I just returned from an amazing week long holiday with my family of four near Chalkidiki ("Halkidiki"), Greece. Exotic as this may sound, Sani Beach (Eco) Resort is only five hours south of Sofia, Bulgaria, where I am living at the moment. We wanted to visit this region of the Aegean coastline as it offers beautiful, well-protected beaches where one can roam and even camp with some planning.
My own little corner of paradise on a remote stretch of Sani Beach.
My favorite Loup Charmant organic cotton gauze top –
the perfect summer to fall piece
I love that beach chic and accessorizing carries over so well to dressing for fall and other seasons. Some of this is based on the hues, textures, and layering versatility, but a lot of this, in my opinion, is also a certain attitude about creating a sunshine-filled outlook all year long.
Sani Resort's beaches are integrated naturally with the local vegetation.
Our Aegean seaside bungalow for the week
I opted to travel to Sani Beach mostly because of the proximity to Sofia but also because of my interest in exploring notions about European eco-resort development. I honestly find this term to be a bit of an oxymoron, but I liked Sani Resort's mission of creating a sustainable approach to holiday travel – including their commitment to protecting local wetlands and bird species, managing natural resources, creating green print/marketing materials, establishing a 'plant a tree program' for guests, and reaching out to local animal rescue programs to insure that balance was created in the region.
Sani Bird and Wetland Sanctuary (photo courtesy of Sani Resort)
Sani Beach Club's veranda pre-sunset
in the Sani Beach Club lobby
My favorite organic cotton kikoy from Loup Charmant
Poolside reflections at Sani Beach Club
In conclusion, the eco resort experience is definitely a state of mind that one brings to any get-away escape and then carries over to daily life, post-vacation. I love that my time on holiday was really just a starting point for the work that needs to get done this fall and beyond. Time to reflect is truly invaluable and a genuine luxury. I only wish that I could take the sounds of the sea with me as a reminder that everything vital is about ebb and flow, no matter how urgent and pressing the mission.
*all polaroid photos by Abigail Doan