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The Ultimate Staycation: Watergate Bay

A few years ago a very good friend said to me “You should go to Watergate Bay, you’d love it there.” Since then I’ve visited every year – it is safe to say, she was right. I’ve always been a fan of a staycation. I didn’t holiday abroad until I went on French Exchange in my mid-teens. Instead, our holidays were exploring the UK; largely the quaint, picturesque Cotswolds and rugged, rural Northumberland. We never did quite venture as far south as Cornwall, I think the furthest we got was to Glastonbury. The Tor, not the festival, sadly, that one is still on the bucket list. I’m so glad I have now ventured to Cornwall because it’s a dream. There is nothing not to love about the hotel and the surrounding area. The only downside is the drive but that’s nothing that can’t be cured with a good playlist and a couple of strong cups of coffee. Once you’re past that, it is divine. The hotel is relaxed and friendly. The decor is gorgeous; plush and nautical and …

INDIAN SUMMER (HOLIDAY): JAIPUR

India must be the most vibrant and thriving country I’ve ever visited. There is such an energy; the colours, sounds, hustle & bustle, smells… It’s a fantastic assault on the senses. I was reminded of this when I was (somewhat belatedly) watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this weekend. It brought back all my happy memories of two years ago when I visited Rajasthan for a very dear friend’s wedding at The Savista Retreat. As a welcome present we were given the most beautiful city guide, Love Jaipur, Rajasthan. It came in a lovely cloth envelope, is material bound and has beautifully thick paper pages. Fiona Caulfield, its author, has filled it with detailed, thoughtful and inventive ideas to give readers an authentic Jaipur experience. There are also the most gorgeous illustrations. As usual one of my favourite ways to explore a city is a walking tour and this may be one of the best yet. Flick to page 97 of the third edition (although I think there’s a fourth version now out). I can’t recommend a …

SOUTH AFRICA: THE BEST OF THE REST

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I absolutely loved South Africa and it truly was the BEST holiday (the emphatic nature of this statement requires CAPITALS). However, I am going to have to stop banging on about it as it doesn’t do to dwell on the past even if the present is back to sitting at a desk! So here’s my final post on my holiday and it’s the best of the rest. I have a feeling brevity will not kick in! *** Delaire Graff My favourite day of the whole trip was lunch at Delaire Graff. I’d had gushing recommendations about this vineyard from two people so I booked it weeks in advance of our visit as I didn’t want to miss out. It had a lot to live up to, and, I kid you not, it surpassed my already very high expectations. It was perfect and that is not a phrase I would band around lightly. Lunch pretty much took up the whole day which undoubtedly is the number one sign of a great lunch. If you are …