Scents have the power to evoke memories, emotions, and experiences unlike anything else, which is why we always have a candle burning at Newsette HQ. Something else that we have on us at all times is Cocofloss–a luxe floss infused with coconut oil–because it not only helps ensure our sweetgreen isn’t stuck in our teeth during a meeting, but the fragrances remind us of our travels across the globe. Below, we’re sharing four “Mini City” guides inspired by Cocofloss scents that make the perfect summer travel destinations.

Italy

Things to pack

A silk scarf
Big sunglasses
Cara Cara Orange Cocofloss
Bright lipstick

Things to do:

  1. Have an aperol spritz and take in the views. When in Positano, you must start your trip with an Aperol spritz at Franco’s Bar to take in the views the right way. Franco’s, which is part of Hotel Le Sirenuse, an institution established in 1951, and founded by four siblings in what had previously been their family home. The decor and vibe they’ve curated over the years truly gives you a taste of the Mediterranean dolce vita. 
  2. Take a private boat tour. The Grotta dello Smeraldo, or the ‘Emerald Grotto,’ is another must-see off of The Amalfi Coast. The structure and colors of the cavern and water are amazing – like nothing you’ve likely seen before. We recommend chartering a private tour, but if you’re in a rush or on a budget, there are many different offerings for groups starting as low as 5 Euro.
  3. Pamper yourself with a spa appointment. If you’re feeling indulgent, treat yourself with a spa appointment at Le Sirenuse Spa. This beautiful spa was designed by female Italian architect, Gae Aulenti, and is full of beautiful white marble and stainless steel. We recommend taking advantage of the amazing Granite steam bath after a signature massage.
  4. Enjoy live music while eating delizia al limone. One evening make sure to take some time to sit back and enjoy the live music at Bar Pasticceria la Zagara. Ordering the delizia al limone, sponge cake with lemon Chantilly cream, is a must, along with a glass of wine or an espresso. And if you’re searching for the ‘gram, their plates and view make for the perfect pic! Once you’re done with the cake, be sure to floss with your orange-scented Cocofloss.

Cuba

Things to pack:

Straw hat
Cult Gaia Bag
Heels for a night out
Delicious Mint Cocofloss

Things to do:

  1. Enjoy a minty ‘Daiquirí Rebelde’ at Floridita. We love a cold refreshing daiquiri as much as the next gal, but have never had one as great as the ones at Floridita! Originally called “La Piña de Plata,” the restaurant opened in 1817. Since then, even Hemingway himself grabbed a drink at the bar. We recommend ordering a minty Daiquirí Rebelde, which will only cost you around 6 Cuban Pesos.
  2. Go on a cigar factory tour! It’s fascinating to not only watch this process, but learn about the history of this trade. For example, in the factories, it may take a year or more for a roller to become proficient. Instead of buying cigars, we bought a few empty boxes – a beautiful and unique way of storing mementos and jewelry from our trip.
  3. Attend a ballet performance at the Gran Teatro de La Habana. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes, as you may be inspired to enjoy some dancing yourself afterwards.
  4. Put on your walking shoes and explore Havana. Wander into shops, restaurants, talk to the locals, and check out the beautiful museums. It’s amazing how much culture you can experience by simply walking around. The National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana is our favorite, housing so much beautiful Cuban art, some even dating back to the 18th century.

Caribbean

Things to pack:

Solid & Striped bikini 
Colorful sarong/coverup 
Fresh Coconut Cocofloss
Supergoop sunscreen

 

 

Things to do:

  1. Breathe in the beautiful florals of the Caribbean. When we really need a relaxing vacation to get away from it all, we head to the beautiful Caribbean. Nevis being one of our favorite places, we suggest starting your trip by breathing in the beautiful native florals of the Caribbean at the Botanical Gardens of Nevis.
  2. Get your tan on at the beach. Spend LOTS of time letting your hair blow in that beach breeze. Order a piña colada, and get your tan on, but don’t forget to protect your skin with SPF 30+!
  3. Throw on your latest Outdoor Voices set and hike Nevis Peak. The hike is about 1.5 hrs each way, and we recommend this during the “drier” season, December – April.
  4. Do a Reggae brunch at The Four Seasons. This experience is hosted at the oceanfront Mango restaurant, with a live reggae band. Guests enjoy bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Prosecco… need we say more? Remember to bring your tropical Coconut Cocofloss to use right after brunch wraps up.

Hamptons

Things to pack:

Sandals
Sunglasses
Gingham dress
Pure Strawberries Cocofloss

 

Things to do:

  1. Wine tour at the Wolffer Estate. If you’re yet to go on a wine tour out east, start at the Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack. The beautiful estate has a rustic tasting room, where you can taste their Summer in a Bottle Rosé, which Newsette HQ enjoys quite frequently. They’ve also opened two restaurants called Wölffer Kitchen in Amagansett and Sag Harbor, which has the best wild shrimp ceviche.
  2. Wander the farmers market, picking up local fruit and cheese. When out in the Hamptons, it’s also great to take a few hours to wander the local shops and farmers markets to pick up local flowers, fruit, bread, and cheese! Our favorite is the Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, which is only a 15 minute walk to the beach…
  3. Picnic on the beach. So naturally, next on your list must be a picnic on the beach with all of your goodies from the farmers market. Don’t forget a sweatshirt, as the Hamptons beaches get chilly at night even in the summer.
  4. Head further out east at night for live music. Before heading in for the night, head to Montauk to check out The Surf Lodge. During the summer months, they have live music overlooking Fort Pond. So grab *another* glass of rosé and dance the night away.

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