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It’s time to take a holiday. At the Studio, we’ve been carefully mapping out our summer vacations for weeks. As you know, Garance is headed to Greece, Italy and Ibiza starting next week and we are…well… jealous. Just in case you haven’t planned your vacation yet and are still looking to get away… I thought we should ask a few of our friends for their vacation plans and tips!

Safe travels!!

Lolita Jacobs, Saint Tropez

“We have a family house a little above the village, it is the house in “And God Created Women”– from the actual from the movie! It used to be an old farm and my parents renovated it with their amazing bohemian taste (well I like to think so). It is very charming, not at all the typical villa. Full of paintings, trinkets, colored fabrics, flowers… My dream house in the South of France.”

Stay: L’Hotel Ermitage is really nice to stay at for a few days for the view and the great terrace at the end of the day. The Hotel Sube, old fashion but very charming.

Eat: I love le Banh Hoi for diner, a Thai restaurant with an amazing vibe and interior. Le Club 55 for lunch, I always have la tarte Ramatuelle with some fresh goat cheese or the crudités platter. Delicious. For a typical aperitif at the end of the day, we always go to La Place aux Herbes, have a glass of white wine and some fresh oysters Chez Madeleine.

Drink: My favorite spot in the morning is Senequier. I go there every morning to have a fresh orange juice and a brioche au sucre with my god father. We read the newspaper (Var matin for him, Vogue for me) and say hello to everyone. St Tropez is a small village and all the regulars know each other.

I also adore having a drink with my mum & dad on the terrace of the Hotel Sube. It is above the harbor. You get to observe the crowd laughing and sipping a Bellini.

Shop: The best shop is by far the beach boutique at Club 55. They have an amazing bathing suit selection, thousands of tasteful summer bracelets and beach dresses. Plus some original pillows, foulards and many other beautiful objects. Perfect place for any kind of gift.

The Place des Lices market on Tuesdays and Saturdays is great for finding the perfect wicker basket, vintage books, antique hunting with my father. There is an amazing candy stand as well, and I have a big sweet tooth.

Do: Swimming in the sea, going out at Les Caves du Roy (don’t forget your earplugs, the sound is outrageous), riding the roads of Ramatuelle on a scooter with my boyfriend and going to the secret beach of Cap Taillat.

Viviana Volpicella, Southern Italy

“My home country, Puglia, in a small town called Marittima. It’s in the southern part of my beloved Puglia. There is an international community there and privacy is the watchword.”

Stay: Rent a house from Tulsi Room in Marittima.

Eat: Corte Degli Aranci, a restaurant in Taviano, another small town.

Drink: An aperitivo at the Harbour Bar in Tricase, a small town on the sea.

Shop: Tulsi Shop. It’s a cute boutique by an Irish friend of mine, Deborah Nolan. She lives in Marittima and she sells cool dresses, sandals and bags that she loves from around the world.

Do: We (my love and I) used to rent a little wood boat (the typical name is gozzo) and we love spending all day along the Puglia coast where you can find small and pure bays.

Kate Foley, Lamu Island, Kenya

“I love that it’s so relaxed. It’s quite hard to get to so it puts people off going! I go to escape work and the hustle and bustle of NY so definitely don’t want to run into a million people. It’s also incredibly beautiful!”

Stay: I stay at a private house but the Peponi, a family run hotel, is beautiful .

Eat: Fresh fish carpaccio and gazpacho.

Drink: Order an “Old Pal” at the Peponi Bar.

Shop: I love Aman a beautiful boutique which sells a carefully curated mix of international and local clothing and accessory brands.

Do: Swim at Shela Beach, wakeboard, sail, eat and relax!

Violaine Bernard, Brittany

“Saint-Cast, a little beach town in Brittany where I spent all my summers growing up.”

Stay: I stay at my grand-parents house where I also love to have a nap under the cherry tree and also pick berries and peas straight form the garden to munch on. This is a great time for me to go there as now I’m a mother, I no longer sleep in the kid’s room!
So the best way to spend your holiday there is to rent a house. There are 7 beaches in Saint-Cast so it’s hard to find a place you can rent out further than a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Eat: Meal time is a very big deal in France. Especially in our house! I actually feel like I spend most of my vacation sitting at the table…
Lunches are usually at home with all the family but the best place to have dinner with friends is at the Jardin Délice where you can sit outside in the garden, that’s usually where we drink too!

Chez Marie is the best for crêpes and galettes, which are Brittany’s specialities. If you want to share seafood with your other half and watch the sun set, go to La Marinière, which is right by the beach and ask for David.

Drink: The best place to get a coffee is La Belle Meunière where you can eat the most amazing pastries (probably in the world!!). Their croissants and pains au chocolat literally melt in your mouth. Just be ready. For a drink or ice cream on the beach though, go to the Lézard.

Shop: The best is to go to the market every Monday where you can find clothes from Petit Bateau (cheaper than anywhere else) and also some vintage cotton and lace table wear. You can get fresh food there also and trying the “Galette saucisse” is a must. Côté Plage is good for home wear and don’t forget to get a few pairs of espadrilles at la Maison Blanche when you arrive. The big Pharmacy is always great to stock up on French beauty products.

Do: Even though it gets very busy during the summer, it’s still quiet compare to other more famous summer destinations in Brittany. Some cliff views still blow my mind (and now probably your Instagram account) even though I’ve seen them all my life. There is a sailing spot as well where you can book few windsurfing lessons. But really the best thing to do there is to explore and lay on the many beaches, relax and eat!

Kate Dougherty, Colorado to Oregon

“I’ll be joining my boyfriend Ben Towill and my brother Patrick Dougherty on a bike journey from Colorado to Oregon. The NY Times has been following them on their cross-country biking ride, which they began in Virginia 5 weeks ago – Ben writing & Patrick taking the photos. All stories are focused on finding healthy alternative farms and people doing inspiring things with food across the States, raising money for a NY Charity called Just Food. ”

Stay: With our tent and sleeping bags on our bikes, we will be camping each night in some wildly beautiful National Parks like Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

Eat: Lots of energy bars and buffalo jerky.

Drink: Lots of water, cheap beers and of course a Negroni wherever I can find one!

Shop: I will be sending postcards along the way!

Do: Averaging 75 miles a day for this 4 week 2,000 mile adventure, I’d say we’ll just be doing lots of biking, sleeping, drinking, and meeting as many inspiring people as we can along the way.

Lola Rykiel, California

“I’ve been going for solo holidays trips all over the place but since I tried this place, I just keep going back. I love NY lifestyle but it is very stressful and sometimes I just feel like I smoke too many cigarettes, drink too many coffees and spend all my day emailing, texting, answering without interruptions. It is important for me to free-up from these little addictions and reconnect with pure and simple things.
I like the idea of taking good care of yourself. For me holidays are no longer about partying and doing crazy wild things. I want to finally go slow, go to bed early and be in the nature (and get daily massages too!).”

Stay: The Pearl Laguna, a health detox meditation retreat. A beautiful lush farm, in the hills of Laguna, California.

Eat:An alkaline diet. Vegetarian fresh meals home cooked with most ingredients grown in the gardens. No sugar, no meat, no fish, nothing that is not whole, but we do eat delicious goat cheese and fresh eggs from the farm as well as plenty of fruits and veggies, all locally grown and very tasty.

Drink: Homemade juices, every day there is a different kind: pear and cucumber, clementine and watermelon, and green juices. A lot of alkaline water that is part of the detox too, No rosé, no lattes, no diet coke. These are the enemies!! When I come back to the city I still try to keep away from them. I last one week maximum. MAXIMUM.

Shop: The detox is about detoxing from shopping! So there is nothing to buy, except Katresha’s skincare that is sold at the farm and I always buy every product.

Do: Meditation in the morning for one hour, Hike 3 hours a day (that’s hard), cut off my phone and Instagram (detox of social media addiction), swim in the sea (the salt and the sea are really good to clear bad energy), get massages everyday (it is part of the program), relax, read, try to give myself some time away from the city and to be in contact with nature.

Caroline Issa, Ibiza

“I love Ibiza because, despite it’s party animal reputation, up in the hills tucked away it is an oasis of beauty and relaxation. Counter-intuitive, I know – but absolutely true. Plus the food! Delicious! I’ve been going for the last 5 years and love that if we want to socialize we can dip into it, or just rest, read and eat up in the hills amongst the amazing greenery and enjoy.”

Stay: Up in the mountains in my friends’ Stefano and Monica’s amazing villa, far away from the craziness

Eat: La Paloma or my other favorite, but that one’s a secret so I can still get a reservation!

Drink: Margaritas by El Chiringuito beach.

Shop: Usually the local supermarket for evening BBQs!

Do: Stay by the pool and swim, read and stuff myself silly!

Cisco Gorrow, Bali

“I try to soak up the sun, surf, relax and enjoy the beautiful & gentle Balinese people and culture.”

Stay: In my eyes, there are three main places to stay when you come to Bali. The Bukit is the furthest southern tip of Bali. Here you can find the best surf reefs & biggest waves and great views of Bali. The second place is Canggu which is close to Seminjak. I prefer the more quite Canggu area. Here I stay at Villa RedDoor. In Ubud, I usually stay a night or two at the Como Shambhala Estate.

Eat: I spend most of my time in Canggu where I usually have my breakfast after my morning surf at Old Man’s located on Batu Bolong which is a laid back beach hang out. They make the best avocado on toast. If I don’t have time to make my own lunch and I am ok to deal with the traffic, I go to my all time favorite place in town called Zula. If I feel like an Indonesian fine dining experience for dinner I go Bambu. The food here is light, spicy and exciting.

In Ubud most places are Yogi friendly and mainly vegetarian and vegan. This is Bali’s capital for the health conscious food movement. In general every Warung serves fresh food and freshly squeezed juices in Ubud so you cant go wrong.

Drink: For some live music and a good crowd, I swing by Old Man’s on a Friday or Sunday night. For a nice cocktail and a great view, I go to KuDeTa in Seminjak. When I’m in Uluwatu, I have a sundowner at Single Fin.

Shop: My favorite shop to stock up on sarongs (you can never have enough!!!), beautiful silk shirts and scarfs, is Kalyan in Seminjak. If I need anything for the beach from bikinis or surf accessories I go to Drifter which is a local surf concept store where you can generally find something good.

Do: I like to kick start my day with an early morning surf at Batu Bolong or a yoga class at Samadi Bali. We do day trips to Balian for great waves, Padang Padang for beautiful white sand beaches & great surf or Belangen for a nice uncrowded tropical beach. If I want to pamper myself I go to Devira for a massage or call them for a home visit.


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  • They all sound quite amazing.
    I am vacationing at home on my beautiful Caribbean Island of Curacao. (though I have to say Ibiza is always a good idea)

    Priscilla Joy

  • so many day dreams in this post! :)


  • C’était la première fois que je prenais mes vacances en juin. Et en fait, ça craint du boudin. Non mais si, obkjectivement, être en vacances avant tout le monde c’est cool, sauf que personne ne comprend ce qui se passe et que les gens vous prennent pour une glandeuse avec un poil de Gorilla dans la main. Et après, tout le monde cause tongs et bikinis, destinations et projets, et vous… voilà, quoi. Du boudin.

  • Wow those places sound and look exotic and amazing! The first part of my vacation included Syros, Milos and Serifos which are islands in the Aegean sea in Greece and of course Myconos! In end August iam planning on going to the island where i come from which is Andros and again Myconos!!!!

    Greece is magical in the summer the islands are amazing! :) xxx

  • WOW….those sound like magical trips!! happy summer everyone xoxo

  • I’ll go holiday to all them!!
    XOX, Gap.

  • Tous ces lieux ont l’air fantastique (même si j’en connais certains), ça donne vraiment envie de partir!


  • Trips magic!!!!
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • The summer has been crazy, I’ve given up trying to plan a super exotic vacation. Instead, I’m going down to see family in Georgia/Florida, which is a much-needed trip. I’ll be planning somewhere in southeast Asia for the fall, though!!! :)


  • I so need a vacation, have fun Garance.


  • Oh they are all amazing (I’ve been to five of the above places) however this summer I’m staying put right here in Vancouver. I live right by the beach at Kits and now until at least the end of September is perfect weather. But I can understand why people who live in New York would want to get away for a little while…..even though I still love N.Y. Here, it’s winter we want to leave…….for Palm Springs, etc.

    Have an amazing SUMMMER to ALL of you at the STUDIO & your friends! XO

  • Les VACANCES… le mot magique ! Je sur-valide la proposition de Viviana dans les Pouilles. Top. Je me suis aussi listée tout un tas de nouveaux endroits en Italie où aller me dorer la pilule : Panarea, Favignana, Lac de Garde….
    Baci, Ali

  • Caroline Issa à bien raison sur la Paloma et Es Cavallet :)
    Je te croiserais peut-être, départ pour moi le 23 Juillet!

  • Hi Alex! Please tell Garance to visit Utopía, a tiny tiny tiny restaurant in Cala Moltons in Ibiza. They have the best cous cous in the island. And you have to get there hiking!!! So you can eat whatever you want because then you have to hike back and all the calories would be gone. And it has this tiny private beach… oh, it’s paradise! Sigh! It’s located in the north of the island. Maybe is not that fashionable, but it sure is charming! We were 20 days in Ibiza in May and this was our favourite discovery!
    By the way, you are in New York so I’m sure you will ahve a lovely Summer too! I wish I could be in New York!

  • Qu’il est bien cet article alors qu’on a un temps juste horrible à Paris… Cela permet de voyager à moindre frais, et tous ces lieux ont l’air splendides !


  • Grèce, Italie et Ibiza ? Joli programme ! Moi je viens à New York :) Toure première fois, j’ai hâte d’y être, mais du coup je ne pourrais pas espérer croiser Garance au détour d’une rue :(

    xo CarolineJ

  • ……. Toutes ces merveilleuses adresses me donnent très envie et excite ma jalousie mais comme je voyage beaucoup toute l’année avec Ftwwl.com je vais allez gouter les douceurs de Paris et de mon restaurant préféré que j’adore pour son coup d’oeil,c’est le restaurant de mon ami Ducasse en haut de la Tour Eiffel ” Le Jules Vernes”.Et Comme je suis une grande Gourmande je m’imagine déjà en terrasse du Café Deux Magots avec sa fameuse tarte Tatin.et je vous dis pas la finesse des sublimes macarons de Pierre Hermé des créations aux couleurs digne d,un grand artiste…..Ca c’est Paris ………
    Yael Guetta


  • Those places seem fantastic!


  • Try Pawleys Island, South Carolina! A tiny gem of an island that we in South Carolina called ‘elegantly shabby.’ Huge wide beaches, beautiful, warm water for water sports or surf fishing and the best seafood (crab cakes are too die for) on the Atlantic coast. It is informal and friendly with lots of southern charm (big wide porches with rocking chairs to catch the cooling breezes). Golf course galore. Even a resident ghost (The Grey Man).Y’all come!

  • Ça me donne envie de partir me ressourcer loin d’ici, la petite Belgique pluvieuse :(


  • I always try to take a sabbatical from my main work in the summer to allow me to travel and just enjoy life a little. I have wanted to go to Ibiza for a while now and maybe this year I can manage it. Last year I went to California early June and then Seville and Portugal in July. You can read about those places on my blog if any of you are heading there! Happy Summer everyone with love from sojustnice.com XO

  • So jealous of anyone escaping to any of these GORGEOUS Mediterranean getaways (especially Garance!!) Ill just vicariously vacation to these places through instagram pictures :(

  • cannes is my favorite


  • Moi , je reste à Montréal , l ‘ été y est délicieux , calme , relax .Mes vacances commencent pour de vrai lundi , ma meilleure amie arrive pour 3 semaines :))) c’ est aussi celle de mon chéri , on est amis depuis la fac , il y a … Trés longtemps !!
    Au programme : du bateau , du ski, de la bronzette , des fêtes , du ” papotage ” , du farniente et des rigolades .
    Moi je préfère m’ échapper l’hiver , au soleil , au moins 2 fois … C’ est toujours ça de pris sur le temps glacial !
    Mais c’ est vrai que la méditerranée en été , c’ est merveilleux , si on arrive à éviter les foules …
    Bonnes vacances à tous !

  • Que du bonheur et du rêve votre post!
    Merci à toute l’équipe et Enjoy your Summer

  • I am from Greece, your all so welcome……!!

  • Mireille July, 11 2014, 2:32 / Reply

    pour l ‘heure, je fais imprimer mon rapport de stage d’acheteuse dans la mode et valider mon MBA..! mais le 25 juillet, départ pour la Normandie et la mer, et ensuite, c’est Venise, au Lido pour 2 semaines. Entre plage, la mer Adriatique et musées..le rêve!!!j’ai hâte!!!
    Bonnes vacances à toute l’équipe!

  • Pleins de bonnes idées! Merci! J’ai cependant une question concernant l’île de Lamu. Qu’en est il au niveau de la sécurité? Je me suis intéressée à cette destination mais étant très compliqué de trouver des informations récentes et fiables (je n’ai rien trouvé de vraiment officiel..seulement un mélange de promotions de tour opérateurs qui jurent que tout est absolument sur et de commentaires alarmistes qui semblent un peu extrêmes) j’ai préféré abandonner et à la place, je vais en Tanzanie (ce qui est pas mal non plus :)). Si qqun à des infos, je suis preneuse (parce qu’il faut être honnête, ça me fait quand même vraiment rêver!) . Merci! Et bonnes vacances à tous!

  • Super idée ce post, bonnes vacances à toute l’équipe!!

  • Cisco donne plein d’adresses dans le sud de Bali et l’on m’a dit que c’était blindé de gens, qu’il fallait partir s’aérer dans le Nord, alors je sais plus quoi penser !

  • Laetitia July, 11 2014, 7:23 / Reply

    Cela fait des années que je pars à Ibiza l’été, un vrai bonheur!
    Une île magnifique ou il fait très très bon vivre. Vivement la semaine prochaine que je commence ma tournée sur la Isla Blanca!

  • Really nice post! :)

  • Tamara Zein July, 11 2014, 9:12 / Reply

    Merci pour ce poste qui est une fois encore tres interessant. Cependant, je suis un peu triste que tu aies mis Ibiza et le Sud de l’Italie sans mentionner une ile Grecque comme MYKONOS par example. D’apres ce que j’ai compris, tu n’as jamais visiter la Grece! Il faudra que tu organises avec Scott, vous allez beaucoup vous amuser!

  • La Bretonne (d’adoption, ok) que je suis te remercie de l’allusion aux galettes saucisse ! :D Comme diraient les anglais, you made my day !

    Pour le reste, bah… ça fait rêver, mais j’ai pas de vacances cette année. Donc ce sera quelques week-end à Londres et c’est tout (c’est déjà pas mal ma foi).

  • I love Lamu Island. It’s so down to earth and local, but also luxurious with all its swahili culture.
    So sad that safety can’t be garanteed anymore. Kenya is always on my mind!
    XO Lea

  • Vive les vacances en Juin et en Septembre : de la place sur les plages et en fonction des destinations, le soleil est au rendez-vous :)

  • Comment parler d’ Ibiza sans mentionner la sublime petite île de Formentera, à seulement 30 minutes de Ferry… Comme Ibiza mais sans les boites et les clubbeurs, avec un bien plus grand respect du paysage (c’est-à-dire pas d’immubles monstrueux des seventies en bord de mer). Partir en septembre pour éviter le trop plein de touristes. Formentera <3

  • Hi Alex!
    The link to Just food is not working unfortunately. I wanted to find out more about the project:)

  • Hi Olga – the link has been fixed, thanks for letting us know. You can check out the project at http://www.aRideinTheCountry.com

  • chara gatzoflia July, 13 2014, 3:46 / Reply

    Hi Garance,
    I am Greek and I am a follower of your blog.Your work is artistic and of high aesthetics.Congratulations!
    Your choice of course for vacation is perfect.The sea and the BEACHES are amazing in Greece.The food and the weather is fantastic and I wish you unforgetable moments and adventures!!!

  • These places are beautiful! One quick note – Lamu Island, and the coast of Kenya, are not very safe right now. Over 80 people have been attacked and killed in the area around Lamu since mid-June, either by al-Shabab or local political groups. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend going to that part of Kenya until the political climate has calmed down.

    The interior of Kenya is super gorgeous and safer – you’ll meet with many warm, welcoming people, adventures, and animals.

  • katell July, 16 2014, 4:29 / Reply

    Incroyable de lire un post sur Saint-Cast! Ah ma petite plage adorée de Pen Guen…

  • I need help :) Je cherche un hôtel sympa à Florence pour we en amoureux. L’une d’entre vous peut-elle m’aider ? Merci beaucoup :)

  • My family and I just spend few days in Paris to celebrate wedding Ceremony for Michael and Steph.
    On our way to Toulouse for a few nights and then to Pau, a commune on the northern edge of the Pyrenees………

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