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Monthly Favourites – May #25

Oh goodbye May, what a fun month you were! I spent the first weekend at home with family, the following weekend I jumped aboard the new cruise ship from Celebrity Cruises, the following weekend we dined at the renovated The Wavendon Arms for sunday lunch, and then the last week in May was spent in Cyprus as a family. I got to have so much fun throughout May, and I was so grateful for all the incredible experiences we got to enjoy, and the fact I got to do many of them with everyone I love was even better. Bring on June!

Sunday Lunches at The Wavendon Arms

Last month, on a sunny afternoon, Theo and I headed to the newly renovated The Wavendon Arms with our friends Grace and Adam to experience the pub, since undergoing their decadent transformation. The pub is part of Mitchell’s & Butler’s pubs, which is a small group known for decadent dining destinations and great food. From the moment we arrived I felt like we had stepped back in time, with the new decor transforming you to something out of the 1950’s, with both the interior and exterior having been given a huge facelift, with copper tones throughout, rich dark colours, golden palms and velvet seating. —> READ BLOG POST

Spending a week in Cyprus

I’ve just returned from a week in wonderful Cyprus and this trip was exactly what the doctor ordered. We stayed on the luxurious Aphrodite Hills Resort, on the south west coast of the island in a gorgeous hillside villa that sleeps six people comfortably. It offered the most incredible views of the Cypriot countryside and beyond, the sparkling ocean. In this blog post I have included everything from what to do, where to eat, when to go and my ultimate Cyprus Itinerary.

It was a holiday of two halves, restful and adventurous. With most mornings jam-packed with activities including boat trips to the blue lagoon, scuba diving and off-roading in the Avakas Gorge, and then afternoons were spent at the on-site spa, relaxing around our private pool and light evenings drinking wine. BLOG POST COMING SOON

Exploring the new Celebrity Cruises ship Celebrity Edge

At the start of May Katie and I headed down to Southampton for one of the most unique and fun trips I’ve had in awhile. We boarded Celebrity Cruises European Premiere for three days, to celebrate the launch of their new ship Celebrity Edge. And what a ship it is…. From the moment we arrived to the welcoming staff in the port entrance, to the theatrical entrance, with white balloons and music playing, and that was before we had even boarded the Edge. After we’d checked in, had our security photo taken and then boarded the ship we were in shock at the magnitude of this incredible ship. It didn’t take us long to feel right at home, after being given a glass of prosecco as we stepped in to the lobby, and were shown to our Veranda Stateroom on Deck 12. Celebrity Edge was largely designed by the interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE, and has a capacity for over 3,900 guests, with innovative features around every  corner, fun elements to usually boring environments and blends luxury decor, with playful concepts throughout the entire ship. —> READ BLOG POST

Hangover free with Ullo Wine Purifier

If you know me, you’ll know how much I love wine. A true advancement, the Üllo Wine Purifier instantly restores the natural taste of wine. And it’s supposed to be great as lessening the hangover! A true advancement, the Üllo Wine Purifier instantly restores the natural taste of wine. The purification power of Selective Sulfite Capture™ technology combines with an adjustable wine aerator in a single, intuitive design that respects the simplicity and ritual of wine.

Staying at Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus

Nestled on the south coast of the wonderful island of Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills Resort in Cyprus is the perfect place to spend a holiday with your loved ones. Overlooking the mediterranean sea, Aphrodite Hills is an award-winning 5-star resort with breathtaking views across the countryside and their iconic Championship PGA Golf Course. The resort is also only around the corner from the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, as well as ideally located to Paphos, Coral Bay and beyond. BLOG POST COMING SOON

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A Weekend in Vienna

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Exploring The Whitsundays

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