Monday, 29 February 2016

Hotel Review: The Knickerbocker, New York City.

I first heard about 'The Knick' a few years ago, when they started renovating it. Opened in 1906 and owned by John Jacob Astor, it quickly became a part of the New York social scene. The Knickerbocker was an important part of New York City's history, and was apparently the place where the Martini was first invented, in 1912 by the hotel barman! After a long period of closure after the prohibition period, in which it was turned into offices, it only recently reopened as a luxury hotel, in 2015, under its original name. 


Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The First 2016 Life Update.

I literally can not believe it's March next week. March. I feel as though it's January still, and I realised this week that I haven't actually really done a 'life update' so far in 2016. So, what have I been up to so far in 2016? Well, a lot of travelling - in less than two months I've visited three continents and flown a total of 20,172 miles (yep, I'm racking up those frequent flyer points). I've also eaten a fair amount of food and been to some awesome parties... 


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Walking with Elephants Through the Thai Jungle.

A few years ago back in 2011 I blogged about my desire to work with Elephants and how it's always been a dream of mine. I wasn't very good at Biology or any of the sciences, so was unable to become a vet like I'd always wanted. I vented my frustrations in that blog post and said how I would love to do a gap year after Uni and travel around Thailand and Borneo volunteering with Elephants and Orangutans. Obviously this didn't happen and instead I went straight into the work force...but while I was in Thailand I finally managed to tick visiting the Elephant Nature Park off my bucket list, and I also spent a day walking through the jungle with elephants. It was a dream come true.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Hotel Review: The Shangri-La, Chiang Mai.

After experiencing the ultimate luxury at Tower Club at Lebua in Bangkok, I wasn't sure anything could surpass my experience there. But when I arrived at the Shangri-La in Chiang Mai, I instantly felt at home; calm, happy, and content. It's funny how childhood memories come flooding back, and just goes to show the importance of branding (and the same scent!) throughout every hotel. When I was younger my favourite holidays were spent at the Shangri-La in Singapore. We used to stop off enroute to Australia, and my brother and I adored the few days we'd spend there. The Shangri-La in Chiang Mai is one of the best five star hotels in Chiang Mai city, and I can certainly see why.


Monday, 15 February 2016

Exploring Chiang Mai, Thailand.

As soon as I landed in Chiang Mai, at around 9am on Friday morning, I knew this would be a very different experience to Bangkok. Bangkok was crazy, overwhelming, and dirty, whereas as soon as I stepped off the plane at Chiang Mai everything seemed calmer; the air was clean, the airport was surrounded by lush green mountains and hills, and everyone just had a slower pace. My driver from the Shangri-La was waiting for me, and after a short drive to the hotel I could finally relax again before exploring the old city and temples.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Ladies Brunch at The Botanist, Chelsea.

The girls and I used to do brunch often, but lately we've all been busy and it's been a very long time since the last one. With 2016 already flying by (how is it mid-Feb already?!), we decided it was time for a morning of pancakes and eggs. Chelsea is the easiest place for us all to meet, so we thought we'd try the brunch at one of my favourite bars; The Botanist, on Sloane Square.


Thursday, 11 February 2016

When Life Isn't as Perfect as it Seems.

I think it's very easy when you're a luxury lifestyle blogger to portray this glamorous easy life. A life that makes others envious, and a life that makes people go 'Oh you're so lucky!' whenever they see you and ask what you've been up to. The thing is though, although it looks glossy on the outside, deep down it isn't all fun and games. Underneath it all we're just normal people with normal problems. I don't want to hide my struggles from you all, I respect you too much...especially those of you who have followed my adventures for years, and I don't want any of you thinking that it's just one big barrel of laughs, because it ain't. Life just isn't like that.


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Chinese New Year at Yauatcha City.

Last week I went to test out the new Chinese New Year menu at Yauatcha in the City (the things I do for you guys ;)). Last year I tested out the Hakkasan Chinese New Year menu, so this year I wanted to mix things up a little bit. It was a really delicious meal, however we did miss one of the mains (more on that later in the post...), but the thing that really made it awesome? Gin macarons, and a Gin cocktail pairing flight. Yes. You read that right. 


Monday, 8 February 2016

A Luxury Day Exploring Temples by River in Bangkok.

After a very heavy night of drinking at Distil and Mezzaluna, we awoke bright and early at 7:30am to get a private river taxi organised by Lebua. Our boat took us down the canals, and we ate a delicious fresh breakfast of champagne, fruit, and sandwiches while seeing a totally different side of Bangkok. The boat then dropped as off at Wat Arun, which in English is called The Temple of Dawn.


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Dining in the Sky at Bangkok's State Tower.

The State Tower in Bangkok that houses Lebua Hotel and Tower Club at Lebua, also houses their myriad of restaurants and bars. Two of these restaurants are Al-fresco; Sirocco, and Breeze. Sirocco is the more famous of the two,with the multi-award winning Mediterranean restaurant having 270-degree views over the Chao Phraya River and city of Bangkok, while Breeze is the trendier one, with similarly impressive views and the most epic restaurant entrance I've ever seen.


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Dinner and Dancing at 100 Wardour St.

Last night Mimi and I hit the town to party at the newly launched 100 Wardour St in Soho. We started with a delicious dinner in the restaurant, then moved to the dance floor where Nick Grimshaw DJ-d and rocked the house with awesome tunes, and we danced the night away! Mimi and I were long overdue a catch up, we've been friends for over 10 years but I hadn't seen her since last summer as she's been living up in Stratford-upon-Avon while performing with the RSC, but she's finally back in London! If you've been watching Mr Selfridge lately you may recognize her, as she's currently playing the part of Tilly for the final season.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Innovative Thai Cocktails at Distil Bar.

Thailand is full of awesome bars. Due to our hectic schedule and terrible jetlag the only ones I visited were the ones at my hotel, Lebua. I checked out Sky Bar, Flute, and Distil, and absolutely loved the cocktails at Distil, which is on the 64th floor of the State Tower in The Dome right at the top. The head barman Joao, is an intriguing guy who creates innovative cocktails with a heavy influence from food. I had a fair few cocktails from the menu, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about them and about the bar.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Visiting Bangkok's Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

My first day in Bangkok was a free day, as the other days were planned out with various group trips. I really wanted to visit the Grand Palace while I was in Bangkok, as everyone had told me how amazing it was and how it's a 'must visit'. Well...I can confirm they are all right. It was breathtaking, and absolutely stunning. I took way too many photos, and it was so difficult deciding which ones to use in this post!


Monday, 1 February 2016

Mezzaluna, Bangkok.

Mezzaluna is regularly on the 'best restaurants' in Bangkok lists, and it's easy to see why. The luxury restaurant housed in The Dome itself on the 65th floor of Lebua Bangkok, once created a tasting menu that was sold for 1 Million Thai Baht (around £15,000) per head. I told you the other day how Lebua Hotels focus on providing luxury food and beverage experiences, and Mezzaluna is a prime example of that. I dined at all of Lebua's restaurant while I was there, and despite the al-fresco Sirocco being the most famous, Mezzaluna was without a doubt my favourite...and hands down one of the best meals I've ever had (and no, I didn't have the 1 Million Baht meal ;)). 

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