And a Happy New Year!

And a Happy New Year!

2014! – A whole new year! – have you made any resolutions yet?..

Resolutions for me are to cook more (I made a beautiful French onion soup last night!), keep up with my exercise regime, see my friends more and business wise I’d like to have my products stocked in at least 1 or 2 retail stores by the end of the year.

My Christmas was fabulous – my boyfriend and I spent it with his parents and brother and I was spoilt to within an inch of my life! check out all of my goodies! πŸ™‚

Xmas Goodies

My boyfriend got the award for getting me the best combination of gifts ever with a dazzling array of jewellery, a gorgeous scarf, lingerie, a sexy photoshoot, front row tickets to the cirque de soleil show, perfume, a dress and a beautiful grey fox fur coat that I’ve had my eyes on (but couldn’t afford!). I even got a beautiful velvet riding hat from his parents as I’m taking up horseriding lessons this year.

After Christmas we went to my Mums for dinner with my family which was lovely. I bought my Mum a bracelet that I had engraved with words which made her cry. I was happy to have touched her with my words though my intention obviously wasn’t exactly to make her a shed tear! πŸ™‚
We played my favourite board game Balderdash, which I lost – to my boyfriend naturally as he’s always winning these kinds of games. Hmpf!

I’m off on my holidays on Thursday, we’re going on a Caribbean cruise. It’ll be our first ever cruise and our first ever visit to most of the cruise destinations. We’ll be going to Dominica, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Kitts, Barbados and Florida. We are cruising with Celebrity Cruises and the ship looks amaaaazing and has everything and anything you could possibly wish for including a lawn club, spa, gym and swimming pools, a theatre, a glass blowing show, arts and crafts workshops, nightclubs, restaurants, a shopping centre and much much more!

I can’t wait to experience a little cruise style luxury and visit all of the beautiful west indian islands on my travels and I will surely update you on my findings upon my return!

Have you got any holidays planned this year? If so, where to? πŸ™‚

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My holiday on the white isles..

My holiday on the white isles..

I’m not one for taking lots of pictures whilst on holiday as I find it to be quite a bore, but I thought that it’d be nice to do a photo montage of my holiday in Ibiza for your viewing pleasure. So here it is! I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

We dined at the fabulous Montauk, a brand spanking new steak restaurant that has just opened up in Ushuaia. We were given the choice of a selection of 3 knives, one from Spain, which was beautiful with a white marbled handle, one from Japan (needless to say the sharpest of the 3), and one from the UK: Twas quite plain. I went for the white marbled knife from Spain.
For dinner I had a beautifully cooked fillet steak and lobster with triple cooked chips. The blue cheese sauce (that I stole from my boyfriend as I hadn’t ordered any!) was particularly good. The meal was on the pricey side, but the service and the food was of a very high standard therefore I felt the prices were justifiable. Also, the dΓ©cor in there was very nice indeed.

Montauk, Ushuaia, Playa D’en Bossa

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Afterwards, we partied at the infamous Ushuaia Beach Hotel. I never thought a party could top the party I went to at Ushuaia the year before as it was amazing beyond words, but it did. It never ceases to amaze me just how good parties at Ushuaia are. Carl Cox and Pete Tong were there with the sound, and the quality of the sound was so good you could feel the music pulsating through every orifice of your body. The uniquely attired performers on stage done everything from silks, to hoops to walking on stilts, and there were lights, fireworks, lasers, the whole caboodle if dancing wasn’t your thing. What a night. It felt like the best party on earth, and it probably was.

Ushuaia, Playa D’en Bossa

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In terms of restaurants, Ibiza has some truly great ones, and we went to the Thai restaurant Bambuddah Grove whilst we were there, which is a favourite of my boyfriend and I. It was the first time my sister and cousin had been to Ibiza so we took them there knowing that they would love it. And they did. My cocktail, named Orgasmic Delight, was very aptly named. It had: Vanilla Vodka, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Syrup and Passoa in it. Deeeelish! For my main I ordered my favourite: Black Cod.

Bambuddah Grove, Santa Eulalia del RΓ­o

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Es Vive was a hotel that we looked into staying at whilst we were searching for accommodation in Ibiza and we were very impressed by it’s styling and location. Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay there as it was VERY expensive and we went in high season but we did at least get to dine there, and have a little look around too. We also met the owner who was a fellow Englishman, and seemed very nice and down to earth, he was talking about owning the hotel, living in Ibiza, and his thoughts about all the other luxury hotels in Playa D’en Bossa. Some of them you have to have a pretty penny to even THINK about staying in.

Es Vive, Playa D’en Bossa

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Ibiza Old Town is where a little bit of history still lives. A lot of Ibiza has been modernised to make room for it’s reputation as the “party island of the world”, and thus a lot of it’s oldy worldy feel has been lost, but in Ibiza Town it’s still very rich in Ibizan culture and history. And it’s really quite lovely. Cobbled streets and old white stone buildings, coupled with the sparkling Mediterranean sea and mountains abound. A lot of people park there luxury super yaughts in this part of town too, and if you go down to the docks you can have a sneaky peak at some of them.

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Ibiza Town

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Las Salinas Beach

Stunningly beautiful: the sea was crystal clear, warm and very clean! I was in heaven on that beach and did not wish to leave. Ever!

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The Jockey Club, Las Salinas

On Salinas Beach there was a beach restaurant called the Jockey Club. It’s been going for 20 years and they go by the slogan: “This is the place!” and it really was the place, it really was. Overlooking the beautiful beach, with a live DJ, refreshing, ice cold drinks and amazing food, I could see why it was popular. We had to wait 45 minutes for a table there.
I ate an amazing strawberry and goats cheese salad, which was so fresh, and so good that I almost shed a tear (I truly did). What a magical place.

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Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my photo montage of my latest holiday. I hope to jet off on a Caribbean cruise for my next one but we’ll have to wait and see.

Where is your favourite holiday destination? – i’d love to know!

Mexico

Mexico

Las Vegas seems all but a distant memory for me now, even though technically it’s been a mere 4 weeks since I returned from there, lol. Alas, I have realised that holidays and me, well we just go hand in hand. Escaping the hugely unpredictable weather in the UK to seek out sun, sea and luxuriation is compulsory for me and I need AT LEAST 2 longhaul holidays a year, not to mention additional European or UK ventures. Last year was a great year as I managed to go on 4 holidays: to Jamaica, Ibiza, The Dominican Republic and Lake Como in Italy not to mention Wales and Leamington Spa. The previous year I went to New York twice, to Amsterdam, Herefordshire and Hertfordshire. So, I’ve had a pretty good run methinks.

In 2 weeks time (Wooooo!), Ian and I are going to Cancun in Mexico. I haven’t been to Mexico before, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing all that it has to offer. We’ll be staying at the “Adults Only” resort Secrets Silversands Riviera, with an all inclusive package that’s entitled “Ultimate Luxury”. I am keen to find out what that entails as it sounds splendiferous! P.S I realise that splendiferous isn’t actually a word but you know what I mean, lol.

So..Bring on the Ultimate Luxury oh yes indeed!

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Silversands

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