Perfection: Greek Hotel Made For Families with Little Travelers

Based on my personal experience traveling with kids is 10x harder Than traveling with adults. The kids nends special places that satisfy their desires and needs ! On the other hand though, I experienced  more that traveling with kids has become much easier (such a contradiction I know) but it all depends on the destination. It does take a bit more effort on the parent’s part but hotels have become much more accommodating and even have suites dedicated to traveling en-famille. You don’t have to forgo your love of travel just because you’ve added a couple additional travelers to your family. The Ekies All Senses Resort, a member of the Design Hotels collective, understands this sentiment and has created a Greek oasis for families on vacation with little travelers.

Located on the paradisiacal coastline of Halkidiki, Greece, the Ekies All Senses Resort owned by Alexandra Efstathiadou features 10 eco-luxury suites that encourage children to run free and explore, all the while encouraging adults to do the same. The newer Pine and Evergreen suites designed by Athens-based architectural firm Agarch+ seem to blend into the lush, rustic landscape of fauna and flora. The materials and decor incorporated into the suites, like the hand-laid herringbone stone flooring, are a nod to traditional Greek artisanship alongside modern furnishings, like pieces by Philippe Starck and Achille Castiglioni.

The suites come equipped with cozy loungers, hammocks and private soaking pools. And Alexandra’s mother’s family co-own Coco Mat, a company that produces natural sleep products, bed linens, towels, and furniture, all of which are used throughout the hotel.

Blue accent walls and tiles reflect the waters of the Aegean shores just mere steps away from the property. Illustrations and typography showcasing Greek poet Aesop’s fables adorn the walls of certain suites. There are 69 rooms and suites in total, each with their own pool, sea or garden view and each are unique in terms of color and decorations.

 

Alexandra shares her vision for the property:

” I wanted to display Greek culture but in a modern way. I wanted to create a new way for people to look at the country. It is a place filled with love. In other words, it’s the perfect place to spend with your family and little ones.”

What: The Ekies All Senses Resort
Where: Sithonia, Halkidiki, Vourvourou, 63078
How much:  Rates for the Pine suites start from $264 USD, rates for the Evergreen Suite start from $522 USD.
Highlights: This Greek hotel has all the modern amenities you need to stay more than comfortable while on vacation (we’re going to assume that it won’t be that hard on a beautiful property like this) but is a true escape into paradise with the lush landscaping, scenic views (Mount Itamos is just a drive away) and Greek-influenced interiors.
Design draw: Agarch+ chose materials and decor that give a nod to Greek craftsmanship while also maintaining a contemporary aesthetic with modern furniture and fixtures.

Book it: Visit the Ekies All Senses Resort

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Via Design Milk.

The Beautiful Tree of Italy: Alberbello

Alberobello (Italian: means literally “beautiful tree”) is a small town and comune of the metropolitan city of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy. It has about 10,700 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trullo buildings. The trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

Alberobello was first mentioned in the early 16th century when the first 40 families were granted land to farm in the area. The abundance of calcareous sedimentary material in the area lead to the building of houses with dry stone without the use of mortar. These houses were the first trulli which contributed to the expansion of the settlement. Building the houses of dry stone was a requirement of Count Giangirolamo II as in this way it was avoidable to pay taxes on them. (Source)

There are so many hidden jewels in Italy much more than what is marketed, I personally discovered many charming towns and destinations by chance when doing road trips. Alberobello was one of these findings. located on the heel of the shoe (Italy map), It is 5 hours drive from Rome by car probably 3 hours from Naples.

 

The town is small, most of its old houses are renovated and turned into hotels or tourists markets. Only couple of houses are left untouched to preserve the town history.

Alberobello and its surroundings is definitely a relaxing/sightseeing place, after sunset there is nothing much to do other than dinner and for me specially in that town was enough as their cuisine was amazing. While before sunset your day should be packed with activities according to your taste. The hotels there are pretty much the same in terms of exterior/interior design. If I was asked to recommend one it would be Il Gabellota Resort .

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SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON

FÉLICITÉ, SEYCHELLES

Six Senses Zil Pasyon is a luxury boutique beach resort in the Seychelles, located on the private island of Félicité. With other inner islands nearby for activities, Zil Pasyon is secluded and offers guests the utmost in privacy and luxury.

AT A GLANCE

  • Features just 30 villas and 17 private residences on a private island, exclusive to Six Senses
  • The area is superb for diving and snorkelling
  • Take a stroll through the impressive flora along the island’s walking paths
  • Make full use of your villa’s private wine cellar and butler service for the ultimate luxury experience

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Hotel Review: Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf Hotel

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In my humble opinion being a traveler who roamed all 5 continents this hotel is by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in for several reasons I that I am going to going on this post.

Located in Dubai Coast within a short walk of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Dar Al Msyaf has 283-room spreader over 25 Villas, The 5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 2 indoor and 15 outdoor pools “13 pools are private” and a private beach. Each Villa “summer house” has 5-10 rooms accomidating 5-10 families only, a summer house would have its own lobby “very intimate check-in /Check-out experience”.  Each villa also have its own butler and private transportation method according to the guest will ” a baggy AKA golf cart”, walking through sensational views or take a heritage boat ride through the water channels of the resort which is my favorite one. For example to go for breakfast, beach or dine you can take one of the above mentioned transportation method, taking the boat is the most convenient taking into mind the views you will stumble on with just one ride.

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Dining
This resort is home to 20 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. Start your day off with buffet breakfast, available for a fee. Also if you paid for a halfboard which I always do, you will get a voucher for second meal in any of these 20 restaurants all over the resort.

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Rooms
The 283 air-conditioned accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with living rooms. Guests can expect 36-inch TVs with digital channels and DVD players, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Select Comfort beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus ensure a restful night, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Sofa beds, minibars, and free newspapers are other standard amenities. Make sure to always ask for an upper floor water faced room.

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Property features
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah features a private beach, a full-service spa, private lobby, private pools and 2 indoor pools. You can take advantage of free valet parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for AED 375 per vehicle roundtrip. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include 15 outdoor pools, a free water park, and couple of nightclubs and lounges.

 

Highlights

  • Close to Wild Wadi Water Park and Burj Alarab hotel.
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet parking
  • Onsite dining
  •  Private lobby
  •  Happy hours at the private lobby for each villa from 6-8pm providing free drinks and refreshments.
  •  Private pools
  • The most scenetic place in Dubai.