New Aegli Hotel

In Poros, a very green island just 20 minutes by boat from Athens, New Aegli hotel is a laid-back slice of heaven. The natural beauty of this island makes this simple, four star hotel an ideal spot for a great vacation. It’s like a hotel out of the seventies, but really all you need to have a blast is a terrace, a beach steps away from your room, and an iced frappe coffee to enjoy come afternoon.

 

There’s a 180 degree view of sea and green mountains from the main terrace in the hotel. It’s a beautiful spot for breakfast and for dinner. I had one of the best dinners of my life here: sardines fresh from the sea, fat fried potatoes Greek-style, and ‘mastika’ ice cream. Next to us, a table of about 10 Greek locals who all looked above the age of 90 were laughing, playing cards, and eating ice cream. This must be the place where people go to live forever young.

 

new aegli restaurant

Restaurant terrace

Sweet Suite

Super simple, the rooms were plain white and equipped with a TV and decent shower. Ask for a corner room, which has the same sweeping 180 degree views as the restaurant terrace below.

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Corner room with THE view

 

new aegli bedroom

Simple bedrooms

Swim-tastic

Best thing to do is spend the day at the beach or pool. You’ll be pretty happy either way.

new aegli beach

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new aegli pool

 

After Sunset

Poros is a relaxed island. We had fun exploring the island (especially Love Bay!) and popping into island bars – the kind where everyone is in summery dresses and flip flops. Some nights, we just lingered long after dinner – the bartender turned out to be an exceptional pianist who rocked everything from Chopin nocturnes to Latin jazz. There’s something intoxicating about beautiful music coupled with the sea breeze and moonlight. All that’s missing is writing in the sky spelling out the obvious: “This is super romantic!”

 

#WhatToPack

Channel the charm of the Aegean with this white-and-blue, breezy ensemble.

 

Greek Island - Poros Style

 


TIBI blue top
550 AED – theoutnet.com

Reiss high waisted skirt
365 AED – harrods.com

Ancient Greek Sandals flat shoes
2,385 AED – forzieri.com

Mary Katrantzou white handbag
2,790 AED – matchesfashion.com

Kate Spade engraved jewelry
220 AED – 6pm.com

Casetify iphone case
145 AED – casetify.com

Leaf headband
26 AED – amazon.com

By Terry fragrance
715 AED – beauty.com
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

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