Back in July, Michael and I took a trip to Gran Canaria with GC Wellness, who looks after luxury spas in the most beautiful hotels across Gran Canaria island. We had an itinerary which was actually quite nice, it meant we didn’t have to plan what we wanted to do with our days and although we didn’t get a chance to see too much of the island we did have the chance to relax- and that was pretty amazing!

I’m a huge fan of Spain, culture wise it’s quite similar to Portugal (where my parents are originally from) so it feels like home but Gran Canaria is actually a Canary Island just off the coast of Africa and since I’d never been to any of the Spanish Islands I was super excited! The flight was four hours, which is a little longer than to south of Spain and on the drive to the hotel from the airport we realised it was pretty different to what we expected. It’s a very dry island, it’s more what I would imagine the Texan Desert to be like and on the week we visited there was a lot of sand in the air from the Sahara Desert. I’m going to be honest- we weren’t sure it was going to be for us at first but we luckily we were wrong and had the most amazing time!


We visited a few different hotels but were very lucky to be staying in the Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort, it was far more modern than the others we visited and as it’s on a golf course it was also surrounded by lots of greenery. Our room was pretty standard and modern, plus we had a nice balcony with a beautiful view. The layout of the hotel is also amazing, they have lots of smaller pools everywhere so the hotel never feels too full, there’s a great adult-only infinity pool but we also used some of the other ones and none of them were too busy or noisy.

However, the highlight for me was probably the food (because I LOVE food!), we had breakfast and dinner at the hotel every day and although it isn’t fine dining, it was absolutely delicious! Breakfast was potentially not quite as good as dinner and I think, had we been there 2 weeks we’d probably start to get a little bored but there was pancakes, omelets, cereals, cakes and all the standard breakfast foods. Dinner however was amazing and the buffet style really suits my love for food as I had the opportunity to try a little bit of everything. We also made use of the Sheraton Salobre pool and it had everything you’d want from a spa; saunas, steam rooms, all the usual treatments and some great water treatments in the outside pool.

As we were there with GC Wellness we had the chance to try a few treatments at different hotels and also tour some of the hotels.

If you’re into plants you will absolutely love Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa! They have the most incredible and unusual flowers and plants. It’s incredible to see all this greenery in the middle of such a dry island and it really is a beautiful haven. We also had a really delicious Spanish lunch and spent the rest of the day relaxing in the spa area. We had a couple’s massage, which was the highlight of the day, it’s actually not something we’ve ever done but both really enjoyed it-I mean who doesn’t love being pampered?!

We were also lucky enough to have a tour of Gloria Palace Thalasso Hotel and Spa, which is another beautiful hotel with even more beautiful sea views. We had a Thalassotherapy treatment which we initially thought was a very strange treatment, you essentially use mineral charged saltwater to detox the body in a pool. You sit under running water or lie on beds which bump bubbles around you and after a while of being in the pool we totally understood what all the hype was about- it was another great treatment! It was followed by a couples body scrub and massage, which again we both really enjoyed!

Although it probably wasn’t essential, we did rent a car as we love the opportunity to explore and potentially get lost, I think it’s always the best way to see somewhere (other than a city). We visited Las Palmas City, which was beautiful but we chose the wrong day, it was a bank holiday and pretty much everything was closed. However, on the final day we drove to Maspalomas, which are the sand dunes on the island and we both loved it! It was unlike anywhere I had been before and had we been on the island a few more days I would have loved to spend some more time there. We went just before sunset to get a few photos, which just wasn’t enough time to explore.

The other thing I would highly recommend is a boat trip, we done the Canary Boat Trip, which lasted 5 hours and included food. It was the perfect way to see a little of the island whilst relaxing and catching some sunshine. Michael even managed to convince me to get off the boat for a swim which I wouldn’t usually do as I’m just so scared of how deep the water is. Plus, the food was delicious and cooked on the boat.

Huge thanks to GC Wellness for having us and if you’re looking to book a holiday I can’t recommend Gran Canaria and the hotels I visited enough. It was one of the best holiday’s I’ve had and as it’s off the coast of Africa the island is warm (25C) all year round so I’m actually already considering going back, it’s perfect if you’re looking to catch a little sun in autumn or winter- and of course spring and summer.





Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.

Last month ASK Italian took Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I to Venice, Italy- to eat like an Italian (which is the dream!). If you follow me on Instagram (or YouTube, I uploaded a daily vlog here) you may have seen a few photos/videos already but if you haven’t I thought I would update you.

 We had a super early flight out of Gatwick and once we landed in Venice we jumped in a Taxi Boat to the city and I must admit it was quite the experience- I wouldn’t mind getting a taxi boat everywhere! Once we checked into our hotel the eating started and we went on a food & drink walking tour. We made our way around the Bacari’s, drank Aperol Spritz and ate all the cicchetti we could.
With a tummy lined with delicious food, we did a little bit of exploring, we wondered around the tiny streets, followed the signs to Basilica de San Marco and picked up some gelato for a touristy photo over the canals. I hadn’t Googled Venice before the trip so didn’t know what to expect but it’s beautiful, we didn’t get to go inside the Basilica (saving that for next time) but even the outside was breathtaking. We ended the afternoon at Danieli Hotel for cocktails on the terrace before it started to rain and we had to take it inside.

But the best part of the trip was in the evening…

We jumped in a taxi boat back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, I didn’t have time for much, I just added a bit of dry shampoo and changed into a jumpsuit but I was so excited for dinner!
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat at a Venetian Family’s home, share their dinner table and food. The table was set up outdoors and absolutely stunning, we started the delicious food outside but were interrupted by lightning, thunder and rain. We managed to have our antipasti outside and the most delicious pesto pasta but ran inside, plate in hand for meatballs and tiramisu. I can’t do the evening much justice but I hope you can tell from the photos and my video just how magical it was, huge thanks to ASK Italian for organising it!

Day two in Venice started again quite early for me, I think I was just excited so couldn’t sleep, I went for a little wander before breakfast as there’s something very special about getting up before all the tourists are out. It was Burano-day and I had very much been looking forward to it since I had seen it on Instagram.

We took the water bus and arrived on the beautiful island, lined with beautifully multicoloured house and we were very lucky to have the sun shining. If you’re ever in Venice then make an effort to get to Burano, it’s well worth the trip! We wandered around, took photos, ate more ice cream and had a delicious lunch at Trattoria al Gatto Nero.
And to end the trip perfectly we finished with a Gondola ride. We got to wear the gondolier’s hat and see the city from the small narrow canals and we did ask the gondoliers to sing but he told us he only sings to his wife!

Overall, an amazing trip and huge thanks to ASK Italian for having me. Since I’ve been back I’ve been dreaming of the pasta and have been into ASK Italian for a cheeky bowl or two. Find your local ASK Italian here

I really didn’t think I’d fall for Venice like I did but I’m already desperate to go back!

PS. Post coming up soon about Spain!

I’ll admit I feel a little silly writing this post since the weather in London is dreadful.

May? More like November, it’s been raining non-stop for days and there’s no sign of it stopping.

But hopefully, some of you have a nice holiday planned somewhere hot and if not hopefully summer will arrive at some point over the next few months.

Either way, this dress is just too perfect not to share. I found it whilst building my Spain wardrobe for my trip last week (more on that soon) at New Look. I love New Look at the moment, it’s affordable and just generally killing it.

This dress covers almost ever trend, which sounds like overkill but it isn’t.

Gingham- tick, a pop of red- tick, embroidery-tick, Bardot neckline- tick. It’s got it all, for just £24,99

I particularly love that it’s a black and white gingham as the usual navy doesn’t suit me. The shape isn’t quite perfect for a curvy body like mine but it really isn’t too bad. It can be dressed down with some converse or dressed up with some wedges for dinner like I did here.

Also, I bloody love these Wedges, and once it finally stops raining I won’t be taking them off. They’re incredibly comfy, the colour is perfect and I love the lace up detail- from JustFab.

 Please excuse the photo quality, we were aiming for magic hour lighting but left it too late and it was starting to get a little too dark. And the tan lines. Please ignore those too. Rookie mistake.


I’ve been back from Madeira almost two weeks now and I’m already missing it.

It was my fifth time there, as Michael has family on the island but I think I was starting to take it for granted;  however this time round I explored it with new eyes and fell in love all over again. I’ll do an in-depth guide soon but for now, I want to share my lovely afternoon at the Reid’s Palace for afternoon tea.

Michael had been paragliding in the early afternoon and after getting a little sunburnt watching him, we headed across the island to Funchal. I’d spotted Reid’s Palace before as it’s a beautiful pink building and seeing as I love an afternoon tea, it was the perfect opportunity to visit.

Reid’s Palace is so unlike most of the other hotels on the island, it has quite a British feel so it, which I actually love, especially as it’s very much a luxury hotel. Back to the afternoon tea. Although I love afternoon tea, this was actually Michael’s first and it was a spectacular first. Afternoon tea is served on the most beautiful terrace, with an amazing sea view- unlike any other afternoon tea I have ever experienced. The tea list was extensive – which was convenient as Michael hates tea- I’ll admit he added a stupid amount of sugar but actually enjoyed the tea (or at least the sugar.)

The standard afternoon tea comes with (as you would expect) delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, all sourced locally. It was the perfect amount of luxury: a good classic afternoon tea, in a beautiful location but nothing too showy.

The waiters were all very friendly and we may have taken them up on their offer to refill a few of the sandwiches and scones – they were just that good!
Probably one of my favourite afternoon teas ever; the setting really made it a wonderful experience.
After an hour of enjoying the view and the delicious food, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the hotel. My favourite part was the hall which housed all the photos and history of the hotel – I didn’t photograph it but it you ever visit, I would highly recommend spending half-an-hour exploring. It was amazing to see all the iconic figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years and how the hotel has developed- the hotel is 125 years old and with the incredible history to prove it.

We explored the suites, inspired by both England and Portugal, the outdoor area, the spa and the sea area, where visitors use to dock when visiting the hotel when it first opened. If you’re ever in Madeira I can’t recommend Reid’s Palace enough; I haven’t stayed the night but I would imagine it’s a dream. If it’s a little out of your price range then I would recommend at least popping in for afternoon tea. It’s pretty affordable, especially compared to London prices.

I’ll be back soon for another serving of tea.

ps. If you are visiting in the summer months, remember men have to wear long trousers for the afternoon tea, Michael went wearing smart shorts and had to return to the car where he luckily had a pair of trousers or the hotel would have had to lend him a pair.