• Summer
  • The Katikies in Santorini
  • Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

Where in the World Should Daniel Go This Summer?

Summer is almost here! So many options for summer travel and so little time…  For this blog entry, I would like to get your feedback on where to book my summer holiday.

Every summer I plan a trip to Europe and I typically alternate each year by going to one of my old favorites haunts and then somewhere new the following year.  I have tried some exotic spots, but love the Mediterranean–particularly Italy or France.  My alternating years have worked out well for me.  I know the places I love are there when I want them, but it’s so difficult to find a new spot to fall in love with and explore.

I usually get my fix of France with my annual trip to Cannes for the Cannes Film Festival in May, so Italy naturally seems like the perfect compliment just a month or so later.



Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri

I wrote about one of my favorite spots, Capri, in a previous blog.  For me, Capri is heaven…I love the people, the beaches, the food, the hotels and the shopping…you name it and I love it in Capri.  I did spend last year’s summer holiday there, so I am thinking somewhere new is on my itinerary for this year.




Truthfully though, there is nothing worse than returning from a trip and wishing I had gone somewhere else.  This has only happened to me a few times and many years ago, but it’s not a great feeling and certainly something I want to avoid this year.

One of the many great things about The Leading Hotels of the World is that the hotels are all special and, in one way or another, they all offer something unique and different.  I do have a sense of comfort knowing I am going to be staying in a fantastic hotel.  However, this leads me back to my initial question…where to go this summer?  Here is where I am researching now, in no particular order.  First on my list is the Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.

I have never been to Sicily, so naturally I want to go and see what everyone is talking about and do some exploring.  I also love all Rocco Forte hotels–all sublime!

Hotel Giardino di Costanza

And if I am in Sicily, I must see the Hotel Giardino di Costanza.  I have heard it is incredible and there are lots of sites to explore in the area.

So, Sicily does seem to be high on my list, but I have a hankering for Greece over the past few years and have been looking into both Santorini and Mykonos.

The Katikies in Santorini looks like something out of a film set…all white and perched high on the Caldera Cliffs over looking the brilliant blue sea–and a seducitve infinity pool calling my name!


That leaves me with one other possibility on my list: Myconian Imperial Thalasso Spa in Mykonos.    Big decisions…the Myconian has a huge private beach and a world-class spa, not to mention beautiful white-washed private villas.

Myconian Imperial Thalasso Spa

Hmmmm…please let me know thoughts and advice!

Thank You,


One Comment

  1. Do this exact vacation and you will be in heaven! Athens at the Grand Bretagne Hotel then take plane to Mykonos to the Myconian and then a hydrofoil to Santorini and stay at Katikies. I did this exact trip 8 years ago and stayed at same hotels. Perfection! Rent a boat from ‘George’ in Santorini and he’ll take you to the hot springs and cliff jumping. Best trip I had tied with Capri and Positano!


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