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5 of the Top Shopping Experiences Around the World

Shopping while on vacation is a delightful experience, full of discovery and indulgence. That is, of course, if you know exactly where to go! With our curated list of stores around the world, you’ll be able to spend more time in the shops themselves and less time mapping out your day. For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and uncommon mementos, check out these bespoke boutiques and markets from the JG Black Book Collection.


Azura Retreats

Azura Retreats specializes in remote, pristine destinations full of natural beauty, but don’t assume that retail therapy would be hard to come by! Luckily, all three of their properties have their own unique boutiques. Shop for fabulous new bikinis at Azura Benguerra Island and pair them with sunglasses and sunscreen – essentials for soaking up the sun in a safe way. Guests can also find unique crafts handmade by the locals which make perfect mementos for your friends and family.

Azura Quilalea Private Island carries a wide range of fashionable beachwear in their shop, but if you’re thinking of opting for a gift that’s a bit different, we suggest browsing their collection of Ibo Jewelry. Crafted by the silversmiths of Ibo Island, these delicate pieces are a perfect reminder of your island holiday. And off the island, in the vast wilderness of the Selous Game Reserve, the boutique at Azura Selous has everything you need, including beachwear for those planning a safari and sea combination trip. You’ll also find homeware items crafted by the local community such as the bowls, mats, and storage baskets that created with natural materials and woven by women from Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.  All of Azura Retreats’ boutiques offer a thoughtfully curated collection of necessities and special pieces so that you can indulge your passion for shopping without having to leave your hotel.


The Stafford London

London has some of the world’s most famous shopping destinations to visit during your time in the Capital. Perhaps the most popular and often the first stop for many is Selfridges, known as the best department store in the world. From there you can stroll over to Bond Street, known for its high-end designer stores. If you’re looking for prestigious brands and luxury window shopping, head to Harrods in Knightsbridge, where you can find a fabulous range of luxury gifts, the famous food hall and much, much more. Home of bespoke British tailoring, Savile Row is the place to go if you want a handmade suit and Jermyn Street, renowned for men’s clothing and shoe shops is a great place to explore if you’re in the Mayfair and St James’s area. Last but not least on our list is Fortnum & Mason. Just steps from The Stafford London, this world-renowned store is the ultimate destination for unique gifts such as hampers, elegant wines and spirits, and famous teas and coffees, ideal for souvenirs to take home!


Andronis Luxury Suites

Shopping and fashion are just a few meters away from your suite in Oia at Andronis Luxury Suites. The hotel has added its signature style of relaxed luxury to Santorini’s boutique scene, offering inspiring pieces by an exciting new generation of Greek fashion designers that capture the spirit of summer. Shoppers will find an unmatched collection of luxury brands such as Mary Katrantzou, Paul Smith and Etho Maria.


The Chedi Muscat

With its ancient maze of intricate pathways, the Muttrah Souk offers lucky finds to those willing to look and bargain hard. Mainly sold by weight, gold and silver are both well priced here while other good buys include incense burners and silver khanjars, the traditional Omani daggers. Muttrah can be easily reached from The Chedi Muscat and is located just twenty minutes by car in the direction of old Muscat.


Global CommUnity

The picturesque old town along with the modern new town of Nafplio in Greece offers a plethora of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The entire part of the old town is filled with cafes and shops on streets where cars are forbidden, making the shopping spree relaxing and fun. In Global CommUnity’s new Greece itinerary, you also have the opportunity to travel to Crete where you will find an impressive variety of options from luxury designer brands to Minoan art and Cretan art, as well as plenty of worry beads for the kids to collect! The food and delicacies abound as well as the best quality of leather goods and stunning jewelry.