The Aeolian Island where the jet set go to escape the rest of the jetset.
Or something like that.
The Corinna B’s World Glam Italia Tour spent some time here this summer. Panarea is very glamorous, and completely and utterly lovely.
|the main harbor in Panarea|
This delicious island off of the north coast of Sicily has become the chicest summer spot in the Mediterranean.
But it’s not about out-doing the neighbors, or about flashy displays of wealth. It’s not the club scene of Ibiza, and you’ll probably (hopefully!) never see Lindsay or Paris here.
|there are beautiful walkways everywhere|
|everywhere you look the colors are vibrant|
Home owners include Borghese’s and Bulgari’s and Visconti’s.
Panarea is a safe haven from overbuilt vacation destinations.
If anything it is underbuilt. Beautiful private homes on streets with no street lights, no cars and no pretense, heady with frangipani and lemons, hibiscus flowers and wild cacti, it’s an island that you get around on on foot, the locals frequently navigating the winding cobblestoned paths barefoot.
|my bikini matches the door….|
Little hamlets such as San Pietro, Ditella and Drauto have the island’s few shops.
Here you can buy the highly coveted custom made leather sandals with colored straps that wind up the leg, or the batik fashions found at the Raya boutique. There are no designer shops here, although major designers name products after the island.
|world famous sandal shop Moda Mare makes you sandals while you wait|
You may however see some pretty fabulous designers visiting the island. Dolce and Gabbana come over from their home on nearby Stromboli, Giorgio Armani finds his way there from his home on Pantilleria on his super yacht.
Princess Caroline comes by on her yacht Pacha III, and there are invariably a handful of mega models and actresses arriving as guests of other yacht owners pulling in for the evening.
Panarea is charming, and very, very quiet.
It is surrounded by the bluest water I have ever seen, anywhere in the world.
|the ocean around Panarea is the bluest I have ever seen|
|the best way to swim here is off a boat|
There are not very many beaches, and they are a considerable hike to get to, but if you have access to a boat, swimming off of the coast of Panarea is one of the most glorious experiences ever. The water even feels soft and luxurious and the views are just breathtaking.
Panarea feels like a decadent secret hideaway, the loveliest of escapes.