Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonMarch 16, 2018


Africa is sometimes misrepresented globally. It’s easy to simply believe every country in Africa is the same which sounds absurd when you think of the difference between countries in an Asian continent such as India and China.I have been to several countries in Africa but it was my first time in Ethiopia a country located in the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west and Kenya to the south. With over 102 million inhabitants,  Ethiopia is one of the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent. It occupies a total area of 1,100,000 square kilometres (420,000 sq mi), and its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa. As soon as I landed the airport you could feel the sense of personality, pride and humility all encompassed amongst the local. I was immediately baffled by my driver who was welcoming me to the year 2000. Now, after taking a sip of water to work out whether i had time travelled or not. He clarified his position, you see.The Ethiopian calendar is a solar calendar which in turn derives from the Egyptian Calendar, but like the Julian Calendar, it adds a leap day every four years without exception and begins the year on August 29 or August 30 in the Julian Calendar. A gap of 7–8 years between the Ethiopian and Gregorian Calendars results from an alternative calculation in determining the date of the Annunciation.

Some of the oldest skeletal evidence for anatomically modern humans has been found in Ethiopia. It is widely considered as the region from which modern humans first set out for the Middle East and places beyond. According to linguists, the first Afroasiatic-speaking populations settled in the Horn region during the ensuing Neolithic era.Tracing its roots to the 2nd millennium BC, Ethiopia’s governmental system was a monarchy for most of its history. In the first centuries AD, the Kingdom of Aksum maintained a unified civilization in the region, followed by the Ethiopian Empire circa 1137. During the late 19th-century Scramble for Africa, Ethiopia was one of the nations to retain its sovereignty from long-term colonialism by a European colonial power. Many newly-independent nations on the continent subsequently adopted its flag colours. Ethiopia was also the first independent member from Africa of the 20th-century League of Nations and the United Nations.In 1974, the Ethiopian monarchy under Haile Selassie was overthrown by the Derg, a communist military government backed by the Soviet Union. In 1987, the Derg established the People’s Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, but it was overthrown in 1991 by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has been the ruling political coalition since. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa combines excellent amenities with an ultra-modern design, the hotel is close to all Addis Ababa’s top attractions, including the  Ethiopian Ethnological Museum, the bustling local market ‘Merkato’ and the majestic Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Ethiopia and Eritrea use the ancient Ge’ez script, which is one of the oldest alphabets still in use in the world. Speaking to a few locals i realised that Ethiopia is a multilingual nation with around 80 ethnolinguistic groups, the four largest of which are the Oromo, Amhara, Somali and Tigrayans. Most people in the country speak Afroasiatic languages of the Cushitic or Semitic branches. Additionally, Omotic languages are spoken by ethnic minority groups inhabiting the southern regions. Nilo-Saharan languages are also spoken by the nation’s Nilotic ethnic minorities.

If you like your coffee to wake you up in the morning don’t forget that Ethiopia is the place of origin of the coffee bean. It was first cultivated at Kefa, one of the 14 provinces in the old Ethiopian administration. So, as i checked into the luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel Addissa Abba i was offered an opportunity to peruse their internal restaurant to sample some of the finest coffee and a big breakfast suitable for a King.  A world-class luxury hotel, about less than 20-minute drive from the airport.


Grand, elegant and utterly charming, Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa has a way of making you feel at home. With a secure entry and a large reception area. Many of the rooms overlook the picturesque bustling city, where you can take in the stunning sunrises or sunsets and simply bask in the beauty of the local atmosphere. Throughout the hotel there is a luxury house feel, from the paintings on the walls to the decor- it’s a place that draws you in and makes you want to keep going back for more.

One of the best things about  Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa is the staff and this also comes from the top as i gathered when i sat down for a drink with GM, Hans Peter Duerr . He commented “The one thing i love about this country is the hospitality. It’s community and people love to make you feel welcome” and  i sure felt both welcome and comfortable throughout my stay. Peter Duerr’s warmth and friendliness was mirrored by all the other members of the staff who make sure every guest feels like they’re at home.

Which room?

While all of the rooms are exquisite, our pick was amazing. The bathroom was a good size, luscious bathtub, separate shower and two sinks for your convenience. It also has a separate dressing room and luxe furnishings throughout. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. Radisson Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa features free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk at the property.

Food & Drink

Just past reception you will find the  Restaurant, which boasts an exquisite menu, with the majority made with local produce from the surrounding farmlands. During the day, the restaurant transforms into a delightful breakfast venue for the hotel guests, making use of the morning sunshine streaming through. You can choose from a buffet breakfast – with cooked gammon you can slice yourself – or order from the table menu.


When to go

Any time of year if the perfect time to visit the Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa Hotel. The city has perfect weather all year round. The Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa will host the prestigious Global African Business Awards on the 13th of July 2018. Stay tuned for more news!

The Radisson Blu, Addis Ababa is based in Kazanchis Business District, Kirkos Subcity Kebele 17/18, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Phone: +251 11 515 7600


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonAugust 4, 2017


I was on a private yacht in Mauritius literally trying to figure out how many gin and tonics one needs to change a light bulb when suddenly I get a call from London. All I could remember was my colleague Jeff Armstrong at the Chelsea Monthly offices mentioning something about James Bond, the Spy and Sardinia. Well, in a state of heightened awareness I said ‘yes’ not knowing what i had signed up to.  The next week, low and behold I was introduced to Alexa Withers, and the full team for the Sardinia tour which included Klaudia, Rachel, Kitty and Harry. We all exchanged the usual pleasantries and joined fists together in agreement that  since we were on her Majesty’s Secret Service. …we will make sure this trip was one to remember and judging by the itinerary it was clear that we were all in for a treat.


Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives. One of the largest and oldest nuraghi is Su Nuraxi in Barumini, dating to 1500 B.C. 3. The island has an above average life expectancy of 81 years, and has the highest rate of centenarians in the world, with there being 22 people aged over 100 per 100,000 inhabitants. Interestingly, it is the only region of Italy without a motorway – a great indication of the island’s relaxed pace of life! Well, that was more than enough reasons to board the plane… imagining finding out what lies beneath the secrets to why inhabitants of this small region are so relaxed.

We all checked in to MeriDiana Airlines..Unfortunately,  I kept thinking someone got drunk on a night out and started singing the Michael Jackson hit ‘Dirty Diana’ but switched the ‘Dirty’ for ‘MeriDiana’ ..Anyway, names aside and after my mind was randomly rescued out of the gutter. I relaxed and enjoyed the hospitality.  Why? well, because you only live twice. My verdict? MeriDiana Airlines was actually really good. We landed at Oblia Airport the mission possible had commenced. A quick 30 minute drive and we finally arrived at the Cervo Hotel, Costa  Smeralda which was set to become our host hotel for the first leg of our trip. The Cervo Hotel is situated right in the centre of Porto Cervo village, attractively designed with colour wash buildings around a maze of cobbled alleys and piazzas. With spectacular sea views, the marina is frequented by numerous large yachts in the summer months and home of world-class yachting events in September. The hotel is set alongside exclusive designer boutiques, jewelers and first class restaurants, frequented by glamorous clientele. Porto Cervo provides the perfect location to explore the stunning Costa Smeralda with beautiful beaches and clear turquoise sea, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Built in rustic Sardinian style to blend in with the surrounding scenery, the Cervo Hotel accommodation comprises of 80 Classic, Superior and Premium rooms and Suites, furnished by local interior designers with distressed pine furniture and Sardinian bedspreads and curtains. The guest rooms at the Cervo Hotel have been completely renovated within the last few years, and all have en suite bathroom with hairdryer and bathrobes provided, air conditioning with individual climate control, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and terrace or balcony (except some Classic rooms) with views over the harbour, piazzetta or pool.

After we settled into our rooms we were ready to explore. First stop was the Porto Cervo & Wine Festival to listen to a presentation by Marcello Coronini a writer, food & wine critic  and founder of La Cucina del Senza brand . As well as taking part in the festival. He was also there to promote his book of the same name which showcases fat-free dishes, with no added salt and sugar.

From 12-14 May 2017, Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda welcomes guests from all around the world for the Porto Cervo Wine & Food Festival, the boutique event focusing on the best of Sardinian and Italian wine and food produce. The Cervo Conference Center  was the main hub for the entire event and saw an array of producers – from world-famous makers to small, local producers – gathering together to showcase their produce to food and wine experts, together with tourists who are lucky enough to visit Costa Smeralda in May. During the event, we got to take part in many tasting opportunities combined with a rich programme of meetings, book launches and cooking demonstrations. The event, organised by the Hotels Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza and Romazzino, is one of a kind.

Coronini’s presentation was filled with typical Italian passion geared at  making sure we all understood that healthy eating should never compromise taste.  With that being said, and due to the fact that my level of speaking and listening to the beautiful Italian language is limited. We had to quickly bring forth an exit strategy known in the business as “shake head, smile, get up and move”. We went into the main hall were the actual activity of tasting was going on. It was like wine and food heaven with hundreds of wine experts, food brands, and more nestled in one big hall desperately trying to get you to taste their wine and culinary food from the region. My idea of bliss, we tasted some amazing locally produced wine which is when we encountered the infamous Alberto Ugolini from Santa Margherita  Wines who had  more personality than Paddy McGuinness on a good day. Alberto was full of jokes as he gave us a history lesson in wine from Sardinia and especially his brand of wines which obviously as he clearly expressed ‘it’s the best’. Well, if you don’t blow your own trumpet no one will do it for you!  Later that evening, we enjoyed a welcome dinner at Cervo Hotel with wine & food producers featuring a few music performances by leading local acts. Alberto showed up again offering us the best of his collection of Santa Margherita wines. The night ended with an amazing fireworks display which obviously put the spark out to an early night for all.

The next day, we enjoyed lunch at  an authentic Sardinian restaurant, Il Pomodoro which is located in the center of Porto Cervo, a few steps from the main square. It has two dining rooms and two outdoor patios. Rustic and casual styles give the restaurant its distinctive look. It’s the classic Italian restaurant that offers only the best of the tasty Mediterranean cuisine; obviously Pizza and Pasta are in pole position on the menu.  After a delightful lunch we all made our way back to the festival to catch Bruno  Gambacorta interviewing Luigi  Moio, Professor   of   Oenology   at   the  University of  Naples Federico II and President of the International Organisation  of  Vine  and  Wine.  One  of  the  leading  experts  on  Italian  wine,  Moio  is  also  the  author of “Il respiro del vino” – a  fascinating  journey  to  discover  the  invisible  ‘sphere’ of the nose of wines.  All the talk of wine coupled with all that Italian passion made us opt again for an exit strategy back to the building to partake in the actual tasting of the wine itself. Obviously, my favourite part. All talk and no taste could never be a combination any sensible human should advocate.

Later that evening we transferred into  the Hotel  Cala di Volpe. The Hotel Cala Di Volpe is beautifully situated in a small bay on the island of Sardinia, Italy. In the movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), James Bond (Roger Moore) and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) stay at Hotel Cala Di Volpe on the Italian island of Sardinia. After meeting Q at the small port of Palau, Bond and Amasova drive to the hotel with the white Lotus Esprit. They walk through the beautiful lobby and check-in under the name Sterling. They take “suite A5, a sitting room with two bedrooms”The hotel can be seen clearly in the next scene when Naomi (Carolina Munro) arrives on the speedboat to pick up Bond and Amasova and take them to Karl Stromberg’s (Curd Jürgens) hideout Atlantis.We see the hotel again briefly when Bond and Amasova drive away in the Lotus, unknowingly on their way to a spectacular chase which ends in the famous scene where the Lotus dives underwater and reappears on the beach.The luxurious hotel suite where Bond and Anya stay is actually a bar of the hotel, so even if you don’t stay at the hotel, you might be able to visit the room while enjoying a bottle of champagne or a Martini with a view of the bay.

Cala Di Volpe is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, a favourite of many celebrities and as we attended the gala dinner later that night for a specially themed Sardinia meets Japan: Four – hands menu by Executive Chef Maurizio Locatelli and Hirohiko Shoda- Chef Hiro. It made perfect sense to order a gin and tonic shaken not stirred… in keeping with the 007 theme of our surroundings.  

The next day was our final day in Sardinia, we joined the festival for the last time to catch journalist, Giuseppe who was talking about  the  15 native  grapes  of  Sardinia.  Joining him  was Gianluigi  Bacchetta,  director  of  the  Botanical  Garden  and  professor  at  the University  of Cagliari  who offered an insight to the vines dating  from the Nuragic civilisation. Perfect! I wish my Italian was at least basic as it all sounded amazing. However,  the final taste of wine and food in the main hall sounded even more exciting as we left for our final wine tasting session and returned  back just in time to catch husband and wife team Clara  and  Gigi  Padovani, writers, journalists, wine critics – and authors of many bestselling books in the wine  &  food  world.  Their  most  famous titles include “L’arte di bere il vino evivere felici”, an easy guide for readers first approaching the world of wine. Say no more! We departed for London, armed with the knowledge of wine and clued up in the art of  Bond espionage. All in all, Sardinia was certainly one for my favourite locations i have been to this year and this had nothing to do with the wine, wine, and more wine.. Honest!

Important information: 

Cala di Volpe
Stays at Cala di Volpe start from €420 / £360 per room per night in June and September and from €1,360 / £1,160 per room per night in July and August, based on two people sharing a Classic Double room on a B&B basis.; (39)(0789) 976111

Grazie mille to Francesca Ragnedda – PR & Digital Marketing Coordinator Area Costa Smerald , Claudio Cadeddu – Director of Sales and Marketing Area Costa Smeralda, Franco Mulas – Area Manager for Costa Smeralda & General Manager of Hotel Cala Di Volpe and last but definitely not the least, Alexa Withers (Mango PR) for putting on an amazing itinerary!!

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 28, 2017


When you think of Ibiza.. you think the mecca of dance music.. sunset beaches and strip full of Brits having the time of their life off their head on who knows what? Dancing to some genre of music simply coined EDM or to the connoisseurs amongst you Electronic Dance Music. Yep, the 90’s gave birth to a decade in which this small Spanish Island reigned supreme with Carl Cox showing us how to Pete Tong a dance floor and Guetta and his missus asking everyone to fxxk them because they were famous… Well, he wasn’t that famous yet!! Well, not outside the isles… until the Destiny’s Child – Kelly Rowland took the child that is Guetta all around the world showing what really happens when love takes over. I digress! These days… the boys and girls who were 18 in their 90’s are full grown men and women now with beards, responsibilities, a lot of cash to burn and a much more refined palette which could lead to a tricky situation..? What happens, when putting your hands up in the air and waving them side by side every night like you just don’t care… isn’t quite sufficient….?? You adapt, grow and like a chameleon assimilate. Well, that’s just what Ibiza has done.. and returning back each year.. I can see the progress.. However, for the uninitiated who are at this point wondering where the heavens Ibiza is ?… Well.. there is always one.. So, briefly.. Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and San Antonio, where major European nightclubs have their summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.

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This time, our mission in Ibiza was to explore the Island and what it offered in terms of a much more refined luxurious experience. Enter, Surf Air – our very own private jet on hand waiting for us at London Luton Airport to fly us to the land of 24/7 partying. Surf Air is a California-based airline that offers unlimited, “all-you-can-fly” service for a fixed monthly fee. It charges $1,950 per month plus a $1,000 signup fee. The company uses Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Sudhin Shahani is the CEO. The airline’s inaugural service in early 2013 offered West Coast flights between Silicon Valley (San Carlos Airport) and the Los Angeles area (Burbank Airport). It added Los Angeles area service to Santa Barbara Airport in July 2013 and Hawthorne Municipal Airport in December 2013. Truckee Airport, near Lake Tahoe, was added as a destination in May 2014 and flights to Carlsbad and Oakland, California began in late 2014. Service to San Jose International Airport was added in April 2016. Weekend service to Las Vegas began in June 2017.
In July 2017, Surf Air started operations in Europe, debuting its maiden trip from London to Ibiza and yes, i can now go down in the history books as having boarded their first flight in London. Surf Air will start connecting London to Zurich during the week and Ibiza in Spain at weekends. It has plans to add routes to Cannes, Munich and Milan. Surf Air Europe Chief Executive Simon Talling-Smith said Surf Air in Europe will operate under the same subscription model where customers pay a 1,750 pound ($2,180) monthly fee for unlimited travel. Surf Air will start connecting London to Zurich during the week and Ibiza in Spain at weekends. It currently has one Embraer Phenom 300 private jet in its arsenal in Europe. The company plans to feature dozens more aircraft within the next three to five years. The flight with Surf Air was champagne fuelled and caviar driven just how you want to fly to Ibiza. We arrived Ibiza with an an arsenal of cars at our disposal waiting to whisk us off to our hotel. No check in’s, strip search, no security.. no questions asked.

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We arrived at the Hotel Playasol Bossa Flow. This property is 4 minutes walk from the beach. Situated only 250 yards from Playa d’en Bossa beach and only 1.9 miles from Ibiza town centre, this hotel resort is the perfect place to enjoy a tranquil setting and the lively Ibiza nightlife. Free WiFi is available. Relax around the hotel’s swimming pool, equipped with sun loungers, or take a dip in the pool to cool off in the hot Ibiza sunshine. From Hotel Playasol Bossa Flow, you can stroll to the centre of Ibiza town or the stunning beaches and hidden coves of the area. You can also go on boat excursions from the port of Ibiza town to the nearby island of Formentera.
The hotel is ideally located to enjoy the fantastic nightlife on offer in Ibiza town. The famous clubs of Space and Bora-Bora are only a short walk from the hotel.

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After a quick dip in the swimming pool.. as you do, we were ready for dinner at STK Ibiza. If you remember, we reviewed STK Ibiza last year and it was great to go back to see whether the quality in service , steak and general ambience had been kept at the same level as the previous year. I was not disappointed. If you are familiar with STK in Las Vegas and London you will be excited to see that STK Ibiza is living up to the brand legacy. Top tip.. try their twist on the normal Bellini with the Icing sugar and the mini- burgers – the sauce is amazing & when it comes to Steak.. it goes without saying. There is no place in Ibiza that can now compete with STK on the steak department. Say no more!!

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The one issue you might encounter with STK is that the menu is so good it will be hard to choose a favorite. The dancers add to the brilliant atmosphere… yes… you can join the party and get dancing too.. that is, if ‘confidence’ happens to be your middle name. After a brilliant first night and dinner at STK, you will think we will go out and party our heads off.. No, pace yourselves.. it was only Friday and it was the warm up night for us and in typical grownup style we eased our way back to the hotel for some well needed ‘keep’ to be up the next morning at 9.30am for a Yoga class.. yes you heard right… Yoga in Ibiza… courtesy of The Wellness Source Ibiza followed by 30 mins of massage therapies. The list of therapies available were endless from Indian Head Massage, Reflexology for feet, Reiki is a healing therapy and Therapeutic Massage.

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We left feeling more balanced than a drunken monk dancing to funk on a tight rope.. Circus over! my mind, body and soul was ready to party.. Yes, all these years we had been partying the wrong way round. First, you get to know thy self.. then you are prepared for your mind, soul and body to hit that dance floor… So, what better dance floor than the Ocean Beach Club which is located a 15-minute walk from the centre of San Antonio. Ocean beach club opened in June 2012, Ocean Beach Ibiza was instantly popular, successfully filling a gap in the market for San Antonio outdoor party venues by offering the kind of carefree, poolside fun the west of the island had previously been lacking. It’s delivered stylish, decadent pool parties on a daily basis ever since and as a result has become a ‘must-visit’ for anyone wanting to pop open the champagne, down the Grey Goose and recline on a VIP bed, all while soaking up the mid-afternoon, Balearic sun. Enjoy anything from day to night time fiestas, fine dining, fashion shows, acrobatics, live performances, massages and private events and it was perfect timing as it was celebrating it’s 5th anniversary.

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Aerial performances from sax queen, Lovely Laura, VIP beds, swimming pool shenanigans, dancers, dancers, and more dancers. What more can you ask for?
Well, an Active Ibiza Sunset walk. Yes, i must admit at first i was a bit apprehensive . Just couldn’t fathom a day party and active sunset walk going hand in hand. However, I strongly recommend using Active Ibiza to explore what Ibiza has to offer… the beauty of Sans Agnes with a sunset walk through Puertes de Cielo. This rekindled the balance from the yoga..a perfect end to an amazing afternoon as we discovered Ibiza by walking around the whole island! Getting active and connecting with nature and the beautiful sights and sounds. You can’t go wrong!!

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Later, that night it was time to let our hair down, get tight not loose and finally put our hands in the air for wait….for it.. Yep.. where? where else….? It was at the legendary Pacha…Located just east of Ibiza town near the Marina, Pacha Ibiza is one of the international nightclub brand’s biggest venues, and also one of the island’s oldest …The 3000-capacity venue has five different rooms: the large Main Room for house and techno, the Funky Room for more disco flavours, the Roof Terrace for lounge and chillout, and downstairs features Sweet Pacha for retro pop. Every thursday night till the 5th of October, one of the most legendary parties on the white isle, F*** Me I’m Famous has finally dropped its 2017 lineup and from the looks of it, this season promises to be its most spectacular to date. Curated by one of the world’s greatest DJs, the inimitable David Guetta has invited an equally dazzling cast of superstar DJs to party with him at the iconic club throughout the summer. Opening on 1st June and running for 19 consecutive Thursdays through till 5th October, Guetta will be joined by Afrojack, Oliver Heldens, Bakermat, Daddy’s Groove, Glowinthedark, Jonas Blue & Kungs, and of course, master of ceremonies Robin Schulz, who will be taking the helm for the entire month of September with FMIF “Robin Schulz & Friends”. Also making regular appearances this season at FMIF this year will be Abel Ramos B2B Albert Neve, Hugel, JP Candea and Lovra.

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Now in its 16 year, for the majority of partygoers landing on Ibiza’s shores each year, a visit to F*** Me I’m Famous at Pacha is considered a rite of passage. Boasting a sensational line up and breath-taking production, David and co are guaranteed to raise the roof of Ibiza’s oldest nightspot each week – don’t miss out. After several hours of fist pumping, we retired back to the hotel to get some sleep.

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The next day was a Sunday and this was to be our final day/night in Ibiza. We ended up at Destino Ibiza – Set on a clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this upscale resort is part of the Pacha nightclub franchise and 2.9 km from the club premises, and 3.2 km from Ibiza Marina.The rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, cascade showers and terraces, some with sea views. Junior suites add personalized minibars, buffet breakfast and Pacha nightclub entry, while some premium suites come with private pools and gardens. There’s 24-hour room service.There’s a Japanese grill and a fusion restaurant. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a bar, as well as a hot tub, a fitness center, a yoga studio and a spa. Parking is free. We dined at the restaurant and enjoyed a birthday surprise show with a spectacular list of performers. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for you. So, all i will say is … when you are next in the Island try Destino.. you would not be disappointed.

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After, a brilliant show at Destino Ibiza. It was time to check out our friends at Lio located right on the seafront in Marina Ibiza, Lío overlooks the port of Ibiza and boasts fantastic views of the old town, Dalt Vila. Formerly known as El Divino, Lío is part of the Pacha Group, and as such boasts a combination of high quality gastronomy, art, live music and clubbing.

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After, Lio , i decided to ask our driver the wonderful Ruben to recommend an alternative spot for me. He took me to Swag, an urban music club in the heart of Ibiza. With a capacity of 1000 and playing the best in R&B and urban music.

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It’s a unique offering to the mostly house, EDM driven outlets. Again, as you can see i was firmly resting on the side of balance here….and after a clear head on the back of our private Surf Air jet back to London. I had to sip a glass of champagne and admit that Ibiza has definitely matured like fine wine and the future is bright for the isle that continues to reign supreme in summer club culture.

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Stay at Hotel PLaya Sol Bossa Flow
Carrer de les Begònies, 30-34, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Illes Balears, Spain
Phone: +34 971 39 90 73

Do Dinner at STK Ibiza
Carrer de s’Illa Plana, s/n, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
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Carrer des Molí, 12-14, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain

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Cap Martinet s/n, 07819 Talamanca, Spain
Phone: +34 971 31 74 11

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Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 26, 2017

Barbados is an island in the Caribbean region of North America. Situated in the western area of the North Atlantic, it is known as the ultimate luxury destination. Simon Cowell, Philip Green (Arcadia Group) and Kate Moss all boast properties in Barbados and now the island can hold claim to the title of one of the most successful female pop stars, Rihanna. If this and many more reasons don’t tempt you enough, then let’s try Crane Resorts. Its fractional ownership offering at the Beach Houses at Culpepper is a perfect attraction for property investors. The Beach Houses are available for potential buyers to view and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek on our most recent trip to Barbados.

The beach homes encompass 50 acres of land adjacent to a national park and provide a secluded location on the east side of the island, boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Each offers a luxurious interior of pale porcelain tiles, limewood flooring and wide walls of glass to showcase the ocean views. Owners will also benefit from unlimited access to all of The Crane’s five-star facilities only a 10 minute drive away, including Zagat rated restaurants, pools, tennis courts, a gym, duty free retail shopping and a full service hotel concierge. The development provides both an exceptional holiday spot, as well as optimising financial return for its owners, offering profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.

In addition to the Beach Houses, The Crane  also introduced Private Residences back in 2015. When we landed at the Crane, our first call was cocktails and tapas in Bar 1887 followed by dinner later that evening at the Zen Restaurant hosted by Paul Doyle, owner and developer of The Crane and Beach Houses. Doyle is ambitious, focused and consistently looking at ways to improve what The Crane has on offer. He commented “We are delighted to announce two exciting residential developments at a time when the property market is picking up again in Barbados, which will offer our owners both optimal financial returns in terms of profit from rentals and significant capital gain on resale.  We are offering a real ‘home from home’, allowing owners of The Crane Private Residences to customise the ‘shells’ by applying their own finishing touches.  With Beach Houses, not only are we excited to create a luxurious beachside development but also an intimate residential community with a restaurant, pool, full-service spa and a grocery store.”

After dinner, we called it a night and met up the next morning (Sunday) for Gospel Breakfast at L’Azure . It was like the scene from Sister Act, just imagine Whoopi Goldberg and choir serenading you as you have some lovely Barbados style breakfast. Who said full English? There is that too. But when in Barbados it is better to indulge all the way. After a sumptuous breakfast, we took a tour of The Crane and Private Residences which also included the historic hotel (rooms dating from the 1890s). The rooms looked amazing with their original coral stone walls and mahogany floors. From ground floor residences boasting large private pools to penthouse residences with private roof decks that command sweeping coastal views, dining gazebos and pools, The Crane Private Residences are ideal for long-term living. Bright and expansive, each residence  features granite kitchen counter tops and natural stone bathrooms as well as underground parking from which residents can directly access their foyer via a private lift. Ownership at The Crane Private Residences starts from $617,000 (£472,882) to $1.3 million (£996,348).

Designed by the internal Crane Resorts architect team, the external design of Beach Houses has been consciously created around the harmony of the surrounding natural environment to blend seamlessly into the landscape.  Each offers a luxurious interior with wide walls of glass showcasing ocean views, opening out to an external dining and entertaining area.  These private patios feature infinity edge pools with hot tubs, outdoor showers, hammocks and barbecues for the ultimate luxury retreat.  Interconnecting doors and a removable lock-off across the pool of each home allow for flexibility in owning a one, two, three or four-bed property.  Fractional ownership starts from $160,000 (£122,627) for four weeks and from $1.9 million (£1.5 million) for full ownership.

The tour was followed by a hosted sunset catamaran cruise on Bolador from Bridgetown, the capital of the island. Perfect ! It was our last day on the island and to send us off in style, Mel Harding, Guest Relations Manager at The Crane took us on an island tour of the picturesque East Coast, St. Nicholas Abbey, and the West Coast. With fantastic beaches, exciting culture, tasty cuisine and amazing locals – buying a property in Barbados is certainly well worth the investment.

Crane Resorts is tempting owners to be with two exciting developments to be unveiled on the secluded east coast over the next 18 months, available to purchase either outright or with the resort’s fractional ownership scheme. Those keen to have a slice of Caribbean paradise to return to each year can choose The Crane Private Residences, a luxury gated residential community within the Crane Resort, or the Beach Houses, a development of 63 single storey studio to four bedroom beach homes overlooking the incredible natural beauty of Skeete’s Bay and Culpepper Island.

For further information on The Crane Private Residences, please

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Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaMay 4, 2017


Here in Bordeaux, the return of Spring heralds the re-opening of the Night Beach. For the sixth season, the rooftop terrace of the InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, proves it ever-growing popularity as the trendiest address in the city. The casual elegance of the sophisticated setting allied to the superb 360° panoramic view of the city and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere all combine to make this open-air-lounge “the place to be” this summer in Bordeaux.

From the end of April until September, every day without fail, the Night Beach offers trendy evenings beneath the starry skies. Enjoy innovative tapas and signature cocktails reputed to be among the best in all of Bordeaux, specially concocted by the award-winning barmen of this 5* establishment, which has quickly become the absolute reference in luxury hotels in this city. Greatly in demand are the specially-themed evenings that take place several times per month, with pride of place given to the iconic Fête de la musique (music festival) and Bastille Day (French National Holiday, July 14th). A special “Ladies Night” every Tuesday offers a complimentary nail bar, while a DJ provides entertainment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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To mark its sixth season, the Night Beach is proud to announce something new: the rooftop terrace, normally accessible evenings only, is now open for lunch. From noon onwards, a selection of seasonal dishes is served (salads, organic salmon, Charolais beef tartare and a wonderful assortment of crunchy vegetables), prepared by Alex Thiebaut, who is the chef at the Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay Brasserie. Food here is all about lightness and balance, with a menu of detox, healthy-choice options ranging from organic teas to freshly-pressed fruit juice.

An added opportunity to enjoy this exceptional haven of peace and serenity, with its stunning view of the rooftops of a city that is a World Heritage Site!

Night Beach is open daily noon until 14h30 and again from 19h00 until 01h00

  • Lunch: from noon until 14h30 – salads and dishes from 21 euros 
  • Evenings: from 19h00 until 01h00 – cocktails and finger food 
  • Themed evenings: every Thursday evening in June and July, and every second Thursday in August, not forgetting the “Fête de la musique” (June 21) and Bastille Day (July 14th)
  • Ladies Night every Tuesday and a DJ on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

Deborah CicurelDeborah CicurelDecember 5, 2016


When daydreamers think of paradise, they think of the Maldives. It’s even better than what your imagination could concoct in an overoptimistic reverie: the planes soar over picturesque atolls and land smoothly on the clear sea, the pilots are beaming and shoeless, the beaches are blissful and private. Dolphins fly into the air as you eat your breakfast, sharks swim beside your balcony and a rich, unfamiliar, dazzling marine world is just a snorkel away.

It’s one of the most luxurious places on earth to escape to, and it would be hard to be disappointed with the warm Indian ocean, unrivalled service and elegant hotels that epitomise the Maldives experience. But with the variety of incredible resorts on offer, each offering the same pristine photos of white sands, clear skies and glistening seas, how do you know which one to choose? Chelsea Monthly picks four of the best…




For romantic, laid-back luxury, Maafushivaru, in the South Ari Atoll, is an idyllic and relaxed delight. You’ll kick off your shoes immediately and forget all about them for the duration of your stay: holidays here are all about strolling barefoot in the sand, gazing at baby sharks, turtles and brightly-coloured fish from the comfort of your room, and snoozing, indolent on your secluded terrace. While there are several excursions – including snorkelling trips to spot whale sharks and manta rays – to be enjoyed, if you’re feeling lazy, you’ll be perfectly contented staying on the tiny island, soaking in the sun and enjoying the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Although the island is so small you can walk around it in minutes, it never feels overcrowded, with private beach or water villas ensuring you get your own space.

Most meals are eaten in the open-air dining room, with the plentiful all-inclusive buffet-style meals encompassing dishes from around the globe, but for a more private experience, you can head to the tiny, picturesque 135° East for sophisticated Japanese dining and teppanyaki-fuelled entertainment in an intimate setting. For a truly private experience, a night on Maafushivaru’s neighbouring baby island, Lonubo Island, is a feature not many Maldives resorts can offer. You’ll be dropped off on a dhoni to explore your very own deserted island for the evening, giving you and your partner a sense of solitude you’d never be able to feel in a normal hotel. If there ever was a time to pretend you were Robinson Crusoe, Tom Hanks in Castaway or one of the cast of Lost, this is it – but without any of the trials, tribulations and fearsome island creatures to endure, only time to bask in your beachside jacuzzi, sunbathe in true silence and watch the sun come down over the magnificent ocean.

Best of all, unlike those heroic figures stranded on a beautiful island for so many years, you don’t need to hunt for your own dinner – staff from the hotel come across to your island to cook you up a veritable feast under the stars. With bougainvillea draped artfully across the table, shimmering lanterns dotted around the sand and the giant moon hanging above the sea, it doesn’t get much more romantic than this.


Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort


Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is a slice of paradise that’s changing the Maldives status quo. In the peaceful Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, the recently-opened Outrigger is one of only seven resorts, meaning there’s a tranquility you won’t find in beautiful but busier parts of the Maldives. Because the area is so unspoilt, with far less tourists, there’s a sense of peace and quiet without the hiss of speedboats or roaring of sea planes above. It’s also the richest atoll in terms of fish, with snorkelling and scuba diving trips providing the sorts of jaw-dropping scenes better than brochures could promise.


While there are regular trips to nearby islands to spot marine life, there’s really no need to leave the resort, with diving jaunts around Outrigger’s own reef resplendent with overwhelming, colourful schools of fish, adorable baby sharks and large, friendly turtles.
Beyond the sea, there’s plenty to enjoy on land too: the relaxed, easygoing vibe of the island is combined with gorgeous aesthetic qualities. Villas are huge and stylishly designed with dark wood interiors, spacious bathrooms and private pools, while the vegetation is lush, the beaches pristine and the views unrivalled.

Perhaps the resort’s greatest asset – other than the blissful views, long stretches of beach and Instagram-perfect decor, of course – is the friendliness of the staff. The moment you step off the luxury yacht that whisks you to the island, beaming hosts present you with a freshly-picked coconut to drink – and they don’t stop smiling for the duration of your stay.


From remembering our dietary requirements and whipping up a vegetarian feast off-menu one evening to patiently waiting for us to keep up at a 7am sunrise yoga class, the staff couldn’t do enough to make our stay special, with mealtimes in particular memorable for all the right reasons.

When it comes to the food at the resort, try to bring clothes with elasticated waistbands: you’ll spend an inordinate amount of time eating. At Blue Salt, the island’s main restaurant, you can enjoy regional dishes at breakfast as well as European favourites such as waffles and French toast, while two different menus for lunch and dinner offer everything from pizza and fresh salads to tuna curries and dumplings.


For two special dining experiences, the Nala Rah Teppan and sushi bar promises an entertaining evening feast. On the teppanyaki side of the restaurant, knives are thrown around, fires blaze and eggs are cast into the air as guests clap and cheer, while at the other side, sushi chef Rudita prepares platters of exquisite sushi, so lovingly and artfully laid out the meal almost seems too pretty to eat.

There’s a misconception about the Maldives, with people fearing there’ll be nothing to do. But there’s plenty: kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the azure lagoon, Maldivian cooking classes to pep up your culinary routine when you get home, and long, luxurious afternoons at the spa, where you can bathe in the hydrotherapy pool and enjoy a pampering, romantic couple’s massage before basking in the sunset on its private balcony.

However, of course, if you just want to flop in the sand and ignore the world with your nose in a book, that’s encouraged too. This is the Maldives, after all…


Amilla Fushi


For luxury experiences that are unique in the Maldives, head to Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, in the Baa Atoll. Dreamed up by The Small Maldives Island Co, both resorts have thrown out the Maldives rule book and dared to be different.

Amilla Fushi is as exclusive and luxurious as it gets. The name means “My Island Home” and every effort has been made to create a luxe home away from home vibe: there are no traditional thatched roof Maldivian bungalows or villas here, but flat-roofed, sophisticated and spacious houses and residences that will leave you wishing you could trade in your actual home for a life in this elegant, quiet land.


With even the entry level houses having enormous, open plan bathrooms, private pools, a stairway to the sea and gargantuan outdoor showers, this resort is all about space: it’s the perfect spot for families and couples looking for the ultimate in privacy. It’s the small details – like free daily laundry, movies on demand, iPads in your room and your own personal butler, or khateeb, on call – that puts Amilla Fushi head and shoulders ahead of many other Maldivian resorts, with guests feeling truly pampered from the moment they arrive till the sad moment they have to leave.

The resort has broken away from the traditional Maldives stereotype of honeymooning couples, and instead lures groups of friends and families who long for privacy, tranquility and high levels of service.

For larger groups of guests, the Amilla Beach Villa Residences are super-luxe, comfortable and stylish – and favoured by the likes of Kate Winslet and Kate Moss. With the largest residence boasting eight bedrooms, and even the smallest, with four bedrooms, offering enormous living spaces, a gigantic pool right by the beach and your very own staff, the homes are palatial and spacious, but somehow manage to be cosy too, so that whether you’re with your kids or a group of colleagues, you’ll settle right in.


The enormous, Miami-style six-bedroom Amilla Villa Estate is perhaps the most beautiful property on the island of Amilla, with an enormous pool, sleek, trendy interior design, tasteful bedrooms each with their own individual quirks, and its very own rooftop terrace for sunset cocktails. When you dream of the perfect place to whisk all your friends and family away to for a week of celebrating a special occasion, this is it.

Best of all, if you can’t bear the thought of ever leaving the residences and returning to reality, they are now being offered for sale as property investments, so “Your Island Home” really can become your home in every sense of the phrase.



For a stark contrast to Amilla that’s just as memorable, take a trip to Finolhu, which is just as groundbreaking in the Maldives for very different reasons.


With direct access either to the beach, ocean or lagoon – and your own private balcony with magical views – there would be no need to ever leave the chic villas, designed with Australian, Moorish and Asian influence in mind, but there’s plenty to do outside the confines of your own little Finolhu haven.

The buzzing, quirky, newly-opened resort attracts those who want something more than the honeymoon-perfect image of the Maldives so often painted by cheesy travel brochures: lively couples, groups of friends, active families. This resort is pumping, fun and unique, with live music, DJs, stilt walkers, flame throwers, acrobats and mermaids adding something new to the beautiful landscape. The Baa Baa Beach Club, at the heart of the resort, is alive day and night with the sound of James Brown and the Beach Boys, the clink of glasses as cocktails are prepared at the Beach Club Bar, and the splash of giant inflatable swans in the enormous pool.

The resort boasts the longest sand bank in the Maldives – a whopping 1.8 kilometres – which is also the dreamy route to the Fish & Crab Shack, where after a leisurely stroll along the white sands, you can pick up tasty seafood for lunch and enjoy it in the most picturesque of settings. The resort’s retro theme is certainly different, and a breath of fresh air: many villas have vintage phones which only call for champagne, record players so you can blast classic Aretha Franklin tunes while lounging on oversized chairs above the lagoon, and a short stroll around the resort reveals a quaint Milk Bar where you can pick up everything from brightly-coloured liquorice to garish water guns.


The theme is continued into the spa, where each massage room, or “Diva”, is named after an icon of the 60s, 70s or 80s, such as Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand or Dolly Parton; music fans will adore dozing to the sound of their favourite female legends during an indulgent massage.The best part of being in the Maldives is being forced to relax. There’s no feelings of guilt that you should be waking up early and sightseeing, and there’s plenty of relaxing to do here: collapse on a hammock by the shimmering lagoon, stroll to any of the island’s many restaurants for a bite to eat, or spy on a turtle just a splash away from your villa. But the great thing about Finolhu is that when you’re done relaxing, there’s always a party to be found.

Thinking of visiting the Maldives? Here is what we recommend;

Kuoni (01306 747008 or offers 7 nights on full board basis at Maafushivaru, Maldives in a beach villa, including flights with SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow and group transfers in resort. Lead-in prices for May 2017 are from £2,323 per person, based on two sharing. To book please quote: IO0625

Angelfish Travel ( or 01580 712690) offer 7 nights at Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, staying at a Beach Pool Villa on a B&B basis from £2,649 per person, including return economy flights with Emirates from Gatwick, domestic flight and speedboat transfers and all service charges and taxes.

Abercrombie & Kent (01242 547 708 or offers 7 nights at Amilla Fushi from £3,395pp based on two adults sharing an Ocean Reef House on a Half Board basis. Including international flights, seaplane transfers and a 50 minute spa experience per person.

Virgin Holidays ( or 0344 557 3859) offers seven nights in a Lagoon Villa at Finolhu, Maldives from £2,997 per person, including scheduled Qatar Airways flights from London Heathrow, ‘Full Board Plus’ accommodation and seaplane transfers, as well as US€1000 resort credit per room per stay.

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonNovember 3, 2016


Mauritius or as the French will call it Maurice is an island steeped in tradition. Located in the Indian Ocean about 2000 kilometres off the south-East coast of the African continent. Translated, it is basically Africa at it’s finest…The island of Mauritius was visited during the middle ages by the Arabs, then by the Portuguese who named it Dina Arobi and Cirne, respectively. The island was uninhabited until the Dutch Republic established a colony in 1638, with the Dutch naming the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. Those clever Dutch are not only known for their wacky cakes in Amsterdam… pause…. Because I think there was some wacky cake interference as the Dutch colony was abandoned in 1710, and five years later, the island became a French colony and was named Isle de France.

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The French got very excited due to its strategic position and referred to Mauritius as the “star and key” of the Indian Ocean.Well, as you might or might not know, we covered Mauritius for the Luxury Show a few years ago and you can join millions of viewers to relive the experience on our VooVix channel here. So, we decided to go back for the second time to make sure Mauritius could live up to our first journey to the Island several years ago. Our team on this trip included the perfect cast, Joanna Blyth, Laura French,Deborah Cicurel and obviously I was on hand to teach the girls swimming lessons.

A few minutes drive from the airport, we found ourselves opening the gates to paradise as we swooned into the Heritage Le Telfair. This luxurious, ocean front golf resort is a 4-minute walk from the Heritage Golf Club, 9 km from La Vallée Des Couleurs Nature Park and 16 km from the vibrant sand dunes at Seven Coloured Earth. Airy, refined rooms have balconies or terraces with garden, river or sea views, along with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and room service. Suites add butler service, sitting and dining areas, claw-foot tubs and 4-poster beds; some have outdoor showers. Breakfast and golf are free. There’s an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa, as well as 12 restaurants and bars. Diving and horse riding are offered; a kids’ club and babysitting services are available.

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As we settled down for lunch at Le Palmier hosted by Guillaume Lefebure we were joined by Catriona Stewart who completed the team. With jokes flying from one side of the table to the other and the perfect sea breeze emanating from the nearby beach. We kept pinching ourselves wondering what we deserved to have such difficult jobs. Sipping cocktails by the beach to the sound of waves can only be described as a terribly challenging task for a Friday afternoon. I feel your empathy!





Later that evening, after some well needed rest, we all assembled together as the ‘Made in Mauritius’ cast and made our way to Le Château de Bel Ombre . We were welcomed by Jacques Charles – Chief Operations Officer of Heritage Resorts. Now, the ‘Château’ in ‘Le Château de Bel Ombre is not simply used as a ploy to create a nostalgic ambiance. The restaurant itself is a historic mansion with a dated past as a thriving sugar plantation. Apart from the interior décor, the traditional charm, and elegance of the building. The main ‘’pierce de resistance’ is off course, the delicious menu and in the words of Jacques Charles “Le Château de Bel Ombre relies on fresh, local ingredients and puts new spins on traditional Mauritian dishes”.

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We retired back to the resort and despite myself and Laura French teaming up to encourage the Made in Mauritius cast to go out for a brief exploration of the Mauritius nightlife scene. Leader of the pack, Joanna Blyth took the sensible decision by offering us two options which made us choose the option she wanted in the first place. Reverse psychology at it’s best. Myself and French were left dumb founded wondering how she got us to agree and proceed to our villas like well behaved kids at a nursery. Blyth, you should be a politician – (move over Theresa May)… !

The next morning, we enjoyed wonderful breakfast at Annabella’s followed by a golf buggy drive to lunch at the Heritage Golf Club. The Heritage Golf Club is quite impressive to say the least and as a secret golf connoisseur like ‘moi’. I was excited to play the field a few years back and i was hoping for a repeat performance. The Heritage Golf Club, was designed by Peter Matkovich and opened for business in 2004.The golf complex which was designed by Peter Matkovich and opened in 2004, comprises an 18 hole championship golf course, a 9 hole Par 3 course, exceptional practice facilities, golf academy, clubhouse, restaurant and golf shop. With 5 teeing options on each hole, golfers of all levels are catered for. Now, I am no Tiger woods but with statistics like that, pulling off your ‘first tee’ is guaranteed to be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, due to the heavens shedding tears of joy to celebrate our happiness we had to abandon the pull cart for dry shelter at the Club house.

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Wondering what our next plan of action was? Well, there was only one feasible option after spending the whole day playing hard to get with the rain. We were escorted to the Seven Colours Spa for a 90 mins Coco Spa Ritual. To put it quite simply, words can’t describe how relaxed we all felt after what seemed like an intense spiritual massage which was obviously geared towards cleansing your mind, body and soul.We concluded our evening with dinner at Anabellas.

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The next morning, I chose to explore the surroundings and take a tour to meet the locals who make Mauritius one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The Island is a blend of cultures, with a mix of Indian, African, French and Chinese heritage. Later that evening we had an Aperitif and dinner at Gin’ja, hosted by Khurshid Vayid – Communication Executive. Khurshid Vayid is what I call the ‘game changer’.  She studied in London and is well versed on the London scene and she definitely knew where the party in Mauritius was taking place. She promised to introduce us to the real Made in Maurice cast (their version of Made in Chelsea….coming to a TV screen near you in the future). The first venue we  went to was ‘Big Willies’ which both Joanna and Laura found hilarious… I wonder why! I mean this is not a strange occurrence. Is it?? Perfectly normal. #OnlyinMauritius.



After a few drinks and watching an unknown British singer rock her adoring audience. We had paid our dues and moved on to the real after party at the Lakaz Cascavelle . All I can say is that the Mauritians certainly know how to party and the Brits were definitely giving them a run for their money. By, the time I was ready to bring out the killer moves from my memory collection of classic moves… I heard the famous last words…. Taxi…!!!

The most sensible word you can hear on a night out… The driver said, “you will thank me later” and the next morning I understood why.I got up to find myself in a very deep state of meditation… it was so deep that I missed the next activity of the day.image-1 The girls however, took one for the team and enjoyed the Sea Kart Experience organised by MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Authority). In hindsight, when I saw pictures of how much fun was had by my fellow cast members. I put this on my to do list for next time.


Later that evening we were joined again by Guillaume Lefebure for dinner at Zafarani . As we enjoyed, the good food, great conversation and candid moments. Guillaume found himself agreeing to join the cast of Made in Mauritius. His job, was to weekly relay to us how the week was going via Skype to our live studio in London. Call it fantasy, we call it reality and we are sticking to it! By the time we reached our last day, everyone was well and truly addicted to this Paradise Island and the thought of boarding a plane back to Blighty was not at the top of our agendas.

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We strolled to the C Beach Club to join the Kite Surf training. Expert kite surfers the world over are well aware that the big surf and steady winds off the reef here make it one of the best spots on the planet to enjoy their sport. Alas, we were neither experts nor semi-professionals at the craft but we gave it a good go! As you do… We were later invited to play tennis with protective helmets… Tennis legends, Serena and Venus Williams apparently invented this style of playing tennis although I should say allegedly because for some reason I think this was a joke taken way out of proportion (Pause)…. We decided to press play and return back to the C Beach Club and we were right bang in the middle of a wedding taking place at the beach front. You could have felt the romance in the air from the bride, groom and attendees. It was like watching your own fly on the wall documentary of the best beach wedding with you literally being the fly on the beach.

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As the pastor asked if anyone on this beach had any reason why this couple should not be engaged in holy matrimony. I felt like shouting…. “Me… yes… me, because this is a perfect location and we are jealous in a good way…obviously. Now, you can continue” but I let it play out in my mind because Love conquers all and there was no need to make the front pages of the local Mauritius Gazette especially on our last few hours on the island… On that note, we departed Heritage Le Telfair for a short drive to the airport feeling like, we had just left our loved one sipping cocktails in the middle of the Indian ocean. Yes, because when you come to Mauritius you wouldn’t want to leave this paradise island. As we got to the airport, a gentleman who worked for the airlines literally helped upgrade us to more leg room (not quite… first class but its the gesture that counts) as if we weren’t impressed with the people of Mauritius. This was the icing on the cake to what had been a mission in relaxation and self discovery! On a serious note, with a plethora of stunning beaches, diverse culture, exciting activities and rich cuisine. If you are reading this and you are thinking of your next adventure. I am sure at this stage one sentence should spring to your mind.. “Say no more” and my response is check our fact box below for the much needed recommendations.

Thinking of travelling to Mauritius? Here is what Chelsea Monthly recommends:


A deluxe room at Heritage Le Telfair starts from £260 per night (2 sharing) on a B&B basis

For further information call +230-266-9777 or visit


British airways has flights from London Gatwick to Mauritius from £855 return, including taxes.

Tourist Information

For further information and to discover attractions on the island visit

Sea Karting

The one hour Sea-karting experience costs MUR 5500 (approx. £100) This is per sea kart, which can fit two adults and one child between 6 and 12

For more information and to book visit: 


Electro-bike excursion from £38.09pp for a 3 hour tour; £53.97pp for the 7 hour tour of the south.

For more information and to book visit


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonNovember 1, 2016


Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and San Antonio, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast. So, when we decided to take the challenge to spend 48 hours in Ibiza, it was mainly because this mission actually reminded us of our  version of Hangover in Vegas but this time we were headed to the beautiful white isle right here in Europe..Just when the season was winding down. We landed in Ibiza ready to kick off the action… yes, because when everyone goes left. It’s always great timing to take the right turn, especially when it comes to celebrating the launch of the Island’s newest openings.We ended up checking into the five-star, 117-room hotel  OD Talamanca  which was fully refurbished for 2016, in a unique and modern style. This hotel offers luxurious accommodation in a fantastic location. The hotel is overlooking the picturesque bay of Talamanca and Ibiza Town giving spectacular views of the sunsets and sunrises on the horizon. The beach with its fine golden sands and clear blue waters is only a few metres away. Before we could settle to take in the Ibiza atmosphere we had drivers outside ready to whisk us off to lunch at Ocean Beach Club.

Opened in June 2012, Ocean Beach Ibiza was instantly popular, successfully filling a gap in the market for San Antonio outdoor party venues. From day to night-time fiestas, fine dining, fashion shows, acrobatics, live performances, massages and private events. This was our first break into what was to come in the evening. Great lunch, fantastic cocktails and even better company with the sunshine shining down on us whilst the DJ’s played an eclectic mix of house music. Now that’s what I called ‘Balearic vibes’.  After we had exhausted our fist pumps and hands in the airs, there was no need for putting any airs and graces to the occasion as we were led barely sober back to the OD Talamanca to prepare for part 2 of our mission ’48 hours in Ibiza’ .

As the clock hit 7.00pm, we were chauffeured to what was our next location, STK Ibiza which was a short ride away from Talamanca in the exclusive Marina Botafoch complex  opened its doors in July. The restaurant/nightclub brings you an up to date  modern take on the American steakhouse in the heart of Ibiza town. STK is known worldwide for its excellent food and a guaranteed feel good experience .

STK Ibiza bills itself as “not your usual steakhouse” and so there’s a ‘raw bar’ with a great selection of the finest seafood, serving up ceviches, oysters and a raw tuna tartare.

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There is an excellent selection of delicious starters and salads such as the soft shell crab slider, lobster fish fingers, stuffed courgette flowers or heirloom tomato salad with creamy burrata cheese. Desserts are a mix of classics and local dishes such as churro milkshake with dulce de leche ice cream, passion fruit crème brulèe and fairground candy floss. You can choose from an excellent selection of drinks with cocktails made by award-winning mixologists. Do try their signature drinks, such as the Lemon Stiletto, and a Martini flavoured with rose petals.

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STK Ibiza offers a stylish and contemporary venue that blends a modern steakhouse backed with sparkling entertainment, including live acts and guest DJs. As well as the main restaurant lounge, there is a pretty outside terrace with ocean views and two private dining rooms for special occasions. On the night, we attended we were serenaded by performers, circus acts, dancers and much more.. This was way before the party had started and come dessert, It is  fair to say that the whole club erupted into the biggest party.. call it ‘natural progression’.

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From excellent waiters, to delicious food. STK Ibiza may have nailed it in terms of creating a playground to do Ibiza like a grown up!!  Not, that partying it up with your hands in the air is out of style but there is huge demand for the more mature options and STK actually caters for both but with an addition of slick style to add into the mix. In their own words “If there’s one thing we know how to do at STK, it’s throw a party. We’re about reinventing the traditional and putting our playful twist on everything” and if that’s not enough for you to explore for yourself then don’t blame us for missing out on all the fun!

STK Ibiza is located at:
C. Illa Plana S/N Ibiza
Marina Botafoch

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Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerFebruary 3, 2016


For couples looking to avoid cliché ideas of romance, Health and Fitness Trave, the leading experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide, share 5 of the best cultural wellness adventures for Valentine’s escapes. Combining cultural tour discovery with wellness retreat recovery, these healthy escapes offer everything from city tours and cooking classes, to zip-lining and volcano hikes. Showing couples different ways of celebrating the day with their partner, discover sites from the cities of Italy to the rainforests of Costa Rica, and set hearts racing with the ultimate Valentine’s Day experiences.

Costa Rica: Discover Recover
Escape for a Valentine’s Day to remember by exploring the stunning tropical rainforests and unspoilt coastlines of Costa Rica. From guided tours of the city of San Jose and a visit to an authentic coffee plantation, to white water rafting and zip-lining through a volcanic national park, you will love the adventures you share together on this exciting cultural adventure. Before heading home and back to reality, recover at a beachside wellness retreat with refreshing surfing lessons and rejuvenating yoga classes in an open-air yoga pavilion.

Italy: Discover Recover
Delve into a cultural wellness Valentine’s escape in a country famous for cities steeped in history, awe-inspiring architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. Experience Rome as a local and discover authentic flavours with a culinary tour of charming local eateries. Explore with a bike tour through the streets of Rome or Florence and sample the finest in Italian gelato, before discovering the beauty of the Chianti region during a wine tasting tour. Recover in luxury at a choice of wellness retreats, from spa breaks in Lombardy, to golf escapes in Tuscany.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891) offers 10 nights in Italy from £1,960pp. Price includes a Discover Recover programme, return flights and transfers.

Bali: Discover Recover
One of the most popular islands in the Indonesian archipelago, escape on a Valentine’s adventure to the idyllic island of Bali. From jungle and rice paddy treks, to volcano hikes and guided village cycling tours, there is no end of exciting ways to keep active and explore the island together. Continue to explore local culture during visits to sacred temples and experience Bali’s famed monkey forest. Recover from your adventures in one of five luxury wellness retreats, with therapeutic spa treatments and revitalising wellness activities, including yoga, Pilates and meditation.

Turkey: Discover Recover
Crossing two continents, where East meets West, Turkey offers a unique fusion of cultural influences for a Valentine’s escape. Discover Istanbul’s stunning Ottoman Empire architecture and stroll through the vibrant bustling Grand Bazaar, or head further afield to explore the breath-taking waterfalls of Antalya and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Recover at a choice of luxury wellness retreats, with reviving spa treatments and wellness activities, from beach jogging to personalised yoga.

Morocco: Discover Recover

Discover the diverse culture of this exotic country before unwinding on a romantic healthy holiday beneath the Moroccan sun. Ideal for culture loving couples, marvel at snake charmers on a guided tour of Marrakech, explore the Atlas Mountains on a mountain bike tour, or learn traditional cooking methods on a cookery course. Once you’ve both sampled the country’s rich culture, recover from your adventures at a luxurious wellness retreat. Choose from a range of holistic spa treatments, learn to surf or practice yoga with sunrise and sunset sessions in the beach front pavilion, for a rejuvenating end to your adventurous Valentine’s escape.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 offers 10 nights in Morocco from £1,620pp. Price includes a Discover Recover programme, return flights and transfers.

Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerNovember 17, 2014


Are you tired of the Winter Blues? Want to switch it up a little? Well, the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi has unveiled the ultimate ‘Romantic Getaway’ package, for couples looking to reconnect and relax this winter. Designed to cultivate memories that last a lifetime, this package is available at one of the most romantic locations in the world. Loved ones can spend time together against an idyllic backdrop as they survey miles of white sand, blue skies and peaceful lush gardens.

This true secret hideaway in the heart of the Indian Ocean is located in the southernmost part of the Maldives, 400 miles from the capital of Malé. Offering complete seclusion in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, couples can go the ‘extra mile’ to the resort for the holiday of their dreams, with complimentary domestic flights for two included from Malé.

The Romantic Getaway package offers a four-night stay in a choice of luxurious water or beach-front villas, including a couple’s spa treatment at the award-winning Talise Spa and a romantic bubble bath turndown service every second night. Couples will also be treated to a customised menu, designed by their personal chef on a private island to make couples feel like they are alone in paradise.

Each of the 35 villas comes complete with a private butler, so couples can rest assured that their every wish will be catered for. The island’s diving instructors can provide a guided snorkelling tour of the reef in the crystal clear waters and afterwards couples can experience an intimate and romantic candlelit dinner on a Maldivian secluded beach.

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