Anyone else feel completely at peace next to the sea?
I don’t know if it’s the soothing sound of the waves, or the calm that comes with looking out over the vast mass of water, but there’s something that just makes me feel instantly chill.
Have you ever walked into a hotel after hours of travelling and instantly thought; wow, this place gets me?
Well, from the ice cream aesthetics to the shiny gold cocktail making accessories in our studio apartment, that was my first thought upon entering Eden Locke in Edinburgh’s New Town. Insta-HEAVEN.
Extremely community-focussed, Eden Locke isn’t just a place to stay. It’s a space for visitors of all cultures to come together over coffee, fine wines, yoga sessions, acoustic nights and the love of exploring somewhere new.
A couple of months ago I finally headed up north to Manchester after crushing hard on many Manc ladies Instagram feeds – and it didn’t take long before I too wanted to move to the bustling city. In fact, it took about three seconds from walking through the front door of Laura’s super stylish apartment to fully convince me of this.
Over the course of this blog, I’ve lived in Wales, moved to work in London, quit to go travelling, had a summer of festivalling, and scurried back to Wales again. It’s been an eventful couple of years, and I have to admit that coming back to the Motherland has definitely meant a homecoming to a slower pace of living.
As 2017’s Year of Legends kicks off, a year for celebrating the best that Wales has to offer, from epic sweeping landscapes to home-grown talent and everything in between, those who love getting into the thick of things are in for a real treat. As part of Epic Retreats, Wales’ first ever boutique hotel will quite literally be popping up in three different secret locations around the country, showcasing stunning, unhindered views of the surrounding countryside for a lucky 200 guests – talk about being at one with nature.
When my itchy feet carried me back recently to potter about Frankfurt, I stumbled across an absolute gem in The Goldman, a member of the 25hours hotel family. An Aladdin’s Cave of plush beds, quirky deco, and jewel-coloured guest rooms, when I wasn’t fully taking advantage of my comfy comfy sleeping quarters, I was hopping out the lift on every floor to see what brightly-coloured haven I’d find next.