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Book Recommendations from Travel Insiders for Inspiration and Escapism

If you are a travel junkie looking for inspiration or simply dreaming of leaving your house, let your imagination run wild by reading about your dream destination from home.

If you are a travel junkie looking for inspiration or simply dreaming of leaving your house, let your imagination run wild by reading about your dream destination from home. Recommended by travel insiders such as hoteliers and destination specialists, these books have the power to transport you to beautiful locations beyond your front door.


Corfu: Recommended by Vassilis Dracopoulos, Owner of MarBella Collection

Transport yourself to Corfu with ‘My Family and Other Animals’ by Gerald Durrell

This wonderfully uplifting book will help you fight away the isolation blues and transport you to the Greek island of Corfu. Durrell’s exceptional book paints a vivid picture of the Greek landscape, so detailed you will feel as if you are experiencing them yourself. With thoughtfully portrayed characters and fascinating descriptions of the locals, nature and wildlife, this book will have every reader ready to visit Corfu.

Dive deep into Greece with Vassilis Dracopoulos’ additional book recommendations including ‘From the Holy Mountain’ by William Dalrymple, ‘Prospero’s Cell’ by Lawrence Durrell, ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernier, ‘Graves Mythology’ by Robert Graves, ‘The Peloponnesian War’ by Donal Kagan, ‘Pyrrhus of Epirus’ by Jeff Champion, ‘Memoirs of Hadrian by Margueritte Yourcenar and ‘Roumeli – Travels in Northern Greece’ by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Crete: Recommended by Natasha Martsekis, Founder and CEO of Bright Blue Villas

Take a Virtual Trip to Crete with ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop

Set on the island of Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete where lepers were banished, this award-winning novel is filled with love, drama and secrets. Whilst the story may have you gripped, the author’s research into Cretan culture is evident, creating an inspiring vision of this popular Greek island. Readers will be taken on a fantastic adventure, whilst learning from an inspiring account of Cretan history.

Zagori: Recommended by Vasilis Iosifidis, Owner of Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas

Fantasy Travel to the Greek Mountains with ‘Walking and Trekking in the Zagori: Walking routes in Greece’s wild and beautiful northern Pindos mountains’ by Aris-Dimitrios Leontaritis

In North West Greece, Zagori is a beautiful mountainous region that still remains relatively unknown amongst visitors. This detailed and visual guide showcases the best of its unspoilt trekking routes, from dramatic gorges to mystical forests, clear blue rivers and rugged alpine peaks. Whether you are an amateur hiker or an adrenaline junkie this is a destination worth dreaming about. Filled with pictures of the stunning Zagori landscape, this book will truly transport you into the Greek mountains.


Tuscany: Recommended by Jasmine Boni-Ball, Tuscany Now & More

Escape to the Italian Countryside with ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Frances Mayes

This enchanting memoir perfectly portrays the sights, smells and sounds of Tuscany. Much like many properties in Tuscany, Frances Mayes finds herself in an abandoned villa which she carefully restores. Readers join Frances on her incredible journey through Tuscany’s vibrant local markets, beautiful landscapes and historic and cultural sites. Her recipes, cooked in her traditional kitchen will set you taste buds on fire whilst her story transports you to Italy’s magical destination. By the end of the book, we guarantee you’ll be as in love with Tuscany as we are.

To truly give you a sense of Tuscany, Jasmin Boni-Ball also recommends reading; ‘Every Day in Tuscany’ by Frances Mayes, ‘Vanilla Beans and Brodo’ by Isabella Dusi and ‘The Agony and The Ecstasy’ by Irving Stone.

Courmayeur: Recommended by Alessandra Borre, Courmayeur Monte Blanc

Keep Cool and Dream of the Slopes with ‘Courmayeur : A Mad Dog Ski Guide’ by Gaby De Pace

Already prepping for the 2021 ski season? Plan the perfect trip to impress your friends and family with this expert guide to Courmayeur. With clear maps and detailed descriptions of slopes, bars and restaurants, this guide will help you plan the ultimate ski trip for next year.

Want an extra opinion? Alessandra Borre also recommends ‘Courmayeur – Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges – a Guide for Skiers’ by Anselme Baud

Venice: Recommended by Chiara Zambianchi, General Manager at Grand Hotel dei Dogi, The Dedica Anthology

Live the glitz and glamour Venetian lifestyle with ‘Venetian Chic’ by Francesca Bortolotto Possati

This stunning coffee table book written by art connoisseur, interior designer, and hotelier Francesca Bortolotto Possati is filled with incredible photography by Robyn Lea. It will lead you on a magical journey through Venice. Perfect for armchair travellers, Francesca Bortolotto Possati guides readers through the city and its best kept secrets. Showcasing Venice’s premium artisan studios, iconic palazzos, markets and restaurants, the book is both beautiful and informative.

Rome: Recommended By Piero Magrino, General Manager at Palazzo Naiadi, The Dedica Anthology

Immerse yourself in the ancient city of Rome with ‘Angel and Demons’ by Dan Brown

The famous thriller is gripping and inspiring, taking the reader on a mysterious journey through the ancient city of Rome. Dan Brown imaginatively describes the city through the story of Robert Langdon who travels through Rome’s sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals and the most secret vault in the world on his quest to defeat the Illuminati. Reading Angels and Demons, you feel as if you have visited the eternal city and once travel resumes you can retrace Langdon’s steps in person.


Istanbul: Recommended by Sedat Nemli, General Manager at AJWA Hotel Sultanahmet

Explore Turkey’s most populous city with ‘Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City’ by Hilary Summer-Boyd and John Freely

There is no better way to experience a city than by foot and this classic guide will take you on a fantasy stroll around Istanbul. Planning a trip to Istanbul? This book is perfect for an in-depth look into this captivating city. Written by true experts, the book provides vivid anecdotes, secret histories, hidden gems and details on all the best attractions to visit. Whilst guidebooks can be hard to follow whilst you are on the ground, this book will help you plan the future trip of a lifetime, ensuring you won’t miss a thing in the city.

To further inspire your virtual trip to Istanbul, Sedat Nemli also recommends; ‘Istanbul: Memories and the City’ by Orhan Pamuk, ‘The Ottoman Centuries’ by Lord Kinross and ‘The Fall of Constantinople, 1453’ by Steven Runciman


Budapest: Recommended by Tamas Fazekas, General Manager of New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology

Experience Budapest through the beautiful imagery in Luxury Budapest 2020

This incredible coffee table book offers readers a perfect guide to the Hungarian capital. Filled with alluring pictures and well written articles, the reader is guided through the luxury Budapest lifestyle. This stylish book will help readers discover the elegance, beauty, history and culture of the city, taking you on a trip around Budapest’s finest restaurants and visiting the city’s most luxurious elements.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia: Recommended by Angela Torille, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

‘Sent Lisi: Poems and Art of Saint Lucia’ by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Sir Dunstand St. Omer, Roderick Walcott, Harry Simmons, John Robert Lee and others

It was described at the launch as “an iconic collection”, which features the work of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott (his poems and art), Sir Dunstan St. Omer, the late Roderick Walcott and deceased icon Harry Simmons alongside the poems and art of younger St. Lucian writers and artists. Eighteen writers and seventeen artists are featured. Amongst them is John Robert Lee, a writer from St Lucia whose short stories and poems have appeared in international anthologies. This is a wonderful book which encompasses older and younger St. Lucians, all who have nurtured their artists, writers, musicians, dancers and actors.

Further recommendations include Growing Up in St. Lucia by Loverly Sheridan


Northern Ireland: Recommended by Julie Hastings, Hastings Hotels

Snuggle up with a classic and dream of the Mourne Mountains with’ ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ from C.S.Lewis

C.S Lewis, author of `The Chronicles of Narnia’ that began with `The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, was inspired by the Mourne landscape in County Down, Northern Ireland. He wrote of the scenery here “it made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise its head over the next ridge”. Lewis holidayed in the Mourne Mountains, near the village of Rostrevor. He loved the Celtic myths told to him in childhood, also inspiration for his Narnia stories.