Journal leaves London to wander and explore the beauty of Turkey and Spain during the winter months.
Words & Photography Kirk Truman
1084 MILES FROM W1
Chiclana de la Frontera is located in the Andalusian province of Cadiz, south of the Gaditanian Bay. It’s just a half hour drive from Jerez de la Frontera airport, and an hour and a half from Seville. The urban centre of Chiclana has good amenities and also boasts a wealth of important cultural attractions. There is a commercial centre, markets, handicrafts, wine cellars, restaurants, bars, and much more to keep you busy.
BY THE SEA IN PERFECT HARMONY
Beaches, pinewoods and salt marshes of great ecological importance make up the protected area known as the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz. Its long sandy beaches helped the development of high-quality tourism, while the pinewoods alongside the coast are the ideal complement: sea and country sit in perfect harmony. Inland, vineyards, oak woods and meadows dominate the landscape. Within the nature reserves and lakes, such as Jeli and Montellano, you find a wealth of different bird species, some of which are in danger of extinction.
Chiclana de la Frontera is a traditional agricultural town, with excellent wines and health-giving waters. Its urban structure is of a typical Andalusian style, with narrow streets and courtyards full of flowers. Chiclana preserves its Andalusian customs and traditions well: the processions, bullfighting, flamenco, and wine production are all part of everyday life for the inhabitants.
The area is home to some of the best cuisine in Andalusia, with fine restaurants serving locally caught seafood, which should be washed down with one of the excellent local wines; Moscatel and Oloroso are particularly popular with Spanish visitors. Spanish sausages, such as Butifarra and Longanizas are typical of Chiclana, and also not to be missed are the almond pies made by the Augustinian nuns. Best of all, Chiclana de la Frontera enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with little rain and more than 3,000 hours of sun a year.
ROYAL HIDEAWAY SANCTI PETRI
AUTUMN SUN IN A PARADISE
Part of the Barceló Hotel Group, The Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri is located in Novo Sancti Petri-Chiclana (Costa de la Luz), on the seafront of the long sandy Barrosa beach, awarded a blue flag and rated as one of the 10 best beaches in Spain by TripAdvisor users. Its privileged location ensures that it is well connected, with Jerez airport just 50 km away and Cádiz 39 km away.
Its 195 magnificent rooms have a modern and elegant design and are equipped with all the latest technology and an exclusive intelligent automation system, as well as all the facilities you’d expect of a 5-star establishment. The original architectural design of the buildings, its five outdoor swimming pools with hot tub, the natural lakes and more than 35,000 m2 of lush tropical gardens make the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri a unique resort. The hotel’s four restaurants specialise in healthy cuisine, with a special focus on high quality ingredients and local cuisine. One of the hotel’s outstanding features is its U-Spa, a world of luxury and relaxation with more than 3,650 m2 of space making it the largest in Andalusia. The range of leisure activities includes the lounge nightclub Siddharta, the Dublin Bay Irish Pub, a bowling alley, and a packed entertainment programme for adults including sports and cultural workshops.
1614 MILES FROM W1
Tucked away in a peaceful bay on the glorious Aegean coast in southwest Turkey, you’ll come across the charming village of Özdere. For many, holidays to Özdere are all about miles and miles of golden sandy beaches where you’ll always find the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine. And if you do want to pick up the pace, you could always give watersports a try or head into the lush green hills that surround the town. You’ll also find yourself within easy reach of the ancient city of Ephesus, which is an absolute must-see while you’re in the region.
BY THE AUTUMN SEA
Club Marvy, set in the magical landscape of the Aegean, offers a brand-new holiday experience inspired by its local roots. From entertainment to art, from architectural design to locally sourced ingredients, the resort has combined everything that makes Özdere special with a modern approach to creating a bohemian holiday resort.
The unique Turkish resort opened in 2017 in Kesre Bay, a 160,000 m² wonder of nature with its protected landscape of pine and palm trees. Every aspect of this unique environment, where sandy beaches meet a crystal shimmering sea, has been designed to create carefully crafted memories for visitors, whether families, couples or solo travellers. The simple lifestyle of Aegean and Mediterranean towns is kept alive in its purest form here, in rooms designed with a modern architectural approach. Club Marvy values local products, principles and craftsmanship. They have built their own culinary concept inspired by traditional Aegean villages, bringing rich homemade food and street flavours together on the same table. The resort boasts a variety of ways to savour this unique culture, enriched with all the fresh products of the region.
No. 5 Maddox Street, Mayfair
AN EVENING AT HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Rivalling those of the top hotels in our capital, the 24-hour concierge are always on hand to provide any help or assistance required by guests. No.5 Maddox St. is tucked discreetly behind London’s iconic Bond Street, a minutes walk from Liberty and Hamleys. It boasts 12 contemporary suites that offer complete discretion and the building has a dedicated 24-hour concierge, who is happy to organise anything from in-room spa treatments to a grocery delivery from Whole Foods. Situated in the heart of London’s shopping destination yet retaining absolute tranquility, a home away from home simply does not get better than this.