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traditional carefree simplicity...

Cephalonia, Greece

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Nerantzi House, Paxos

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rural retreats...

Finca S’Erezal, Fornalutx, Mallorca (sleeps 2- 6, prices from £499 per person)

Arosmari Village Retreat, Crete

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children friendly

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pampered luxury or sheer elegance...

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cottages by the sea and in the country...

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hand-picked villas from comfortable to luxurious...

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boutique and stylish hotels...

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in Greece...

Moonrise over mountains; the rasp of cicadas in an island olive-grove; a plate of mezĂŠdes and a glass of cool retsina. The gentle puttering of a fishing-boat coming towards harbour; the buzz of small waterfront cafĂŠs; an aromatic breeze wafting from hillsides of wild herbs, resinous pines and cypresses.

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Paxos and Corfu ...

Corfu’s Venetian architecture steeped in history and myth, secret idyllic coves from Nissaki to Kassiopi, iced coffees, waterside tavernas and a certain cosmopolitan style. Paxos, quintessential Greece, a tranquil retreat with seductive charm, evening walks under ancient olive groves, old donkey tracks, crystal clear water.

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Cephalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos...

Cephalonia – Fiskardo, a place of subtle sophistication, stylish shops, pastel-coloured houses, stone doorways, flower-festooned balconies, a back drop of hillsides covered in pines, tiny hamlets and a coastline indented with secluded beaches. Ithaca, mountainous kingdom of Odysseus, breath-taking sunsets, white pebble coves, ancient monasteries – one of Byron’s favourites. Zakynthos –‘the flower of the east’, the beautiful landscape of the Vassilikos peninsula, woods and green and undulating terrain, sandy beaches, vineyards, white-washed chapels, Simpson crèche – children’s paradise. GREECE 35


the dramatic diversity of Crete...

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The White mountains, deep gorges, the stage-set beauty of old Chania, atmospheric ruins of Minoan palaces. Hawks, wild flowers, long beaches. The blues of sea, sky and morning glory.

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Corsica

Alpine peaks and rugged rock tumbling through forests of pine, oak and sweet chestnut. A coastline of dramatic gulfs, fishing harbours and soft, pristine beaches. Water sports, the simplest or most sophisticated places to eat, intoxicating scent of herbs from the legendary maquis, walker’s paradise, Genoese bridges, sleepy terracotta-tiled villages. Proud islanders with an independent spirit.

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Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio...

Gulf of Porto Vecchio, stylish and vibrant port. Chic boutiques, dappled café terraces, translucent sea, child friendly beaches edged with pine-shaded soft sand. Bonifacio’s historic fortress citadel with a giddying cliff drop to the sea, noble mansions squeezed into narrow cobbled streets, quayside restaurants, cafés, nearby beaches. 42 CORSICA


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Valinco Gulf and The West Coast...

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A former fishing village grown into the sophisticated, lively Propriano. Campo Moro’s gentle sands and fisherman’s cottages, Ajaccio’s bay - all pastel coloured houses and good food. The salmon pink porphyry and granite Calanques de Pima, shaped by the elements. The restful beauty of the Plage d’Arone.

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Calvi, The Balagne and St. Florent

Walled citadel on Calvi’s granite outcrop. The old and the new: fisherman mending nets, cafes, bars and ships at anchor.. The sweeping countryside of the Balagne, olives, citrus groves, hilltop hamlets, miles of sandy beaches. The unforgettable pinks, roses and terracottas of the l’Ile de Rousse at sunset. CORSICA 47


Italy

Long avenues of parasol pine, the scent of lemon blossom and jasmine on the evening air, stone paths scattered with orchids and cyclamen, vertiginous cliff-top towns perched over the impossibly blue Mediterranean. Timeless countryside: rolling hills, vineyards and cypresses; cities of living history: elegant cafĂŠs, cooling fountains, palazzos. Opera, poetry, the greatest art in the world, the passions of Casanova and a sense of all-pervasive style.

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Sicily

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Sicily: Every Mediterranean civilization has contributed to its architectural marvels and rich gastronomic heritage. Three thousand years of Sicilian wine, traditional markets, ruined temples, sweeping sandy beaches, hilltop hideaways and Mount Etna rising above Taormina and the dramatically beautiful, volcanic Aeolian islands. ITALY 51


Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri

Legendary inspiration for artists and sybarites. Vertiginous cliff towns, limoncello in old Sorrento, the steep lanes and pastel houses of Positano, sea food overlooking the sea it came from in romantic Amalfi. Capri - the ruins of an emperor’s villa, sea grottoes, festivals and mountain walks.

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Tuscany and Umbria

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A landscape palette of ochres and terracottas, white roads, purple grapes, silver-green olive trees, rich blue skies and hazy dawns. Cities of art and treasure, wine and pleasure: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano Montelpulciano, Cortona. ITALY 55


Mallorca

Village markets, traditional country restaurants, wild walking tracks, dappled streets, cloistered convents, Baroque mansions. Stylish, cosmopolitan; gastronomic delights, elegant boutique hotels, luxurious villas, golf, tennis, sailing, diving. A stunning coastline, sandy beaches, tiny bays.

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Pollenรงa and Puerto de Pollenรงa

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Horseshoe bay between sandy beaches and the Tramuntana mountains. The old town loved by artists and writers for centuries. Medieval streets, Roman bridge, a Templars’ church, the Gothic San Jordi, stylish shops and restaurants.

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Fornalutx, Sóller and Deià

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Painted tiles and carved doorways in old Fornalutx, deep in the Tramuntana mountains, Soller’s gardens, shady squares and cafés, eye-catching houses dating from the C14 to fascinating Modernist creations. Deia, the artists, musicians’ and writers’ haven. A hillside of olive and citrus groves between mountains and sea. MALLORCA 63


Turkey

East meets west in a tiny glass of amber Turkish tea, a hammam full of rose petals or the muezzin calling as evening comes. Dinner cooled by fine mist from gushing streams. Wild tulips, tortoises, eagles, butterflies and the legendarily dazzling Turquoise coast.enim nibh eget ipsum.

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Morocco

Colour, light, fragrance, history. Timelessness. Sophistication. Falconers, story-tellers and labyrinthine ancient souks. Enchanting, stylish riads or secluded desert Kasbahs. Distant tam tam drums, the call to prayer. Storks, palms, caravanserai. Velvet, jasmine-scented nights.

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...from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains

From Marrakech’s ancient medina to the cosmopolitan Nouvelle Ville, from an 1920’s artist’s lush gardens to silent, ornately decorated mosques. From tinkling, tiled fountains to the sweet-smelling waters and massage of the hammam. Then to the High Atlas-the space, peace, sunsets, camel and horse riding. Berber culture, cold nights in deep warm beds, warm nights under the stars. MOROCCO 73


Greece

Villa Pelagos, Paxos Sleeps 2-6

Villa Francisca, Paxos Sleeps 6

Nerantzi House, Paxos Sleeps 6

Koukla’s House, Paxos Sleeps 6

Alexandros House, Paxos Sleeps 6

Daniella’s House, Paxos Sleeps 6

Loggos Mills, Paxos Sleeps 6

Koutrouli House, Paxos Sleeps 6

The Saints, Corfu Sleeps 6

Agni Cottage, Corfu Sleeps 6

Villa Elaia, Corfu Sleeps 6

Panorama Villa, Corfu Sleeps 6

Villa Christos, Cephalonia Sleeps 6

Emelisse Art Hotel, Cephalonia Sleeps 6

Ranzo Ionio, Cephalonia Sleeps 6

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