Your Costa Azzura travel guide – recreate the Mediterranean with these SA spots
Close your eyes. Can you hear the ocean waves? Or, for a moment, imagine yourself slowly sipping Ouza on the terrace of a charming seaside restaurant while gazing out over the bustling harbour.
Summer vacation may be a distant memory at this point of the year, but there are ways to evoke that holiday feeling all year round.
Tom Ford’s Costa Azzura captures that “vacation feeling” and sensual ease of a Mediterranean getaway, fusing the fresh sea air with the warmth of the sun on the body; bottle it up like the sand of an exotic beach.
“Costa Azzura Parfum is a deeper expression of the original fragrance, capturing the feel of a hedonistic Mediterranean escape. I think we all need an escape right now,” says Tom Ford.
And we agree. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to pack up and leave big-city life on a whim. But with its dramatic coastal mountains, breathtaking ocean views, golden beaches and European-like climate, South Africa offers a southern European getaway right in your backyard.
In 2021 – voted best city in Africa – Cape Town has long been considered Africa’s hidden Mediterranean. But the secret is out; with picture-postcard beaches, bustling markets and spectacular coastal scenery, the Costas are only a short drive away.
Under the sea: Explore the aquatic world
Discover the magnificence of Cape Town’s Atlantic coast from a private charter and explore the beauty of the ocean with an amazing snorkeling experience. (And, of course, no Cape Town travel guide would be complete without mentioning the stunning views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.)
The Ocean Experiences team is committed to highlighting the magic of exploring the ocean and its most playful mammals.
Bring the taste of Kolonaki home
Take your taste buds around Athens and book a table at Kolonaki Greek Kouzina in Parkhurst, Randburg.
From the Greek and Mediterranean-inspired menu to the warm and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel transported to the most exclusive city in the Greek capital in no time.
For an unforgettable taste journey, the restaurant’s lean lamb chops yiros, spanakopita, tirosalata and paidakia come highly recommended. Or, perfect for sharing, Kolonaki’s spread of mousaka, dolmades, tzatziki or Greek salads will satisfy any visitor’s craving.
…to feel far from everything
Gondolas on the canal are one of Durban’s best kept secrets. (You’re welcome!)
A Venetian gondola ride is a must for most tourists. But until then, get away from the hustle and bustle and board an African gondola on Durban’s beautiful Point Waterfront canal.
Recreate the magical experience of a gondola ride down Venice’s Grand Canal past the magnificent architecture of Durban and soak up the unforgettable atmosphere.
Mediterranean coast of Africa
Why not plan your next seaside getaway along the Mediterranean coast of Africa.
At the heart of the African Mediterranean is Tunisia, just a car ferry or 1 hour flight from Sicily. With glorious sunny days and an endless coastline, this laid-back resort town is the dream vacation destination for any recreation or adventure seeker.
It might not be the first choice that comes to mind, but Egypt offers crisp white beaches and history-rich port towns just beyond the pyramids and ancient attractions.
Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, has the country’s largest port and is dubbed “Egypt’s window to the Mediterranean”.
But while your feet are still firmly planted on the house floor, Costa Azzura Parfum breathes an air of freshness through crisp Italian lemon, while dense coastal forest is felt with magnified oak and cypress extract. .
A superb absolute of cistus and a harmony of ambers are illuminated, capturing the spirit of private and unfettered luxury.
The perfume is contained in a luxurious metallic bottle. The 50ML and 100ML editions are each housed in an elegant fluted bottle with an elegant gold metal plate and matching cap.
To learn more about Costa Assura Perfume, visit Tom Ford HERE.
This post was sponsored by Tom Ford and produced by Adspace Studio.