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¨Collection of gems whilst roaming earthly scapes¨
¨Collection of gems whilst roaming earthly scapes¨


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Minois Village Hotel Suites Spa

Minois Village Hotel Suites & Spa is the ultimate epitome of a real escape. The Greek boutique hotel is located on the beautiful island of Paros, with its whitewashed walls and dreamy sea backdrop is relaxing, scenic and boasts a taste of the Mediterranean with incredible and authentic Parian dishes. Parasporos beach is a short stroll away and a convenient spot for watching the sunset after a day lounging at the hotel or exploring the island.

Sheer simplicity is what really sums up this luxurious boutique hotel. There isn't any fuss, making it ideal for those who really want to not overthink and have a holiday with ease. The team are fantastic and are hands-on for customised trips, reservations and any other services. They start as staff and really do leave as friends. Their attention to detail is excellent and they are a real big part of the culture at the hotel. You'll find an array of offerings to choose from with rooms including deluxe rooms, villas, junior suites and grand superior ground floor suites, some of which have sea or pool views. All options ooze pure sophistication and accents associated with the pure aesthetic of the Cycladic island.

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World Atlas of Street Food

Most of our loyal readers and Instagram fans will know that team Travel & Lust love gastronomy and confess to having a soft spot for street food. Whether it's an outdoor in the middle of a vineyard in the hilly landscapes of Tuscany, grabbing a bite from a hole in the wall in Morocco or admitting to salivating crazily over some souvlaki in Athens, we quite like the culture that entails around street food. This is why we were more than honoured to have been asked to contribute to the cookbook World Atlas of Street Food by authors Carol Wilson and Sue Quinn. The World Atlas of Street Food surveys the whole phenomenon and celebrates one of the most amazing commercial and culinary success stories of the 21st century so far.

Street food is convenient, accessible and relatively varied and is making a debut in some cities thanks to the food truck movement. Barcelona hosts the Van Van market, which is a regular street food affair featuring tacos, American grill, Indian cuisine, and more. In the book, readers can discover where to get food on the go across the major cities found worldwide. This includes the much hyped about street food destinations; Istanbul, Bangkok, Mexico, Stockholm and San Francisco. This is complemented with more than 70 mouthwatering recipes, giving readers the opportunities to re-create some of the finest street food dishes from the comfort of their very own home.

Travel & Lust produced the copy for the section Ballaró Market in Palermo, Sicily. We were introduced to this vibrant street market by our tour guide Don Saro who is behind Personal Sicily Guide, and the experience were excellent! The colours, interesting smells, and noisy bellows from enthusiastic stallholders selling produce is something we'd encourage all to experience when visiting Palermo.

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Topo Chiado - Lisbon

Topo Chiado arises following the revitalisation project of Martim Moniz, with the help of Lisboner José Rebelo Pinto, the mentor behind OutJazz festival and pioneer who revitalised Cais do Sodré and LX Factory. Together the duo have broken all stigmas associated with the cosmopolitan centre of Lisbon and decided that Topo Chiado be built on the top floor of the Martim Moniz Shopping Center. For this they have invited architects João Botelho and Miguel Oliveira to engage in the building and revamping of Topo Chiado.

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La Falconeria

Behind the adamantine fortifications in Valletta, you can find that the 2018 European Capital of Culture is home to groundbreaking contemporary architecture, worldly cuisine and a boutique hotel scene that can be reflected admirably in La Falconeria. The 16th century has brought about the elegant implications of Baroque elements, hence where the Rococo style of the hotel has come about. The building in itself is a relic of the past, with contrasts of modern luxury with century old Renaissance discoveries, serenaded with marble flooring and artistic finishes. Half of the building had to be rebuilt as a consequence of WWII, which in unearthing the nooks of its remains, an ancient cave was discovered, which is now used as a cave pool in the underground floor.

At La Falconeria you will be situated in the heart of Valletta, with many of the city's historical landmarks within a short distance on foot. The harbour by way of the Sliema Ferry can be found within a stone's throw away, which gives you the opportunity to visit Sliema's natural pools and take a stroll to the nearby picturesque St.Julian's Bay. Come night time and you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Valletta, as the city is most popular for day trips.

If you are a fool for rooftops, stay from the third floor upwards as you can have envious views of Valletta. Guests can enjoy glimpses of the cityscape, with the harbour and distant sea views in the backdrop.

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Ultimate Private Safari at Singita Serengeti House +Singita Serengeti House

The slopes of Sasakwa Hill in Tanzania’s western Serengeti are perfectly positioned for uninterrupted views of the grassy plains below, and the huge numbers of game that traverse this pristine wilderness all year round. Perched in this idyllic location is Singita Serengeti House; an exclusive-use retreat that offers family and friends a taste of sophisticated safari living in one of Africa’s most iconic conservation areas.

This contemporary African home on the Serengeti plains has been recently redesigned and comes with a dedicated chef, host, as well as a guide and private vehicle for games drives as per request. Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor-made and can be adjusted to the interests and needs of our guests, allowing full control over the pace and rhythm of each day. Reserved exclusively for private use, guests have complete freedom to determine the day’s events, and experience the Serengeti on their own terms.

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Postcards from Puglia

This region at the southern heel of Italy has sheer natural beauty, authenticity, charm and substance. Whether it's visiting the whitewashed trullo houses in Alberobello, visiting olive groves and orchards or swimming in seas with the deepest shade of blue, this Italian region has something special. It borders the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea ...Puglia's coastline is one of the longest in Italy, making it a hit destination for Italians.

The region is divided into six provinces: Bari (which is the regional capital), Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto and the recently-constituted province of Barletta-Andria-Trani. We had the pleasure of discovering Bari, Trani, Polignano a Mare with Livio from Zest of Italy and we thoroughly recommend a guide if you want to unearth some local aspects of the towns. Our stay was based between rustic retreats Masseria Alchimia and Masseria Potenti. Thanks to Ad Pugliam, we got to experience the tourist-laden but historical and picturesque town Alberobello. Here we share some of our favourite pictures from our time in the enchanting Apulia.

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The World Atlas of Street Food launch!

We are very happy to announce that we are book contributors to new street food cookbook.

Available to buy in stores now.
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Shop Nordico

You may have noticed that Nordic or Scandinavian design just seems to be everywhere these days. The purist approach commonly associated with natural elements and pared down sophisticated design features, is something that is not only applied to shops, restaurants and hotels but homes too. Shop Nordico is an online store 100% dedicated to selling Nordic brands to those in Spain. Their business is targeted at both businesses and individual consumers.

What makes the brand unique is the fact that those that work for the business are from all different parts of the Nordic region, so are very much part of the experience. They gracefully share their culture along with the products. You only have to view their social media profiles to see a team member prepping for Midsummer's, on the shores of Copenhagen or with a brew by the coast in Hanko, Finland. Shop Nordico loves to share stories and sometimes give travelling tips, recipes of typical Nordic dishes or tricks about using a product in many ways. This isn't pure sales, this is connecting people with product, culture and lifestyle.

So how does this fit when it comes to Spain more specifically? A country previously associated with lots of warm hues and dark furniture and classical pieces, mostly speaking, when it comes to interior design. Although it is almost the contrast of what we associate with Nordic design, Spain like many other countries has evolved a great deal. Spaces are ore open than ever, function is interplayed with design and as customers are more exposed to resources and trends, this is also influencing style and approach. Meraki beauty goods, KreaFunk travel items and other special items can be found via their online store.

They always have 100% stock of the products they sell online which enables them to deliver in 1-3 working days all over Spain (except Canarian Islands, Ceuta and Melilla). The brand is pro Nordics but remains true to its Spanish homeland. Formentera, Menorca, Cadaques in the off season and small towns in the Basque countries and Galicia are just some of the special places close to the team.

Shop Nordico is working on improving the Nordic customer experience and have a few surprises coming up in the near future. They are also exploring some pop-up collaborations in order to meet their customers not only online but also offline. Sign up to their newsletter to stay in the loop.

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Indulgence Divine +Indulgence Divine - holiday accommodation Malta

In short, Indulgence Divine is a Romantic 16th-century accommodation for two, nestled in Vittoriosa, Malta. If you want to experience living in a converted traditional Maltese house, this is the place for you. Located just behind the Inquisitor’s Palace in one of The Three Cities, and the house itself being approximately 450 years old, you are completely surrounded by an incredible history. Owned by Gattaldo and his partner, the duo have managed to transform the beautiful Maltese townhouse to a contemporary spot in the middle of local life. The pace is slow, the people are friendly and the area itself is unashamedly authentic.

Guests staying at the property will see nods to its previous history, as there is maritime graffiti in the bedroom, indicating that the house was previously a merchant's residence.The muted palette of the washed walls make for a perfect backdrop for the bountiful of colours from the curtains, sofa and other statement designer pieces. Indulgence Divine exudes sheer eclecticism. Not for the faint-hearted, it's bold and quirky seamlessly juxtaposed with classicalism.

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The Three Cities in Malta

The Three Cities is a unified narrative of the fortified cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua and Senglea (Isla). To get an idea of where the three cities are located in Malta, it is imperative to have a bird's eye view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens in the capital city Valletta. From there you can spot Birgu in an inverted 'U' shape, with Senglea on the exact opposite side in the shape of a lower-case 'L' and the 'U' shaped Copiscua just behind both cities. The Three Cities are surrounded by a series of fortifications known as La Cottonera, which Fort St. Angelo at the tip of the Birgu Peninsula has engaged in much of the shaping of Malta's fate.

All three cities have provided a home to almost every people who settled on the island; Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines and Normans, who were responsible for completely re-Christianising the Maltese people. We recommend visiting Malta around the time of religious celebrations during the summer months to experience the island's culture, traditions and celebrations.

We based our stay in beautiful Vittoriosa (Birgu), around the same time The Feast of Saint Dominic was going on. During this period the picturesque town is serenaded with colourful lights, statues, flags and ornaments. From the rooftop of our 16th century apartment stay at Indulgence Divine, we could watch some of the processions passing through the narrow streets and hear the brass bands playing in the distance. The night normally ends with traditional fireworks, and during the celebration, you'll find outdoor entertainment on Torri Ta' San Gwann street. Most impressively is the facade of the main church in the village covered in hundreds of light bulbs which makes it look stunningly breathtaking.

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