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Do you embrace the art of travel through culture and style?
Meet Andria Mitsakos, publicist, writer, accessories designer and global wanderlista.
From Manhattan to Mykonos (and everywhere in between), she voyages far, authoring a virtual passport for the creative cognoscenti.
Currently Instagramming her way through Greece.
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My Morning Jacket. Love my #LodenDager denim bathrobe at @hotelamericano @grupohabita #hotel #travel #nyc #traveltuesday (at Hôtel Americano)
Wanderlista in-flight essentials: @portermagazine @clarinsnews hand cream, #Valmont prime renewing pack for that perfect glow upon landing, coconut water for hydration, and the ever so important glass of champs. LHR-JFK sorted. #Travel @americanair #plane #beauty #sunday (at 36,000 Feet)
"It’s Friday, I’m in love…" With @frescobolcarioca #Trancoso Beach Bats. Handmade in #Brazil, it’s your sexiest summer sport, sorted. Bravo to #HarryBrantly and #MaxLeese for knowing how to play ball…properly. See you both on a stretch of sand very soon. Available at #wanderlistaboutiques #summer2014 #Greece. #friday #brazil #style #fashion #beach #travel #frescobolcaricoca #shop #eshop #love (at Wanderlista HQ)
#tbt #throwbackthursday captured by lensman #peterwesleybrown ‘reflecting’ memories of #Umbria #at the gorgeous #borgodicarpiano hotel on our never ending #roadtrip through #Italy #summer #2010 #sigh #ladolcevita #love #picoftheday #travel - @dearosaathens carpiano satchel was named here!
Thanks @kellywearstler and @marieclairemag for choosing my white ostrich sleep mask from @dearosaathens for your must-have list…it’s the ultimate travel accessory! #accessories #style #fashion #ff #travel
The duration of my stay at the Datai has been one filled with wonder and fascination. Narrowing done just five things was not easy but the below are just some of my favorite things about this tropical paradise.
1. Beach Villas- “designed to follow an environmentally sustainable framework. Contemporary interiors enhanced with touches of nature and rainforest accents”
* Outdoor rain shower
* Private pool
* Private sun deck
2. The Spa
* Four spa pavilions located in a tropical rainforest
* The Datai massage, Balinese massage, and warm stone massage
3. Having my blackberry almost snatched by monkeys :)
4. Helicopter rides above Datai Bay with Peter Wesley Brown (see above photo)
5. Rainforest exploration (or at least admiration ;) ) The Datai is nestled inside an ancient tropical rainforest.
*Photo credit: Peter Wesley Brown
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I’m at the center of it all. Two hundred thousand people are expected at Chichen Itza on Friday, December 21st. Where will I be? After a shaman cleanse and a temezcal (sweat lodge ceremony), I’ll toss on a Miguelina caftan and head to the Day Zero Festival, 24 hours of music, performing arts, installations, spiritual teachings & the finest artists in the galaxy, with a new music compilation curated by Damian Lazarus.
This week, I’m taking refuge at Papaya Playa, A Design Hotels Project. Cocooned by the jungle on a pristine stretch of the Caribbean coast, lies a raw-luxe camp with an urban spirit – a communal playground for a creative community seeking reconnection with nature and themselves. Together with Emilio Heredia, owner of the existing Papaya Playa Beach Bungalow Resort, Design Hotels™ has created a destination in paradise. It’s rustic, bohemian and I love it.
Daily reports until…December 22nd?
Fur: a perfect travel companion
Freezing cold on the plane sound familiar? Fur is an ultimate travel companion. In addition to the cashmere socks in your carry-on, it’s the perfect cozy-up piece to accompany you in the sub-zero interior airline cabin. But more than that, I love Quentin’s direction in his new collection. Pieces that not only will keep you warm, but when traveling, they are the show piece of your wardrobe. Pack the black and grey essentials, then toss some Quentin on to finish off the look.
My Winter Travel List (Peloponnese): Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, was also the queen of Sparta. Rich in natural beauty and romance, it’s no wonder that the Southern Peloponnese region was the birthplace of the most beautiful woman in the ancient world. And, as luck would have it, it’s the same region (Laconia) where my family is from in Greece. So I’m going to channel my inner Helen of Troy and make the 3.5 hour trek from Athens this winter and check out Kinsterna Hotel & Spa, which owes its name to the Byzantine word for the age-old cistern around which it is built and which, for centuries, has breathed life into the surrounding fertile land, towering trees, and olive groves. Bring it on, winter, I dare you.
I’ve lived and traveled in the Caribbean for a lifetime and, of course, rum and the Caribbean go hand and hand. I had the red Mount Gay cap years before they were accessible. I’ve been behind the scenes sipping from the barrels at Appleton Estate in Jamaica. I tasted Chris Blackwell’s ‘Blackwell' rum from the beach at Goldeneye long before it ever went into a bottle with a label. And, having a gorgeous Cuban client in Mexico, have spent many nights enjoying the perfect Havana Club mojito.
Rum and Greece never dawned on me. Do they even have it on the list? This is the land of ouzo, mastiha and tsipouro. So when I was taken to Baba Au Rum in Athens this week, I knew it would be added to my top bar list in the world (and a must for my City Break: Athens project). I was introduced to this watering hole last summer by a friend of mine, and this week, I was re-introduced to it again.
For anyone with a New York reference, think Mulberry Project meets Miss Lily’s…all poured into an a giddy, art deco cocktail with a tiki twist. It’s sexy and intimate and everything a great drinking den should be. Rums from Madagascar to Martinque share shelf space with super varied labels of high brow vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal, whisky, vermouth and brandy. A light tapas menu keeps you noshing while consuming and the outdoor ‘open window’ bar is a favorite place to perch.
So while I started #mygreeksummer with ouzo and the occasional tsipouro, I’ll end it as I ease into the winter Caribbean vibe. Rum in hand.
The Edmy skirt from Miguelina has been a summer staple and it takes up virtually NO space in my weekender (which is perpetually packed hopping for effortlessly hopping from Greek island to Greek island this summer). I love wearing it over a one-piece for a great night look.
Le week end's agenda is the darling village of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Last night, I slept in silence at the charming Hotel Gounod, named after the famed French composer known for Ave Maria and opera Romeo et Juliette. As the oldest hotel in the village, it’s steeped in history (Gounod wrote Mireille here). Their tea room is remarkable, and host to one of the most outstandingly eclectic collection of religious art I’ve ever seen. Strange to some, but it just kind of works. Rooms are lovely, service is exceptional and location is in the epicenter of the village.
Style tip: When the temp is up, embrace the bustier trend. I picked up this top from Provence’s own Souleiado (The house is famed for their ‘French Indiennes,’ gorgeous cotton-printed fabrics that landed in Marseille in 1648 and soon flourished by the high middle class and royals.) and pair it with a maxi skirt for an effortless summer look. I love the red.
While there’s always a Missoni bikini in my holiday wardrobe, I figured why not indulge in the entire fashion house and sleep surrounded the famed zig-zag print (plus it reminds me of my TriBeCa apartment which I designed with my interior designer mother, Stella, and while I love being in Europe in the summer, New York still tugs at my soul).
This week, I’ve bedded down at Villa Marie, owned by the super-chic brand, Sibuet Hotels. On Ramatuelle’s hill, the hotel overlooks the gorgeous Bay of Pampelonne, known for its famous beaches. This season, the hotel introduces its new Missoni Suite, designed by the company’s president (and style maven), Jocelyne Sibuet.
Décor includes a baroque influence, which mixes harmoniously with classic Riviera 50’s and 60’s style and, of course, plenty of bikini-inspired prints.
I’ve spent Thanksgiving in Shanghai. Christmas in Antigua. New Year’s in Rome. This week, I’m bedding down on the Côte d’Azur for Fourth of July. While I won’t find any backyard BBQs and high school parades, I will be celebrating my favorite American expats on this day, Sara and Gerald Murphy, the creators of beach culture in this region and my absolute heroes when it comes to living well. Mention Sara and Gerald Murphy to almost anyone and they say, “Who?” Even here in the South of France, where they set up their home (aptly named Villa America), people just stare at me blankly. The Murphys were the definition of bon vivant and ‘live well’ they did. Surrounded by the icons of their time: the Hemingways, the Picassos, the Fitzgeralds, Cole Porter, and so many more, they were the leaders of the party, the ones that these people looked to when they wanted to celebrate, and celebrate properly. Here’s to many fêtes.
How to travel through Europe for two months without checking a bag, by Wanderlista. American Airlines JFK-LHR-NCE. First stop: Saint-Tropez.