Through open veranda doors, the late-morning sun streams in, landing on a breathtaking arrangement of white blooms, which overflow from their crystal vase. A burst of gardenia, orange blossom and ylang ylang, with subtle elements of pineapple, cedar and green notes.
The drive took forever, but you have arrived. As the car door opens, the rush of salt embraces you. Running barefoot through the gentle hills of sand, stiff slivers of grass sneak in between your toes as a faint rumble of thunder is heard in the distance. Watery blue lotus and beach grass settle into an amber-sand accord with a tiny hint of ginger.
Branches of eucalyptus, tied with sisal twine, stand quietly in a tall vessel near the door. Their appearance is not only to add life to a work space, but to help clear the mind. Indeed, its bracing, clean aroma is ideal for unencumbered thinking.
Creamy patchouli envelops a clean herbaceous quartet of basil, eucalyptus, rosemary and juniper berry.
The understated luxury of freshly-laundered, turned-down bedlinens. Nearby, a delicate arrangement of lavender sprigs rests on the adjoining bedside table as the sun begins to set. Tranquility at its chicest.
Crisp bergamot and warm chamomile melt into a calm undertone of lavender, sage, eucalyptus and smoky patchouli.
Clippings of basil, eucalyptus, bay leaf, sage and mint are laid out to dry undisturbed on a sun-filled windowsill. Fresh ginger shavings and a few thorns of clove suggest this could be the makings for homemade mint tea.
Spearmint and peppermint receive a healthy squeeze of lime, basil and star anise.
Sprigs of mint and tomato leaf stay crisp on the kitchen counter, thanks to the desert air sneaking in from outside. On a nearby coffee table, a bowl of violet, sandalwood and jasmine inform every guest that they will sleep well here. Mint, bergamot, rose and lime spread over a green blanket of neroli, jasmine and tomato leaf. These two fresh layers are grounded by patchouli, sandalwood and a hint of violet.
Wafts of bergamot and geranium drift up from the gardens while hints of lemon and grapefruit subtly indicate that breakfast is on its way. As the sun warms the terracotta tiles of the terrace, the table is set with sprigs of muguet and jasmine. Bergamot, lemon and rhubarb lay over geranium, muguet and jasmine, while terracotta, patchouli, and oakmoss provide a warm base.
Upon entering the country house, a vase of almond blossoms and a plate of ginger cookies welcomes its guests. Drop your bags, grab a cookie and sink into that worn-in suede sofa. This weekend is for relaxing. You can unpack later.
Cozy notes of ginger, pink pepper and white lavender mingle with almond blossom, chamomile and sage clary with an anchor of vetiver, patchouli and amber.
Step onto the penthouse's terrace to a civilized Sunday brunch overlooking a blanket of green that is the park below. A platter of grapefruit dotted with raspberries is offered. Would you like ginger tea, a mimosa or a glass of champagne? Perhaps a taste of each?
Sparkling grapefruit, Tuscan lemon and ginger are gently calmed by rose, neroli and verbena.
Enter the open-air cabana to find a breakfast of fresh pineapple, orange, grapefruit and rhubarb. A single gardenia sits on top of your napkin, begging to be worn before the beach breezes whisk it away.
Zesty grapefruit leads pineapple and orange peel, after which creamy gardenia, green fern and earthy apple wood provide a sophisticated foundation.
A copious pile of white flowers shed droplets of dew onto a marble countertop, awaiting their planter. A splash just outside signals that the hostess has momentarily abandoned her last-minute chores for a quick dip in the pool.
A heady bouquet of French lilac, heliotrope, muguet and hyacinth, with a barely-there dash of carnation and leafy greens.
Magnolia and muguet clippings add a burst of freshness to the guest room as bamboo leaves on the windowsill dance with the rose bushes just outside. You may only be a visitor, but a hand-written thank-you note might procure another invitation.
Magnolia, muguet, jasmine and green bamboo leaves drape over bamboo wood, bois de rose and orange flower.