Salt Stories: Travel tips

#BOATDAY

By Michael Chapman

#BOATDAY-Salt Escapes

There’s no day quite like boat day, and there’s no boat day quite like a Salt Escapes Boat Day.

Got it? OK then, let’s dive straight in…

If there’s a better feeling in the world than floating about on the ocean, Summer beats buzzing through the Soundbox, basking in the sunlight with a group of mates, and nothing in sight but a crystal clear big blue, then we’re yet to experience it.

So far, Salt has bobbed around the bays of La Maddalena Archipelago in Northern Sardinia, circumnavigated Chrysi island in Southern Crete, and found pure paradise along the Ionian coast of Zakynthos.

Already in the line up for 2020, are the Pacific oceans of Costa Rica and plenty more of the eye-watering turquoise blues of Greece’s Ionian Sea. Where else should we set sail next year?

Sink your teeth into these snaps of some of our Boat Day best bits.Or even better, book an Escape with us in 2020 to experience the real deal…

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Spotlight On: Norway

By Michael Chapman

Spotlight On: Norway-Salt Escapes

Resident Salt photographer James Purvis recently experienced a piece of the magic Norway has to offer, as part of a 7 day sailing expedition from Lofoten to Tromsø.

If exploring the Arctic circle is on your bucket list, take a flick through these and let the staggering beauty of Norway’s mountains, fjords and villages do the talking.

We expect you’ll be booked and packed by the end of this blog post.

Postcard-perfect Rorbuer (traditional fisherman’s cabin) in Sakrisøy.

Drone shots of sailing boat on the icy water of the Norwegian Sea.

Drone shot of the football pitch at Henningsvær.

Reinebringen. Candy-floss sky over the fjords.

Segla mountain hike on the north side of Senja.

Hamnøy.

The oldest fishing village in the Lofoten archipelago.

Reine fishing village located on the island of Moskenesøya above the Arctic circle about 300km southwest of Tromsø.

View of Reine boathouses.

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3 Ways To Do Marrakech

By Michael Chapman

3 Ways To Do Marrakech-Salt Escapes

#1

Explore the vast desert and majestic mountains

If countryside, desert and mountains are your vibe, then head just outside of Marrakech and base yourself in the foothills of the snow-capped high Atlas.


Stay: At Le Palais Paysan, to enjoy the long, hot days with panoramic views of the Atlas mountains, stopping only for a dip in the pool, a lunch of local Tagine or some R&R at the hotel’s traditional Hammam.


Do: Palais Paysan will hook you up with a short transfer to the base camp of Buggy Event Maroc. Hire quads or buggies for a half or full day, and head out across never-ending desert landscape, stopping only for MadMax worthy snaps and a cup of mint tea with the locals.


Do: A hike into the high Atlas mountains is not to be missed. A guide will ensure you’re on the best tracks, and get the most authentic experience with a stop for lunch in a traditional Berber village. The hike itself is mind-blowing, with landscape so vast you'll feel like you're in a Western movie, Jurassic Park and on Mars all at once. 

#2

Get lost in the magical Medina

If a bustling, bursting-at-the-seams city excites you, then be sure to stay in the Medina, (the walled ancient city with narrow, winding streets), where finding your way around the seething souks and bartering with local sellers will leave you ready to escape to a peaceful Riad come bedtime.


Stay: At Riad Adore, for a charming, contemporary oasis behind the mayhem of the Medina. Step off the dusty narrow streets and behind an old wooden door, find yourself amongst splashing fountains, tropical plants, plunge pools and intricate architecture.


Do: Visit the Marjorelle Gardens, for a plant paradise filled with cacti, bamboo groves and palm trees. Once the home of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, the towering plants are set against an intense shade of ultramarine blue. Arrive early morning to avoid the crowds and take it all in in peace.


Eat: Dar Yacout may be slightly off the beaten track, but if you’re up for having dinner in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll ever eat dinner, then this is not to be missed. The food is traditional, the service exceptional, the setting magical, and we’ll leave the rest to be revealed if you’re lucky enough to experience this gem.

#3

Pick your paradise in the Palmeraie

Situated on the edge of the city’s Northern section lies the Palmeraie, a paradise of hundreds of thousands of palm trees, dotted with luxury resorts, extravagant hotels and private villas. Nicknamed the “Beverly Hills of Marrakech”, the Palmeraie provides a tranquil escape if exclusive luxury living is more your style.


Stay: At Le Palais Namaskar, where golden-domed palaces and extravagant walkways are completely surrounded by water, lush Balinese-style gardens are dotted with hammocks and cushions, and the 41 suites and rooms are luxurious to say the least.


Do: Visit the spa centre for your treatment of choice, head to the airy, open gym, or take advantage of the 24 hour room service, and enjoy the hotel's delicious cuisine from your own private patio. Apart from that, there’s not much else to do, which ultimately seems to be the charm of this place.

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Zakynthos: Greece's greenest island

By Michael Chapman

Zakynthos: Greece's greenest island-Salt Escapes

Floating on the turquoise waters of the Ionian sea, Zakynthos is a tale of two halves. The south of the island may be well known for its nightlife and holiday resorts, but venture north and you'll be blown away by breathtaking landscapes, white-sand beaches, vast pine forests and the warmest hospitality on the Greek islands. 

Our top 6 ABSOLUTE

must do's


#1. Sail away on the stunning stretch of coastline.

Navagio beach is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Europe, but just a hop, skip & a jump around to the next bay, you’ll find spots like this. Just as instagrammable, FAR less tourists.

#2. Explore the Blue Caves.

 

Sail or swim into these magical natural wonders where the sunlight bounces off the water and reflects onto the limestone walls. Just keep everything crossed that it isn't your Captain's first time navigating his/her way through the caves... 

#3. Walk through olive groves and explore ancient ruins.

Hike through the shady pine forest, with the sunlight falling through the trees. Stumble upon ancient monastery ruins against the most mind-blowing backdrop of the big blue. 

#4. View the Shipwreck in all her glory.

Although Shipwreck beach can be accessed by boat, its beauty is best appreciated from the viewing platform on the cliffs above. Soak it all in, you might never witness so much blue for the rest of your days.

#5. Wander around the harbour at Port Nikolaos.

Tucked away in the North of the island, this tranquil beach town is well off the tourist trail, but well worth a visit. It’s sheltered bay has pristine water, a quiet beach, and traditional family-run tavernas right next to the sea.

#6. Soak up the sunset from our Salt villa.

It’s almost as if Mother Natures best show was designed to be viewed from our Zakynthos villa. Watch the sun go down on another magical day right in the centre of where the cliffs fall from the sky into the sea. We don’t know where you’ve seen your favourite sunsets, but trust us, this one will be right up there.

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