Le Telfair

Earlier this year, I was sent to Mauritius by World of Wanderlust, to stay at the Heritage Le Telfair hotel. It’s the kind of paradise hotel that you’d want from any island getaway with swaying palms overhead, sand underfoot and a sultry laid-back vibe. The hotel is located right on the beach front, making it ideal for salty water lovers and poolside loungers alike. Guests quickly settle into the colonial-style retreat and slow down to the beat of the island. Quiet days are spent lounging under banyan trees, relaxing in the zen spa and drinking fresh coconut water from the hotel’s Coco Shack. The staff go above and beyond to accommodate and everything can be arranged, from candle-lit dinners on the beach to rum tasting in the Cavendish bar. After magical evenings spent watching the sunset, guests retreat back to their colonial-inspired houses sun-kissed and smiling.

Mauritius Guide

Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a beautiful island surrounded by a limpid lagoon and turquoise waters. It’s a fusion of French, British, Indian and African influences – this melting pot of cultures make it one of the most diverse and culturally-rich islands to visit. Powdered white sands and azure waters line the coast while tropical rainforests teeming with endemic birds make up its mainland.

Where to stay: The most beautiful beaches are located on the south coast, luxury resorts line the east coast and the north is livelier and busier. I stayed at Heritage Le Telfair, a luxury colonial-inspired hotel situated on one of the beautiful beaches on the south of the island.

What to do: Sunbathe on the icing sugar sands, take a catamaran ride out to sea, go dolphin watching, try local rums including Chamarel distilled on the island, walk through the tea plantations and hike through the rainforest.

When to go: Mauritius boasts a year round warm climate making it a popular holiday destination any month of the year. I went in February which is their wettest month along with January. The best time of year is November through to December for the hottest and most reliable weather.

What to eat: The food reflects the fusion of cultures on the island. The cuisine includes curries of every variety, fresh seafood and exotic fruit salads. Typical dishes include smoked marlin, palm heart salad and dal pancakes.

Mauritius Travel Diary

Mauritius had long been a dream holiday destination for me. It differs from other Indian Ocean paradises in that it offers visitors more than just a beach. Its thickly forested interior lies in stark contrast to its icing sugar coastline. Inland there are cascading waterfalls and rugged gorges and on the beach azure waters lap gently against the shore. The two feel worlds apart from each other. Adventurers should climb le Morne mountain for breathtaking views over the multi-blued reef and hike through the dense Black River Gorges National Park for rugged natural beauty.

Shoreditch Guide

Staying in Shoreditch is an excellent choice for visitors to London. In recent years, Shoreditch has become the most happening neighbourhood in London and a hub for creatives and visionaries. Shoreditch is home to a number of design-conscious galleries, trendy concept stores, Brick Lane Market and Columbia Road flower market. This guide covers the very best speciality coffee shops, mixologist cocktail bars and top-notch eateries in the neighbourhood.

Coffee: Sorry Coffee Co 

Sorry Coffee Co is located inside the trendy clothing store Kit & Ace. The interior of this boutique-cum-café is an Instagrammer’s dream with a colour palette of marble, copper and white. A beautiful copper Marzocco is used to make flawless coffee which is served inside ever-changing designed paper cups. Clothes are perfectly draped on copper hangers and stage lights spell out Sorry overhead.

Cream

This industrial-interiored café is an excellent choice for stellar speciality coffee in Shoreditch. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open out onto the street creating natural light and fresh air aplenty.

The Bulldog Edition

Located inside the ultra-hip Ace hotel, this café along with the rest of the hotel’s ground floor has become the hangout place for locals in the area. The coffee is excellent and the atmosphere is low-key cool.

Additional coffee shops to try include Ozone Coffee Roasters, Brooklyn Coffee, Counter Albion and Shoreditch Grind.

Eat: Dishoom

Dishoom is every Londoner’s favourite Indian. Fans return time and time again for the wicked spice-infused cocktails and Indian tapas. Open from breakfast through to dinner, every dish has a unique spice combination and something special about it.

The Clove Club

One of London’s best restaurants, the Clove Club has a Michelin star for a reason. Every dish is inventive and favours British ingredients which are often overlooked. The result is a tasting menu where each course seemingly gets better than the last. Their signature dish of raw Orkney scallop with Perigord truffle, hazelnut and clementine is a thing of beauty.

Lyle’s

Lyle’s has earned itself a neat reputation among Londoners. The ever-changing menu focuses on fresh produce; the peas are podded daily, the lettuce leaves homegrown and the fish farmed in Britain. The all-white interior provides a bright space to enjoy the tasting menu.

Beagle

Located in the arches of Hoxton train station, the setting for this restaurant is one of a kind. The highly acclaimed Beagle has received rave reviews for its simple and superbly executed menu. The cavernous space includes a restaurant to one side and a cocktail bar to the other, both as good as each other.

The Attendant

The dishes served at the Attendant are pure Instagram gold. As well as serving excellent coffee, they also have a wonderful breakfast, brunch and lunch menu prepared by head chef Dima Kurenia who used to work at Michelin-starred Chiltern Firehouse. Standout brunch dishes include the vanilla and passion fruit French toast and smashed avocado with feta, lime and chili on sourdough.

Additional restaurants to try include Andina, Pizza East, Bistrothèque and L’Anima.

Drink: The Boundary

The Boundary is Shoreditch’s coolest rooftop bar. When the sun comes out, the terrace is buzzing with hipsters drinking summary cocktails and enjoying the relaxed vibe. Once the sun has gone down, head downstairs to the underground bar and restaurant which is the epitome of cool with dimly lit lighting, high ceilings and exposed brick walls.

Barbour and Parlour

Barber & Parlour indulges guests in a whole host of beauty treatments – the New York style beauty emporium houses a hair salon, barbershop and manicure bar. After you’ve been preened and pampered, head downstairs to the basement cinema and cocktail bar. Movies and a new hair-do all under one roof? This might be a novel concept for London, but it’s likely to catch on.

Ace Hotel

The communal ground floor of the Ace Hotel is both cavernous and cosy at once. The lobby bar is ultra-cool both in design and atmosphere. It’s a hub for creatives and hipsters who come for the inventive cocktails and laid-back vibes.

Stay: The Hoxton

The Hoxton is one the trendiest hotels in the heart of Shoreditch. It houses a fashionable cocktail bar, speciality coffee shop, photo booth and gourmet restaurant under its roof, meaning you never need leave the hotel. That being said, with all of Shoreditch’s hotspots right on the doorstep you won’t have to go far to explore. The downstairs bar-brasserie is one of the hippest places in town attracting dozens of non-guests every night, but upstairs the rooms remain so quiet that you would never know there is a secret party going on a few floors down. Popular with those in the know, rooms at this design-conscious hotel tend to go very quickly.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Only a short walk from Shoreditch you’ll find the world-famous Columbia Road flower market. Londoners flock here on Sundays to pick up tissue paper peonies and violet-hued hydrangeas to decorate their apartments. It has become somewhat of a Sunday tradition, not just for the flowers, but also for the atmosphere, coffee shops and cool hangouts along the street.

Best Breakfast Spots in London

London has an endless number of fantastic breakfast eateries so choosing the best in the city simply comes down to preference. What I look for in a perfect breakfast place is a beautiful interior, flawless flat white, delicious menu and healthy options. Every one of the places I’ve chosen ticks all of the above boxes and has something extra special about it. Be it a wall of wild botanicals, marble countertop or panoramic views over the city. I am proud to share with you my all time favourite breakfast spots in London.

Nopi

Nopi is an all-round wonderful spot; it boasts a celebrated chef; stunning interior and delicious dishes. The interior is an Instagrammer’s dream with clean, slick walls, hanging brass lights, gold and marble details and bouquets of fresh flowers. If you fancy something sweet go for the French toast served with star anise sugar, berry compote, orange yoghurt but if you fancy something savoury then you must order the famous Israeli dish; Shakshuka; which consists of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce with smoked labneh. Trust me, it is so good.

21-22 Warwick St, London W1B 5NE

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Words cannot describe how perfect this place is. Botanical plants decorate the interior, light pours in from the floor to ceiling windows and art-deco arm chairs boast bold prints of leaves. Bottomless brunches are what everyone is ordering with fiery Bloody Mary’s flying out of the bar. I’d recommend the drop scones with clotted cream, berry and honey paired with a creamy flat white.

42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The second Ivy to open in London and a welcome addition to Chelsea’ brunch scene. Interiors and exteriors are on point from the leafy terrace to the plant-strewn conservatory. An expansive breakfast menu caters for the gluttonous and the health-conscious alike. Those wanting to indulge should order the truffled scrambled hen’s eggs served with toasted brioche and those wanting to be healthy should opt for crushed avocado, coriander and pomegranate on dark caraway toast from the light and healthy menu.

197 Kings Rd, London, SW3 5EQ

Duck & Waffle

Londoners flock to this reputed restaurant as much for the staggering views over the city as for the flawless food served inside. Order the signature duck and waffle; crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg dressed with mustard maple syrup, I promise you won’t regret it. The best part? It’s open 24/7 so breakfast can be as early or as late as you want.

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Granger and Co.

A favourite with Notting Hill’s trendy crowd, expect to queue for a table here especially on the weekend. Granger and Co. offers a killer breakfast to satisfy a mean appetite. Popular dishes include ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter and the fresh Aussie – tea smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado & cherry tomatoes. I’ve eaten arguably the best granola of my life here, completely vegan and served with coconut yoghurt and homemade fruit compote.

175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB

The Good Life Eatery

The Good Life Eatery is one of those places that just gets everything right. It has become an enormous hit with health-conscious Londoners and expats who come for the killer breakfast menu. They serve a mean acai bowl, rainbow coloured cold pressed juices and lots of low calorie yet super nutritious options.

59 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DH

Hally’s

This Californian-inspired café has lots of charm and a laidback vibe. If you’re in the mood for something sweet opt for the ricotta pancakes with berries, figs, honey and crème fraiche or if you fancy something savoury choose amongst the extensive classic egg dishes on offer.

60 New King’s Rd, London SW6 4LS

No. 11 Pimlico Road

This multifunctional spot is open all day and evening and serves everything from an early morning espresso to a late evening nightcap. It has a circular cocktail bar in the center of the main dining room so you can count on a wicked Bloody Mary shaken by expert bartenders to accompany your breakfast. Breakfast favourites include crushed avocado and feta on sourdough toast and No. 11 Eggs Royal with homemade hollandaise sauce. Order a selection of breakfast dishes to share between the table at this convivial eatery.

No.11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NA

Aubaine

Aubaine is a French restaurant offering traditional French breakfast fare to Londoners who contentedly devour every last croissant crumb from their plates. The croissants are fluffy and buttery, the interior pastel hued and feminine and the bread as good as Paris. Breakfast classics include the croque Monsieur, French toast with blueberries and pastries of every manner. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a pot of tea from Mariage Frères.

31 Dover Street, London, W1S 4ND & various other addresses over London

108 Brasserie

108 brasserie is a chic dining option located in the heart of Marylebone. It has a breakfast menu to accommodate the health conscious as well as the carb lovers. If you’re feeling good order the superfood egg white omelette with chia seeds and something green from the cold pressed juice menu, or if you’re feeling naughty opt for the viennoiserie basket and the ricotta hotcakes with pears and honey.

108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QE

26 Grains

Inspired by Grød, a porridge bar in Copenhagen, 26 Grains serves only porridge but like its Nordic precursor creates both sweet and savoury recipes. The interior is warm, welcoming and cosy and each bowl of porridge is innovative, comforting and wonderfully tasty. For a warming and spicy breakfast, opt for the Nordic Spice made with coconut milk oats, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, seeds, raisins, coconut yogurt and apple maple and pair it with a turmeric almond latte.

2 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP

Raw Press

Raw Press is a health lover’s paradise. It is the best spot in London for a nutrient-packed breakfast. They offer a mean acai bowl, superfood breakfast buffet, smashed avocado on toast and buckwheat waffles. Pair your breakfast with one of their cold-pressed juices for the ultimate vitamin hit.

32 Dover St, London W1S 4NE

Hvar Travel Diary

Our time in Croatia was spent between the mainland and the islands. I had long wanted to visit the waterfalls inland, so we decided to spread our time equally between the two. If I get the chance to return to this beautiful country, I plan on spending as much time island hopping as possible. Hvar is an island which really does have it all: secluded bays, quaint old towns, trendy beach bars and fine dining. I could have happily stayed on this idyllic island for the whole two weeks, but there were other islands calling our names.

Dubrovnik Travel Diary

As well as producing travel guides, I always like to share a travel diary of each location. The purpose of the guides is to inform and the intent of the travel diaries to inspire. It’s in these travel diaries that I share the hidden places, backstreets and daily wanderings. Dubrovnik has quickly become one of Croatia’s most visited cities, meaning lots of tourists. I would recommend venturing outside of the medieval city walls in search of unexplored backstreets and panoramic views. There are quiet nooks and crannies in even the busiest of places, you just have to look that bit harder to find them.

Croatia’s Most Idyllic Islands

Croatia’s islands are places of utter beauty. Framed by the Adriatic with scalloped bays, pine-fringed beaches and clear waters, they are the ultimate holiday destination. Whether you’re in search of chic hangouts or off the radar beaches, this list has it covered. Here is a guide to Croatia’s most idyllic islands and what to do when you reach them.

Pakleni Islands

‘These tiny islands are exclusivity come good’

The Pakleni Islands are a cluster of islands located just off Hvar. Most of the islands have become fashionable with well-dressed yachties whose boats allow them the freedom to travel between the tiny islands as they please. Eat at waterfront restaurant Zori on Palmižana for an unforgettable dining experience or dance the night away at Carpe Diem on Stipanska island.

Hvar

‘A buzzing island of breathtaking beauty, trendy bars and superb restaurants’

Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular islands, meaning the summer months bring with them lots of people. Shoulder season is the best time to visit with the best months being May and September when the temperatures are warm, skies are blue and tourists fewer. Climb the Spanjola fortress for breathtaking views of the terracotta-roofed town and the marina below. Explore the island’s beautiful beaches such as Milna, Zaraće or even further off the radar Dubovica.

Dugi Otok

‘An island of tranquility and natural beauty in equal measures’

Dugi Otok is completely off the radar. If you want to escape the modern world in search of ultimate seclusion, this is the island for you. With little phone reception, you’ll be forced to stow away modern technologies in exchange for untouched beaches and natural beauty. The best thing? It’ll feel like you’ve got the beautiful island all to yourself, especially in shoulder season.

Korčula

‘From pine-framed coves to quaint old towns, Korčula has rustic charm in abundance’

Of all the islands we visited, Korčula was my favourite. It has the ideal mix of trendy hotpots and unexplored corners. Make sure to stop at secluded bays such as Pupnatska Luka and Bačva for pebbled beaches and turquoise seas. Korčula town has some of the prettiest backstreets I’ve laid eyes on, climb the bell tower for views over the marina or the wooded forest for views over the town.

Vis

‘Azure waters lap the coast and trees grow wild inland’

Croatia’s furthest island remains one of the most untouched. Vis is an island of beautiful beaches, rugged interiors and few visitors. Make sure to travel to Stiniva, one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Spend your whole time on this island and you won’t want to return to the real world. There is a reason why Vis is every Croat’s favourite island.

Rab

‘Long beaches and powdery sands’

Located off northern Croatia, Rab is an island of beautiful old towns and long sandy beaches. Rab town is charming with its orange-hued rooftops and pale stoned buildings. There are plenty of winding backstreets and bougainvillea grown walls to be uncovered. Photo by Caproni

Lopud

‘Ideal for those seeking peace from Dubrovnik’

Located only thirty minutes from Dubrovnik by boat, Lopud provides a sweet escape from the bustling medieval city. This tiny island has no chic bars, no fine dining, few luxuries and little commodities, but is ideal for fleeing the tourists. The quaint harbour is peaceful and tranquil and feels a million miles away from mainland Croatia.

Postcards from Croatia

Croatia is a country of dramatic scenery with its rugged coastline, pine-forested landscape and cascading waterfalls inland. It is the ideal destination for sun worshippers, culture seekers and adventurers alike. Head to the islands for secluded bays and azure waters of the Adriatic or to the history-drenched towns for rustic charm and beautiful architecture. It’s a country I fell instantly in love with, not as preened as neighbouring Italy but equally as charming in all its rustic splendor. I wanted to share with you all some postcards and a little glimpse into our time spent road tripping through this beautiful country.

Dubrovnik Guide

Dubrovnik is on everyone’s radar as Croatia’s most beautiful city. With a host of fashionable restaurants and rooftop bars, it has in recent years become known as the playground for fashionable yachties and chic partygoers. Small in size, yet mighty in reputation, this fortified city seemingly has it all: culture, glistening sea, year-round sunshine and sunlit terraces. It’s little wonder it’s one of the top destinations in Croatia.

Banje beach

Dubrovnik’s closest beach is beautiful, turquoise waters line the whitewashed pebbled shore with views of the walled city in the background. When the heat gets too much, visitors and locals alike flock to this beach to dive into the glistening sea and drink iced beer in the sun.

Walk around the city walls

For postcard views over Dubrovnik’s old town, walk the entire length of the city walls. Terracotta-hued rooftops glisten under the golden sunrays, the skyline only pierced by chuch domes and medieval spires. Stop for a freshly squeezed orange juice to rehydrate and take in the beautiful views over the Adriatic.

Explore the backstreets

There’s no denying that Dubrovnik’s backstreets are crammed with tourists and their selfie sticks. The old town is relatively small and the walled city can only take so many tourists. With this in mind, you have to look even harder to find the quieter backstreets, but once you find them you’ll be so glad you took the path less travelled.

Climb the fortress

The fortified city of Dubrovnik lies on the edge of the beautiful Dalmatian coastline. Badly damaged during the Yugoslav wars of the early nineties, it has since been restored to its former glory. The best way to see this reborn city is from the fortress which overlooks the walled city from atop a neighbouring cliff face. Views span the entire medieval city and the stealthy wall which snakes around it and once did a stellar job of protecting it.

Cable car to Mount Srd

The medieval city of Dubrovnik shrinks into the nearby distance as you ascend further up Mount Srd by cable car. The air feels instantly fresher and less humid as you take in the hazy city below.

Explore island of Lopud

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik, head to the forested island of Lopud which is only a short boat ride away. On the island you’ll find peace and rugged coves aplenty.

360°

Set within the walls of the ancient city spanning a multi-level terrace, 360° is the most fashionable restaurant in Dubrovnik. Pop in for an aperol spritz and watch the sun set over the picturesque harbour.

Nautika

Nautika is a restaurant of mighty reputation, making it tricky to get a table, especially in peak season. If you’re lucky enough to secure a golden seat on the outdoor terrace, you’re in for a treat. With views overlooking the fortress and a menu to match, it’s not difficult to see why this is one of Dubrovnik’s most sought after restaurants. The menu abounds with Croatia’s finest ingredients: truffles from Istria, scallops from Ston, fresh seafood and Pag cheese, all paired with the sommelier’s recommended Dalmatian wines.

Posat

Located just outside of the city walls lies Posat, a restaurant of exceptional cuisine and service to match. Fish lovers will be happy to see so many seafood dishes on the menu with the winning dish being the fresh lobster.

Café Bar Buža

This relaxed, no thrills bar is always bussing with people, perhaps not for the quality of the drinks but for the beautiful views. Drink a beer whilst looking out to the glistening Adriatic, an expanse of blue where the sea blurs into the sky above.