My dream holiday…
One of the highlights of my role as CEO for Small Luxury Hotels of the World is visiting the hotels in our portfolio and exploring some fascinating countries. Whilst many of my visits are unfortunately very brief, I’ve been giving some thought to how I would enter our current Dream Itinerary competition. Of course I can’t single out any particular hotels as they are all wonderful and unfortunately I’m not allowed to enter but if I could, here’s a European ‘fantasy’ journey that I’d love to try…
I would start in Greece surrounded by the extremes of natural beauty and dazzling view. A trip to Greece is never complete without a visit to Santorini which has the characteristic white cubist architecture of Greece with its striking blue domes blended with the sheer drama of every building hanging precariously off the cliff face and looking out over endless blue and pretty sister islands.
I would then leave the glittering, blue seas of Greece behind and travel to Italy. Here, I would hire a car and drive south through the picturesque olive groves and vineyards of Tuscany, stopping to taste some of the delightful wines of the world famous vineyards. Of course no Italian journey is complete without dining on authentic Tuscan cuisine whilst overlooking the rolling hills and beautiful villas of this enchanting land.
I would then head to France to sail the glamorous French Riviera. It still lives up to its alluring reputation and nothing quite prepares you for the stunning scenery nor the effortless chic of the place. I would sail the dynamic coastline with its plunging cliffs, magnificent bays and iconic towns such as Nice, Cannes, St.Tropez and of course the principality of Monaco. After enjoying the private beaches and world-class restaurants of the French Riviera where I would finish off my whirlwind adventure.
With over 500 hotels in more than 70 countries to select, it’s tough to pick just a few but I hope that’s inspired you if you haven’t already submitted your dream trip.