We all, including Girlahead, love Greece. Oh such memories of Athens, looking out from the rooftop restaurant of the Grande Bretagne GB, above (with Tim Ananiadis). Athens luxury also includes escaping, all of 20 minutes south from Syntagma, to the divine Four Seasons Astir Palace, a true resort and so close to the city centre.
Or escape a little further, to the Cyclades. The island that is getting even more today news than always-hot Mykonos or Santorini is Antiparos, a mere 11 x 4.5 km total, and rising only to 308m at its highest point. Its momentary claim to fame is not because Tom Hanks has a home there but because shipping tycoon Athanasia Comnino has just opened her 17-room boutique hotel, The Rooster (actually, to be correct it is a main structure with 16 rooms, from 80 sq m up, plus, 1.5 kms away, a three-room 120 sq m farmhouse). Athanasia has worked with Athens designer VOIS to make The Rooster an extension of the volcanic island, with subtle earth tones and lots of marble and wood. One key point is that chef Andreas Nikolakopoulos worked with Corbin & King in London. Here he themes his food with lavender, say a starter of local cheese with lavender, honey, toasted coriander seeds, and, for dessert, a yoghurt mousse with lavender, pineapple and chili.
Far far away, now – to Hong Kong, base of The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels, owner of The Peninsula. Hear its so-admired COO, Peter Borer, here: