HAMPTONS MEETS BALI

My husband and I have just returned from our holiday in Bali.  We counted that it was our 7th trip to the Island of Gods. When my kids were younger, we preferred to stay at Club Med but if it is only the two of us, despite the fact that the island boasts myriads of five star hotels, we prefer to stay at a private villa.  Not only does it provided you with absolute privacy and sole use of the pool and all the other facilities, the majority of villas offer you more personalised service such as having your own butler, a cook and a driver with further services of a masseur, yoga instructor...

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LET A SOLAR JAR BE YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY MESSENGER OF LOVE

You might think that it is too early to talk about Valentine’s Day when it feels that we just recently packed away the Christmas decorations but believe me that time flies and very soon this romantic day will be upon us. Making a special gift for someone you love for Valentine’s Day may not be on everybody’s list of New Year resolutions but why not try it? My idea is so simple that anyone who can hold a paint brush can do it, neither will you need any special tools nor expensive materials.  On the contrary, it is very easy to do but the result is simply outstanding. All you need is a Solar...

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GIVE YOUR OLD MIRROR A NEW LIFE

Do you happen to own a mirror that does not fit into you current décor but you keep it nevertheless. Well, before dumping it on the side of the road for the next council garbage pick-up, here are a few ideas on how you can give it another quite useful life, also known as my mantra:  re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose. Bur first, let me clarify, we are not talking a bout a mirror of enormous proportions, we are talking about a medium size mirror that is easy to handle and that does not look too bad. My first idea is to use it as a base of the dining table’s centre piece. Gather all the glass...

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Shamwari Game Reserve – Garden Route Part III

Hello again my dear readers, Our Garden Route adventure continues. Just to bring you up to date: after two heavenly days at Plettenberg Bay Hotel and Spa we headed off to Shamwari Game Park. Shamwari (meaning My Friend) Private Game Reserve is in one of the malaria free zones in South Africa situated in the East Cape Province. Stretching 25,000 hectares over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning nature experience and is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. After a few hours drive from Plettenberg Bay, we arrived at the park on time for lunch. We were escorted to a circular shaped large green lawn where in the...

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Plettenberg Bay Park Hotel and Spa

Hello again, my dear readers, As you may recall from reading my previous post, I was telling you about our trip along South Africa’s Garden Route. In this post I would like to tell you about the place where we, after travelling for a long day, stopped for two days. It is called Plettenberg Park Hotel and Spa. My husband pre-booked via the internet while we were still in Sydney but didn’t reveal any details about it to me. Knowing his taste for all the good things, I expected it to be a 4-5 star hotel where the beds are extremely comfortable, towels are white and crisp and the staff is very well trained....

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