THE SOUTHERN ALGARVE’S MOST STUNNING BEACH CLUB OPENS IN PORTIMAO

THE BEST BEACH CLUBS TO VISIT ON THE MEDITERRANEAN THIS SUMMER | WHERE TO GO FOR A SWIM AND TASTE SUMPTUOUS CULINARY DELIGHTS

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Things to do in Algarve

Portimao a beautiful scenic fishing town situated in the Southern Algarve region of Portugal is most famous for its local Arts & Crafts culture. It boasts the most pristine beaches, hotels, shopping, and cosmopolitan nightlife scene including an array of exquisite restaurants and bars.

The Best of Algarve’s Scenic Southern Coast

On the day I set off to Portugal I was very excited, despite the 6 am flight departure time from London Gatwick to Faro Airport I just could not wait to get there and enjoy the trip. My itinerary was well organised by the brand rep who handled the Beach Club’s PR so we knew it was going to be an enjoyable experience and find out more about what this exclusive destination had to offer international tourism in Portugal.

 

It boasts the most pristine beaches, hotels, shopping, and cosmopolitan nightlife scene including an array of exquisite restaurants and bars.

Things to do in Algarve

 

 

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

The Algarve’s impressive International Racetrack ensures an upscale and sophisticated city break similar to its Monaco counterpart bringing you the full Grand Prix Extravaganza experience. But, there’s so much more if you’re curious to find out and explore the wonders of the Algarve. Why not be amongst the first to join the jet set by putting Portimao on the map. It’s tipped to be the most Stylish destination of this summer competing with Ibiza, Mykonos and Montenegro.

Things to do in Algarve

 

Here are my suggestions for how to get there, things to do and where to go.

Portimao Airport is a regional private jet airport located in Faro. The option of traveling in style is also available where you can book your own private flight through a variety of Private Jet Operators to and from Portugal’s Southern Algarve. Alternatively, Easy Jet Fly’s to and from selected UK Airports frequently with competitive airfares into Faro Airport.

Things to do in Algarve

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

Southern Algarve’s  newest addition includes the Blanco Beach Club boasting a tranquil setting close to all the glamour catering to luxury party goers and the jet set alike.

Things to do in Algarve

 

The brainchild of investor Maximillian White, Blanco Beach Club is the latest entertainment and experience driven venue to hit the shores of Portimao. If you’re seeking a lavish Hedonistic destination it’s a haven in paradise where white sandy beaches sit next to the idyllic turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Furthermore, the sumptuous sunken beach beds to the 5 star Mediterranean fusion restaurant offers the culinary delights of fresh sea food and sushi. If you fancy partying the the night away at the open air nightclub its open till late.

 

Blanco Beach Club is playing host to some of the biggest music artist and DJ’s in the music industry including Tyga and French Montana.

 

Things to do in Algarve

 

The Food and Drinks Menu here is excellent from the presentation of it’s food platters of sushi selection of sashimi, nigiri, California roll,  yellow tail and sea food with favorites freshly prepared by a specialist Sushi chef from Lisbon ex Nobu. Not forgetting the hospitality here is exceptional from its customer service to it’s well presented staff and friendly atmosphere. Sip on sumptuous cocktails from the restaurant menu and relax to summer soundtrack of deep house for a lazy afternoon before the sun goes down.

 

Things to do in Algarve

I really enjoyed the live PA set by Tori Lanez one evening upon my visit when the whole of the Beach Club transforms into a full service nightclub hosting the best exclusive DJ sets and music performances from acclaimed international Artist.

Please take a moment to admire the exclusive Beach Club’s venue and facilities situated on the Praia de Rocha Beach in Portimao’s newest addition to the Southern Algarve. If you love the vibe in Ibiza this will certainly take you’re fancy then I highly recommend giving this destination a try to kick start your summer of fun in the sun.

 

Editorial Disclaimer: As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in.  I was an invited as Media to the resort by the PR Brand Rep as a Sponsored Press Trip #AD. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

A STAY WITH ART HOTEL MUSEO IN TUSCANY | CULTURE & STYLE AWAITS YOU

OPERA ARTE RESTAURANT FINE DINNING & HOTEL REVIEW

So a few months back, Jenny and I were invited to spend a couple of nights at the elegant Art Hotel Museo in Tuscany and we of course jumped up the opportunity to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way there. Situated in Prato province, this 4 star Tuscany hotel offers one of the best stays in the city, and has held a renowned reputation for Europe’s leading Textile Industries. We were offered one of their Classic Suites with views over The Contemporary Art Museum L. Pecci and access to their gym facilities to car hire service.

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Let’s start with a little introduction about the hotel itself. Since it’s founding, Art Hotel Museo was born under the sign of Art both for it’s location in front of the Luigi Pecci the center of contemporary art, and has always held a very high standard or both service, and accommodation with plenty of guest facilities and food & beverage options including; close proximity to the history city allows visitors to enjoy art, design, fashion and shopping in numerous outlets.

“We offer all our guests comfortable and cosy rooms (106 rooms including 2 executive, 3 deluxe and 4 suites and our renovated Classic Plus and our Designer Rooms on 04th Floor) as well as functional spaces conceived and designed to offer complete satisfaction in a setting of total relaxation. Art Hotel Museo is not only the meeting point of reference in Prato but it is also an active and dynamic hotel in the area.”

From the Art Hotel Museo Website

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I’ve got to say that this is one of the best hotel stay experiences we’ve had lately and the hospitality was outstanding. In fact second to none that we’d love to come back again soon. The rooms were very spacious including a separate walk in closet next door to the Bathroom with a modern contemporary feel inside the classic suite. Homely touches through out the whole hotel was so beautiful it was like an Art Gallery with a different theme on each floor. Me and Jen made good use of the Hotel Bar after a day of designer shopping Gigli Mall where we brought new outfits for Milan Fashion Week. The Hotel bar served all our Classic cocktail favourite’s from Aperol Spritz to Espresso Martini’s, fashion week here we come!

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Fancy a sumptuous cocktail or fine glass of Tuscan wine after day of sightseeing and shopping, spot of lunch or formal dinner the hotel has something to cater to everyone with various food and drinks options at the in-house The Opera Arte Restaurant including room service in dinning menu looks delicious. You’ve got to try their ‘Traditional Italian Roman Pizza’ Pinsa Romana with it’s soft fluffy dough base mozzarella, tomato, basil my favorite here. But, don’t forget to try the fresh gelato ice cream served as a desert option is just divine the taste of mouthwatering fresh lemon after two courses.

Tuscany Hotels

Tuscany Hotels

Another delicacy you must try is the Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese made with fresh tomato sauce and wild boar mince instead of beef which we are so used to having back home so it was a real treat to try something new in Tuscany. It would be great to attempt this dish when I get back home as I’m always looking to improve my culinary skills in the kitchen and cooking is enjoyable too especially during the lock down period. I’ve taken the time to learn new skills and take up new hobbies like watching ‘YouTube’ cooking channels – looking forward to what cuisine I’ll attempt in the kitchen next.

We both really enjoyed our time here in Prato Tuscany and the staff management at Art Hotel Museo were so kind and accommodating to us it made such a real difference for our stay. This hotel is also perfect for business travelers equip with conference rooms as well as holiday makers looking for a relaxing stay on vacation.

The outdoor pool and spacious garden are ideal for a fun summer with pop up bar and the hotel is Pet friendly too.  For us, it was all about taking time to switch off from our busy itinerary of life in London before the start of Milan Fashion Week. We definitely made the most of it, so if you are after a short weekend break to take in some culture through cuisine, fine wine, dining and shopping then this would be the ideal hotel to check out what Prato has to offer.  I discovered that Prato is known as The Textile City throughout history portraying cultural significance of fashion to wine in Tuscany’s winery’s and vineyards is very intriguing for wine lovers alike.

 

Tuscany Hotels

Tuscany Hotels
Photography Jenny Pickets

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: #AD A huge thank you to Art Hotel Museo for hosting us and for providing a wonderful, stay in Prato. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in, regardless of who foots the bill. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

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For more information and booking enquiries on Flights to Pisa & Hotel Reservations including the Hotel Restaurant at Art Hotel Museo Prato Italy, please visit

 

ART HOTEL MUSEO

Viale della Republica 289

59100, Prato Italy

+39 0574/578888

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+39 0574/5787

 

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ELEGANT HOTEL BARS & RESTAURANTS TO TRY OUT THIS WEEKEND – WHAT TO WEAR

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ELEGANT HOTEL BARS & RESTAURANTS TO TRY OUT THIS WEEKEND – WHAT TO WEAR

What will you be up to this Weekend? Nevertheless I hope you make the most of it before the new season starts and we begin to see autumn again. I don’t think I’ve ever planned that far ahead even though its already just around the corner and we see a shift again in our wardrobe from spring/summer to autumn/winter styles our go to closet staples get their chance to take centre stage. Lucky for me I know this city at the back of my hand having been based here a few years I won’t ever find myself bored getting dressed up to head out. Even more so, there is so much to see and explore in London which boast the best cocktail bars, restaurants to luxury hotels serving the most exquisite drinks with imagination catering to the ever more discerning drinkers. If you’re open to finding you’re new favourite tipple for a change, here are just a couple of places I’ve suggested that tick my boxes in London’s West End as my go to hang-out spots in town.

best london bars and restaurants
best london bars and restaurants
best london bars and restaurants

The Hamyard Hotel – Dive Bar

Soho London


Situated a stone’s throw away from China town just 3 minutes walk – The Dive Bar located on the lower ground floor of The Hamyard Hotel.

This hidden gem is named in honour of a 3 ft neon lady diver  which hangs on the wall with a lit bar area event space for intimate gatherings. The bar is kitted out with cascading signature Kit Kemp designed Rick Rack Wall fabric by De Gournay for a personal touch. Gain access to secluded private rooms adjacent to a theatre screening room including an array of eclectic artwork and furnished with eccentricity of wanderlust appeal.

Perhaps take a moment on a lazy rainy afternoon to explore the hotels most treasured rooms to unwind? Let your imagination run wild by burying your nose in a good book. Head on upstairs in the guest areas of the hotels library and discover literature to piqué your interest from other-worldly subjects and cultural affairs to satisfy book worms selected by literary expert Philip Blackwell.

But, what about the cocktails? Let’s say the drinks speak for themselves. The clever twist on classic to contemporary favourites are re-invented with tailor made martini’s using gin or vodka to homemade ingredients such as the homemade tonics in the signature Hamyard Gin & Tonic blended with Campari, St Germain, Portobello Road Gin and grapefruit bitters – you can be sure to find your new tipple that will impress gin and martini fans alike.

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Today I took a walk from Trafalgar Square and while I was there visited the National Portrait Gallery for a moment of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the west end just slightly after lunch time. It’s always good to walk on foot if you have the time to spare as well as spontaneously find new places to check out. I’d say unique Hotels with a quiet bar as well as a luxury dining room with exquisite ambiance is my sanctuary. After a busy morning you’d want to find somewhere to relax and unwind to spend the rest of your lazy afternoon. I’d just arrived at this Hotel on the corner of Suffolk Place on Haymarket where a friend and I decided to pop in for quick drink in The Brumus Bar and Restaurant located inside the Haymarket Hotel before heading over to The Hamyard Hotel Bar in Soho later in the evening. The hotel interiors were very elegant and quirky as I noticed the Canine Doggies upholstered onto the back of the bar stools and restaurant in a regal purple and pink fuchsia appealed to me. For all you pet lovers at home as they say ‘a man’s best friend is also his dog’ so immediately I felt very at home here. I thought it had a personal touch as well as being distinctly sophisticated which stood out as a style statement. I’m really impressed from what I’ve seen so far even though it was just a brief visit I definitely would pop in again for the foreseeable future.

best london bars and restaurants
best london bars and restaurants

The Brumus Bar & Restaurant

Haymarket London


Renowned for its exquisite elegance where you’ll experience a traditional afternoon tea in style at the newly refurbished and spacious Brumus Bar & Restaurant situated in the heart of London’s Theatre district..

Expect plush interiors nonetheless, unique art installations reflects the passion of its founder and Creative Director Kit Kemp is present within the interior design of the hotel. Experience the homely and inviting ambience of the hotel restaurants or drawing rooms were afternoon tea is served all day with quintessential flair. Definitely make this your pit stop after a day of shopping or pre-theatre dinning before a West-End show. But the most enticing thing about this place is most definitely the sumptuous hotel cocktail and bar menu with carefully curated wine list and spirits to deliciously mixed cocktails to complimenting menu of continental taste from main dishes to sharing platters.

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA MILANESE CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE

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The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies within walking distance of Porto Venezia.

In Italy an Osteria restaurant cuisine serves a selection of wine and food which is known especially for local specialities such as pasta dishes, grilled meat or fish where menu’s selections tend to be short. Throughout history some traditional Osteria establishment’s dates even far back as to the 14th and 15th Century. Upon my visit to Milan for Fashion Week in between the shows and events I managed to visit here a couple of times to dine with friends. This hidden gem in the heart of Milan’s City Centre has to be by far one of my favourite restaurant experiences so far for Italian cuisine and hope to return soon next time I visit again for fashion week.

My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan. Walk in’s are welcome during busy hours. Great food and fantastic atmosphere to enjoy culinary delights just like a local at this fine establishment in the center of Milan.

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Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

 

Address: Piazza Cincinnato, 4, 20124 Milan MI, Italy

Tel +39 02 2952 2076

 

To find out more about Osteria Mamma Rosa please visit their website below or to enquire about reservations

 

 

Disclaimer: I went to visit Osteria Mamma Rosa through personal recommendations of friends staying in the city. All Opinions will be own

LONDON’S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE HOTELS TO PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUBS FOR BEST BRUNCH – WHAT TO WEAR

Best London Brunch

VISIT LONDON’S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE HOTELS TO PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUBS FOR BEST BRUNCH – WHAT TO WEAR

When it comes to taking the utmost Instagram worthy photos to share on your social media feed it always comes down to capture those moments of awe which spark our imagination. I often find that when I travel to a new city I feel inspired to take photographs during my travels whether it’s a short weekend break, staycation or travelling abroad to treasure memorable experiences. The fascination with hotel interiors often gets me excited when I arrive at a new destination to take in my surroundings and a bit of culture too. Every city is different in its own unique way and London is no exception known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle as one of the world’s most stylish cities

Best London Brunch
Best Brunch London
Best London Brunch
Best Brunch London

Kaia Restaurant – The Ned London


A 5 Star hotel and members club in The City of London. Experience the 10 distinguished restaurants, indoor and rooftop pools,gym and private event spaces.

Take a seat it’s almost time for dinner – The Ned London oozes Art Deco glamour on the ground floor with an alluring selection of ten restaurants, bars and live jazz band playing is pretty impressive for a new Hotel and Private Members Club. For anyone that’s familiar with a bit of History about The Ned it’s very distinctive in its own unique way converted from a former Bank Vault back in the day. In the heart of London’s financial city district it’s one of the newest additions to the Luxury Hotel scene. Since its launch The Ned has garnered a reputation as one of London’s leading hotels transporting you to the atmospheric decadence of the 1920’s era.

Fancy indulging in a Japanese style brunch well look no further and try out Kaia. I recommend that you book a table in advance as the turnaround is very high at times. You can guarantee the food is absolutely divine and the inviting interior sets the scene for the ideal Sunday Brunch destination to wind down the week with a Kaia Negroni.

Experience culinary delights of Asian pacific inspired restaurant Kaia – ‘poke bowl heaven’ the best in London are deliciously served healthy as authentic dishes from tuna, salmon and mango combinations just too pretty to be eaten. Expect sushi, beautifully presented poke bowls and mains from the grill served fresh over the counter for a taste of culture from South East Asia and the Pacific.

Best Brunch London

When it comes to luxury Hotels I feel so privileged to have London within easy reach on my doorstep to explore and discover new experiences I encounter. If you adore luxury hotels as much as I do then you will be very curious to discover the best that London has to offer and making sure you’re stay is a forever unforgettable one. Here are two of my favourite Hotel’s to pop in for a social visit for Sunday lunch, Celebratory Birthday or Evening Drinks as a great atmosphere to entertain and relax in my favourite go to smart casual staples for such occasions.

Best Brunch London
Best Brunch London
Best Brunch London
Best Brunch London

The Holborn Dining Room – The Rosewood London


A leading luxury hotel group that combines English heritage and Contemporary is quintessentially charming at every turn. Escape to the Scottish Countryside without leaving the City, within minutes on the doorstep of Covent Garden.

Brunch or a signature G & T. Stop by the Holborn Dining Room for traditional British Cuisine and try the extensive Gin menu. If you’re looking for a home away from home feel then be sure to check out The Rosewood Hotel for one of the grandest British Brassieres in central London – take cues from sumptuous Sunday Roast inspiration by Head Chef Mark Drummond. You can certainly find your inner Zen here to relax in their variety of restaurants and bars found inside the Rosewood’s most iconic spaces.

Just before the entrance to Scarfes Bar is the infamous Rose Bronze Gallery designed by the acclaimed Tony Chi Studio. Get prepared to be dazzled by cinematic chic as the corridor has become one of Rosewood London’s most instagrammable spots. The gallery connects the lobby to the hotel’s public spaces, setting the tone for a luxurious and refined stay.

Feel forever enchanted by the warmth of the pie room restaurant. A one stop destination dedicated to one of Britain’s most famous dishes, The Pie Room is home to famous pies and delicious savoury creations by Chef Calum. Dine in to experience the exquisite pie tasting menu, or pop by to enjoy a pie to go.

Usher in the beginning of Cocktail week. Why not pull up a pew and explore London’s largest selection of gin palaces with over 500 gins and 30 tonics to choose from or perhaps let Scarfes Bar shake up one of their beloved bespoke cocktails on your next visit – which cocktail strikes your fancy? Rest-assured an exceptional evening awaits you at the timeless interiors of the instagrammable Holborn Dining Room.

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EAST MAMMA – THE BEST ITALIAN TRATTORIA IN PARIS

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During my visit to Paris during Fashion Week I’ve been here with friends and the food is really great and freshly prepared. East Mamma is a laid back Italian restaurant often referred to as a Neapolitan Style Trattoria serving the most authentic Italian Food which you’ll find situated at Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in the Bastille district of Paris. I would definitely say that ‘Pizza in this place is just divine, but more on that in just a moment…..

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant which is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts.

During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

The great news is that this fantastic Italian restaurant cuisine is closer to home than you think with the Italian Style eating establishment from the Big Mamma Group has opened Gloria in Shoreditch so expect a queues outside during peak hours  as rumour has it they don’t take reservations.

 

Address: 133 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75011 Paris, France

Tel +33 1 43 41 32 15

 

To find out more about East Mamma Paris please visit their website below;

 

www.bigmammagroup.com

 

Disclaimer: I visited this Restaurant with friends while in Paris through personal recommendation. All Opinions will be my own