Travel’s golden age may now be a bygone era, but trust us, there are still glimmers of the same old-fashioned elegance at some of our favourite coastal destinations. We’ve teamed up with the iconic luxury skincare brand Crème de la Mer to showcase some hand-picked escapes inspired by a shared love of classic glamour, indulgent beauty and the sea…
WHERE TO GO
COTE D’AZUR South of France
On the coast that defined seaside glamour, you can never be too rich or too tanned. The spectacular beaches stretch east from Hyères towards the Italian border, where the hottest hangouts – Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo – are synonymous with unashamed ostentation, and have rock-star villas to match.
Cap Estel (above) is an 18-room A-list mansion that offers a dose of Riviera glam within reach of Monaco and Nice. Set on a secluded peninsula flanked by palms and terraced gardens, this chic contemporary retreat was originally built as a summer home in 1898, then converted into a hotel in 1950. Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel (right) stands on the hallowed ground of a beach club that attracted Hollywood royalty such as Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, so its timeless grandeur is assured. A slice of land between two marinas has been intelligently transformed into a stylish mini-resort with 27 rooms, a bar, spa, restaurants, garden, pool and beach.
WHAT TO PACK
Sun-drenched café terraces and windswept yacht decks are all very well and good, but working your holiday look al fresco can wreak havoc on your skin. So if indulgence is top of your list, arm yourself with the cult Moisturizing Cream, every sybarite’s beauty essential. Crème de la Mer’s secret ingredient is Miracle Broth™, a special mix of sea kelp, vitamins, minerals and oils; this goodness is blended into the cream that loyal users insist minimises lines and banishes dry skin – helping you look your best on holiday and beyond.
MORE PLACES YOU’LL FIND CLASSIC INDULGENCE
THE HAMPTONS United States
Exclusive, fashionable and oh-so glamorous, this quaint colonial stretch of the South Fork of Long Island is where Manhattan’s high society holidays. The classic getaway for New Yorkers fleeing hot and humid city life, it’s the ideal spot for them to relax without having to surrender their sophisticated sensibilities.
C/O The Maidstone’s pristine white exterior conceals a colourful Scandinavian reincarnation inside by Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg (right). Make sure you grab a beach towel, umbrella, deck chair and a parking pass if you’re staying at this traditional clapboard hotel – it’s close to the best of East Hampton’s beautiful ocean beaches. Sunset Beach brings a splash of St Tropez to the shores of Shelter Island. A 10-room escape with a glamorous following of young movers and shakers, this tastefully transformed 1960s motel is where the elite come to kick back on whitewashed private sundecks that lead straight down to the ocean.
HAMPSHIRE United Kingdom
A pastoral patchwork of farms and fields and 150 square miles of New Forest, fringed with golden sands both sociable and secluded. Explore this charming land with country drives along leafy lanes and long walks over sea-view hilltops down to pretty pebbly beaches.
Chewton Glen (above) combines old-fashioned elegance with a modern eye for detail. A luxury hotel, spa, restaurant and country club perfect for landmark celebrations, with glorious grounds only a trot from the beach. Make sure you have a whirl in Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool and acclaimed spa. Lime Wood (right) is a vision of manicured, forest-flanked lawns, soaring sloping roofs and aged stone, with award-winning interiors by David Collins. The excellent Herb House spa is reason alone to visit, as is the upscale restaurant, the Dining Room, where chef Luke Holder uses the finest locally sourced ingredients.
One of the world’s most special cities, La Serenissima is an enchanting maze in which to lose yourself. With most of its buildings on the water’s edge, Venice hides all the sightseers well. Hop on a gondala and float back in time as you admire Byzantine, Renaissance and Baroque architecture from the canals.
Palazzina G is Philippe Starck’s debut on the Italian hotel scene. Despite the modern French credentials of its designer, the hotel’s ancient façade and location on the site of a Roman spa ensure it is classically Venetian. There’s an exclusive club feel assisted by the Krug lounge, rooftop-facing terraces and vintage water taxi. Ca Maria Adele is a Baroque beauty in the heart of the tranquil art quarter, where the only other tourists you are likely to come across are lost ones. Absolutely Venetian, with Murano chandeliers, flock wallpaper and heavy damask fabrics, but with a boho atmosphere that enhances its contemporary appeal.
SMITH SKINCARE TIP-OFF
Rich and indulgent, Crème de la Mer’s Moisturizing Cream is the iconic accompaniment to a classically elegant escape, but there are four other textures to choose from; skip along to your nearest Crème de la Mer counter quick-smart, and you’ll get a free ‘Where Miracles Begin’ consultation, plus a 3ml introduction to a moisturiser of your choice*. Alternatively, enter ‘SMITH’ at checkout to receive a 3ml sample* of the new Moisturizing Soft Cream with your next online purchase from Crème de la Mer.
Join again soon for another travel guide, in association with Crème de la Mer.
*One 3ml sample per customer, while stocks last. Offer valid until 30th September 2012.