My Luxury April Adventures – Andalucia, Iceland and more!

April can be a bit of a mixed bag weather-wise in the UK but luckily there were plenty of fantastic moments to take my mind off the arctic temperatures! With trips to Andalucia in Spain and the Golden Circle in Iceland, my luxury April adventures were something really special. I was delighted to be named one of Vuelio’s top 3 UK luxury travel blogs – they’re the world’s largest media database and experts at engaging with influencers.

I was fortunate to attend a preview of Chaplin’s World, the brand new museum in Switzerland in the iconic star’s former home. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the French Riviera also has a very homely feel to it and is well worth a visit. For a relaxing day out, you can’t beat lunch at Chelsea icon, Daphne’s, followed by a visit to the Botticelli at the V&A exhibition. It’s one of the hottest tickets in town! I also loved the Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy, with some spectacular works from famous and lesser known artists.

Painting the Modern Garden RA
I met up with the very fun Chloe at the equally fun showcase of American Tourister’s new luggage collection at the Getty Images Gallery. If you haven’t been, it’s well worth a visit – the current exhibition, Poolside, is dedicated to the work of American photographer Slim Aarons and a very fitting backdrop for American Tourister’s new range. Their products are durable but surprisingly affordable and include some very quirky Star Wars suitcases!

I met up with a bevy of digital influencers at Duke of York Square, starting with a tour of Taschen bookshop and finishing with a delicious dinner at Manicomio.

I’ve also just been to a fantastic SEO workshop run by Tamar, and lastly, it’s always a pleasure to meet up with Angie and we exchanged travel tips over lunch recently at Villandry in St James.

In an effort to get on top form for the Summer, I tried out a new supergreens powder, VITL Greens, delivered direct to your door. Launched by well-known supplement brand VITL, it contains 16 nutrient dense superfoods including kale, goji berries, spirulina and flaxseed. When you consider that 70% of adults don’t meet the 5-a-day recommended intake of fruit and vegetables, it’s a great way to top up your diet. I found it quite tasty and you can also mix it into a juice or add to meals. It gives a real boost to energy levels and the immune system and I also noticed a significant improvement in my usually flaky nails. It’s also said to improve hair and skin condition with continued use. They offer a free 6 day trial so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a go.

I don’t know about you, but my hair tends to be a bit on the dry side, so I was excited to hear about celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward’s Chelsea Collection. With clients including Kate Middleton and the cast of Made in Chelsea, he’s an expert not just in cutting and colouring but also in improving hair condition. I particularly liked their anti-ageing argan elixir which gave a very sleek finish. Another handy product is the anti-ageing 10 in 1 multi-tasking styling spritz. It’s great for plumping up your locks in between styling sessions.

Richard-Ward-WaitroseAs for Duck & Dry, I’ve been meaning to try out their blow dry bar for a while, it’s one of the best in London. Now you can recreate their blow dry at home with an innovative product line crafted in Somerset from natural ingredients such as honey, shea butter and coconut oil. I prefer paraben and sulphate free toiletries so this is music to my ears! Their Blow Dry in a Bottle volume spray was really easy to use and combined with their Instant TLC leave-in conditioner, my hair was looking healthier and shiny in next to no time.  

My last hair life-saver is a root retouch palette from The Hair Experts, convenient for travelling and available exclusively at Boots.

the-hair-experts-retouchTRAVEL TALES
This month was jam-packed with travel, starting with a relaxing staycation at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, checking out both its bars! Then it was off to Andalucia in Spain on a leisurely road trip. We started with the iconic Alhambra, Granada and continued to Jaen, Ubeda, Carmona, Cordoba and Seville. We took part in a DSLR photography class there that gave us some great pointers on improving our action and night shots.

It’s always fun going away with friends and family, so I rounded up 10 best worldwide destinations for group getaways. Finally, we had a real gastronomic adventure exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle with Hotel Ranga. It’s one country that you don’t want to miss!

We had a real seafood feast at One-O-One Knightsbridge, and travelled around the world in a day at Mr Fogg’s Tavern. I enjoyed a playful afternoon tea at the St James’s Hotel and Club and a very entertaining evening at 1001 Nights at Buddha-Bar London. I indulged in some full moon cocktails and star gazing at GŎNG Shangri-La London, as well as a champagne afternoon tea at the cosy Kensington Hotel. Yet that’s not the end of my foodie adventures in April – I’ll be writing about a healthy dinner at Hally’s in Parsons Green, supper in Shepherd’s Market and this delicious lunch at THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham at Dukes London.

THIRTY SIX Nigel Mendham menu
I’m heading to Paris, a city that I know well having lived there. Its resilience and hidden gems never cease to surprise me. Later in the month, I’ll return to France and to the iconic Film Festival in Cannes, where I’ll be reporting from the red carpet – can’t wait! We’ll also get some rest and relaxation in the picturesque county of Somerset at Ston Easton Park. First though, I’m celebrating my birthday in the Algarve at a wellness retreat and bootcamp.

How was your April? Are you in full holiday planning mode?

  • What a great month! Thanks for including me – lovely to catch up that morning. Those manicures were super cute too. See you soon for some more fun and games! Cx

    • Yes looking forward to another fun catch up, I’ll be in touch when back from Portugal! Have a great Bank Holiday weekend

  • Such a fab month as ever. Soooooo jealous of Iceland 🙂

    • I’m sure you’ll get the opportunity to go soon, and maybe even see the Lights!

  • Wow what a fun packed month! Looking forward to seeing your posts from Paris – funnily enough I’ve spent the morning looking at travel plans to go there (before hubby changed his mind and suggested that we go to Rome instead!)

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

    • You’ll have a brilliant time in Rome, I’ve posted about that before and Angie has done quite a bit on it too.

  • You had an amazing April! I can barely remember what I did with mine 😉

  • Your life never ceases to amaze me!! Have an amazing time at Cannes film festival- looking forward to reading about it

    Rachel xx

    • Yours is pretty amazing too – all those lovely outfit shoots in exotic locations!

  • Congrats on being in the top 3 mentioned by Vuelio. And great that you will be in Cannes during the Festival. I’m really looking forward to these posts.

    • That’s really kind, Anouk – it was a lovely surprise and I can’t wait for Cannes. Looking forward to reading more of your travel adventures too!

  • Oohhh more adventure in Iceland.
    You make me jelly on your trips.
    Have an amazing time in Cannes dear.

    Have a great day!

    • Thanks very much Zarrah, and by my estimate you’re nearly due now? I hope it goes really well and can’t wait to hear all about it

  • You’ve had such a great month Suze! So sad I missed the DOYS dinner 🙁 Would love to see you soon to catch up though!

    C x | Lux Life

    • It was non stop but fun! I hope you’re recovering OK and it would be great to catch up

  • What a fantastic month! Andalusia sounds amazing and the hair products sound promising. Enjoy your trip to Paris!

    • I’m looking forward to checking out all your tips, especially the patisseries 😉

  • Lovely post. Love the look of the shampoos and conditioner. Gemma x

    • I love trying out new products and these ones look great on my bathroom shelf and work very well

  • I can imagine Painting the Modern Garden would have been a fantastic exhibition and I really like the look of the orange (ombre?) suitcase! Your monthly round-up posts never fail to impress, Suze 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • The RA exhibition was really good, I only just caught it before it finished. The suitcases were so funky, I had a soft spot for the Darth Vader ones ;-). Loved your Montacute Hall post

  • Those argan hair products sound really nice. i love using hair products that have argan oil in them, I find they work really well with my hair texture. Enjoy your trip to Paris, it should be lovely in May 🙂

    Eden | Mint Notion

    • Paris is gorgeous in the Spring and I’m looking forward to seeing the revamped Les Halles area. Have a lovely May, Eden!

  • I went along to the RA’s blogger event for Painting the Modern Garden, and the art was stunning – although it was rammed!

    Erin xxx

    • Yes it was pretty busy when we went too, next time I’ll try to get to a preview!

      • I went to the preview, and even then it was rammed!! It was amazing to see Monet’s lillies in person though – it gave me goosebumps! x

  • Now that’s a rather delicious month!

    • You’re right Emma, it was delicious and I’m working it off now on a bootcamp! Hope your’e having a great BH

  • Lucy

    What a superb month, it’s lovely to look back and see how much you have done. Your food and travel adventures look like great fun Lucy x (FoodieForce)

    • That’s the great thing about the blog, it’s a really good record of places so I can find them again easily 😉

  • Congratulations on being named one of Vuelio’s top 3 UK luxury travel blogs. What a fantastic achievement! Your April sounds fantastic – looking forward to read about your luxury adventures in May – especially the Paris one.

  • The Reader’s Tales

    Wow what an impressive month you had ;-)) Mine was spent working long hours…hahaha and a week holiday. Have a lovely day Suze

  • I absolutely love reading your roundups, so much fun and so inspirational! And wishing you the very best time in Paris and the HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY! xo!

  • Ok one question Suze – do you ever sleep with so much going on in your life?!?! 🙂