Under the Radar Beaches from the Seychelles to Saint-Tropez

For the travelers who are looking for the next beach destination, here are a few ideas for the best under-the-radar beaches from the Seychelles to Saint-Tropez where discerning beach-goers can beat the crowds and relax on the most unique beaches in the world.

Fregate Island Private | The Seychelles |Anse Victorin

In the middle of the Indian Ocean is Fregate Island Private, is home to seven beaches – including the only privatizable beach in the Indian Ocean. The island’s crowning glory is Anse Victorin, which has been voted the most beautiful beach in the world. Guests of Fregate can enjoy Anse Victorin’s shallow, clear waters which are great for snorkeling and swimming. The plush sand beach is usually deserted, making guests feel like they are the only ones in the world.
Saint-Tropez | Les Salins Beach

The French Rivera’s legendary town of Saint-Tropez is famous for their glamorous playground of rolling countryside sandy beaches. Once a humble fishing village, Saint-Tropez is now widely known as one of the most high profile coastal retreats in the world. While Saint-Tropez is known for its pulsing and lively packed beaches, there are some undiscovered retreats that offer the same stunning seaside experience without the crowds. A walk along Les Salins road to the edge the peninsula, then through a small path with shade leads to the peaceful Les Salins beach. Les Salins beach is a stunning space and known as one of the beaches with the finest and white sand of the region. For those looking for an escape from crowds, Les Salins is an unspoiled and quiet retreat for a relaxing day at the beach.

For another hidden treasure, travelers should look to Hôtel Lou Pinet, a luxury hideaway in Saint-Tropez. Embodying the bohemian charm of Saint-Tropez, it has been strategically located between Place des Lices and peninsula’s most sought-after beaches — an exclusive address dating back to the 1960s before fever took hold of the little village. Far from the crowds, but still near everything, Hôtel Lou Pinet strikes a perfect balance for the ultimate Saint-Tropez vacation and was designed for those looking for an equilibrium between the thrill of partying and peaceful refuge. Especially created by French architect, interior decorator and designer Charles Zana, the space echoes the vintage Saint-Tropez spirit of the 60’s and 70’s. The hotel features 26 guestrooms and 8 suites — each bathed in natural light with private gardens, spa in partnership with Tata Harper, two bars, it’s very own BeefBar restaurant butcher shop, and the largest pool in Saint-Tropez tucked away in a secret garden. Guests can enjoy the carefully curated lush and secret Mediterranean garden, which includes a lavender field and herb garden along with large outdoor art installations. The garden serves as a majestic backdrop to the hotel’s grand emerald green swimming pool, spacious terrace and the hotel’s three houses, a true hidden gem in Saint-Tropez.

Galapagos Islands | Bahia Gardner 

Bahia Gardner on Espanola Island in the remote Galapagos Islands is considered one of the best beaches in the world thanks to its abundant animal life, pristine white sand and turquoise water. If travelers are looking to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds, this is the place to go. The M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace operated by Quasar Expeditions offer seven-night itineraries around the islands with a day at Bahia Gardner for guests to explore and lounge on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying the wildlife around them.

The Ancient Charms and Abundant Prospects of Calabria, Italy

The famed Victorian England artist and poet in his notes and drawings during travels in Calabria is among many to admire the province at Italy’s extended foot. Calabria has been a place of trade, foreign settlement and invasion since 3,500 BC. Its appeal is its central position in the Mediterranean, extensive eastern and western coastlines and fertile undulating landscapes, all set in a pleasant climate.

The ancient Greeks first realized its potential as a colony in the 8th century BC giving Calabria its lasting secular identity and high educational standards. The word sybaritic or fondness for sensuous pleasure and luxury is derived from the Calabrian town of Sybaris on the Ionian coast known for its hedonism during two centuries. In the centuries after, Calabria was influenced and occupied as friend or foe by the Romans, Visigoths, Byzantines, and Saracens to the Normans, Swabians, Aragonese and Bourbons.

More profoundly, shifts in international trade to the Atlantic and beyond from the 16th century undermined Calabria and the Mediterranean’s fortunes. Relative decline, lost glory, neglect and foreign incursions brought an independent spirit, resilience, self sufficiency, and other worldliness to the region. The dark side of Calabria’s isolation and impoverishment resulted in mass migration and a criminal underworld in the nineteenth century, since overemphasized and even glamorized by film and media at the expense of the region’s unusually willing, talented, well educated, friendly and fun loving population. Among Calabria’s many famous sons and daughters – beginning in ancient times with philosophers, poets and Olympic athletes – are the world renowned artist, Umberto Boccioni, the bodybuilder, Charles Atlas, and the designers, Gianni and Donatella Versace.

These days, the region’s multi cultural histories are celebrated at fifty museums and numerous places around Calabria. That influence can also be experienced at religious celebrations, local festivals and other events in most towns all year round – from medieval tournaments, music, and cycling, to spicy sausage, octopus, and pastries – that enliven this ancient agricultural society to the delight of visiting tourists. After many years of public sector investment, Calabria now offers visitors an almost unique combination of high quality services at relatively low cost. This ranges from excellent hotels and restaurants which serve local and international cuisine to sightseeing, entertainment and sport.

Calabria is a little smaller than Britain’s East Anglia region. It enjoys 800km of coastline and is between 40km-110km wide with 90% of the land 200 meters above sea level. Temperatures range from 22-31 degrees Celsius in summer to 8-15 in winter alluring visitors all year round. The region is divided into five parts made up of three mountain ranges rising to 2,000 meters. In summer, you can walk and bathe in their nature reserves enjoying the lakes, woodlands, waterfalls, gorges, flora, and fauna at lower temperatures than on the coast. In winter you can ski there up to advanced level. On the Tyrrhenian Sea or western coast the hills rise into the distance and the beaches are often pebbled and the sand whiter. Along the Ionian Sea the terrain is flatter and the beaches narrower and sandier.

Calabria is easily accessible by air, sea and land. The region has four airports with Lamezia on the west side offering international flights to 39 destinations in 12 countries. On the south west tip, Reggio Calabria, which has a small airport, serves cruise liners and is among 18 yacht marinas around Calabria. At several of these marinas it is possible to charter a yacht and learn to sail, ideally between April and October with the freshest winds found off Lamezia, Reggio, Botricello and Crotone. Trains run along the coast and cross inland via the two cities of Cosenza and Catanzaro though the region is best explored by car. Within Italy, Calabria is two and a half hours south of Naples and three kilometers by ferry from Messina, Sicily to the south west.

Calabria is blessed with a growing number of top quality hotels. Conde Nast’s Johansen’s guide lists luxury hotels on the coast in Tropea in the west and at Praialonga in the east. Michelin adds another five 5 star hotels mainly in the south west. Luxuryhotelguru adds many more four star including some new hotels. There are at least a dozen top rated holiday home villas available across the region.

Why Stay at a Hotel with Butler Service?

With privacy, cleanliness, and minimal contact priorities among travelers when seeking accommodations, luxury hotels offering butler service have a unique advantage as they’re able to offer controlled interactions:

The Spectator Hotel: The only hotel in Charleston offering butler service assigns professionally trained butlers to each guest to ensure all individual needs are met. Available 24/7 and delivering a 360 degree experience, the butlers are professionally trained by the Charleston School of Protocol and can arrange anything from delivering hand-crafted cocktails from The Bar or picking up and delivering meals in-room to more unique requests like transforming a suite’s private outdoor terrace for a romantic movie date or setting up an in-room game night complete with board games, pints of local Jeni’s ice cream, and bottles of wine.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar: Situated on Nassau’s world-renowned Northern Shore, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is home to The Reserve – a hotel-within-a-hotel concept featuring spacious multi-bedroom luxury suites complete with full kitchens, separate living areas, balconies with stunning views of the ocean, and 24-hour butler service. Personal butlers are assigned pre-arrival and can coordinate anything from private car service and personalized excursions to private romantic dinners on the beach and daily in-room meal delivery.

ESPACIO, The Jewel of Waikiki: Honolulu’s most exclusive oceanfront hotel (opened September 2019) offers travelers a previously unavailable private reprieve in the heart of Waikiki. Each of the boutique luxury hotel’s nine, 2,250 square-foot suites occupies its own floor, and all hotel stays include butler service, which can be summoned via the suite’s in-room iPad to arrange private chef service, in-suite spa treatments, luxury car transportation and more. Butlers can also arrange contactless personal styling through the hotel’s partnership with Neiman Marcus. A dedicated stylist will curate a vacation wardrobe tailored to guest’s style preferences that is available in-suite upon arrival.

Exclusive Resorts: The elite vacation club offers travelers highly-trained onsite butlers, known as Concierges, who work with travelers’ Club Ambassadors (who know the family’s preferences inside and out) to plan the safest trip possible. Concierges can provide 100% contactless service and as many or few controlled interactions as desired (i.e. Want housekeeping to sanitize touchpoints twice a day? Prefer no one enter your space?). Upon arrival at any of The Club’s 400+ social distancing-friendly private Residences worldwide, Concierges curate exclusive, local experiences and plan hyper-personalized activities the average vacation property team could not. For example, Concierges in New York have planned a personal visit from one of the New York City Rockettes, including lessons for a Member’s daughter, even though Rockettes don’t usually offer private tours or backstage visits.

What’s The Fuss About Kona Coffee From The Big Island?

While some of us see coffee as a tool best utilized to get us through the day, others obsess over it and rightly so. At least, if the beans are grown in the right conditions and processed with care.

When it comes to the higher end of the coffee spectrum, coffee from Kona trumps any of the options you have at your local supermarket Isle and rivals any specialty brew you’ve heard of too.

So what makes 100% Kona coffee so great, and where can you get your hands on some to try?

What is Kona Coffee?

Kona, located on the Big Island in Hawaii, is famous for a few things. From deep-sea fishing right through to producing some of the most premium coffee beans on the planet.

More specifically, the fuss around these beans centers on the volcanic slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai. This area is known as the Kona coffee belt. Providing some of the most fertile, volcanic soil combined with a microclimate, which makes growing exceptional quality coffee easier than most places on earth.

Within this small region, the beans grow slowly and are sun shade-grown, allowing for the beans’ sugars to develop. Consequently, Kona coffee is associated with producing some of the most flavorful espresso beans, which are ranked near the best in the world.

History Of Coffee In Kona

While Hawaii only exports less than 0.05% of global coffee volumes, coffee has been grown in the region since the early 1800s.

The beans, now known as Kona coffee, are said to originate from Guatemala. These are said to have been imported onto the Big Island in 1892. While the industry’s takeoff wasn’t immediate, it’s flourished since the 1960s and grown aggressively to approximately 900 farms across the small district of Kona.

Why Coffee From Kona Is Famous

Kona beans are known as a type of specialty coffee. The use of premium 100% arabica beans, coupled with the volcanic elevation and soil providing the perfect inputs for coffee beans prized for their flavor.

Additionally, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture grades beans based on their visual appearance, number of defects in each bean, moisture levels, and overall shape. There are 8 degrees of grading, of which the highest class called extra fancy are some of the rarest and premium coffee beans.

These factors combined mean that any coffee destined for export is grown with exceptional care, and buyers can rest assured of the quality of the beans they buy based on the grading system.

Tips to enjoy a visit to Kona coffee growers

While buying coffee directly from Kona is excellent, visiting the farms where these little bags of wonder are grown is an even more surreal experience.

Luckily, most of the farms are open to visits and host regular coffee tours along with tastings. The tours show you the plantations where the coffee is grown and highlight critical processes in the growing, harvesting, and post-processing stages. Obtaining this familiarity means you can walk away from your tour fully briefed on Kona coffee, even if you’re not usually big on the topic!

Camping In Luxury: 17 Places You Can Go Glamping

Glamping is the best way to go camping, where you experience luxury in the wilderness—a way to relax with your family and friends while taking in the fresh air of the outdoors. Taking a break from your busy daily routine is important and traveling to a place where you can sleep under the starry sky, away from the city, is a way to do it.

Below is a list of a few of the world’s most exciting glamping spots that will surely give you an experience of a lifetime. From snow-capped peaks to green plains and deserts, the following camping sites will give you an overview of what you can include in your bucket list:

Eco Camp Patagonia (Chile)
Amid Torres del Paine National Park lies a beautiful glamping spot for tourists known as Eco-Camp. It has the distinction of being the very first completely sustained accommodation in the region.

There are guides to help you in trekking during the day and at night. Guests are served with delicious meals that can be enjoyed with family and friends. Tourists can fall asleep looking into the vast sky and stargazing through dome-shaped huts.

The domes are built in the same way as the dwelling of ancient tribes. So, if you decide to visit this place, be sure to book the dome with bathroom facilities and more.

Longitude 131 (Australia)
Located in the heart of Australia is the Longitude 131, which will give you one beautiful experience of a lifetime. Longitude 131 provides you with a sensational view of the outback icon and wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Lying amid a dune and surrounded by oaks and spinifex, the gorgeous and luxurious tented pavilions of Longitude 131 are shadowed by the magnificence of the landscape. Tourists can discover the culture and traditions of Anangu tribes and explore the sites.

This glamping spot is sure to make your jaw drop.

Tree-bones Resort (California)
Tree-bones Resort is one of the best resorts in California with its luxurious cabins and a splendid view of the ocean. Two of the popular restaurants serve tourists with local cuisine. The resorts grow their vegetables and chickens, and are proud of the fact that they rely on solar power by more than 50 percent.

Guests can go on trekking as there are multiple hiking trails available. You can have a nice and soothing massage after a tiresome day of exploring and partying. You can visit Tetonvalleyvacationrentals.com for more options.