During his decade-long tenure at the Marbella Club on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Carlos Quereda was inspired by resort cofounder Count Rudolf von Schönburg’s daily ritual of greeting guests and staff, converting them into lifelong friends of the fashionable hotel. Quereda replicates that generosity of spirit and personalized hospitality to satisfy each traveler’s quest for one-of-a-kind properties that embody local traditions and soul, and he has made the Virtuoso family the foundation of his business, earning the admiration of travel advisors and hoteliers alike. Count Rudi would be proud.
Our first edition took place in Portugal, hosted by our wonderful properties Barrocal and Sublime, all our hoteliers and extraordinary friends of Querido got together during 4 nights of discussions, exploration and bonding…everyone took something valuable to their daily life and that was the goal for this first edtion…stay tuned for 2020 in Provence & St. Tropez!
Become a pioneer and stay somewhere where nobody has ever been before...our newest Querido property is opening on the 28th of June, Lily of the Valley in St. Tropez guarantees that.
Let your body be your temple...at SHA Wellness Clinic you will learn how to become a better human for yourself and your loved ones.
Be the master of your destiny...sail away with Satori Yacht and choose your own adventure (10th of June Corsica & Sardinia, 2nd of September Corfu & Ionian Islands and 23rd of September Croatia & Montenegro).
And please don't forget that...
Puglia offers so much variety for different profiles...Borgo Egnazia is great for multigenerational travel, Masseria San Domenico for couples only, Masseria Cimino for the bohemian chic and Masseria Le Carrube for destination explorers...
Have your best Summer!
The sun is shining brighter, the flowers start to show, the air is warming up... Spring is in the air!
The very best season to travel; avoiding crowds and the heat of the Summer, and having the flexibility to make your plans as you go, without having to book months in advance for dining or entertainment, because there is always an option available.. Full freedom, best weather, and the place for yourself to enjoy!
There are some very cool activities to do during this Spring season. We will share with you some of our best suggestions …
Situated on an outstanding estate nestled on a hillside in unspoiled lush nature, Terre Blanche resort is offering the best of authentic Provence and combining the charm and character of Provence with the chic of the Côte d’Azur. This unique destination in the South of France boasts magnificent Suites and Villas set like a Provençal village, all with private terraces with a unique view over the surrounding nature and landscape; four amazing restaurants, including a Michelin-star one, an exceptional Leading Spa, two fabulous championship Golf courses completed with the state-of-the-art Albatros Golf performance center, dedicated to golfers of all levels, outstanding Golf school, jaw-dropping infinity pool offering a breathtaking panorama of the hills and their perched villages, tennis courts and a phenomenal kids club
Activity suggested: Take a Golf Lesson with the Pros at the Golf Academy
Terre Blanche Golf Academy, a center of excellence, internationally recognized for the quality of its facilities and the expertise of its instructors, is aimed at players of all ages from beginners to pros.
Terre Blanche Golf Academy offers a wide range of courses and lessons, a golf school for children and a campus for high-level players.
Terre Blanche was built on 300 hectares of wild countryside, where, rather than dominating, it co-exists with nature. St-Cassien Lake is an outstanding wildlife reserve just a few miles from the resort. It has become the flight path of many migratory and non-migratory birds, including the mallards and waders of various kinds who are now regulars at Terre Blanche. You can observe dozens of species of ducks, pheasants and swans strutting along the pathways, spot hares in the undergrowth and even meet the five donkeys who have become Terre Blanche’s mascots. Around the Château Bouge, you will spot conifers planted in the late 19th century but also Lebanon cedars and incense cedars from the Rocky Mountains in California.
Portugal, the oldest country in Europe with the same define borders since 1139 and its Alentejo region are home to São Lourenço do Barrocal, a fascinating Monte, an ancient small farming village in the same family for over 200 years, which has been brought carefully back to life as a remarkable hotel of understated luxury. Jose Antonio, the last generation of this family, has invested the last 14 years in creating this undiscovered jewel surrounded by olive groves, vineyards (both wines and olive oil are produced on property and are excellent) and 'Barrocais' (wonderful stone formations). The wonderful rooms and cottages (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms), amazing restaurant 'farm to table', pool with its own restaurant and myriad of outdoor activities make this a paradise for those who want to connect with their countryside spirit, alive in every single corner of the vast private estate with 2.000 acres, including access to the largest artificial lake in Europe, Alqueva. Here, the feeling of being at home is intimately connected with the sense of belonging to the vastness of the land. In Alentejo, farm and landscape soon become your home.
Activities suggested: Discover the megalithic heritage of Alentejo, Portugal.
A true journey through the ages, with Manuel Calado, one of the most relevant Portuguese archaeologists, in a conversation about the incredible history of these pre-historic monuments and the rich heritage of this landscape. Learn all about the largest menhir in Iberian Peninsula and settlement sites of a range of ages, including a Roman dam and villa.
Learn new skills in a Pottery Workshop.
As Portugal's largest pottery centre, São Pedro do Corval has been the home to families of master potters who dedicate their life to the craft. Adobe bricks and terracotta objects are handmade, each day, in the workshops that border the main street and are a living proof of the region booming crafts. Rui Patalim, one of this master potters will come to our Monte to teach how to prepare clay and work it in the wheel, what time to wait for it to dry and how to beautifully finish it.
The all renovated guest rooms, suites and villas with private pools spread out in a beautiful 60 years old garden where nothing is taller than the trees, right by the sea the stunning Beach Club with seawater swimming pool, six stupendous restaurants, real Thalasso Spa, impressive private golf course up on the hills, exceptional kids club and fitness room makes the Marbella Club the most emblematic beach resort in Spain. The celebrated beach resort didn’t start life as a luxury boutique hotel. But it feels as much of a retreat as when Prince Max fell for the sea-facing farmhouse here, just under a century ago. Distinguished yet discreet. Sophisticated yet sociable. Honeymoon seclusion and a home-from-home for families.
Activities suggested: Visit the Luthier.
The Spanish Classic or Flamenco Concert guitar is built by hand using woods of the highest quality and following the purest Spanish tradition. Enter the workshop of the only artisan guitarist in Marbella with a guided tour to discover the full elaboration process of the Spanish and Flamenco guitar by the guitarist himself!
Discover the gem of Flamenco
just a 40-minute drive away from the Hotel. Full- flavoured Flamenco nights take place in an emblematic 19th Century mansion located in the historic centre of Málaga, where the Amaya family from Sacromonte in Granada, runs the show. Enjoy 75-minute performances with artists of the highest levels directed by Sensi Amaya and watch the magic of Flamenco become a true heritage to humanity.
When Jeanette and Claus Thottrup discovered what would become Borgo Santo Pietro in 2001, they immediately fell in love with the energy of the place. They wanted to create a nurturing haven where guests could feel immediately at home; where the thought and care behind each detail raised it a stratosphere above luxury hotels on the market by offering something real – a tangible sense of community. Borgo Santo Pietro opened its doors in 2008 and has since grown into a flourishing 200-acre boutique hotel and wellness estate with a ‘farm to plate’ philosophy that supplies a Michelin-starred restaurant; Meo Modo and a second restaurant; La Trattoria “Sull’Albero”. The estate comprises an organically cultivated working farm with sheep, chickens, pigs and bees; an artisan cheese dairy; extensive culinary gardens, including fruit orchards and nut fields; and two vineyards.
Activities suggested: Take a Cooking Class at the Borgo Cooking School.
The school provides the perfect environment for anyone looking to explore their love of the culinary arts and learn the essentials of Italian cooking. Guests are encourage to get to the heart of our ‘farm to plate’ philosophy, from transforming sheep’s milk into artisan cheese with the shepherd and learning to make fresh pasta with the farm eggs under the guidance of Mama Olga to working with our chef on turning seasonal produce into desirable dishes. Mama Olga, our resident “nonna”, grew up in Borgo Santo Pietro and passes down local village traditions, and a few kitchen secrets too!
Each month the Borgo welcomes a new resident artist to set up a canvas or workbench in the grounds and offer art lessons to our guests. With heavenly gardens and an extensive estate to inspire that 'inner artist'.
During the month of April, paint with the Danish painter Liza Krügermeier who is inspired by a never-ending exploration of colours, light and shadow. Having painted most of her life, Liza still explores new ideas and paths in her painting. She paints on a daily basis and her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in different countries. Liza runs a successful art gallery on the Danish island of Møn, where she also offers professional painting workshops.
Since A.D. 27 when Emperor Tiberius first moved to Capri, to Grace Kelly in the 1950's wearing the now famous pants on the island, Capri has been always a hot spot specially during the summer months, but equally attractive in early and late season, being my favourite months April, May, September and October. Just a couple minutes stroll from the Piazzetta but in a calmer location with the most spectacular views of Marina Piccola, the property welcomes you to its charming accommodations and best suites in Capri, featuring elegant travellers souvenirs, as if you are coming home from a long trip around the world...the magnificent indoor and outdoor pool, Jacky Bar, restaurant Terrazza Tiberio (with a Kosher area) and a world class spa make the experience even more special in one of the most idyllic island in the world.
Activity suggested: Trekking the wonderful Fortini Route with private guide.
Magnificent path that goes from the lighthouse to the famous Blue Grotto , along the west side of the island. Starting from the lighthouse in Anacapri, on the extreme west side of the island, you walk through the Mediterranean vegetation, with stretches to the sea that offer unique views. After about 3 hours of walking, you reach the end of the path, which coincides with the entrance to the Blue Grotto, striking cave from which you access by sea, characterized by the cobalt blue water.
Any prominent personality that has lived in Capri since Emperor Tiberius, left a tangible trace of his/her presence. Majestic Villa Jovis and solitary Villa Malaparte are just two examples. Many other can be discovered and appreciated for their architectural features and elegant relationship with the context.
Enjoy this beautiful season and take advantage of all of which Spring as to offer!
Dreaming of sailing the Mediterranean Sea, on a traditional hand-carved wooden schooner luxury yacht, with an itinerary custom to your very own preferences and desires, five-star boutique hotel services and a Michelin starred restaurant on-board…? That dream is called Satori!
From the Michelin-starred restaurant team members flown in from Italy and on-board masseur to the pop-up cinema under the stars, Sonos sound system and wifi throughout, air-conditioned wine cellar, water sport facilities, and extendable hydraulic swim ladder and platform that allows guests to dive straight into shallower turquoise waters, it’s clear to say; Satori feels like a dream!
To give you a taste of what Satori can offer, here is a proposed itinerary from Tuscany to Amalfi Coast…
Day 1: From Marina of Gala Galera Argentario to Giglio Island
12:00PM: Embarke in the marina of Gala Galera Argentario area, in the Province of Grosseto, (approx. 1hr 20min drive from Borgo Santo Pietro). Welcome on board and meet our crew.
After familiarizing with Satori we will start sailing around the Monte Argentario It is an appealing destination because of its splendid and wild nature, its picturesque corners, and also for its underwater beauties attracting so many scuba divers and enjoy a lovely lunch in a calm bay .
We will continue to sail towards the Giglio island and Moore in the splendid bay of Campese. From the Castle at Giglio you'll be able to admire a marvelous view and visit the medieval village.
We also suggest to the marina taking a very pleasant and beautiful walk through the Mediterranean maquis following the old mule track (approx. 1 hour walk, downhill).
Dinner on Satori: Dine tonight at the Satori’s Michelin starred restaurant with a professional open-view kitchen, expansive mahogany bar and dining area situated mid-deck, where guests are able to watch their personal chef at work and dine in privacy while in harbor.
Overnight in harbor.
Day 2: From Giglio Island to Pontine Islands
Enjoy a rich breakfast , relax and morning swim in the turquoise waters of the Giglio. Start sailing to Giannutri, it mirrors the uncontaminated nature and is also called Island of the Seagulls because of the thousands of nests existing there; the only two landings are Cala Spalmatoio (East coast) and Cala Maestra (North-West coast) because of the Natural Park and the cliffs surrounding the island. There is a beautiful grotto at Cala del Lino if you love snorkeling or ancient roman remains for sightseeing.
Dinner on Satori: Managed by the Michelin-starred restaurants Meo Modo and La Bottega del Buon caffè in Italy, the menu is tailored to local areas en route and ranges from light snacks to gourmet degustations, highlighting the catch of the day.
Overnight sailing towards the Pontine islands
Day 3: From Palmarola Island to Ponza
A wonderful wake up in Palmarola island the most western island of the archipelago. We suggest you visit Punta Tramontana, from where you can admire a very beautiful bay called "The Cathedral" because of its cliff falling vertically to the sea and the big bays which remind us of that image.
Lunch , relax and enjoy swimming in beautiful turquoise waters.
In the afternoon start sailing to Ponza, The whole island is fringed by inlets and coves. Discover Cala Inferno , Ansa dello Schiavone, Cala di Feola e Cala dell’Acqua Here you will find the natural pools, excavated by the sea in the Tufa stone. Cala di Lucia Rosa. This coastline is particularly beautiful and is characterized by a series of grottoes and rocks. Visit Chiaia di Luna, from this marvellous beach you can reach the town of Ponza walking through a tunnel excavated by the ancient Romans.
Dinner in Ponza. Experience a lovely dinner in one of the most renown restaurants of Ponza.
Overnight in a calm bay.
Day 4: Island of Ventotene and more of Ponza
After your healthy breakfast start sailing the island of Ventotene . The old harbor, Porto Nicola, has been excavated by the ancient Romans, as well as the bollards and the portico running along the quay, still perfectly functioning and the ancient Roman fishpond for fish raising, provided with an ingenious system for water recycling through pipes flowing into two covered pools. The island saves other historical vestiges among which the remains of a great roman construction towards Punta Eolo: the Borbonic stairway and the fortress.
Lunch and relax and enjoy swimming in the natural marine reserve: Cala Parata Grande, Cala Nave and Parata della Postina zone of the natural marine reserve. Sail in the afternoon to the nearby Island of Santo Stefano, a big rock of a couple of kilometers from the perimeter, where the only building is a prison (of the form circular) and the journey continues towards Zannone and the rest of the wonders of Ponza.
Cooking Class Dinner on Satori. Satori offers guests the opportunity to indulge their gastronomic passion by taking cooking classes with the chef, using ingredients freshly harvested from the sea or hand-picked from local markets along the coast, and drawing their inspiration from the sparkling sea viewed directly from the kitchen bench.
Overnight in a calm bay.
Day 5: From Ponza to Ischia Island
Early sail to Ischia Island – and enjoy your rich breakfast. Ischia is the biggest of the Flegrean Islands and is surmounted by Mount Epomeo. The island is famous for its thermal springs and is is characterized by a rich, luxurious vegetation, covering not only the cultivated areas (vineyards) but also the little rocks and the stones, forming the tipical "green tufa". The main port serves as the entrance to the city that extends itself all the way to the Aragonese Castle, dating back to the Vth century B.C. Other harbors are: Casamicciola, Florio d'Ischia and S. Angelo. This last one is built on the East side of a stretch of sand linking Punta S. Angelo with the main land and is one of the most picturesque corners of the island, with its unaltered nature.
We will circumnavigate the island and have lunch and swim in a calm bay , “off the beaten tracks.
Dinner on Satori or in one of the famous restaurants of Ischia.
Overnight in Ischia
Day 6: From Ischia to Procida Island
After breakfast still enjoy half of the day in Ischia. In the afternoon according to the activities you would like to do in Ischia we will sail to Procida island definitely lesser known of the Neapolitan islands, and owes its name to the verb "prochyo", which means "erupted". It was probably formed by the eruptions of volcanoes that are inactive nowadays. The vertical coast is made of Tufa stone, but the inland presents many cultivation and gardens. The maritime and terrestrial environment are perfectly integrated and create an incomparable and marvelous blend. The main port of the island is Marina di Procida a fishermen's village, South of the island is the Corricella, a fishermen's harbour, where the famous movie by M. Troisi, "Il Postino" was shot and Chiaiolella, lovely fishermen's village, with its pink and yellow little houses.
Dinner and overnight in Procida. Dinner on Satori or in one of the restaurants of Procida.
Day 7: Capri
After our rich breakfast we will sail to Capri discovering Cala di Matermania, Cala Ventroso, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto and the most famous Blue Grotto.
Enjoy the swim and relax and a lovely lunch. You can’t miss a nice aperitif at the Internationally known Piazzetta of Capri (the main square).
Dinner and overnight in Capri. Experience lively Capri at night, and dine in one of the many renowned restaurants.
Day 8: Naples, end of journey.
Breakfast with the Glamorous Capri Atmosphere , sail to Naples and disembark at 12:00PM
Enjoy the dream of Satori…
Satori is available throughout the Mediterranean in Italian, French, Greek, Turkish, and Croatian waters, with flexible customized itineraries; the choice is yours!
Travelling with family can be tricky and requires planning and organization in order to fully enjoy the vacation. The choice of accommodation and places to stay, the destinations, and activities planned make a huge difference in the enjoyment of everyone and the overall experience.
So, to ensure a memorable vacation with your little ones, we have carefully selected the ideal accommodations (based on 4pp), best places to stay among some of the Best Family Hotels in the World, suggested activities and crafted the perfect Family Vacation Itinerary!
Our journey begins in France...
DAY 1-2: Arrival in Provence, France.
Stay: Terre Blanche
Luxury resort on an outstanding estate nestled on a hill, combining the charm and character of Provence with the chic of the Côte d’Azur. This unique destination in the South of France boasts magnificent Suites and Villas set like a Provençal village, all with private terraces; four amazing restaurants, an exceptional Leading Spa, two fabulous championship Golf courses, outstanding Golf school, jaw-dropping infinity pool, tennis courts and a phenomenal kids club.
Ideal accommodation: Beautiful 2 bedroom Villa Estérel, with a functional kitchen, a large terrace and a private jacuzzi for parents to enjoy while the kids are asleep!
Kids Club: Terre Blanche Kids Club offers incredible facilities with an exclusive Villa for children, multiple rooms, Golf cart dedicated to children, outdoor games, private swimming pool, seasonal themed programs, creative workshops, shows, pony ride... Favorite experience is the botanical tour of the resort and the visit to the donkeys, ducks and swans!
Family Activities: Jump on your electric bike and go for a ride discovering this magnificent region, breathing in the scents of the Provencal countryside. Go for a buggy adventure on the country roads, discovering the authentic villages and regional landscapes. Take a break at the Chateau des Selves and discover their estate off-road, but also taste their production of wine and olive oils. Discover the perched medieval villages of the region like Seillans, Fayence, Tourrettes, Callian, Mons…
Eat: Lunch at La Gloire de mon Pere, located in the village of Seillans, on the large terrace around a majestic fountain under bicentennial plane trees. An ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing lunch after visiting the village’s cobblestone streets and to discover Provencal and Mediterranean flavours in an informal atmosphere
DAY 3-4: From France to Portugal.
Stay: Sao Lourenco do Barrocal
The beautiful Alentejo region in Portugal is home of São Lourenço do Barrocal, an ancient and fascinating small farming village that has been in the owning family for over 200 years… surrounded by olive groves and vineyards where excellent wine and olive oil are produced on property. The wonderful rooms and cottages, amazing restaurant 'farm to table', pool with its own restaurant and myriad of outdoor activities make this a paradise for those who want to connect with their countryside spirit.
Ideal Accommodation: So charming 2 Bedroom Meadow Cottage, with fully equipped kitchen, gorgeous views towards the meadows and the natural landscape, and private outdoor terraces where you can enjoy the sunset drinking a glass of wine while you’re watching your kids climbing rocks and olive trees.
Kids Playroom: Located right next door to the farm shop, there is a 818 sq. feet room filled with toys, books and films for the little ones. Different workshops and Treasure Hunt also available. Open from 10:00 am to midnight, children can play while their parents enjoy a meal at the restaurant or at the bar!
Family Activities: Let the children take part in a Treasure Hunt with a treasure map and a chest filled with surprises of all kinds, and discover some of the most incredible places of our hotel and monte. Choose among different ateliers such as painting, prehistoric cooking, prehistoric pottery workshops... Take a horse ride through ancient menhir, Roman dam, vineyards, cereals fields and storks nests. Rise over the immensity of the Alentejo landscape in a hot air balloon and fly above the monte, the hilltop village of Monsaraz, the glimmering Alqueva lake and the cattle grazing the fields.
Eat: Enjoy a meal and some shopping at Mercearia Gadanha, which incorporates a high-quality grocery shop with national products, where you can find olive oil, wines, cheeses and sausages, with a typical Portuguese restaurant that has a contemporary and a casual ambience.
DAY 5-6: From Portugal to Spain
Stay: Marbella Club
This beautiful 60 years old garden where nothing is taller than the trees, right by the sea, with stunning Beach Club with seawater swimming pool, six stupendous restaurants, real Thalasso Spa, impressive private golf course upon the hills, exceptional kids club and fitness room, makes the Marbella Club the most emblematic beach resort in Spain.
Ideal accommodation: the magnificent Julieta - 2 Bedroom Villa with swimming pool is ideal for private entertaining and families, including two spacious bedrooms, hydromassage bath, a spacious living room and a private garden and patio area with private heated pool, which the children will love!
Kids Club: Phenomenal 5,000 square metre Kids Club set like a mini village hidden within the resort and offering a wide range of activities such as cookery, pottery and art, gardening, music and dancing, aroma workshops, nature experiences... let the children play!
Family activities: Have fun at the beach with a various choice of trampolines, jet skis, water-sports, parasailing, karting, super jump, bumper boats, banana and pedal boats. Have a stroll on the 'paseo maritimo' to Marbella old town and enjoy some shopping and tapas!
Eat: Lunch at El Altamirano for fresh fish and seafood. One of the Best local seafood restaurant in Marbella, very modest and casual terrace in the heart of Marbella old town.
DAY 7: From Spain to Italy
Stay: Hotel Vilòn
This historic mansion dates back to the mid-sixteenth century when it was known as the "House annexed to Palazzo Borghese” is finally reborn, after an attentive restoration, recreating a very interesting balance between history and modernity. Most of its sunny wide windows offer a breathtaking view of the private garden of Palazzo Borghese, the atmosphere of the 18 rooms, suites and Adelaide bar and restaurant, are characterized by an Art Deco yet contemporary feeling is also given by a sophisticated and original choice of décor. Located in the ancient heart of Rome, only a short stroll away from the Spanish Steps and the exclusive shopping district, the hotel has the perfect location to visit the eternal city!
Ideal accommodation: The connecting rooms Vilòn Charming connecting to Vilon Double with King or Twin beds, sitting areas, as well as a breathtaking view over Palazzo Borghese’s quiet and private garden.
Family activities: Enjoy a leisure stroll in the most emblematic corners of Rome and visit the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Campo de Fiori, the Pantheon, the Colosseum… all at walking distance from the hotel.
Eat: Enjoy a late lunch in the outdoor seating at the Trattoria Al Moro just steps from the famous Trevi Fountain square.
Continue the journey to Florence OR Puglia, your choice!
Option 1 - DAY 8-9: From Rome to Florence
Stay: Villa Cora
Elegant city-resort Villa Cora, situated at 5 minutes from the historical center of Florence. Featuring 45 wonderful accommodations between the main Villa, Villino and La Follie, the pool restaurant with the exterior heated pool, the gourmet restaurant in Villa, Spa, Cigar Bar and a rooftop Bar with amazing views of Florence. Villa Cora is just the perfect place to stay in this historical city, no need to look further.
Ideal accommodation: Definitely the Family Room with two spacious and beautiful rooms and two bathrooms with a private balcony. For those seeking more privacy.
VIB Program: Children special amenities and services are offered at the hotel for their little guests: Welcome kit, bicycle, Ipad, Concierge services...Further activities such as Hand Painting class, Cooking class, Swimming class, and Treasure Hunt also available on property!
Family activities: Florence exploration! Stroll in this beautiful Renaissance city, stop at the Piazza de la Republica and take a ride on the antique Carousel, shop at Bartolucci the wooden toy workshop and store where you can find coveted Pinocchio souvenirs made for generations by the Bartolucci family. Indulge in an authentic Italian gelato at one of the city's numerous gelaterias. Enjoy a lazy afternoon at the hotel pool-bar and sip on your favorite cocktail while the children get entertained in the pool.
Eat: Have lunch at Obicà Mozzarella Bar a casual and contemporary Italian restaurant and pizzeria for cheese lovers right in the heart of Florence.
Option 2 - DAY 8-9: From Rome to Puglia
Stay: Borgo Egnazia
The endless expanse of olive groves, located along Puglia’s lush coast is where you will find Borgo Egnazia with its sophisticated rooms in La Corte, suites connected by narrow alleys in the lively Borgo designed to replicate a typical Apulian town and Three-bedroom villas with pool, complemented with five authentic and unique restaurants, eye-opening Beach Club CalaMasciola,championship course San Domenico Golf, surprising and exceptional Vair Spa, kids irresistible Trullaleri Club, two extensive outdoor swimming pools and one indoor, fascinating cooking classes…and so much more!
Ideal accommodation: The spacious 3 bedroom Villa Magnifica , a three-storey limestone Mediterranean villa with full kitchen, nice dining area, two living rooms, and a private garden that allows complete privacy while taking a dive into the pool and relaxing moments in the shady patio or under the gazebo.
Trullalleri Kid’s Club: Amazing kids club with fun activities for the little guests: creative labs, cooking classes, story-telling, baby dancing, face-painting, playground games, beach days and treasure hunts! Teens enjoy a club on their own as well with soccer academy, cooking classes, sports activities, dance contests, go-karting, adventure park, pool games, arts & crafts creative activities and water sports.
Family activities: Take a cooking class at the resort's cooking school, using fresh products from the resort's vegetable gardens or local market. Go for a bike ride and discover the uncontaminated landscape that is rich in colors: from the crystal clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea to the green of the olive groves and rosemary, to the intense red of the magnificent sunsets. Spend the afternoon at Cala Masciola, swim in the crystal blue water or relax in one of the cabanas by the sea.
Eat: Lunch at Cala Masciola's restaurant and enjoy an amazing fresh grilled fish with your favorite cocktail.
Enjoy the family, enjoy the trip!
See full detailed itineraries here: Option 1 - Family Vacation Itinerary - Florence
Option 2 - Family Vacation Itinerary - Puglia
Remembering a moment at the beach when the sun was shining, the air was warm and refreshing at the same time, the sea was blue and inviting, and the sound of the waves so calming... At this time of the year, we just can't help but dreaming of a beach...
So, we've created an itinerary to all our beach destinations, to some of the best places in Europe, and share with you some suggestions for an incredible beach vacation!
We'll travel to the most beautiful properties and amazing beach clubs, from Spain to Italy...
DAY 1: Arrival day in Marbella, Spain
The all renovated guest rooms, suites and villas with private pools spread out in a beautiful 60 years old garden where nothing is taller than the trees, right by the sea the stunning Beach Club with seawater swimming pool, six stupendous restaurants, real Thalasso Spa, impressive private golf course up on the hills, exceptional kids club and fitness room makes the Marbella Club the most emblematic beach resort in Spain. The celebrated beach resort didn’t start life as a luxury boutique hotel. But it feels as much of a retreat as when Prince Max fell for the sea-facing farmhouse here, just under a century ago. Distinguished yet discreet. Sophisticated yet sociable. Honeymoon seclusion and a home-from-home for families.
Experience: Spend the day at MC Beach Club, indulge in that sweetest of pastimes, “the dolce far niente “– lounge on sunbeds, take dips in the heated seawater pool or enjoy an unrivalled service from a lounger on the soft sand steps from the sea. Don’t miss out on the legendary international daytime buffet. Impressively delicious!
Eat: Evening at El Estrecho typical tapas bar located in the old town. You will find the best tapas bar in Marbella, open since 1954. The family-run restaurant is known for its “gambas al pil pil” and classic tapas with a wonderful array of meat, fish, seafood and vegetable dishes.
DAY 2: More of Marbella
Built in the style of an Andalusian village, the spacious guest rooms and suites are spread in 27 three-storey villas, scattered around lush, sub-tropical landscaped gardens, gently cascading down to the Mediterranean Sea, features the new breathtaking Beach Club & Sea Grill plus five sensational restaurants including Del Mar and Suite Restaurant & Lounge, extraordinary Tennis Club and stunning Private Golf Course.
Experience: Enjoy the sea and warm Mediterranean waters! Rent a paddleboard, water bicycle, jet skis, or head for the horizon aboard a sailing yacht. In Afternoon, stroll in the Casco Antiguo of Marbella for some shopping and Spanish tapas.
Eat: Dinner at Sea Grill seafood restaurant with breathtaking views of the beach and, even if you decide to dine inside, the floor to ceiling glass walls will allow you to enjoy your meal with unrestricted views of the seascape. The restaurant uses only locally sourced produce and display seafood around the restaurant for you to choose from.
End the night at the seductive nightclub La Suite, where you will be encouraged to dance the night away as you please..
DAY 3: From Marbella, Spain to Ravello, Italy
Stay: Palazzo Avino
Located in Ravello, on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast, with glorious surroundings of brilliant blue sea, a profusion of flowers Palazzo Avino offer visitors a peaceful haven. Originally a 12th Century villa the property has been tastefully refurbished retaining its medieval and baroque features. It features Rooftop solarium and heated swimming pool; Ravello’s only exclusive Beach Clubhouse by the Sea with oceanfront pool; Three distinctive restaurants and a Lobster & Martini Bar, with settings ranging from casual oceanfront to stylishly sophisticated Rossellini’s, one Michelin star gastronomic experience.
Experience : Enjoy a memorable day at sea with a private yacht charter! Go for a swim in unforgettable surrounding and navigate the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean to discover hidden grottos (Emerald, White, Green & Blue), picturesque villages (Furore Fijord, Conca dei Marini, Praiano, Positano) and wonderful islands (Li Galli, Capri). Come back in time to catch the sunset from the Lobster and Martini Bar sipping on one of the 100 different Martinis uniquely crafted by the hotel’s in-house Martini mixologist!
Eat: Dinner at Lido Azzuro. The restaurant overlooks the suggestive and picturesque port of Amalfi, a maritime town that had always woven its long history with sea, fishing and navigation. Located just few steps from the historical center, it has a privileged terrace from which you can enjoy both the unique natural beauty of the Amalfi coast and the typical dishes of local tradition, rediscovering in every flavour the scents, colors, feelings and emotions of this land with an illustrious past.
DAY 4: From Ravello to Savalletri
Stay: Borgo Egnazia
Borgo Egnazia is like a breathing tale of Puglia, spoken by the ancient culture of the land and by the sheer beauty of its nonpareil architecture. It happens every hour of the year: you come and live your time here, and nature is powerful, peace is intense, harmony is full. It’s a place where you meet your self. It’s Borgo Egnazia: it’s nowhere else. The endless expanse of olive groves, located along Puglia’s lush coast is where you will find Borgo Egnazia with its sophisticated rooms in La Corte, suites connected by narrow alleys in the lively Borgo designed to replicate a typical Apulian town and Three-bedroom villas with pool, complemented with five authentic and unique restaurants, eye-opening Beach Club Cala Masciola, championship course San Domenico Golf, surprising and exceptional Vair Spa, kids irresistible Trullaleri Club, two extensive outdoor swimming pools and one indoor, fascinating cooking classes…and the list goes on.
Experience: Explore the region by bike! This is the ideal way to get in a bit of healthy outdoor activity while getting acquainted with the surrounding area. Rent a bike and enjoy a picnic under an ancient olive tree or an almond tree in bloom. Have a lunch at the Beach Club Cala Masciola’s restaurant and enjoy an amazing fresh grilled fish and cocktail, while relaxing on one of the cabanas by the sea.
Eat: Dinner at Da Zio Pietro located in the historical centre of Cisternino, this is a typical butcher’shop with an adjoining small dining room where it is possible to taste a wide selection of roasted meat that you choose yourself from the count. Good local wine and simple side dishes can complete the meal.
DAY 5: More of Puglia
Stay: Masseria San Domenico
Against the backdrop of the blue Mediterranean sky and sea, Masseria San Domenico lies only 500 metres from the Adriatic coast, once a watchtower owned by the Knights of Malta, its whitewashed building stands amidst centenarian olive groves and is where you can find a magnificent outdoor free-form swimming pool, a state-of-the-art Thalassotherapy Spa, San Domenico Mare lovely Beach Club with four rooms “pied dans l’eau”, a classic gourmet restaurant, the pool Grill, Ulivo Bar, two tennis courts, a modern gym and a challenging 18-hole golf course. Stark white stone buildings, housing wonderfully comfortable rooms, are interconnected by a series of arched passageways and spacious, open piazzas. To the south is the Adriatic, viewed over a sea of ancient olive trees; to the north are scenic mountains.
Experience: Spend a day at San Domenico A Mare, the beach reserved exclusively to Masseria San Domenico guests, with a panoramic pontoon on the rocks with easy access to the sea and a corner of white sand overlooking a cove with turquoise and shallow waters. The beach has a restaurant, a bar and an elegant lounge for relaxing. Be sure to enjoy a Prosecco & Crudo !
Eat: Evening at Pescheria du Mari Located right in the center of the tiny town of Savelletri di Fasano, Pescheria due Mari has a contemporary design that poses a striking yet beautiful contrast to the historic church and ocean port that surround it. The family-owned and -operated restaurant is currently run by a father-daughter duo, who work side-by-side, with the father preparing the food and his daughter serving and practising her English. The menu is seafood-only and the speciality is raw fish. Everything on the menu is spectacular but opt for the daily special, which features the freshest fish of the day. The tiny restaurant boasts a small dining room, but the sprawling alfresco terrace is the best place to eat thanks to the beautiful views. A sunset aperitivo here is a must!
Enjoy the sunny beaches!
See full detailed itinerary here: Querido Itinerary: Beach Destinations
Winter is at its fullest, and as much as we love this beautiful season, we also start dreaming about warm weather, sunshine and beaches! So to warm you up a little, here are some suggestions for your next beach vacation...
We'll share with you the Best Beach Clubs in our collection.
Indulge in that sweetest of pastimes, the dolce far niente – lounge on sunbeds, take dips in the heated seawater pool, or enjoy an unrivalled service from a lounger on the soft sand steps from the sea.
The legendary steps-from-the-sea Beach Club owes much of its fame to the extraordinary international daytime buffet.
Highest-quality fresh ingredients: exquisite salads, grilled-in-front-of-you meats, traditional paella and just-caught fish.
Every day of the year, diners are tempted with an extraordinary display of platter upon platter of European, Asian, Lebanese and Spanish flavours.
Active adventures and adrenalin rushes. Moments of calm and days at leisure. Just beyond the tropical palms, you’ll find the beach promenade and warm Mediterranean waters. It’s a scene made for seizing your paddleboard or heading for the horizon aboard a sailing yacht.
Jet skis, sailing, banana rides, water bicycles and much more are available to you from mid-April until October.
Palazzo Avino's Clubhouse by the Sea is located in the small town of Marmorata, just a 15 minute drive from Ravello. There is complimentary access to the beach platforms for all hotel guests, a small swimming pool, the casual Clubhouse Restaurant, changing rooms and relaxing living rooms. A complimentary shuttle service to and from the hotel is available.
The Clubhouse by the Sea opens from May 1st to October.
Located inside the property, this beach is of a rocky kind and contains a water sports centre, relaxing cabanas and a restaurant on the beach, where guests can enjoy amazing grilled fresh fish, salads, spaghetti, as well as fruit-based and regular cocktails. Cala Masciola is the Borgo’s direct connection to the sea.
On spring and summer evenings, Cala Masciola comes to life with gala dinners in our restaurant Pescheria da Vito, jazz concerts on the shore and parties that last well into the sunrise, creating a marvellous atmosphere of conviviality and light-heartedness.
Cala Masciola is open from May 1st to September 30th.
A scenario of natural beauty reserved for those who want to enjoy the sea breeze in complete relaxation, with the same welcoming spirit of the Masseria San Domenico. The happy hour will be a relaxing moment to enjoy the magnificent sunset, spoiled by the professionalism of our bartenders who will satisfy even the most exotic requests.
For the most demanding tastes, a wide selection of champagne, caviar and vodka will be available to enjoy while having your feet on the rocks and the phone off, in order to pursue the philosophy that has always belonged to the Masseria San Domenico, where the only commitment of the guest, with the support of the staff, is to be spoiled and relax.
The restaurant La Nassa promises a truly unforgettable experience, thanks to the skillful hands of Chef Leonardo Di Biase, who’s passionate about seafood recipes of the local tradition with special attention to the freshness and quality of local ingredients.
Relax by the sea with your favorite cocktail in hand...that's our type of vacation!
How important it is to be fit and healthy. To feel strong and powerful. To feel inspired and full of energy.
In the previous post Be Fit and Healthy! , we have suggested some of our best wellness programs in France and Spain. We continue our well-being quest in Italy, with more restorative wellness programs.
Tarant is an exquisitely feminine and liberating journey, infused with the soul of the phenomenon of tarantism - an ancient community ritual in Puglia. An unrivalled Retreat, between dances and Spa treatments, for women on the pursuit of their female potential and their own happiness, wisely guided by a local elite of expert therapists, yoga masters, musicians and dancers.
In addition to the embracing twilight of hundreds of candles that vibrate in the womb of Vair, the beauty of the myth of tarantism lies behind the mystery of the ritual, unveiled day by day in the form of rare rituals, cuddles for the body and for the “movement” of feelings. In this program everything revolves around Puglia and around women delighted by the sound of tambourines: sacred, profane, ancient folk wisdom and Mediterranean diet featuring a menu thought for the feminine peculiarities. A journey to the rediscovery of taste and the wellbeing of your body.
Retreats available only on the following dates:
From 22nd to 26th March
From 5th to 9th April
From 17th to 21st May
From 18th to 22nd October
From 22nd to 26th November
Surrounded by ancient olive trees and just footsteps from the Mediterranean Sea, Masseria San Domenico promotes exercise as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. The gym is equipped with the latest equipment, free weights and Technogym weight machines, along with a full range of Technogym cardio equipment. Having pinpointed the areas that need extra attention, after a personal functional evaluation, personal training sessions will then help kick-start your potential.
Legs, abs, and butt / aqua gym and hydrobike / walking / functional training / cycling / stretching / power plat
Our nutrition is based on a balanced lifestyle. The Mediterranean Diet is the combination of all the food habits in use among the populations overlooking the Mediterranean. This food model, which is even under UNESCO’s protection as world intangible cultural heritage, has proved unique in assuring the permanence of good health conditions over the years. This is not only a low-calorie food regimen meant to make you lose weight but also, and most importantly, a lifestyle based on typical recipes by the vibrant and fresh products found in the region.
Personalized menus and fresh and tasty flavors promote the interaction with the social environment, respect for the territory, biodiversity and further enhancement of the Apulian tradition.
Mediterranean Diet Consultation with Doctor Agostino Grassi / Biologic Nutritional Consultation
Feeling good, feeling well, feeling strong!
There is no better feeling than being well within, strong and healthy.
This season we promote fitness and wellbeing. We'll share with you the best wellness programs in all our destinations.
Starting in France and Spain...
Designed to balance body and mind, the Body & Spirit offers either French Sophrology, hypnotherapy or Reiki, combined with massage, pilates or gentle exercise and stretching. Sophrology is “the science of the consciousness in harmony”, aiming to achieve an alert mind in a relaxed body; hypnotherapy is widely used to reduce anxiety and stress, while Reiki therapists channel life energy into their patients, activating natural healing processes in the body to restore emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
The Body Detox is an all-immersive wake-up call for the body; resurrecting slowing metabolism via intensive, high-calorie burning Aquacycling and natural herbal remedies. These can be taken as a Kusmi. Tea, or a fresh infusion made from handpicked herbs from the surrounding garden. Gentle massage of the lymph nodes is used to encourage the removal of toxins and waste products from the blood, while a deeper massage is invoked to release tension from the muscles.
The professional team at Marbella Club will prepare and guide you to more body confidence this summer with a combination of total-body sculpting workouts, nutrition guidance and treatments designed to help you look and feel your best. To ensure optimum results, each program includes our full board Purifying Healthy Menus which are plant-based, probiotic and nutrient rich, specifically designed to help you to achieve gentle yet sustainable weight loss, repair and rejuvenation.
This uplifting program will help boost stamina and increase physical and mental performance. Not only will you gain more confidence in yourself, you will also gain the tools to ensure you are working out to the very best of your ability. Evidence also points to the considerable mental benefits gained from being active, so you can expect to feel positive and upbeat, too! Our healthy, full board menu is highly recommended during this programme for optimum results.
This retreat is the ideal ‘go to’ programme that will take guests from feeling guilty to great again – kickstarting their health and wellbeing to achieve the best results. Body: Fit Weekend Marbella is carefully balanced. A holistic retreat which includes a variety of integrated sessions to challenge the body and mind - such as HIIT circuits and muscle shaping kettlebell workouts, combined with morning runs, yoga and nutrition talks.
Workshops are available between: 25 – 28 January, 8-11 Febuary and 1– 4 March 2018
Mindful Living is designed to relieve stress and help find inner peace and calm, this program consists of a three night stay in one of the hotel’s comfortable junior suites, including a healthy breakfast to give guests the best start to the day. In addition, guests will receive a private mindfulness session with the resort’s in-house expert, an active wellness deep pore facial at the spa and a private tennis lesson at the world-famous Puente Romano Tennis Club, to work on their skills.
Combining a mindfulness session with the resort’s in-house specialist and an introduction to meditation, the Yogic Detox programme includes chakra healing and Reikji and will leave guests feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Hope you feel inspired, on your well-being journey...
Here it is, the New Year 2018 has begun! And we are beginning the year in Grand with stunning properties to add our collection.
Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, joins the Finest Family Owned Hotels & Resorts collection, while Satori Yacht and Sublime in Comporta, join the Unique Stays and Journeys Collection.
Let us introduce you to these beautiful properties...
Beautifully positioned overlooking far-reaching hilltop vistas, the seamless link between the villa and gardens provide many enchanting areas in which to relax. The unique experience created at Borgo is designed to restore and refresh all those who visit.
Jeanette and Claus Thottrup dreamed up the concept of Borgo Santo Pietro by uniting their backgrounds in property development and fashion design. Both seasoned travellers, they wanted to create a nurturing haven where guests could feel immediately at home; where the thought and care behind each detail raised it a stratosphere above luxury hotels on the market by offering something real – a tangible sense of community.
Their seven-year labour of love and sheer persistence paid off; Borgo Santo Pietro opened its doors in 2008 and has since grown into a flourishing 200-acre boutique hotel and wellness estate with a ‘farm to plate’ philosophy that supplies two Michelin-starred restaurants; Meo Modo and La Bottega del Buon Caffè. The estate comprises an organically cultivated working farm with sheep, chickens, pigs and bees; an artisan cheese dairy; extensive culinary gardens, including fruit orchards and nut fields; and two vineyards.
Claus and Jeanette’s continuous quest to create experiences for guests that go beyond the bounds of the known to unite luxury and nature in a way that has never been done before has taken the Borgo Santo Pietro lifestyle concept past the gates of the hotel and now includes the Borgo Cooking School, and a line of natural skincare.
In April 2017 Borgo Santo Pietro took its lifestyle concept to sea with the launch of luxury yacht Satori. Inspired by the understated elegance of 1920s and '30s-era sailing, the 41.5-metre vessel merges five-star boutique hotel and gourmet dining with a classic sailing experience. Like Borgo Santo Pietro, Satori was designed and built by owners Claus and Jeanette Thottrup. Their signature bespoke approach, so characteristic of Borgo Santo Pietro, is also clearly evident in the uncompromising quality, thoughtful detail and amplified sense of space and privacy found on board.
Satori merges the comfort of a five-star boutique hotel with a traditional hand-built wooden schooner to create the ultimate classic sailing experience.
Flawless service is therefore built into Satori's DNA, where guests enjoy Michelin-starred dining prepared by a personal chef from the restaurants Meo Modo and La Bottega del Buon Caffé , onboard spa facilities, a range of the latest innovative water toys, and an extensive program of concierge activities managed by five-star boutique hotel and estate Borgo Santo Pietro.
Each of the eight crew members has been hand-picked for their expertise, whether in navigation and seamanship, gourmet dining or five-star service, while Satori's two 600-horsepower engines offer guests the choice of both motoring and taking long-haul voyages as well as enjoying the timeless feeling of sailing.
Nestled on a stunning 17 acres estate, surrounded by undulating umbrella pines and cork trees, wild sand dunes, stunning rice fields and over 60km of pristine, white-sand beaches, Sublime Comporta is a magical, unspoiled place yet to be discovered.
Only one hour from the Capital of Lisbon, and yet surrounded by abundant wildlife where time seems to stand still and one has the possibility to experience all that is genuine and authentic. Rich in cultural heritage, with a welcoming local population, great foods and wines, Sublime Comporta offers a combination of tranquillity and simplicity that is both addictive and inspiring, reminding us of the magic of experiencing more with less.
The rooms and villas stretch across several buildings adding to the exclusivity of the hotel. These are the Main House, the Guest House and the Villas. The hotel includes 14 bedrooms and suites including several 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom “cabana” villas.
Proud to welcome these beautiful properties in our collection and honored to be representing them with all our passion!
Nothing better than a day purifying ourselves, relaxing, and taking care of our body and soul at the same time.
Welcome to a place of beauty, relaxation and holistic comfort. The Susanne Kaufmann Spa offers a wide range of spa treatments and organic treats perfectly tailored to the needs of the face and body, providing you with a sensorial experience and natural care.
A beautiful single vaulted aisle serving all the spa treatment rooms is one of the most striking architectural features of both spa and hotel in Alentejo. Its 40 metres hold a monastic feeling that leads you to an immersive state of wellbeing and relaxation. Among its amenities, the spa offers dry saunas and a hydrotherapy room with a cedar wood bathtub.
The spa "Bené" is located on the lower floor of Villino Eugenia and is equipped with a small gym, tepidarium, sauna, hammam and three rooms. The wellness center offers Asian and European massages as well as beauty treatments in collaboration with the beauty guru Sarah Chapman, the most appreciated and affirmed facialist in London, for skincare and with Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, founded in Florence in 1612, for body rituals. Additionally, healthy restaurant menus in accordance with the programs are offered by the center.
Effegilab is leader in the creation of clean cosmeceutical free from dyes, traditional preservatives, petrolatum, and especially with no SLE. The main goal is the development of formulas with an organic cosmetic matrix with no pollutants and health friendly.
EffegiLab's laboratories are fitted with high-quality equipment and methods the use of active substances obtained through forefront extraction techniques: supercritical fluids, ultrasound, freeze-drying and other methods that avoid the use of heat and additives.
In collaboration with Palazzo Avino and based on three products from the Campania Region, Effegilab created an exclusive line of Cosmetic Food based on; Lemon from Sorrento, with balancing properties, with brightening and detoxing formula; Apricot from Vesuvio, enriched with vitamins, with hydrating and soothing formula; Annurca Apple, with antioxidant, hydrating and refining formula.
It is a long journey for the wellbeing of your body and mind in a haven where reality becomes an alchemic path and primary elements – water, salt, sun, wood, colours, sounds, and perfumes merge to let you live an intense perception of physical and inner wellbeing.
Imagine yourself to be in a place where time and space touch each other gently, chase one another and embrace to merge in a dance driven by your emotions whose echo emerge in a labyrinth of wellbeing and intimacy. You could find yourself in the thermal baths of ancient Rome or be taking a dreamlike journey among mysterious gates, recesses and tuff grottos lit in suffused colours, candle lights, and reflections of subterranean waters.
A journey through the perfumes and music of Le Grotte Spa is a way to abandon the stereotypical idea of the separation of body and mind. Wellbeing exists as a unique combination of these two elements and the journey spreads before you through a fusion of distant and ancient cultures that simply do not take this dichotomy into consideration.
SPA doesn't only mean relaxation. Self-care means to like and respect yourself. Le Grotte Spa beauty and therapeutic treatments match the best quality standards.
Wish you've had a relaxing and reviving journey with us!
Treating ourselves is important. And it's something that shouldn't be neglected.
We first started our well-being journey to the beautiful properties of Terre Blanche, Marbella Club, and Borgo Egnazia. We'll continue our quest to the outstanding resorts of Puente Romano, Capri Tiberio Palace, and Masseria San Domenico.
Water and steam. Heat and ice. Sea and earth. Six Senses Spa at Puente Romano combines the elements with the senses to create a fully immersive experience. Offering a tranquil space for all guests and visitors to relax, the range of treatments and facilities helps refresh body and mind.
Every element comes together to immerse you in the scents, sights and sounds of the Mediterranean, rekindling a zest for life.
Taking inspiration from the Six Senses philosophy, the spa's design combines local architecture and craftsmanship. Concentrating on both body and mind, the treatments and facilities are all inspired by natural healing. From a welcome drink of warm ginger tea to the tranquil atmosphere in the wet area - every minute of your time in the spa gives you the chance to focus on refreshing your senses.
The Tiberio Spa is an authentic wellbeing oasis where one can unwind after a day lived on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Every detail of the Spa has been meticulously designed in order to allow guests to drift through an updated oriental zen atmosphere.
Spa Tiberio’s atmosphere is an original blend of contemporary design, local scents, attentive customised service. Not to mention a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea and the town. Thanks to its unique vibe Tiberio Spa recreates Capri’s longstanding tradition as an exclusive destination for lifestyle. A luxury, yet elegant escape from the everyday life routine. Spreading over two floors, the Spa features 6 therapy rooms, sauna, Hamman, frigidarium, gym, 6 water-jet showers and a stylish indoor-outdoor pool overlooking the island’s beautiful southern bay.
Tiberio Spa perfectly expresses Capri Tiberio Palace’s philosophy; providing an exclusive, compelling and unique holiday experience.
The essential element of thalassotherapy is sea water. Its salinity is very rich in minerals and the abundance of trace elements also makes it a primary source of purification for the human organism.
The water used is drawn from a deep underground stratum, which sits at about 400 meters below the sea level. This water is also completely purified by means of filters and is then heated in our center’s circuit using the most up-to-date equipment.
Another beneficial richness coming from the sea is seaweed. Seaweeds have vast concentrations of minerals and vitamins, essential for the improvement of our biological functions. The seaweed is crushed and micropowered and then added to seawater in hydro massage and compresses. Seawater and seaweed, are an exceptional cocktail producing an equilibrating, tonic, invigorating and detoxifying effect.
Enjoy the journey, replenish, and relax!
More spa suggestions in coming post...
We all deserve to treat ourselves once in a while, so let's take time to relax and unwind! We'll take you to our prodigious award-winning properties and introduce you to some of the best Spas in the world!
Nestled in the heart of a typical Provencal garden, this beautiful Spa is like a cocoon and a temple of beauty and gives everyone unlimited possibilities, whatever their objective of well-being. Its soothing and intimate atmosphere covers 3200m ² and offers the tranquillity you need to relax and revitalize yourself.
This peaceful haven provides high-quality facilities which are perfect to unwind, from hammam to laconium and the magnificent indoor pool extended by the vitality pool. The Spa also features 12 individual treatment rooms, 2 private suites, beauty salons and a fitness centre.
After pampering or swimming, the “Infusion” tea room welcomes you for a break at any time of the day. The menu offers light and tasty snacks available inside, in a cosy and contemporary atmosphere, as well as on its private terrace in the garden. Luxury, relaxation and body and mind balance are the watchwords of the Spa experience at Terre Blanche.
The Mediterranean is our compass. From the warmth of the sun that gives our skin a distinct type of glow to the types of fruits and vegetables grown on our soil that shape our diet, our surroundings naturally mold our outlook and character: spontaneous, simple and relaxed. We breathe and truly live - effortlessly coexist - with the blend of ancient cultures that surround us. Our well-being is directly connected to the sea, the climate, the food, the way we interact, and of course, our history.
Give in to your surroundings and get back to basics, simple elements given to us that, without notice, will get you on track to a more authentic version of you.
All of this, backed by the finesse and five-star services that ultimately defines Marbella Club.
Experience the alchemic Spa, innovative and engaging. Local design and charm over 2000 sm of moving magic. Only signature Treatments designed by special people. Vair is a truly enjoyable way to increase wellbeing, beauty, and happiness.
A custom itinerary inside the SPA makes your experience in Vair even more extraordinary. A marvellous experience and journey. Vair does change you, profoundly. With its soul made of amazing people, beautiful horizons and real emotions.
The Team lines up therapists, masseurs, psychologists, naturopaths, musicians, dancers, actors, sportsmen that create harmony and a welcoming atmosphere made of profound and spontaneous sharing.
Get comfortable, pick you experience at Vair’s and enjoy your life for real.
**Award Winner for Conde Nast 2017 - Top 8 Best Spas in the World
Hope you're enjoying your relaxing well-being journey with us!
Stay tuned for more spa suggestions in coming posts...
It's time to get ready, the end of the year is coming soon and time to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome a New Year... already?!!
Here are some suggestions for ending the year in style!
Escape to Maratea for the holidays; the little town is filled with Christmas atmosphere in all the streets, with characteristic local markets, shows, festival and exhibition for all the holiday period.
Don't miss the Holiday Special Event in Maratea, that is an important concert with important singers, live recording on national TV on the 31st of December.
In Santavenere, take part in a Special Gala event, for New Year's Eve dinner, organized at Le Lanterne restaurant, with background live music! Simplicity and sophistication, traditional tastes and experimentation, research of taste and beauty, these are the contrasts that give life to Santavenere kitchen, a unique experience that balances harmoniously senses and intellect, all will be combined with a sensorial wine tasting. After the traditional toast of Midnight with spectacular fireworks, the night is going to continue with a soft disco dance (obviously keeping the elegance and the atmosphere of Santavenere).
Contact directly for more information; Santavenere Capodanno a Maratea
Celebrate Christmas in Florence!
Turn Christmastime into an unforgettable experience for you and your family. Villa Cora will put you in a merry mood with its enchanted atmosphere, the dreamy location and the most luxurious lunch you’ve ever seen. Florence’s magic will do the rest…
For the New Year, take part in a Royal Celebration!
Enjoy the charm of a historic Florentine mansion in a setting of timeless luxury. Salute the New Year with a midnight toast, an arrangement of various food stations and Live music!
More information here: Villa Cora Holiday Packages
Are you still deciding how to spend the last hours of 2017?
Puente Romano has a festive offer that thrives appetite for life. Start with seven-course gala dinner accompanied with fun-filled entertainment, followed by grand new year countdown with grapes of luck.
Remember it’s the last evening, before the new beginning. 1 new year, 365 opportunities.
We wish you all a wonderful Holiday season and happy celebrations!
The best time of the years for many, and for good reasons; a profusion of food and drinks, family and friends gatherings, gifts and offerings, sharing moments and full nights of enjoyment... Christmas is a season to be enjoyed and cherished.
Here are some suggestions for your Holiday season, with the most festive and gourmet experiences in our hotels.
Christmas is a time for joy and of gratitude with our family.
Enjoy a special Christmas Eve at the hotel beginning with a Horse-drawn carriage ride for the kids in Monte’s main street. After the ride, receive a Hearty Welcome in the bar before indulging in a delicious Christmas Dinner with traditional desserts such as rice pudding, king cake and queen cake, and other sweet desserts! Spend the Christmas day taking part in an exciting Treasure hunt for the kids. Have a Christmas Lunch à la carte, with cheese and desserts table.
All details here: São Lourenço do Barrocal Christmas program
Enjoy the magic of Christmas in Puglia with thousands of white lights shimmering like stars through the olive branches, bonfires illuminating the stone, the sound of “zampogne” (the traditional bagpipes of the South of Italy), enriched by jute ornaments and by the scent of “pettole” (typical Puglian fried dough) and almond sweets. It's Christmas, reaching the alleys of the Borgo and bringing a pleasantly unexpected atmosphere to the charm of Puglia in wintertime. Enjoy the Christmas markets in The Piazza, with the tasting of typical products and stands enlivened by the local artisans.
More details here: Christmas Markets at Borgo Egnazia
Celebrate a Festive and Gastronomic Christmas at Puente Romano! Enjoy a gourmet 4-course Christmas Eve menu and live music at Sea Grill restaurant. Don't miss out on the Christmas Day Brunch! The selection is featuring turkey, oysters, lobster and a great array of other Mediterranean inspired delicacies; gastronomy feast is completed by a grand assortment of desserts and special Christmas pastries. It´s an eventful day to spend with your friends and family that Santa Claus never skips. As a good tradition, well-behaved will be rewarded by Santa.
Full details here: Festivities Under The Sun
Christmas is all about gourmet meals and great ambience to enjoy with family and friends.
Take part of the Christmas Eve Gala Dinner at The Grill restaurant with Santa Claus and Traditional Christmas Carols sung by the ‘Pastoral’. On Christmas Day, cocktail starts from 1:30PM, followed by lunch from 2PM with Live Jazz ...
See the detailed menu here: Christmas Eve Gala Dinner
We wish you a Very Merry Christmas Season!
Travel is inspiring for everyone when you find the right place to be and explore. This post is the first of many, where we'll take you to all our destinations and discover some truly unique and beautiful spots in Europe.
We'll start our first journey from London to Puglia, to the most genuine and understated places in our destinations; a journey to our Unique Stays!
Day 1 : Arrival day in London.
Stay: San Domenico House
San Domenico House, located in the heart of the fashionable Chelsea, is probably one of the very last contemporary hotels in central London with such a storied heritage. To walk into the townhouse hotel is to experience a world which perfectly balances history and tradition, English eclectic design with a glamorous Italian ‘La Dolce Vita’ flair. It is a hotel with history but perfectly suited to the modern day.
Experience: Enjoy the view of London from the 135m tower, the London Eye, which stands as the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel. Go shopping at Harvey Nichols a boutique-style department store loved by those in the fashion know, the shop was originally founded in 1831 as a linen shop… Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum which was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, still, stands as the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. End the night in the West End watching one of the so many amazing theatre shows!
Eat: Dinner at The Cross Keys Pub. From innovative, seasonal dishes to pub classics and Sunday roasts served with a choice of real ales, wines or cocktails, The Cross Keys offers the perfect British pub experience.
Day 2: From London, England to Lisbon, Portugal.
Stay: São Lourenço do Barrocal
Portugal, the oldest country in Europe with the same define borders since 1139 and its Alentejo region are home to São Lourenço do Barrocal, a fascinating Monte, an ancient small farming village in the same family for over 200 years, which has been brought carefully back to life as a remarkable hotel of understated luxury. Jose Antonio, the last generation of this family, has invested the last 14 years in creating this undiscovered jewel surrounded by olive groves, vineyards (both wines and olive oil are produced on property and are excellent) and 'Barrocais' (wonderful stone formations).
Experience: Visit Monsaraz a hilltop castle with stunning lake views. One of the oldest settlements in southern Portugal, Monsaraz retains the marks of hundreds of years of raging battles, conquerors and revenge, all crammed up in its fortified hilltop castle. Climb up and awe at the view. For those loving silence and universe's mysteries, relax on the shores of Alqueva Lake, the biggest artificial lake in Europe, where there's an immense clear sky by night to watch the stars, a privileged location within Europe for stargazing.
Eat: Enjoy dinner at Sabores de Monsaraz , one of the best places to experience a traditional Alentejo meal. Mrs. Isabel is the owner and also the person responsible for all the amazing dishes that come out of the kitchen. Also, not to mention is the superb view over the Alqueva lake!
Day 3: From Lisbon, Portugal to Maratea, Italy
Fascinated by the undiscovered Maratea, the only coastal part of the Basilicata region facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, located between Campania (Amalfi Coast) and Puglia, we arrive at Santavenere, the perfect destination for those who love the seaside, lush nature, Italian traditions and simple but elegant lifestyle. Piero and Francesca, the owners, charm you instantly since you step into their beautiful 'home'. The Porto (harbour) and the town up on the hill with 44 churches add that amazing local flavour we are always looking for.
Experience: Hike up the Monte San Biagio to the Statue of Redeemer. The lookout at the foot of the statue is the most scenic spot of the whole territory of Maratea with an exceptional 360° view of the magical outline of the coast and inland mountains. At night, embark on a picturesque local fishing boat for a night fishing experience.
Eat: Dinner at Taverna Rovita Situated in one of the most evocative alleys in the old town center of Maratea, the main dining room is beautified with artistic potteries, typical Vietri floor, and an old fireplace. Dishes are cooked following the ancient recipes of the Lucanian tradition and to enhance the flavours of the land and the sea.
Day 4: From Maratea, Potenza to Savalletri, Puglia
Stay: Masseria Cimino
From the first hole of the San Domenico Golf Course, one can already catch a glimpse of a red tower in the distance, which stands out against the intense blue of the sky and the sea that surrounds it. One is driven by curiosity while approaching it and only at the 8th hole you reach it. It's the Masseria Cimino, an 18th Century building, now consigned to San Domenico Golf as its guest House, for those passionate golfers who can’t envisage being too far away from the course.
Experience: Play a round of golf on the beautiful San Domenico Golf course. Explore the surrounding area by bike and discover this uncontaminated landscape that is rich in colors: from the crystal clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea to the green of the olive groves and rosemary, to the intense red of the magnificent sunsets.
Eat: Dinner at Pescheria due Mari. Located right in the center of the tiny town of Savelletri di Fasano, Pescheria due Mari is a family-owned and -operated restaurant currently run by a father-daughter duo, who work side-by-side, with the father preparing the food and his daughter serving and practicing her English. The menu is seafood-only and the specialty is raw fish. Everything on the menu is spectacular, but opt for the daily special, which features the freshest fish of the day. The tiny restaurant boasts a small dining room, but the sprawling alfresco terrace is the best place to eat thanks to the beautiful views. A sunset aperitivo here is a must!
Day 5: From Savalletri to Ostuni
Stay: Masseria Le Carrube
Masseria Le Carrube is a typical Masseria (farmhouse) with a traditional tile roof, whose walls have the inner side with the stones in view and the external side whitewashed. Only 6 km away from Ostuni downtown, it is situated at the feet of the hill on which “The White Town” rises up as a background, in a secluded and exclusive area characterised by the colours and the flavours of the Maquis shrubland, the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean region.
Experience: Lovers of local gastronomy should know that Ceglie is a land to award-winning restaurants, Cisternino’s ‘braceria’ (brasseries) are a ‘must-try’, Torre Guaceto is renowned for its ‘fiaschetto’ tomatoes and Altamura for its DOP bread. Puglia is also known for its culture and magnificent landscapes, for the Swabian castle at Andria (hunting home of Frederick II), for the ‘trulli’ and for Mount Sant’Angelo, one of the oldest Michaelic cult sites and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Baroque from Lecce, the measured elegance of Otranto (the easternmost city on the Italian peninsula), the ‘cummerse’ of Locorotondo and the overlooking views of the sea at Polignano offer truly unique panoramas.
Eat: Dinner at Il Frantoio. Located in the countryside of Ostuni, the restaurant is based on a country farm. The dining room has vaulted ceilings and stone floors. The perfect place to taste the typical Apulian cuisine and its old recipes savouring the many courses of their tasting menu. We don’t have chefs in our kitchen but extraordinary women who know how to cook with the heart of a mother and the passion of a soul of southern Italy.
Enjoy the journey!
Have a look at the full detailed itinerary here: Querido Itinerary: Unique Stays
What’s up this Fall?
Beautiful colorful season; when the light starts changing, and the colors in all the leaves turn red, orange, yellow... and when the air gets fresh and crisp but the sun is still showing bright and hot at mid-day! What a beautiful season that is!
What’s up this Fall in our destinations? Where should we go, what should we do? Here are some unique experience suggestions for this Fall season...
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
From 4th to 30th November, Borgo Egnazia will let you witness the making of olives into extra virgin oil via an unforgettable 3-day experience, during which some expert farmers of the area, the keepers of the rural heritage for generations, will walk you through the discovery of the olive. You will experience from hand-picking from the fields to its cold-pressing at an authentic subterranean mil, plus some delicious tastings of ‘made in Puglia’ extra virgin olive oils, matched with typical food products such as ‘frise ’, cheese and home-made bread. Add to this a cooking class about oil-based traditional recipes and still-life drawing class to put on canvas olive groves and the sea. Indeed, a very unique and authentic Fall experience!
Check out the full details here: Discover the Apulian Gold
Marbella Club, Marbella
Get healthy and re-boost during this Fall season!
From 8th to 12th of November, Marbella Club offers a 4-day wellness retreat led by Amanda Hamilton. During these 4 days, you will experience a personalised detox-style cuisine, gut health daily boosters, healthy cooking workshop, daily activity programme, evening meditation, personalised treatment at the Award-Winning Thalasso Spa and 2 BIA (Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis).
See more details here: Amanda Hamilton Retreat
From November 1st to May 31st. Fall is the perfect season for hikes and bird watching in the region of Alentejo. Why not add some delicious wines and stunning properties? Discover Alentejo, one of the most authentic provinces of Portugal. You will discover all that is unspoiled and genuine. Spend one week in 3 beautiful and charming family-owned estates. Experience the Alentejo, it's food, and its exquisite Award-Winning wines the way the Portuguese do!
In our previous post The Best Food is in Europe we took you to Italy and shared our favorite restaurants and best places to eat in some of our Italian destinations. Now, let's continue the gourmet journey to our other destinations; Spain, Portugal, and France!
Let's begins with Spain!
We'll travel to Andalucia, in the charming town of Marbella. This little town has a variety of local restaurants to choose from and some precious hidden spots with real Spanish flavors and character. Here are a few of our favorites; Buenaventura restaurant is a cool Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine from Andalucia, that offers dishes prepared with the best market raw material and great Champagnes selection and wide wine list with more than 300 references of the best Spanish wines. El Altamirano, is very simple, unpretentious and one of the Best local seafood restaurant in Marbella. For a real local experience Bar el Estrecho is the typical tapas restaurant known for its "gambas al pil pil" and genuine Spanish vibe.
We'll cross over to Portugal, to the beautiful region of Alentejo. This wine-growing, historical and cultural region has a lot to offer, so we have picked the hidden gems and some of our favorite places to eat in the area. Sabores de Monsaras is one of the best places to experience a traditional Alentejo meal. Mrs. Isabel is the owner and also the person responsible for all the amazing dishes that come out of the kitchen. Also to mention is the superb view over the Alqueva lake. Adega Velha restaurant is set in a typical tavern where the floor is irregular and the recipes come directly out of an antique book, passed hand in hand through generations. If you are lucky you might even witness men singing Cante Alentejano, traditional songs from the Alentejo. A visit tothis tiny restaurant Tasquinha do Oliveira, is not to be missed. Typical and genuine, with only 6 tables inside. The delicacies which come out of Mr. Oliveira’s kitchen are made by his wife’s gifted hands. What stands out in this restaurant is the quality of the food and the cosy atmosphere.
Now let's travel to the beautiful region of Provence Cote d'Azur. The region offers a wide range of experiences between the very chic and urban coast to the authentic and modest Provencial villages. Here are our suggestions for the most delicious and authentic Provencial experiences. In the charming village of Fayence, in its square is la Gloire de mon Père restaurant located in the former family-owned bakery. A charming restaurant featuring a large terrace around a majestic fountain under bicentennial plane trees. An ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing lunch after visiting the village’s cobblestone streets and to discover Provencal and Mediterranean flavors in an informal atmosphere. Located in the village of Lorgues, the truffle restaurant Chez Bruno is one of the best known restaurant in the region. Famous for welcoming celebrities from around the world, Bruno and his sons offer surprising truffle menus, from starter to dessert in a traditional Bastide hidden in the woods. L’Escourtin is an uncommon Michelin-starred restaurant located in an old mill from the 18th century. Chef Philippe Choisy selects fresh seasonal produce and enhances the Provençal flavors through his traditional cuisine. A must!
Bon appétit! Bom apetite! Buen provecho!
Here is the full list of Querido's Favorite Restaurants in all our destinations.
The Best Food is in Europe.
Everyone agrees on this. We travel to Europe for many reasons, but one of them is for the cuisine! Europeans just know how to eat well, and everyone loves to eat…and well!
So we’ll take you to southern Europe, to each of our destination, to share our favorite local restaurants, the hidden treasures and best places to eat!
Let’s start with Italy!
We’ll begin our journey in the historical town of Florence. Our favorite local restaurants in the city are I’Parione, for a real classic Tuscan dish. Cestello Ristoclub, offers a new experience in a fish-market/restaurant where you can choose your own fish and a specific cooking recipe. And of course, the famous Tuscan restaurant Buca Lapi, with its impressive wine cellar situated beneath an imposing historic palazzo.
Of course, we wouldn’t come to Italy without spending a few days in Rome! We have selected some of the very best restaurants in the city, for a real authentic local experience. Felice a Testaccio, for the best Caccio Pepe in town! The restaurant Da Bucatino, offers an opportunity to taste the ancient flavors of traditional Roman dishes. Sora Margherita for a very rustic experience and the best tagliatelle Fatte in Casa , Carciofi alla Romana and fried artichokes! Yum!
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Let’s go further south, to the breathtaking coast of Amalfi. Many restaurants to choose from on the coast, but we made a selection of the very best for you. Lido Azzurro overlooking the suggestive and picturesque port of Amalfi, the restaurant has a beautiful terrace with typical dishes of local tradition. The restaurant Da Lorenzo, located in Scala, just across the valley from Ravello, has all the charms of a trattoria—friendly, family-run atmosphere and a lovely, rustic setting, with a cuisine to die for! For a unique experience, the Conca de Sogno, accessible by boat only, in the most seducing bay of the Amalfi coast, this charming restaurant offers amazing regional seafood cuisine.
We will travel across the country to the secluded region of Puglia. We have picked some of the best-hidden spots to eat in the region; Da Zio Pietro, located in the historical center of Cisternino, this is a typical butcher’shop with an adjoining small dining room where it is possible to taste a wide selection of roasted meat that you choose yourself from the count. Locanda d’Martume, located in the main town of Fasano, in a vaulted ceiling dining room, this restaurant offers typical Fasano style dishes using only seasonal and local fresh products. Pescheria due Mari, located right in the center of the tiny town of Savelletri di Fasano. The spectacular menu is seafood-only and the specialty is raw fish.
Check out the full list of Querido’s favorite Italian restaurants
More destinations to come in our upcoming posts…