TRAVELLER: SPRING ESCAPISM
Spring has finally arrived and has brought with it bright mornings, lighter evenings and the promise that summer isn’t too far away. If you are in need of a little holiday pick me up sooner, there are a wealth of destinations that make a perfect Easter getaway. Soaking up the sun in Marrakech, ambling around Copenhagen or exploring the wild beaches of Cornwall, here are our picks for best short haul spring escape.
Bright and beautiful Marrakech has been a stylish city destination for years, attracting travellers with its heady mix of culture, food, architecture and shopping. French fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with the city and plucked some of his most audacious colour combinations – think saffron orange with violet purple – from its gardens, skies and maze-like souks. The designer even said that before Marrakech he “saw only in black and white.” The Rolling Stones love the Moroccan city as well and Poppy Delevingne had her wedding party out there.
Built in the 12th century, Marrakech is known as the ‘Red City’ thanks to the blush coloured walls that surround it. However, that nickname doesn’t do it justice because red is just one colour in city’s kaleidoscope. Thanks to the shapeshifting souks and a market square that’s in a constant flux, holidays there are never the same.
BERNARD BOUTIQUE RECOMMENDS: Jardin Majorelle
The Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years of passion and dedication to create his enchanting garden in the heart of the city. In 1996 Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge discovered the Jardin Majorelle during their first stay in Marrakech and went there every single day ‘seduced by this oasis where colours used by Matisse were mixed with those of nature.’ The couple bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from becoming a hotel complex. They decided to live in the Villa Bou Saf Saf and undertook the restoration of the garden in order to ‘make the Jardin Majorelle become the most beautiful garden – by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle.’ The new owners gave the garden to the public and following the Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008, his ashes were scattered there.
The capital of Denmark is a lively place of modern architecture, contemporary art and fine dining. The most fashionable of the Nordic cities and home to one of the coolest cultural scenes in the whole of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is a destination with plenty of style. Perfect for culture lovers seeking inspiration, foodies or couples wanting an elegant break, the Danish capital is popular for its clean cobbled streets and innovative design. Copenhagen also has a rich royal history, a reputation for culinary excellence and some of Europe’s best museums. Be sure to spend some time taking it all in over a stylish meal. Don’t leave the city without letting your hair down at Tivoli Gardens, or enjoying a smørrebrød in one of the capital’s stylish, but affordable restaurants. If the sun is out, join the locals for a beer at the Nyhavn canal.
BERNARD BOUTIQUE RECOMMENDS: Kiin Kiin
Kiin Kiin in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, is one of the world’s very few Thai restaurants with a Michelin star. It has also received excellent reviews, with more or less all of the major Danish food critics giving it their highest praise. The duo behind Kiin Kiin are Lertchai and Henrik Yde-Andersen. Henrik is well-know for his role as a judge on the TV programme MasterChef and for having been invited by the Thai princess to open a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. Lertchai and Henrik’s approach to Thai food is modern and refined, with a 9-course menu that will lead you on a remarkable culinary experience. Add to this a cosy and modern Thai interior as well as reasonable price levels and you will know why it is one of Copenhagen’s most popular restaurants.
Cornwall is where land meets sea. Blessed with the southwest’s wildest and longest coastline and most breathtakingly beautiful beaches, this proudly independent peninsula is one of the sunniest areas in Britain. With picturesques villages, Celtic ruins, light blue waters, gardens and unique architecture Cornwall is certainly among the most scenic areas in England. While the staple industries of mining, fishing and farming have all but disappeared, the county has reinvented itself as one of the nation’s creative corners. Whether it’s exploring the space-age domes of the Eden Project, sampling the culinary creations of a celebrity chef or basking on a deserted beach, you’re guaranteed to feel the itch of inspiration.
Selected by the Sunday Times Travel as one of the ultimate 100 British Hotels in 2016 the Artist Residence is tucked away in the old quarter of Penzance in a historic Georgian House. The fun boutique retreat boasts 21 bedrooms and a cottage, perfectly located for discovering West Cornwall.
The Hidden Hut is a small cafe with a big difference. Found tucked away along the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho and St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall; it’s a special spot to enjoy freshly cooked food with friends and family…