Why I love The Delano

Why I love The Delano

 

Yes. I’m back. And yes, I do wish that I was still on holiday alas all good things come to an end (and some things you really really hope don’t) – and this holiday was one of them!

And in particular…

The Delano

To say that it’s better in reality than the pictures in an understatement. As “better than pictures” just doesn’t quite cut it where The Delano is concerned. When I first walked into the hotel on Miami’s South Beach I truly thought that I had died and gone to heaven. It was my very idea of perfection from a dream that I didn’t know I’d had. Though we were actually staying in the beautiful SLS Hotel next door Ian had booked a table in their Italian restaurant Bianca for our anniversary dinner and when we walked in there we were immediately reminded just how well the American’s do luxury. Americans do luxury very well indeed.

The interior design of this hotel combined all kinds of exceptional: It was exceptionally glamorous, exceptionally minimalist and exceptionally elegant all at once. All of these things I seek in Interior Design and yet hardly if ever have I seen it executed as well or as effortlessly as it had been done here.

The entrance hall had triple height ceilings where floaty white chiffon drapery hung and swayed gently in the breeze on either side of a very wide and long entrance. Thick white pillars and dark varnished wood floors completed the feeling of space and light.

Though it was extremely minimalist (with only a few selected items of designer furniture and a transparent grand piano), it was undoubtedly stylish and extremely sophisticated. Large ornate mirrors and flickering lanterns placed on the floor completed the feeling of exclusivity, mystery, luxury and intimacy. In addition to this there was a most hauntingly beautiful citrus scent permeating the air which had clearly been designed especially for the hotel. I was completely in lust.

Walking out to restaurant on the terrace I was again struck by the carefully executed design. It is so hard to get minimalism right without making a place look scarce or feel cold and this designer had done an excellent job at proving that it can be done. And so it was.

Large potted plant pots adorned the wide stone staircase leading to what I like to call “the magical night garden” below. Tall palm trees lined up either side of the very large pool area with cosy private cabana’s and a manicured lawn that occupied a white four poster bed and large canopy.  Fairy lights twinkle in the trees and bushes giving it a wonderful feeling of warmth and a rare, special kind of magic.

So impressed with the design of this hotel was I  (and the fun and fashionable SLS hotel that we were staying in which was designed by the renowned French designer Philippe Starck), that I was intrigued to know who had designed it. Indeed I felt that I needed to know. So I done a quick Google search and found out that the person who designed The Delano was infact Mr Philippe Starck himself! Which would of course explain the cool, effortless Mediterranean chic that was prominent in the design of this hotel.  Phillippe, I salute you. #ISaluteYou

Look See:

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What say you bloggees and bloggette’s?  – Have you ever stayed at or been to The Delano? What did you think of it? Were you as impressed as I?

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Rose Glow Mask Recipe

Rose Glow Mask Recipe

Here’s another totally gorgeous, natural FREE skincare recipe for you to try at home! Our Rose Glow Mask Recipe is a simple but effective way of giving your skin some much needed and well deserved TLC. The Manuka honey in the recipe will leave your skin clean and silky smooth, while the combination of both the Rhassoul and Kaolin clays will absorb any impurities and give your skin lots of beneficial minerals and nutrients. This is a great recipe that leaves your skin with a lovely, healthy glow and of course it smells wonderful too which is a bonus 😉 Try it out and let me know what you think!

Ingredients 1 tbsp Manuka honey 1 tsp Milk (whole or goats milk, or you can use powered milk) 1/2 tbsp Rhassoul clay Rose Floral Water 1/2 tbsp White Kaolin clay 1 tbsp. Rose petal powder 5 drops Grapefruit pink Essential Oil 1 drop Rose Essential Oil Rose Floral Water Grapeseed Oil (optional)

Instructions Mix the dry ingredients together: The clays & rose petal powder together with the powdered milk (if using). Add the Essential oils and a few drops of Grapeseed oil if you tend to have dry skin Then mix in the honey, milk and floral water to make a paste. The honey gives the mask a nice smooth texture and keeps the clay from flaking & crumbling. You can also add a tsp of honey powder to enhance those benefits. Apply in a circular motion. Leave on for 20 min. or so, then wipe off gently with a wet, warm flannel. Follow up with a little bit of Coconut Oil to moisturise. Wonderful!

Mummy Spoiling Ahoy!

Mummy Spoiling Ahoy!

Happy Friday Bloggee’s and Bloggette’s!

I hope that you’re all gearing up for some serious Mummy spoiling this Sunday?!

I’m planning on taking my Mum to a cultural exhibition on at the Oxo Tower in Southbank about Jamaican History (which sounds like it’s going to be great!), then we’re going onto Westfield for a look around the shops as my Mum wants to buy some clothes for our family cruise holiday in May. It’s so close now that I can almost touch it. So exciting! 🙂

Then we’re having dinner and finally, I’m taking her to a comedy and entertainment show in the evening. Phew! It’s going to be a very funpacked day.

My brothers and sister are coming too so it’s going to be a real family affair this Mothers Day. I always love spending time with my family and there’s nothing quite like (or more rewarding), then spoiling your Mum.

On another note, could there be a better looking Mother?! (see below)

This is an effortless, natural, superior beauty that is impossible to buy. Salute!

Jada and Mum (below)

Jada and Mum

 

So what have you got planned for Mothering Sunday? Dinner? A bit of Pampering? A Show?

Let me know!

Until we meet again,

 

Tori

“I’m going to Miami – Buenvenidos a Miami”

“I’m going to Miami – Buenvenidos a Miami”

Yes! I’m going to Miami!

Just a few more days to go before I’m staying here:

SLS Miami

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The Betsey, South Beach

The Betsey Drinking here:

The Setai

setai the setai grill Shopping here:

Adventura Mall

adventura mall

Base USA

base Dancing here:

Liv

liv

AND Sunbathing here:

Miami Beach (Oh What Joy)

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The last time I was in Miami was about 6 years ago. Actually tell a lie, I was there last year but it was only for 2 days during the stopover for our Caribbean cruise so it doesn’t really count. In some respects Miami, and in particular South Beach reminds me a little bit of Playa D’en Bossa in Ibiza (which I love!), only better (Europeans do it better don’t you know;). The Philippe Starck and Lenny Kravitz (would you believe?) designed SLS hotel, where we’re going to be staying in Miami, even reminds me of a boutique version of the unique Ushuaia hotel in Ibiza, which hosts the best parties I have ever frequented. Like, ever! The music on the beach, the fun loving beach party vibe, the sun, the sea, the house culture, the shopping, the glamorous girls in skimpy bikini’s and fake boobage and the veiny and extremely shiny, gym obsessed men are all what makes Miami Miami. But despite this, I’m sure that a lot has changed since I last holidayed there and I’m really looking forward to checking it all out. And maybe the next time I go I’ll stay at the beautiful, elegant Betsey (which is most definitely in my sights). I will keep you informed!

Hasta La Proxima Vez  (Until Next Time!)