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Ikos Resorts Magazine 2018 Your Complimentary Issue

The Summer State of M Mind ind

FOOD GUIDE What our chefs serve you this season


PERFECT BODY How to get in shape now!

creative with your kids






Ikos by Madame issue 1 FRONT OF THE BOOK Welcome by Dr. Andreas Andreadis CEO Ikos Resorts

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Guide to Corfu Island

p. 86

Ikos Resorts: Meet our resorts family

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Indulge in Ikos by Madame

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Halkidiki: A journey in one of the most gorgeous destinations in Greece

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Editorial by Petra Winter & Georgia Dodou

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FASHION Fashion Trends: Sunny yellow, Pastel blue & pink

p. 104 Gorgeous decollete: New & safe ways to your dream breast

Fashion People: Christina Martini, co-founder and designer of Ancient Greek Sandals

p. 108 Beauty People: Aline Mercadet p. 112 Fitness on the beach

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Jewelry Trend: Mother-of-Pearls

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Success story: The contemporary Greek fashion designers that took the world by storm

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Fashion: Checks are back

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Fashion: Plastic Flowers

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ART & CULTURE Legendary Parties

BEAUTY & WELLNESS Golden beauty: In perfect shape during a day of sunbathing

p. 120 Best of: Showergels p. 122 Anti-Aging: How to get great legs LIFESTYLE p. 126 Kids: Beach Games

p. 132 The Ikos Man p. 134 Culinary trend: Thessaloniki, the Northern Capital of Greece and its neo-bistrot culture p. 138 Ikos Gastronomy: Fine dining, infinite choices, included for life

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Lunch with: Petra Winter meets Julianne Moore

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Artist to watch: Lars Jan

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TRAVEL Homestory: Mrs. Dandos Corfu home

p. 142 Ikos Cocktail scene: Award-winning mixologists, branded spirits, signature cocktails, infinite choices p. 144 The new luxury in travel p. 147 Ikos Resorts: Memories to take home


IMAGES: Stavros Habakis (I). Cover: Charlie Garbin / Trunk Archive

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PUBLISHER Christian Medweth

EDITORS IN CHIEF Petra Winter (Madame) Georgia Dodou (Ikos)

EDITORS IKOS PAGES Ioanna Alexatou Dimitris Antonopoulos Argyro Barata Anna Papadaki Thrasy Petropoulos Vangelis Stolakis Julia Marandiuk


TRANSLATION Damien Hazleton Julia Marandiuk

PHOTO EDITORS Nadia Gasmi Nina Saller


MANAGING DIRECTOR Marie-Christine Dreyfus

EDITORS MADAME PAGES Julia Marandiuk Natalie Manchot, Bernhard Ach, Karolin Helou, Judith Cyriax, Susanne Stefanski, Tania Messner

PHOTOGRAPHERS Costas Picadas, Marina Vernicos (in Halkidiki article main picture), Ikos Resort Archive, Sani Resort Archive

PROJECT MANAGER Insa Schult LICENCE MANAGER Lucia Kroher ADVERTISING Media Group Medweth Advertising PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT Viktoria Masri LITHO MXM Digital Service GmbH PRINT LSC Communications Europe, ul. Obr. Modlina 11, 30-733 Krakau, Polen

The brand MADAME is owned by Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG



DEAR FRIENDS, It gives me great pleasure to present to you this inspiring new magazine, that so beautifully reflects the vision that makes the Ikos Resorts experience so unique. Ikos is a world of elegance and style, and above all a sense of freedom and discovery. We understand how precious holidays with your loved ones and friends are. Our commitment, therefore, is to offer to all of you an enhanced experience of 5* luxury plus the freedom to choose from an infinite range of only premium products and services, with all the ease and comfort of an all-inclusive. A deep personal reward you so much deserve that, we hope, will eventually become a cherished memory. It is a combination of such service excellence and generosity that has seen Ikos Olivia and Ikos Oceania being awarded 1st and 3rd place as best all-inclusive resorts in the world –

and best in Europe – in the 2018 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice awards. This gives us great heart ahead of the opening of Ikos Dassia on charismatic Corfu, from May 3rd this year, and Ikos Aria on beautiful Kos, May 2019. The Ikos family is growing. And with it our community – not just our guests and now the readers of this magazine, but all the local producers and service providers with whom, together, we are making this great concept a global success. And of course our incredible staff, who have embraced our vision and brought their own amazing personalities and heartfelt service to the Ikos DNA, and to whom I am so deeply grateful. It is with my warmest thanks to all of you, that I invite you to share the next chapter of our amazing story in this magazine. DR. ANDREAS A. ANDREADIS CEO IKOS RESORTS




Deluxe by Nature

IMAGES: Konstantinos Sfitis (I); Sarah Barlow + Stephen Schofield (I); Shervin Lainez (I); Sony Music (I); PR

kos Deluxe Collection guests will enjoy an even more superior offering in 2018 with our Deluxe Butler service all set to cater to their every whim. The five star treatment extends to the beach experience with every guest receiving a stylish Ikos beach bag as well as to the Deluxe Bars, with the introduction of a comprehensive choice of premium spirits.


Beach Vibes

POP Rachel Platten has been on stage as a background singer for a long time. It was her pop hymn „Fight Song“ that landed a hit in Europe in 2015. Her new album „Waves“ (Columbia) features the producer team of Coldplay, Rihanna and Pink. The quiet, emotional R&B songs are sophisticated and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes good mainstream pop.



It is a big challenge to measure yourself against stars like Etta James and Chuck Berry by covering songs from the legendary Chess label. For the Canadian Elise LeGrow, who played in nightclubs and was a member of an Indian rock band, it is also a new start. Her album „Playing Chess“ (BMG) was a perfect success, because her velvety grey voice combines passion with elegance and even makes songs that are oen heard sound original.

The vibrant and spirited singing of Cuba-born Camila Cabella is strongly influenced by Latin music. Aer the „X Factor“ casting show hits with the girl group Fih Harmony and solo singles followed. Now the solo debut „Camila“ (Sony) is released – Latin pop that gets you in a cheerful mood like Cuba Libre.

JUMBO GLAMOROUS Made from different wheat straw bristles, by Spatz Hutdesign, 1100 euro

CASUAL Slouch hat made of paper straw, by Roeckl, 70 euro

SWEET with embroidered slogan, by

Eugenia Kim, 395 euro

ASIA-CHIC with ribbed banderole, by Gucci, 350 euro

Hats on!

They don’t fit through normal doors, but they haven’t been created for that either: XXLSTRAW hats are the ultimate beach accessory! DIVA Extremely wide raffia hat, by Lola Hats, 400 euro

Oversized straw hat, by Jacquemus, 595 euro


Dreaming about . . . It is not difficult to be inspired by the pure pleasure of SANI. The five-star resort in Greece covers more than 400 hectares of land including five stunning hotels. Around 100 colour photographs in this book spread the incomparable freedom and joy that a holiday at SANI promises. „Sani“, by teNeues, 65 euro.

OUR BEST ONES! Long searched and thoroughly tested: These SUNSCREENS are our personal favourites, because they protect us without smearing








1 Vitamin E protects the skin from harmful environmental influences: „Suncare Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50“, Paula’s choice, 24 euro. 2 Refreshing liquid spray: „Virtu-Oil Body Mist SPF 30“, Clinique, 29 euro. 3 Waterproof sun milk with eucalyptus extract: „All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50“, Missha, 18 euro. 4 Sweet almond oil and shea butter have a calming effect: „Ultra Protection Tanning Cream SPF 30“, Collistar, 31 euro. 5 Rich in marine minerals: „Oligo Protect Cream SPF 30“, Anne Semonin, 89 euro. 6 A concentrate of hyaluron and pro-tourine prevents premature skin aging: „Sunissime Energizing Protective Fluid SPF 50“, Lierac, 30 euro. 7 Vitamin E and C strengthen the skin: „Anti-Aging Sun Care High Protection Sun Lotion SPF 30“, Babor, 28 euro



That iconic scent that arises when a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS is beautifully wrapped in perfume flacons . . .

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IMAGES: (I); Ikos Resorts Archive (2), Justine Marchand (I); Sani Resort Archive (2); PR


SPRING FEVER 1 „Blouse“ seduces with pink pepper, delicate petals and a fresh citrus note, by Yves Saint Laurent, 240 euro. 2 „Olympéa Aqua“ relies on the mix of citrus blossom, violet leaf and vanilla, by Paco Rabanne, 80 euro. 3 Frangipani flower meets exotic fruits: „Blossom Special Edition“, by Jimmy Choo, 65 euro. 4 Sweet fragrance with rose absolue, pear and ambergris: „L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum“, by Issey Miyake, 80 euro 5 „Izia Limited Edition“ catches with roses, jasmine and cedar wood, by Sisley, 82 euro


Eye-catcher In summer, the choice is yours: Large diva SUNGLASSES in the shape of butterflies or a narrow cat-eye. The best thing about it? Whatever your decision may be, they prove a sense of trend!

1 Buttery glasses with leo pattern and crystals, by Alexander McQueen, 190 euro. 2 Cat-eye sunglasses in horn optic, by Alain Mikli, 295 euro. 3 Limited edition of acetate glasses, by Andy Wolf, 300 euro. 4 Super-narrow metal glasses with attached bridge and nose pads, by Prada, 325 euro. 5 Simple cat-eye glasses, by Yves Saint Laurent, 265 euro

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IKOS DASSIA – A NEW ERA OF LUXURY UNPRECEDENTED EXPERIENCE The first top luxury all-inclusive resort arrives on the gorgeous island of Corfu in May 2018. Combining contemporary Mediterranean style with traditional Greek hospitality, the luxurious Ikos Dassia covers an impressive 23 acres along the magnificent bay of Dassia on the Ionian sea. Guests can look forward to exceptional quality, choice and facilities with no hidden costs, taking the all-inclusive experience to unparalleled new heights.


IMAGES: Mierswa Kluska (I); Ikos Resorts Archive (I); Christos Drazos (I)

Ikos Dassia combines stand-out cuisine with vibrant bars; six superb restaurants offer à la carte dining from around the world together with 10 bars, while the renowned Dine Out experience introduces guests

to some of the best local restaurants across Corfu. There’s an unrivalled level of facilities for adults and children including seven heated pools, two pampering Anne Semonin spas and floodlit tennis courts. While an outstanding range of facilities, from organised activities for kids to exclusive adult-only areas, promise a truly memorable stay.

ACCOMMODATION WITH ATTITUDE From luxury doubles to 3-bedroom beachfront villas, this elegant resort delivers a choice of 411beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas. This superb collection of accommodation offers guests a choice of private balconies, gardens and individual pools ensuring a luxurious and relaxing experience.

YOUR FIRST IKOS MEMORY STARTS HERE SCAN TO WATCH THE NEW IKOS CAMPAIGN VIDEO, INCLUDED.FOR LIFE. Your window into the dream world of luxury all-inclusive holidays redefined starts here with this video. Enjoy the taste of the incredible generosity you will experience at all Ikos Resorts. For us, it’s about a commitment to providing only premium quality products and services throughout your stay. For you, it’s about being so amazed that you’ll know that even the memories we’ve given you have been included. For life.

Welcome to a voyage into fashion, freedom and lavish generosity at a luxury beachfront resort. When it came to producing our annual magazine, a simple hotel edition would not have been enough. We wanted to create a magazine that represents our beliefs, our commitment to fashion, design and luxury living… a publishing equivalent to the Michelin-starred creativity and quality we bring to our menus. Inside these pages you’ll find stories, insights and suggestions, along with wellness, beauty and travel tips, to ensure that you have a totally enhanced experience with us. Read all about Corfu, a stunning island that’s home to the latest addition to the Ikos Resorts family, Ikos Dassia. Explore opportunities for fitness on the beach. Find out how designer Christina Martini put Ancient Greek Sandals style on the 21st century fashion map. See if you agree with our suggestions of ten memories to take back home with you. Just a few of the features we’ve prepared for you. Welcome to Ikos Magazine by Madame, the 2018 edition of Ikos Resorts. And enjoy the Summer State of Mind! Happy holidays! GEORGIA DODOU, Editor in Chief IKOS BY MADAME Magazine

„Effortless style, high quality in every aspect, the effort to give only the best - we share these values with Ikos. This is why it was a perfect match and a great joy to realize this magazine together.“ PETRA WINTER, Editor in Chief MADAME


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The fashion rainbow favored the color BLUE for this summer season! Luminous shades from light to subtle greyish blue are giving a soft touch to every look




Pure Heaven


8 9 1 Top with ruffled collar by Marc Cain, 150 euro. 2 Volant blouse with fluffy sleeves by Steffen Schraut, 180 euro. 3 Sterling Silver necklace refined with a blue gemstone by a beautiful story, 60 euro. 4 Leather slippers by Michael Michael Kors, 150 euro. 5 Pleated trousers by Sonia Rykiel, 550 euro. 6 Short trench coat in A-line by Luisa Cerano, 500 euro. 7 Bag made from calfskin by Salvatore Ferragamo, 1100 euro. 8 Gold-plated ring with aquamarinecolored gemstones by Tada&Toy, 70 euro. 9 Suede leather mules by Racine Carrée, 550 euro. 10 Romantic designed dress by Fabiana Filippi, 500 euro


TEXT: Julia Marandiuk. REALISATION: Maren Kölpin und Carmen Färber. IMAGES: (I); (2); tm studios visuelle medien GmbH (I); Jody Todd/Condé Nast Publications (I); Heinz Troll Photography (I)






Gentle tones and feminine details: Floating on CLOUD NINE with selected items in pink


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1 Midi skirt of embroidered net lace, from Longchamp, approx. 650 Euro. 2 Blouse with pagoda sleeves, from Beatrice.B, around 220 Euro. 3 Gold-plated necklace with ceramic pendants from Julieta Alvarez, approx. 80 Euro. 4 Wire-frame sunglasses, from Mykita, around 435 Euro 5 Gold-plated ring with pink stone, from Vibe HarslØf, around 190 Euro. 6 Fitted sand crepe slacks with long leg slit, from Patrizia Pepe, approx. 250 Euro. 7 Shi dress with decorative piping and flouncing, from Steffen Schraut, around 300 Euro. 8 Lace bralette from Love Stories InTimates, around 50 Euro. 9 Calfskin bag from Emporio Armani, approx. 600 Euro. 10 Patent leather peeptoe-pumps from Max Mara, around 380 Euro. 11 ‘WAVE Lady’ with pink mother-of-pearl dial, from Ebel, approx. 2100 Euro IKOS by MADAME . 18

REALISATION: Maren Kölpin und Carmen Färber. IMAGES: (I); (2); (2)








All that glitters From ivory to melon: YELLOW doesn’t have to be mellow





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1 Delicate silk dress with floral pattern from Patrizia Pepe, around 560 euro. 2 Sandy tassel clutch by Saint Laurent, approx. 1,750 euro. 3 Flat satin sandals with double ankle straps from Sergio Rossi, approx. 650 euro. 4 Fitted sheath dress with side gathering from Minx, approx. 300 euro. 5 Aviator sunglasses by Victoria Beckham, via, for around 345 euro. 6 Shiny leather jacket with snap fasteners and waist belt from Ganni, around 310 euro. 7 Yellow gold ring with amber cabochon von Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen, approx. 1,350 euro. 8 Calfskin coin purse from Furla, for around 95 euro. 9 Stretch denim skinny jeans from Levi’s, around 90 euro. 10 Leather pumps with curved heel from Nicholas Kirkwood, approx. 650 euro. 11 Cross body bag in supple leather from Sandro, around 195 euro IKOS by MADAME . 20

REALISATION: Maren Kölpin. IMAGES: (I); Fred Furgol (I); (2); Ikos Resorts Archive (I); SF Digital Studio, Inc. (I); ZUUMEO GmbH (I)


Greece: An extraordinary dream holiday!

CHALKIDIKI I IKOS OCEANIA Ikos Resorts offer travellers exclusive comfort. Delicious food, first class service and breathtaking outside facilities await you. Save your seat under the Greek sun - FTI brings you to the popular Ikos Resorts.

Book in your travel agency or online at FIRST CLASS TRAVELLING WITH

IMAGES: Yannis Bournias (2); Christos Predoulis (I); PR

A success story Evocative of precious holidays and endless summers, ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS are famous among style gurus, celebrities and influencers. CHRISTINA MARTINI, co-founder and designer of the brand shares their success story grown in Corfu BY IOANNA ALEXATOU

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„….like the tales of Gerald Durrell I read to my two boys. „My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood.“


he is as elegant as her creations, simple and stylish at the same. „I always admired stylish women“, says Christina Martini, co-founder of Ancient Greek Sandals, the brand that was born and grew in Corfu and conquered the fashion world with fans as Gisele, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Anne Hathaway. Not by chance though. Christina was shoe designer for luxury houses as Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, enjoying the glamorous Paris lifestyle with a promising career that one envies. While expecting her first baby she decided to take a break and return to Corfu to spend together with her partner Apostolos Porsanidis – a product designer himself for Rena Dumas – a meaningful first year with their newborn. „This beautiful Greek island soon became our home. The idea of the AGS, which I always had in the back of my mind, flourished to a fashion brand with international appeal together with my business partner Nicolas Minoglou“, she explains while enjoying the slow rhythms of a Friday afternoon in the beautiful verandah of their family olive farm in Tzavros. Set amidst olive and cypress trees Martini’s home incorporates all the charm of the Mediterranean, with sweeping views from your bedroom window to the deep blue of the sea. Feeling relaxed by the warmth of the Greek sun and the fresh scent of flowers scattered



„I always admired stylish women“ in terracotta pots around the porch I try to imagine how my life would be here, sun-filled and away from fuss of crazy schedules, like the tales of Gerald Durrell I read to my two boys. „My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood.“ I recall his words and this, I assume, is what Martini was looking for Stefanos and Daphne – now 8 and 5 – playing happily in the garden along with dogs and cats, chickens and goats. Apostolos business is also doing amazingly well producing the high quality extra virgin olive oil Dr. Kavvadia. „I loved Paris and my life there but I could not imagine raising my kids in a big city. We are blessed that we are able to live as close to nature as we now do, with our fresh-cut vegetables and eggs from our chickens“, Martini explains. Her office is just 20 minutes drive away, and she usually leaves at 2 to pick up the kids, and spend the day together – playing, reading „all the usual stuff mothers do“ (she laughs) and of course checking her emails in the meantime. „We wanted our sandals to be hand-made in Greece. Our collections are inspired by Ancient Greece either from architecture, sculpture, pottery … I look for inspiration in museums, archeological sites, books, everywhere, but it can be something so simple as the turquoise waters of Paxoi matched with white-washed pebbles

– Greece is so generous in natural beauties. Simplicity, uniqueness and high quality are elements that are at the core of my design philosophy, hand in hand with tradition and feeling to everything I do“, the designer explains while recalling the very first AGS collection which launched in Paris 8 years ago through their collaboration with Maria Lemos Rainbowwave Showroom. „We were expecting to sell around 1000 pairs, and we finally


IMAGES: Yannis Bournias (5); Manolis Tsafos (I)

„We wanted our sandals to be handmade in Greece. Our collections are inspired by Ancient Greece either from architecture, sculpture, pottery …“ counted more than 6000 with orders from the top retail shops in the world.“ Business grew big and today AGS sells to more than 60 countries, featuring apart for the main collections, collaborations with Peter Pilotto, CARAVANA Montaecristo, lemlem and Greek Jewelry brand LALAoUNIS. For this season an exciting new capsule collection is set with Martini’s, long-time friend and former colleague, Fabrizio Viti, leader of the shoe design team in Louis Vuitton. Drawing inspiration from Viti’s debut shoe collection „Don’t Eat the Daisies“, applied to the natural and raw aesthetic of Ancient Greek Sandals, the capsule is composed of seven styles, each an AGS signature shape, hand-made with traditional techniques. Every sandal is beautifully decorated with deli-

cate white and yellow leather daisies, forming an elegant collection with a 60s flair mostly in a neutral, earthy colour palette of black, white, burnt orange and natural. „I admire Fabrizio’s talent and personality. He was my mentor when we worked together at Louis Vuitton. This collaboration brings back so many fond memories of working together on the shows; we have been through a lot!“



Shell we . . .? The mother of all pearls is making a great career – we show the pieces to save space in your jewelry box for!




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TEXT: Julia Marandiuk REALISATION: Susanne Stefanski. IMAGES: Holger Albrich (I)


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1 + 2 Set of ring and earrings „Serpent Bohème“ made from solid gold and nacre, by Boucheron, 1,480 and 8,800 euro. 3 + 4 Golden hand-craed rings „Lunaria“ embellished with nacre elements, by Marco Bicego, 2,240 und 1,360 euro. 5 + 6 Rosé gold bracelet with matching ring „Colour Blossom“, by Louis Vuitton, 1,900 und 2,900 euro. 7 Earclips „Freccia“ with crystal cabochons, by Vhernier, 8,900 euro. 8 Classic designed necklace „Amulette“ with a single brilliant-cut diamond, by Cartier, 3,700 euro. 9 Pendant „India Leaf“ made from hand engraved nacre, combined with a yellow gold chain, by Tamara Comolli, 1,090 und 1,990 euro. 10 + 11 Rosé gold bracelet and ring „Rose des Vents“, made from mother-of-pearl and diamonds, by Dior, 1,350 und 1,100 euro





STOPPING THE CLOCK There is a way we can slow down the ageing process. The anti-ageing expert Professor Johannes Huber talks about boosting youthfulness and looking radiant

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE GET OLDER? According to one of Professor Johannes Huber’s comments at an anti-ageing congress, we’re not actually 100% certain what happens. All we do know is that ageing is the result of a process that suddenly starts to work backwards. “Our body’s protective mechanism becomes corrupt and starts suppressing the genes that are important for bodily functions,” explains the medic and theologian. The repercussions of these suppressed genes can be seen everywhere on our body, and range from reduced agility and mobility to less skin elasticity. This process is not only brought on by our advancement in years, but is also influenced by certain lifestyle factors. Environmental pollution and toxins cause just as much physical degeneration as stress, too little sleep, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. We are, however, able to counteract this process – and

An interview with Prof. Dr med. Dr theo. Johannes C. Huber, endocrinologist and anti-ageing expert

this is where our diet plays a critical role. “This is something we have known for a very long time, but it has only recently been proved by the medical world.” Compounds of plant origin – such as natural vitamin D, which is important for our bones, or epigallocatechin gallate, which is found in green tea – can have a normalising effect on our body’s protective system. “Green tea has been proved to induce epigenetic changes,” says Professor Huber. According to him, this substance preserves the good cells in our body and gets rid of the bad ones. The positive effects of this substance, alongside others, are indisputable. These compounds, combined with sleep, mental well-being and sport, help the protective mechanism of our body to work properly again and slow down symptoms of old age.

timeblock® is a new kind of dietary supplement. Two capsules per day provide the body with high-quality nutrients of plant origin, microalgae, vitamins and minerals. The beneficial qualities of green tea, wheat grass, algae, tomatoes, grapeseed and shiitake mushrooms support cell regeneration and gradually work from the inside of our body to the upper epidermis. It is recommended to take timeblock® over an extended period of time.

120 capsules, sufficient for two months, available from from €279.

Ancient Greek Sandals Sandals are Greece’s indelible contribution to the world fashion. Handmade in Greece by specialised craftspeople who use traditional century-old techniques, Ancient Greek Sandals are beloved by fashion icons the world over, such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyoncé. Leathers that age naturally with time and use, imbue every summer outfit with a raw and feminine aesthetic. #DontEattheDaisies #ss18 #perfect @ancientgreeksandals

Doric style and strict geometry is reflected in the aesthetics of the creators, reviving through their designs the unique embroidered motifs of Greek tradition. Modern handbags inspired by the „granddaughter of the Greek grandmother“ are in line with today, giving a new life cycle to the great cultural and folk wealth that would otherwise remain hidden in trunks and perhaps disappear over the years. #greekheritage #ancientmeetmodern #epicgrecian @itsallgreekonme

Success story: Greek fashion designers Argyro Barata presents the story of contemporary Greek design that is taking the world by storm, with fashion brands and creators whose work defines the earthy authenticity of Greece.

Zeus + Dione From bathing suits to knitwear and accessories, ZEUS+DIONE’s collections are an example of good taste, as attested to by many international media outlets, and they are living proof that the Greek spirit remains restless and creative. The vision of Dimitra Kolotoura and Mareva Grabowski is to turn their brand into a synonym of Greece as a land and way of life. #happinessisawayoflife #craftmanship #thisisgreece @zeusndione

IMAGES: Zacharias Dimitriadis (I); PR

It’s all Greek on me


Callista Crafts Paying tribute to the Greek craft of constructing quality leather handbags for modern women, Callista Crafts’ every design draws on a deep respect and love of unique leathers. Using original colours and high quality materials, exact technique, flawless design and authentic lifestyle coexist harmoniously in the brand’s handbags. #luxury #handbags #summerelegance @callistacrafts

Emmanuela Swimwear A multicoloured summer landscape escapes from the swimwear designs signed by Emmanuela Lykou. Their femininity and romanticism is drawn from the sophisticated prints that have been adopted by famous fashion blogs abroad, while they are also Greek showbiz favourites. The „Mini Me“ line for young girls up to the age of 10 stands out, with kids’ designs that complement those of their mothers’ bathing suits, an evolution in the concept of twinning in fashion. #MotherDaughter #twinning #GoGR @emmanuelaswimwear

Sun of a beach „Sun of a Beach“ beach towels are completely intertwined with the Greek summer and all the pleasant feelings it carries with it: freedom, carefree abandon, and creativity. Their collections are influenced by the arts, music, the blue of the Aegean Sea, tropical beaches, the minimal aesthetics of the Cyclad Islands and are now featured in the most renowned boutiques internationally. #lovebrand #madeingreece #endlesssummer @sunofabeachtowels IKOS by MADAME . 29

Yiorgos Eleftheriades The directness and authenticity from design to execution in a piece of attire is an indispensable part of the creative intentions of Yiorgos Eleftheriadis. His designs gracefully compose endless silhouettes, whose dynamic nature ceaselessly preserves the balance with liquidity. #ThinkOutsidetheBox #grace #greekdesigner @yiorgoseleftheriades

Digaia Elvira Panagiotopoulou, a footwear designer for Balmain, has started her own line of handmade sandals and women’s shoes, Digaia. A luxury brand with a modern rock twist on the ancient Greek inspiration; it aims at awakening the divine earthy power in every woman. #AlwayswithBraveryandGrace #luxuryshoes #rockchic @digaiaofficial


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Sophie Deloudi

The aura of the past and the heritage of classic moments in fashion history are given a contemporary interpretation through the eyes of Sophie Deloudi and become the most important part of a woman’s summer wardrobe, her bathing suit. High quality, flawless finishes and clean lines bring a powerful yet discrete femininity to her designs. #swimwear #beachwear #greece @VangelisKyris @sophiedeloudi


Salty Bags Salty Bags’ concept is the fabrication of handbags from decommissioned sails. It is based on the concept of upcycling, reusing raw materials in a pioneering way for Greek standards, utilising the 285,000 square metres of sails that are thrown out every three years in Greece, thus providing a new life cycle to the material. #thiswasonceasail #navyholidays #upcycling @saltybag

Ancient Kallos The sun that glows generously in Greece, the tranquility of the Ionian Sea and the white color of the Cyclades is all depicted in the resortwear collections of Ancient Kallos for the modern woman who loves it in the summer and knows how to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the holidays. A complete array of canvases, dresses, shorts, pants, handbags and beach towels and feature embroidered ancient symbols and fine details of hand-made silk tassels. #vacationstyle #embroideryart #liveauthentic @ancientkallos

MiRō Greece’s favourite design duo, Dimitris Mastrokakos and Yannis Raptis, are MI-RŌ. Their appearance on the Greek fashion scene in 2003 marked the beginning of a new era, bringing a breath of fresh air and with it a bright aesthetic. MI-RŌ became synonymous with timeless style, fearless design, dynamic silhouettes, feminine lines, luxurious materials and detailed fit. #GardenofGoodandEvil #collection #designduo @mirodesigners


Stelios Koudounaris Ever since his very first collection in 2008, Stelios Koudounaris has had an influential role on the Greek fashion scene. His work is characterised by a fierce elegance and sensitivity, he loves complicated patterns, clothes that highlight the body, and using haute couture techniques in his prêt-à-porter creations, always paying attention to detail and excellent material quality.

IMAGES: Costas Avgoulis (I); PR

#it #influencer #greece @stelioskoudounaris

Summer me Ermina Tsouma’s premium beach towels with their impressive prints and exciting fabric combinations that tell stories and fill every traveller with aesthetic satisfaction, incorporate the true spirit and style of the summer mood and the endless blue of the Greek sea. #LovemeTeasemeSummerme #greekdesigners #summer18 @summermebeachtowels

Etoile Coral With creations inspired by Greece and the world, timeless and ethereal, Etoile Coral specialises in resort wear and stands out for its carefree spirit and bohemian chic aesthetics. Emphasising detail and body-flattering lines, its silk and cotton attire are embroidered and become a musthave item for any unpretentious cosmopolitan appearance. #SummerinStyle #resortwear #bohostyle @etoilecoral IKOS by MADAME . 32

/Enjoy your favourite gateway to Europe Millions of passengers have voted Munich‘s Terminal 2 best airport terminal worldwide Living ideas – Connecting lives

A wonderful place to relax, enjoy yourself and take a breather, a pure shopping pleasure at downtown prices – that is Munich Airport. And it’s much, much more: The hub with many connections to European cities, a popular airport for transit passengers and the airport with the most luxurious VIP lounge.

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Chic & Checkered From Glencheck to Vichy - Plenty of labels are reimagining the CHECK-PATTERN in a multitude of forms and colors. An easy way to make a huge impact with just a few pieces! photographer: THANASSIS KRIKIS


Small checks mixed with oral prints create a touch of nostalgia. A bustier top with violets was styled over the long shirt dress and a knitted cotton body underneath. The checkered straw hat completes the look. Dress by Blumarine, price on request. Bustier by Belize, 240 euro. Knitted body by Belize, 440 euro. Sandals: Longchamp. Hat: Maison Michel

Model: Anastasiia Kuznetsova for Ace Models. Hair & Make-up: Hara Papanikolaou for 10artistsmanagement with products by Shiseido.

Production: Karolin Helou



left So pastel shades combined with transparency create a feminine style. A pencil skirt was styled to a plaid shirt. The short-sleeved vest with the same pattern is worn as a jacket over it. All by Victoria Beckham. Shirt, 820 euro. Vest, 630 euro. Skirt, 975 euro. Shoes: Jil Sander. Bag: Prada

right A classic piece for all seasons: the musky green Glencheck-blazer matches perfectly with the stepped volant dress made of owered silk. Both by Rabens Saloner. Blazer, 405 euro. Dress, 405 euro. Belt: Diesel Black Gold. Sandals: Carven. Pin: Etro

left Glitter effects are the perfect match for nude tones. Wearing a shimmering silk parka combined with a chequered shirt dress and a blouse in the same pattern creates an amazing effect. Silver accessories finish off the look. Dress by Christian Wijnants, 680 euro. Shirt blouse by Christian Wijnants, 420 euro. Jacket by Valentino, 8900 euro

right A casually knotted overall adds a cool touch to the look. Underneath there is a tweed-culotte, which is flipped over in the waist and a white classic T-shirt. The dark blue trench coat provides lightness. Overall, T-shirt and Culotte by Sonia Rykiel. Overall, 890 euro. Culotte, 590 euro. T-Shirt, 90 euro. Trench by Céline, 2850 euro. Sandals: Jil Sander. Necklace: privat




left The mix of dierent check patterns works very well if you stay in one color palette. A Glencheck-sweater and a knee-lenth summer coat were styled to match the wide baggy pants. Pants and trousers by Joseph. Trousers, 265 euro. Sweater, 495 euro. Coat by Marc Cain, 550 euro. Bag: Furla. Shoes: Gabriele Colangelo

right Narrow tailored pantsuit in bold neon green by Dondup. Trousers, 230 euro. Jacket, 250 euro. Top by Les Coyotes de Paris, 95 euro. Tights: Calzedonia. Shoes: Aquilano.Rimondi




The Vichy checks look much fresher and more modern in a complete look. The summery cotton top with trumpet sleeves ďŹ ts perfectly with the slightly larger patterned trenchcoat. Matching to this, the model wears bikini shorts in seventies look with a lacing detail at the front. Top by Luisa Cerano, 190 euro. Coat by Les Coyotes de Paris, 575 euro. Bikini-shorts by Melissa Odabash, 210 euro. Earrings: Chaingang. Sandals: Sonia Rykiel


left The Glencheck pantsuit in a men's look is covered with a delicate so top with crystals – So the look loses its formal style. All by Dries Van Noten. Jacket, 1025 euro. Pants, 535 euro. Top, 775 euro. Shoes:

Arthur Arbesser right Stripes and plaids create a cheerful mix of patterns. Under the summer dress with stripes and the plaid top, a thin vichy checked sweater with volant detailing on the sleeves is worn. Dress by VĂŹen, price on request. Sweater by Steffen Schraut, 200 euro. Bag: Mulberry. Shoes: Arthur



left Very British! The eccentric pattern mix in green and blue plays with insights. The midi skirt is combined with a transparent, fencing blouse. Boots are a great eye-catcher! Skirt by Thone Negrรณn, 180 euro. Blouse by Marni, 790 euro. Boots: Fendi. Earrings: Chaingang

right Small checks in classic colours are perfect for sporty looks. The waisted shirt dress was combined with a hooded parka. Dress by Riani, 350 euro. Parka by Colmar, 520 euro


left A PVC hood cape with pearl buttons on the cowl is worn over the fulllength silk chiffon dress with tippet and floral print. Dress by Giambattista Valli, approx. 3,500 euro. Hood cape: Chanel. Teardrop earrings: Etro

right The transparent organza ensemble consists of a blouse with prominent breast pockets and a knee-length pencil skirt. Highlight: The colour of the sleeves changes from the elbow down. A maxi cape with drawstring tunnel hood adds the finishing touches. Blouse and skirt from Max Mara, around 895 euro and prices subject to inquiry. Cape from Fabiana Filippi, approx. 885 euro. Brocade boots: Dries Van Noten Model: Tess Hellfeuer for Place Models. Hair & make-up: Linda Sigg for Nina Klein with products from Sisley Paris. Production assistance: Maren Kölpin. Production: Natalie



Photographer: DUY VO




FLORAL PATTERNS are fashion’s most wonderful evergreens. The latest round of the romantic designs captivate with hi-tech sportswear. Here are some of the most breath taking bouquets


left Under the wrap dress with embroidered lily of the valley valance seam is a mediumlength skirt with large, iridescent sequins. Over both is an oversize parka. Dress from Blumarine, Price subject to inquiry. Skirt from Sara Battaglia, around 250 euro. Parka from Tod’s, Price subject to inquiry. Velcro sneakers: Prada

right Complementing the boxy plaid coat is a net lace dress with oral embroidery. Coat from No 21, price subject to inquiry. Dress from John Galliano, price subject to inquiry. Gumboots with metallic sha:

Ludwig Reiter




Lightly contoured silk jacquard duster coat with pink ginkgo leaves and knob buttons. From Giorgio Armani, approx. 2,700 euro. Headscarf of transparent PVC: private


left An opaque, embroidered PVC jacket with tippet is worn over an ankle-length layered dress with a Polynesian-inspired oral print. Dress from La Double J, around 660 euro. Jacket from Valentino, approx. 3,490 euro. Sandals: Marni

right Complementing the pullover anorak with large mu pocket and hood in old rose are wide pleated-front trousers of shiny vinyl. Parts of the slit-front silk top are ornately emphasized from under the anorak. Anorak from Bally, around 895 Euro. Trousers and top from Erika Cavallini, approx. 1,040 and 490 euro respectively. Blossom brooches: Marni. Mono earring:

Dries Van Noten


left A glistening millefleur dress with overlapping shoulders and flounce seam can be seen through the opaque tartan jacket. Nylon parka from Fendi, around 2,200 euro. Dress from Chloé, price subject to inquiry. Blossom belt: Antonio Marras. Ankleless cowboy boots:

Maison Margiela right The extremely wide cut chiffon jumpsuit has long puffy sleeves and bloomers. The integrated tie-belt and a PVC sash gather the roomy onesie at the waist. Jumpsuit from Dolce & Gabbana, price subject to inquiry. Petal earrings: Marni. Plastic sash: private





left A crystal studded vinyl jacket with dark stitching and external pockets enhances this over-length slip dress made of a shiny silk viscose mix. A fanny pack slims the ensemble at the waist. Dress from Salvatore Ferragamo, approx. 1,950 euro. Jacket from Schiaparelli Haute Couture, price subject to inquiry. Fanny pack: Sportmax

right A ounce blouse of creased, translucent parachute silk is worn under a printed nappa dress. Dress from Miu Miu, around 5,500 euro. Blouse from Carmen March, approx. 1,260 euro. PVC boots with repp heels and toecaps: Chanel. Belt: Carmen March








A night to remember The legendary high society and CELEBRITY PARTIES of the world have been written in golden letter on the pages of history and have forever become myth BY ANNA PAPADAKI

IMAGES: Dave Benett / Getty Images (2); Richard Corkery / NY Daily News Archive / Getty Images (2); Ron Galella / Wireimage / Getty Images (I); Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images (I); Santi Visalli / Getty Images (I)

1966, Truman Capote, Black & White Ball This is the man who coined the term „celebrityauthor“. Truman Capote inspired a new type of journalism and was the favourite socialite of business circles and of high society ladies of his time. He organised what is perhaps the most memorable party to ever take place in the Big Apple in the second half of the 20th century - often referred to as „The Party of the Century“! The date was November 28, 1966. The 540 guests crossed the threshold of the grand ballroom of New York’s renowned Plaza Hotel, in order to attend the Black & White Ball organised by Capote in the honour of Pulitzer Prize Winner and President of the Washington Post and Newsweek, Katharine Graham. The guest list was an ideal mix of artists, intellectuals, businessmen and socialites. From Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich, to Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds. An aesthetics perfectionist, Capote placed some severe restrictions on his guests. The dress code was exclusively black-white and masks for ladies. When asked why, he responded: „I wanted the result to look like a painting“.

’70s, The parties at Studio 54 In New York, once again, the city that truly never sleeps! The night club that was identified with crazy parties and life on the wild side in the 1970s is

none other than Studio 54. Absolutely the place-tobe for showbiz and music stars, as well as socialites everywhere, its nights marked by tons of alcohol, illegal substances, glitter and strobe lighting. One of its most legendary moments was Bianca Jagger’s entrance on a white horse at the party celebrating her 30th birthday! At its tables sat the entire music industry and artistic avant-garde of the era, such as Andy Warhol, Madonna, Duran Duran, the Rolling Stones and many others. To this day, Studio 54 remains synonymous to a world of wild disco parties.

1971, The Proust Ball The party titled the Proust Ball was organised in 1971 to celebrate the 100th anniversary since the birth of Marcel Proust, and it is considered a triumph of Marie-Helene de Rothschild. Around 350 guests attended an exceptionally luxurious dinner at the family château, Château de Ferrières, on the outskirts of Paris, while 350 more guests arrived for a second dinner that was held shortly thereafter. Among the guests were Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, while the evening was captured by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton. French actress and model Marisa Berenson recalls that night: „As soon as you got to Château de Ferrières it was like you had travelled back in time, albeit to a much more luxurious and tasteful past. The women wore gowns, corsets, grand fascinators, tiaras and lots of jewellery. It was a true re-enactment of Proust’s era.“



A year after the Proust Ball a party was held, called the Surrealist Ball. And although the party for the French author may have been a Rothschild triumph, it is the photographs from the Surrealist Ball that made history. Among the 150 guests were Salvador Dali, Audrey Hepburn, and members of European royal families. The hostess was wearing a stag’s head with enormous diamonds for tears. The invitations were written backwards, forcing guests to read them in a mirror, while dessert was served on the body of a naked mannequin made from sugar, laying on a bed of roses!

1972, Elizabeth Taylor’s 40th birthday party The actress’ 40th birthday coincided with the period during which Richard Burton was shooting „Bluebeard“ in Budapest – which, unfortunately, was not as successful as everyone had expected. This may have made things difficult for the couple temporarily, however for the good fortune of the history of luxurious parties Burton decided to organise such an affair for his wife’s birthday, abroad. He paid for airplane tickets for all the guests and their dates, while the guest list, according to Nicholas Tomalin of the English Sunday Times, included the likes of Marlon Brando, Michael Cain, Baron Guy de Rothschild and his wife, Baroness Marie-Helene de Rothschild, Princess Grace of Monaco and Raquel Welch. According to another journalist, who used to interview Burton and Taylor on their travels, this was an „all expense paid party that included caviar and lightly smoked herring“.

1978, Yves Saint Laurent, release of Opium The golden decade of the 70s was coming to an end and the international fashion scene was flirting with the exotic Far East. One of the most fervent supporters of this new trend was innovative designer Yves Saint Laurent, the man behind

the Mondrian collection and the woman’s tux. Enchanted by China, he decided to launch a new fragrance, the emblematic „Opium“, whose official presentation was accompanied by an equally legendary party on super-luxurious yacht in New York, its theme inspired by the distant land. It was attended by 800 people, among whom were Diana Vreeland, Cher and Truman Capote, who enjoyed themselves under the watchful eye of an enormous Buddha. The decorations were the highlight of the evening: Chinese temple replicas, 2,000 orchids flown in from Hawaii, as well as impressive fireworks.

The 1995 & 1996 Met Galas On the one hand, they are charity events; on the other they are incredibly glamorous. The annual parties of the Metropolitan Art Museum – also known as the Costume Institute Gala or the Met Ball – are a New York institution in celebrity, movie star, publishing and fashion circles. Every Met Gala provides fodder for days to come to all publications that occupy themselves with high society. One of the events that truly stood out and was a landmark in the history of the institution was held in 1995, hosted by Anna Wintour. Its theme was inspired by Haute Couture – a similar theme from the world of fashion had been proposed by Diane Vreeland in 1983: Yves Saint Laurent. The director of American Vogue elevated the combination of fashion and art with the Haute Couture theme, and her party had glittering party guests, such as the elite of the 90s super models Kate Moss, Elizabeth Hurley, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington. The following year the host of the Met Gala – the theme of which was Christian Dior – was editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Elizabeth Tilberis. An outfit that is considered one of the most successful appearances of all times was worn by Princess Diana, who wore a creation by John Galliano – who was making his debut as a designer for Dior at the time. The unavoidable buzz in the media was made obvious by the obsession with the event that lasts to this day.


IMAGES: Stavros Habakis (I)

1972, The Surrealist Ball

2006, Googlympus

1997, Elton John’s 50th birthday party In 1997 Elton John turned 50 and did what any eccentric personality would do: he dressed up as Louis XIV and invited 500 of his celebrity friends to an elaborate soiree. His unusual costume was completed by a wig so large that the artist had to be taken to the party venue in a van. He arrived seated on a golden throne that was covered in velvet.

At present Google is preparing to throw a major party. However, the company first rocked the boat in 2006 with Googlympus, a party inspired by Ancient Greece. It is said that it took organisers 5 days to set up the stages along Pier 48 in San Francisco, each of which would host a Greek god. When the big night arrived, visitors faced a plethora of choices: They could take a Polaroid in a funny wig, play games with wine bottle corks, or rest on sofas and enjoy the

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The Oscar Parties Every year the Academy Awards Ceremony becomes the focus of the media. The crème de la crème of the showbiz industry meets there and parties are on the agenda. The most famous such parties are those organised by the „style bible“, Vanity Fair magazine. Name-dropping here goes beyond impressive, while Oscar winners often come to the party „escorted“ by their golden statuette. The stars, however, have one more party at the top of their not-to-be-missed list: Elton John’s parties. The British pop veteran gathers Hollywood’s cream of the crop at his charity galas after the Academy Award Ceremony. All proceeds go to his foundation fighting against HIV. Here you will find philanthropists and celebrities attending, hand in hand, for a good cause!

band, burlesque dancers, or jazz musicians. And if someone got lost on their way from Aphrodite’s stage to Poseidon’s stage, there was no problem: The gigantic balloon whale was the ultimate meeting point.

2011, Valentino’s White Fairy Tale Love Ball Valentino’s gala titled White Fairy Tale Love Ball – for model Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation – attracted the elite of the fashion world: From those famous for their street-style like Anna Dello Russo and Olivia Palermo, to socialite Daphne Guinness, the Roitfeld family and Margherita Missoni. Also present was Valentino’s muse, actress Anne Hathaway.



Julianne Moore We met up with the ACTRESS over an egg white truffle omelette with spinach and a cup of ginger tea in Berlin, where we discussed empathy, walls and grown women in lingerie. Text: PETRA WINTER. Illustration: ILLUSTRATOREN.DE / JESSINE HEIN

Very casual, the way she wanders in, free of make–up, her hair slightly wet and a greeting in very good German.


here aren’t many women in showbiz you’d rather get to know than Julianne Moore. She’s beautiful, elegant, an impressive thespian and an even more impressive woman. Everything about her is enviable: her looks despite her 57 years of age, her looks because of her 57 years of age and the attractive husband that fathered her two teenage children, film producer Bart Freundlich with whom she’s been together since 1996. Then of course, there are her acting capabilities. After four previous nominations, her empathetic portrayal of an Alzheimer sufferer in the film „Still Alice“ earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015. Her acceptance speech was classy, emotional and considering the movie’s message, simultaneously pensive. Needless to say, I have high expectations before meeting with the superstar in Berlin’s „Hotel de Rome“. A cosy booth near the hotel bar has been arranged for the interview. The spot affords direct views of both the Bebelplatz and the freshly renovated State Opera House. The sky over the capital is grey and gale force gusts whip at the coats of those few that shuffle quickly between shelters. Before Julianne Moore arrives, a waiter brings a cake stand with scones, petit fours, fresh fruits and two bottles of water. Then she wanders in, almost as if just passing by, no entourage in tow, just her manager who introduces herself before taking a seat a discreet distance from us. A smile spreads across Moore’s face, a visage that’s completely free

of make-up. Her red hair is still slightly wet and tied up into a bun. Her graceful body is clad by a black and white spotted silk blouse and loose cut black slacks. Bare feet and black Birkenstocks reveal a dark toenail polish that matches the sandals. The freckles in her face and on her arms lend her a somewhat girly air. Before sitting, the cake stand catches her attention and she turns to the waiter to order an egg white truffle omelette with spinach and a cup of ginger tee. Then she shakes my hand and says in German: „Es freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen“ – It’s a pleasure to meet you. She tells me that she’s just come back inside after a stroll. Is that really possible without being bothered? „I simply keep up a good pace and avoid too much eye contact. It works pretty well“, she answers with smile. She learned the trick from Harrison Ford during the filming of a movie they did in Chicago. „I still remember, looking out of the window of the Four Seasons back then and thinking, if he can do




it, so can I!“ She feels safe and sound in Berlin. „We filmed the Hunger Games here not long ago and how to get around the city’s central borough is still fresh in my mind.“ She likes the „Monsieur Vuong“ restaurant and the „The Store“ concept shop in the „Soho House“ hotel – and the city’s Museum Island as well. She was very impressed with the German Historical Museum that overlooks the island. She speaks a little of the local language because her father was a judge with the US Army stationed in Frankfurt. She attended high school there for two years in the late ’70s. „We really lived in an American bubble back then, the reason why my German isn’t as good as it could be“, she explains apologetically. At the time, Berlin was divided by a wall. „I remember visiting Checkpoint Charlie. It was a gloomy place back then, the barbwire, the soldiers.“ The bleak memories of Berlin’s rocky past pave way to the topic of today’s political situation. „Pretty scary times by the way. We live in a world that is globalised on all fronts with millions of refugees. This is an issue we all have to deal with and closing borders is no answer.“ To say that Moore isn’t a big fan of her country’s current president is putting it mildly to say the least. In fact, at the very mention of Donald Trump, a cold shiver runs down her spine and she reaches for the com-

fort of her warm tea. „I do my best not to speak his name“, she says. „There are no arguments to defend such a people-disprizing person.“ According to Moore, he’s unbearably horrid, emphasising that America used to draw its strength from its cultural diversity. These days however, the country is divided by deep trenches. People are so riled up that some can’t even be in the same room with those they perceive as enemies, a seemingly hopeless starting point for much-needed discussion. Almost as if to provide some kind of antidote to a devastating poison, she tells me about the empathy course her 15 year old daughter Liv has just completed at high school. „The students don’t just learn how to listen to others during the course, but how to genuinely sympathise with others, in particular those that are different from themselves.“ Great value is placed on cultivated conversation within the Moore/Freundlich household. Electronic devices are banned from the dining table. In fact, Moore’s 15 year old daughter is one of the few American teenagers left, who isn’t allowed to take her smartphone to school with her. „My husband likes to poke fun at me because he can never reach me on the phone“, she laughs. The waiter arrives with the egg white omelette. After thanking him, she takes the warm plate from our knee-high small table and rests it on the napkin she has laid across her lap. While gracefully accomplishing this balancing act, she asks me if I myself have children. Yes – and it really is difficult to anticipate the ramifications of the technologies and innovations we’re constantly




IMAGES: Vera Anderson / Alessandra Benedetti / Jacopo Raule / Elisabetta A. Villa // Getty Images (4)


There are lots of stairs in my house in New York. I also walk a lot at a brisk pace. That and ashtanga yoga keeps me fit. confronted with. If it were up to our kids, they’d pretty well limit their communication with us to Snapchat. Everything else is too slow and Facebook is only for old people. „She might be onto something.“ Moore laughs. „I never had an account, but my father does.“ She picks up her knife and fork and begins to eat. As she does so, I tell her of a recent study that claims that multitasking such as texting your boss an e-mail on your phone during a meeting leads to diminished cognitive capacity including reduced memory capabilities and concentration levels. She nods her agreement and says that a friend of hers who suffered brain damage was advised to do only one thing at a time during her rehabilitation: eat, drink, talk on the telephone – one after the other and never simultaneously. The topic brings us to her film, „Still Alice“. Can a movie like this change the world? Change how we interact with Alzheimer sufferers? „No“, she answers decisively. „A film can’t create a culture, only reflect one. People relate to the figures portrayed. It’s about empathy and identification. Films can help us gather our thoughts, perhaps even give some thought to the issues we should consider important in our lives.“ How does Julianne Moore choose her roles? Is there any movie in which she finds her performance particularly good? „I have the idiosyncrasy of forgetting what I’ve done“, she

laughs. „I love what I do so I’m always looking forwards, to new projects, to what the future may bring.“ Julianne Moore doesn’t just leave an impression on the silver screen, but on the red carpet as well. Two days before our meeting in Berlin, she was invited to attend Louis Vuitton’s show in the Louvre during the Paris Fashion Week. „The location was cool“, she swoons, describing the recently restored moat pavilion that housed the catwalk. „I found the idea to take one’s own history, to literally take one’s foundations and place them in the spotlight, sensational. You can’t always make everything new, new, new.“ Moore states while parting a scone she’s taken from the cake stand. What does she do to stay in such great shape? „What I have to say is pretty boring, but my tip to all women is: eat well, get plenty of sleep and find a sport you really like. I tried a lot of different things over the years, but Ashtanga yoga is the only exercise that I unequivocally like.“ She engages in the discipline four times a week. On top of that, Moore walks a lot and takes the stairs rather than the elevator whenever she can. „My house in New York has lots of them.“ The pressure from Hollywood to present oneself as a youthful, wrinkleless actress is something to which she refuses to bow. Convincingly, Moore assures me that her face is a botox-free zone. According to the 57 year old, her 9 year younger husband Bart once said, „I’m leaving you if you do it.“ She claims to have little patience with people that complain about getting older. „We should be utilising the time we have, knowing that life is continually changing and can be over in the wink of an eye. It’s a gift.“ Moore and her manager exchange quick glances and the time has come for her to begin preparing for the evening’s event. She shakes my hand warmly before disappearing as inconspicuously as she arrived.

PORTRAIT Born 3.12.1960 as Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. ◊ Her 19 year old son Caleb, called Cal, is named aer a character in a script her husband Bart once read. ◊ Perfect co-star: she would love to work with Gene Hackman. „He is simply brilliant!“ ◊ The talent she’d most like to have: speak multiple languages really well. ◊ No selfies! She hates it when fans want to take a selfie with her. She’d much rather shake their hand. ◊ Late bloomer: Her breakthrough came in Robert Altman’s „Short Cuts“ when she was aged 33. „In hindsight, it was the best thing that could have happened because I’m not the kind of person to develop overnight. It afforded me the opportunity to develop my own perspectives.“ ◊ Julianne Moore campaigns for „Every Town for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action“, a nonprofit organisation that advocates stricter firearm regulations. ◊ Over her husband Bart: „Freundlich is a name that no-one in the US can pronounce properly. He is of Austrian Jewish descent.“



Filling the gaps

The installation South Beach, Miami sets the scene for „Slow-Moving Luminaries“, realised by Lars Jan in conjunction with the Audemars Piguet Art Commission

Complex, multimedial, penetrating: through installations and performances, the ARTIST LARS JAN deals with climate change and transience in general


he sun shimmers over the Art Basel in Miami on this December day. It deepens the hue of the endless blue sky stretching over The Sunshine State – and intensifies the white of the installation located right on the South Beach waterfront. A perfect day! Lars Jan, American multimedia and performance artist, quickly strides through his work. A visitor that has been winding her way through the labyrinth of cloth and hoists stops him before charmingly requesting a photo together. „I’m seldom recognised“, says the amused American with Polish-Afghan roots and a Scandinavian name (more on that later). Created in conjunction with the 3rd Audemars Piguet Art Commission, the new work is called „Slow-Moving Luminaries“. The piece has a purpose: to remind people visiting the glamorous art fair in this party possessed seaside city just how fragile the ecosystem is, as well as how detrimental it can be to upset the delicate balance. Visitors entering the large pavilion follow a path that spells out the letters SOS. The letters are repeated on the roof, weaving through the skeletal models of office buildings that rise and


sink into reflective waters. Jan’s statement on climate change here is anything but subtle: „Water can be both beautifully alluring and primitively terrifying. Think about how often we hear news of flooding around the world these days. Devastating entire areas.“ Jan has witnessed many examples of nature’s conquering perseverance first-hand. During a tour of the world’s largest religious monument, the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, he saw how plants and trees were slowly but surely demolishing the ancient walls. „The oceans are also in the process of taking back the shores they once covered. The whole planet moves in cycles.

Images: Lars Jan (3); Kawai Matthews (I); Benoit Pailley für Audemars Piguet (I)


Unfortunately for us, we seem to be doing everything in our power to speed up the process.“ The artist believes that art can help provoke a reset to our mindset. His goal: to make a better version of reality possible. He quotes Brian Eno: „Art is a safe place to look and talk about terrible things.“ Art opens pores, it enables one the time it takes to contemplate long thoughts and it makes the artist a platform for intellectual endeavours. Lars Jan realises his projects in the Early Morning Opera, a performance and art laboratory in California that he founded. It is the scene for an extremely diverse range of expertises, a culmination of competencies that combines technical, kinetic and visually fastidious work to express the artist’s message. One of the works is called „The Institute of Memory“ (TIMe), a performanceinstallation that deals with Lars Jan’s own past. His father left the family when Lars was 20 months old. „He was a misanthrope and very paranoid. I never knew anything much about him. Not even when his birthday was, or whether or not he had any brothers or sisters. I only knew that he worked for an intelligence agency. There was just this big hole and I formed my existence around it. It took me a long time to understand that about myself.“ In addition to dealing with his own biographical history, TIMe also explores how we will remember things in the future and which role the transformation from analogue to digital archiving might play. As we emerge from the shady labyrinth on the roof with views over the reflective water surface and the ocean beyond, Jan’s demeanour changes. He’s irritated by the relaxed chill-out beat that wafts from the speakers. The music decision was definitely not his, and he asks an assistant to rectify the situation. The views from the rooftop are spectacular and the installation ensures one’s horizons are broadened in more ways than one. Does the origin of his parents still influence his sense of perception? „I travel a lot“, he says. „It tends to give you an international perspective on things. If you consider that 70 % of all Americans don’t even have a passport … I believe that the way people view the world counts more than the actual reality.“ Lars Jan, his story and his name in particular, are perfect examples. The Scandinavian name Lars Jan came from his father. „He forced my mother to give me the name because he was convinced that I would be able to move more freely across borders during a third world war. My father had been tortured as a younger man, so some PETRA WINTER of his ideas might have made sense.“

TIME TRAVEL Look back toward the future: three EXAMPLE PROJECTS by Lars Jan

TIMe How will we remember the past in the future? The TIMe performance takes viewers on a journey from the era of analogue into the digital age

HOLOSCENES What does it feel like to drown? On the theme of climate change, performance artists recently addressed the question at New York’s Times Square as part of the World Science Festival

ABACUS The work deals with national borders and our relationship with screens in both our public and private lives




A house in harmony An increasing number of people choose to create their personal space away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This was exactly what Mrs. Dandos was looking for; a house where HARMONY AND TRANQUILITY would reign. And she found it in Corfu. PHOTOGRAPHER: COSTAS PICADAS


Blue, in all its possible variations, sets the palette for her bedroom and personal bathroom



nd she did just that. „I used to live in an apartment in the town of Corfu that had no garden and I couldn’t stand it.“ So when some friends suggested the location where her current home is built, somewhere near Mon Repo Palace, she didn’t give it a second thought. Mrs. Dandos was born and raised in Corfu, while also having Italian roots, which have played a role in the development of her exquisite sense of style. She and her husband managed to create a home where innate spiritual curiosity meets the universe’s positive energy. Surrounded by an all-green „carpet“, the house is arranged across two levels. In the lower level, apart from the auxiliary spaces and kitchen, there is also a majestic living room, where the huge mural by Corfiot painter Spyros Skarvelis steals the



Having studied history of art, archaeology and the principles of interior design, the owner has acquired all the necessary knowledge in order to create a highly impressive home spotlight. Having studied history of art, archaeology and the principles of interior design, the owner has acquired all the necessary knowledge in order to create a highly impressive home. What is quite special about this house is that it doesn’t have many walls. „I preferred one large open space, which would include the living room, the dining room and my den, and of course I went for quite big windows, so that each of them could work as a virtual picture frame, portraying the natural landscape“, she explains. Moving to the upper level, we find the bedrooms, with the owner’s bedroom standing out for its impressive nightstands, purchased during one of her journeys abroad. Blue, in all its possible variations, sets the palette for her bedroom and personal bathroom. The entire house is surrounded by a positive aura. „I didn’t want a house that would be too big or too small. I wanted a home that would be like a retreat for my soul; a home both practical and functional that would allow us to really live in it“, she says, while taking off her shoes in the most elegant way. „Not having conventional radiators was a conscious choice. We went for heated floors instead, because we wanted to be able to walk around barefoot even in the winter.“ One of the house’s greatest advantages is its outdoor spaces and garden. Charming view, endless garden, filled with all kinds of trees and colourful flowers. „Nothing was left to chance“, explains the hostess. „Just like the rest of the house,

we wanted the garden to also be governed by a sense of proportion.“ A typical example is the trellis-work above the couch, near the pool. The climbing flowers have all been carefully chosen in order to blend harmoniously with one another, even as the seasons change, without disrupting the colourful harmony. A few steps further we find the main part of the swimming pool lounge. A huge couch made from a piece of rock contributes effectively to the creation of this sense of tranquility and relaxation. There are rocks in virtually every corner of the house; some are small and elegant, others big and imposing. „They are part of my collection. I’ve been collecting rocks for ten years now. I believe in their energy and power, like I also believe in the power of crystals, which I also collect.“

„I wanted a home that would be like a retreat for my soul; a home both practical and functional that would allow us to really live in it“




The well known and secret sides of Corfu

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orfu, Koryfo, Kerkyra, island of the Phaeacians, Scheria. These are some of the names and characterisations attributed to the „countess“ of the Ionian Sea, Corfu. This island has a rich history, it is renowned the world over from ancient Greek mythology, and functions as an attraction for millions of visitors every year. It harmoniously combines traditional neoclassical buildings with new architectural trends, while its dozens of small and narrow alleys were, in the past, explored by kings, nobles and countesses. Corfu is undoubtedly a land that can provide visitors with a large variety of choices for a carefree holiday. It combines the mountain and the

sea, good food, traditional drinks and a long history, which is ready to be packed away into tourists’ luggage and travel away with them. According to Homer, Corfu is the land in which Ulysses, exhausted and half-dead from the tenyear adventure Poseidon forced him on, received the warm welcome and affection of the hospitable locals, as well as that of the princess Nausicaa, for whom he almost forsook his wife, Penelope. Corfu, according to other versions of ancient Greek mythology, remained an island and was not connected to land opposite it, because the goddess Athena asked the god Poseidon to stop the mud being carried by a river on the shores of the mainland opposite. It is one of the northernmost and westernmost islands of Greece, at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea, with a coastline of almost 217 kilometres and imposing Pantokrator – the mountain with the highest peak (which produced the name Koryfo – peak – or Corfu in English). This is the first image one has when taking the ship from Igoumenitsa to the island’s welcoming port. Those who find themselves on the island have many forms of recreation and entertainment to choose from in order to make their holiday unforgettable. First and foremost is shopping in the old town and new town, with the small craft shops ready to provide you with every type of souvenir. As soon as you set foot on this island of the Ionian and walk in its alleys, you will feel its Venetian air. Don’t miss Spianada on your way to the historical old town centre. It is the largest square


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in Greece and the Balkans, known for the pots that are thrown off the balconies and out of the windows during Easter every year on the days of the Resurrection. It is opposite the Old Fortress and is surrounded by impressive buildings, such as the English Saint Michael and Saint George Palace and the two arched building complexes in Liston. A large portion of the square is covered in grass and is used as a cricket pitch. At the Saint Michael and Saint George Palace one can visit the renowned Museum of Asian Art. You also absolutely have to visit the Old and New Fortress. On the way to the old town palace you will find the „Garden of the People“. For Corfiots, it is considered the best place for visitors to rest under the cooling shade of the trees and to take pictures with the Old Fortress in the background.

ACHILLEION PALACE In the island centre, known for its cosmopolitan character, one can admire the Town Hall, the Mon Repos summer palace and the Museums of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine History. Another „unmissable“ location is the renowned harbour of Garitsa, which is one of the most beautiful spots on the island, as well as Achilleion, Princess Sisi’s palace. This famous royal mansion – known throughout Europe – is located in the picturesque mountain village of Gastouri, just 10 kilometres outside the city. The palace was built in 1890 and was dedicated to Achilles. When visiting, you can see the enormous oil painting depicting a young Achilles dragging Hector’s body behind his chariot. This truly impressive painting attracts a lot of visitors to Achilleion. It was created by Austrian painter Franz Matsch in 1892. Among the many sculptures in the palace court, one will see Achilles Dying by Herter, depicting Achilles suffering and trying to remove the arrow after being struck in the heel. The statue was created in 1884. The island’s trademark is renowned Pontikonisi, a small lush green islet just beyond the airport. Here you can experience a rare phenomenon. Watching an airplane take off or land on a floating runway, a few metres above the tourists. Right

next to Pontikonisi you will see imposing Panagia Vlachernon church.

MUSEUMS Visitors to Corfu who are interested can also visit the Solomos Museum – the house where Greece’s national poet lived in the area of Mouragia. There is also Kapodistrias Museum in Koukouritsa, Casa Perlante, with outfits and old household utensils presenting what daily life was like in the past for the area’s nobles, the Reading Society building, the Banknote Museum, the Ionian Parliament, and the Music Museum, which houses the old Philharmonic Society of Corfu. The island has dozens of philharmonic orchestras that promise to be your musical accompaniment on your walks through the island’s narrow streets.

DINING RECOMMENDATIONS If you want to take photographs you absolutely must visit Pelekas and for some good food we recommend Venetsianiko Pigadi restaurant. You can enjoy good food in most of the city’s Italian restaurants. For the connoisseurs we recommend „Stamatis“ in Viros, and Fisherman’s Cabin on Agios Georgios beach for good fish. There are often concerts and cultural events for music lovers in the Old Fortress area. For a cup of coffee with a view and a wonderful sunset try out the area of Paleokastritsa.


As soon as you set foot on this island of the Ionian and walk in its alleys, you will feel its Venetian air


When visitors want to have a swim there are dozens of choices. They can’t miss splashing around in the bright blue, cool waters of Glyfada, Canal d’ Amour, Kontogialos, Myrtiotissa, Issos, Halikounas, Logga, Marathia, Gardenos, Agios Gordios and Agios Stefanos. If you are looking for alternative holidays, you can organise a day excursion to Paxi and Antipaxi, Vido, Othonoi, Ereikoussa and Mathraki islands. You can also visit neighbouring Albania.

ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES For those of you interested in mountaineering you always have the option of hiking and climbing on Erimitis trail or Pantokrator Mountain. On the island’s beaches there are also activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping and scuba diving. Nature lovers have the opportunity of seeing the dozens of pink flamingoes up close at the Lefkimi Salt Pans or horses at the Corfu Horse Riding Club. Lastly, everyone should visit the church of the island’s patron 1 saint, Saint Spiridon. Glorious celebrations are held in his name several times a year, as he is considered the island’s Patron Saint. Those who wish to worship before the remains of the Saint can do so. 1 „SISSI“ MOVIE: ROMY SCHNEIDER IN CORFU 2 ACHILLION:


An island for kings, princes and celebrities


orfu has it all! That‘s why they prefer tens of millions of visitors from around the world, celebrities of art and culture, stars of the international jet set, kings and princes. Others make their presence known on the island and others are here incognito. The most famous visitor of the island for thousands of years . . . is Odysseus. According to Homer, Odysseus was found on the island, beaten and defeated after his controversy with the god of the sea, Poseidon. He stayed in Corfu, welcomed the warmth and hospitality of the locals, while the Queen Nafsika fell in love with him, for whom he would forget his wife Penelope, who was waiting for him.

MYTHICAL VISITORS As we walk through the streets of the island with the Venetian air, our Corfiot friends all over the place tell us that the island fell in love with the beautiful, but melancholic empress Elizabeth of Austria, known in history as Sissi. According to the information in 1861 Sissi visited Corfu with the yacht „Victoria & Albert“, which was granted to 2 her by Queen Victoria of England. Sissy loved Corfu and in 1890 she decided to build her villa there: Achillion. The palace is located in the village of Gastouri and is one of the most beautiful and most famous royal villas in Europe. Today, the Prince of England, Charles, enjoys making his holidays on the island and swimming with Duchess Camilla Parker in the blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Enthusiasts of the island are members of the Rothschild dynasty,

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with the 4th Baron Jacob having a luxurious villatower in the northern area. In the list of the famous visitors of the „queen“ of the Ionian Sea, one can not exclude the Qatar Sheikh with his family, who have a luxury property in the Pyrgi district, and King Constantine I who with the former royal family of Greece enjoyed their holidays in Corfu. But Moroccan Princess Lala –––Salma also spends her summer vacation here.




From the field of politics, Winston Churchill was also a favorite of the island according to the Corfiots. Visitors like the above are of course hundreds. People who excel in the arts, letters, culture, politics leave the concepts behind and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Corfu and the rich hospitality of its inhabitants. Most of them come to the island secretly. So do not be surprised if Bruce Willis has his own home with his own home in the Cape, the Queen of Pop, Madonna, the British actor Jude Law and his family, William Smith, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who before they parted, made a joint holiday on the island with their luxurious yacht and now visit it alone. In the long list of the famous visitors of the island one can add the „grandmother of rock“ Tina Turner and the famous Greek pop singer Sakis Rouvas and dozens other domestic and international celebrities.

Made in Corfu




The fame of certain products has travelled far beyond Greece’s borders, and they are in high demand around the world. Let’s get to know some of the most characteristic local products made in Corfu!

TSIGARELI This is an intrinsically Corfiot dish. It is a way of sautéing boiled wild greens (chard, poppy, Mediterranean hartwort, tzatziki, sowthistle, leek, sorrel, etc.) with finely chopped onion and garlic, tomato, salt and lots of hot red pepper. It is an ideal wine meze. PASTITADA With rooster or veal. This dish smells of Corfu from miles away. It is a holiday dish. After sautéing the meat with the spices, onions, and garlic and adding red wine, it is cooked with cinnamon, bay leaves, nutmeg, freshly chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and sugar, while the thick rustic pasta is added at the end.

raditional desserts, dairy products, refreshments and drinks, foods with the aroma of the Ionian Sea, soaps and oils, are some of the products that one might find in Corfu, and which the island and its residents are proud of. Age old techniques, secret recipes, strange and exotic spices and herbs are in everything that anyone visiting the island of the Phaecians might try.

CORFU A local cheese made from cow milk, with an especially spicy flavour. It started being produced in Corfu in the 1960s modelled on Italian pecorino. KARMELA’S SPETSIERIKO This is a „magical broth“. It is a mixture of twelve spices


in white sauce made from garlic, parsley, white pepper, white wine, salt and vinegar. Served with potatoes or rice.


BIANCO FISH This is a way to cook fish with garlic, parsley, carrot, pepper, lemon juice, onions and potatoes. BERGAMOT Corfu Bergamot is a rare variety of citrus that has thrived on Corfu since antiquity. Its flavour is renowned the world over, as it is the basis for Earl Grey Tea. On Corfu it is mainly encountered in mansions or in areas where citrus trees are cultivated. whose recipe remains a secret to this day, and which adds flavour to traditional Phaeacian dishes. It adds colour and a unique „peppery“ flavour to traditional dishes. In the past you would find it exclusively at Karmela Deleonardou’s pharmacy, who inherited the recipe from her parents. It is now sold at various shops and pharmacies on the island. Among the flavours one can identify sweet paprika, hot pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, bay leaves, etc. Its takes approximately three hours to prepare. The pharmacy can be found at 56, Theotoki Georgiou Street, in the city centre. Telephone No: 2661039520.

CORFU SYKOMAIDA This is a spicy sweet with dried figs, ouzo, herbs and spices. It is served as a dessert, but more often as a meze. It is kept in fig leaves.

FOGATSA This is a traditional Corfu dessert with an intense aroma of mahaleb cherry and brandy. The recipe dates back to 17th century Venice and in the past it replaced bread during Easter. It is offered on its own as a dessert, but one may combine it with Corfu cold cuts. GREEN SOAP These are the soaps pro-

SOFRITO This is the second traditional dish of Corfu. It is made with thinly sliced beef, dredged in flour and fried briefly, then cooked

duced on the island and the base material in their production is the olive oil that is also produced in the region. It is completely skin friendly. It has been


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This is how the locals cook their fish. They accompany them with sautéed onions, a light red sauce and the powerful flavour of their hot red pepper that is „extinguished“ with lemon juice.


produced by Patounis Soap Makers since 1891. The Patounis building has been listed as a monument of industrial heritage by the Ministry of Culture. There are many types of green soap that you are invited to try, in order to enjoy their beneficial properties.

MANTOLATO – MANTOLES This is a Venetian dessert borrowed by the Corfiots. Its name comes from the Italian word „mandorla“, and apart from almonds it contains a great deal of honey, a little sugar and meringue. Corfu mantoles are caramelised almonds with sugar and, sometimes, sesame. Renowned and delicious! KUMQUAT This citrus fruit has an intense sweet and sour flavour. It comes from China and it is estimated to have started being cultivated in Corfu in the 18th century. It is usually encountered in its processed form, as a dessert or as a drink. BOLSEVIKOS (BOLSHEVIK) This is a predominantly white and creamy Corfu dessert. Enjoy it!

CHIMARIOS GINGER BEER It has an exotic flavour. It is not just a refreshment; it is a beverage with beneficial properties for your body due to the ginger it contains. Its slogan is „healthy thirst-quencher“ and it has been cooling down people of all ages since 1975 – and not just on Corfu, seeing as this product can be found in select shops around Greece.

CORFU BEER Corfu Microbrewery, the producer of Corfu Beer, was founded in 2006 by Spyros Kaloudis in Arilla, north-western Corfu. In 2009 the first Corfu Beers went on the market and at present they are considered one of the most well known Greek microbrewery products. Corfu Beers are all real ales – naturally produced and full of life. Fermentation and aging is carried out in special tanks for several weeks, without stabilisers, colourants and other chemical additives. CORFU SALAMI This is like dry cured sausage with an Ionian Sea twist to it. It consists of 80 % pork meat, fat, cooking salt, sugars and spices. It is sold in logs.


NOUMBOULO This is the most popular cold cut on the island. Some people call it „kerkyraiko prosciutto“ (Corfiot Parma ham). Until relatively recently noumboulo was prepared at home and by butchers that knew the tricks of the trade. Since the mid 1980s, Kerkyraiki Allantopoiia (Corfu Charcuterie Products) – soon followed by others – have been producing larger quantities, thus noumboulo has travelled throughout Greece and abroad.

CORFU BUTTER This is one of the most famous types of butter in Greece. It is made from 100 % cow milk, according to the traditional recipe used on Corfu. It is used on bread, in desserts and in cooking. „THE GOVERNOR“ OLIVE OIL It is also known as the oil of Governor Kapodistrias. The olive oil production and distribution unit is located in Agios Mattheos, Corfu. The response it has received abroad has been great. The fruit that produces this specific olive oil comes from the island’s centenarian olive trees. Its impressive packaging looks like a perfume bottle. BOTIDES These are the traditional clay pots that one might encounter in most of Corfu’s shops. Botides are made by professionals on the island all year round, for one reason alone: to be thrown off the balconies of Spianada and Liston during the „First Resurrection“ at noon on Holy Saturday. The tradition of the Botides is one of the most impressive Easter customs in Greece.


Welcome to the family

New arrival IKOS DASSIA charms its way into our lives by capturing the essence of cosmopolitan Corfu Island


2 Ikos Dassia: Cosmopolitan Beauty


1 Beautiful setting: Ikos Dassia is surrounded by turquoise sea and fragrant pine and olive woodland. 2 Deluxe One Bedroom Bungalow Suite with private pool. 3 Don’t miss: Bread Crusted Fish Fillets with Eggplant Smoked Cream at „OUZO“ Restaurant by Greek Michelin starred chef Leeris Lazarou

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rom May 2018, Ikos Resorts welcomes its new baby into the fold, the beautifully appointed Ikos Dassia, on the verdant east coast of Corfu island. The turquoise-blue Ionian Sea forms the backdrop to this wonderful addition to the Ikos family. Set in 23 acres of land that includes a stretch of fragrant pine and olive woodland and a white-sanded beach, it oozes cosmopolitan charm. Sound seductive? No less seductive than the choice of 411 luxurious rooms, suites and villas – many with spacious balconies and private gardens and even some with private pools, along with the full range of Ikos à-la-carte Greek, French, Italian and Asian dining. Among them, Kerkyra restaurant – taking

the island’s Greek name – offers delicious contemporary local Corfu cuisine. You won’t leave without trying pastitsada, a delicious casserole of meat and pasta, or sofrito, tender veal cooked in white wine, or mouth-watering bourdeto, a dish of fish in a spicy tomato sauce. The Venetians, Ottomans, French and English all left their mark on this island of historic landmarks and famed hospitality. Corfu’s city centre, with its Venetian fort, is a UNESCO world heritage site. Back at Ikos Dassia, indoor and outdoor pools and activities from aerobics to Zumba (via canoeing, mountain biking, windsurfing) await – all included, of course. Spa, Jacuzzi, Hammam, sauna. Should we continue?



A glimpse into the soul of Halkidiki IKOS OCEANIA and IKOS OLIVIA have succeeded in combining catwalk confidence and authentic charm in offering guests a rare experience of beachfront luxury


2 1 Elegant nightlife at Indigo Bar. 2 Deluxe Two Bedroom Family Suite with private garden. 3 Exclusive white-sanded beach extends for 350 m.

Ikos Oceania: The shining light


ike the lights of the fishing boats dotting the horizon off the Halkidiki shoreline at nightfall, the Ikos Oceania’s lustre continues to mesmerise guests. Fully refurbished in 2017, it offers a new and exciting level of luxury that manages to combine eye-catching elegance and understated charm. Landscaped gardens tumbling down to the classic blue waters of the Aegean, where an exclusive white-sanded beach extends for 350 m. This is Halkidiki at its most alluring, set along a coastline of coves and cultural landmarks, and a gastronomic heritage which inspires the resort‘s four à-la-carte restaurants.

3 Most of the 290 rooms boast private balconies, and you probably won’t want to leave the Deluxe Collection building if you dare enter. But you should, not just to experience everything the hotel has to offer, but to explore the magnificent Halkidiki region – including the local dine-out options included in your stay. Test yourself: Swimming pools or beach life, signature spa treatment or kayaking up the coast, vibrant nightlife or pulling up a chair under the moonlight, sipping a branded spirit and being mesmerised by those lights? But who said you have to choose.



atwalk confidence on the one hand, rustic appeal on the other. If there is a resort that understands just how to strike a pose it is Ikos Olivia. This is where boutique elegance and contemporary chic sit proudly within a location that also perfectly captures the authenticity of Halkidiki. From the rich green of the olive and fir trees which frame the hotel’s 22-acre grounds, all the way down to the deep blue of the Aegean running along its shore, everything about Ikos Olivia represents perfect balance. Long summer days spent resting on the beach, interspersed by sun lounger beach service and refreshing dips in the sea, or swimming pool options that include a Lagoon pool complete with

swim-up bar. As for the Deluxe Collection’s 806 m2 private pool … some secrets are best kept to yourself. Even the accommodation achieves balance, split between 149 private bungalow suites (many with pools of their own) and 142 rooms and junior suites. All the exclusive Ikos eating and entertainment options are available, but a visit to the surrounding countryside beckons for sure. If you only visit the village of Nikiti, 15 km away, you will have glimpsed Halkidiki’s soul. Traditional houses, cobblestone alleyways and quaint tavernas – and a view of the Toroneos Gulf that will stay with you long after you leave. As we said, quite a pose.

Ikos Olivia: Striking a pose


3 2 1 Deep blue of the Aegean sea meets beautiful white sandy beach 2 Kids are very welcome 3 Deluxe Two Bedroom Bungalow Suite Beachfront IKOS by MADAME . 89






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One land,

countless famous



HALKIDIKI has enchanted hundreds of famous visitors with its nature and beaches. Don’t be surprised if you see one of them swimming beside you! BY VANGELIS STOLAKIS





and and sea. Green and blue. Organised and isolated beaches. Marinas and small bays. Lively nights and tranquil days. Luxurious and lavish hotel complexes on the one hand, and picturesque hamlets on the other. It is generally accepted that Halkidiki disposes a balance that satisfies the taste of all its visitors, famous or not. For this reason it is a top holiday destination all year round. It has been the choice of royalty, politicians, movie stars, and figures of the arts and culture from all over the world. During our conversation with Yiorgos Brountzas from the Halkidiki Tourism Organisation, we learnt the story behind the decision to build a luxurious hotel complex on the „second leg“ of the peninsula. Melina Merkouri, the story goes, was aboard the yacht of an entrepreneur of the era. They were about to sail to the section of Mount Athos where women are allowed to disembark, in order to attend the millennial anniversary of the Holy Mountain. They came across rough

seas as they travelled and had to stop in a bay in the region of Sithonia. Melina Merkouri was so enthralled with the rare beauty of the landscape that she encouraged the entrepreneur to purchase and utilise the land. From then on she visited the „second leg“ every year, be it winter or summer. You hear stories like this one everywhere. In the traditional tavernas of northern Halkidiki, in the seaside seafood restaurants of the „first leg“, in the hotels that specialise in catering to VIPs, in Vourvourou, in Kavourotrypes, on Sani Hill, etc.

Famous figures from around the world were „enslaved“ by the beauty of the landscape and the warm embrace of the locals




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Stories about famous figures from around the world that were „enslaved“ by the beauty of the landscape and the warm embrace of the locals. Stories about people that left their crowns behind, put protocol aside and paired a glass of ouzo with fresh gilthead bream, right where the water meets the shore. Stories that travel by word of mouth and from one generation to the next, starting with Aristotle, teacher of Alexander the Great and one of the pillars of philosophy, and leading to the queens of the region’s towers; towers which can still be seen stand today. NO PLACE LIKE THIS Halkidiki has more than 550 kilometres of beaches. You can swim anywhere along this shoreline, unlike most places in Greece. The number of organised beaches may be limited, however, it is estimated that on each of the three legs that extend into the Aegean Sea there are more than 100 beaches waiting for visitors to explore them, swim in their clear blue waters and release themselves into the embrace of the bright red sun. Because, „There’s no place like Halkidiki!“ It combines sunshine, the sea, 3000 years of culture, gastronomy, entertainment and recreation. Everything anyone would need for a carefree holiday. The need to rest is the one thing that all people, from all over the world have in common, regardless their religion, skin colour or profession.

FAMOUS FRIENDS Don’t be surprised if while you are reading Ikos Magazine and are preparing to cool yourself with a dip in the sea, there are international personalities swimming just beside you. Not long ago, contemporary Hollywood’s most famous couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, used to visit Possidi; while there have also been occasional sightings of Silvio Berlusconi, Dmitry Medvedev, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Danny DeVito and George Clooney on the beaches of Nikiti on the second leg. Prince Charles and the Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and Prince Albert of Monaco and Ira Von Furstenberg prefer to swim in the waters of Sithonia, when visiting Halkidiki. Halkidiki was also a favourite holiday destination and source of inspiration for one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Salvador Dali, as well as leading Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Another frequent visitor was ballerina Margot Fonteyn, as well as internationally renowned Greek pianist Gina Bachauer, while Maria Callas had been recognised on several occasions by locals. The bright blue waters of the coasts charmed and continue to charm powerful men – from Francois Mitterrand and Valery Giscard d’Estaing, to Andreas Papandreou, Kostis Stefanopoulos, Kostas Simitis, Georgios Rallis and Konstantinos Karamanlis. It should be noted that Russian President Vladimir




Halkidiki is the dream destination of anyone who loves swimming or snorkeling

GASTRO-TOUR No matter what flavour you want for your holiday, Halkidiki won’t let you down. If you stay at Ikos Oceania and Ikos Olivia, their restaurants will be the dress rehearsal for your gastronomical journey, full of variety, colour, and




DIVE INTO THE BLUE Its enormous coastline, 550 kilometres long with long sandy beaches and small inlets, makes Halkidiki the dream destination of anyone who loves swimming or snorkeling. Its bright blue waters with green highlights reflected from the pine trees that reach the sand are uniquely charming – as only Mediterranean beaches can be. However, this effect is multiplied thanks to the changing landscape on its three peninsulas, each with its own unique characteristics. Cosmopolitan KASSANDRA with Sani, Posidi, Chanioti, Kriopigi and so many other beaches, is eclectic and exceptionally charming. Alternative SITHONIA claims those who love becoming one with nature, with renowned beaches such as Kavourotrypes, Koviou Beach, Porto Koufo or Toroni with its ancient aura. Lastly, on ATHOS, Ouranopoli magically veils visitors in the tranquillity of Mount Athos, offering them a peaceful getaway with a view of the islands of Ammouliani and Drenia.


Putin chooses Mount Athos as a destination for physical and spiritual relaxation, as well as prayer. Halkidiki is also favoured by American folksinger Joan Baez, Robert de Niro, Monica Bellucci, Ornella Muti, John Travolta and many others. Famous or not, rich or poor – one thing is for sure: Halkidiki is still unique, always ready to welcome even more guests in its own singular fashion!

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Best of beaches

No matter what flavour you want, Halkidiki won’t let you down

opportunity to visit cooperating restaurants off hotel grounds. You will be so pleased that you will immediately want to visit more restaurants, while still retaining your right to choose, which incorporates the element of surprise. 1 2

aromas. Its Greek „DNA“ will be highlighted by broader Mediterranean strokes, as well as the exoticism of distant lands whose cuisines easily become part of Greek cuisine, thanks to the unbelievable variety of fresh raw ingredients produced by this blessed land. Fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, everything tastes and smells different in Greece, and that is no myth. It is evident to anyone who takes a stroll through a local market or has lunch by the sea, under the shade of a tree in mountainous areas, or at one of Halkidiki’s many gourmet restaurants – which have received Greek and international awards. Taking advantage of the free Dine Out Experience service offered by Ikos Resorts, don’t miss out on the






Little Miss


Whether you plan to ride the waves or catch up on some rest a relaxation – these BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE TIPS will keep you perfectly in shape during a day of sunbathing! IMAGES: KARINA TWISS. PRODUCTION: SUSANNE STEFANSKI


THE ESSENCE Drop-shaped earrings made of gold, set with diamonds, emeralds and carnelian. By Cartier

Model: Claire Guena for Oui Management. Hair: Kazue Deki for Calliste. Make-up: Maria Olsson for Jed Root. Manicure: Brenda Abrial for Jed Root


NATURAL GLOW Today’s sun care products offer more than just a sun protection filter to shield the skin from UV rays. Due to the fact that 80 percent of skin ageing is caused by UV light, innovative creams contain highly efficient active ingredients offering an ideal anti-aging protection – for example edelweiß extracts preserve the cell DNA while free radicals are released thanks to vitamin E („Sun Shield SPF 30“ by Detox Intense).


SHOWPIECE Ornamental bracelet studded with pure diamonds and kelly-green emeralds (le side), golden and round shaped pendant reďŹ ned by diamonds (this side). Jewelry by Cartier


AT FIRST SIGHT When it comes to the very sensitive part of our body – the eyes – one thing is certain: They need special attention. The only way to ensure reliable protection against UVA and UVB radiation is to watch out for the „UV 400“-label on sunglasses. Aside from that, scientists warn against too dark glasses, as they override an important protective mechanism: Once the pupil no longer contracts, the penetration of UV rays, which directly hit the eye, increases – a painful inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea can be a consequence.

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BIG HAIRDAY Extreme environmental influences such as heat, sun, chlorinated water and wind are damaging the natural lipid layer of the hair. The result: a brittle and dehydrated structure with no shine. Along with it the hair bleaches due to the loss of pigments, regardless of whether it is dyed or natural. Therefore it is essential to have a suitable hair sunscreen which should be integrated in your daily beauty routine. The best choice is to go for a fat free sun spray which should be applied on the scalp as well („BC Bonacure Sun Protect“ by

Schwarzkopf ). EYE-CATCHING Elegant collier made from golden beads, jewelled with diamonds and exquisite emeralds. By Cartier


SUPERFOOD In order to strengthen the skin from inside, vitamins such as betacarotene, vitamin C and E are a must as they build up a protective shield against free radicals – especially melons, carrots and citrus fruits are ideal companions. When it comes to cell protection, the mineral substance calcium plays also an important role. Dairy products and green vegetables will help you to get along with an extra portion.

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COOL DOWN Aer a long sunbath you should indulge your skin for at least twelve hours. It takes just as long for the skin’s own repair system to alleviate the stress caused by UV radiation. Products containing skin soothing and antiseptic substances such as aloe vera or panthenol provide additional support („Aer Sun Rescue“ by Clinique). A relaxing facial treatment on top works perfectly by applying a fleece mask with a high portion of hyaluronic acid which hydrates the skin („Brightening Solution“ by Dr. Jart).



The golden collier made with diamonds and lapis lazuli can be worn double looped or long. By Cartier


A handful of Beauty The BREAST is the embodiment of sensuality, seduction and female sexuality. Every woman has their own perception of perfection and many feel there is room for improvement. Those contemplating cosmetic surgery as a way to achieve their dream breasts can benefit from several newer and safer procedure possibilities


he good news first: more and more women in Germany claim to be satisfied with the form and firmness of their breasts. According to this year’s „Female Confidence Report“, the amount of German women that still find fault with something about their breasts has dropped to 40 %. By comparison: the number reported by the „International Journal of Sexual Health“ in 2010 was around 30 % higher. Despite the turnaround, cosmetic surgeons are fielding evermore queries with regards to breast modifications. This is quite possibly due to the fact that the word is out: attaining the harmonious bosom to compliment one’s body and lifestyle has never been simpler or safer. The technical developments on this front are fast and range from 3D visualisation tools to innovative lightweight implants. The risks involved are negligible and the results have become so convincing that be it the beach or the bedroom, the difference between natural and modified is practically indistinguishable.

ARMED WITH INFO Breast enlargement is the most common aesthetic procedure undergone by women in Germany – carried out more often than liposuction and eyelid lifting. In fact, the Association of German AestheticPlastic Surgeons (VDÄPC) noted an increase between 2014 and 2015 of almost 10 %. Without exception, all the doctors we spoke to confirmed that their patients want to know more about their implant manufacturer since the „PIP scandal“. Here’s a quick recap of what happened: In 2010, it was revealed that the French company, Poly Impland Prothèse (PIP) had been using cheaper industrial-grade silicone in the manufacture of their breast implants for almost a decade. Compounding the problem was the fact that the implants were also found to have a 500 % higher chance of rupturing than ap-

proved models. The number of women in Germany who received the PIP implants in question totalled around 6,000. Tens of thousands of women around the world were advised to have their implants removed or replaced. The scandal has proven an eyeopener for many. „A lot of patients now gather information online, give serious thought to what they expect from the procedure and write down any questions they may have“, says Professor Ernst Magnus Noah, president of the VDÄPC and chief physician in the Clinic for Plastic Surgery within Kassel’s Red Cross Hospital. „Not just the implant manufacturer is discussed, but the entire procedure as well.“ THE SAFE WAY The two main types of implant remain those filled with a saline solution and those made with viscous silicone gel. The tissue-like feel of the latter has made it the standard. Their consistence is akin to a soft gummy bear and the breast retains its natural feel. The surface of the prosthesis also plays an important role. „Very few implants with a smooth surface are used these days“, explains Dr Volker Alt, specialist for aesthetic and plastic surgery in Düsseldorf’s KöBogen Clinic. „These implants led to a significant increase in capsular fibrosis, also known as capsular contracture. This describes changes to the tissue surrounding the implant that can arise in the years after the operation, such as calcification, hardening and tightening. The mechanisms behind the complication are still not fully understood and those with signs of CC are advised to have their implants removed or replaced“, says the expert. It’s still not clear why, but rates of CC are lower in patients receiving prostheses with textured surfaces. Those contemplating having foreign objects surgically inserted within their bodies should also make sure their medical implant has CE certification and FDA approval. „Modern, high quality implants provide

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greater form stability and have device shells consisting of up to eight layers of medical-grade silicone that prevent filler leakage“, says Dr Alt. They have a lifetime guarantee and don’t have to be replaced after 10 years like those in the past. The VDÄPC has also recently created an encrypted online implant registry in which doctors log the model and serial number of every prosthesis they use. KEEPING ABREAST OF TOMORROW The innovative implants from Motiva currently being tested within a clinical study by Holger Fuchs at his facility in Hamburg could prove a milestone in biocompatibility. The surfaces of the new silicone shells are embossed with a web-like structure that has proven to exhibit significant antibacterial attri-

for holding the implant in place is subjected to less weight and therefore less strain in the long run. FAT TRANSFER Dr Caroline Kim, specialist for aesthetic and plastic surgery, shows examples of very naturallooking breasts saved on a computer in her practice located on the Bavariaring in Munich. One of her specialities: breast augmentation using the patient’s own fat. „The word hasn’t really gotten out yet, that one’s own fat can be used to enlarge one’s breasts“, says Dr Kim. „But I think that’s going to change rapidly over the course of the next couple of years.“ This is in no small part due to the fact that more and more women are unwilling to subject their bodies to synthetic substances. After chemotherapy, many

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butes. Professor Günter Germann, specialist for aesthetic and plastic surgery and chief physician in Heidelberg’s Ethianum Clinic, also relies on hi-tech solutions. In recently begun scientific trials, the Ethianum has become the only clinic in Germany to provide selected patients with a new generation of lightweight prostheses. These so-called B-lite implants weigh around 30 % less than their conventional counterparts. Currently only available in a restricted range of sizes, a proportion of the filler gel in the B-lite implants is replaced with hollow micro silicate pearls. According to Dr Germann, „because the manufacturing process is very complex, they’re priced at around 1,600 to 1,800 euros, double that what conventional implants usually cost.“ He’s already provided 15 patients with B-lite prostheses and says the advantages are obvious: The skin and the tissue surrounding the breast that’s responsible

breast cancer patients are also on the lookout for a more natural reconstruction option. The outpatient procedure uses the patient’s biological matter exclusively, requires no scalpel and leaves little to no scaring. Another advantage: in contrast to silicon implants that don’t assume the body’s temperature, breasts formed with fat are naturally warm. Costs start at around 6,000 euro depending on complexity. The downside: the procedure isn’t suitable for slender women that have so little fat depots on their stomachs, waists or thighs, that liposuction isn’t an option. „For this reason, the method is restricted to women with a BMI of at least 19“, explains Dr Murat Dagdelen, specialist for aesthetic and plastic surgery and director of the Medical Inn Centre in Düsseldorf. Risk factors are minimal. Patients that smoke cigarettes should refrain from doing so after the procedure as this negatively impacts the blood supply

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to transferred fat. Women are also told to maintain their weight in the first months after the augmentation as dieting will shrink the breasts. Once the transferred fat has „settled in“, it reacts just like any other fat in the body. „One of the aspects that turns women off the procedure is the timeframe. Several appointments are usually required to achieve the desired augmentation“, says Dr Kim. „Using a cannula, we are currently able to transfer approximately 150 millilitres per breast per procedure. When all goes well, patients can then count on a permanent retention rate of between 60 and 70 % of this.“ The method has spawned a complimentary scientific procedure: stem cell fat production. Although the practice is currently not allowed in Germany other than in approved scientific studies, doctors have

decide between three common incisions to insert implants: inframammary (via the natural crease under the breast), transaxillary (via the armpit) and periareolar (via the pigmented area surrounding the nipple). Inframammary incisions afford the best operating conditions and the breasts usually hide the scars which can be between 3 and 6 centimetres long. Transaxillary procedures have the advantage of leaving no scars in the breast area, however, correctly positioning the prosthesis is considered more difficult. Periareolar incisions require cutting around the duct tissue and access to the breast interior is comparatively restricted. Each method has its pros and cons which doctors discuss with their patients, as well as whether or not the implant should be placed behind or in front of the breast

The risks involved are negligible and the results have become so convincing that be it the beach or the bedroom, the difference between natural and modified is practically indistinguishable high expectations for the method. Dr Kim explains: „Fat is removed from the patient before half of it is replaced with catalysts, enzymes known as collagenase. This provokes the release of more stem cells.“ Because the cultured fat has positive attributes including more blood vessels, its retention rates are higher and once approved, it’s expected to become a competitive alternative to implants. Doctors performing fat transfers also claim that it is the ideal biological matter for modelling and forming. The only advantage of implants is their firmness. „But it’s this unnatural consistency that most women consider a disadvantage if anything.“ INCISION DECISIONS As far as operations go, be it breast enlargements or liftings, not much has changed in the last years. In line with established procedures, plastic surgeons

muscle. This depends on factors such as form, size and thickness. (Costs: prices begin at around 6,500 euro depending on procedure complexity.) While not much has changed on the operating front, there have been significant improvements in the options as they pertain to pain management. It has become common practice to supplement general anaesthetics with extended duration local anaesthetics shortly before the procedure is finished, enabling patients to regain consciousness with only nominal discomfort. Serious postoperative complications are also uncommon, with doctors considering breast augmentation a „happy op“. Most women aren’t just satisfied with the results, but happier than ever. With their new silhouette, the reactions at the beach, the way a new dress sits – or the newfound confidence that changes their lives. TANIA MESSNER

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is the message ALINE MARCADET, the president of Anne Semonin shares her insights on life and beauty. BY GEORGIA DODOU



Let’s begin by talking about your work. Describe your typical day. I usually wake up at 7 am. I take a herbal juice, check my e-mails and read the daily newspapers while having a healthy breakfast. Every other day I will spend an hour and a half with my personal yoga trainer to keep fit and escape from any daily stress. Afterwards, I like to take an energising shower to revive my body, and get ready for a busy day at work. First stop is usually our head office in the center of Paris, starting with phone calls. I also have meetings with our Marketing & Product Development Director to talk about new product development, upcoming product launches and activities, and take important decisions about company strategy. I generally have a working lunch and take calls from journalists about the Anne Semonin brand, the products and our spas. In the afternoon, I usually spend some time looking at our current design projects. Anne Semonin is now located in 39 countries and over 200 properties worldwide. As I have a passion for spa design, interior decoration, art and fashion, I like to put some time aside to think of new ideas and concepts, which help to make each Anne Semonin Spa unique. After work, I often visit art exhibitions, attend charity dinners, or simply have dinner with friends. I am passionate about my job, but I still make time to take care of myself because this is especially important for those of us working in the Spa & Beauty industry. I also devote a lot of time to my family and closest friends.

What do you like the most from what you do? The research that goes into new products and treatments, creating new concepts from scratch and everything linked to our brand image and development. Over the last 30 years we have transformed the Anne Semonin range, and we are now stocked in some of the most prestigious locations such as Harrods in London, Tsum in Moscow and online at Let’s talk about the project you are up to now. What’s new at Anne Semonin? We launch innovative skincare products every year. For instance, we have just launched the Precious Pearl Ice Cubes, a new addition to our cryotherapy collection with amazing clinical results. 2018 is going to be a very exciting year driven by the launch of our next generation of products: a Naturaceuticals range. Formulated with absolute quality of natural ingredients and offering cosmeceuticals efficacy, the Anne Semonin Naturaceuticals range will aim precisely at combatting the effects of urban hectic life: pollution, jet lag, stress, lack of or bad quality of sleep, which all lead to premature skin ageing. We are also working on an exciting new retail concept that Hotel Spas will find very interesting, but it is a little too early to reveal more details. Watch this space! What are the 5 elements that describe best Anne Semonin? t&ïDJFOU4LJODBSFt'SFODI-JGFTUZMFt*OOPWBUJPOt /JDIF&YQFSJFODFt&YDMVTJWF%FTJHO What are the 5 must-have therapies for SS18? Our Made-to-Measure Facial and Body Massage,

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Precious Pearl Ultra Lift Facial, Cryo Time Freeze, Anti-Fatigue Back Therapy. What is your favourite Anne Semonin product? The Express Radiance Ice Cubes are definitely a magic product that offers an instantly radiant complexion. Guaranteed to plump up your skin, restore brightness within minutes and ensure perfect makeup application. A wonderful radiance booster, perfect after a long flight, before an important work meeting or as preparation for an evening out! Our recently launched Precious Pearl Ice Cubes are an improved version of this all-time favourite. An even more sophisticated formula with hyaluronic acid, white pearl extracts, silk proteins and Edelweiss flowers which visibly light up the complexion and reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots to unveil a more even skin tone while offering instant radiance as well as boosting skin firmness and vitality. What is Anne Semonin known for? Anne Semonin is renowned for its made-to-measure concept, the mixology and the highly effective products and treatments. Since 1985, Anne Semonin offers efficient products formulated with active ingredients which are carefully selected to offer immediate and long-lasting results. The Anne Semonin collection is designed with a simple insight in mind: Everyone’s skin is unique, and skin changes daily. Our skin is affected by environmental conditions, hormones, stress levels, lifestyle – a wide range of factors that change constantly. Skincare needs to be tailored to those everchanging needs. That’s why we believe the most effective beauty products and treatments are based on a combination of a personal, made-to-measure


prescription and a holistic approach to your specific skin concerns. We are pioneers in combining essential oils and trace elements the synergy of which boosts skin penetration and action. Our ingenious blend of active ingredients provides maximum efficiency right to the deepest layers of the skin.


Tell us about a place which left you with vivid impressions. I have just come back from Los Angeles. This city is amazing with so many different life styles and it is where all the latest trends are born. And one which disappointed you? None of the places I have visited has ever disappointed me as there is always something interesting to see and to experience in any city everywhere. Which is your favourite city? My city, Paris!




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Which street have you walked along most often in your life? Most likely, it must be the Beaux-Arts area (7th district of Paris) where I did one part of my studies (École des Beaux-Arts and École du Louvre) and where the most famous art galleries are situated. I also used to walk down the Marché aux Puces where I have always found beautiful limited editions of design furniture. Describe to us the most marvellous view you have ever seen. I love the sunset on the horizon of the Maldives Lagoon, surrounded by a deserted beach. And I am very sad that unless we all take serious steps against climate change, this beautiful place will disappear in a few years ! Which is your most „guilty“ pleasure? Nothing is more delicious than a dish of pasta! Describe a memory from your childhood holidays. I have fond memories of the family house owned by my grand-mothers set among the Bordeaux vineyards, where I had the joy to spend my school holidays with all my cousins. Tell us about a small, sublime spot you have visited. A historic place: the Hotel La Colombe d’Or in

St Paul de Vence (in Provence area, south of France). A historic place, with the finest works of paintings from masters (paintings from Miro, Braque and Chagall) on all hotel walls, a true museum ! I love this place for its authenticity and for that special light of Provence, not to mention the singing cicadas in the background. Which is the „smartest“ hotel you have ever stayed at? No doubt, the Aman Tokyo. You gave your heart to … my love. Who is the most interesting individual you have met on your travels? I have met a lot of interesting people during my travels but the most memorable conversation I had was with Dalai Lama. I admire his wisdom and philosophy. When preparing your suitcase, what do you pack first? Tailor-made herbal tea sachets from Herboristerie du Palais Royal, the oldest herbalist’s shop in France, which are a real medicine for my body. Which foreign phrase do you use most frequently? It is so chic, so divine. Do you believe that nowadays a new philosophy exists concerning travel? And, if so, could you specify it? Travelling light and comfortable, and with a great book which helps you enjoy any long journey. What do you appreciate most about the hospitality that a hotel offers and what do you detest? I appreciate a discrete service from the heart when guest expectations are not only being anticipated but surprisingly exceeded.

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ANAEROBIC EXERCISE Take a bottle full of water and, holding it out in front of you at shoulder height, begin swimming freestyle, kicking your legs quickly for 30 to 45 seconds, always ensuring that your head is out of the water. This is a very good exercise for the legs (triceps and biceps), as well as for strengthening the shoulders. If you can manage it, repeat but in the backstroke position, placing the bottle above chest level, at shoulder height.

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DIPS Find a rock / bench / sunbed / chair and support your body with the palms of your hands turned downwards and your outstretched arms at shoulder height. Very slowly lower your body, bending your arms until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle and then quickly straighten them back to their fully stretched position once more. The secret of success is to modulate all your weight with your arm movements, while holding your pelvis and knees steady. Attempt to complete four sets of twelve repetitions at a relatively quick pace. This exercise strengthens the biceps and triceps of the arms, as well as the shoulders.

BOUNCES Also known as „the kangaroo hop“, leg springs with both legs and the simultaneous forward movement of the body, and on the spot hopping on one leg are ideal exercises for the beach thanks to the resistance from the so sand, which significantly increases the degree of difficulty, facilitating improved balance and the strengthening of leg joints.

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JOGGING IN THE SEA With the water up to your knees, try to run as quickly as you can, covering whichever distance you wish. Your leg and arm movements should be fast and intense. The extra weight experienced from the water resistance makes things harder and results in this exercise being more effective, while the buoyancy of the water significantly lowers the pressure on the joints and bones. This exercise has multiple benefits: leg strengthening – in particular the triceps –, improved stamina and positive functioning of the cardiorespiratory system.

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ummer holiday, apart from being a vital break allowing you to „let off some steam“, may also provide you with the opportunity to „recharge your batteries“ by continuing your physical fitness programme in tandem with exercises conducted in natural surroundings. According to our Ikos Trainers during the summer you may continue your exercise programme – be it aerobic or muscle strengthening – much more pleasantly and just as effectively, wherever you are. Peruse the alternative solutions that we propose to enable you to continue (or even resume exercising after a prolonged period of inertia) your fitness programme, and keep in good shape during your vacation, thereby promoting a sense of well-being. „Exercises in the water are more difficult but have better results, mainly because of the great resistance the body experiences in water. Nevertheless, our being unaware of the fact that we are perspiring makes such exercise more agreeable“, stresses Georgos Vaiou. Several basic and simple exercises follow: of the shoulders and the back (with the opening).

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RUNNING IN SOFT SAND This is traditionally the most effective, tried and tested exercise for the whole of the body. Running in so sand requires 1.5 times more energy than running on firm ground, thus making you stronger. The best spot, at least to begin with, is the wet sand next to the water’s edge. If you prefer dry sand, lower your speed and shorten your stride length. Tip: Run for ten minutes in the so sand, making for vigorous exercise but at a slower speed. Continue for a further ten minutes on firmer sand, near the water’s edge, repeating this exercise pattern for as long as you can endure it. This type of exercise will help you to burn off more calories.



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Swim freestyle for 8 minutes, taking a single breath aer four arm strokes. This is a very good breathing exercise.

USEFUL ADVICE TEMPERATURE. Select times of the day when the temperature is relatively low. In high temperatures the load on the cardiovascular system significantly increases. PROTECTION FROM THE SUN. Always use sunscreen and wear a hat, especially if you choose to exercise around midday. HYDRATION. See to it that you have 1.5 litres of cool water with you and are near a shady spot. Even slight dehydration can detrimentally affect your metabolism while exercising. A COLD SHOWER. Strangely enough, cold showers assist the body by burning off fat more quickly. That is why you should prefer them, not just aer training but also following your customary swim in the sea. TO SUMMARIZE, if you have any type of problem with your waist, knees, shoulders or any other point in your body, it is essential for you to consult your orthopaedic specialist prior to commencing any kind of exercise. Moreover, to achieve positive results, a basic precondition is a relatively balanced diet. The above programme is ideal for keeping you in good shape while on holiday, and, thereaer, back home facilitating a smoother transition to your daily physical activity. IKOS by MADAME . 119


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Whenever favourite perfumes are a little too present in some situations, the matching SHOWER GEL surrounds you with delicate fragrances





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1 Sweet notes of orange blossom and jasmine: „La Vie est Belle“, Lancôme, 35 euro. 2 Green aromas gently stimulate the senses: „Miu Miu shower gel“, Miu Miu, 25 euro. 3 Made for lovers of oriental fragrances: „Mon Guerlain“, Guerlain, 53 euro. 4 Refreshes with the aroma of white flowers: „Gucci Bloom“, Gucci, 45 euro. 5 A fine touch of mandarine und patchouli: „Tiffany Eau de Parfum shower gel“, Tiffany & Co., 35 euro. 6 Rose oil nourishes the skin while showering: „Miss Dior, Foaming Shower Gel“, Dior, 48 euro

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Slender, firm and shapely – new treatments, targeted workouts and smarter care can have your legs looking lovely in no time

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tailor-made strategy designed to make every dream of lovely legs finally come true.

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A ROUND OF SOUND It can be attributed to neither age nor weight: more than 80 percent of all women have to contend with cellulite. Barely visible dimples or daunting dents – the depressions can be depressing to say the least. The culprit behind the blemish is Mother Nature: Our extremely elastic connective tissue consists of parallel fibres between which fat cells are located. When these are filled, they press their way through the collagen fibres. The unfortunate result is the uneven surface we call cellulite. Female hormones also play a decisive role: the higher the oestrogen levels, the higher the fat production. A new weapon in the battle on the bulges is a treatment that utilises acoustic waves emitted by the innovative device, „Swiss CellVibe“. According to Dr Hans-Peter Schoppelrey, dermatologist at the Haut- & Laserzentrum (Skin & Laser Centre) an der Oper in Munich: „The Swiss CellVibe makes it possible to firm up tissues without any injuries to the skin. This is achieved by pressure impulses that travel through the tissue after being emitted in quick succession. The treatment triggers the body into shifting its metabolic processes into high gear that in turn accelerates fat reduction.“ Before undergoing a „round of sound“, the first order of business is to determine the grade of the cellulite. The Swiss CellVibe is then adjusted accordingly. A contact gel designed to enhance the transmission is then applied to the skin and the treatment can begin. The doctor then moves the applicator in circular patterns over the trouble spots for approximately half an hour. An anaesthetic is not necessary and the recovery time is zero.


re you the proud owner of really nice looking legs? Congratulations! You’re one of the very few that can skip this article. On the other hand, if you’re amongst the majority of women who prefer to wear maxiskirts rather than minis, use lifting creams on a daily basis and have toyed with the idea of tackling the problem with cosmetic surgery, you might want to keep on reading. Be it cellulite, knee flab or saddlebags – these days there’s a state-of-the-art

INFO & COSTS: In order to achieve a satisfactory result, a treatment plan consisting of eight sessions of 30 minutes each over the course of four weeks is recommended. The treatment costs a total of 650 euro. Alternatively, single sessions can be booked for around 100 euro each;

HOT STUFF Another innovation that uses waves to combat cellulite is the „BTL Exilis Elite“. The device relies upon a combination of radio frequency and ultrasound. „During treatment, the machine warms the

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BEST WAY TO GET QUADS, CALVES AND CO. INTO SHAPE?: WE’VE DONE THE LEGWORK FOR YOU body’s fat and connective tissues to a temperature of around 44° Celsius“, explains Dr Oliver Schuhmacher from the Kö-Bogen Clinic in Düsseldorf. „The heat causes the collagen fibres to contract which leads to an immediately noticeable improvement to the smoothness of the skin surface.“ Simultaneously, the high temperature simply melts the fat cells which are then eradicated via the lymphatic system. While the thought of cooking one’s cells might sound a little drastic, the treatment can be compared to a hot stone massage and is absolutely pain free. As with the CellVibe discussed previously, there is zero recovery time. The first significant improvements can be seen after three treatments and the final results can be enjoyed around eight weeks after the last heat wave. INFO & COSTS: Between four and six sessions spaced around a week or two apart should be planned for good results. Sessions start at 250 euro;

COLD SHOCK EFFECT In addition to heat, fat cells also have an aversion to the other end of the temperature spectrum: cold! This little fact is something Zeltiq’s „CoolSculpting“ takes advantage of. The patented cooling process behind it is called Cryolipolysis. „Fatty tissue can be destroyed by cooling it down to 4° Celsius. The body then eliminates it via the lymphatic system over the next two to four months“, explains Dr Hans-Ulrich Voigt from Munich. This is how it works: An applicator with a vacuum pump draws the area with the undesired fatty tissue between two cooling elements before dropping the temperature down for around an hour. The process is pain free. Around four sessions a fortnight apart are recommended for optimal results.

INFO & COSTS: In addition to areas of increased tenderness, temporary blemishes such as bruising and reddening can occur in some cases. There is no downtime and treatments start at 750 euro depending on the area;

SAYONARA SADDLEBAGS! Slenderness alone is no guarantee and despite the slimmest of silhouettes, lots of women suffer from bothersome bulges on the thighs: the so-called saddlebags. Once again, the culprit is Mother Nature. „The body decides where to store fat at an early age. The total number of fat cells in the body remains relatively constant and once a fat cell has been formed, it is pretty well impossible to get rid of it under normal circumstances“, explains Dr Gerhard Sattler from the Rosenpark Clinic in Darmstadt. Although fat cells can be „emptied“ through dieting and exercise, they’re quick to fill up again when you stop watching what you eat and let your training schedule slide. A vicious circle that is best broken with liposuction – the surgical removal of fat. Dr Sattler: „During liposuction, disproportionately high levels of fatty tissue between the hypodermis and muscles are removed – and that long term.“ The expert prefers to use the local pain management technique known as tumescent anaesthesia. What’s special about it? Bigger areas can be locally targeted with large volumes of highly diluted anaesthetic. After the fat cells soak this in, they swell up and are then easier to extract by suction. Another advantage of this method: the fluid tightens the connective tissue fibres that hold the muscles and skin, making it difficult for either to be accidentally vacuumed during the procedure. Restricting the suction to fat only helps avoid the formation of unsightly bruising. INFO & COSTS: The procedure is usually carried out on an out-patient basis but many doctors advise staying in the clinic overnight afterwards for observation. Most patients can go about their daily business after three days and the body’s healing process is complete after around four weeks. The pain during the days after the procedure is akin to really sore muscles after too much exertion. Prices start at around 4,500 euro;

THE BEE’S KNEES Lots of women would be satisfied with their legs in general – if it wasn’t for their knees: they’re too wrinkly, too knobbly and too flabby. Good to know

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TRANQUIL ANKLES Culottes and 7/8 pants are great if you’ve got slender, elegant ankles. If you’re not blessed with such – and are also possibly frustrated by spider veins or „cankles“ – it’s a situation you don’t have to stand for any longer. One method that’s proven helpful for attaining slimmer ankles is laser lipolysis. „Treating fat deposits on the ankles with common suction procedures is very difficult because the amount stored there is relatively small and the risks of injury are high“, says Dr Afschin Fatemi, specialist for dermatology and head of the S-Thetic Clinic Düsseldorf. The „SlimLipo-Laser“ is considered both effective and less invasive. What makes this laser special is the two different wavelengths it emits. The first is designed to separate the fat from the surrounding tissue while the second gently heats the skin to tighten it. The detached fat cells are removed via ultra thin metal tubes – or cannulae. As far as other blemishes go, these methods can ensure your efforts are „not in vain“: not only are there laser treatments on the market that provide non-invasive solutions designed to combat spider and varicose veins, but the MFL laser developed by Dr Fatemi can remove wrinkles and improve the complexion. While standard lasers can penetrate the skin up to a maximum depth of 1.5 millimetres, his works by reaching the much deeper skin layers.

then, that this problem zone can be tackled medically. According to Dr Volkmar Rippmann, specialist for reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery in the Metropolitan Aesthetics Clinic Berlin/Cologne. „Fat dissolving injections represent an effective method of dealing with local fat depots in the knee area.“ By way of a needle, special substances are injected into the fat deposits which then begin to break down for long term results. Liposuction is another method that can successfully slim down the knee area. Particularly effective: ultrasound assisted liposuction. Also known as „ultrasonic liposuction“, this form of fat removal claims to fight on two fronts: in addition to sucking up excess fat, the ultrasonic waves have a lifting effect. „For a lasting success, patients should wear compression hosiery for at least 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure“, says Dr Rippmann. „This is very important because it creates the even pressure necessary for the swelling to go down and the proper reseating of the skin.“ Many women are disturbed by the notorious „kninkles“ – wrinkles in the knee area. This can be treated by a lifting surgery that removes excess skin. „The surgery only makes sense if a significant amount of excess skin is present“, says Dr Rippmann. „It should also be mentioned that the procedure usually leaves visible scars, as the unavoidable movement of these joints during the healing process often leads to less than ideal healing.“ INFO & COSTS: Fat dissolving injection: prices start at 250 euro. Liposuction: will set you back at least 2,500 euro and keep you out of action for a week, compression hosiery for a minimum of six weeks, expect bruising and a certain amount of pain. Knee lift: prices kick off at 2,500 euro and you’ll be taking it easy for at least a fortnight, definite bruising and discomfort afterwards.

INFO & COSTS: Prices for laser lipolysis begin at 2,500 euro; treatments with the MFL laser start at 1,500 euro. The treatment can lead to temporary redness and bruising. Recuperation usually takes no longer than two days and no special post-treatment is necessary;

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LITTLE HELPERS: 1 White hibiscus hydrates the skin: „Nude Body Scrub“, by Anne Semonin, 90 euro. 2 The high amount of minerals prevents cellulite: „Mineral Body Shaper“, by Ahava, 24 euro. 3 Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants: „Detoxifiying Body Oil“, by Anne Semonin, 50 euro. 4 A combination of caffeine and essential oils tightens the skin: „Cellulinov“, by Sisley, 177 euro. 5 Improves elasticity thanks to wheat proteins: „Lipoliss Firming Body Serum“, by Anne Semonin, 64 euro. 6 Super smooth care that helps reshaping critical areas: „SOS critical areas firming stick“, by Collistar, 26 euro IKOS by MADAME . 125



It is the feeling of tiny quartz sand grains echoing underneath your feet producing a sound that evokes like an imaginary violin and the fantastic playing opportunities that kids enjoy during a beach day . . . Text: JULIA MARANDIUK

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Every walk on the beach can be a treasure hunt – however there may be a time of day that is best to collect seaside wares, such as the early morning hours, or a time of year known for its generous array of seaside treasures, such as the winter months when storms and unsettled weather churn the sea

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As children begin to realize the malleability of sand, they explore the possibility of creating a variety of constructions. Providing common household objects to use in combination with their sand creations inspire them to experiment.



Muscle in the arms and upper bodies of children is developed further through sand play. By digging, pouring and scooping sand they use parts of their bodies in ways, that many of their other toys do not require them to work.

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KIDS When playing together in a common space, they are faced with problems involving sharing tools, negotiating for play space or compromising on what to build in the sand – That´s how they learn empathy and how to recognize the perspective of the other kids while working together

The Ikos Kids Clubs From little ones to teens, kids of all ages are guaranteed a memorable time at Ikos Resorts. Run by World Wide Kids, a professional UK childcare company, Ikos Resorts offer a range of multilingual children’s clubs including the ‘Heros Crèche’ (4 months – 4 years), the ‘Hero Mini Club’ with superhero theme (from 4 – 11 years) and Just4Teens (12-17 years) during high season. The Ikos Football Academy also operates during peak season, available for children aged 5 - 8 years and 9 – 14 years and led by qualified, professional football coaches. With a 1:1 staff ratio in the ‘Heros Crèche’ and 1:4 staff ratio in the ‘Hero Mini Club’, adults can relax safe in the knowledge that their children are being carefully looked after. Beachside childcare service is also available at all Ikos Resorts, for added reassurance. The Kids Clubs offer cooking classes where youngsters can unleash their inner foodie by making an array of dishes including pizza rolls with feta cheese and Kryptonite Rice Krispie Cakes. Additional activities include water polo, board game tournaments, face painting and pyjama parties, ensuring kids of all ages are kept entertained for hours.

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10 ideas …

Anticipating MEN’S NEEDS is something Ikos Resorts has put a lot of thought into

The kids are happy. You’ve made sure of that. And she’ll be happy. You’ll definitely be making sure of that. So the very least we can do, is make sure the man of the house is happy. Something new, something that makes you feel great . . . your body, your brain. And, no, we haven’t forgotten you still love a thrill. So, start planning.


Just the Tonic

How long’s it been? Maybe never. A spa treatment from our Gentleman’s range will lock in the „downtime effect“ from Day 1. The enriching oils of our „Vitalizing Gentleman’s Tonic“ will penetrate deep into your muscles and have you re-energised in no time.



Ease into your active holiday by experiencing one of our incredible tennis courts. Take it slow or work up a sweat. Up to you.


Test the waters

No problem sorting you out with snorkelling equipment, but

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we know you’re ready for a new challenge. Your first scuba diving, wind surfing … maybe even kite surfing experience is just a decision away. Don’t say you’re not tempted.


Looking good

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just for the man of the house

over you as you discover the incredible scenery of Corfu in a complimentary car provided by Ikos Dassia. But when all’s said and done, don’t forget to just find yourself a sun lounger and umbrella and let our 5* Ikos Beach Life come to you … iced coffee, snack, lunch, beer, wine … sunset cocktail. Let’s face it, you could spend all day here.

There are plenty of shopping options at Ikos Resorts – clothes, accessories, jewellery. But check out these Mykita designer sunglasses. Our optical store is a must-see.


The Cocktail Scene

Blended whisky, ginger syrup, lime juice, lemon bitters and mint leaves. Oh and another couple of ingredients but that would be telling. It’s called Walking in the Forest and our mixologist is waiting for your order.


Life Cycle


On the grapevine


Let off steam


Simply divine

Take your pick: Steam room, sauna or Jacuzzi … Do we need to say more?

Take a boat tour towards Mt Athos and photograph the world-famous (and men only!) monasteries inhabited by 1,700 monks, known collectively as the Holy Mountain. The lunch in Ouranoupoli is pretty special too.

Ikos Resorts App: Full of insider tips

A bicycle excursion is one thing, but how about an eco-adventure to learn about the surrounding countryside’s biodiversity – and be reminded about the fun of being on two wheels.

Up mountains, into forests, through orchards but, most importantly, into vineyards. Our wine-tasting tours will introduce you to the region’s wineries and outstanding produce.


Ikos beach life

Free Wheeling: Go on, obey the instinct to get behind the wheel, lower the window and feel the warm summer air wash

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For more information on spa, activity, entertainment and event options, please ask your hotel’s Guest Relations or just download our IKOS RESORTS, GREECE APP and let the journey begin.

Neo-bistros are breathing new life into the Thessaloniki scene

Creative fermentation, a lot of heart, cool attitudes, and a new trend that is constantly winning ground in the world’s metropolises, is providing a tasty and contemporary colour to the Beauty of the North, THESSALONIKI. Let the fooding be with you BY DIMITRIS ANTONOPOULOS



he recent intense buzz on Thessaloniki’s dining-out scene is a pleasant surprise. A new gastronomy culture is being born through small restaurants that are reinventing the concept of eating well in a very cool way, and with a lot of heart. Almost all of them are off the beaten track, searching for the trail and history of the city in areas that have been overlooked, once flourishing with craftsmen’s small workshops and cottage industries, or even in working class neighbourhoods that are starting to change. We don’t yet have our own Tribeca-NYC, Marais-Paris or Shoreditch-London, where old underdeveloped neighbourhoods became rising stars, but all these new bistros are starting to imbue areas which the locals never visited a new air, since they have become the hang out of those in the know. In these restaurants flavours take on a novel modernity based greatly on popular tradition, and foreign elements are introduced to the dish in a supportive fusion. Reasonable prices are a given.

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The restaurant that has made the biggest splash in Thessaloniki recently is MOURGA, just up the road from Acheiropoietos Church. This place is different, like a post-modern traditional Greek coffee shop, with the mosaic floors and old school chairs we are all familiar with. However, Yiannis Loukakis, the sui generis cook who created it three years ago, has transformed its kitchen into a „new-monumental“ work of art, with the hanging bronze decorations, pots and pans of varying shapes and sizes. A different kind of art, truly unique, can be found hanging on the walls, like this winter’s powerful photographs by Nikos Vavdinoudis of the kodonofori from the villages of Drama. Here Loukakis crafts dishes such as tuna pancetta with lentils – when trying to describe which the only words that come to mind are „divine junk food“ – which finds the delicious fat from the fish’s belly melt in your mouth, accompanied by delectable Beluga lentils. Raw bonito in a cream of olive oil and lemon juice is a happy marriage between Greece and Japan, while you will have a hard time finding better fried kalamari. It arrives with its flesh showing, milky and fine, contrasting its singed tips that have been caught in the fire, paired with shiitake mushrooms that are as sweet as marrow, and playfully decorated with lemon and rosemary. The menu changes almost on a daily basis, depending on what is good at the market. ♦ Further still up the hill, at the foot of Ano Poli (Old Town), is NEA FOLIA on Aristomenous Street, another new „unmissable“ venue. This old traditional coffee shop from the 1960s has retained the vintage feeling of an old grocery store, with old mosaic floors, coffee shop chairs that have been given a pop onceover, and shelves stacked with groceries that are used in the kitchen. The fine selection of cheeses from all over Greece overflowing from the fridge is a temptation – and an extensive one at that – that is complemented by excellent cold cuts. This is how Chef Yiorgos Chlouzas has fun mixing the ingredients he finds at the market with his own ideas, forming the day’s menu, handwritten on paper. One day you might get rocket salad embroidered with pears and Ios

island graviera cheese in berry vinaigrette and spicy soutzoukaki that adds a pleasant intensity, beautifully contrasting the fruit, and the next a variety of greens with different tastes and textures, the brightness of spring onion and lots of pomegranate seeds. You might encounter sour trachanas with poppies, heartwort and chicken, rooster with traditional chylopites pasta, eggs with kavourma cured meat and red pepper flakes, veal with caramelised pears and curry. Surprise never fails to join you on your date at „Nea Folia“ and it is always tasty. ♦ DUCK chose to lose itself in an industrial deserted part of the city that even GPS maps give up on and its daring wager paid off. Chef Ioanna Theodoraki and her husband Stefanos Antoniadis wanted to take people out into the fields, as they themselves have said, and they fully achieved their goal, since their restaurant is still a „must“. The major innovation of this beautiful space is that the kitchen is not just open plan; it is wide open, since the tables are right next to what looks like a tasteful home kitchen. It is decorated elegantly with antique style pistachio-coloured chairs, while a padded leather ottoman rests in front of the main service table. The yard and vegetable garden further entrench the feeling of home. There is an indicative menu every day, but if you speak with Ioanna she might make your dinner the

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way you like it. Fillet steak can always be tartare or rare, a tuna steak can be ceviche or it can go on the grill, wild mushrooms can be sautéed or add their flavoursome depth to a risotto. Foie gras is usually available due to the name. But most important is the super-friendly atmosphere in this mystic place of enjoyment that will have you visiting time and again due to its uniqueness. ♦ Moving to the upper Ladadika district, it is truly amazing how a completely uninteresting 90s-style space was turned into a bistro with the warmth of slightly Scandinavian office, with designer lightcoloured wooden chairs settled on mosaic floors. It is tiny, but the message of its aesthetic concerns are made clear by the cinnamon-coloured cube with embroidered crosses that is exhibited above the open kitchen, the constructivist paintings and Mikhail Bulgakov’s quotes from „The Master and Margarita“ (which lends its name to the restaurant MAITR&MARGARITA) such as, „The tongue may

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hide the truth, but the eyes – never“. Carrying forward Thessaloniki’s tradition of loving select produce, their collections of cold cuts, cheeses and salted products is addictive, while their wine list includes lots of choices from small Greek wineries, served using a Coravin and by the glass. Chefs Lambros Rossios and Nikos Lalaridis look at Greek flavours creatively, at times exploring their finesse and at others diving into comfort food. The steamed devilfish with fennel and leek served with estragon lemon sauce is famous and delicate. This finesse might take the form of a cold melon soup with white chocolate, tsalafouti cheese and salty peanuts. The mezes are original, with corn flour pita cones filled with beef, chickpeas and barrel-aged feta cheese or roasted aubergine dip with marinated grilled octopus, fennel root and mastic oil. The salads are unusual – purslane with plums. The comfort foods featured – Karpathos island macaroons with loutza cheese, honeyed onions and staka cheese, pork cheeks with molasses and dates on buttered katsamaki (Macedonian polenta), or wheat risotto with oxtail, aged Cretan anthotyro cheese and truffle oil – are deeply flavoursome. ♦ CHAROUPI is one of the new restaurants making some noise in the Ladadika district. Firstly, due to its appearance, which is quite minimal, both in the widely recognisable subtractive sense, as well as in the sense of repetition, the use of certain motifs – in this case, small flower pots, wine bottles, and ceramic vases. The beetroot, chicory, pickled-bulb salad is decorated with carob-flour rusk crumbs, roasted sesame seeds, pink pepper and xygalo creamcheese. The myzithra pie is almost completely black, as it is made with carob flour, sprinkled with white and black sesame seeds and drizzled in honeyed


carob syrup. The dolmadakia are served with savoury strained yoghurt ice cream and fresh Cretan cheeses, the rabbit is fried in garlic and rosemary with a molasses sauce and mashed roast aubergines and xinochontro (ground wheat with goat’s milk), while the braised Sfakia lamb with staka is served with skioufichta carob flour roux pasta. And seeing as carob seals many flavours inside it, he also makes carob flour filo pastry sarikopita (myzithra cheese pie). ♦ Above Egnatia Street once again, inside Ptolemeon gallery, three friends, Antonis Moustakis, Vassilis Kyziridis and Savvas Michailidis opened a bar-restaurant, EXTRAVAGANZA, whose scruffy modernist decor and hip cuisine is a hit. Wood and metal tables, mix „n“ match chairs, walls that look like earthy stucco, avant-garde paintings, and the smokers find themselves at the outer tables of the graffiti covered gallery. On the balcony, a small old-school central-European style sitting room precedes the restrooms, radiating the warmth of the entire restaurant on a Sunday afternoon, when it fills up with several groups, couples and families. Antonis, the chef, has the knack of cooking both comfort food and clever fusion cuisine. For example, he will stuff crisp steamed „Cretan“ bao buns with apaki cured meat, tomato marmalade and cream of graviera with staka, slowcooked eel with sweet soya sauce like an enormous piece of sushi served on Japanese rice with marinated seaweed, roast chicken drumsticks on a legume mix of lentils and chickpeas and a modest green curry sauce (and the dish is Greek, not Thai), while his delicious burger is made with kavourmas cured meat, using what he calls a „kavourma-patty“. His fried potatoes with grated graviera cheese and truffle oil are incredible and the Bloody Mary is a perfect accompaniment for your meal. EXTRAVAGANZA, WHOSE SCRUFFY MODERNIST DECOR AND HIP CUISINE IS A HIT.



Star Quality


in every bite

Diners are spoilt for choice with MICHELIN-STAR QUALITY dominating à-la-carte restaurants and buffet options at Ikos Resorts


uests at Ikos Resorts would be forgiven a moment’s hesitation in choosing where to dine. Michelinstar quality resonates everywhere they turn, with Greek, French, Italian and Asian menus curated by leading exponents of the finest international cuisine. The famed Pourcel brothers have given their French gastronomic flair to the à-la-carte Provence restaurants, while master of Italian cuisine Ettore Botrini characteristically combines the classic and the innovative in the use of the finest ingredients in Fresco.


Greece’s leading fish and seafood chef Lefteris Lazarou is the inspiration behind the menu at Ouzo, while chef Katsu‘s subtle blends of spices light up Anaya and bring the tastes of Asia to your doorstep. Head Chef Giannis Vasileiadis completes the culinary tour with Flavours, using the freshest local ingredients in a delicious Mediterranean buffet option. Spoilt for choice? Well, if you really can’t decide, there’s always the dine-out experience giving guests a taste of local community and culture. For more information about the Ikos Gastronomy scene just download our IKOS RESORTS, GREECE APP and let this tasty journey begin.

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The secrets to achieving total cuisine Michelin-starred ETTORE BOTRINI has captured the very essence of Italy in crafting the menu of Fresco – simple, fresh food, bursting with creativity ttore Botrini has a simple way of describing his culinary philosophy. „Total cuisine,“ he says, with the accent of a third-generation family of Tuscany restaurateurs brought up on cosmopolitan Corfu. „We try to give to the client 100% flavour.“ „After all these years,“ he expands. „I have learned that less is more. The produce gives us the technique, it’s a simple as that. We use the very best, always within season and touch it as little as possible. But it must contain our personality, and respect our traditions. We look back, but with a fresh eye to the future. And always try to give people something they have never tasted before.“ How could it have been any different? Alongside the multitude of influences on Corfu (not least Venetian), he was exposed to the cuisine of France, Spain, Morocco and Tunisia through his father – a club Med Chef during its heyday – and on travels afterwards. But it doesn’t take long to understand that, where food is concerned, his heart beats for Italy. So much so that Botrini has become the standard-bearer for Italian cuisine in Greece. In orchestrating the evolution of Etrusco, the Corfu-based restaurant bearing his father’s name, he drew on the experience of working alongside his three Michelinstarred friend and mentor Martin Berasategui to achieve Michelin-star status of his own, and went on to establish the highly regarded Botrini’s in Athens. More recently, he created the menu for the Ikos Resorts’ Fresco restaurants, capturing the freshest flavours of Italy in his authentic yet innovative style. „We create dishes from all around Italy – from

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Sicily, Napoli, everywhere,“ he says. „Very light – because it’s summer – and always with respect to the produce and season. This is our philosophy at Fresco. Fish, meat, vegetables … dishes using excellent produce, simply made. And originality. Pane carasau with the best culatello (a traditional Sicilian flatbread with aged ham) – to which we add a mustard of apples. Very simple but the flavour is amazing – an explosion in the mouth!“ When carbonara is on the menu, he explains, it is made with seafood. And the Corfiot-Venetian specialities – bourdeto, sofrito and pastitsada – are „absolutely authentic but more evolved, lighter.“ This, he says, is the evolution of Michelinstarred cooking. Where once it was all about beef fillet, foie gras, turbot and caviar, the humble sardine can now be the star of the show. „But it has to be the best sardine,“ he adds emphatically. „Bursting with creativity.“

„Our philosophy at Fresco: Fish, meat, vegetables … dishes using excellent produce, simply made. And originality.“

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Artwork on a plate


efteris Lazarou points a thick finger to his temple, then his eyes and lastly his heart. „These are what you need to cook well,“ he says and it’s almost as if his characteristic salt-and-pepper moustache bristles with excitement at the thought. He might as well have added olive oil, tomatoes, basil and garlic – the common ingredients of his formative years as a chef in Italy and Greece. And fish, of course. Over the last 30 years, Lazarou has established himself as the undisputed leader in creating culinary magic with seafood in Greece. His restaurant Varoulko, in Piraeus’s postcard-pretty port of Mikrolimano, has rightfully boasted a Michelin-star since 2002. There could be no more natural choice to create the menu for Ikos Resorts‘ à-lacarte Ouzo restaurants – an opportunity which, he says, he grasped with both hands. „As a drink, ouzo is Greece. It’s the sea, the sun. It’s letting sweet thoughts drift over you,“ he explains. „And so I began to think about this further, deciding that Ouzo should go towards meze. In the summer, and particularly in the early evening,

„Ouzo perfectly marries my philosophy around seafood and good company: hospitality, a love of food, meze, Greece and enjoyment.“

it’s not a meal that’s missing, it’s the play of tastes. So Ouzo perfectly marries my philosophy around seafood and good company: hospitality, a love of food, meze, Greece and enjoyment.“ When asked to put this philosophy on a plate for us, Lazarou duly obliged with a seabream dish that, he said, fully represents Ouzo. „Look!“ he points out. „A thin slice of sour dough bread coats one side of the seabream fillet, gently pan-fried first to allow the smoky notes to penetrate the fish.“ „And now for the marriage,“ he continues, indicating a mound of fine, rust-coloured dust on the plate. „Tomato dust! There’s a rule in my kitchen: only the chef throws things away. No one else. So after peeling tomatoes, we oven-dry the skins and turn them into a dust. So easy and delicious. It’s all the essence of the tomato.“ And then a tour of the four „marmalades“ artfully assembled around the fish: sweet pea puree, smoked aubergine, carrot and tomato. „I could have combined them to create the ultimate taste that accompanies the fish, but I leave this to the diner,“ he says. The arrangement is a thing of beauty. What appears a casual swipe of pea puree in fact transforms into the shape of a fish. And of course those accompanying flowers are edible. That it resembles a piece of art is no coincidence. „A recipe, for me, comes from an image of the whole dish, not of individual parts,“ Lazarou says. „I can’t explain it. It’s like a talented painter. They paint what’s behind the picture. What you see is in front. And when I create a dish, I don’t see myself … I see the expression of the person who is going to eat it. Cooking comes from the soul.“

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Michelin-starred chef LEFTERIS LAZAROU uses the experience of more than 30 years of turning food into a culinary art form, to create the menu of the Ikos Resorts’ Ouzo restaurants






Creating a Stir Every colour, taste and aroma of Ikos Resorts has found its way into a COCKTAIL MENU that shouts fun and sophistication in equal measure

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hakers, strainers, mint sprigs, lemon wedges and aromatic bitters. Now that’s a morning check-list you could never get bored of reading. And that’s before the addition of one-part fun, two parts creativity and a whole lot of crushed ice. Being a mixologist at Ikos Resorts is to find yourself at the centre of the guest experience. And it’s a task that Aristotelis Papadopoulos, multi-award winner and co-owner of „soul shakers“, a leading bar school in Greece, has taken to heart. His cocktail menus shout colour, imagination and style – and, of course, something for every taste. So we’ve selected three of his creations and matched them each to an Ikos Resorts hotel in order to whet your appetite for that perfect start to the night’s entertainment.


Spring punch Elegance and charm in a highball glass. This is about having your taste buds stirred by the hit of ginger and mint, and then seduced as sweet notes of honey syrup and raspberry puree carry you away for the rest of the journey. 45 ml Vodka  15 ml Ginger syrup  25 ml Lime juice  10 ml Honey syrup  20 ml Raspberry puree  Ginger ale top up   Method: Build up  Garnish: Mint sprig, lime wedge Glass: Highball


Violet flowers A multi-sensory experience that matches Corfu’s cosmopolitan appeal and natural flair. Juniper berries in the gin supply the tang, sour cherry and violet syrup the colour, and dried lavender and rose petal the aromas. All brought together with a sweet-and-sour kick of sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice. 45 ml Gin 10 ml Violet syrup 25 ml Fresh lemon juice 15 ml Sugar syrup 60 ml Sour cherry juice


Jalisco Balance in motion. Blanco tequila, orange liqueur and a dash of two or bitters to spice up the evening mood, and just wait for the sweet seduction of the maple syrup and seasonal fruits to do the rest. 45 ml Blanco tequila 20 ml Orange liqueur 5 ml Maple-spiced syrup  30 ml Lime juice 2 dashes Orange bitters 

Method: Build up Garnish: Dried lavender, rose petal Glass: Wine glass

Method: Shake Garnish: Seasonal fruits  Glass: Double old-fashioned

Bar spoon, stick bamboo

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hat are those sweet dreams that come to us during our sleep, fulfilling our desires for something exceptional, incredible and unique? A few years ago the answer to that question would have been simple, even if the dream seemed out of reach for most of us. A diamond, a Jaguar, a journey on a Learjet, an haute couture gown by a famous designer; these are some of the emblematic symbols of luxury in a world where the luxurious was identical to the obscenely priced. I am not claiming that such items have lost their allure, however in our times they are not the be-all and end-all for someone searching for a feeling of luxury, beyond the expected. It would seem that it is no longer enough

In 2011, it organised the „Hermès Festival des Métiers“ exhibition, presenting to the audience the techniques and expert craftspeople who fabricate its beloved creations. This was a real example that its handmade items express an artistic heritage of great value. Marketing still does its job, promoting the style and aesthetics of the brand, however it feels the need for a live presentation of the value behind the specialized work and knowledge that makes these hand-crafted items stand out in a world where copying and pasting with complete ignorance of history is standard practice. Thus, identification with Hermès products goes deeper, as, when the consumer comes into contact with the secrets of their production, the craftsperson that may be hidden within themselves is inspired.

New travel luxury Apart from marble bathtubs and golden taps, new trends demand a more meaningful, people-centred and informed luxury

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to borrow the glamour of certain world-renowned brands or the prestige of a status symbol in order to feel that our soul is filled with the emotion that by using them we automatically join the ranks of those experiencing great comfort and exceptional finesse, which are identified with luxury. Times are changing and it is necessary for the acquisiti-

on of an expensive item to be accompanied by a deeper value, one which complements its fame, which, alone, for many, is no longer enough. HERMÈS LEADS THE AVANT-GARDE Here is an excellent example of evolution in the attitude of a famous brand, such as Hermès, whose products are not lacking in glamour.

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The interpretation of luxury in travel has changed drastically


Today’s traveller wants an insider’s view of their destination, in order to truly enjoy its culture This exhibition was first presented in Seattle, and travels to a different venue every year, confirming the success of this approach. MILLENNIAL LUXURY So, the interpretation of luxury in travel has changed drastically, which is due, to a great degree, to the surrounding vagueness regarding the financial crisis, even in countries that are not facing immediately serious problems. This climate has led people to delve deeper into the concept of luxury, adding more layers of meaning. It has distanced people from self-satisfied exhibitionist consumption, and led them to more authentic, simple and unique experiences, with environmental sensitivity and social responsibility at the fore. The traditional approach to luxury still definitely influences many, however the trend of luxury travel, which is identified with a valuable personal experience, is steadily on the rise. Today’s traveller wants an insider’s view of their destination, in order to truly enjoy its culture. It is one thing to be locked up in a luxury cage, at a distance from the land you are visiting, and it is a completely different thing to take in a unique location with beautiful luxury details, that add a certain different aura to your stay. It is true that luxury succeeds in making you feel special, however what is of increasing importance is that your journey and stay provide you with unexpected, powerful emotions. These important developments are taking place as the „weight“ of the Millennial generation is increasing and after significant changes in peoples’ mentality have taken hold. In the past, concepts such as „expensive“, „exclusive“, „status symbol“, „privileged“, and „complacently glossy“

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were enough to guarantee a journey into luxury. Today’s ticket must say „unique“, „rare“, „of the highest quality“, „sophisticated“, „lasting value“, „of exceptional design and reputation“. The concepts of „quality“, „skilful fabrication“, and „authenticity“ guide Millennials’ decisions. They are no longer defined by the brands they might pay for – because they consider their cost justified. They turn more to travel and collecting amazing experiences, which will increase their own „value“ on social media. And since travel is the main path down which they search for the new, meaningful form of luxury, apart from powerful experiences, they are also attracted by the potential of being granted access to places, things and people not accessible by just anyone, and which will inspire them to succeed in their life goals. Thus, today’s demanding traveller must be perceived as sophisticated explorers who want to enjoy new cultures and local traditions on their holidays, involving the arts, folk-tales and luxury products that they will find at their destination, and will express a unique tradition and fabrication technique. They want to go onto farms and taste amazing goodies, fish with the fishermen, enter kitchens and cook with renowned cooks, go into small workshops, crawl under the skin of local communities and feel them at their best. This type of journey goes beyond marble bathtubs and golden taps. It provides one with the possibility of breaking through to a new destination and enjoying it without the pressure of time, experiencing a charming stay, exceptional tastes, and meaningful knowledge, without the standardized boredom provided by mainstream guides. Such luxury surpasses expectations. We should underline how important gastronomy is to this group. Restaurants that have received awards for their quality and authenticity, cooking lessons, visits to distinguished wineries, and, definitely, trying excellent local products – all the better if they are organic and meet the requirements of the 100-mile diet – greatly increase the chances of a hotel covering these needs and being included on their holiday itinerary. This unique group of travellers, the pioneers of hospitality, approach it with flexibility, in an effort to create savvy, tailor-made options on all levels.



andals, sun cream, beach read… Packing your bags on the way out couldn’t be easier. But, let’s face it, packing for the way home is no fun at all. So we’ve selected 10 magical moments to put in your suitcase and make the journey home just that little bit lighter. At Ikos Resorts, even the memories are included as part of your stay.


SMELLS LIKE SUMMER You’ve tasted luxury, now smell it. Find a corner that’s just for you, feel the glow of the afternoon sun through the umbrella and fan the pages of your summer novel. Breathe deep. 7

TOGETHER AT LAST But forget about the food and drink for a minute. Look around the table. You’re all there, together, about to share new memories that will become part of family legend.


BOTTLE THAT FEELING Everywhere you turn, everything you do, you’re about to be treated like royalty. Just try it. Open your mini bar: branded spirit, soft drink or snack … help yourself. It’s all yours. 2

ARRIVE WITH A SPLASH Choose your swimming pool, open your Ikos Beach Life menu and simply lie back. Wait for it … There it is! The sound of the first dive of the summer.

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ONE FOR YOUR DESK Waterskiing, wind surfing, canoeing … So many water sports to choose from, but only one memory that really matters. It’s the feeling of pride when you photograph him catching his first wave. Now that’s one for your desk.


Memories to pack on your way home Just how much space do you need to leave in your SUITCASE to include a lifetime of memories? At Ikos Resorts you’re about to find out



STELLAR FOOD Every single one of your taste buds will be completely and utterly spoilt: Greek, French and Italian menus from Michelin-starred chefs and the most exquisite Asian tastes.

300 WINE LABELS It’s your imagination that travels furthest at Ikos Resorts. Three hundred wine labels and a sommelier to guide you through every single one of them.

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THAT BEACHFRONT STROLL Now step right from your room onto the beach for a sunset stroll. If footprints in the sand could talk, this is one story that would be for just the two of you. 9

A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS Time to treat yourselves to an Anne Semonin luxury spa therapy and allow those essential oils to rejuvenate your body – twice the joy when it’s with the person you’ve shared your life with. 10

FREE TO DREAM There’s only one place this could all end. A Deluxe Collection treat of dinner-for-two on the beach and the magical feeling of belonging in a fairy tale.

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Ikos Magazine by Madame  

The Ikos Resorts annual edition 2018

Ikos Magazine by Madame  

The Ikos Resorts annual edition 2018