4 Greek islands to see before you die

 

 

Welcoming more than 33 million tourists in 2018 alone, Greece is one of the world’s most visited countries – and there’s a seemingly endless list of reasons why. The birthplace of democracy is steeped in rich and enduring history, awash with some of Earth’s most astounding landscapes, brimming with warm and wonderful locals and hailed as a gastronomic utopia, making it a truly magical place that travellers return to again and again.

 

For a sun-soaked holiday that offers everything from beaches to museums, Greece’s many islands provide guaranteed bliss – whether you’re after a laidbackromantic break or an action-filled getaway with the family in tow. Here are four of the finest.

 

4 Greek islands to see before you die

 

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Hotel des Grands Boulevards

Nestled into one of Paris’ liveliest locations, yet tucked away from the hubbub just enough to feel totally serene, Hotel des Grands Boulevards has everything you might need for a whimsically chic city break in the French capital. Flanked by the Sentier and its entrepreneurs, the Faubourg Montmartre’s theatres & the Opera House, and just spitting distance to the sleepless nights of Strasbourg Saint-Denis’ and the Faubourg Poissonnière’s hip restaurants, the hotel’s surrounds are just as inspiring as its interiors.

 

Hotel des Grands Boulevards

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Experimental Chalet

 

The latest from the infamous “Experimental Group”, founded by Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros and Romée De Goriainoff, is the retro-cool boutique hotel in the Swiss Alps called Experimental Chalet.

 

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Altitude Ski School Verbier

I was asked by a friend why I need ski lessons. I don’t think ski lessons are just for beginners. I’ve been skiing since I was a teenager, however the skiing journey is all about progression and at a pace that’s enjoyable. When I go to unfamiliar places I almost always take an instructor so he or she can guide me through the mountains, show the best off-piste spots and give tips where the best chair lifts are to avoid long queues and most crowded times.

 

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Altitude Ski and Snowboard School

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Riga – Arts, architecture, culture and black balsam

Located on the crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures, and with a turbulent history, it is clear that many nations have left their footprint on Latvia, yet the country remains steeped in its own traditions. Today it is an enlivening combination of rich history and contemporary cool, and its capital, Riga, is quickly becoming a coveted destination, particularly for those with a passion for the arts.

 

 

Riga - Arts, architecture, culture and black balsam I’m wearing a tracksuit by Kukhareva London

 

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Grecotel Corfu Imperial

The recently remodelled Corfu Imperial Hotel is situated on a stunning private peninsula with vistas overlooking the sparkling Ionian Sea. A destination steeped in natural beauty, Corfu with its turquoise waters, towering cypress trees, golden-sand beaches, handsome Italianate architecture and unique cuisine, makes for an unforgettable holiday.

 

Grecotel Corfu Imperial

I’m wearing a top by Livotte London

 

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Villas on the French Riviera

A true paradise, the Côte d’Azur is widely renowned as one of Earth’s most luxurious destinations. For decades the world’s elite has descended on the French Riviera, drawing inspiration from its mesmerising Mediterranean views as much as they do from the royalty, diplomats, actors, artists and entrepreneurs that rub shoulders there. Here are five of the Riviera’s most striking villas and little about who owned them.

 

Villas on the French RivieraI and the kids are in the gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

 

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Spiritual awakening

Did you know that Ayurveda is one of the oldest sciences known to mankind? Indian medical science is probably as old as the Indus Valley Civilisation, dating back to 3000 BC. We’re talking Early to Mid Bronze Age here – around the same time as Egyptian civilisation was developing, and much before the Greeks, Romans or Anglo-Saxons ever took power.

 

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Goodness of divine healing – Ayurveda

I’ve always been fascinated by alternative medicines, be it homeopathy, mineral treatments or Ayurvedic medicine.

When I was little, my grandmother would give me special herbal teas with rose leaf or sea buckthorn, berry jams during winter and in summer months she’d make me special plantain compresses for the numerous cuts, stings and bruises I’d obtain while running in the garden.

Some of these things you take with you throughout your lifetime, passing them onto your own children, while other tips and tricks you pick up en route.

 

 

Goodness of divine healing - Ayurveda

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