Month: February 2014

WHITE POD

WHITE POD

Les Cerniers, Switzerland

If you are looking for wonder and adventure, the White Pod is the place for you. Forget about lifts and magnetic door keys. At reception you will be given a torch, binoculars, maps, instructions on how to light a fire, walkie-talkies and a rucksack for the essentials. To get to your suite, that here they call “pod” – your “nest” we would say – you have to walk along the woods and then up a hill…

BERGHOTEL LADINIA

BERGHOTEL LADINIA

Corvara in Badia, Italy

If what you look for in a mountain hotel is attention for details, simplicity, the smell of the woods and unforgettable atmospheres, head to (or ski to) the dusty pink and brick red entrance of Bergholtel Ladinia. You will feel like me, or like Cesco many years ago: happy…

Nature loves to hide

Nature loves to hide

Meraviglia Paper Video #2

Close your eyes, stop, breath in all the air that you need. Beauty loves to hide. Go travelling. Collect smells, inspirations, lights and skies. Wonder is everywhere…

EDEN HOTEL

EDEN HOTEL

Bormio, Italy

Each time we go to the mountains we turn into audacious and insatiable explorers. We search valleys and mountains looking for secluded hotels, unforgettable panoramas, cosy rooms and gourmand menus. Bormio’s Eden hotel, the last addition to the Design hotels family, is our latest found. Every alpine detail is well-reloaded: the jug on the bedside table, the black and white tartan fabric, the wire mesh moose head, the larch wood furniture, the breakfast (rich in food and minimalistic in style)…

locanda alpina

locanda alpina

Corvara in Badia, Italy

Among the peaks of Alta Badia (and in our hearts) there is a restaurant that smells of mountain herbs, speck, roasted meat and apple strudel, where the floor is cleaned with Savon de Marseille and books with tartan covers are delicately tied together with a night-blue grosgrain string…

EPIC GREEN

EPIC GREEN

Franschhoek, South Africa

Crossing the whitewashed gate of Babylonstoren is like stepping into wonderland for an imprecise space of time, just as much as you need to make this farm your favourite country place in the world. Never before we’ve tried a more perfect combination of roasted fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Everything is served with ultimate elegance…

Oep ve Koep

Oep ve Koep

Paternoster, South Africa

You will probably get here after a morning in the West Coast National Park, a few hours northwest of Cape Town. You cross the National Park gate and drive surrounded only by low vegetation, white dunes and birds until you reach the Langebaan Lagoon, an expanse of azure blue water battered by strong winds; groups of surfers from a hippie dream gliding over the water. You cross the door of the dim lit Oep ve Koep shop first, then a second door opening onto the sunny inner garden; you leave the sound of the ocean behind and stop for a gourmet break…

In and Out of the Bush

In and Out of the Bush

Kalahari Desert, Botswana

The Bushmen don’t have any knowledge of time; the old men don’t have any precise age. Yet they know that it will rain sometime in the future. They drink water from bulb plants and teach their kids to find scorpions and use them as toys…

Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Okavango is the only river that ends in a desert instead of flowing into open sea. Its delta is a ramification of water imprinted on the land and its contours are continuously re-defined by water. These streams are mirrors for the clouds, their shape changing with the wind. In Botswana you learn that weather is unpredictable but you also learn to recognise when the next rainfall is approaching and it’s time to wear a warm waterproof poncho. At Duba plains, at sunrise, you eat bread toasted on an open fire…

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