“There, there is only order and beauty. Luxury, quietness and pleasure” wrote Charles Baudelaire in his Invitation to Travel. Just like the poet himself, we all dream up a magical place where “all would whisper there, Secretly to the soul”. What if there was not one but five of those dream destinations? Five enchanting locations, like moments in a daydream.
What better way to start the day than watching the sun rise over Tamarin Bay, in Mauritius? That landscape is known to be unique.
As the sun rays gradually take over the sky, admire the reddish hues over the salt tanks while salt workers carry the “white gold” on their head, majestic hills filling the background. These women have been repeating that act since time immemorial.
“The rarest flowers, Mingling their fragrance, With the faint scent of amber”. Next stop: Ko Lipe, Thailand, on the border with Malaysia. A few hours from Bangkok and at the heart of the Andaman Sea, you will discover a piece of paradise of 2 km2 composed of white sand, blue lagoons and tropical forests. Inside the island, fill up your “Zen tank” at the Hantalay temple. Basic and low-key, it is miles away from what you will find in the rest of Thailand, and it is run by a handful of Buddhist monks.
The Venetian lagoon
“See on the canals, Those vessels sleeping, Their mood is adventurous”. It is time to make a stop in Venice, bewitching and suggestive city whose calm canals and stupendous palaces are constant reminders of its glorious history. After enjoying a frugal lunch on a houseboat pleasantly soothed by the back water, stroll around the lagoon up to the Piazza San Marco. Get off at San Giorgio Maggiore, visit the basilica and enjoy the view over the Most Serene. Hop on the vaporetto that crosses to the Lido di Venezia beach, where you can simply lie down in the sand and close your eyes. So magical!
Dinarobin Beachcomber, in Mauritius
It is late afternoon in the heart of the Indian Ocean, more precisely at the Beachcomber Dinarobin Hotel, displaying architecture with colonial overtones. A huge tropical garden instils natural beauty in the whole place. When appears “The setting sun, Clothing the fields”, and the heat warms your skin, terraces become true outdoor living rooms where daydreaming is recommended. After freeing your soul, give your body the rest it deserves at Dinarobin Spa, considered the most beautiful in Mauritius. Concepts of time and space will fade and everyday worries shall be no more than vague memories of little consequence.
Beachcomber Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa
Case Noyale, Le Morne Peninsula
+230 401 4900
Rooms: from 5,249 MUR
Villa Kilauea, in Nice
In order to end this dreamlike trip, let's head to the backcountry in Nice, France, at Villa Kilauea. Located at the heart of the Bellet vineyard, this luxurious B&B is the promise of some real peace and quiet, hardly troubled by crickets chirping. Plunge one last time in the swimming pool before going to bed. Or maybe you'd rather read something by the fireplace, or even relax a little in the Jacuzzi? The choice is yours. Joy and happiness in between heaven and earth, when “The world falls asleep, In a warm glow of light.”
6, chemin de Candeu
Tel : +33 (0)6 25 37 21 44
Rooms: from 120 EUR