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Sopwell House: St Albans Luxury Retreat

Sopwell House: St Albans luxury retreat

One very fine Sunday in June, Maggie from The Luxe Elixir and I hot-footed it up to St Albans for an overnight staycation at Sopwell House. The impressive country house spa hotel sits in 12 acres of countryside just south of South Albans, surrounded by peaceful fields, rustling trees and the blissful sounds of chirping birds. You’re there aren’t you?

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Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Hotel Review: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

If you’re heading to Marseille and looking for five-star luxury only one hotel should be on your radar – The Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port! It boasts unrivalled views of the city, luxurious rooms and an award-winning breakfast which your tastebuds need to experience.

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Why you should visit Marseille

Why you should visit Marseille

When I mentioned I was heading to Marseille for a short break, I received a whole bunch of mixed reactions. From the gregarious ‘oh you’ll have an amazing time‘ to the slightly bemused ‘Why Marseille?‘ followed by mild horror ‘it’s a bit rough there you know’. More lent towards the latter, but as you all know I like to make up my own mind. I mean how bad can it be for a city that boasts 300 days of sunshine a year.

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Immersive theatre on The Murdér Express: A Review

Immersive theatre on The Murdér Express: A Review

All aboard! There’s a glamorous retro steam train on its way to the French fictional town of Murdér from London’s Pedley Street Station. Only difference, this journey will have you embroiled in a murder-mystery where YOU could be the suspect! Intrigued?

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Zheng Chelsea: Malaysian dining

Hotly following in the footsteps of the original in Oxford, Zheng Chelsea has received rave reviews since it’s opening last year. The husband and wife duo, manager and chef, Adam Abdullah and Izlinda Baharom are bringing Malaysian food to the centre stage.

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Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

If there is one place in the world where you’d want to indulge in fine dining – Paris is it! Boasting well over 70 Michelin starred restaurants it’s a culinary hotbed of some of the world’s best restaurants celebrating fine French cuisine.

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Multi-generational Breaks: Abergavenny, South Wales

Multi-generational Breaks: Abergavenny, South Wales

Pressures of modern life – work commitments, school timetables, living far from relatives. We all have to deal some of these if not more. Making us experts in the art of juggling. I don’t know about you but with such a hectic lifestyle I struggle to spend quality time with the wider family.

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A Babysitter Abroad = Dining at Gastrologik in Stockholm

A Babysitter Abroad = Dining at Gastrologik in Stockholm

Holidays! We all love them. A time to zone out, relax and escape the daily grind. Unless you’re a parent of course. In which case the halcyon days of lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, reading a bestseller from start to finish, catching forty winks or fancy pants dinner evenings are all fond and distant memories. Instead, the reality is more like chasing a frisbee on the beach for the umpteenth time, nap schedules ruling your day or evenings spent watching Netflix in the dark with headphones. Hands up all those who have been there?

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