The newly rebranded Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas officially reopened for the 2023 season with an exciting new chef, wellness offerings and focus on sustainable living. This month, the property opens 20 new suites, extending the resort’s existing elegant, sophisticated living to 83 suites and two villas.
Located a five-minute walk from Oia’s bustling caldera, Santo Pure offers guests a feeling of space, serenity and pure relaxation from the moment they arrive. Separated into six sprawling neighborhoods with Mediterranean gardens centered around six pools, Santa Pure resembles a typical Santorini village, combining traditional Cycladic architecture with contemporary black lava and white soothing tones.
New for the 2023 season, Santo Pure offers guests the chance to extend their wellbeing with a new wellness offering that can be added to any room. These add-ons place natural wellness at the heart of guests’ stays to help enhance their sense of well-being.
Guests can reconnect with nature, relax and recharge with a combination of amenities in the suites, specialized spa treatments, outdoor activities, and outdoor yoga with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea as a backdrop.
Alios Ilios, the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, reopens with a new head chef. Adreas Vgenopoulos joins Santo Pure after a 22-year career working at 5-star restaurants and hotels in Greece, Sweden, Austria and France. Vgenopoulos creates a new seasonal menu taking inspiration from his Mediterranean and international experience.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Theatre District, the recently renovated Lancaster Hotel originally opened in 1926. The classic interior with an abundance of natural light floods the two-story lobby. A shimmering chandelier and elegant marble floors juxtapose nicely with the contemporary art displayed on the salon staircase wall.
The Woodward Geneva and Swiss International Air Lines recently launched a new collaboration to transport passengers to the counter of Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier Robuchon. As part of the SWISS Taste of Switzerland inflight culinary program, the partnership provides Business and first-class travelers on SWISS long-haul flights departing from Geneva and Zürich carefully curated menus inspired by the restaurant.
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Midway Atoll is the end of the Hawai‘ian Islands, literally. This is the ultimate fate of these low, sandy islets ringing a lagoon: Eventually these last remnants of a once large volcanic island will sink beneath the waves, completing a story that began 1,500 miles away. Midway, though not easy to get to, occasionally features in cruise itineraries. Holland America Line’s Westerdam offers a rare chance to glimpse the remotest of all the Hawai‘ian Islands with a scheduled stop in October 2024. You can still see the relics of the famous World War II battle here as well as a million nesting albatrosses and other seabirds.