My London adventure has lead me past the disco ball, and into my chi-chi luxe for the night!
Breakfast in Tiffany's? Didn't happen - but Laduree treats have become a thing of ritual .. yummm
I would say TGIF, but no complaints here!
This week it's all about Oxford Street, and bringing our cheer to Selfridges!
You can find our strictly come wrapping section on the fourth floor in the Christmas disco parlour!
Shine bright people! xo
Holidays may be over, but I'm London bound for the season,
and launching in John Lewis and unveiling all our Christmas secrets... eeee!
Nothing puts the beams on my face like being surrounded by decs and golden treats!
Come and see us in the John Lewis Crimbo department!
Big love, A xo
.. All decor great and small.
Our Christmas treats are now becoming a reality, after launching greeting cards in Harrods this week - it's not too early, right?
This week has consisted of 'eat, sleep, design, repeat' - oh and some game strong packing!
P.s. How cute are these balloons? A xo
This was our first trip to the stunning, beautiful and true island paradise that is La Digue - booked as the second part of a three stop island hopping adventure holiday by our tour operators Seyexclusive.
We arrived on La Digue via a boat from Praslin and a buggy met us to drive the short ride to the hotel, Le Domaine de l'Orangeraie - who's layout is positioned on the beach and also across in a triangle shape - making for a resort feel with views out to the sea and beautiful canopy covered beds on the beach front.
The first detail you notice is the carefully considered decor - which twins contemporary tones and art with a shipwrecked vibe.
From the main entrance you head over to the pool, bar and dining space which is incredibly eye catching with a large infinity pool with swim up bar, the seating areas with soft furnishings straight out of a Loaf brochure, two restaurants - with one offering a buffet selection and one offering a set menu and also a pool bar restaurant and main bar where the bar tender is so attentive and remembers what you drink and your room from the moment you arrive.
The view from breakfast - taken in the same restaurant as the buffet dinner - affords beautiful views of the bay and breakfast is super tasty and varied with continental, fruit and cooked options as well as a variety of specials. The sunsets magnificently over Praslin which you can enjoy with one of the gorgeous speciality cocktails.
And then the Rooms - well they are incredibly special and very unique - reached by buggy down rope lined steps into your very own space that has a luxe tree house feel - (we stayed in 218) via your own little court yard step into a room with gorgeous high vaulted ceilings featuring hanging hurricane lanterns and large canvas art - the sense created is a mix of Moroccan earthiness and Ibiza glam. The linens are all crisp white with the hotel branding embroidered onto the cases and sheets - giving an almost regal edge to the earthy- glam combination - only added to with the beautiful white mosquito net - which we used every night.
Outside you have a sun terrace with beds and a table and chairs for sundowners.
There is also a fridge that is I stocked so you can head down to the local grocery store (5 minutes on bike) and fill the fridge with local delicacies.
The jewel in the crown of the rooms is the totally outdoor washroom bath and shower space which gives an almost jungle vibe to your stay - the entire experience leaves you feeling very at one with nature - I was showering one evening with a beautiful fruit bat circling overhead - lit only by the moon and stars - it really was incredible.
Also the toiletries are bespoke to the hotel, locally made and beyond refreshing.
We hired bikes for the day using the hotel cycle hire (5euros for the day) and cycled out to Source D'argent which was incredibly beautiful. The hotel made us a Creole picnic for the trip which was just wonderful. The cycle
ride is lovely and flat all the way through the village to the plantation and beach.
I paid a visit to the Spa - Eden Rock for some waxing which was fabulous and a really great price.
We also used the laundry service which was brilliant and speedy.
As a side note the staff are very keen to please and really friendly and the buggy service is efficient and the drivers are super friendly.
A wonderful stay and we look forward to returning - thank you Domaine and Seyexclusive! We will return!
This was my third visit to the Seychelles, booked by our tour operator Seyexclusive – who arranged absolutely everything for us from flights, hotels and transfers both internal flights and ferrys - of which there were many - as we Island hopped around Praslin, La Digue & Mahe over a few weeks – also thank you very much for the wine waiting for us on arrival! Helped us slip nicely into the Island vibe!
So, where to start – what a wonderful, wonderful hotel - we will never, ever forget this magical place - with it’s contemporary landscape and middle eastern influence.
From the moment we arrived to the very moment we left - Raffles and it’s staff never put a foot wrong – the staff were engaging and accommodating - with the service being personal without being intrusive.
We stayed in Villa 170 in a panaromic pool villa which was absolutely beautiful, with it’s thoughtful landscaping that blended into the hills and considered interior options – it was clean and immaculate with a private sun deck and plunge pool, lounge space, oversized bed, double sink, bath overlooking the sea, outdoor tropical shower, indoor shower, twin dressing space, large TV (sorry to mention this but it was perfect for the other half who wanted to keep up with the Premier league) yoga mat, outdoor seating area and two sun beds. It’s also great that the room had a mix of UK plug sockets (it’s a small thing but very useful!) also well stocked mini bar and complimentary Nespresso – also worth mentioning that water is complimentary (across the hotel so in the room, pool side, beach etc) – there is a laundry and pressing service – but the hotel does offer an in room iron solution.
The main spaces are very well styled – from the main reception area to the spa – all accessible by buggy – just to note the resort is very steep in places so the buggys are essential to get around depending on where your villa is – but we never waited more than 5 minutes for one (and you can book for a certain time too – the buggy team are awesome – very chatty and knowledgable) – on a transport note the hotel took us out to a restaurant - Bon Bon Plume - which I totally recommend on Anse Lazio – using the hotel jeep, which was a really great price.
The pool area is stunning with two enormous infinity pools large double sun beds and individual sun beds. There is a great restaurant and pool bar where we ate most lunchtimes – I’m a vegetarian and there were lovely big salads and healthy snacks to choose from.
From there you can wander down to the beach where there are a limited number of beds right by the shore - the beach is incredible – the sand is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. We were offered fresh fruit and water all day whilst relaxing.
For eating and drinking there is breakfast in the Losean Restaurant where you can eat indoor or outdoor. There is a large fruit, continental, Asian buffet as well as a menu that includes smoothies, sushi, eggs benedict, omelettes etc and any refreshment you can think of from coffee and tea to Prosecco.
There is Takamaka Bar (which wasn’t open when we visited – but is stunning), Danzil Bar – serving lovely cocktails and a snack bar menu - we had salads and burgers here and we had signature Praslin Slings (to die for but SO strong!) There is also Curieuse, Pan Asian & Losean restaurant where you have breakfast that at night is a fine restaurant - we ate out under the stars on the full moon which was enchanting.
On the Friday there was a Tandoori night which was a large buffet – incredible – the smells! And there was a band playing on the Thursday night at Losean – the entrtainment is just as you would expect very low key and fitting with the resort.
- Coconut (in a coconut!) and Iced Tea on the beach
- Taking the bikes from the resort and stopping for a picnic on the beach
- Signature Praslin Sling – just heaven – Mohammed mixed these perfectly every time
- Complimentary water and fruit on the beach
- The panoramic room – we would just lie in the bed watching the ocean
- 60 minute massage with the fabulous Elizabeth in the spa - sensational
Thank you Raffles and Seyexlusive! You were brilliant – with the personal service a luxury traveler wants from a holiday – all the memories.
The hotel is approximately 15 minutes from Victoria town in a car - a relatively new hotel having only been open 5 months - we didn't know what to expect and were immediately super pleased with the recommendation.
The pretty reception area is styled in a peaceful and welcoming way and the staff are both friendly and knowledgeable.
The aesthetic of the hotel is both considered and curated - having adopted a fresh coastal vibe with earthy tones of white, grey and blue, lots of exposed wood and open to the elements architecture combined with sea inspired art and branding.
Check in was efficient and we were escorted to our villa via buggy (this is the first hotel we have stayed in during our adventure that doesn't require a buggy to get around as the resort is wonderfully compact making wandering to all the amenities the perfect choice) we stayed in Villa 6 which has a sea-fresh lofty feel with it's high ceiling, shutters, fans, state of the art air conditioning (very welcome in the current heat) and New England all-white aesthetic.
The bed was vere large and comfortable, there are USB ports and UK plug sockets (which are a really great addition) powerful hairdryer (so needed with frizzy locks) and a great (complimentary) Nespresso machine. The bathroom is a spacious, wet room style and all of the products are bespoke to the hotel using cold pressed coconuts - the smell - just beautiful.
Our villa was so close to the ocean - listening to the crashing waves against the rocks whilst lounging on the day bed or on one of the loungers were one of my holiday highlights - add a private infinity plunge pool and the experience is incredibly special and really private.
Breakfast is taken in L'orizon restaurant against the shuttered background of the sea and the breakfast itself is Buffet with a continental selection of pastries and cold meats and cheeses (which are all beautiful) as well as an to order service which includes cooked options of eggs, sausages and bacon. To drink the offerings are endless tea, coffee, fresh juice or for those celebrating a Mimosa.
Lunch is taken in the Beach Bar area where you can enjoy both the sea view, beach or pool (and I have to say the best lunch selection of our trip so far) and all at incredibly good value. There is a great selection of tapas - small plates including mussels, octopus and crab salad, risotto, feta and onion tartlet to name just a selection of what we had as well as wooden boards of delicacies and bowls of salad, grill options, burgers (all catchily entitled - we really loved the unstuffy beach style dining approach) and assorted sweet treats and cheeses.
Dinner is A'la Carte served in L'orizon - the menu changes daily and again is a really varied choice with a lot of the foods being almost farm to table - from the hotels big sister - Denis Island. There are beautiful salads, local fish (make sure go try the tempura fish - amazing), pasta, steaks and burgers and the most fabulous sweets - all with a Seychelles vibe - my favourite was the Eton Messed Up! So, so tasty.
The Bar (which serves really tasty cocktails - our favourites were Mai Tai and Pina Colada) also leads straight out onto the private beach via an attractive decked and day bed area that had Ocean club feel that leads out from the deck onto pretty white sands out to the sea.
There is a 20 metre pool directly next to the bar - and overlooking the sea - flanked by palm trees and surrounded by comfortable sun loungers and featuring a shallow area that is great for children - on that note there weren't many children at the hotel - the guests were mostly couples.
The Spa is in the main reception area (where there is also a lovely gift shop) offers a variety of treatments - I opted for the hair treatment which I highly recommend for sun bleached locks.
The hotel also organised a car to take us to Beau Vallon beach for the day (for approx 35euros total) which I totally recommend for snorkelling, water sports and pizza at the legendary Baobab pizzeria.
Parts of the hotel are work in progress as you would expect for a hotel that has only been open 5 months - but you can see the development almost daily - whether it be the vast landscaping team tending to the plants and trees to build a super lush environment around the villas or the new towel bar by the pool - the hotel seems to be really responsive to the needs of their customer and the Hotel Manager - Cyrille, can be seen engaging with both staff and guests everyday.