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Friday, 6 July 2018

Gillham Vineyard North Cyprus










When it comes to travelling there’s so much to see in this world. But one place I find myself travelling back to year after year (sometimes twice a year) is North Cyprus. It’s my home away from home. My family were born there and a lot of them are still out there so there’s always something pulling me back to this small island I call home.

This June, I headed out to North Cyprus for a family engagement. While out there I had the opportunity to visit Gillham Vineyard in Ilgaz Kyrenia. The first of it’s kind in North Cyprus and only open for just over a month; the hotel stands out compared to the rest on the island.

Gillham Vineyard is in itself a vineyard that offers to bring a new lease of wine tasting to the island. With wine tours including tasting sessions the hotel looks at offering more than just another bottle of wine. They’re looking to bring more wine culture to the island and to educate those interested in wine further.

Alongside this over the next few months they are working to finish building the spa area that will offer a range of different wine treatments. Something I am intrigued about and will definitely be heading back to check out once it’s open.

The Hotel

Gillham Vineyard also hosts 60 people in their boutique hotel. The hotel is an adult’s only facility up in the mountains offering you the most peaceful of breaks you can imagine.

If you’re looking for an escape from everyday Gillham Vineyard is the perfect spot for you. You’re up in the mountains with a view of the Vineyard, the mountains and the sea.

Even if you’re not a huge drinker, there’s still a lot to do in Gillham Vineyard. There’s an outdoor pool with the most incredible view overlooking North Cyprus. There’s a chef restaurant that offers some of the most delicious local ingredients found in North Cyprus with a twist. This is fine dining at it’s finest in North Cyprus.

If you’re travelling to North Cyprus this year I recommend spending a few nights here for utter relaxation. If you’re not looking to stay here then make sure you take a wine tour and learn more about the wine they make and serve at Gillham Vineyard.

I’d never been wine tasting before and the staff at Gillham are so knowledgeable that they have shown me what to look for and how to truly taste wine for the best experience.

Have you ever been wine tasting before? Have you visited North Cyprus before?

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

I SPENT A WEEK IN TURKEY X BODRUM, MARMARIS, OLUDENIZ


















At the beginning of May I headed on a trip that I had been super excited for. I was heading to Turkey for 6 days with a bunch of people I didn't know. Granted I stalked them all online before because let's be honest, who wouldn't!

And then the day came. Being Turkish Cypriot, understanding the Turkish culture, speaking the language and having visited a few of the places before I was super excited to be on a trip where I would be able to understand the locals.

In the four hour flight, myself and a few of the girls became acquainted and by the end of the flight we had created a bond that took us through the entire trip. That's the great thing about travelling. It's not just the location, but the people you meet along the way.

The first day was to be spent in Bodrum. I've visited Bodrum before, but mainly stayed in the resort. So I was excited to head out and see what the city had to offer. We spent the night in Royal Asarlik Beach. The hotel had two different pools and a beach on offer. One of the great thing about hotels in Turkey is that you get a great offer for an all inclusive break. 

The next two days were spent in Marmaris. Here we spent two nights each in a different hotel. The first night was spent in the luxurious Orka Lotus Beach. The second in Green Nature Diamond. Both equally luxurious, however I found Orka Lotus Beach to be a lot more relaxed, where as Green Nature had more of a younger vibe with music playing all day at the pool. It really depends what you are looking for.

Day four we travelled from Marmaris to Oludeniz. One of my favourite places in Turkey. I'd been to Oludeniz about five years before and fell in love, so I was so happy to travel back there again. But before we ended up in our hotel in Oludeniz, we had a jam packed day. Our first stop was the Lycian Tombs. These are situated in Dalyan and you can see them by boat. We also managed to spot some baby turtle while sailing around the lake.

We then headed to the Dalyan Mud baths to experience a mud and thermal water bath. This was great for our skin, but I couldn't handle to scent and had to be pulled out of the thermal water. Thinking back to that moment is making me want to heave again! The smell was vile!

We then headed to visit some of the founders of the wonderful Orka Hotels and went to see some of the Villas they have built. These villas are literal GOALS. With it's on hamam, hot tub and gym to name a few it's a home we can all aspire to have!

Our last night was spent in Orka Sunlife Oludeniz where we enjoyed a lovely meal together. The hotel is so big it has an outside lift to take you to your room.

The last morning it was actually raining until around 11am. This had us all worried for we had a busy day planned that involved a lot of outdoor activity. Luckily, the rain cleared and blue skies appeared allowing us to have a wonderful last day in Oludeniz. I finally managed to visit the Blue Lagoon and Turquoise beach. If you want clear white sand with blue seas, this is the place to go. It's breath taking.

We then headed on one of the Alesta yacht's. This was so much fun, we stopped off a few times and had the opportunity to head into the seas. Personally I love swimming and the sea so I went in for a little dip and with the heat I dried in around five minutes.

Our last meal was spent in Rixos Gocek. Here we had a delicious three course meal.

If you'd like to see my vlog I have attached it below. Have you ever been to Turkey before? Would you want to visit now?



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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

GOLD JEWELLERY X THIS SUMMERS MUST HAVE ACCESSORY




There was a day that if you said I had to choose between yellow gold or white gold and silver, I would have always chosen the latter. I always felt like yellow gold was for older people. My mum would always wear yellow gold and I wanted to make my own mark and be different. And that's why I always opted for silver jewellery.

Now, fast forward to 2018, it seems as though yellow gold has made a huge comeback with bloggers alike all opting to wear yellow gold, or like me, mixing the two together.

This summer, I can't stop shopping for gold necklaces. It's currently my favourite thing to look for and I've started to build up quite a collection of cute pieces that I can mix and match.

I feel like this is my current favourite two pieces to wear together. I am on the hunt for something to drop a little lower and possibly have a small charm on it. When I'm in Cyprus, I'll be heading out to all the jewellers to have a look and see what there is on offer.

I like shopping for jewellery in Cyprus as there is no tax on gold so it's generally a lot cheaper and usually is solid gold. A lot of my other pieces are either gold plated silver or gold plated rhodium.

If you're wanting to switch over to gold jewellery, I suggest you start at the lower end of the market and try some styles from the highstreet to see if it's what you like as it is quite an adjustment if all you've ever worn is silver before.

The chocker style necklace that I am wearing is from Etsy, and the pendant is the English Farthing on the 16 inch chain from Katie Mullally.

Here are a few other pieces that have caught my eye. Let me know if you'd like to see a feature on earrings or watches or anything else let me know!



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Thursday, 3 May 2018

Getting to know my allergies with Neutral 0%






 Last week being Allergy Awareness week I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you a little bit more information about myself and what allergies I suffer with.

Something that I don't talk about much is my allergies, I have hayfever which is an extremely common allergy. But one that's a little less spoken about in my case, is the fact that I'm allergic to most washing detergents. That's why I was really excited to try out Neutral 0% and see if it would work for my skin.

Ever since I was a baby, my mum struggled to find detergents that wouldn't irritate my skin or give me an allergic reaction. We then found one company that worked and that was it. That's all we could use. One washing detergent. For twenty five years, that was the only detergents I have been able to use. As I've grown older, I'm constantly looking for alternatives as it's quite restricting.

I remember going on family vacations and my mum would always pack washing detergent incase any of my clothes needed to be washed so that my skin wouldn't be irritated.

One day when I was around eleven years on a family holiday in Cyprus my mum took us to our uncles house where my cousins and I wanted to go to his farm to feed the sheep. My aunt kindly offered for me to change into my cousins clothes so that mine wouldn't get ruined.

All was well and good until after about fifteen minutes in the sun I started feeling really itchy and uncomfortable. By the time we got back and I showered and changed, my skin was covered in a rash like I've never seen before. And coincidentally, it was only on the areas that I was wearing my cousins clothes (that were washed in a different washing detergent to my normal one).

That night, I knew there had to be a better solution to this. And ever since then I have always made sure that everything that comes into contact with my skin is fragrance and colourant free. I'm always on the hunt for a new brand so when I heard of Neutral 0% I knew I had to try it out for myself.

1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from allergies, this number is growing every year and almost half of UK households are currently affected by allergies. The older I get the more conscious I become about the things that touch and go into my body. Using products that are kind to your skin is so important to me. #neutralsensitiveskin

Neutral 0% has made a name for itself and as a result is a leading brand in Scandinavia. It's new to the UK market, however being such a growing concern in the UK market, it's sure to find it's space in the sensitive section. 

Now that I'm older I'm able to make more conscious decisions and be able to try different products.

If you’re interested in trying the products, the Neutral 0% Washing Liquid and Fabric Conditioner are currently on promotion in Ocado and the range is also available from Sainsbury's and Amazon. To find out more about Neutral 0% visit www.neutralsensitiveskin.com.

With no colourants, perfumes or parabens in their products they're perfect for anyone who suffers with any skin allergies or irritants like me.

DISCLAIMER: I recommend doing a patch test for compatibility, especially is you have sensitive skin.

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Monday, 23 April 2018

The Arch London A Luxury Boutique Hotel In The Heart Of London







Earlier this month I spent the night at The Arch London, where we sampled their afternoon tea and stayed in a beautiful suite. Personally, I love staying in hotels. It's a great escape from your everyday life and being a travel blogger means I get to see beautiful hotels all over the world. However, one of my favourite places to stay has to be in boutique hotels in London. They're quintessentially British, small and have their own charisma you can't find anywhere else.

As a London girl, I don't tend to stay in hotels in my home town much, so it's always nice having a short stay at a home away from home. And that's exactly what The Arch London is. It's home away from home, it's luxurious and it's extremely charming. From the moment you walk in, you start to notice the beautiful art pieces that were all commissioned for the hotel all with a nod to something to do with London.

I've been to the Arch London before around the same time last year for Afternoon tea (see here) and ever since then I knew I wanted to have the full experience of staying at the hotel.

On the outside the hotel blends in with the rest of the street, I had stopped outside to take some pictures, and my boyfriend didn't realise that we had arrived. Personally, I liked the fact that it was quite inconspicuous. Unless you're looking out for the large sign, you could miss it.


  
The Hotel

The hotel is made up of seven Georgian townhouses a stones throw away from Marble Arch station. It's on a beautiful residential street which resulted in us going for a late night walk after dinner. The quiet streets made for perfect conversation and beautiful views. We were both so surprised that we were in the heart of London, yet there was no hustle and bustle you usually get in town. Pure bliss.

Once you walked through the hotel, it is anything but inconspicuous. The decor bring homage to London with lot's of different art pieces curated specifically for the hotel. We were lucky enough to stay in the Sullivian suite. A beautiful suite with a blue theme throughout.



The room

The room had all the normal facilities you find in a five star hotel plus more. Staying on the lower ground floor, we had our own private outdoor terrace with outdoor heating, plus a bath with a tv to name a few.

The room also has a spacious shower with four different shower heads. This was something that I took full advantage of and enjoyed the waterfall effect one. Trust me, showers will never be the same now! I also decided to have a bubble bath while there because I'm a sucker for a bath and I needed to try the tv out.



Breakfast

We had the option to have breakfast in the room but decided to head to the dinning area so that we could see a bit more of the hotel while we were there and experience more than our suite. The hotel restaurant is Hunter 486, which offers a best of British menu. We opted for poached eggs on toast, me with avocado and my boyfriend opted for spinach instead. A latte each and a smoothie later I saw some hot croissants come out from the kitchen and just had to have one. It was one of the nicest croissants I've ever tasted, so buttery and flakey at the same time.






Afternoon tea

My second time trying the afternoon tea at the Arch London was just as pleasant an experience as the last time. A typically english menu consisting of smoked salmon, ham and cheese, egg and cress, chicken corrination and cheese and pickle as the savoury options. When it comes to afternoon tea, in my opinion, the simpler the better. Typically english flavour combinations work best and makes me feel quintessentially British.

Desert was a mix of a raspberry trifile, strawberry tart, passionfruit cheesecake, battenberg and a chocolate and orange cake that reminded me of a jaffa cake. However, my favourite part of any afternoon tea has to be the scones. Soft and buttery, I love to load them up with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Tell me, are you a clotted cream or jam first kind of girl?

As I mentioned last time I visited The Arch London, their afternoon tea has been one of my favourites, and I'm sure I'll be back again to try their new menu. I also vlogged my experience at The Arch London so make sure to check it out below.


A huge thank you to The Arch London for hosting us. We had such a wonderful stay.

Have you ever stayed here before? What's your favourite thing about London hotels?

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