Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Hotel Review: A Perfect Stay at Galley Bay, Antigua.


After having such an incredible experience at Galley Bay's sister resort of Palm Island, I was super excited to visit Galley Bay and see how it compared! While I was at Palm Island we made friends with some of the other guests, and one couple had been visiting Galley Bay every year for 15 years! The resort was so different to St James's Club where we had spent out first five nights on Antigua, but so lovely and peaceful, and we felt as though we were completely cut off from the rest of the island. It was true luxury, surpassed our expectations, and just like Palm Island had the most incredible food...



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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Day Trip to The Caribbean Island of Barbuda.


One of the day trips we definitely wanted to do while we were in Antigua was the boat trip to Barbuda. Barbuda is a small island that forms part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda, and is famous for the 17 mile white sandy beach, the Frigate bird sanctuary, and the pink beach! We booked onto the Excellence catamaran cruise, and were a little surprised by the whole experience, as it really wasn't what we were expecting. 


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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Hiring a Jeep And Driving Around Antigua.


The day we visited Stingray City we hired a Jeep from the car hire place at our hotel, St James's Club, and drove around exploring the island. I was the driver for the day, and was terrified of damaging or crashing the car! Thankfully all was OK, and we has the BEST day driving around Antigua and seeing everything we wanted to see on our list.


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Hanging Out With Stingrays in The West Indies.


When I first told Claire I wanted to go to Stingray City while we were in Antigua, she was really unsure because of the whole Steve-Urwin-getting-killed-by-a-stingray thing. Before we went I did lots of research and made sure it wasn't cruel to the stingrays, but none of them are forced into a pool or area, it's right out in the open ocean and they choose to come in and interact with people and get some yummy squid. There was heaps of stuff we wanted to do that there weren't any excursions for (or we would need to do multiple excursions), so we hired a Jeep for a day, and did it all ourselves, including Stingray City. It was so much fun!!



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Sunday, 19 June 2016

New Hair At Nicky Clarke London.


You may remember how the day of my 25th birthday party I got my hair re-highlighted, and it didn't go so well. If you saw the photos, it was circa 2002 Atomic Kitten. Well I wanted to wait a couple of months to get it re-done because I didn't want it to damage my hair if I got it redone too soon.  Last week I finally got it sorted out, and went to Nicky Clarke in Mayfair, one of the top hairdressers in London. So...how did it go...?


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Mr Porter LCM Party at the Ham Yard Hotel.


It's been a while since I went to a London Collections: Men party. I used to work in men's fashion, but since moving to the good ole world of agency-side and finance two and a half years ago, I've missed all the awesome parties and events hosted twice a year for LCM. So last week Edd invited me along as his plus one to the Mr Porter LCM party at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, and I bumped into loads of the people I used to mingle with at the events back in the good old days of 2012/13. 


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Friday, 17 June 2016

A Historic Visit to Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.


One of my strongest memories of visiting Antigua when I was a child is Nelson's Dockyard, located in English Harbour, so naturally I had to go back when Claire and I went to the beautiful Caribbean island last month. We got a taxi from our hotel, St James's Club, and just 10minutes later we were there. Togo our lovely taxi driver asked what time we'd like to be picked up (in Antigua you always pay for a return taxi journey), and we agreed 1pm, so we'd have three hours to explore the area. It was slightly different to how I remembered it in my mind - I always thought it was much bigger than it actually is - but it was still just as beautiful and lovely to walk around.




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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sailing Around Antigua in the Caribbean.


Our first sailing trip in Antigua was the 'Island Fever' one, organised by St James's Club on their Catamaran, and we actually preferred it to our trip to Barbuda! Claire and I both had so much fun on the Island Fever trip, and think it's well worth the money (also it's way cheaper than a lot of the boat trips in Antigua). We set off around 1pm in the afternoon from the jetty at St James's, and before we knew it we were in the Atlantic Ocean rocking about in the waves, drinking cans of ginger ale to make sure we didn't get seasick.


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Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Start of Summer: Polo in the Park 2016.


I always consider Polo in the Park to be the start of summer. It's always held on the first weekend of June (see my past posts here), and thus always marks the beginning of 'the season' in London. The whole point of Polo in the Park is that it's an opportunity for everyone to watch polo, it doesn't discriminate and you don't have to be a member or be 'in the know' to go. The crowd is very different from the likes of Cowdray and Ham (my favourite polo blog post I've ever written is the Ham one) but that's what makes it unique. It's right in the city and easy to get to. Unfortunately this year was a little overcast, but we still had a lot of fun!



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Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Stunning Sunset at Shirley Heights.


The day after we arrived in Antigua we spent the day on the beach and lounging around by the pool. Since Claire moved up to London to live with her lovely man James (who is basically the best cook ever), we don't see each other as much as we used to when she lived around the corner from me, so we spent the day catching up on what we'd been up to over the past month or so and just having a proper girlie day. It was bliss! That evening we went up to the famous Shirley Heights for the sunset and party, and it was so much fun!



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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hotel Review: St James's Club, Antigua.


I've been back from Antigua less than a week and I'm already longing to be back on those golden sandy beaches and swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean. I went with my friend Claire, who you've seen on this blog a fair amount over the years, and we had such a wonderful girls trip! After I had such a great time on Palm Island last year, Elite Island Resorts kindly asked me to check out a couple of their hotels in Antigua, so naturally I said yes! We spent five nights at St James's Club, and beside the glorious ocean views from our room, it was the perfect hotel for two friends wanting a few days of cocktails and relaxation.


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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Lux Life's May 2016.


I know I know, it's June already, you'll just have to forgive me for the lateness of this post, but I didn't get back from my 10-day trip to Antigua until 1st June, and I went straight from the airport to work and haven't really been home much since. Things have been a little crazy to say the least. So, what did I get up to in May aside from a lush trip to the Caribbean?


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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Travel Linkup: 5 Things About Cuba That Surprised Me.


For this month's travel linkup the theme is all around unexpected journeys and things that you didn't expect to see/experience. As Cuba is a bit of an unusual one and one of my favourite places I've ever been to, I thought I'd focus on this beauty and tell you a little more about it! After longing to go to Havana for over ten years (since I was around 11 years old), I finally went and was so worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. Like I had full on nervous butterflies just from worrying about that. But in actual fact it very quickly surpassed them and I had the best time ever! So, what things surprised me the most?


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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Celebrating Cherry Blossom Season at Sake no Hana.


I just got back from Antigua yesterday (posts coming soon!), and the night before I flew out there I went for dinner at one of my favourite restaurants in London, Sake no Hana. Suraya and I had some exciting things to chat about (we've been working on a secret little project lately), and I needed her advice big time, so we went after work on Friday and tested out their latest Sakura menu to celebrate spring and Cherry Blossom season.


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