THE RETREAT AT REDWORTH HALL // REVIEW

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The grand entrance is beautiful and exactly what you want to pull up to if you’re heading for a well
deserved treat. 
When I was invited to Redworth Hall spa for a day I was surprised that I hadn’t been before but I think
it’s one of those ones that are hidden gems, one that isn’t spoken about enough - hence why I am
telling you about it because it deserves its time in the spotlight.

They’ve spent millions on the leisure and spa facilities and it’s been
completely transformed to create a new Decleor spa with six luxurious
treatment rooms (including a dual room), a relaxation room featuring Gharieni
thermal loungers, a new L’Oreal hair & nail salon and an expansive, new gym. 
There’s also a new restaurant & bar - The Lounge – offering a delicious all-day
menu.
*To be totally transparent - this was a gifted visit but this isn’t a paid blog post so as always - my views
are all truth and not sponsored in any way*



Myself and my mother visited The Retreat on a Saturday which is sometimes bitter sweet - the
atmosphere is there when you go on a weekend but if you want total tranquillity then I suggest you
go on a weekday as there isn’t much space around the pool to totally chill out. 
But saying that - we managed to. The pool area is not what I expected as the pictures that I have
seen online are taken at night and make it look totally different - in a good way though! It is so nice
and bright with windows around the whole pool making it feel bigger than it is - it also makes it
beautiful when the sun is shining and relaxing when the rain is pouring and you’re indoors.
The recent £2m investment has seen the creation of a new restaurant – The Lounge – with the
most beautiful foliage (which makes it so instagrammable) and also new treatment rooms with the
most perfect tranquillity room which you head to before your treatment – it’s honestly that relaxing
that I fell asleep whilst waiting for my massage. They also have a new L’Oreal hair salon and nail
salon - doesn’t this sound like the place to be?!



For our treatments we booked the Hot Lava Shell massage to which is always tailored specifically to
your needs - mine was to try to get the knots out of my shoulders so my lady worked her magic with

the shells and then went deeper with her hand movements to try to ease the knots - I can tell you this
was bloody amazing and worked a treat! My body felt brand new after and I fell asleep around the
pool straight after because I was so relaxed! 

After our massages we went back to the pool area to read our books and chill out even more
because let’s face it – that’s what a spa is all about. 
Once we had woken up - it was time to feed our stomachs and I was so excited for this because when
you first walk in, you can see the lounge area where you go for lunch and it looks so beautifully
decorated with a cherry tree wrapped in fairy lights. One of my favourite things to do at a spa is going
for lunch in our dressing gowns and this did not disappoint. 
We actually ordered the same juice we were given as a taster when we first arrived - a healthy green
juice that I wouldn’t normally order but because we were given a taster (along with a little chocolate
treat) at the start of our day we thought it was the perfect drink to stay hydrated and to wake
ourselves up.
You can actually have afternoon tea but we went for the lunch menu because I really fancied the
poached eggs with bacon! It was honestly so delicious that I could have eaten two!! 



After lunch we went back around the pool area to visit the sauna and had a swim until we were ready
for another nap! Sounds like the perfect day right?! The only thing that I would change if I was to go
again would to book an overnight stay too so you feel like you don’t have to leave but also to explore
more of the hotel as we only really saw the spa! 
You’ll find a great range of indulgent spa experiences as gift vouchers, from individual
treatments to luxurious spa days and overnight breaks on their website.
My mother really enjoyed herself too and she is becoming quite the spa connoisseur! The only thing
she said she would change would be the chairs and loungers around the pool to make them comfier
(which I agree with as they’re wooden chairs which make it harder to get comfy if you don’t have a
dressing gown and towels to cushion yourself against).  



But we will 100% be going back and I can’t believe I haven’t been before!
Have you visited The Retreat at Redworth since it has been transformed?

BOOK YOUR SPA DAY NOW - https://www.retreatatredworth.com

Laura xox

MULTI - MASKING WITH ELEMIS

Monday, 4 March 2019

* gifted* 

Multi masking is the new beauty craze ATM and it's one of those what makes you think - WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS SOONER?! Long gone are the times where you put one mask all over your face. It makes total sense because I know different parts of my face need different masks because my chin is dry but my t-zone is oily so when I used to apply a clay mask all over my face then my chin used to go extra dry which isn't great.




Why multi mask with Elemis?

These new additions to the pre-biotic range are jam packed with superfoods. 

' Rich in anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, Superfoods feed the skin with nourishment for pure skin vitality, while Pre-biotic protect and maintain the skin's delicate microbiome.'

This is one of the reasons I love Elemis because they feel so clean and natural but they're scientific and I'm not sure about you but when I feel that a product has had a scientific background then I feel they're 100% going to work.



SUPERFOOD BERRY BOOST MASK

'A purifying mask with Brazilian Purple Clay and an omega-rich Superberry Complex balances the T-zone and helps magnify skin.'

I have combination skin as I've mentioned above - so I always need a clay mask to help draw out the impurities that lead to blemish's. When I used this mask it felt like it didn't dry out my skin too much like some clay masks can which is good because I have this phobia of drying my skin out - when I was younger I thought I needed to dry out my skin so bad as I thought any moisture lead to spots (which isn't the case).  







SUPERFOOD BLACKCURRENT JELLY EXFOLIATOR

'This super gentle facial scrub is jam-packed with anti-oxidant rich fruit extracts, Black tea extract and Glycerin, leaving the complexion smoother, softer and hydrated.'

A gentle exfoliator is so much better for the skin than a harsh skin scrubbing one as it can irritate the skin even more which leads to inflammation and redness.
This scrub smells unreal and perfect for that once a week scrub to get rid of those dead skin cells.





SUPERFOOD VITAL VEGGIE MASK

'Get a shot of green goodness with this treatment mask that nourishes, smoothes and brightens.'

As I get older - the more I appreciate a good nourishing face mask, whereas when I was younger I always seen them as pointless. But now I need all the moisture I can get especially as the seasons change as I tend to get dry skin when it goes from cold to warm or warm to cold. 

As with all of Elemis products - they smell amazing and just like spa's which is relaxing in itself.

Shop their new products here : https://www.elemis.com/skincare/superfood

* affiliate link*

Do you multi-mask?

Laura x






HOW TO STYLE WORKWEAR FROM MATALAN // AD

Monday, 21 January 2019

OUTFIT: SHIRT DRESS - MATALAN £15, BOOTS - MATALAN £26

Whether you've got no requirements with what you wear for work - or you're told to wear smart clothing, workwear shopping seems like such a drag. You can never find that something that looks fashionable enough to wear after work but also fits the bill for the office.

You want clothing that differs from your weekend clothing but why should we have to lose out on a bit of the fashion element.

There are just so many elements that go into making the purchase for workwear such as: does it work for all seasons, is it the right length, will it go with most jackets, can I wear suitable footwear with it - the list goes on.

So I have teamed up with Matalan to bring you two outfits suitable for work (and play) that covers all aspects - I think.

This first outfit is perfect for those who want to steer away from black and want to add a bright colour into their wardrobe. It has long sleeves so perfect for the current weather ( you could also add a long sleeved top under to keep you extra toasty). It has a tie waist which makes it flattering but also adds that fashion element as well as the stripe pattern. The length is just before the knees which also makes it a good length with or without tights/leggings.




OUTFIT: T-SHIRT - MATALAN £8, JACKET - MATALAN £20, TROUSERS - MATALAN £14, TRAINERS - MATALAN £12

The second outfit is one of my favourite. It's comfortable and stylish but also can be changed to more of a smart look with just one simple change - swap the trainers for heels and you will look like the girl boss you are.

Thats only two outfits but theres actually a lot of choice on Matalan's website that I could choose.

Another tip for dressing more fashionable and stylish for work is making sure you actually style it - don't just dress yourself. It may take an extra 5 mins but it will be worth it when you become the fashionista of the office.

By styling yourself I mean: tucking in your top or jumper on one side, rolling up your sleeves, roll up the hems of your trousers, add a shirt under a jumper, adding a belt to a dress around the waist - theres loads of ways.


Which outfit do you prefer?

Laura x

WINTER SKINCARE WITH BIODERMA \\ AD

Monday, 17 December 2018

\\ AD \\

In winter - we have all sorts of weathers - strong winds to icy snow storms. So its no wonder our skin doesn't agree with the cold transition. I know mine certainly doesn't and you spend hours trying to lather the moisture onto your skin to make up for the moisture its lost.

Christmas time is also the time when partying becomes a little to familiar which also plays games with our skin. All that alcohol and late nights dries our skin more than you think so Bioderma have already thought of that with this gift set of hydration.

Well Bioderma is that skincare brand that you can always rely on. I've used it for around 4 years now - ever since I tackled my acne with good skincare products. Its their micellar water that I rave about because you can never cleanse enough, even when you think you've got all your makeup off - I bet theres still more.

Bioderma have a number of collections tailored for each individual problem which means your skin gets exactly what it needs for your exact problem.

You have:

  • SENSIBIO SKIN CARE RANGE, sensitive skin
  • HYDRABIO SKIN CARE RANGE, dehydrated sensitive skin
  • ATODERM, very dry to atopic sensitive skin
  • SÉBIUM, oily blemished skin
  • NODÉ, hair and scalp
  • ABCDERM, paediatric dermatology
  • PHOTODERM, skin and sun
  • WHITE OBJECTIVE, lightening for sensitive skin
  • CICABIO, damaged skin


  • Sensibio H20 Micellar Water 

    So this has to be my favourite product in the gift set ( as well as the little cotton pads pack - how cute and such a good idea is the travel pouch for them?!)
    Its the perfect size bottle too as I find some micellar waters are far too bit and a bit of a nightmare to take away. Not to mention they're so much better for your skin especially if you suffer with dry/ sensitive skin because it calms and clears the skin.

    I use this daily morning & night: Morning to wash off last nights skincare & dirt from during the night making your morning skincare go on even better. On an evening I use this after cleansing my skin to make sure all makeup is removed.

    Atoderm Ultra-Gentle Shower Gel 


    Again, good for those with sensitive skin as this shower gel is a soap free gel that soothes dry skin instead of making it feeling dry and tight. This is the perfect travel and at home essential as its a face and body wash which cuts out the need for lots of different products.

    Use daily to get rid of any sweat and dirt to reduce blemishes.

    Hydrabio Crème Rich Moisturising Care 


    A deep hydrating moisturiser that has salicylic acid in to remove any dead skin cells to give the skin that glow and smooth texture. Ingredients such as Vitamin E & vitamin PP help with anti ageing as well as working towards plumping the skin.

    I use this on an evening since its a rich moisturiser its perfect for when your skin restores itself during  the night ready to wake up to hydrated skin in the morning.


    Give the gift of great skin with this gift set -
    Perfect for those who haven't tried good skincare or who like to look after their skin. Its also perfect for those who don't tend to wear much makeup as this will make their skin glow without the need of any highlighter.

    Whether you give it to someone or keep it for yourself, whoever gets it will love it and use every last drop, and when they notice their skin is looking dull when they go back to their original skincare they'll be hooked and wonder why they never invested earlier.

    Have you tired Bioderma?

    All products in this post are available in a gift set available here

    Laura xox

    LASER HAIR REMOVAL WITH THERAPIE // SECOND SESSION

    Wednesday, 7 November 2018

    LASER HAIR REMOVAL

    I've wanted hair removal since forever and it was always one of those things I dreamt about. What girl doesn't?! The hour we would save not having to shave..

    It wasn't even the shaving that got me down, it was the shaving rash that came with it. Sorry if thats too much info but were all girls here, we all get it. I thought that was more annoying than anything so the idea of not getting that because I didn't have to shave would just be the dream.

    So when Therapie opened up in the Metro Centre my dreams came true. Not only is the clinic absolutely gorgeous and not clinical at all - its actually quite cosy but it also does a lot of treatments that I know I have already got my eye on such as botox, fillers and skin treatments.

    THE PREP

    So before you actually start the process, you will have a consultation to see which areas you want & a patch test of the machine to see which level you can handle. (more on that lower down)

    But my biggest issue ( it's not really an issue at all ) was that you cant have a real tan or be wearing fake tan at all on the areas where you want it. So when we done the patch test my legs were too tanned to carry out the patch test because the machine needs to pick up the dark hair so if you have a tan then the machine finds it hard to find the hair and zaps everything which results in you getting burnt.

    So once you have had your patch test and your first session is approaching then you need to match sure not to tan that area or go on the sunbeds. The night before you have to shave everything you want gone.
    If you're getting your underarms done then you can't wear deodorant either.



    THE TREATMENT

    So the treatment itself can be a bit embarrassing as depending on what area you are getting done, you have to have that area on show for around 15 mins. But once you have done it its totally fine. The girl who done mine made me feel very comfortable & I didn't feel the dread the second time round.

    What does it feel like?
    Its cold to start because gel gets added to the area and the machine itself cools the skin when the hot zaps go into your skin to the hair follicles. But it does get hot and thats what you want, the hotter that you can handle means the more its going to work. She asks when you get to a 3/5 for hot or pain than tell her and she will stop and move on because thats that area done.

    Of course the most sensitive areas hurt the most and by hurt I mean its like a plucking feeling but only in certain areas. My underarms are totally fine and pain free it just gets a bit hot - but my bikini hurts a little more.

    For hair removal to work you need to have around 6 sessions on each area.

    THE RESULTS

    I have only had 2 sessions, and I only need to shave once a week. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!

    I have noticed a massive difference in my underarms but once I have had all 6 sessions I will be hair free for a long long time.
    I wouldn't say its going to be forever because after around 4 years I think you have to have a top up but only one session.

    There are two products to help the aftercare of the area which you can buy from Therapie. One of them is a gel to help cool the area for a few days after the laser. The after three days of using the gel - you then are recommended to use Murad exfoliant to help the hairs fall out naturally and it helps with ingrown hairs. ( TMI - but these have all gone even though I am still shaving atm)

    I cant wait to finish the rest of my sessions to be totally hair free!

    I also am loving getting it done with Therapie because their clinic is so nice and relaxing rather than clinical ( they have candles on in every room with marble walls )

    They always have deals on so check out their price list but let them know I sent you too!

    Laura xox

    I CREATED MY OWN LIPSTICK WITH ESTÉE LAUDER // SELFRIDGES TRAFFORD

    Monday, 5 November 2018

     YOU HEARD ME - I CREATED MY OWN - MY OWN FLIPPING LIPSTICK.

    When I seen on Selfridges IG that they had the Estee Lauder lipstick maker machine at Selfridges in the Trafford centre - I just knew I had to go. So when I got invited to do it, I booked the day off work and travelled down. I don't think I've done something so exciting.

    Whats better is that YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

    But not for long - its only there until the 11th nov. Then its a gonna.


    The first stage is picking a base colour - you can change the shade of it but once you have a base colour you can start altering it to your taste. The one I wanted was out of stock but I thought its a sign because I buy nude lipstick why don't I create a shade I cant buy.

    So I picked a pinky nude and added brown and white to change the the lightness and make it more nude than pink. The whole mixing it totally cool and its so exciting seeing the colours come together.

    They melt them together and once they're all melted you can try a little bit to see if its the shade you want, then keep adding white black browns or yellows to change the shade.

    You can actually see the whole process on my IG  - @girltalkwithlaura and its in my beauty highlights.



    It costs £81 for 3 lipsticks - one applicator with lipstick and 2 refills with a case. You can also engrave it (as well as engraving other Estee Lauder products) so I chose my blog name of course!

    The whole process is just truly amazing and it would make the perfect present for someone or if you and your mam wanted to create your own lipsticks its just a nice bonding session.
    A lipstick that will bring back so many memories & hold a special place in your heart.

    Plus - it feels so good when people ask.."what lipstick are you wearing?"

    "its my own hun"



    The lipstick itself is unreal - the finish on it is perfect. You can chose whether you want matte or shine and I went for shine because the finished look I wanted to create was a moisturised natural lip colour. So I mostly wear mine with a touch of lip balm under so it looks more natural and moisturising but I can wear it bold but still moisturising.

    The engraving process is also just as fun because you get to chose your font, what you have on it and the colour - I went with silver because when we tried the gold it didn't stay in very well and the silver looked bolder and neat.


    When your current lipstick runs out because - WARNING - you will become obsessed with wearing it, then all you have to do it simply pull it out and replace it with your refill and you're ready to go again.

    The only stores that have this feature are Selfridges in Trafford Centre & the one in London. So if you can get yourself to one of these and quick because you don't have long - if you want to ring to book the Trafford store then ring this number 0161 6291 122 & tell them I sent you.



    THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY GIRLY DREAMS COME TRUE

    SELFRIDGES & ESTEE LAUDER

    Have you tried to make your own lipstick?

    Laura xox


    20 STORIES // MANCHESTER \\ REVIEW

    Wednesday, 22 August 2018


    20 Stories

    The hottest new bar / restaurant in MCR just opened its doors in Feb 2018 and the people of Manchester weren't aware of what impact this new place would make.

    It was the perfect time to open so they could make full use of their 360 degree views of Manchester in the soaring heat during the summer months. It is after all one of the best features of 20 Stories.

    When you enter the restaurant you grab the lift up to the 19th floor (but why not the 20th floor? its named after where the food comes from? and you step out into the most amazing restaurant I've had the pleasure of entering.
    If you turn left you have views, if you turn right you have the restaurant and bar and more views. Even the toilets have views.


    The terrace gives you NYC vibes as soon as you step in. With its amazing views, pretty floral designs & set up, its all about the wow factor and I was simply stunned. I've never seen anything like it and I fell in love with every single detail.

    Theres domes covered in flowers in perfect spots where you can zone out with a few of your friends without being amongst other diners. Its the perfect party set up! (plus the perfect instagram pic)
    The terrace is sectioned into two parts, a restaurant & a bar.
    We were sat in the perfect spot which was right under the sun & overlooking Manchester, it made us feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant.


    The perfectly chosen music totally sealed the deal for us. Imagine this: A drink in your hand ( a Bloody Mary which was delicious) surrounded by stunning views, sat there with a loved one, and just taking everything in with music thats chilled but upbeat. Perfection. and this was before we had any food.


    MANCHESTER BORN AND BREAD




    THE FOOD

    The executive chef of 20 Stories is Aiden Byrne who is a Michelin star chef who has created a menu to showcase the best of the North west and aims to source local ingredients within a 50 mile radius.

    I can honestly say it will be one of the best meals you will eat because its just so fresh and tastes amazing. Every course went down perfectly, we hardly spoke during each course because we wanted to appreciate every mouthful.


    The staff were so attentive and they made us feel so comfortable and at home that we didn't want to leave. They made our visit that little bit more perfect just when I thought it couldn't get any better. So I'm forever grateful to 20 Stories for inviting me to dine with you and create a memory that will last forever.

    If you're ever in Manchester then you need to visit here for lunch or an evening meal - which I think would look even more idyllic with all the lights.

    Laura xox

    I'M WORRIED BLOGGING IS MAKING ME MISS OUT

    Monday, 20 August 2018

    BLOGGER -

    The newest job on the block which makes everyones heads roll when you mention the word 'blogger'. Its the job every 20 yr old girl dreams of. It's the only reason every girl has Instagram.

    Description of a blogger from an outsider looking in point of view:
    - free stuff
    - cool events
    - don't have to work
    - instagram fame
    - more free stuff

    Description of a blogger from a bloggers point of view:
    - passionate
    - hard working
    - won't stop
    - never has time off
    - never has an actual holiday
    - cant fully enjoy anything
    - has to be on it 24/7
    - never has a night out because who has time for hangovers
    - never lets her hair down
    - only time we drink alcohol is to get a photo
    - orders the prettiest thing on the menu but who evens like avocado on toast?!
    - cant be ill because ill doesn't look good on camera

    The list is endless.

    What I'm trying to get at, is that sometimes I wonder am I doing too much that I'm not enjoying life anymore?

    When you're looking through the lens at life, are you even living it? 

    Recently, I've been taking time off from my phone more than usual because not only am I worried I'm  ruining my life, but also those around me. Because its not just me that has to do all of this but someone needs to take the photo, someone needs to watch me spend 15mins until my food goes cold to get THAT shot. My bf wants to walk longer than 5 yards before I ask for another pic.

    Plus I want to spend quality time together with my loved ones. Quality time when I put my phone down and look at them and listen rather than pretending to listen but getting distracted because I need to upload.

    Or setting my alarm for 7am and ordering breakfast to get those breakfast shots but actually not having time to eat it because we then need to go somewhere else for another shot.

    It makes it even worse that I don't blog full time but I also work full time as a visual merchandiser so all my blogging needs to happen on the weekend so I really don't get any time off. I love it don't get me wrong but am I going to look back in 30 years time and think why did I waste all that time.

    My biggest worry is that I end up pushing people away. Will my friends stop inviting me places because I'm too busy and never can go anywhere or do anything, will my BF leave me for someone who isn't IG obsessed, will I lose connections with my family?

    So in the future, I am going to be taking more time off to ensure I start living and enjoying my loved ones company rather than just being with them.

    Who else is a little bit guilty?

    Laura xox


    TUI SENSATORI RESORT ATLANTICA RHODES // REVIEW

    Friday, 27 July 2018

    (OUR BATHROOM)
    (OUR TERRACE)

    TUI SENSATORI RHODES

    You guys all know I love a holiday! So if you have been following my latest holiday over on IG (click here to follow) then you will have seen I have just been to Rhodes and it was another amazing holiday. But it was a brand new hotel so I wanted (as always) to give you guys my honest review of the hotel I stayed in.

    THE BACKGROUND INFO

    Every year my mother & myself love to go on very glam, very calm holidays. We like 4 poster beds, adults only & lots of cocktails and photo locations. We like modern, new, white, marble & swim up rooms. So when we seen this in Jan (meant to open in May) we booked it straight away. All we had to go off was artist impressions so when it was meant to open in May and got put off until a week before we were meant to go was a bit worrying.


    (OUR BEDROOM)

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS 

    When we turned up to the hotel it was late at night so it was dark but coming into the hotel it was clear that there wasn't much around and there was no big entrance until you got further into the hotel. But when we walked into the lobby - my jaw was down. The decor, was so nice and its so me. Theres literally amazing decor from the floor to the ceiling (honestly, look up). It was big, tonal colours and very modern. They have these sensory pods in the lobby which are a cool touch.
    They have fruit infused water & cool towels on arrival (I'm sure its meant to be warm towels?)

    But the staff seemed very lovely. We were guided to the buffet but since it was late there was only a selection of cheese and desserts on offer but that was okay for me as I wasn't hungry enough for anything else.

    They took our cases straight away from the bus to our rooms so we didn't have to deal with dragging them around.

    After eating we went to our room which first impressions it didn't look anything like the artist impression as I'm sure the artist impression was all white room but the room was mostly all wooden. But nevertheless it was a good first impression especially the bathroom.



    (COCKTAIL FACING THE MAIN POOL)

    (OUR SWIM UP POOL)

    THE FACILITIES 

    This hotel is the biggest hotel we have been to in the past few years as we tend to go to quite small quite hotels.
    It has:
    - Italian a la carte
    - American a la carte
    - Greek a la carte
    - Healthy a la carte
    - Buffet restaurant
    - An outdoor cinema/ Stage
    - A bar for the stage
    - A bar where they have live music
    - An adults only bar near the beach
    - An adults only pool
    - A kids pool (with slides)
    - Tennis courts
    - Archery
    - A sports bar
    - Gym
    - Spa & indoor pool
    - Nursery
    - Snack bars
    -An architectural site

    (THE GREEK RESTAURANT)

    THE FOOD

    I was super super excited that it had a lot of restaurants because I get quite sick of the buffet so it was a nice change to have a different restaurant most nights. The ONLY bad thing is that you had to book at reception or via the ATLANTICA app but when we arrived there was restaurants that were fully booked and you can only book 2 days in advance. If you wait until the night before then chances are it will be fully booked. So a couple of nights we were stuck with the restaurant but its in a really good location if you sit outside as theres normally entertainment on which you can hear. Plus the buffet has good food ( only thing for me was the flies around the food) but I know that cant be helped sometimes.

    Kuzina - The greek restaurant was amazing and its in such a good location (basically in the middle of the pool). Also the food during the day from the greek restaurant is amazing too (service a bit slow during the day) and they serve gyros, chips, greek salad and more! This is also where you can get cocktails which is handy as its around the main pool. Waiters do come round but there is only one so sometimes you're better going to get them yourself.

    Caprice - the Italian restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch & dinner. We went for breakfast once but there was only omelettes and fruit basically so we had a coffee and went back down to the buffet as that has everything. But for dinner it was amazing! The starters, the main and dessert. From start to finish it was gorgeous, plus they do pizza!

    Liberty - the American restaurant is away from the main pool and near the architectural site. It was nice to have a nice juicy burger to be honest because its something you miss from home and you cant always get them at the buffet. Although I found that some of the plates came without everything it stated it would come with e.g the brownie for dessert said it was coming with popcorn & basically sounded amazing - it came just as a plain brownie which was very dry.

    Gaia - the healthy restaurant it next door to the Italian which is in the best location as it overlooks the whole hotel so it has amazing views. They have amazing salads for starters plus the whole menu has calories etc next to it so if your calorie counting this is perfect.

    Citrus - this restaurant is adults only but also please be aware you have to pay for this - so we didn't visit as we didn't see why we would pay since there are so many nice ones included. But we have heard its really amazing!

    Buffet - the main buffet restaurant has everything. apart from Nutella - they say its Nutella but its not actual Nutella which was disappointing since they have pancakes and waffles! But I actually found a dessert I liked because normally I find buffet desserts to look good but tasteless.
                                       

    (CAPRICE RESTAURANT)
    (BUFFET RESTAURANT)

    THE DRINKS
    Theres lots of bars around the hotel but what I found was the lack of menu's. They have about 5 cocktails on the menu at the beach bar which are disappointing plus the service there is slow.

    I ended up having wine and mojitos because they didn't have any Gin cocktails or cucumber to go with my gin and tonic. But in the lobby bar they have more choice but I actually seen that some nicer cocktails you had to pay for which is not good.

    So basically don't get your hopes up with the drinks selection.

    Since we had a swim up room too we asked about drinks delivered to our room but they were clueless and hadn't even thought of that but if you wanted any sort of room service you were charged.
    Because we normally get a swim up room so we can sunbathe on our terrace and use our own pool but because of the drinks we actually had to go and sunbathe at the main pool.

    The wine & beer were nice though!

    Soft drinks - I found their Fanta lemon to be not actually Fanta Lemon, i'm guessing it was the cheap version.

    (SWIM UP ROOMS)
    (OUR TERRACE VIEW)

    OUR ROOM

    We booked a 'double swim up room with terrace' which was room number 3006 which was based exactly opposite the greek restaurant.
    At first I thought we weren't going to have much privacy but it was okay actually. It was nice on an evening to be getting ready and have a cup of tea listening to the lady playing the piano.

    Since we were close to the entertainment including the outdoor theatre it was noisy. On the nights where we wanted an early night - we were still awake at 12am as the entertainment goes on until then so there no chance of an early night but good if you love the liveliness.

    The decor is gorgeous - very minimal but modern. it has a big bathroom with marble everywhere. But the main attraction is the terrace with the swim up pool. We shared a pool with about 5 other rooms but there was only one time the whole holiday that there was me and someone else from another room in the pool at the same time. It was good where we were as there was the music from the bar opposite so it felt like we weren't totally on our own and separated from everyone.

    You get a mini bar that we were told was free but once we drank the first lot they charged to fill it up - strange.





    Walking through the hotel theres just places where you're still stunned at how amazing the overall feel is like when I found these rooms I was like what are those rooms called and how do I get one of them!! I just think online its not very clear as to what room is what and even when we booked in the TUI travel agents they weren't even sure.



    (ADULTS BEACH BAR)


    OVERALL THOUGHTS

    As you can tell, theres still some teething issues with the hotel and staffing - like the maids not really cleaning the room but thats a small issue that they're trying to solve as time goes on. I don't think they were ready to open when they did and it feels like they're still playing catch up but by now they should be in a much better situation.

    The whole hotel is perfectly decorated and theres no issue on that end. You won't regret going here because we had an amazing time.

    I tell you what totally helped is the facebook group who share everything from tips like to make sure you take mosquito repellant and any updates of the hotel. Plus customer photos which show what its really like... find the facebook page here

    They also have trips that you can go on but we literally just like to stay in the hotel relaxing!

    (CAPRICE - ITALIAN RESTAURANT)

    Would you love to go here?

    p.s hope this helped anyone thinking of going here.

    Laura xox