Located in the heart of the Cyclades, Skinopi Lodge sits on a bluff on the unspoiled island of Milos overlooking the deep blue Aegean Sea. Designed to blend into the landscape and reflect Cycladic culture, the secluded villas are made primarily of stone, similar to the traditional fishermen houses, adding the feature of floor to ceiling glass windows which highlights the spectacular surrounding environment. The minimal and airy villas of whitewashed walls and traditional cement floors are set within 9 acres of pristine sea front private land, creating the ultimate retreat with your own private front-row view of the sunset.
Set on the edge of the Ria Formosa lagoon, Casa Modesta is a rural hotel with a distinct contemporary Portuguese edge. Owner Carlos Fernandes named the property after his mother, Modesta Maria, who grew up in the original 1940s house built by his grandfather, a local fisherman. Re-imagined by Fernandes’ sister, Vânia, the once-humble home now features nine beautiful rooms with en-suites and a patio and share a common dining room and lounge. The interiors are minimal and unfussy with stunning vaulted brick ceilings and traditional terracotta floor tiles complimented by Canadian cedar furnishings and cork and brass accents. The hotel’s garden provides fresh organic vegetables for the kitchen, while a range of spa treatments are also available, using the natural properties of the local olives, almonds and algae. This rural hideaway is ideal for those that want to slow down and experience authentic culture in the stunning environment of the nature reserve.
*images by Joao Carmo Simoes
Tucked away on a quiet street in Canggu and surrounded by rice paddies, the thoughtfully designed villa is light and airy, with influences from South America and East Asia. The founders of the iconic swimwear brand, F E L L A, Rosie Iffla & Christine Tang, collaborated with their favorite artists, photographers and homewares to create a luxury, boutique villa that has all the elements of a tropical oasis fused with a modern design that radiates sophistication. With a large indoor/outdoor living area, guests can enjoy day beds and lounge areas throughout the stylish space, which features natural timbers, polished concrete floors and lush, verdant tropical gardens. With 3 large open bedrooms, fully equipped modern kitchen, lounge areas galore, and a large gorgeous pool - what more could you want in a tropical hideaway that is just minutes from renowned beaches and some of the hottest bars and restaurants?
*images by Tommaso Riva.
Nestled atop the Amalfi Coast in the quaint town of Praiano, Casa Angelina offers a tribute to modern minimalism. Settle into quiet luxury with white-on-white decor paired with eclectic pieces of colorful, contemporary art and stunning views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Take a moonlight sail, relax poolside under the lemon trees, or enjoy world class cuisine on the rooftop at sunset. Soaking in their peaceful, meditative atmosphere, you'll never want to leave this heavenly coastal abode!
*images by Sarah Ellefson and some provided by the property
Located in the neighborhood of Anse Des Cayes overlooking the beach and the small islands off the north coast of St Barts, this newly renovated 2 bedroom villa is the perfect beach retreat. Matt and Kate Holstein, an American couple from Colorado, jointly revamped their idyllic escape with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living with a peaked roof providing 1000sq feet of floor space completely open to the air on two sides. Don't be fooled by the petite size, this dreamy space has everything and more that one might need, done up in the most stylish of ways. Decorated in a modern organic style with with an all white color palette and pops of neutral finishes to invoke a sense of serenity, Kate added personal touches and details throughout the house including soft linens, beautiful art, and found objects. The indoor living space extends to a large deck and lounge area which opens to magnificent ocean views and an outdoor pool surrounded by lush vegetation. At Villa Palmier, time slows down, sea breezes flow continuously through the house and you'll never want to leave your perfect perch from the pool deck.
*photos and design by Kate Holstein
Located on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, the charming 2 bedroom house and 1 bedroom studio are surrounded by willow, pine and fruit trees on an acre of land with gorgeous views extending over the Wombat State Forest and Doctor's Gully. Originally an 1860's miner's cottage, the home has been lovingly restored and re-designed by Kali Cavanagh, bringing new life to the house by highlighting the original features and furnishing with antiques, vintage and industrial furniture and artwork from around the globe. Guests can enjoy luxurious open plan living in the main house with a large 18th Century dining table, industrial chairs and banquette, as well as a spacious moody lounge room with 3m high ceilings, an open fireplace and chesterfield sofas. With such inviting indoor spaces and outdoor seating on the verandah and table for 12, the hardest part will be deciding where to relax with your glass of wine!
*images by Sharyn Cairns, Interiors, styling, custom furniture and layout design by Kali Cavanagh
Located atop the rocky cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, this 19th century liberty style villa overlooks the azure Tyrrhenian Sea. With white walls typical of Mediterranean architecture, the hotel is thoughtfully accented with local, hand crafted ceramics and wall to wall windows emphasizing the coastal views. Stroll through the lemon groves, lounge at the private beach club, and take a dip in the serene ocean or heated salt water pool to relax. With two world renowned restaurants on site, delectable, local Limoncello and seafood are never more than a few steps away. At Hotel Santa Caterina, your every need is anticipated by their thoughtful staff, leaving you free to relax and soak in Italian paradise.
*Images by Sarah Ellefson