Tewkesbury Abbey
Peonies at Malvern Flower Show
Eiffel Tower

Paris 

I have recently returned from the dreamiest stay in Paris. My best friend, Grace, and I had secured tickets to see Dita Von Teese at the Crazy Horse and decided to make a long weekend of it over Easter.

We stayed at the oh-so-cute Hotel Paradis in the 10th Arrondissement.  It was a great location Рthe area appears a little rough around the edges but is filled with hidden gems.  It is a little like the Parisian version of Shoreditch. Continue reading

Beach Huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

A week in Norfolk

Rather than buy each other traditional Christmas presents, Gaz and I treat ourselves to a mini break each January.  It’s a great way to beat the winter blues.

We had been on a lot of city breaks so decided to head for somewhere a bit more relaxed this year.  I had heard great things about Norfolk Рbeautiful coastlines and a great food scene. Then I found Cartshed Cottages at Sharrington Hall at my mind was made up. Continue reading

Bali – Ubud (Part 2) Komaneka Tanggayuda

We decided to end our time in Ubud with a few nights in a boutique hotel. There are so many great hotels in Ubud to choose from, it was a tough decision.¬† Contenders included the Hanging Gardens (incredible pool but perhaps a bit remote), Uma by Como (definitely one for another time), the Royal Pita Maha and the Four Seasons. Eventually, after reading lots of reviews (and I mean a LOT), we decided on the Komaneka resorts.¬† There are four Komanekas in Ubud and we decided on Tanggayuda – mainly for its incredible infinity pool but also because of its location. ¬†The hotel is set in a peaceful valley, overlooking rice fields and lush rainforest, but¬†it was only a 10 minute drive to central Ubud should you wish to venture out (as it turns out, we didn’t!) Continue reading

Ubud (Part 1) – Villa Shamballa

After our time island hopping in Indonesia (more on that here and here), we headed to Ubud РBali’s spiritual home made famous by Eat Pray Love.

We arrived at our villa and OH. MY. GOD.  I am not often lost for words but Villa Shamballa had me speechless. I mean, look at the view from that pool: Continue reading