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Instagram. Launched almost 5 years ago, the addictive social network has become an unavoidable routine. Accomplished artists, budding photographers, gourmets, designers and fashion bloggers, all yield to the charm of the mesmerizing beauty. One can share its heart-stopper, express its talent and discover the world in a new light.

This week, Le Collectionist invites you to discover its selection of the best Instagram publications, marked Orlebar Brown, Chiara Ferragni, Aimée Song, Kristina Bazan, among others.

@OrlebarBrown

img Prestigious men's beach and swim short brand, Orlebar Brown carry us in a world braving every conventions. Nothing is written in advance, only the present moment matters.

@ChiaraFerragni

img It-blogger, the 28 years old young Italian girl that Paris-Match magazine named the "uncontested fashion blogosphere queen" is a must-follow on Instagram with more than 4 million followers.

@Kristina_Bazan

img She is closed to 2 million followers, she is called around the world and made the cover of the very prestigious magazine Elle. Among the most influential bloggers of her generation, Kristina Bazan shares, thoroughly, her world at the pace of her exciting adventures.

@SongOfStyle

img From Bermuda to New York passing by Iceland, the Californian's album is a pure invitation to travel. With Aimee Song, the way of life is raised to its climax, all in simplicity.

The Bachata - quite the exotic music - subtly permeates the atmosphere as a few couples gyrate their hips to the sound of the uplifting percussions. Le Collectionist lingered in this rancheta for some time, to enjoy the freshness of the night. Our hero has ventured into this little Eden, nested inbetween the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic Ocean : the Dominican Republic. With its kilometers upon kilometers of white sand, this small patch of earth bears, as Christopher Colombus once said, « great indications of earthly paradise. »

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The following day, he decides to leave for a small islet almost entirely covered in exotic foliage, and bordered by wild beaches of an immaculate white. On the northern shore of the island, he traverses the Samana peninsula, overflowing with orchids, flamboyant hibiscus flowers, coffee and mango trees. After crossing the Rio, he reaches the Playa El Valle, guarded by tall hills et rocky cliffs. Hidded behind a rock, a Carey turtle attempts to blend into the surrounding foliage. After a swim in the sea and a quick dip in one of the surrounding rivers to wash off the salt, he resumes his course towards the South.

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In Sanchez, a small fishing harbour where wooden huts mingle with bourgeois houses, he rents a motored canoe. Once on board, he heads for the Los Haitises national parc, at the south of the Samana peninsula. The gigantic natural reserve boasts some of the most gorgeous limestone islets there are, which are surprisingly reminiscent of those of Along bay, Vietnam. As the canoe enters the mangrove, our hero is able to admire on the walls of the cave, illuminated by his torch, the figure of a dancer, that of a shark, a shaman… The pictural testimony of the foregone presence of the Tainos indians.

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Finally, he ends the day close by the enchanting fishing village Las Galeras, on the « Playa de Ricon » bordered by palm and almond trees. Le Collectionist settles on the dazzling white sand and admires the view. As the whales dance on the horizon, the turquoise waters carry the fishermen and their boats home.


Discover the Dominican Republic with Domaine Solaregio

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Discover the Dominican Republic with villa Castilla

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Discover the Dominican Republic with villa Ylanga

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Emotion provider, Le Collectionist is in perpetual search of partnerships and collaborations with exceptional brands in favor of its privileged Member Club. This summer, Le Collectionist is pleased to announce its association with the prestigious men's beach and swim short brand Orlebar Brown, for the summer season 2015.

Founded in 2007, Orlebar Brown is willing to offer a new approach to men's swim shorts and make it the centerpiece of your summer wardrobe. Designed by photographer Adam Brown, each piece of the brand recalls the whole aesthetic process at the root of its creation.

Like so, each host of one of our exquisite villas will have the privilege to discover on his arrival an Orlebar Brown's exclusive swim short for a particularly chic summer.

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Discover Orlebar Brown's style associations suitable to each Le Collectionist property.

A Collectionist villa often stands out by its unique history, its origins and the people with whom it is closely connected. The story we are about to tell you is that of a man and his work, surely the most estimable. An artist. An esthete, both passionate and fascinated by art - in all its forms - and, most of all, who loves to share it. Let’s call him a Collectionist.

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In 2011, after starting his career in the Marketing and Communications, Greg Haji Joannides decided to devote himself to his first love: art and particularly photography. This love led him to make Villa Nemesis, a former medieval castle set up on the heights of the village of Emporeios, his own. Completely rebuilt from the consequences of the earthquake that affected the region in 1933, the villa hosts, in its magnificent setting, the annual Sterna Art Project.

Sterna’s purpose is to provide opportunities for artists from coming from Greece and elsewhere to live and develop their art through a hospitality program; and create a meeting place for artists and art lovers. Thus, during the 30 days that lasts the event, residents are invited to stay in this 17th century building in the deepest quiet and facing nature, enabling them to shine and go beyond their capacities.

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If the project is noble in itself, its purpose is equally philosophical. The relation to one’s self is more than ever questioned and the inner self requested. The project strongly calls for an artistic coexistence, where everything is just about sharing and giving.

This year, Sterna Art Project "The Baths" is making its way into our privacy and tackle this sanctuary, suitable for contemplation and personal reunion where everyone faces his loneliness, raising another side of the relation to one's self.


Sterna Art Project "The Baths" - From July the 31st to August the 30th.

Website: www.sterna.com.gr

Tel.: (+30)6942 050 050


Discover Villa Nemesis in Greece

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Milan Kundera defined solitude, in his novel "Immortality", as "the sweet absence of the gaze of others." A sweet absence longed for by one's intrinsic need to escape the outer hubbub to lose oneself, but also to find oneself anew - at the heart of a heavenly and private domain, emerging from a field of white sand, and surrounded by lush vegetation.

That is the ultimate privilege a private island offers. A private island situated in the precious waters of the Indian Ocean, perhaps, or in the immense vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and its thousand shades of blue. Le Collectionist presents you here with the "crème de la crème" of the most exclusive and intimate private islands in the world.

1. Coco Privé - Maldives

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2. Necker Island - British Virgin Islands

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3. Dolphin Island - Fidji

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4. Vaehina Island - Vanuatu

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5. Fregate Island - Seychelles

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6. Guana Island - British Virgin Islands

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7. Musha Cay - Bahamas

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8. Velaa Private Island - Maldives

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9. Cayo Espanto - Belize

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10. Wadigi Island - Fidji

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