Is there possibly a landscape more idyllic than blue blue waters against blue blue skies...? The harmony of such a calming colour in unity is one that fills me with a soothing spirit. When you think of blue waters, you immediately think of the usual suspects; The Maldives, Mauritius, Fiji..etc. Well as one for the unconventional, here is a little list of my favourite places where you can find the same deep piercing blues...
Brunch is a magical thing and a fantastic excuse for late risers like me to have breakfast just that little bit later. As a West-London based girl, my first brunch hit list is focused on this lovely area - basically anywhere within an hour’s walking distance from Chelsea + Fulham. So for my fellow lazy risers + egg lovers out there, here are my top ten brunch spots that are both equally delicious yet insta-worthy for you to tick off in West London.
The last time I was this happy with a Japanese restaurant was in Tokyo this summer... We stumbled upon this little gem of a place unsuspectingly on a rainy autumn day a stone's throw from Putney Station and has all the vibes of a traditional little Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. The interior is clean and simple with the walls decorated with sake advertising cloth banners and kimono tops. The staff and chefs are all from Japan and are some of the sweetest and most accommodating service staff I have come across. The food is a an absolute winner, the Unagi Don (teriyaki eel rice bowl) is one of the best I have had in London and it was just amazing value for the quality food you get. A true gem where Japanese hospitality is alive and true and just a fantastic place to bring friends for some great Japanese food.
If you are looking for a cross between luxury, trendy yet hippie, Arrive is your haven in this desert. This beautiful spanking new boutique hotel is created by Ezra Callahan – known for being one of Facebook’s original founders, and is designed with the socially connected in mind, or what one might term the Millenials. The hotel from afar is sleek and built out of the natural palette of wood, concrete and steel. The glass reflects mirroring the surrounding rugged mountains as the sun sets, creating the mysterious aura of a Bond villain hideout in the middle of the desert.
An imposing fortress built during the Tudor period, this majestic castle turned hotel is brimming with history and the ideal getaway for anyone who has ever romanticised about going back in time. Thornbury Castle comes complete with gargoyles, secret chambers and suits of armour. From hanging tapestries to dark wooden furniture, the interior is designed to stay true to its history and feature four poster beds, luxurious embroidered blankets, spiral staircases and arrow slit windows. Mmm a castle weekend trip, I cannot think of a better way to escape the hustle and bustle of London and indulge in a luxurious retreat fit for royalty.
A striking oasis nestled within the Moroccan desert, Les Deux Tours has been the perfect luxury base for those visiting the exotic city of Marrakech since 1991. This sumptuous retreat is close enough to the city whilst maintaining a peaceful distance from the hustle and bustle, allowing guests the chance to fully unwind and relax after a busy day of exploring. Designed by architect Charles Boccara, the clay walls of the hotel unfold into fragranced gardens and glimmering lily ponds. As the red sun dips below the golden horizon, the crickets start chirping and the soft smell of charred smoke from nearby grills fill. the air. The glow of the Moroccan lanterns lights up the mosaic paths which wind around the hotel and garden, a warm trail through the leafy foliage to your lavish suite.
Ah Notting Hill, who remembers growing up watching the beautiful Julia Roberts and dashing Hugh Grant on the big screen (oh the days of going to cinemas instead of streaming at home in bed...), the romance and quaint charm of all that is British. Notting Hill however, if you are not too savvy can be quite the tourist trap with Portobello road and all the little market stalls. Fun for those visiting the first time, gets old after the second. For the locals, the area is home to some of the trendiest shopping and chicest cafes - think The Kooples, Aesop, Club Monaco...etc. And with cool shops, come the fabulous brunch spots supplying the much needed gourmet fuel. Here you will find my list of some of the freshest and loveliest brunch spots to start your day in the beautiful area of Notting Hill, Bon Appetit!