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!