Review: North Island, Seychelles

Is North Island, Seychelles the best honeymoon island in the world? George Clooney & Prince William think so! We review what is so special about the beaches, villas, pools and resort on this ultra exclusive island.

With just 11 jaw-droppingly gorgeous private villas. The North Island is only accessible by helicopter and as it was the honeymoon destination chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton followed by George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, it can’t be bad!

We have also visited where George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin stayed in Venice for their wedding; The awsome Aman Canal Grande and the Belmond Cipriani and can vouch that they understand what makes the ultimate luxury hotel.

North Island’s exclusive villas overlook the pristine, powder-white sands and turquoise waters of the Ile Du Nord eco-reserve. Raised off the ground to benefit from the cooling Indian Ocean breezes, nothing is too much trouble. All villas open up onto your private garden and the beach and offer plunge pools and outdoor showers. And the beach itself couldn’t be more perfect and more private. Just take a look at the photo above!

Also on offer are lounge and dining areas for drinks and food and a scenically located health spa and gym, library and dive centre, along with a rim-flow swimming pool built into a granitic outcrop.

North Island

Review: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Name: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is the only resort on the remote tropical island of Desroches in the Seychelles. On the outer edge of the Indian Ocean’s archipelago, Desroches Island is located among the Amirantes Islands, a 35 minute flight southwest of Mahé, the capital and largest island in the Seychelles. Boasting 14 kilometres of pristine white-sand beaches, lush coconut groves, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, the island is a remote and tranquil oasis just five degrees south of the equator.

Re-opening in 2017 as Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, this new hotel will feature just 40 exclusive beach suites and 11 private residence villas which makes this one of the smallest properties in the Four Seasons portfolio. With direct access to unspoiled beaches and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the resort’s suites will also offer private plunge pools, tropical gardens and luxurious outdoor living spaces.

The resort will feature two restaurants and a lounge bar, providing an array of exciting food and beverage offerings in a casual, beachfront setting. For guests looking to relax and rejuvenate in the island’s untouched tranquillity, the resort will also feature an expanded six-suite spa offering locally-inspired treatments and wellness classes. The glass-like waters of the Indian Ocean and surrounding reefs also make for world-class diving, fishing, snorkelling and water sports, while the inland forests and coconut trees provide picturesque paths for cycling and hiking. For guests looking to explore the many natural wonders of the Indian Ocean, the island will also include a Marine Conservation Discovery Centre and Giant Tortoise Sanctuary.

The second Four Seasons property to open in the Seychelles, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island will join the company’s exclusive collection of island resorts in destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius, Oahu, Wailea in Maui and Lanai along with iconic Four Seasons properties including those I most recently visited in London, Johannesburg, Hampshire and their stunning property in Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Review: Plaza La Reina Hotel – Luxury In Westwood, LA

Name: Plaza La Reina Hotel

An elegant Spanish style property located in the upscale LA neighbourhood of Westwood, Plaza La Reina offers luxury accommodation in the form of tastefully decorated suites and exceptional personal service.

One of the most exciting cities in the world, LA is a travel destination just bursting at the seams with amazing experiences and things to discover. Whether you want to explore Hollywood, shop till you drop on Rodeo Drive or chill out at Venice Beach, you can do it all and more here. When it comes to picking a place to stay, the upscale, vibrant neighbourhood of Westwood makes a great choice, and if you’re looking for a luxury home from home in LA, then look no further than Plaza La Reina. This charming, Spanish style property, tucked away from the crowds, offers a selection of uniquely designed suites where you can enjoy the service you would expect from a top hotel combined with the comforts of home. London Heathrow offers all sorts of options when it comes to direct flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with carriers including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta and American Airlines. The flight time is usually just over eleven hours. Plaza La Reina is located around a ten minute drive from LAX.

Hotel

Comprising 44 luxurious suites, each with its own individual character, Plaza La Reina creates a welcoming home from home atmosphere for business travellers and holiday makers alike. The classic Spanish design gives a refined and elegant feel to the place, and you’ll enjoy the experience of staying in your own, private apartment while also benefiting from an outstanding level of personal service, as well as the convenience of being located close by to many of the top attractions in LA.

Suites

Plaza La Reina offers a choice of one bedroom, junior and speciality suites, depending on how much space you’re after. Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy tasteful, elegant décor including Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, designer Fili D’Oro bedding and a marble bathroom stocked with premium full sized Etro products. Many suites also have their own private deck or balcony. You’ll benefit from your own kitchen and laundry facilities as well as complimentary internet technology and 55 inch 4K TV. Best of all, daily maid service means you can relax and enjoy all this without having to worry about keeping it clean.

Dining

There are several options when it comes to dining at Plaza La Reina. With your own kitchen facilities on site, you can please yourself and cook your own meals, or alternatively, you can enjoy discovering some of LA’s best restaurants, many of which can be found nearby. The staff will be happy to recommend some great eateries, and if you fancy sampling their dishes in the comfort of your suite, all you have to do is ask. Finally, you have the option to engage a private chef to cook up something delicious, either for a special occasion or just because you feel like it!

Activities and Amenities

Plaza La Reina prides itself on providing an exceptional personal service, and the concierge is on hand to assist with just about anything you can think of that would make your stay more memorable, from making reservations for top restaurants or events to booking salon treatments, private shopping excursions and even organising private jet and yacht services. At the hotel, you will benefit from daily housekeeping, a VIP entrance, use of the rooftop lounge and valet parking. When it comes to exploring the delights of LA, you won’t have to venture far thanks to Westwood’s great location. Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood and Venice Beach are all less than ten miles away, with countless other attractions still well within striking distance.

Plaza La Reina Hotel

Flash Sale: 40% Off Two-Night Breaks At Luxury QHotels

Whether you’re looking for a family break during the Easter school holidays, a romantic getaway for two, a spa break with the girls or a weekend away teeing off on a Championship golf course, QHotels two-night offer is just the ticket.

Great choices include Stratford Manor with all the delights of Stratford around the corner, Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort for golf and relaxation, or if you would like to explore some of the Uk’s most beautiful historic towns why not stay at the stunning Cambridge Belfry and the Oxford Belfry.

QHotels, the UK’s luxury four-star hotel group, is offering 40% off two night breaks at a choice of 20 award winning hotels nationwide starting from £50 per person. Guests are able to take their break anytime up to 30th April 2017 but bookings must be made direct by 28 February 2017.

The two night break offer is available at a choice of 20 four-star QHotels throughout the UK and includes a full English or Scottish breakfast each morning; full use of the health club facilities including gym and indoor swimming pool*; free in-room Wi-Fi; and free car parking*.

Two night breaks with dinner on the first night are also available from £74 per person. What’s more, for those who opt for a dinner inclusive mid-week break, you’ll also receive an additional benefit, a £15 voucher to spend on food and drink making those extra little indulgences even more possible!

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Revealed: Best Walking Tours in Paris

The next time you’re visiting the fabulous Paris, to really get the feel of the place, why not take a walking tour? This allows you to see bits of Paris that only the locals know about, to hear inside info and fascinating history and to skip the usual tourist queues. It couldn’t be easier to get to Paris; with just over an hour’s flight from London or just over 2 hours on the Eurostar; it’s prime long weekend territory and is perfect for a romantic break or take the children and give them a dose of culture.

Universal Tour Guide operate fabulous tours of major European cities including Paris, London and Rome. They take you to the best sites and museums as well as arranging fun trips like exploring by segway! Several of their tours include the ability to skip the tourist queues and your professional guide, or host as they like to call them, will be multi-lingual, very experienced and will ensure that you have the time of your life!

1. Walking Jazz Tour in Paris

This unique and fascinating tour allows you to live and feel the jazz and rhythm that lies at the heart of Paris. During the 3-hour tour, you will explore the neighbourhoods and nightspots that inspired the Jazz Age writers and artists of Paris and stroll the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, and Les Halles. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Parisian jazz; you will visit jazz cafes, see the sights of former club cellars where late-night jam sessions were held and hear stories of the jazz greats including Kenny Clarke and Boris Vian. You’ll also get the chance to visit Caveau de la Huchette, the oldest jazz club in Paris. The tour includes entry to a live concert at Le Duc des Lombards, a renowned club in the Châtelet district, where you will also enjoy dinner with wine, beer or a soft drink.

2. Eiffel tower best views walking tour

Few visitors to Paris come without at least a quick trip to the Eiffel tower and this walking tour really allows you to catch a glimpse of the tower at her very best. A great one for photographers and history lovers alike, you’ll learn all about this beautiful monument and her creator, as well as seeing her from the very best vantage points. The tour takes about an hour and a half and in addition to the walking section, at the end of the tour you embark a boat for a relaxing cruise of the River Seine; a fabulous way to see the sights of Paris and of course the Eiffel Tower itself.

3. Versailles 2-Hours Private Tour for Families and Children

A private tour for a small group or a family with children, this tour offers a perfectly unintimidating introduction to Versailles Palace. When travelling with children it’s often tricky to get a culture hit yourself as well as having the children entertained and this tour caters exactly to this requirement. Interactive, funny and relevant, modern day stories fill the tour and delight adults and children alike. The highlights of the tour have got to be the King’s Grand Apartments and the world-famous Hall of Mirrors and after exploring inside, the stunning gardens are bought to life by your host and the children can run off a bit of energy!

To see Paris from an insider’s perspective and have a heap of fun doing so, book a walking tour with Universal Tour Guide on your next break to this beautiful city.

Win A 5-Star Holiday At The Peninsula, Paris

The grand prize in this competition includes a return Business Premier Eurostar tickets and a stay in the luxury Peninsula Hotel in Paris for two.

To enter, simply fill out the very short form on the link below and The Luxury Holiday Company will notify you by 05 April 2017 whether you have been chosen. The terms and conditions are below the entry form.

Entry closes at 11.59pm on 31 March 2017.

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Review: Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On Luggage

For some serious innovation in your carry-on luggage, look no further than the Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On. The list of funky new features are as impressive as the stylish finish with this one.

I love it when a new product comes to market that solves both problems that always irritate me in my travelling life, as well as solving things that I didn’t even think of! When you’re a frequent traveller, whether for business, pleasure or a bit of both, your luggage is essential to you. I often think of mine as a little home I take everywhere with me, so it has huge importance and has a huge list of requirements to answer to.

The Barracuda Collapsible Carry-On Luggage Case is truly a World 1st: it’s collapsible, has an amazing Ergonomic Handle System, a USB charger and so many features all designed to make your travels easier. Being collapsible means that when it’s not in use, it can be flattened right down and takes up much less storing space, I find this useful at home, but also really useful when I’m away as I always like to tidy my case away – it can even be hung in the closet! You’ll be the envy of everyone in the airport as it includes its very own laptop and drinks tray with two cup holders! The USB charger is perfect for giving your phone or tablet a boost if their batteries are getting low and the 10,000 mAh battery pack means it’s no slow charge either and has capacity to charge most phones five times. The unique and ergonomic Halo Handle System™ looks great and rotates a full 360° and can then be locked in one of six positions, during this saves you from getting cramped hands and wrist. Contained within your case is a “stuff” bag which contains a large laundry bag and a pair of shoe bags to keep your clothes free from shoe dirt. There’s also a portable digital scale so you know exactly how far over your carry-on allowance you are. You can also add-on a location tracking device to track your case if ever it gets lost which also includes a clever little proximity sensor to alert you when your Barracuda arrives at the baggage carousel, no more playing spot the case!

This is no practical, boring suitcase, it’s very stylish too and comes in a range of fab colours including black, gray, blue, gold, red and pink; the pink suits me but my husband loved the gray. It’s not just us that think the Barracuda offers something special, GQ, The Verge and Yahoo TECH all give glowing reviews.

As well as being a really cool product, it has a really cool back story: Silicon Valley engineers and travel industry veterans came together to design something a little special and raised $1.75 million through crowdfunding campaigns to bring the product to market!
“Our world-wide crowd-funding contributors have made this all possible,” said Boban Jose, founder of Barracuda. “We are thrilled to be almost current on all pre-orders and look forward to working with our new retail partners.”

It’s also a surprisingly reasonably priced case considering how much it does; it currently retails at USD$349 or GBP£285. The Barracuda is stocked at Nordstrom, eBags, Brookstone, Bed Bath & Beyond, AHAlife and Touch of Modern and is also available online at www.barracdua.co

For the ultimate carry-on, with countless innovations and a finish that will show up on any luggage carousel, choose your Barracuda today.

Barracuda

DELA ÉVA – Stunning Luxury Leather Handbags with A Twist

DELA ÉVA – Stunning Luxury Leather Handbags with A Twist

Have you ever admired a particularly unusual and alluring handbag casually slung over the shoulder of an incredibly chic woman? If so, she might well be wearing a DELA ÉVA, one of my new favourite designers. DELA ÉVA handbags are unique in design, combining a little womenswear style and functionality with the beautiful shapes, fabrics … Continue reading DELA ÉVA – Stunning Luxury Leather Handbags with A Twist

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DELA ÉVA – Stunning Luxury Leather Handbags with A Twist

Have you ever admired a particularly unusual and alluring handbag casually slung over the shoulder of an incredibly chic woman? If so, she might well be wearing a DELA ÉVA, one of my new favourite designers. DELA ÉVA handbags are unique in design, combining a little womenswear style and functionality with the beautiful shapes, fabrics and designs of an accessory, altogether creating a must-have fashion staple for every wardrobe!

DELA ÉVA takes pleasure in challenging the common preconceptions of what fashion can or can’t be – why shouldn’t a handbag offer the warmth of a poncho, have a wonderful brass push-cap lid or be finished with a Renaissance ruffle? DELA ÉVA’s meticulous attention to detail and courage to break rules ensures each design offers something highly unusual and outstanding.

DELA ÉVA has been created by Ninja Evangelista (also known as ‘Ninz’), an incredible Fashion Accessory Designer, who was born in Vienna, Austria, before moving to London to study fashion design at the prestigious London College of Fashion – University of the Arts and start her own fashion brand. During her studies, Ninja did an Internship with Vivienne Westwood and was International Brand Ambassador for Clarks Original. Fashion is her passion and besides designing, she also very much enjoys writing about fashion and worked as a freelance Fashion Journalist for the Burda Media office in London (covering the German issues of InStyle, ELLE, Cover, Donna, Burda Style and Freundin).

DELA ÉVA is the epitome of Ninz herself, her experiences and visions. Each of her timeless designs offers a little quirk or twist, combing old and new, taking inspiration from classic masterpieces and architecture, whilst being inspired and suited to the modern world of today. Her favourite quote from Dr. Seuss is: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – which more than explains her fascinating take on life. Her first collection: ‘Theatre of Dreams’ illustrates the power of our dreams and each of the designs has been visualised by Ninz’ very own dreams.

Always ensuring she offers the highest standards in both quality and finish, all DELA ÉVA bags are handmade in England and Italy, with materials carefully sourced from quality suppliers in Italy, France, the UK and Austria. And because of the exclusivity of many of the materials Ninz uses, the quantity of handbags produced in each design is strictly limited, making every DELA ÉVA handbag something to be treasured.

These limited edition and truly stunning wardrobe staples will add the perfect wow-factor to any outfit and are sure to gather compliments, so make sure you snap one up before you miss out!

DELA ÉVA

Best Beach Towels For 2017 – Sunbathe In Style

Personally, I always prefer to take my own towel when on the beach or by the pool, it’s another style choice for one thing and it’s also much easier to find your spot when you know exactly what you’re looking for! The exact choice of towel is important to me, it needs to look fabulous, be luxurious of course and also be lightweight and absorbent. Read on for my review of the best 3 beach towels to use on your travels in 2017…

1. Koala Handloomed Towels

For a beautiful towel that is light (70% lighter than an average bath towel to be precise), compact and highly absorbent, it’s got to be the lovely range of Koala Handloomed Towels. Perfect for the beach, pool or home, they are high quality and handloomed using natural fibres. Amazingly the towels become softer and more absorbent the more you use and wash them due to the premium cotton; just like a fine wine! There are a wide range of colours, shapes and textures available; a couple of my favourites are the Sherbet Shores Sunrise for it’s gorgeous lilac, mauve and blue stripes and also the Double Saffron, a sophisticated choice in sandy beige accessorised with tassels; but do have some fun picking yours. Koala also offers unusual and rather special round towels, which will really stand out on the beach. Best of all they dry super quick, so you can return from endless dips in the ocean to a crisp, fresh towel that’s ready to lay on!

2. Deckchair Stripes Beach Towel

If you want an extra-large towel that also manages to be stylish, then check these out, there’s a range of colours and they all feature the signature striped border. They are ultra-absorbent and suitable for the pool, beach or gym.

3. SoftFibre Flower Print Travel Towel

If you need a travel towel, this is a great one; more attractive than most of the plain options available, but still super lightweight. It dries 8 times faster than a conventional towel and can absorb 9 times its own weight in water; pretty nifty for a towel!