Thanks for the heads up Paul, about Niyama and about mum! I have been a bad daughter recently so thought I would splash out on a belated Mother’s Day treat and after days of wandering around the sandy souks, a tropical paradise sounds perfect.
I’ve decided to make this trip even more special by flying the only way a true travelista should – on a Solairus Aviation private jet! They are absolutely wonderful with luxury leather interiors, a gorgeous bathroom, plenty of space for my Louis Vuitton cases and state-of-the-art technology to make even the longest flights fly by.
We leave in 2 days and I’m already counting down the hours till mum and I can jump on board without the hassle of airport queues and delayed flights – bliss! I’ve also been reading up about Niyama on the new SLH iPad app and just discovered about the floating restaurant, art studio and 24 hour spa! This really is going to be a trip of a lifetime – don’t I have a very lucky mummy?!
Can’t wait to tell you all about it… watch this space!
I’m so glad you chose to visit La Sultana Marrakech, Morocco is one of my all-time favourite destinations and I know how much you crave your Vitamin D. I hope you and Serena sampled plenty of their amazing traditional Moroccan food, the head chef is a good friend of mine and his tagines are legendary!
Another one of my favourite spots if you’re still on the hunt for sun is the wonderful Maldives.
There’s always something new and exciting happening, word on the street is that the new Niyama is now open!
Apparently it’s a real showstopper with the world’s first underwater nightclub – now that’s not really my scene anymore, not since disco balls and flares went out of style.
I think it needs someone with some young blood to check it out and why not take your lovely mother? She’s been moping around Harrods for days since you left!
After all my glowing praise for UK hotels recently, I’ll admit it: I’m dying for some proper sunshine! OK, this perky spring weather has been a total treat, but it’s still rather nippy out – a recent Melissa Odabash bikini-clad outing on the roof terrace lasted approximately 15 minutes before more layers were called for!
From my position under my cashmere, I got to thinking…where to go for spring sunshine? Somewhere I’ve always heard is best to visit in the spring is the buzzing shopper’s paradise of Marrakech. It’s the ideal time to explore the souks and night markets when the weather is pleasant without being stiflingly sticky, and still warm enough to catch the rays by your hotel pool.
La Sultana Marrakech is without doubt reputedly one of the most stunning places to stay in Marrakech.
A collection of five riads in the heart of the Kasbah, there’s an exotic ambiance – think hanging gardens, fountains, high vaulted ceilings decorated in precious woods, marble and copper, sumptuous fabrics, ornate tiles and views of theAtlas Mountains from the roof terrace.
There’s a gorgeous hammam, excellent Moroccan-Mediterranean dining and tranquil swimming pool for when the heady excitement of the world just outside the walls gets too much. It totally caught my eye when browsing on the SLH App and before I knew it I was booked in for 4 nights next week with my New York-based friend Serena remember her? – she needs to escape NYC for a while after a particularly raucous 5th avenue dinner party ended with her sloshing a bottle of Napa’s finest Pinot Noir over the host’s pristine and entirely white apartment.
Not that you need any further reason to visit than this divine hotel – but The House in Marrakech is also well worth checking out…I’ve been ogling this lovely blog full of beautiful images of daily life, architecture and home décor in Marrakech for a while now – simply gorgeous!
What can I say Paul, I’m a city girl through and through but Sally’s blog certainly did open my eyes to the extent of wonderful places we have in the UK that are just crying out to be explored. So I took heed of your advice and decided to face my fear of muddy fields, rogue farm animals and no wi-fi and drove my glistening new Range Rover Evoque off into the British wilderness.
First on my list for a quintessentially British experience had to be The Arden Hotel in beautifulStratford-Upon-Avon, once home to the legendary William Shakespeare whose name lives on with the wonderful Royal Shakespeare Company. I took advantage of the Arden’s hugely popular RSC Theatre package and enjoyed a luxurious night in one of their unique ‘Feature Rooms’ before trotting off to see the classic ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (and I almost understood every word!)
Although the Arden was absolutely divine I did feel like I cheated on your task slightly Paul, particularly as my diamante-encrusted Hunter wellies were still in pristine condition, so for my second British jaunt I headed to Lainston House Hotel in Hampshire.
Lainston House is set in 63 acres of lush parkland with clay pigeon shooting and falconry being their most. After a full day of wandering through gardens and woodland, I have to admit I loved every minute of it. popular activities. I even impressed myself as I trekked along their astonishing avenue of lime trees and discovered an enchanting 12th-century chapel on the way.
Although I especially loved coming back to a fabulous meal prepared by award-winning executive chef, Andy MacKenzie – turns out you can get good food outside the M25!
This little exploration has been the perfect antidote to my crazy city life – although I did hear DVF is having an end of season sale tomorrow which I might just need to pop back to the bright lights for!
Let me know if there’s anywhere in the UK that you think is really special and might even tempt me away again.
Many congratulations to all the properties featured in the Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards, extremely well deserved and a great accolade. No denying that a good spa sesh does wonders for the skin and soul but my recommendation for you MV is to get out-and-about into the great British countryside, enjoy some fresh air and see what’s beyond this London metropolis – it will do marvels for that fresh, youthful look that seems to be all the rage at the moment. Whilst we have some of the best hotels in the world here in the capital, some of my favourites are away from the bright lights and tucked away in the heart of the British countryside.
Now, not that I was cheating on your blog MV (you know you’re my number 1!) but I was checking out another favourite of mine, Sally Shalam’s Britain – it’s full to the brim of top tips for exploring all that is Great about Britain. Go and check it out and you might be inspired!