From time to time I am planning on sharing with you some technical information about the rooms in your home and how we address them in hotels. The biggest thing with hotels is getting the rooms that you have lots of right as a single mistake can be repeated 500+ times easily. So I decided to start with the toilet, this guidance applies irrespective of whether it is within the bathroom or in a standalone room.
With the start of the year well behind us we get a moment to breathe and think about holidays for the year ahead. This got me thinking about one of our favourites when we flew to Zanzibar on the spur of the moment. Not sure why we picked Zanzibar but so glad we did. It is one of a handful of places we will return to again without hesitation if we get a spare week sometime. As soon as we got off the plane, the pace of life changed and this was reinforced when we got into the hotel when the team just welcomed us in with open arms, suggested we get to our room, get settled and then call room service to save any need to venture out well after the kids bedtime. This alone made me realise that the staff at the Melia Zanzibar understood kids and traveling with them.
So we decided to duck off sans kids for a coffee the other day. We ventured not far from our home to try the beautiful looking Culinary Boutique on Beach Road, Jumeriah One, Dubai. I had always thought this café would be a kid free zone but was pleasantly surprised to find it had a kids menu and classes for the vertically challenged at their cooking school. So I was really asking myself why we hadn’t stopped in before because this café just feels right! In my future renovated kitchen I want to include some of this place, that is for sure.
The contrast of the blue wall tiles and the rose gold/copper metallic accents is such a modern twist that also gives a pretty feel to the ground floor of the Culinary Boutique. The other day I was in at Dubai Mall and took a stroll, as I do on every visit, through the homewares level of Galeries Lafayette scoping out what is new and I was surprised by the number of rose gold metallic accents all within one store, a handful of which are here:
Keeping to a blue and white palette inspired, no doubt, by the view from one of those super comfy cabanas gives a fantastic storyline to select all of the pieces within this part of the resort while keeping things feeling fresh and bright. A few things that I have found to help this are:
The water transfer to Zaya Nurai was the perfect way to decompress ready to enjoy the promised relaxation, delicious meals and sunny shores. We were greeted on the jetty by a few of the team and on our way to our room we were given a tour of all the key places to return to once we were all settled in. Our first stop was the main pool (we also had our own one infront of our room) and just look at these gorgeous gardens and blue upholstery accents to reflect the water around us.
So anyone who has been into a “big blue building”, anywhere in the world, will know how quickly products are updated. The colourways we saw in Zagreb are long gone but there are exciting new colours available and I have shared some ideas below so you can bring the Zagreb kitchen home:
The designer for the Circle Café kept the decorative pieces to a simple selection of glass, silvers and white with the odd coloured glass bottle. I shared my experience at the café here and have found similar things online just in case you want to bring Circle Café home with you”.
So we are huge fans of food and eating out and when we travel we are always looking for that something different. This of course becomes harder (or maybe just different) once kids are on the scene however our trio have definitely eaten in some pretty cool places. But when I am home in Dubai, I love to break up my morning with a late lunch which is exactly what I did a month or so ago when I was in Healthcare City. I had walked past Circle Café a number of times but just happened to have some spare time and a desire for something tasty. So I settled myself in to a table near the window and with the winter sun streaming in decided upon this gorgeous Big Breakfast. This did not disappoint and with the inclusion of a coffee I was set for the rest of my day. Everything was fresh and well cooked, the presentation was great and I loved the bowls (will definitely be adding something similar to my wishlist). The service team were …
Using posters instead of original artwork has become popular over the last few years and, to me, definitely inspires the idea of Wanderlust. With the choices available it gives us a chance to represent our passions on the walls of our homes often very economically. I am coveting the idea of some large format vintage posters in boxed white frames on the dark teal wall in our living room. When we travel I am always looking for just the right one. Not sure what it looks like but I will know it when I see it. Maybe showcasing some important places to us – New Zealand (well it is home afterall), Istanbul (my favourite city in the world) and Dubai (my kids home and ours for the last 11 years). Will keep you posted on what I find. Now thinking about where you could find things that were similar – definitely check out these sites: