farm-to-table restaurant, everything is organic and prepared in true Sardinian style. Don’t miss the house-made pastas, ravioli with almonds, or suckling pig cooked in front of you. For only 35 euro per person, this dining experience was the highlight of everyone’s trip. Book in advance.
- Jerry’s Beach and Bar, Cala Juncu – one of the best meals and experiences of the trip as well. And there is a beautiful private beach about a 15 minute walk away – make a day trip of it.
- Ristorante il Guscio ‘The legedary Guscio’ – The Guscio Restaurant is the legendary restaurant of Baja Sardinia. Really modern, delicious fresh food (especially the walnut pesto!) and the pizzas are amazing out of the wood fired pizza oven. This gem of a restaurant is very popular so make sure to go around 8pm to avoid waiting in line.
- Ristorante Pedrinelli – so beautiful for dinner! Lovely ambiance and the restaurant and food were delicious. Perfect for a large group and the service was impeccable.
- For the best pizza and pasta, you cannot go wrong with this little gem on the beachfront… Pizzeria Spaghetteria Bar Sole Mare. For a group of 10, we had pizzas, pastas, mussels, entrees, wine, so much food for less than 20 euro per head.
BEACHES YOU MUST VISIT
- We would recommend hiring a boat for the day and stopping off at all of the beautiful beaches. There are so many along the coastline! Boats at Baja Sardinia can be pre-booked the day before and costs around 100-200 euro for 4-6 people.
- Make sure you visit the following two beaches (you will need to drive there)… Spiaggia Del Principe is a paradise spot in Costa Smeralda and one of the best beaches on the entire island. The car park is 5 euros and you take a short walk through the bush to get to it. The sand is fantastic, the water is crystal clear and beautiful and the beach is generally big enough so that it doesn’t get too crowded.
- And Capriccioli, Costa Smeralda is another hidden gem and another one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Smeralda. The water has the most unreal tones of azure blue and its perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
- Hire a boat and sail around La Maddalena – this was one of our favourite days in Sardinia. The most amazing water we have ever seen in our lives. We hired a beautiful yacht and sailed around the seas all day stopping off at all the beautiful beaches. Luca, our captain, put on a huge Sardinian lunch for us including an antipasto platter and homemade Sardinian pasta accompanied with a beautiful glass of rose.
- Visit La Maddalena town as well, gorgeous little town, cute restaurants and little shops. Very insta worthy!
CLUBS IN SARDINIA
- Phi Beach – is amazing for sunset drinks and turns into a club at night. Its expensive but so worth it. You can even hire a little boat and dock it outside the club in the evening for sunset drinks, its a great atmosphere.
- Ritual Club – really cool club in a castle at the top of a hill, there are so many little caves and different nooks in the club you get lost!
- Billionaire Porto Cervo – one of Summer’s favourite night spots for the rich and famous. It was a bit pretentious but so worth going!
SOME BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SARDINIA…
Luxurious Dream Villa with Direct Access to Sea
Torre delle Stelle
Sleeps: 11 – $823.25 per night
Dream House in Porto Rafael | Sardinia
Sleeps: 9 – $799.27 per night
Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy
Sleeps 10: $2,480 – $3,308 / night
Olbia Area, Sardinia, Italy
Sleeps 10: $2,809 – $4,624 / night
Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy
Sleeps 13: $5,292 – $9,921 / night
Sleeps 10: $329.30 per night
For any further recommendations, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to answer any questions to help with your travels to Sardinia!
The Rhapsody xx
Ftelia is a little haven of peace and tranquility in Panormos bay, Mykonos. Decorated by Italian architect, Fabrizio Casiraghi with retro hues of ochre and burnt orange, the beach club finds itself in a gorgeously Grecian whitewashed building, far from the rabble at Nammos or Scorpios beach. With Gae Aulenti white armchairs, ochre sunbeds and tables in the sand all facing the crystalline sea, this gorgeous beach club is undoubtedly one of our most loved creations and we can’t get enough of it’s 60s Greek modernism vibes.
The White Elephant is part of a unique ‘village’ of living spaces called Jendela di Bali, a private villa estate on the island of Bali. Each villa is artfully hand crafted to reflect traditional Balinese and Indonesian-archipelago architectural styles and The White Elephant is a dream space like no other.
Inspired by the traditional Balinese Lumbung (rice barn), The White Elephant is a grand guest bale set over three levels. The space offers a living room, undercover deck with day bed, largely enclosed bathroom opening onto the deck, beautiful upstairs bedroom with spectacular vaulted alang-alang ceiling and a king bed dressed with crisp white linen and overlooked by traditional Balinese carved ‘Bidadari’ angles. Up on the third level, the small loft offers an intimate space to read or meditate, with views over the garden, ponds, fountain and the sacred village beyond. Can we just say… Bliss!!
The White Elephant is located near Ubud, Bali. To book this gorgeous villa, you can head to the website www.jendeladibali.com
Hotel Les Roches Rouges
On a Mediterranean beach, in a preserved natural environment opposite the Ile d’Or, between the pine and tamarisk trees, the Hôtel Les Roches Rouges benefits from a Fifties Modernist design.
To step into Les Roches Rouges is to step out of the world and to delight in the pleasures of Provence, its flavours and fragrances. Here, you can enjoy long days in the sunshine, pamper yourself, savour the passing hours, and taste the simple yet sophisticated joys of a holiday on the coast, the outdoor life, in a barefoot paradise. To stay at this hotel is to take your time, to enjoy the company of the people you love, to heal your body and mind, to party, to satisfy your curiosity on a mountain slope or lounging by the pool. In short, a holiday…
The architecture of Les Roches Rouges was designed to allow guests to enjoy the surrounding nature – the sea and the Mediterranean garden – to best advantage. Its 50 understated bedrooms and suites, all brimming with light, provide the perfect ring-side view! Continue reading here on the hotel’s website…
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