Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
Not only is Crete a destination brimming with history from the Minoan Palace of Knossos, to Byzantine monasteries and the legendary birthplace of Zeus, it's also home to Mediterranean beaches, cuisine and warm hospitality. What makes Blue Palace totally unique to any other hotel in Crete, is it undisturbed views of Spinalonga Island – a Greek National Monument and the inspiration for Victoria Hislop's international best seller The Island.
The authentic, five-star hotel is home to a private beach, spa, chapel, traditional Grecian caique boat and helipad, and 70% of rooms have a private pool, capitalising on the unique views. The hotel also champions local artisans, produce and people, welcoming local producers of wine, olives and artists to the hotel weekly to provide guests the chance to experience 'local' Crete. Also, a monthly traditional Cretan feast is held, prepared and cooked by villagers using the same techniques for hundreds of years.
Monte Carlo – Hotel Metropole
Spanning just 2 Square Kilometers, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, but what Monaco lacks in size it more than makes up for in glamour. The city of Monte-Carlo hosts 5* hotel, Hotel Metropole. With two Michelin-starred restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, as well as his only Japanese restaurant in the world, one-Michelin starred Yoshi, the prestigious hotel offers guests a variety of high dining options.
Spa Metropole by Givenchy, was recently unveiled and is the perfect place to unwind, along with Odyssey, the hotel's heated sea-water pool surrounded by a bespoke mural, designed by fashion legend, Karl Lagerfeld. Ideally situated in the Carré d'Or, within walking distance of the Casino, the hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. At the end of 2019, the hotel's penthouse Suite Carré d'Or underwent a complete redesign by renowned French interior designer Jacques Garcia, in collaboration with House of Pierre Frey.
St Tropez – Hotel Byblos
St Tropez is one of the most famous resort in Europe located in the centre, Hotel Byblos invites guests to enjoy a magical and timeless getaway between Provence and French Riviera. Hotel Byblos was originally founded by Lebanese businessman, Jean-Prosper Gay-Para in the attempt to woo French actress Brigitte Bardot in 1967. French entrepreneur Sylvain Floirat purchased the property that same year and continued to build its iconic reputation worldwide. Still run by the same family (fourth generation) the hotel is part of luxury Groupe Floirat. It received the 'Palace' distinction in 2012 and is renowned for its historical heritage, location and timeless elegance.
Charter a Super Yacht - SuperYachtsMonaco
Follow the sun and visit the most beautiful marinas and ports by chartering a Super Yacht with SuperYachtsMonaco. For your readers who are considering chartering and want escape to a magical retreat, superyachts are the best boutique hotels on sea taking them to the hottest charter destinations.
Irisha visits the glamorous South of France on board Irisha. Her impressive fighter-jet inspired exteriors and luxurious interiors have been penned by renowned British designers, Harrison Eidsgaard. Undoubtedly her most impressive design feature, Irisha's sporty raised wheelhouse is constructed of 3D curved glass sheets, which are among the largest produced in Europe. Her top is Snow White in colour, while the main deck is a Midnight Blue, the hull features a custom metallic colour Pacific Blue which in sunlight changes from metallic blue to dark olive-green hues. Family and entertaining are at the centre of this yacht, where wood, soft textiles and textured fabrics result in a cosy and inviting atmosphere.
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