Sometimes it’s just digging out the sun-lotion that does it (you know the one that smells of coconuts and choc-ices); other times, our South East Asia expert George will have brewed up one of his lemon-grass teas and got us all dreaming of Tom Yum soup, tropical rain storms, and cycling by the river on a sultry Hoi An evening.
These are some of the gorgeous smells that remind of us holidays; ones that make us want to hot-foot it back there and attempt to bottle it!
1. Sun-warmed lemons in Italy
Sipping limoncello mojitos at Casa Angelina, wandering Ravello’s sloping lemon groves, and squeezing lemon over sword-fish on the Amalfi Coast.
2. Fragrant ylang ylang in Indonesia
A spot of morning yoga at Spa Village Tembok with waves crashing onto Bali’s black sands, sinking into an al fresco bath scattered with frangipani petals at Alila Ubud, and taking the dip in the purification pools at Tirta Empul in Ubud.
3. Freshly ground Coffee in Colombia’s Zona Cafetera
Breakfast at Hacienda Bambusa with the freshest coffee we’ve ever tasted, and views over the Andean mountains, followed by a zip-line flight over the forest canopy.
4. The plains of Botswana after it rains
Attempting to capture the perfect shot of Emerald Season elephants with brooding storm clouds and vivid vegetation in the background.
5. Peppery bougainvillea and sweet geranium in Greece
Lazy breakfasts by the pool at Cavo Tagoo, Santorini sunsets, and eating fresh octopus at bougainvillea-draped tavernas.
6. Sizzling steaks in Argentina
Not just the Argentinean speciality, but delicious asado BBQs in Uruguay's Colonial squares, and working up an appetite with gaucho style-riding.
7. Clove drenched wood in Stone Town, Zanzibar
Wandering narrow winding streets, looking at ornately carved wooden furniture and beautiful masks, and tucking in to coconut cassava and gigantic piles of prawns.
8. Nose tingling spices in Morocco
Exploring cheek to jowl in Marrakech’s souks, sipping mint tea at Kasbah Tamadot, and lounging amongst the trickling fountains and orange groves of La Palmeraie.