travel

A Guide to Tulum

We were looking for a last minute sunshine break for May, which is always tricky as it’s in-between seasons. Europe – too cold. Asia – monsoons. USA – reliable weather-wise but not really offering white sandy “wanderlust” / “gypset” / “[insert alternative blogger paradise analogy]” locations.

It was to be a “babymoon” – a novel concept that I cynically assume was invented by the luxury travel industry so that the mandatory and aggressive price hikes applied as soon as you say the word “honeymoon” can now apply to a whole new range of holidays. So having made some initial enquiries without uttering the B-word, we arrived at a surprisingly short list of options for our proposed wishlist of (i) hot sun; (ii) nice beach; and (iii) coconuts on tap in mid-May. We settled on Mexico, and specifically Tulum – the new trendy jetsetter village (it is barely a town) about 2 hours south of Cancun. (more…)

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The New York Haute List

We spent a few days in New York recently and did loads of homework on the best places to go, eat, stay and explore. If you’re thinking of a city break there look no further than our Haute List city guide… with a predictable emphasis on the food! It’s pretty comprehensive so hopefully we’ve covered everything you need to know… Enjoy and let us know if we missed anywhere good – any excuse to go back!

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Top 5 Places to Beat the January Blues

We think January gets a bad rap. Sure, Christmas and its associated twinkles and treasures are fast becoming a distant memory, and the early pay day that we celebrated with glee in December is not quite as much fun now. And yet we don’t mind the bracing Jan chills when they’re accompanied by cerulean blue skies, and no calendar month gives you a better excuse to stay indoors and cook up Nigel Slater’s lamb shanks & Signe Johansen’s Swedish apple & almond pudding.

But if you’re still not convinced and you’re looking for a getaway here are our top 5 places to go to escape the January blues: (more…)

Hautelist: Christmas Gifts for Globetrotters

For the second Hautelist Xmas Special, we’re focusing on the Globe Trotters… those perennial travellers who are always off somewhere hot and exotic (grr!)  – so if your present list includes anyone who loves a vay-cay, here’s an opportunity to make their journeys a little more glamorous. Check out our top Christmas picks here… (more…)

The Travel Hautelist: Rome Edition

The last time I had visited the Ancient City was exactly 10 years ago in 2004 on a break with Jodie. My memories of that trip include gelato for almost every meal, fresh strawberries with lemon and sugar (from McD’s! We were on a budget…), the Diesel store where we invested in our first pair of jeans that weren’t Miss Sixty’s (with those covetable poppers down the sides) or Lois bootlegs, and vague flashbacks of us standing on the top of the Spanish Steps taking photos on very chunky cameras or reading books in the middle of St Peters piazza in the Vatican. (more…)