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}























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}
























Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited – I have been a number of times and the scenery, food and gorgeous people that live there, never fail to impress me. The first time I visited was just after the Tsunami and I have been about five or six times over the years since and am so pleased to see that now the country is at peace again, tourism is really taking off and after years of unrest things are slowly returning to normal on this magical island. 

The first hotel I want to share with you is a must visit in the capital of Colombo. It’s a haven away from the bustling streets – the monochrome elegance hits you as you drive up to the entrance and this theme is continued throughout the public areas of the hotel. Our room (we were upgraded to a beautiful suite) was a palette of soft pastels; a stunning serene space to unwind after a day exploring the sites. I’m not sure I need to say any more – these beautiful pictures by my talented husband really do speak for themselves!


We booked through Mr & Mrs Smith, which as always was a pleasure, and there was a lovely welcome gift waiting for us in the room.


I’ve got lots more gorgeous Sri Lankan properties to share with you in coming weeks, it really is such a special place, if you haven’t been I would definitely move it to the top of your bucket list!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

It’s hard to think that just a month ago we were snoozing by this pool in the late afternoon sunshine – it feels like a million miles from the brisk winter days and long dark evenings that we are now experiencing in the UK. The beautiful Alavya Hotel in the small town of Alaçati in Turkey was the perfect haven to get some rest and respite before starting on our latest project. We spend five nights hiding behind the walls in the perfectly manicured gardens – it was utter bliss. The hotel is so well designed and thought out – set in a collection of former village houses, there is a range of styles to the bedrooms. From the rustic to the super luxurious, all with a great feeling of privacy. 

The town of Alaçati was equally as lovely – a real haven and a place where you have to look very hard for a fellow British holiday maker. Popular mainly with Istanbul weekenders, we had an authentic Turkish experience; the variety and quality of food on offer didn’t disappoint. We pottered, pootled and generally took it very easy – it was almost the end of their summer season so the sun was low in the sky and the temperature a perfect 23 degrees. It was heaven and I would definitely recommend to all wanting an mini break as in easy flying distance to Izmir from London with just under an hour transfer to the hotel.

For more information please visit the Alavya website.

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{Images via Alavya & Patrick Butler-Madden}

Beautifully positioned alongside its Art Deco neighbours on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a stunning  landmark hotel.  This is where P and I were lucky enough to spend the last night of our honeymoon and we loved every minute. The hotel has one of the best locations in Miami, right on Ocean Drive across the road from the amazing South Beach. The interiors were amazing; perfect mix of old with new, modern with vintage, art deco with New England – I was in heaven! 

As you can see from these pictures it’s definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Miami. Their restaurant, BLT, was also out of this world…P chose a steak and it was the best he’s ever had whilst my jumbo shrimp cocktail definitely didn’t disappoint.

This afternoon I have mainly been daydreaming about all of the above, washed down by a passion fruit martini at sunset! Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

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