Following on from last week’s post, this week I want to share with you some images of the beautiful interiors and design at the Shangri-La resort, Bar Al Jissah in Oman, where we were lucky enough to spend 5 nights in November.

The resort is divided into three parts – a family friendly 4* hotel, a beautiful 5* star section in the middle and then the 6* Al Husn, which is where we were lucky enough to stay. The hotel was beautiful – middle eastern influence was clear throughout and the rooms incredibly comfortable and relaxing.

The resort as a whole has a huge selection of restaurants ranging from local flavours and seafood, to Moroccan, Italian and Asian, so something for all tastes. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind for a few days in the warm winter sun!

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* I was hosted by the Shangri-La on this trip, but all views are my own.

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Happy New Year to all my readers – I hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and are feeling refreshed and ready to take on 2016! 

We had a very quiet time relaxing in Dorset, which was lovely but the weather was terrible – wind and rain almost every day! Luckily in late November we had escaped for a few days of winter sun to beautiful Oman, where we stayed in the stunning Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah Resort and Spa near Muscat.

It was such a treat – the beaches were beautiful and the weather was perfect almost every day. I think these gorgeous pictures speak for themselves – I can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for some relaxation and sun in the winter and don’t want to fly too far. We spent five nights at the resort, which was perfect.

As to be expected from the Shangri-La group, the interiors of the hotel were lovely – I will share them with you in next week’s post.

Happy New Year!

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*I was hosted on this trip by Shangri-La, but all views are my own.

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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}























P and I recently escaped for a gorgeous few days in romantic Rome – we were over there to celebrate a friends birthday and it was the perfect place for some serious pottering in the sunshine as well as celebrating in style in a country that has some the best food and wine in the world. The weather was beautiful and we stayed in one of Rome’s best kept secrets…a gorgeous little boutique hotel called Crossing Condotti. Hidden away on a side street literally seconds walk from the bottom of the Spanish Steps, it was the perfect place to base ourselves and we received such a warm welcome.


Our room was beautifully designed for both style and comfort; the bed perfect to collapse into after a long day walking and Marco, hosting us at the hotel, gave us some fantastic recommendations for food and drink spots – places that locals would frequent rather than sticking to the main tourist spots and we were so grateful to him for this. We had an amazing weekend and I would highly recommend staying there next time you’re in beautiful Roma!


I hope you’re enjoying this lovely Indian Summer as much as I am.


Have a gorgeous weekend!


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{Images via Butler-Madden Photography & Crossing Condotti}


This weekend during the torrential rain and winds (welcome to Spring everyone!) I found myself day dreaming of being back in beautiful Sri Lanka, so I thought it was time to share another of our favourite spots there with you. 

The beautiful and very relaxed Turtle Bay – I know that places are often referred to as being ‘off the beaten track’, but when referring to this hotel, this really is the case. We turned off the main road from Tangalla and spent almost 45 minutes driving along a tiny track before we reached the coast and the hidden haven that is Turtle Bay. 


The hotel is simple, but that is part of the charm and as you can see from the pictures it is set on the most stunning, totally unspoilt Southern Sri Lankan beach. There really was not a soul there except for the few hotel guests and the staff were utterly charming – nothing was too much trouble and the food was fabulous too. 


I would highly recommend if you are really looking to get away from it all and it’s brilliant value for money too!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

A couple of weekend ago we headed down to Somerset, to one of our favourite villages in the world – where we got married in November 2012, the beautiful Mells. We booked to stay at The Talbot Inn, which is right next to the church in the middle of the gorgeous village – there were four of us plus one little one and we had the most amazing weekend! 

The weather was perfect – we took advantage and walked across to Babington House for a swim and lunch – even though it was early March we even managed a bit of sunbathing on the comfiest loungers in the world – sitting there sipping ginger and honey tea whilst watching the clouds pass by overhead will be one of my most lasting memories of the weekend. It was utter bliss! 


After a delicious lunch we walked back across the fields to The Talbot, where I soaked in a bath full of bubbles before heading down to supper. The food at the pub is fantastic and at weekends there is the added bonus of The Grill restaurant, which they run in one of the outbuildings. The boys shared an amazing meat platter while I enjoyed some of the nicest pulled pork I’ve ever tasted. 


I can’t recommend this place enough. We were planning to try and pop back again for another weekend in a few months time, but it seems weekends are almost all fully booked for the rest of the year, so you have to book early!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden or via The Talbot Inn}