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  • BORA BORA
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    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

BORA BORA

    

Bora Bora; bungalows perched over calm still waters, and world-class scuba diving have put this picture-perfect destination on the map.  But there’s more to this South Pacific island then meets the eye. For one, at the centre of the island rises a dormant volcano. This, combined with lush tropical slopes adorned with hibiscus, and a sweeping blue, green lagoon, makes Bora Bora a place for romantics to fall in love.   

Who’s been spotted there?

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have honeymooned here, and Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have graced its shores on Christmas Day. But perhaps the island’s most infamous guest was Justin Beiber. Remember those nude snaps? They were taken on the island. It proves Bora Bora is a place even the famous can let their guard down…   

Where to sleep?

From luxury resorts to places for the more modest of budgets, Bora Bora caters to everyone. Although if you’re going to fly all that way, our suggestion is to go for something right on the water, or you know, over it…

Overwater bungalow (Le Meridien Bora Bora):  

Beach resort and spa (Pearls Resort of Tahiti):  

The Yacht Club (Air BNB):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

If you want a peaceful setting to wake up to the world to, Iriatai at the Hilton caters to that.  The restaurant provides its own take on a classic French brasserie and provides a top-notch waterfront view to boot. Now, that’s one hell of a way to wake up! 


Where to play?

Did we mention the scuba diving at Bora Bora is world-class? The calm lagoon means the diving is perfect for all experience levels. Beginners can get acquainted with the craft inside the lagoon, while more experienced divers can go outside of the reef. Wherever you dive coral gardens, colourful fishes, reef sharks, sea turtles and stingrays abound! Make the most of the abundant sea life and book yourself a tour

Where to shop?

Black pearls are only found in the lagoons around French Polynesia, which makes them one of the most popular treasures to buy on the island. Head to Robert Wan Boutique in Vaitape. Wan is one of the best producers of the black pearl, and his collection of fine jewellery will leave you speechless.   

Where to eat, and drink?

French, Asian fusion, what’s not to love there? The St Regis lagoon hosts one of the island’s best restaurants and bars in the form of Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges. The view from the overwater venue is stunning, and an amazing spot to catch the sunset with drink in hand. Make sure you make a reservation well in advance though. 

Where to swim?

You may have picked up on the fact by now, but you’re never far from water on Bora Bora. That said, one of the best coral gardens is located off the southern end of Motu Pitiaau and Motu Piti Uuuta, and is aptly nicknamed “The Aquarium.” Head here with snorkel in hand to experience the best of the lagoon’s crystal clear waters. 

What to wear?

Feel as beautiful as the surroundings in Bora Bora with our favourite picks below...

Bungalow style: Santa Maria Terry Cloth swimsuit - Zingiber; Slides - Givenchy; Over swim dress - Saint Laurent; Lip Balm: Elizabeth Arden 8hr; Hat - Eugenia Kim; Sunglasses: Gucci.

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  • SANTORINI
  • Post author
    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

SANTORINI

     
   

No colours are more iconic, or speak to a swimmer’s soul, like the crisp white and blue of Santorini. With whitewashed houses that cling precipitously to cliffs, and distinct beaches made of black, red and white lava pebbles; it’s not hard to find evidence of the 16th century volcanic eruption that shaped this rugged landscape. 

Who’s been spotted there?

Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Shakira, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have all fallen under the island’s spell. In fact, Jolie was so taken by Santorini when filming Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, the actress and her children have made many return trips.  

Where to sleep?

Infinity pools that blend into the beautiful blue Aegean are synonymous with Santorini. So, when looking for accommodation, treat yourself. There are options for all budgets. From: 

Cave houses (AirBNB link): 

Boutique hotels (Canaves Oia link here): 

To crisp, luxury suites (Armonia Suites link here):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

Surprisingly, given the locals’ propensity for good food, and even better coffee, breakfast spots are hard to find…but not impossible. Head to Hotel Gallini Café, which overlooks the ocean for some mid-morning refreshment.

Where to play?

Sailing is the best way to take in Santorini’s majestic coastline. By renting a catamaran, you can take in the island’s unique rock formations, private beaches, and truly appreciate the cubiform houses that cling to the caldera. If you’re lucky you may even get to swim in volcanic hot springs!

Where to shop?

There is no better way to reward adventurous bones than with a spot of shopping. Drakkar boutique is home to chic international and Greek brands, and our number one pick for goodies. With its youthful vibe, and colourful accessories it’s a sight to behold. Trust us, you’re going to wish you could bring the whole store back with you!

Where to eat, and drink?

The local cuisine is the fare of the day. With a wealth of fresh seafood, and innovative Greek cooking; Selene is a MUST. This restaurant has a host of awards and accolades under its belt.  For example, in 2014 it earned a spot on New York’s renowned 101 Best Restaurants in the World list. This, coupled with its breath-taking view makes Selene a destination in its own right.  

PK is a must for cocktails. This family business has been running for 41 years. The bar’s longevity may be explained by the fact the team are committed to using premium produce, much of which is grown fresh in their very own garden. Alongside cocktails, they also offer specialty coffee and cigars.  Friendly tip: a booking at sunset is essential. 

Where to swim?

No trip to Santorini is complete without a visit to Amoudi Bay Harbor.  This is the island’s most renowned swimming spot. All you have to do to access it, is walk left along the harbour’s cliff side for 5-8 minutes.  The bay has a small island with stunning views of the caldera that you can swim out to, and ledges you can jump into the sea from.  When your sun-soaked body needs refreshment, simply seek out one of the harbour’s many tavernas. Win win. 

What to wear?

Blend into the stark white buildings with a white bathing suit and brights blues... see our favourite look below.

Poolside style: flip flops - Tommy Hilfiger; swimsuit - Zingiber; jumpsuit - Parosh; sunglasses - Vava; clutch - Armani; inflight hair and body essentials - Aesop

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TURKS + CAICOS

Glittering white sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees that lazily sway in the breeze. The Turks and Caicos Islands, an archipelago southeast of the Bahamas, is a veritable dream come true, and the next stop for our latest adventure. So pack the sunscreen and get swept up with us. 

Who’s been spotted there?

With 40 islands to choose from, and a number of luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts, it’s safe to say the islands can deliver on their promise of exclusivity.  Superstars Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Karrueche, Kylie Jenner and Cara Delevingne have all graced the tropical paradise. As have world leaders Queen Elizabeth II and Bill and Hillary Clinton. That’s one impressive guest list if we don’t say so ourselves!