Most Luxurious March Moments – Milan, Lugano and More


What a month it was! Our feet barely touched the ground with trips to Switzerland, Dorset and Italy, interspersed with lots of fun outings in London. We had some incredible March moments and hope your month was just as fun.

CULTURE VULTURE

This month we visited a stunning botanical garden in Switzerland, Parco Scherrer pictured above, as well as Fondazione Prada in Milan, with its cool café designed by Wes Anderson. I’ll be writing about them both soon!

Bar Luce Fondazione Prada
LIFESTYLE FILE

Lalique is known for its stunning glassware including its perfume bottles, but it also creates some gorgeous fragrances. The new scent for women, Rêve d’Infini, is feminine yet modern. The name means “infinite dream” and it is inspired by the number 8, representing infinity. This symbol was often found in René Lalique’s Art Nouveau designs and the perfume bottle reflects this beautifully. As for the scent itself, its a pleasing combination of bergamot, freesia, lychee, rose, cedarwood, musk, vanilla and sandalwood.

lalique-reve-dinfiniWe’ve been trialling a new suitcase recently, the Samsonite Curv. Part of the Lite-Shock collection, it’s the lightest case that I’ve come across, and is made by a revolutionary new process, where polypropylene is melted into sheets, then stretched 10-15 times to make them extremely strong. It’s pictured here at Milan’s main train station – we found it really easy to wheel around. I love the bronze colour and there’s also a cool personalized engraving option. We were surprised at how spacious it is, and the fact that our luggage weighed several kilos less on the way out, leaving us more potential to shop and bring back souvenirs from abroad!

Samsonite Curv luggage - love how light this suitcase is!
With the weather improving, have you considered updating your sunglasses? I managed to lose my last pair of Fendi sunglasses, so was pleased to find a similar cool pair at Smartbuyglasses. I couldn’t resist the Fendi FF 0137/S PARADEYES sunglasses in pink/glitter but they also come in gold/peach and red mirror frames. They’re made from Optyl and Nylon, making them really lightweight. I also liked the fact that SmartBuyGlasses UK offer free shipping and a 2-year warranty. Plus, many of their models are a lot cheaper than what you’d pay on the high street.

Fendi sunglassesTRAVEL TALES

One of my favourite March moments was a long overdue a return to Lugano in Switzerland to see Paul’s father. It’s a beautiful town and Villa Castagnola, the place that we stayed in is rather magical!

Most Luxurious March Moments - Villa Castagnola room service
Afterwards we took the train to Milan and crammed in so much over two days, including some great hidden gems that I’ll be writing about soon. It was also great to spend a bit of time in London, finding out more about two upcoming hotel openings, Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands and Rosewood Phuket in Thailand – both on my to visit list! We’ve had fun this month exploring some of the capital’s best hidden gems. Very recently, were lucky to enjoy a private tour of the City of London with GoBe on the hottest day of the year so far!

Bank of England CityWINING AND DINING

If you follow me on Instagram you may well have seen my Instasory unboxing some fantastic Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. It’s one of my favourites and close to my heart as it’s the one that we served at our wedding. The Brut Rosé has a really delicate flavour and is not too sweet – perfect for a celebration!

Nicolas Feuillatte champagne
It’s always good to encourage new talent, and S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2017 does just that. This international competition encourages chefs under 30 to apply, so if you know of anyone who fits the bill, make sure to encourage them to enter! This year, the UK launch of the competition was held at Cafe Murano Covent Garden, where chef-owner Angela Hartnett was joined by many other well established chefs such as Alyn Williams and Phil Howard.

S.Pellegrino Young Chefs 2017It’s been a while since I went to Bar Boulud, in the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge. The bar and restaurant have been updated to give a more casual feel, and the cocktails are a real highlight. I just had to try what Daniel Boulud calls the sexiest cocktail ever…his signature White Cosmopolitan Martini. It’s a tasty combination of vodka, St Germain liqueur, lime and cranberry juice but the real wow factor comes from the huge ice cube encasing a lovely purple orchid.

Bar Boulud cocktail
I took a step back in time to the 1930s for a delightful afternoon tea at Park Chinois in Mayfair. The decor of this restaurant is simply stunning, with opulent tones of red and gold. We enjoyed the live band, Orchestre de Chinois, singing vintage tunes as we sipped rosé champagne. From start to finish, it was a real treat with delicious sandwiches, tasty scones and a fabulous selection of sweet pastries. The loose tea menu is very impressive here too. I’d love to see an option of dim sum afternoon tea too, as Park Chinois is particularly well known for its refined Chinese cuisine.

Park Chinois MayfairAnother of my favourite March moments was at Aquavit with Paul for their Nordic brunch. Located in the new St James’s Market area, it’s a spectacular space. Light and airy, with floor to ceiling windows, it’s the perfect spot for a breakfast meeting, brunch or leisurely lunch. The original Aquavit in New York boasts 2 Michelin stars and I wouldn’t be surprised if the London outpost follows suit. The dishes have a real flair, from my Raggmunk aka Swedish potato pancake with bacon and lingonberries to Paul’s Eel Benedict. Yes you read that right, it’s a new take on the perennial Eggs Benedict and it works really well. We loved the fresh fruit juices too.

Aquavit London reviewAnother highlight was my afternoon tea at Voltaire Cocktails & Champagne Bar, in the heart of the City. It’s located on the site of King Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace, where prisoners were locked in the vaults, before becoming a bank and now a stylish bar. The original cells are still here on the outdoor terrace and now transformed into heated private VIP areas. We chose to take our tea inside but I’d definitely return to have a cocktail and gourmet burger in the vaults in the evening. We really enjoyed the Classic Afternoon Tea, with its choice of 24 teas,  tasty finger sandwiches, savouries, fruit and plain scones and a wide array of pastries and cakes. It was accompanied by three mini cocktails, one to go with each course. First up was a Pumpkin with Rosemary Infused Vodka for the sandwiches, then a Hendricks, Elderflower & Cucumber Martini to go with the scones, and finally a Lemon, Limoncello & Lemon Syrup Fizz that went perfectly with the desserts.served with a selection of cakes and pastries. If you prefer it you can swap the cocktails for a chilled glass of Pommery NV champagne.

Voltaire afternoon tea at the Crowne PlazaI also savoured a special Floridian pancake with Visit Florida at the appropriately named, Where the Pancakes Are, as well as the coffee experience at Montague on the Gardens with South African Tourism, and Cathay Pacific’s new Betsy beer at Duck and Rice in Soho.

COMING SOON IN APRIL

I’m really excited to spend 48 hours in Verona and then Venice. No doubt we’ll be photo bombing  Juliet’s balcony!

What were your own favourite March moments? Do you have any recommendations for restaurants in Venice or Verona?

March London dining

  • I can’t wait to read your Milan tips! We’re there in May!

  • Wow Suze what a month!!! LOVE your new shades and that White Cosmopolitan Martini is just wow! I haven’t visited Bar Boulud in a long time so this has definitely given me an incentive to return! Look forward to reading about your trip to Lugano and Milan – I adore Milan and could happily return a few times a year especially for the shopping and the food

    • Milan was brilliant, we walked so much and found lots of cool places to eat. I’m loving the new sunnies, they’re very handy in Verona!

  • This looks like an incredible month! Very nice!

  • Yaya Van Chique

    Love the pics!
    Awesome!
    xo
    Yaya
    http://www.yayavanchique.com

  • WOW looks like an amazing trip. Your photography is stunning

  • This trip looks fantastic! I loved all your photos. Now I’m hungry!

  • Krysti Jaims

    This is such a great idea to go through highlights of the months! Your photography is very stunning!

  • Ellie Adams

    I love your monthly posts Suze, you always seem to do SO much haha. Verona and Venice sound absolutely perfect, have the best time!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

  • So many things going on in March! Lovely to look back on everything.

    • It makes a nice souvenir and that way I can keep track of restaurants and other places we’d like to return to!

  • I have yet to visit Milan and I’m dying to! love the sunglasses <3

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

    • Milan was cool when we last went but it’s even better now! The sunglasses came in very handy as it was great weather

  • Dressed With Soul

    I see you had a fantastic March! And no wonder you love Switzerland … I love the beauty of this country, too! Fortunately it is directly in our Bavarian neighbourhood. Thanks for sharing the fantastic pictures!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • I really want to return to Bavaria – I went years ago to Baden Baden and it was stunning!

      • Dressed With Soul

        Hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit Bavaria soon! See you <3 xx Rena

  • Janine Good

    This is such a great post full of incredible experiences in a month! I miss travelling!
    I particularly love the flowers within the ice cube. Pure elegance.

    • The flowery cocktail was such a treat, almost a shame to drink it! Hope you get to travel again soon

  • The sunnies are so glamourous! Why didn’t you mention our lunch? 🙁

    • I completely forgot, I wrote it just before dashing off to Italy! Hope you’re well, we just got back

  • That cocktail at the Mandarin Oriental is like a work of art Suze! And I can’t wait to read a bout your accommodation in Lugano – if the photo is anything to go by, it looks idyllic!

    • I loved the cocktail, you have to try one! As for our Lugano hotel, it was just dreamy

  • All I could say is that you are living the life, girl. 🙂
    Love the way they present the food, love their service, the architecture and interior, the view, and your sunnies of course.

    • Villa Castagnola was a real dream, couldn’t fault it at all! The sunnies came in very handy

  • WOW I love the sunglasses and you are definitely living the best life. Your travels look so fun!

  • Your photography is incredible. The food looks devine and I really love those sunnies!

    • Thanks so much Megan, I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Now I have to exercise a bit to work off all that lovely food

  • Wow, what a feast for the senses! I can almost taste the myriad dishes in your pictures! Looks like it was a fulfilling and event month of March for you. Btw, I love Wes Anderson-anything! 😃

  • So many travels and so many amazing places! After so much travelling, you must be exhausted 🙂 White cosmopolitan martini is definitely sexy! Samsonite suitcase sounds good, light and strong… Two things I want from a suitcase! Have a fun April!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • We’re absolutely loving the suitcase, it means that we can bring more souvenirs home as it’s so light!

  • Looks so beautiful! Oh I do need to travel more – can’t wait to get some more travels! (I came back home from my lest a week ago)

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

  • What a glam month, babe- and LOVING that suitcase, how chic!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Coco Cami

    This looks like an amazing month and you have inspired me to travel as usual 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • Wow, it sounds like it was an amazing month! I’m loving all the beautiful photos!

    http://roadesque.com
    http://ourruins.com

  • What an amazing month – love the look of that cocktail at Bar Boulud. Venice has some great restaurants – we enjoyed some fantastic meals at L’Osteria di S. Marina and Il Ridotto.

    Miriam
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    • Those Venice restaurants sound great, we did find a few good ones too that I’ll be sharing. As for Bar Boulud, it’s a great place to go in London

  • I am always so jealous of how much you two travel each month!! Villa Castagnola looks so gorgeous and I can’t wait to hear more about your stay!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    • We’re very lucky, though I enjoy some time at home and April will be quieter for that reason. I’ll be posting about Villa Castagnola very soon so stay tuned!

  • March is still a busy month for us in our job. Our vacation abroad usually happens in April or May. We have never been to Venice or Verona too. It looks like you had a blast on your holiday! I hope someday we can also have a taste of a luxury travel.

    • You definitely should visit Verona and Venice, it’s easy to combine the two in one trip

  • Omg that breakfast view is incredible Suze!! I would love to go back to Italy sometime soon.

    Ash | http://www.liakadatravel.com

    • You definitely should, Ash – the breakfast view is actually in Switzerland but Swiss Italy!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Oh god this post is just SO dreamy – sounds like you had the best month! I’ve always wanted to visit Milan and can’t wait to read your posts! 🙂

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • Lucy

    What an amazing month. You coverage of Switzerland has me wanting to book a trip so any top places do let me know Lucy x

  • I love your monthly round up posts, you always travel to some seriously beautiful (and stylish) places!