Vila Louro – Torres Vedras, Portugal

When we plan our vacations, we like to find places to stay which are comfortable, with a boutique feel, and reasonably priced. With my obsession with interior design, I am also a sucker for nicely decorated spaces. This is why we decided to stay at Vila Louro, for a few days during our trip to Portugal. It is authentic, beautiful, gives easy access to the coast and is the perfect spot to relax in the sun.

Vila Louro

Originally a family home, brothers Filipe and Paulo Louro da Silva transformed the place into a tranquil and elegant oasis. We met Filipe who told us that rather than selling this family property, they decided to keep it an recreate the atmosphere and experiences of their childhood for others to enjoy. With only 9 rooms, all modernly decorated, Vila Louro has an authentic yet updated feel.

Vila Louro

We stayed in one of the Superior Double Rooms in the annexe facing the pool. The bedroom was very spacious and comfortable and the polished concrete floors and bathroom gave me major interior inspiration.

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We also had our own little terrace where we had lunches a couple of time (there are a few supermarkets close by).

Vila Louro terrace

Breakfast was included with our room and delicious! Filipe explained to us that they made sure to include in the buffet some traditional and family recipes.

The garden is beautiful and covered with orange and lemon trees. A green escape away from the drier fields around the village.

Vila Louro orange tree

The swimming pool area is inviting and most of the time quiet which makes it a great place to catch a bit of sun and finish a good book.

Bikes are available for the guests to cycle to the beach and around the village. It is good to note that you will still need a car to visit the towns and beaches a little further away.

Vila Louro garden

A great relaxing stay where rural Portugal meets the Atlantic ocean!

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Grace Hotel – Mykonos, Greece

We called Grace Hotel our home during our stay in Mykonos, and I could not recommend it enough!

We were warmly welcomed by the friendliest staff, and with a glass of champagne in our hand we were given a tour of all the facilities before being taken to our room.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

The hotel offers spa treatments, it also has an amazing restaurant and a dreamy swimming pool!

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The most difficult decision we had to make during our stay was to choose between coffee, smoothie or champagne for breakfast (all of them please!).

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Did I talk about the view?

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Well, not this one, but it was a great one too!

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Most rooms have a very large balcony where you can nap or watch the cruise ships passing by.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

The staff is the real highlight of Grace Mykonos though. They have excellent knowledge of the area and will help you with any booking or activities you may want to organise.

The hotel is just outside Mykonos town, and with complementary shuttle into town, you can get there in 10 minutes.

We also stayed at their Santorini hotel and both stays were amazing! One happy customer!

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Grace Hotel – Santorini, Greece

Summer is coming to Europe, if you are planning your vacations chances are you are considering Greece, and more particularly Santorini. I mean, who wouldn’t? Just look at that view!

Grace Hotel Santorini

Now if you want to make your stay extra special, and truly feel like a VIP, I may just know the place. Facing Skaros Rock, the Grace hotel is one of his kind! Nested on the cliff with views to die for.

Grace Hotel Santorini

Looks familiar? Probably because Grace Hotel feature on Pinterest and Instagram, A LOT!

Grace Hotel Santorini

Perfectly located in Imerovigli, you will be able to easily walk to Fira and even hike to Oia if you want! It is also one of the best spots to enjoy the sunset.

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We stayed in the Honeymoon suite as we were there for, you guessed it, our honeymoon, and I never felt as special as then and there.

SGrace Hotel Santorini

From the moment you enter the hotel the staff know who you are and why you are here. Everybody is so considerate and lovely!

We spend most of the following 4 days in our very own plunge pool with the best view on the entire island.

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Every evening you will find the most adorable treats in your room.

Grace Hotel Santorini

And sometime you may even be treated to champagne!

Grace Hotel Santorini

Whats not to like with breakfast views like this?

Grace Hotel Santorini

Sand castle

Little castle hanging out with the big ones.

Dubai – 2014


Agriturismo Tenuta Yala – Italy, Puglia

I have been going to Italy for years, and every time I go, I make sure to stay in an Agriturismo.

Agriturismos are family owned farms transformed into B&Bs and they really never disappoint! It is usually great value for money, you have the opportunity to try local cuisine and spend time with the family who will give you all the area insider tips! It is like stepping into a movie.

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo Puglia

When we planned our trip to Puglia, I immediately went on the Agriturismo website and it didn’t take me long to find this gem.

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo Puglia

Tenuta Yala is lost in the middle of the vineyards and only a 15 minutes drive into Gallipoli which offers plenty of entertainment and restaurants.

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo Puglia

The place is just dreamy…

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo Puglia

It is good to note that the family doesn’t really speak English or French, so a lot of comical miming was necessary at times. But you will still make friends!

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo Puglia

The rooms are big and beautifully decorated.

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The swimming pool is the perfect place to make the most of the sun.

Tenuta Yala Agriturismo swimming pool Puglia

And the flat roofs of the farm are the perfect spot to enjoy the sunsets!

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They also have a restaurant which offers simple but delicious local cuisine. Unfortunately I didn’t take any picture as I was too busy stuffing my face with pasta.


The views from the Hilton Millennium in Bangkok are pretty special. Probably the best view I ever woke up to in a hotel room.

Bangkok – 2014


This happy place

It doesn’t get much better than that… I have to say the Hilton Northolme in the Seychelles is one of the best places I have ever stayed at.

Seychelles – 2011