Why Atzaro Hotel & Spa is the perfect Ibizian escape

Why Atzaro Hotel & Spa is the perfect Ibizian escape

Fashion Editor Lucia Debieux takes a early Spring break at Atzaro Hotel & Spa, escaping the hustle & bustle of the party island of Ibiza.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa pool
Atzaro Hotel & Spa
Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Why go?

As soon as you drive up the long winding road leading up to the five-star Atzaro Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the Ibizan countryside, you feel your shoulders dropping. The family owned finca is known as an agroturismo, basically a working farm, (in this case a orange farm) which means that its ethos is rooted in farming and agriculture, plus the delicious smell of orange blossom fills the air everywhere you go. So far so good. With sustainability at its core, this place has been living and breathing the organic lifestyle way before it became fashionable. If like me, eating a homegrown menu fresh from the onsite vegetable patch, being surrounded by lush gardens full of flowering cactus and palm trees and feeling close to nature rocks your boat then look no further.

Plus it feels like its in the middle of nowhere when in reality you are not more than 15 minutes away from civilisation, hello Santa Eulària and every taxi driver knows Atzaro, so you’re still very much connected to Ibiza should you want to leave.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Rooms

When a place has been in the same family for 7 years and is built around a 300 year old finca, you can feel that history. The original farmhouse is still part of the hotel with more rooms added on, finishing with 24 rooms including huge hidden villas which are set back and separate from the grounds across the road. Dreamy.

With most rooms coming with their own private plunge pools and terrace. Filled with bespoke handmade furniture, teak four poster beds, traditional terracotta tiles with white plaster walls, the vibe is spacious yet cosy meets pared back Ibizian luxury. Most mornings we found it hard pressed to actually leave the huge double walk in shower in the luxurious marble bathroom. But we did, mostly down to waking up craving the delicious scrambled eggs at breakfast. Possibly some of the best Ive ever tried and believe me, Ive sampled a lot!

Atzaro Hotel & Spa four poster bed

Atzaro Hotel & Spa with its four poster bed

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Spa

You can’t not pay a visit to the open-air spa with its 43 metre long fresh water pool, nestled in the lush gardens while you’re there. It would almost be a crime. The huge day beds quickly became a favourite morning hang out for us, the perfect place to while the morning away. With more than enough spots like this around the hotel, fear not this isn’t the kind of place you have to wake up early to secure a bed. Phew!

Whether you try the new Scandi-inspired sauna pod nestled between the vegetable patch, head to the hamman or go straight for a couples massage in the solid teak treatment cabins, you always have that feeling of being close with nature but in the most authentic way. Yoga and wellness classes are all included in your stay, with daily classes you can be sure to grab a mat and get your namaste on. The chance to restore your inner glow is more than possible here and quit frankly hard to resist, we had come to chill after all.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, the freshwater pool in the open-air spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Food

With all the vegetables and herbs coming from the kitchen garden and the meat from local farms in the surrounding areas, the food is a big part of Atzaro Hotel & Spa.  Menus are based on a true farm to fork concept, with mediterranean flavours that are healthy and fresh, dining here is as delicious as you would imagine. Try the melt-in-your-mouth homemade Iberian ham and cheese croquettes to start, suckling pig or for the veggies the beetroot & avocado burger is too good not to try and finish with the praline sponge. Boom.

Atzaro Hotel & Spa

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, La Veranda restaurant

Don’t Miss

The newly launched ‘Vegetable Garden’ coming in the Summer, entirely organic, using water from the estates well and electricity from the on-site solar panels, this is a special place. Walk through colourful vegetable rows and fig laden trees to find water features, a tree shaded bar and the most dreamy spot lined with palm trees to enjoy picnics plus used as a open air cinema in the evenings. We are sold.

Pop to a beach club, Atzaro Beach to be precise. Situated in the picturesque bay of Cala Nova in the North East of the island, its a unpretentious place to relax and unwind while the sun shines. Think rattan and wicker 1970s boho vibes, with palms a plenty and the turquoise sea twinkling in the distance. If you like a beach club with a chill atmosphere, that the crowds don’t know about yet this is the one for you.

When it comes to eating out you must try Aubergine, a restaurant spread across two buildings owned by the Atzaro group. Its a short cab ride away and like stepping into a little piece of authentic Ibizian heaven. With its super pretty gardens with twinkling lights, a small shop filled with local craft and pottery buys that will catch your eye and a rustic healthy menu full of vegan and veggie options, you wont want to leave. Everything on the menu is seasonal and local, either grown in the gardens or from the Atzaro estate and you can taste it.  You will also wonder what exactly is that paint colour that is over all the upcycled furniture, is it sage green or mint and how can you start renovating your house back home in it? FYI you cant, its bespoke to Aubergine, damn.

Aubergine Ibiza, the garden

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza

Aubergine Ibiza, the delicious buddha bowl


The Need To Know:

Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840, Ibiza

Rooms: 24

Price: From €199/night

Check-in: 14:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Pool: Yes

Gym: Yes

Spa: Yes


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Beauty travels kits: the holiday essential that will save you at airport security

Beauty travels kits: the holiday essential that will save you at airport security

Under 100ml need only apply

Why is it that despite it being the rule since 2006, some people always get caught out at airport security and have their super spenny fragrance, most trusted sun cream or favourite shampoo binned right in front of their eyes. Why is it that the 100ml rule still flummoxes so many? Luckily, brands are more clued up and have rather handily created travel kits that have everything we could possibly want or need when we’re away in teeny tiny little bottles.

Maybe the issue is that more and more of us are booking with budget airlines that charge for checking a bag in, so we’re all trying to fit entire bathroom cabinets into our hand luggage. Whatever the reason, those airport security workers aren’t budging on the rules so we have to stick to under 100ml. Cult Beauty recently launched a whole new ‘minis’ category onto their site, with pocked-sized skincare, haircare, and makeup products from favourite brands such as Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley and Hourglass.

travel kits

You might actually be one of those super organised packers who decants their products into tiny plastic bottle in advance (FYI Muji have an incredible selection – from spray bottles and tubes, to tiny pots and cases). If you not an accomplished traveller, do look at our holiday packing tips as we might just save you some space and money (those excess baggage charges are a bitch) and our long haul flight advice.

So what are you waiting for? With news such as this big British Airways sale, this airline now serves Nandos aboard and Cult Beauty launching a mini shop there’s never been a better time to book a holiday.

Here’s our roundup of the best beauty travel kits around, so that you can smugly place your bag on the conveyor belt without fear of losing any beauty bits.

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Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech: A luxurious and secluded retreat.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech: A luxurious and secluded retreat.

We’re already planning our next vacation.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech
For a moment of sheer bliss, head to the pool.

Everything about the Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech is luxurious. From the moment you drive though the gates or walk through the emerald green tiled entrance hallway where notes of heady orange blossom greet you, it is clear that decadence awaits and is a welcome retreat after the hustle and bustle of the medina. I can tell I’m going to like it here.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech

Image: Delphine Warin

Why Go?

Just a short drive, of around fifteen minutes from the Medina, you will find yourself at this luxurious retreat. The 5-star luxury boutique hotel was originally conceived as a guesthouse to the palace, which is just minutes away and sits in two hectares of tropical grounds.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech

Image: Delphine Warin

The modern approach to design and architecture all tempered with traditional Moroccan techniques runs through everything here. The tiles on the floor have been painstakingly hand-finished to get that done but ever so slightly undone feel while swathes of Tadelakt (a plastering technique traditionally used in Hammams) adorns the walls – this is understated decadence at its’ finest.

The best thing about the hotel is that even at full occupancy, it doesn’t feel busy and feels like your very own retreat – especially if you’re in one of the palatial suites located outside of the main building.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech: The Rooms

There are 28 rooms in the hotel all in various forms. The villas of which there are four are either one or two bedroom. There are also six pavilions in the grounds, each named after a Moroccan city, which are decorated accordingly; the Marrakech room, for example boasts green tiles and red stripes; the Casablanca room with a strikingly white palette is an oasis of calm while the blue and green stucco work in the Fez villa is vibrant. There are further perfectly appointed rooms in the main building that can be booked as co-joining rooms and are great for families.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech

Image: Delphine Warin

If you’re after that wow moment, you simply have to book a villa. Just try and hide the look of sheer delight written across your face as the doors to your very own villa are opened. You could fit three London flats in here, seriously. It’s big, but doesn’t feel over the top because big furniture has been used offset the space. From the flagstone floors, the huge rugs and the exquisite tiling in the walls to the draped lining curtains, every single design element has been considered and feels succinctly Moroccan. You also have your very own outdoor space and Jacuzzi, should you want a little me-time.

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech

Image: Delphine Warin

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech: The Food

There are two options for food, the poolside menu that features classics like the BLT, club and the chicken Shwarma and the main restaurant where breakfast and dinner are served. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine; think chicken and olive tagine and lamb with the fluffiest and delicate couscous, as well as Italian fusion dishes like crab tagliatelle and truffle risotto, for those suffering from tagine fatigue.

Breakfast is casual with a buffet style offering a mix of savoury and sweet pastries – both Moroccan and French, and the usual staples of fruit, granola and cheese. Eggs are ordered just as you wish and are some of the best I’ve ever tasted – the scrambled in particular was amazing

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech: The Spa

When the word Spa features in the title of your hotel, you’ve got to make sure that it is up to scratch and like everything else with Palais Aziza, there is no disappointment here. The massages here are second to none. Prepare for complete relaxation or a deep-tissue massage to ease out any tension. You can also opt to have one of the many treatments in your room too, should you never whish to leave. You’ve got to try the traditional Hammam for super soft skin all over. Your body will be scrubbed down and slathered in precious Argan oil. This is the ultimate Moroccan treat.

There are 3, 5 and 7-day Detox & Yoga experience packages on offer too, which can be tailored to your every need. All designed to re-energise, revitalize and cleanse both body and soul.

Don’t Miss

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech

Image: Delphine Warin

Sipping on Moroccan Rosé at the side of the 15 metre pool is a must. Surrounded by palm trees, this is the perfect situation for sundowners.

Art is another residing theme of the Palais Aziza and runs throughout. As part of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, there is an on-site exhibition that changes twice a year. The current artist in residence in Bill West. His artwork can be found adorning walls of the entertainment area, where the dining room and relaxing lounge can be found.

And, if that wasn’t enough there are ties here with the Yves Saint Laurent foundation. That means that you have free entry, and queue jump no less, to the Jardin Majorelle and YSL museum. And, at a 15 minute drive away you’ll probably go more than once.

On your way back, make sure you head to 33 Rue Majorelle, a concept store. This is a treasure trove and your go-to for the who’s who on the fashion and design scene in Marrakech.

If a destination wedding is you bag, then look no further. The hotel offers a luxury all-inclusive package, exclusively accommodating up to 60 guests as well as providing the dream location.

The need to know:

Palais Aziza and Spa, Marrakech. La Palmeraie, BP 717, Sidi Abbab, 40 000 Marrakech, Morocco.

Rooms: 28

Price: From £xx

Check-in: 14:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

Pool: Yes

Gym: No

Spa: Yes

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British Airways launch MASSIVE sale on flights to over 120 destinations

British Airways launch MASSIVE sale on flights to over 120 destinations


Words by Maisie Bovingdon 

British Airways has launched a huge sale on holidays to over 120 destinations, from Europe, USA and other destinations further afield, such as Barbados, Dubai and the Seychelles.

But the offer is only available for a limited time only, as the cut off date to nab your affordable getaway is 21 May.

Flights to Verona and two nights at the four star resort Montemezzi can be snatched up for a whopping £119 per person, when travelling in June, although it has to be booked this month.

What’s more is the offer includes return flights from Heathrow, as well as breakfast.

If you’re looking for more of a beach break Tenerife is calling your name.  A seven night stay at the RF Astoria for one week, including return flights from Gatwick, is up for grabs for just £299 per person.

Holidaygoers can also venture to Malta for £349 per person for one week at the Topaz Hotel, or to Mallorca for the same duration from £499, and accommodation is arranged for all stays.

For those looking for a European city break, a trip to Berlin has your name on it. For two nights at Berlin Mark Hotel, return flights to Heathrow, each traveller will only have to spend £199.

However, jetsetters who want to get their long haul fix will go head over heels for the unmissable deals to three hotspots in America.

A seven night stay to Orlando, a three night trip to the Big Apple, or a five night stay in Los Angeles, all with accommodation and return flights ranges from £449 to £699 per person – and it’s giving us all the feels.

However, some may wish to explore the globe a little more, and British Airways’ discount to Antigua, Barbados and St. Lucia, as well as other long haul flights, are just the ticket.

A seven night stay at the prestigious Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort, including return flights to Gatwick airport, fetch up to £629, which is slightly cheaper than a visit to LA, but a holiday to Barbados has peaked our attention for just £569 for one week stay.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are having a moment, as they’ve become one of the most popular destinations for winter sun, and a relaxing break. For a three night break at the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates, you will only have to splash out £389, while the same duration at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi is up for grabs for £369.

For those looking for white sand beaches and crystal clear seas, will jump at the chance to go to the Seychelles for seven nights in June for £1049, or to Mauritius for £899.

Although some may prefer to sample Hong Kong or Singapore’s bustling lifestyle for just over £500 for four nights.

While some holidaygoers like to bask in the sun, others like to explore, and will often hire a car on their travels. If that is you British Airways is also offering customers flights, as well as an economy car to hire for week-long trips to Marseille and Fort Lauderdale for £189 or £399 per person respectively.

British Airways has stipulated the holidays must be booked this month to get the deal, although travel dates may vary from May to June depending on the destination.

The company has taken the stress out of holiday planning, and to book a getaway simply visit ba.com or call 0344 493 0125.

If that wasn’t enough members of the Executive Club, are in for an extra special treat as additional savings can be had when payment is made with Avios.

Avios members can slash car hire fees and hotel costs by 20 per cent, as well as double points.

You know what they say – catch flights not feelings!

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This UK airport has introduced therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

This UK airport has introduced therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

Beats slugging down a mini of Jack Daniels on the plane, anyway

Words by Niamh McCollum

Travelling can be a stressful time for everyone, but for those of us with an actual phobia of flying, finding the ability to calm down can be lot easier said than done.

From sleeping pills, to meditation apps or a wee touch of scotch (Kirsten Wiig we’re looking at you), everyone has their own way of dealing with their fear of being up in the big blue unknown.

If you’ve grown tired of these methods, however, or found they were never that effective in the first place, we have some seriously good news for you: airport therapy dogs are coming to the UK!

That’s right, a Scottish airport has just announced that it is getting the UK’s very first therapy dog team to help nervous fliers by cuddling them into a state of calm.

From this weekend, a group of cute canines will be on hand to help soothe anyone who feels anxious before catching a flight at Aberdeen International Airport.

The dogs will be easily identified in high-vis jackets and matching bandanas (we know!), and will be free to roam around passengers and staff throughout the airport terminal.

Although it’s already a well-established practice for therapy dogs to visit schools, prisons, universities and nursing homes, this will be the first time that a group of this scale are being introduced into an airport environment.

In other words, we are witnessing a pretty monumental event in history.

According to Aberdeen airport, there will be 14 different dogs in total including golden retrievers, collies, red labradors, Scottish deerhounds and German shepherds.

Aberdeen airport duty manager Fraser Bain spoke of the exciting new announcement, saying: ‘We’re excited to be the first airport in the UK to offer this service to passengers.’

‘As well as benefiting our visitors, we also recognise the benefit to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff.’

He added: ‘The Canine Crew is made up of a variety of dogs, with a mixture of brilliant traits and personalities and we cannot wait to see the reaction of our passengers.’

Anyone need a lift up to Aberdeen this weekend?

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Life on the road: photographer Gale Straub captures seven women’s unique travel experiences

Life on the road: photographer Gale Straub captures seven women’s unique travel experiences

Connecting with nature, either close to home or in a far-flung destination, is an increasingly important part of how many women are living their lives. Gale Straub documents eight inspiring journeys

Gale Straub
‘This photo was taken by Karen Wang in Washington State – it’s Vesper Peak. 
She took it with a self-timer and stood there for a good 30 seconds getting ready! It was one of Karen’s first nights out solo camping as part of a training hike for the Pacific Crest Trail.’

‘To be honest, I’m not sure travelling was always in my blood,’ admits Gale Straub, whose new book is a celebration of female travellers. It’s a surprising admission when you consider that Straub’s life – a website, two podcasts and now a book – focuses almost exclusively on the subject of uniting women who love to travel. In 2014, the former accountant from New Hampshire, US, decided to take some time out of her career with her partner Jon. Together, the pair set off on a year-long road trip, living in a van. ‘This was the trip that changed everything,’ she says. ‘We didn’t own a house or have kids. The timing felt right for us and we saved for more than 15 months to make it happen.’

Their travels led Straub to set up She-explores.com, a community for women who love the outdoors as much as she does. Since then, the site has featured hundreds of travel stories from women around the world, and formed the inspiration for her podcast and book, which shares 40 women’s experiences of travel, alongside the lessons Straub has learned while exploring. ‘Writing the book was important to me, because I see a lot of women who have a curiosity about going out into the wild, but don’t necessarily have anyone in their circle of friends they can ask questions, or see as role models,’ she explains. ‘I love inspiring people to spend time in nature – studies reveal how beneficial time outside is, and I wanted to make that more accessible for everyone. I also felt it was important to show others that you can travel locally, too, since books often just share far-flung locations, which can seem unattainable for the majority. Sure, be inspired, but know that it’s possible to have some of that for yourself, closer to home.’

Straub’s travel tips? ‘Plan your route thoroughly and if you’re travelling alone, wear colourful clothing [so you’re easily identified if you go missing],’ she says. ‘You should also always know when you’re coming home – and stick to it.’

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The stylish insider’s guide to LA

The stylish insider’s guide to LA

Heading to Los Angeles for a few days and want to hit the usual landmarks as well as the stylish restaurants and shops off the beaten track? Here’s your ultimate LA City guide…

Where to stay in LA

Where? The Dream Hollywood

Best for: Affordable luxury in a trendy setting. A new addition to the Dreams Hotels family, The Dream Hollywood has subtle nods to the mid-century modern aesthetic that is so iconic to Los Angeles (we’re really into the hanging plants and white marble of the bar). Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer gorgeous views of the city, as well as sleek bathrooms and uber-comfy beds. In the morning, grab a (delicious) complimentary pastry and coffee on the go, or take your time and head up to the rooftop grill for a healthy breakfast overlooking the pool and the city.

For dinner, there are plenty of options, from TAO for opulent Asian food, Beauty & Essex, or The Highlight Room. Booking rates start at around $260 per night (around £200). Book here.

Where? The Montage Beverly Hills

Best for: Living your best life. The Montage Beverly Hills couldn’t be better located, just 5 minutes away from Rodeo Drive (baby). It also nails that vintage Hollywood vibe, but still feels modern, which you notice straight away when you enter the lavish marble lobby. Every room here is lavish, though the suites are on another level. Think mosaic-tiled bathrooms, king-sized beds and a separate living area with L-shaped sofa and massive TV, all leading onto a balcony with a pretty view. You know, in case you run out of space.

Once you’ve finished your tasty breakfast on the rooftop grill (try the buttermilk pancakes if you want to indulge, or the Italian frittata for something a tad healthier), head to the spa for some much-needed R&R. At the heart of the Spa Montage Beverly Hills, you’ll find the mineral wellness pool, located in a lavish atrium. Its unique properties are especially great if you want to fight jet lag.

Speaking of jet lag, there’s nothing like a long haul flight to play havoc with your skin, which is why you’ll need to book yourself the L.RAPHAEL 60 Minute Proactive Radiance Facial With Pure Vitamin C. It includes a refinishing peel and correcting mask to even skin tone, fade sun and age spots and restore skin’s natural radiance, and thanks to its antioxidant properties, leaves your skin looking much nicer than when you arrived.

Rooms from $695 per night (around £530), book here.

Where to eat in LA

Where? The Butcher’s Daughter

Best for: The best plant-based brunch you’ll ever have, in the most Cali-perfect setting. Everything is sourced locally and organically, and they even make their own coconut yogurt. The machas (they do a lavender one) are a must, as are the fresh juices. Try their signature shakshuka, the classic avocado on toast, or for something sweeter, the aforementioned yogurt with homemade granola and berries, or the acai bowl.

Where? Gjelina

Best for: Tasty thin-crust pizza, imaginative vegetable small plates and fresh fish dishes. Try the grilled broccolini, charred cauliflower with chili, the baby artichoke pizza with garlic and the braised pork belly.

Where? Gracias Madre

Best for: Plant-based Mexican food that’s out of this world. The tasting menu is a must, as it’ll let you sample the best dishes on the menu, from the quesadillas de Calabasas (butternut squash, caramelized onion, cashew nacho cheese, pumpkin seed salsa) to the Coliflor Frito (cauliflower, cashew nacho cheese, lemon) and the mind-blowing Mexican Wedding Cookies (chocolate sauce, pecans, chocolate coconut ice cream). We love the stunning outdoor setting too.

Where? The restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills

Best for: Fine dining at its best. Chef Monica Olaes puts her own modern spin on American cuisine and it works. Try the spicy lobster on crispy rice, the smoked cheese & potato croquette, the spaghetti arrabbiata, ribeye steak, three cheese mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted heirloom carrots. If you have room for desert, you won’t regret ordering the chocolate soufflé.

Where? The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Best for: First off, there is the iconic pink and green setting, which makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to Tinsel Town’s most iconic era. Secondly, the menu, featuring American classics as well as dishes from around the world, is pretty damn good. We’re fans of the fish tacos, bluefin tuna crudo and the lobster nicoise.

What to do in LA

LA is a big city, and thanks to its proximity to the sea and nature, there really is something for everyone to do there, whether you’re into shopping, outdoor activities or entertainment (you are in the movie capital of the world after all). First off, be prepared to drive or get an Uber everywhere. The city is very spread out, so getting from one part of it to the other will take you a while, especially with the infamous LA traffic. So do factor some times in for this when planning your itinerary.

Best beaches in LA: There are loads of beaches in and around LA. If you’re staying in Hollywood or somewhere central and don’t want to travel too far, then Venice Beach is a great place to start. Skate or walk down the winding boardwalk, check out the sports-fanatics at Muscle Beach or watch the surfers to their thing. A short stroll away, you’ll find the Venice Canals, which are worth it for the gorgeous houses and cute little bridges.

Further up from Venice Beach, you’ll find Santa Monica. Although it has a pretty sandy beach too, the main attraction is the Pier, which not only features the end of Route 66, but also offers funfair rides, food stalls and more.

If you’re in LA for a few more days, then it’s worth driving further up and down the coast so see other gorgeous beaches such as Malibu and Manhattan Beach.

Outdoor activities in LA: If you’re an outdoorsy person, you’re in luck. LA is the place to be when it comes to hikes. Walk up to the Hollywood sign or the Griffiths Observatory for some stunning views of the city. You can also head to the Will Rogers State Historic Park north of the city for more hikes, and visit the stunning Getty Villa while you’re in the area.

Where to shop in LA: You can’t beat an American Mall for shopping, especially if it’s outdoors like The Grove. For the wow factor, you’ve got the iconic Rodeo Drive too. However, if you’re more interested in independent stores and cool boutiques, then you have to walk up and down Abbott Kinney boulevard (a short stroll from Venice Beach), but be warned: you’ll want to buy everything. Also head to Melrose Avenue for the best vintage stores.

Indoor activities in LA: There are tonnes of museums in LA (including a soon to be opening Oscars museum) if you’re not so lucky with the weather. And it would be rude not to learn more about the magic that goes into making movies when you’re in La La Land. We loved the WB Studio Tours, which is a walking your where you get to visit films sets like the Big Bang Theory and Gilmore Girls, as well as see props from films like the Batmobile.

Best spa treatments in LA: All this sightseeing calls for some relaxing downtime. For radiant looking skin, try the L.RAPHAEL 60 Minute Proactive Radiance Facial With Pure Vitamin C at the Spa at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Make sure you also check out the spa at the Hotel Bel Air, best described as an oasis within an oasis, as you have to walk through the hotel’s gorgeous gardens and waterfalls to get there. The Bel-Air signature massage is where it’s at, an hour of pure bliss. You can choose between Swedish, deep tissue or a mix of techniques, but either way it will be totally unique to your needs, which is why it’s so good. Bye bye sore muscles.

How to get to LA

Norwegian operates a daily year-round service non-stop from London Gatwick to LAX (they use the brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which is faster, greener and helps reduce the effects of jet lag). All flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins: Premium and economy. In economy passengers will be able to enjoy comfy seats with a 31 – 32inch seat pitch, in-flight entertainment system and touch screen technology to order food and drinks straight to their seat.

Passengers travelling in the Premium cabin can enjoy spacious seating with extra legroom – over a metre, Premium meal service, two pieces of 20kg luggage, fast track security and access to select airport lounges. At London Gatwick this is No1 Lounge which provides complimentary food and drink, along with spectacular views of the runway. Fares start from £170 one-way in LowFare economy and £599 one-way in Premium including all taxes and charges and subject to availability. To book visit www.norwegian.com/uk or call 0330 828 0854

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How to live your best bouji life (without the commitment)

How to live your best bouji life (without the commitment)

Get yourself down to 11 Cadogen Gardens stat…

Why go?

We all know that Instagram life isn’t actual real life. Settings are faked, filters are used, those new designer bags are probably just ‘loans’ about to be returned to store, but, if you want to live that bouji lifestyle IRL, may we suggest checking in to opulent surrounds of 11 Cadogen Gardens where you can live out your ultimate baller lifestyle in the heart of Chelsea.

The room

If you want to feel like you’ve walked onto the set of a period drama, check in to the Sloane Suite – it’s 120sq metres of pure Downton Abbey opulence; think tall ceilings, white and gold panelled walls, a separate drawing room and bay windows overlooking the leafy streets of Chelsea.

If you’re staying with a group and don’t want the faff of having to pace the halls to find your friends, there’s the option to be connected to two suites on the ground floor – with a private entrance – so that you can pretend that it’s your very own pad. See? Fancy.

Pop open the bottle of complimentary Taittinger and nestle into the huge sitting room, furnished with sofa seating for seven and dotted with antiques, books and some rather unique mirrors.

Then saunter down your own hallway (yes, there’s an actual hallway) to the double bedroom filled with ornate furniture in a gold and black palette. Chandeliers, a canopied four poster bed and more room than a one-bed flat in London, it’s luxurious to say the least.

It boasts the usual mod cons (a Nespresso machine, bathrobes and slippers, complimentary WiFi and 24 hour room service), but, most importantly, it’s the perfect backdrop for an impromptu Instagram shoot. Settle in and get ready to capture a LOT of content for your feed.

The bathroom

Yep, the bathroom’s that good that it deserves its own section. It is contrastingly modern, complete with a double sink, free-standing bath and rainfall shower. You know you’re in luxury when you’re surrounded by this much marble. Swathes of black and white marble cover the entire room save for the huge mirrors which, not that it’s needed, give the illusion of much more space. If that wasn’t enough, the highlight would be the rather fabulous toiletries by way of British luxury fragrance house Ormonde Jayne, the scent of which “Isfarkand” a heady blend of pink pepper, moss and vetiver, just so happens to be our Associate editor’s favourite fragrance ever. We implore you to visit the boutique in Mayfair’s Royal Arcade.

The food

Let’s be real here, when you’re in a room that’s that amazing (and has fluffly robes), you’re really not going to want to leave. The only solution: room service. It might come as a shocker to you that the food is also excellent. Whether you’re in the mood for healthy food or something a little naughty, there is something to suit everyone. We tried the hot salmon with goat’s cheese emulsion, burrata, the burger with chips and the cheese platter and can confirm it was all excellent. If you have space for desert (there’s always space), then the chocolate tart or the churros get our vote.

You can also sample the lovely food in the restaurant and sip a cocktail at the bar, should you wish.

How to book

Rooms from £250 per night (includes complimentary WiFi, nespresso machine, still & sparkling water). Book online or by calling 020 7730 7000. Address: 11 Cadogan Gardens, Sloane Square, Chelsea SW3 2RJ

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This airline is offering huge discount on flights

This airline is offering huge discount on flights

From New York to Croatia, we’ve got your summer plans sorted…


Words by Maisie Bovingdon

The heatwave over Easter has got us all dreaming of warmer climates, the sun on our backs and sand between our toes. 

But jet setters will have to dream no longer and can get hunting for their next getaway as Norwegian airlines has launched a HUGE sale on flights to Europe, America and even further afield.

The airline have launched their five-day sale extravaganza, which has seen prices slashed on single flights to hot spots, including New York, Madrid, and Rio.

Flights to Spanish destinations, including Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Palma Majorca and Malaga, as well as Dubrovnik in Croatia, will set you back only £29.90 for a single fare.

But for those who want to venture even further abroad can £149.90 for a one-way ticket to New York, just £10 more to go to a choice of three destinations in Florida, Orlando, Miami or Tampa for £159.90, which is the same it would cost to visit Rio de Janeiro.

If you really want to push the boat out and channel your inner Meg Ryan by recreating scenes in Sleepless in Seattle  a trip to the Washington city is just the ticket for £169.90.

If you decide the home of Central Park is your calling you are open to travel between May 1 and 31st October – plenty of time, right.

For those venturing to Croatia or Spain for a long-overdue getaway are also taking bookings from May 6 to October 31, while a trip to Rio can be booked from the beginning of May until December 15.

But, there’s a catch. All flights are flying out from Gatwick airport.

If this has made your ears prick up you’ve only got until 29 April at 22.59pm to book your vacation. 

All we need to do now is pack.

That’s our weekend sorted.

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Want the full package? Access all areas in Corfu

Want the full package? Access all areas in Corfu

After a major rebrand, the all-inclusive holiday has made a quiet, luxurious comeback. Trish Halpin enjoys the full package in sun-drenched Corfu

Since a very disappointing package holiday I’d saved like mad to go on in my twenties (shabby hotel, revolting buffet), all-inclusive resorts have been completely off my radar. After hearing some great things from friends over the past few years, however, it seems that now is the perfect the time to give it another go. There are a number of compelling reasons: firstly, with the value of the pound being all over the show (thank you, Brexit), fixing the entire cost of a holiday up front means there’ll be no nasty surprises at check-out time (especially if, like me, you have teenagers with voracious appetites in tow). Secondly, resorts are now catering to a much more discerning clientele of
well-travelled guests, who expect variety (a choice of restaurants, menus and drinks lists), space (no fighting over sun loungers, thank you very much) and an all-round luxury experience (stylish rooms, beautiful grounds and a heavenly spa).

After some research, I discover Ikos Resorts, a collection of properties across Greece and Spain, that appear to tick all of the boxes – and was voted the World’s Best Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards this year. Some friends had recommended its two properties on the Greek mainland, but when I hear Ikos has just opened a new resort on Corfu, which I’ve been desperate to visit since episode one of The Durrells, I’m sold.

Just a 20-minute drive north of Corfu airport, Ikos Dassia is set in 25 acres on a beautiful beachfront. There are two large main buildings, ‘Sea’ and ‘Sky’, with 411 rooms, as well as six restaurants between them, plus shops and a spa each. When we arrive, we’re taken through the cool and spacious marble ‘Sea’ property out on to a terrace, with views across the pristinely landscaped grounds, swimming pools that circle ancient olive trees and a perfect white-sand beach.

Once we have a fresh fruit cocktail in hand, we’re given an orientation and explanation about Ikos’s Infinite Lifestyle concept. Over the next week, we can eat at all the resort’s restaurants, which have been curated by Michelin-starred chefs; choose any of the 300 international and local wines on the wine list; order room service 24 hours a day; drink limitless cocktails; order as many drinks and snacks by the pool or on the beach as we like. There are also water sports, exercise classes, a gym, a steam room, a sauna and spa pools. We can choose a local restaurant on the island to eat in one evening, and also have the opportunity to drive a Mini for a day to buzz about. So far, so impressive, and when we arrive in our room, my husband Neil is shown the generous minibar and asked which brand of beer he’d like as it’s refilled every day. That’s his holiday sorted then…

Our interconnecting family rooms are elegant and comfortable, but if you want to push the luxe boat out even more, there are bungalow suites and villas, which come with extras, like a concierge service, Taittinger champagne, a private pool and a spa treatment.

‘Forget visions of overcrowded buffets, you’ll never see a queue in this resort’

It doesn’t take long for us to settle into the pace of resort life – eat, swim, relax, repeat. Throw in some early morning Pilates, pre-lunch paddleboarding, plus a good book, and it’s amazing how fast the days drift by. Having decided the teenager activities are a bit ‘cringe’, our 14-year-old twins, Esme and Kit, sign up for a PADI diving course (run by an on-site diver who you pay separately). For lunch, they prefer to order burgers and fries on the beach and hit one of the two ice-cream parlours, so Neil and I escape for a relaxed meal for two at the stylish beachfront restaurant Kerkyra (the Greek name for Corfu), serving delicious Corfiot dishes, such as seabass carpaccio with orange and fennel. On another day, we choose Ouzo, where we sip cold tomato soup and tuck into seafood salad with an ice-cold beer.

We soon develop an evening ritual, too: a sundowner at the pool bar before heading to the room to shower using the gorgeous Anne Semonin products, followed by a pre-dinner cocktail (rose gimlet for me, please) on one of the terraces. Dining always feels like anelegant experience here. Restaurants require reservations, so forget visions of overcrowded buffets – you’ll never see a queue in this resort. Beautiful glassware and linens adorn the tables, and waiters and sommeliers are friendly and attentive. Greek wine is a revelation – although the menu has wines from all over the world, we choose a different local one each night and are never disappointed. Plonk it is not.

On our fourth day, we manage to drag ourselves away from our sun loungers to explore the island. Our Mini Cooper is ready and waiting, and we blast along the coast road and then into the hilly interior of the island. We stop for ice lollies in a tiny village, then pile back into the car to head south to Mon Repos Palace, the birthplace of our very own Prince Philip. Its faded grandeur harks back to the days when the British governed Corfu, and there’s a pleasantly shady walk around the grounds where we discover Ionian archaeological treasures. Unfortunately, we also discover bins overflowing with rubbish, a result of some government wrangling over landfill sites, which is the one blot on this picturesque island.

Another night, we decide to take the resort’s shuttle bus into Corfu Town and amble along the Old Town Esplanade, around the Venetian Quarter and across to the Old Fortress. It’s the height of summer and the cobbled streets are buzzing with tourists shopping for cotton kaftans, handcrafted sandals and gold jewellery. There is so much more to explore, but we decide to leave it all for another visit and head to the taverna pre-organised by the resort team before catching the bus back.

The next evening is our last night in the resort, and after yet another amazing dinner, we stroll barefoot along the beach as the moon shimmers on the Ionian Sea and a gentle breeze blows inland across the water. We’re stopped in our tracks when an electric storm lights up the night sky in the distance. For five minutes we watch as it flashes, cracks and dances along the hills on the Greek mainland across the water, while music from the resort’s weekly beach party plays nearby. This unexpected son et lumière show is the perfect end to our holiday. And there’s just enough time for one more rose gimlet before we head to our room to pack.

Destinology offers a seven-night stay at Ikos Dassia from £849pp, based on two sharing on an all-inclusive basis, including return easyJet flights from London Gatwick. To book, call 01204 474801 or visit destinology.co.uk.

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