Plans for 2023? Travel! On my list of getaways I review the places where I would like to receive 2023. All with a common feature: horizon. That my eyes, tired of reflecting on the computer all day, can look into the distance. And blue, be it the sea or the sky, is going to be the color of this coming year.
How about spending the New Year by the sea, overlooking an infinity pool? This is how a group of sophisticated and joyful initiates celebrates it, who chooses Careyes, an exclusive resort located in Costalegre, on the Mexican Pacific coast, south of Jalisco.
This exclusive place next to a private beach is the result of the dream of Gian Franco Brignone and his family, who built it in 1968. His goal? Combine Mediterranean sensuality with Mexican architecture and hospitality . The color and the landscape and its magical sunsets are the key to this place, in addition to the effort to protect the environment and provide quality employment to neighboring communities.
On its website it is possible to rent the villas, casitas and bungalows and enjoy the activities offered by the nearby polo club, as well as diving, sailing or excursions to mystical places such as La Copa del Sol or the Piramidion, next to the cliffs. from Teopa Beach, aligned with the sun on the March and September equinoxes. Prices for the largest pool villas for 6-8 people are around $1,900 per night.
FIND PEACE IN MENORCA
After all the celebrations and excesses, it is time to seek the peace and silence that the island of Menorca offers out of season.
In the countryside, surrounded by olive trees that produce a native oil and with a great landscape richness is this thirty-hectare farm with all the comfort you need. The Antic Menorca hotel stands after careful rehabilitation as a magical luxury accommodation. Its sober rooms, inside the country house and in the old stables, with handmade furniture and natural fabrics, enjoy fairytale sunsets. Pool and organic restaurant, local and Mediterranean, nourished by an orchard right there, complete the experience.
BY THE SEA IN MELIDES, PORTUGAL
La vie en rouge , this is how they define the good life at the Hotel Vermelho , a project by designer Christian Louboutin in the Portuguese seaside town of Melides that opens in March this year. The French designer was one of the first international jet setters to discover the wonder of Comporta’s beaches and spend the summers in their cabins. He went one step further by opening a flower and craft shop in the small town of Melides, 120 km from Lisbon, where he now lives. It is his second residence in Portugal, since he has another property in the center of Lisbon, next to the castle of São Jorge.
Vermelho is a project that he has developed over the last three years together with his partner, the landscape designer Louis Benech, so every last detail has been taken care of. It is a boutique hotel, with 13 rooms decorated in the traditional Portuguese way, with hundred-year-old tiles and works of art that contrast with the white walls and the thick walls that separate them from a pleasant garden. The objective? Enjoy the slow life, the deserted beaches, the peace of the countryside and the Portuguese traditions in a sophisticated and simple environment at the same time.
Vermelho also has the Xtian restaurant with a cuisine based on seasonal Alentejo products and decorated with regional crafts, as well as the important collection of antiques that Louboutin treasures.
THE BLUE OF THE ATLANTIC IN ESSAOUIRA
With all the charm of a hotel built in the 19th century and completely renovated in the 21st century, the elegant and colonial style of the Hotel Heure Blue in the Moroccan town of Essaouira captivates you as soon as you leave your suitcases on the floor. It is not the typical Riad or Dar, but a palace with the comforts of a five-star, so you don’t have to think about anything other than resting.
The suites, decorated in pastel and blue tones and in a colonial style, are the result of the work of local craftsmen and local materials: tiles from Fez, terracotta from Meknes, and “passementerie” from Rabat. In addition to a 360º panoramic view over the historic medina, the port, and the sea.