Olivier and Patricia Massart welcome in the heart of Provence at Domaine des Andéols while Alexandra Efstathiadou has created a sensory experience atEkies All Senses Resort in Greece. Adrenaline, international cuisine and relaxation feature prominently at Reto Gurtner’s rocksresort in Switzerland.
Provence by Olivier and Patricia Massart
Husband and wife team Olivier and Patricia Massart’s loving restoration of their 59 acre estate in the Southeast of France is equal parts pastoral retreat and refined Parisian art gallery. At Domaine des Andéols, ten original stone farmhouses set among fragrant lavender fields and gnarled olive trees provide the backdrop for the indoor and open-air arts center and homestead. Experience Olivier and Patricia’s French-country hospitality first hand with their curated tour of the region and its Provencial delights. Hop on board a vintage car for a ride through the countryside, stopping to take in the sights of the medieval villages of Oppède-le-Vieux, Gordes and Ménerbes. Spend an afternoon in an exclusive family-run vineyard followed by a four course feast in-house at “La Maison des Saveurs”, sampling the thoughtful pairings of the bountiful land.
Halkidiki by Alexandra Efstathiadou
On an unspoiled semi-private beach in Halkidiki, Greece, sits the stripped-back wonder that is Ekies All Senses Resort. Alexandra Efstathiadou spent nine years transforming the hotel she used to visit with her parents as a child into an ecologically aware and harmonious hideaway. It is Alexandra’s approach and appreciation for the languid pace that sets the tone for her hand-picked highlights of Halkidiki. Once the pulse has slowed, embark on a private cruise and a picnic around Diasporos Island, an area dotted with secret beaches and home to the natural wonder “The Blue Lagoon”. Following a day of island hopping and swimming the azure depths, enjoy Greek and Mediterranean flavors with a private dinner of fresh, seasonal ingredients served on Ekies beach.
Laax by Reto Gurtner
Taking its name and identity from the surrounding landscape, rocksresort’s eight freestanding cubist structures have come to revolutionize the traditional Swiss Alpine experience. Finished in rough-hewn stone, the simple cube buildings are both bold and inconspicuous. Not content to rest on its design-centric laurels, rocksresort owner Reto Gurtner has crafted an all-encompassing, one-of-a-kind exploration of the area and its many offerings. Choose between a thrill-inducing river rafting ride through the Swiss Grand Canyon, or follow the culinary trail of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and mountainous Sarodon region, including a five course meal on the striking Panorama pathway. Once back at the hotel, indulge in a relaxation massage before contemplating one of the four world-class dining options from Medierranean to Pan-Asian, or stay local with traditional specialties and après-adventure drinks fireside.
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