Traveler’s Picks

by Claire and Lissa Christie

Jul 2014

Silver Island is a dream island: green, wild and sun-drenched. It cannot be found on Google map, yet it can be reached from mainland Greece following Claire and Lissa’s instructions. These two sisters have inherited this natural gem from their father and open its doors to small groups of up to ten guests that will spend their stay practicing yoga, exploring hidden coves, walking among ancient olive groves and wild flowers accompanied by the rhythmic sound of cicadas. The Main House has all the magic and simplicity of a traditional Greek building, with details painted in typical Mediterranean colours: white, blue and coral red.

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

(Claire) Right here on the island in Greece. There is nowhere more beautiful in this world!

(Lissa) Nowhere, I am right where I want to be, here on the island.

The restaurant where you feel at home.

(Claire) I love food, and so my favourite types of eateries found in markets, where I can taste lots of things, made with fresh local produce and love.

(Lissa) I love family run places! There is a Taverna on Trikeri Island, just around the corner from us, that does the best scampi pasta, fresh from the sea, cooked with love by the whole family.

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

(Claire) In India I stayed in an old palace and to think that I was walking once where others with such an incredibly different life to the one I now lead, too walked. I love places with history, being able today to see the past.

(Lissa) Hotel Amour in Paris. It is filled with Art and eclectic collections, which I love. Each room has a different theme and its always exciting to see which room I will get.

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

(Claire) Africa! I have travelled from Cairo to Cape Town on public transport down the east side of Africa, and now want to go up again but up the west side of Africa, and then come down again!

(Lissa) Mexico! Because it is filled with colour, craft, art, great food, wonderful friendly people, diverse landscapes and the best tequila!

A dish that recently surprised you.

(Claire) Cauliflower mash and rice! Delicious.

(Lissa) As the cook on the island, I love to create dishes that try and inspire our guests. I had delicious zucchini balls at a local tavern with mint and Feta and loved it so much it is now on our menu.

A holiday place from your childhood.

(Claire) The beach! Spending hours swimming and building sand castles, burring ourselves in the sand…absolute bliss.

(Lissa) The Island, we spent many holidays here and the main memory is freedom and happiness. Free to just be children.

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

(Claire) I would put a map out in front of them, make them close their eyes and then put a pin in the map where ever their hand stops…and that is where our adventure would be.

(Lissa) Through Africa, to understand the diversity of wildlife, nature, people. To be reminded just how incredible the world we live in is.

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate, what would that be?

(Claire) On the island. We recently held one here and it was absolutely magical. I am more of an intimate celebrator, so a few close friends with lots of laughter is perfect for me.

(Lissa) On the island as it gives everyone space to spend quality time together without any distractions.

A view you will never forget.

(Claire) From the top of the Simian mountains in Ethiopia or from Matchu Picchu, Peru – views when you can see for ever!

(Lissa) The view I look at every day. I am surrounded by the most beautiful scenery every way I turn.

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

(Claire) Silver Island Yoga!

(Lissa) Silver Island Yoga!

 

 

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