Tucked down in Italy’s southern region, Puglia is rustic, soulful and understated. There are paradise beaches and pure-white cities that seemingly fall into the sea. This sun-washed region of Italy is also a foodie’s dream, offering fresh, raw seafood and wholesome orecchiette pasta.
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Starting in the rural village of Bar Sur Loup with stunning mountain views, we slowly – and lavishly – worked our way to Cannes and along the coast to the iconic St Tropez; discovering hidden beach havens and the ‘Little Venice of Provence’ along the way. Here’s our ultimate 7-day South of France road trip itinerary.
The Wild was our final stop on our honeymoon trip to the Cyclades, and we saved the best for last. The location is breathtaking – set within a natural ampitheatre on a cliffside. As we stepped out of the lobby and peered over the tumbling cliffs at Kalafatis Beach below, it was a real pinch-me moment.
On the tip of the peninsula of Barú, Hotel Las Islas is a sprawling eco-friendly estate. Just a speedboat ride away from historic city, Cartagena, you can reach it easily by zipping around Cartagena Bay. But, there was something about the thatched-roof bungalows, lush tangle of jungle and pure-white sands that made it feel like a million miles away from anywhere.
Senda Watapuy’s expansive lobby with its beautiful turquoise tiles and open-air deck was a very welcome sight. After spending two days hiking the remote beaches and jungle of Tayrona National Park, we were ready to relax. As our bags were whisked away, we were shown the sparkling infinity pool just beyond, to the sound of evening cocktails being shaken.
If you’re looking for a chilled-out honeymoon destination that has everything from flawless beaches to traditional Greek charm, look no further than these two neighbouring islands.
Located on the edge of Cartagena’s walled Old Town, the Charleston Santa Teresa is a much-revered landmark and known as ‘the’ place to stay when exploring this colourful city. What was once a 17th-century convent is now a beautifully renovated hotel that’s a mix of historic grandeur and contemporary cool.
Between Rome and Pisa, Hotel Il Pellicano hides on one of Monte Argentario’s most beautiful coves. Here, it’s all wild beaches and mediterranean pine trees and it’s where wealthy Italians have been escaping for years.
Italy is top of the list when it comes to romantic destinations. More specifically, Tuscany – with its rolling hills, medieval cobbled streets and Michelin-star restaurants – is the ultimate setting for a loved-up escape.