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 at Vila Louro stay where rural Portugal meets the Atlantic ocean!

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Grace Hotel – Mykonos, Greece

We went island hopping in Greece for our honeymoon and Andrew was in charge of planning it all and he did an excellent job booking this place! We had the chance of calling 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 is so beautiful we knew straight away that we were staying somewhere very special.

Grace Hotel Mykonos

The hotel offers spa treatments which I obviously made the most of (you only honeymoon once, right?!), it also has an amazing restaurant and a dreamy swimming pool!
Swimming pool at Grace Hotel MykonosSwimming pool at Grace Hotel Mykonos

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!).

Cocktails at Grace Hotel Mykonos

Did I talk about the view?

Grace Hotel Mykonos

Well, not this one, but it is great too!

View from Grace Hotel Mykonos

Most rooms have very large balconies where you can nap or watch the cruise ships pass by. The way the hotel is designed offers great privacy, the only times we ran into people where at breakfast and by the pool which is great for honeymooners as you just want to enjoy time with each other without any care in the world.

View from 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 complimentary shuttle into town, you can get there in 10 minutes.

Claire Imaginarium Grace Hotel Mykonos

We also stayed at their Santorini hotel and both stays were amazing! We were two very happy guests and cannot wait to return!

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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!

Caldera view from Grace Hotel Santorini

Now if you want to make your stay exceptional, and truly feel special, I may just know the place. Facing Skaros Rock, the Grace Hotel is one of his kind, nested on the cliff of the Caldera with views to die for!

Grace Hotel Santorini

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

Skaros Rock 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.

Sunset at Grace Hotel SantoriniSunset at Grace Hotel Santorini

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. Andrew had planned our entire honeymoon so it was the best surprise to arrive at such a beautiful hotel – it easily exceeded all my expectations!

The rooms are really comfortable and real interior inspiration!

Honeymoon suite Grace Hotel Santorini

From the moment we entered the hotel the staff knew who we were and why we were there. Everybody is so considerate and lovely, and any member of staff will happily help plan activities and give recommendations to make the stay even more memorable.

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

Plunge pool at Grace Hotel Santorini

Plunge pool at Grace Hotel Santorini

Plunge pool at Grace Hotel Santorini

Sunset and plunge pool at Grace Hotel Santorini

Every evening the staff will surprises you with the most adorable treats left in your room.

Treats at Grace Hotel Santorini

And sometime you may even be treated to champagne!

Champagne at Grace Hotel Santorini

I mean, what is not to like with breakfast views like this?

Breakfast at Grace Hotel Santorini

Heaven on Earth and Pinterest! Grace Hotel is on the pricey side, as you can imagine, but if you can afford make sure to stay there!

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Lifeguard

There are worse places to work.

Dubai – 2014

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Sand castle

Little castle hanging out with the big ones.

Dubai – 2014

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Agriturismo Tenuta Yala – Italy, Puglia

I have been regularly going to Italy for many years, and every time I go, I make sure to stay in an Agriturismo. They 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 the local cuisine and spend time with the family who will give you all the local insider tips! A great option when you are looking for more authentic experience.

Gates of Tenuta Yala Puglia

When we planned our trip to Puglia, I immediately searched the web for a great Agriturismo in the region and it didn’t take me long to find Tenuta Yala.

Tenuta Yala Puglia

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

Tenuta Yala Puglia

The place is just dreamy…

Swimming pool in Tenuta Yala Puglia

It is good to note that the owners don’t really speak English or French, so a lot of comical miming was necessary when we visited. It only adds to the charm of the place and you will still make friends with them!

CAt in Tenuta Yala Puglia

The rooms are big and beautifully decorated. They all offer uninterrupted views of the vineyards. You can really forget which time of the day it is in such a relaxing place.

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

Swimming Pool in Tenuta Yala Puglia

And the flat roofs of the farm are the perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful Italian sunsets with a glass of vino!

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They also have a restaurant on site which serves simple but delicious local cuisine. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any picture of the meals as I was too busy stuffing my face with pasta.

If you are planning to explore Puglia, make sure to make Tenuta Yala your base, you won’t regret it!

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Golden ride

Only in Dubai will you be greeted by real-size gold horses.

Dubai – 2014

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Missoni Hotel

Wish I stayed here while in Edinburgh… One day (one can dream).

Edinburgh – 2013

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Postcard

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

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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

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