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Welcome to our new look Spring 2015!

We have launched our new style and approach in Spring 2015. This allows us to feature two new approaches:
1. Relying on videos instead of still photos for our coverages.
2. Writing shorter stories, faster reads.
These two things work together to provide a more visual sense of being there than words and still photos can convey. We hope you like it. Editors GV.

Quick Tips:

photoHotel La PoncheFrom St. Tropez:
Peter & Linda D'Aprix:

There is no more beautiful place to stay in St. Tropez than right on the sea wall overlooking the Gulf of St. Tropez at the 5 star Hotel La Ponche. The family who have lived in St. Tropez since the 1700's, have slowly turned what was a bar into a hotel and recently into a luxurious 5 star one with views of the roof tops and the sea beyond. A pocket beach lies just below for sunning and swimming and their restaurant serves local traditional cuisine with an extra talent in sea food, which really should come as no suprise.
Full story coming in July with videos.
Hôtel : +33 (0)4 94 97 02 53 Restaurant : +33 (0)4 94 97 09 29 -

Featured Recipe:


Poached Egg on Toast with Asparagus.
Restaurant "Il Rosmarino":

A simple dish from La Meridiana Hotel using basic items available to us all in one way or another. Easy for anyone to make even utilizing ingredients local to where you live. Eggs never tasted like this. A nice twist to the basic poached egg on toast that completely changes the experience.

our team

Editorial and Owners:

PeterPeter D’Aprix.
Executve Editor,
Photo, Video &
web production.

LindaLinda D’Aprix.
Magaging Editor,
Culinary Editor and Research.

Contributing Editor Team:

LindaDavid Lawrence.
ExProducter on the run roving Europe for those special hotels and restaurants.

LindaJackie Joseph-Lawrence.
Actress and now travel writing with her husband David for Gourmet Voyageurs and "The Toulican".

spring features

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A Wine Relais and Five Star Hotel with Michelin starred Restaurant near Lake Garda - a destination!

Hotel Villa Cordevigo***** Wine Relais, nr Lake Garda, (VR)Italy
Photo HotelAn 18th century Venetian Villa in the heart of the vineyards of the gently rolling countryside just east and south of lake Garda just at the foot hills of the Italian Alps. Ancient home of the Cristoforetti and Delibori families, the rooms and halls echo with generations of families through all the ups and downs history had in store for them. Today the villa is a magnificent hotel retaining the feel of older times but equipped with the comforts of today.The rooms provide a uniquely Italian color and texture. read more >>
Its restaurant Michelin starred restaurant
"Oseleta" is superb and woth the trip in and of itself. read more >>

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Italian Ligurian Hotel***** for Beach Goers and Foodies alike:

La Meridiana HotelYou will find the five star luxury "Royal Hotel San Remo" located just a block or two off the main road into the lovely old Italian coastal town of San Remo on the beach of the Italian Riviera just across the coast road from the sea.

Just twenty five minutes from Monte Carlo and the gate-way to the Italian Riviera, a stay at this charmer is to experience a more pastarefined and gracious way of life combining the elegance of the past with the comforts and plugged in way of life of today.
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Their restaurant "Fiori di Murano" is excellent and features authentic Ligurian cuisine and olive oils.
read more>>

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Secluded St. Tropez Hotel***** a stone's throw from the center but you'd never know it:

La Bastide de Saint Tropez*****
St. Tropez, Var, France.

Photo PoolThe adorable "Hotel La Bastide de Saint Tropez" sits back from a peaceful tree-shaded residential street away from the intensity and energy of St. Tropez. A Relais et Châteaux for some time now, La Bastide de St. Tropez deservedly earned its 5th star early in 2011. Small and intimate, it thus assures very personal service and a sense of a home away from home on a deluxe but understated level rather the the usual hotel complex.


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A 5 Star Jewel on a hill top just outside St. Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France:

Hotel Château de la Messardière *****, Hotel & Spa, St. Tropez, France.
Tea by the fireChâteau de la Messardiere is a fabulous five star sprawling hotel with a view over the bay of St. Tropez on one side and on the other the beaches and Mediterranean sea as well as the green quilt of vineyards and wineries of Ramatuelle in the valley below. It has very recently been given a complete make over which never stops so now it is also the "Shining Jewel on the Hill". Its 45 suites and 75 rooms are contained in a variety of different levels, annexes and square pill boxes around the 25 acres of gardens as well as in the original château.


featured videos

Join us for dinner at Restaurant "L'Olivier", Bastide de St. Tropez, France

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Join us for dinner at the fabulous "Oseleta" restaurant at Villa Cordevigo.

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Maître d’Hôtel Massimiliano Paltrinieri of Royal Hotel SanRemo explains all about the food of Liguria. He walks us through the olive oils, the products of the region and the tastes of the land. Then you can join us for a video experience of this wonderful cuisine.

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Enjoy an introduction to the Hotel Bastdie de St. Tropez that is open throughout the year. General Manager M. Fabien Delaffon gives a warm welcome and a video tour of the Hotel.

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Take a tour of Château Hotel de la Messardière ***** (see left) and listen to the informative introduction by General Manager Alexandre Durand-Viel.

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Visit the spa of La Messardière with its own indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, and extentensive treatment rooms not to mention its own garden with fountains to sun and relax.


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No copying, reuse or partial reproduction permitted without written permission by the authors, Peter and Linda D'Aprix.

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