Affinity Luxury Lifestyle Magazine April 2024

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Interiors to inspire you


It's time to book the getaway




Pimp-Up Your Nails

Nail polish shades you need this springtime

Spring recipes everyone will love Time to Dine

Bright & Beautiful


Welcome to spring, finally the sun is shining - I’m definitely more of a spring and summer kind of girl, I love the springtime, days are longer, nights are lighter, we start to spend more time outdoors and we just seem to feel more upbeat - The winter clothes are packed away and we start thinking about updating our wardrobes. This season’s trends are so feminine and delicate you’ll truly be spoilt for choice – We particularly love the fact that kitten heels are making a comeback, they are perfect for any occasion, a definite must have for this season, we’ve picked some of our favourites (page 27).

Did you know one of the key areas in which stress can have a profound effect on your body is your hormones. They play a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, and when stress disrupts this delicate balance, it can have serious consequences for overall well-being, page 12 tells you more and ways to cope.

Now’s the time we start thinking about spring cleaning and updating our homes, whether it’s a full makeover, a new piece of furniture or a few accessories, we have all the inspiration you’ll need (page 37).

We’re spoiling you with our luxury travel choices – Whether it’s Venice or Ras Al Khaimah, Andalusia or the English Countryside, there’s something for everyone, page 45 inspires you even more.

Many of us, in an effort to grow, heal or regain balance in our life try to alter some of our behaviours, but often when we do this we focus on the behaviour itself rather than the emotions or beliefs that may drive those behaviours, turn to page 16 for ways to regain your power.

Until Next Month


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How to Care for Ageing Skin

As we go through life, our skin goes through changes too, and understanding how it ages is key to keeping it healthy. It’s essential to be aware of the internal and external factors that can speed up the ageing process. This knowledge can help safeguard against premature ageing, combatting concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and dull skin. That’s why we spoke to founder of CellDerma skincare, Dr Dev Patel, who reveals how the skin ages and how you should care for it. His top tips provide the foundation to optimise your skincare routine, so it is effective in every stage in life.

Dehydration and moisture loss

Our skin needs water to maintain its plumpness, elasticity, and overall health. As we age, our skin's ability to retain moisture naturally declines due to the gradual breakdown of the lipid layer. This causes the skin to become dehydrated and lose its ability to bounce back, leading to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Harsh weather, low humidity, and pollution can negatively impact your skin's moisture levels. That's why it's crucial to wear SPF daily, consider an indoor humidifier in, and opt for stress defence creams that creates a biomimetic shield to protect against environmental damage. This will help balance skin moisture and better support the skins protective barrier.

Sun damage

The sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays contribute significantly to visible signs of ageing. Prolonged exposure results in various forms of damage, including wrinkles, fine lines, sunspots and a breakdown of collagen and elastin that keeps your skin supple. Exposure to UV rays extends beyond cosmetic concerns, and failing to apply SPF daily can elevate the risk of developing melanoma, a potentially severe form of skin cancer. To maintain your skins health, opt for a mineralbased sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection, while protecting the skin from environmental aggressors. My go-to product is CellDerma Ultralight Mineral SPF25, as it’s a weightless formula containing zinc oxide to ensure protection across the entire UVA protection. Unlike other sunscreens, it does not leave a grey hue, so is suitable for all skin tones and types.

Muscle contractions and expression lines

Everyday facial expressions are a natural aspect of life – we smile, frown, laugh, and scrunch our noses. However, when these expressions become repetitive, they can play a role in the development of wrinkles. As your facial muscles engage, grooves may form beneath the skin's surface. Gradually, the skin can lose its ability to bounce back, resulting in the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and permanent furrows in the brow area. As the first step, protect your eyes with sunglasses when you are outdoors in hot weather to avoid squinting and brow furrows from developing. Barcode lip lines run vertically down into the top lip, and can be caused by repetitive pouting from smoking or drinking through a straw. So, it is important to examine and change any lifestyle habits that contribute to premature ageing. Also, try not to clench the teeth together, as this can put unnecessary tension on your jawline and contribute to a sagging smile. Botulinum toxin anti-wrinkle injections can add volume to smooth out wrinkles, or dermal filler can be injected by a reputable aesthetics practitioner to decrease the appearance of fine lines.

Decreased cell turnover

Cell turnover is when old or damaged skin cells are shed and replaced by new, healthy ones. This natural process is essential for maintaining a bright and youthful complexion. However, as we age, cell turnover slows down to approximately 4-6 weeks, instead of 2-4 weeks. This means that dead skin cells can pile up on the surface, making the skin

appear dull and rough. To mitigate these effects, incorporate retinoids into your skincare routine to speed up cell turnover. New generation retinoids such as hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HCP) have been developed to offer the benefits of retinol, without the expected side effects such as skin irritation, increased sensitivity, dryness, and flaking. HCP has a higher potency to reduce wrinkles, and when combined with powerful antioxidants Vitamin C and E, it can further help cell repair. I recommend patients use Retin-ACE which contains a powerful blend of HCP, Vitamin C and E, followed by a rich moisturiser.

Loss of collagen and elasticity

As we age, the skin decreases in collagen and elastin production, which are essential for keeping the skin looking plump and youthful. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, helping provide support to your skin, hair, nails, and joints. Unfortunately, collagen levels decline naturally from our mid 20s onwards, which translates to thinner skin and the formation of fine lines. While collagen provides the base, elastin gives your skin resilience. Without enough elastin, the skin loses its bounce and begins to sag over time. To address prominent signs of ageing, I would recommend a Collagen

Restore cream with messenger peptides for collagen stimulation, and neuro-peptides which target muscles of facial expression. The effect is strong enough to slow down formation of expression lines and soften existing wrinkles, however, not capable of negatively impacting on expression, like anti-wrinkle injections can (when done badly). As well as this, look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and squalene to help hydrate and plump the skin.

Impact of lifestyle choices

While genes play a role in how gracefully we age, the good news is that we have more control than we think! Our daily choices, from what we eat to how we sleep, can significantly impact how our skin ages. Unhealthy habits such as smoking, poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption can cause premature ageing as it hinders our skin’s ability to repair and renew. As well as this, a lack of sleep often results in dark circles, fine lines, and dull complexions. This is because adequate sleep is essential for all cellular functions so poor sleep means more collagen degradation and generally unhealthier skin. Understanding the repercussions of these lifestyle choices can help you make informed decisions to prioritise skin health.


Skin inflammation has many possible causes including infections, allergens, stress, photosensitivity, and autoimmune conditions. Symptoms can include rash, itching, redness, swelling or blistering. As well as this, long-term inflammation activates enzymes that degrade collagen and elastin. As these structural elements break down, the skin becomes more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Inflammation also generates free radicals, highly reactive molecules that can damage skin cells and contribute to premature aging. Free radicals can also accelerate the breakdown of collagen and disrupt the skin's natural repair. Over time, this can result in the visible signs of ageing, including dull skin, sagging skin and an uneven skin tone. If you are prone to inflammation in the skin, looking for skincare products with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as active vitamin C compounds (rather than L-ascorbic acid which can be irritating) based in a sodium hyaluronate medium. This is the most soluble form of hyaluronic acid and offers good hydration for the skin, as well as enhancing the penetration of vitamin C. Steer clear of harsh chemicals, fragrances, and excessive sun exposure, which can aggravate inflammation.

Beauty NEWS

Pucker Up

With the resurgence of glossy lips, we’re looking for juicy lip glosses in a range of colours to suit all skin tones, that also moisturises lips and keeps them soft all day! Thankfully House of Colour aren't keeping their lips sealed about their irresistible lip glosses (£22.86) that provide ultra-shine and are available in 20 shades, including opaque, sheer colours and glitter toppers.

Getaway Glow

Take your skin on vacation for a getaway glow with the new Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Hue Drops (£32, This multi-use illuminating tinted serum combines clinically effective skincare ingredients, ethically sourced gold, and bronze pearl, and their beloved Dew Drops texture to instantly enhance skin’s natural tone and radiance, for a seamless sun-kissed glow.

Treat your Eyes

Peep Club’s Original Soothing Sundown kit (£90, offers the ultimate treat for dry, tired eyes and includes the original heated eye wand (like a hot stone massage for the eyes), soothing coconut balm (made from the highest quality coconut oil - a natural antibacterial rich in Vitamin E) and 8 reusable velvet bamboo pads (made from organic 100% natural bamboo cotton, naturally gentle and hypoallergenic) all in a drawstring bag. It’s the perfect way to wipe away the grime of the day by soothing, nourishing and pampering your peepers.

Time to Spa

The Luminiquea Self Care Spa Set (£30, is the perfect gift to help you relax, unwind, and rejuvenate, It includes a range of highquality products, all specially selected to help you feel rested and refreshed - Gaia Dry Face & Body Clay - 100% Organic Bamboo Wash Cloth - Botanical Wax Melts - Gua Sha - Eye Roller Tool - Occasion Card - Mask Application

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Stress and its Impact on Hormone Health

Stress is a common experience in modern society, and its impact on health cannot be underestimated, we caught up with Dr Fiona MacRae, a specialist in integrative women's health and bioidentical hormone balancing for the Marion Gluck Clinic who explains more.

Stress may be physical, due to trauma or surgery, social, due to pressures of work or financial constraints, or psychological. One of the key areas in which stress can have a profound effect is hormonal health. Hormones play a crucial role in regulating various bodily functions, and when stress disrupts this delicate balance, it can have serious consequences for overall well-being. Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that influence every cell in our bodies.

When we experience stress, the body goes into a state of heightened alertness, triggering the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones help prepare us for the "fight or flight" response, by increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and energy levels. We may feel a sensation in the pit of our stomach as blood is redirected from our gastrointestinal system to skeletal muscle ready for action. While this response is a necessary protective measure in certain acute situations, chronic stress can lead to dysregulation of these hormones, and subsequent negative effects on our health.

One of the keyways in which stress can disrupt hormonal health is through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is a prominent neuroendocrine response to stress and promotes survival. This system is responsible for regulating the body's stress response and is inextricably linked to the hypothalamicpituitary-thyroid and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal systems.

These systems are normally under the control of delicate feedback mechanisms, but chronic stress can cause dysregulation of these systems, leading to disordered hormone release.

An excess of cortisol impacts inflammation, immunological function, blood glucose control, fat storage and salt and water retention. Persistently elevated cortisol can lead to a metabolic syndrome characterised by raised blood pressure, disordered lipid profile, diabetes, weight gain and heart disease.

Cortisol and the sex steroids originate from the same precursor molecule, cholesterol. In stress there is suppression of gonadotrophins and gonadal steroids, and this can lead to disruption of normal menstrual cycle. Prolonged exposure to stress can see complete impairment of reproductive function in both men and women. Chronic overproduction of cortisol therefore sees a reduction in sex steroids presenting symptoms and signs of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone deficiency. This effect is known as cortisol steal.

Chronic stress has also been linked to thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid function is downregulated with stress and circulating thyroid hormones are diminished. An excess glucocorticoid (produced by adrenal glands) inhibits thyroid stimulating hormone which is the pituitary driver of the thyroid gland. An underactive thyroid can then lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, disordered thermoregulation, and mood changes.

Severe stress may also be a risk factor for diabetes and it certainly disrupts blood sugar control in established diabetics.

Mental stress with chronic activation of the neuroendocrine system, disrupts the appetite hormones leptin and ghrelin. A decrease in leptin and concomitant increase in ghrelin, leads to increased appetite, and increased food consumption. Cortisol favours central fat deposition and weight gain.

Hormonal imbalances caused by stress can exacerbate existing health conditions, making them harder to manage and potentially leading to further complications.

The magnitude of impact of stress on our hormonal health may be huge. We can take steps to address the problem through techniques such as CBT and mindfulness. Relaxing exercise routines such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai chi may also be beneficial. Aerobic workouts including dance and boxing classes can be fun and provided a valuable release from stress, as well as boosting cardiovascular and metabolic health. Supplements such as Ashwagandha for cortisol reduction and L-Theanine for calming influence are also helpful.

Seeking advice from a hormonal expert may be very valuable. We can assess a variety of hormone levels by blood and / or urine testing; we can assess the effect of chronic stress on the gut microbiome through stool testing and can also test individual genetics with regard to the stress response. This then enables targeted support.

In conclusion, the impact of stress on hormonal health cannot be underestimated. Chronic stress can disrupt the delicate balance of the body's hormonal systems, leading to a number of negative effects on our health. Understanding the mechanisms by which stress impacts hormonal health is crucial in order to mitigate these effects and promote overall well-being. By managing stress through techniques such as mindfulness, exercise, and social support, we can help protect our hormonal health and prevent the development of chronic health conditions. Management of stress and its impact on health may be best managed by a hormone expert or functional medicine doctor.


This month’s must have gifts and accessories

Stacker Bracelet, £16, Accessorize Penhaligons Bluebell Fragrance, £135, Sunset in Ibiza Candle, £30, Dior Bronze Glow, £53, Harrods Hand Painted Teapot, £36.99, Pretty Tiffin Sleep Mask, £18, Fable England Beaded Slider, £37, Accessorize Vivienne Westwood Watch, £285, Very Blouse, POA, Hellessy Yellow Dress £365, Nadine Merabi Napkin Rings, £10, Marks & Spencer Mojito Bag, £50, Oliver Bonas Glass Vase, £28, Very Mono Bikini, £26.50,F&F

Digging Deeper

Many of us, in an effort to grow, heal or regain balance in our life try to alter some of our behaviours, but often when we do this we focus on the behaviour itself rather than the emotions or beliefs that may drive those behaviours.

Imagine that you’ve had a rotten day at work and when your partner or a friend asks how you are - you snap at them. You don’t want them to snap back or be offended what you want is for them to realise that all is not well and ask how you are or if they can help. Approach the emotion behind the behaviour NOT the behaviour.

A common issue people try to deal with is procrastination defined by the google online dictionary as “the action of delaying or postponing something”.

Many people procrastinate because they think they are reducing stress but in actual fact studies show that procrastination causes more stress in the long run.

One of the underlying emotions behind procrastination is fear. If we are dreading something – perhaps getting a test result from hospital for example it is understandable that we might seek to put it off BUT of course part of us knows putting it off won’t change the result and while we wait we probably worry a lot anyway.

Another of the reasons behind procrastination can be anxiety about the task(s) to be completed. Sometimes this is related to perfectionism with an anxiety around being able to complete the task to the ‘right’ standard. People who suffer with anxiety will often feel overwhelmed by what they need to face even if those tasks are fairly mundane.

Depression may cause procrastination too. People who are depressed tend to dwell on negative thoughts and will often experience self-doubt.

Lower energy levels and difficulty motivating oneself are two common symptoms of depression as well. If someone can’t muster the energy to complete a task, they may find it easier to put it off until they feel better. With depression, though, it can be difficult to gauge if, or when, someone feels motivated enough to complete what they need to.

They may also ruminate on past procrastination and lack self-compassion, which can further the cycle of putting things off. Indecisiveness, another symptom of depression, also contributes to procrastination.

Procrastination can also be linked to specific issues like ADHD and this may then be helped with medical attention. But for most of us what can we do to overcome procrastination if it is a problem?

If you always have a lengthy ‘to do list’ but find that while you may add to it not much comes off it, then procrastination may be at play. In terms of overcoming it the following steps may help.

First, stop being hard on yourself or beating yourself up. It won’t help and procrastination is rarely to do with laziness. Instead ask yourself what the underlying reasons may be and begin to tackle them instead.

It’s useful to spend a bit of time reflecting on why you procrastinate – dig deeper consider the possible reasons. Whatever the reasons it will often help to break bigger tasks into smaller chunks – large tasks or projects can make anyone feel overwhelmed.

Break down tasks. Nothing needs to be so huge that it overwhelms you. One step at a time one thing at a time.

Work on your mindset, if you are used to focussing on the negative try to change that to focus on the good or positive. Look for things within the task that can be pleasurable or positive. I’m not saying this is easy – if you’ve spent a long time feeling negative about things it can be hard to change – but change is possible and when we start to change – things often start to look different.

Another area to consider is your self-talk – it is very hard to be positive and motivated if the voice in your head is telling you that you are useless and you’ll never do it. Try using some positive affirmations instead like I can do this, I will manage, I am competent and able etc. The problem with self-talk that is negative is that we believe it and it can keep us very stuck.

In addition to these strategies it is also important to reflect on the tasks in hand – are they things you want to do? some things are a must, I recognise that but apart from things that are necessary for survival or living a civilised life, what are you asking of yourself? You may have embarked on certain things a while ago and maybe they no longer fit your purpose, remind yourself it is okay to change.

Or maybe other people persuade you to do things, well you can decide not to do those things – that’s where it can be useful to revisit the personal boundaries you have in place to protect yourself and your wellbeing.

The above with some simple strategies like diarising things, checking which environments you find most productive and focussing on what you want to do not what you want to avoid – should help you beat procrastination.

For more about living life to the full check out my book Make it Magnificent available on Amazon.

& mother BABY NEWS

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

The Etta Nursing Chair (from £399, has an aesthetically pleasing, contemporary design with a classic rocking chair twist. Etta’s on-trend six colourways (pebble grey, anthracite, off white, coral, sand and boucle mushroom) paired with its modern style makes it the perfect addition to your baby’s nursery. Etta is just as comfortable as it is stylish. Sink into your chair as you nurse your baby, rock them to sleep or sing them a lullaby. The deep padding, wide armrests and soft surface make it a must-have for baby’s nursery.

Beach Baby

Nursery Time

Cuddleco’s Clara 3 Piece Nursery Furniture set (£999, is the most beautiful set to complete your baby’s nursery, bringing warmth and luxury with its chic cashmere finish and brushed gold handles. Clara’s timeless design can be refreshed time and time again to grow with your family. The Clara 3 Piece Nursery set includes a cot bed, (suitable from birth to five years), dresser changer (a 2-in-1 nursery must-have, providing both storage and a changing station in one stylish product) and wardrobe (the wardrobe has ample room to keep your baby’s clothes organised, plus a roomy drawer providing extra storage).

JoJo Maman Bebe’s 1-piece UPF 50 Sun Protection Suits (£24) and hats (£14) are a great way to help protect babies and children from harmful UV rays. Ideal for both playing in the sun and for swimming, the suits and hats keep covered areas safe from sunburn, enabling little ones to enjoy playing outside in the sun for longer. The lightweight, quick-drying fabric makes them both even more practical. You’ll love the choice of designs, so your little one can look the trendiest on the beach.

Nail It 1 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 5 Gorgeous shades to pimp-up your nails this springtime 4 1. Dior Red Smile, £27, Selfridges 2. Nails Inc Seabright Street, £11, 3. Gucci Melinda Green, £26, John Lewis 4. Hermes Orange Boite, £45, Harrods 5. Mii Totally Out There, £13.50, 6. Nailberry Bluebell, £16, 7. Nails Inc Believe Me In Brixton, £8, 8. Gucci Baby Blue, £24, Harrods 9. Revolution Zingy, £4, Revolution 10. W7 Puerto Rico, £2.99,



Pretty in Pink

From delicate pastels that evoke pretty cherry blossoms to bold and vivacious hues, the spectrum of pink for springtime is everywhere

Boucle Blazer, £55, Very Crepe Trousers, £39.50, Marks & Spencer Denim Jacket, £59, Fatface Midi Dress, £95, Oliver Bonas Midi Dress, £255, Rebecca Rhoades Pink Gingham Dress, £25, Tu Pink Glasses, £85, Iolla Satin Dress, £110, French Connection Stripe Top, £55, Oliver Bonas
Striped Shirt, £25, Marks & Spencer Watch, £149, Marks & Spencer

Floral Fancy

Whether soft and romantic or bold and graphic, spring is the perfect time to embrace an easy-to-wear floral dress.

£1,611, Etro at Harrods £40, Quiz £55, Joe Browns £60, Very £75, Fatface £169, Ro&Do £275, Rebecca Rhoades £275, Rixo £895, Erdem New Look

Green Goddess

It doesn’t matter which shade of green, everything from forest to Emerald to mint and lime, green is clearly the colour to be seen in this year.

Bikini, £25, Marks & Spencer Broderie Culottes, £55, Marks & Spencer Dress, £18.99, F&F Frill Sleeve Top, £12, Very Green Retro Trainer, £18, Tu Clothing Linen Trousers, £65, Monsoon Midi Dress, £85, Oliver Bonas Mohair Jumper, £69, Marks & Spencer Straw Bag, £49.50, Marks & Spencer Very Waistcoast, £55, Monsoon Wool Coat with Scarf, £250, Jaeger

Trench Alert

Blending timeless style and sustainability a trench coat is the must-have item you need in your wardrobe this season

Beighe Trench, £85, John Lewis Black Trench, £68, Threadbare Cream Trench, £100, Monsoon Grey Trench, £45, Primark Isabel Marant Trench, £990, Harrods John Lewis Khaki Trench, £45, F&F Neutral Trench, £239, Stone Trench, £189, Mint Velvet Suedette Trench, £54.99, New Look

Best Foot Forward

The 90’s called and kitten heels are back, what colour will you choose?

1. Eyelet Kitten Heels, £45, River Island

2. Brown Kitten Heels, £90, Dune

3. Black Kitten Heels, £700, Versace

4. Black Kitten Heels, £115, Guess

5. Red Kitten Heels, £45, River Island

6. Ruched Kitten Heel, £40, River Island

7. Slip On Kitten Heels, £35, Marks & Spencer

8. Leopard Print Kitten Heel, £30, Very

9. Red Kitten Heels, £45, River Island

10. Denim Kitten Heels, £35, Marks & Spencer

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Food & Drink


A Spring in Your Step

It's time to usher in the vibrant flavours of spring with Giffard Liqueurs and the lineup of their Spring flavours, Apricot, Peach, and Elderflower Liqueurs to use in some fun cocktails. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologists or casual cocktail enthusiast, Giffard's Apricot, Peach, and Elderflower Liqueurs offer endless possibilities for creativity and innovation in the realm of mixology. Can there be anything more refreshing than sipping on a refreshing Peach Bellini or indulging in a fragrant Apricot Spritz as the days grow longer and warmer.

Tea Time

National Tea Day (21 April) is the perfect occasion to expand your palate beyond the supermarket tea bag blend. There's a vast world of real tea to explore from premium tea brand JING with exceptional purity and flavour to delight the senses. JING’s exceptional teas are served in prestigious venues such as The Dorchester, Claridge’s, The Goring and The Savoy, as well as being available to purchase from

Rhythm & Brunch

It’s time for all R&B and brunch lovers to head to legendary drinking, dining, and dancing destination, 100 Wardour Street, in the heart of Soho for feel-good vibes and non-stop tunes while you feast at the iconic Rhythm & Brunch. Taking place every Saturday from 12pm-5pm, get ready to groove and reminisce as this high-energy brunch transports you back to the nineties and noughties, featuring a jam-packed line up of some of the best classic R&B, hip hop and house tunes. Legendary DJs, as they spin the decks, and hype the crowd. After your three-course brunch, grab your Aperol Spritz and get up on the dancefloor as you immerse yourself in the hottest party vibes in town. £35pp for two courses or £40pp three-courses - with the option to add bottomless bubbles for £25pp or unlimited Aperol Spritz for £30pp.


4 Chicken Thighs

4 Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Marbella

“An easy, delicious way to upgrade your regular one-pot chicken dish”

Salt and black pepper, to taste

4 cloves Garlic, minced

2 tbsp Dried Oregano

2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1/2 cup Pitted Prunes

100g Pitted Green Olives

100g Pitted Black Olives

1 jar Opies Capers, drained

2 Bay Leaves

120ml White Wine

2 tbsp Brown Sugar

2 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Season the chicken thighs and drumsticks with salt and black pepper. Place in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the minced garlic, dried oregano, red wine vinegar and olive oil. Pour this mixture over the chicken pieces, making sure they are well coated. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes. For better flavour, cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). In a large ovenproof dish or roasting pan, arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer. Scatter the prunes, green olives, black olives, capers, and bay leaves evenly around the chicken. Drizzle the white wine over the chicken and fruit. Then sprinkle over the brown sugar. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and has a nicely browned skin.

Remove the bay leaves before serving. Garnish the Chicken Marbella with fresh chopped parsley. Serve hot, and you can pair it with rice, couscous, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Plum, Pumpkin and Lentil Korma

“This curry makes a delicious springtime supper that’s perfect for vegans and vegeterians too”


500g pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into chunks

1 large red onion, chopped

2tbsp olive oil

1tsp cumin seeds

6 South African plums, pitted and sliced

2 x 400g cans green or brown lentils, rinsed and drained

4tsp vegetable stock powder or 1 vegetable stock cube

4tbsp Korma curry paste

200g coconut cream

2tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4tbsp natural yogurt (dairy-free for vegans)

Fresh coriander, to garnish

Naan bread, to serve


Preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan Oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6. Put the chunks of pumpkin or butternut squash and red onion into a roasting tin and add the olive oil, tossing to coat. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until just tender.

Add the cumin seeds and South African plums to the roasting tin and roast for 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, tip the lentils into a large saucepan and stir in the stock powder or crumble in the cube. Add the curry paste, coconut cream and chopped coriander. Heat, stirring occasionally until simmering.

Tip the roasted vegetable mixture into the saucepan and stir gently to mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes. Serve, garnished with natural yogurt and coriander sprigs, accompanied by warm naan bread.

If you want to keep the curry vegan, be sure to use a dairy-free yogurt for the garnish. If you need an alternative to pumpkin or butternut squash, try sweet potatoes instead.

Daffodil Cake

“This delicate and fragrant springtime cake is the perfect balance between citrusy and sweet”



1 cup self-raising flour

1.5 cups granulated sugar

Egg whites (from about 10 large eggs)

¼ tsp salt

1.5 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp vanilla extract

4 large egg yolks (room temperature)

1 tsp finely grated orange zest plus more for garnish

2 tbsp orange juice


1.5 cups icing sugar (sifted)

3 tbsp orange juice

1 tbsp butter (melted)


Preheat oven to 375°F. Sift the flour and mix with 1/2 cup sugar. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with salt, cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form, then beat in 1 cup sugar, adding 1⁄4 cup at a time over the egg whites. Beat until sugar is just blended.

Gently fold in the flour mixture by fourths until fully incorporated. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks with orange zest and juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until thickened and pale. Fold in onethird of the white mixture.

In an ungreased 4-inch-deep 10-inch tube pan, alternate yellow and white mixture to give a marbleised effect, with white mixture on top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a cake tester/fork inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Once cooled remove cake from pan. In a small bowl, mix icing sugar, orange juice and butter until smooth. Brush all over cooled cake and let it sit until set. Garnish cake with orange zest.

Recipe from, Good Housekeeping

Bella Cucina Prosecco Frizzante

Raise a Glass to Spring

Time to toast the brighter nights and warmer days with a delicious award-winning bottle of bubbles from Tesco. From mouth-watering champagnes and sparkling wines, to delightful Proseccos, Tesco has the perfect selection of bubbles.

This refreshing semi sparkling Prosecco is bursting with flavours of fresh green apples, pears and grapefruit.

Tesco Finest English Sparkling Wine

Dry and crisp with apple and citrus flavours balanced by delicate brioche notes on the finish. Perfect served chilled as an aperitif.

Tesco Finest English Sparkling Rose Brut

This refreshing Rosé sparkling wine has ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas, with zesty citrus notes, paired with a round, toasted finish. Perfect as an aperitif, for celebrations or with seafood. £21.00

Finest Prosecco

Valdobbiadene DOCG

This refreshing sparkling wine has flavours of ripe pear and white peach and a zesty, lively finish. Delicious with canapès or light desserts.

Mud House Chile Sauvignon Blanc Rosé

This zesty and beautifully refreshing Chilean Rose is an expressive wine rich in fruit intensity and vitality, with berry nuances and generous flavour complexities.

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Step away from the neutral muted palettes that have dominated in the past and add some vibrant tones and colourful brights that instantly infuse your space with joy, creativity and a new zest for life. From grand statement furniture pieces to simple charming accents, this colourful palette has a little something for everyone

Lamps will enhance the character of your home and add undeniable ambience and beauty. This Nanga lamp (£250, lamp base, £53, scalloped shade) from is an attractive accessory that provides soft and comforting light translating into an exquisitely elegant and sophisticated interior.

This colourful gallery wall with abstract and graphic prints from will add a splash of colour and focal point to any wall in your home.

Round Cushion, £15, Marks & Spencer Ornage Sofa, £1,799, Sofology

Accessorise your table with colourful woven tableware all handmade in Kenya. The collection includes pops of pink, orange, yellow, blue, and lavender across bread baskets, placemats, and coasters and are available from

In a juicy colour palette of red and pink, this zebra print wallpaper (£48 a roll, deserves a commanding spot in your home. The playful design is made for lovers of bright colour and loud prints. Hang this zebra wallpaper in a living room or study to make a real statement.

Stoneware Vase, £22.99, H&M Pooky Ambrose Lamp, £111, Pooky Cornwall View Picture, £950, The John Dyer Gallery

The Finishing


Whether filled with beautiful fresh flowers or displayed as decorative objects, vases are the perfect finishing touch for any room.

1. Mulberry Blown Glass Vase, £29, The Cotswold Company

2. Blue & White Vase, £108, Dar Lighting Group

3. Colour Block Vase, £26, Next

4. Tulip Vase, £46, Spicer & Wood

5. Matt Black Ceramic Vase, £170, Click Style

6. Ceramic Table Vase, £27.99, Wayfair

7. Stripe Vase, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

8. Circle Vase, £12.99, Homesense

9. Orange Swirl Vase, £22.50, Oliver Bonas

10. Blue Glass Vase, £80, Sweetpea & Willow

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Make a Wish as Aladdin Flies to The Stage

The first-ever UK & Ireland Tour of Disney’s hit Broadway and West End Musical, Aladdin, takes flight into Milton Keynes this April.

Experience the timeless story of Disney’s Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with unforgettable magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle! Don’t miss this extraordinary theatrical event already seen by over 14 million people worldwide, where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

We caught up with Yeukayi Ushe (Genie) to talk three wishes, flying carpets and magic lamps.

What are audiences in store for when they come see Aladdin? They can expect a night of Broadway-style glitz, glamor and magic with true heart.

How would you sum up the character of Genie? And can you relate to him in any way?

He's this magical being who is full of sunshine, wit, energy and vibrancy. I can only hope to live up to the massive list of incredible people who have played the role before me and he's like nobody I've ever played before myself. He is just so full of energy, so frontfooted and so much fun. Hopefully I can relate to his sunshine and warmth.

What attracted you to the show?

Genie is a character where you have all of this creative license, all of this comedy and all of these iconic songs that he gets to sing. Having played Simba in The Lion King, to get to play another iconic Disney character is amazing. There is no way that I was going to pass up this opportunity.

Can you recall when you first saw Aladdin and what effect did it have on you?

The movie came out in 1992 and I'm not gonna give away my age

but I watched it when I was younger. I'm a massive Disney fan, so I've watched it a fair few times since. Before I knew it was Robin Williams in the movie I was like 'Is this really just one actor voicing this character?' I was inspired by his performance and then you've got the underdog story of Aladdin as well. It made me think that I can be anything, I can shape shift and do whatever I want. And then the music. My God, the music!

Speaking of the music, what's your favourite song in the show and why?

That's a really difficult question because the score is beautiful. Prince Ali is great and so full of life but I would have to say my favourite has to be Friend Like Me. In that number you get treated to all of the magic, all of the glitz, all of the glamor, all of the abundance, and the song builds and builds and builds.

If you could have three wishes granted, what would they be?

I would wish for the ability to eat anything that I wanted with the proviso that wouldn't gain any weight. I would wish to be able to travel to so many beautiful places across the world without having to queue up and get on a flight; I'd just click my fingers and I'm there. And then lastly, I would wish for my family and my friends to be comfortable and happy.

What lead you into a showbusiness career?

It was actually because of Robin Williams. His performances in Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin inspired me from such a young age because there were no limitations to his voice, his comedy and the characters he played. I also watched a lot of Disney animation growing up, [laughs] which was probably a good way to keep us quiet but it made me want to do this career and I'm so glad that I've landed where I am now.

You've done lots of stage work. What have been your favourite roles to date?

I would say that Kinky Boots was one of my absolute favourites. I loved playing Lola, going up and down the UK, giving people that sense of escapism but also spreading the message of 'Just be who you wanna be'. This show [Aladdin] is very similar. It says you can be who you want to be. You don't have to just accept the circumstances you were born into. It's wonderful that I get to take these stories - with these characters who are larger than life but who are also very human at the heart of it - up and down the country.

When were you last on tour and what are you most looking forward to about getting back out there?

The last time was with Kinky Boots and I'm really looking forward

to reconnecting with the crowds that I connected with on the tour circuit, going to all the coffee shops that I frequented and seeing new places that I otherwise maybe wouldn't travel to which have loads of hidden gems. The UK is incredible, Ireland is incredible, and there's so much that these cities have to give that I don't get to see all that often. It's amazing that a Disney musical is taking me to these corners of the country.

Disney’s Aladdin comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Wednesday 24 April - Sunday 19 May 2024.

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Venetian Romance at Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Venice, renowned for its Centuries-old architecture, cobblestone alleys and maze of canals is quite literally unlike anywhere else you’ll ever visit. Known to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and the most perfect destination for a romantic European break, with the fervour of love around every corner, and no matter how many times you visit it always takes your breath away.

Just a five-minute boat ride across the Grand Canal away from the heart of Venice is Giudecca island, a peaceful haven full of historical architecture, an authentic atmosphere and narrow picturesque streets. A unique place to visit, lined with impressive Renaissance and Gothic buildings, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the best of both worlds, a sanctuary of peace and calm without the crowds.

And it’s here on Giudecca island that the luxurious 5-star Hilton Molino Stucky Venice stands proud, housed in an 18th century listed building that was once one of Italy’s most influential flour mills, and now recognised internationally as an iconic example of European industrial architecture. The hotel offers guests the most stunning views of Venice having you feel as if you’re in a real-life Renaissance masterpiece, the most romantic place for a mini or honeymoon.

The hotel mixes traditional and industrial effortlessly, with high ceilings and wide walkways, it’s a Venetian sensation of hidden delights, whether it’s showcasing intricately carved furnishings, ornate gilded mirrors or opulent glass hues, the luxuriously sumptuous surroundings is reminiscent of Venetian glamour at its best.

From deluxe rooms to the Presidential suite, each room, of which there are 379 in total, has a unique style fusing contemporary and luxury in design.

Our room, was a calming palette of neutral panelled walls, with gold and grey accents accentuating an alluring ambience that evokes images of Venetian grandeur, continuing into the bathroom with its opulent marble walls and floors. The pièce de résistance though, is the breath-taking views – the window frames them effortlessly just like Monet’s Le Grand Canal painting, the most perfect spot to pull up a chair, open a bottle of champagne and just watch the world float by.

Another perfect choice for views is the hotel’s rooftop Skyline Bar (the highest in Venice) and the most idyllic place, could there be anything more romantic than sharing a cocktail or two as you watch the sunset over the city of ‘Love’.

Downstairs on the ground floor, is the Rialto Lobby Bar and Restaurant –perfect for lunch or a midday snack, plus Il Molino where breakfast is served in two of the original flour mill buildings, whether your tastebuds are craving sweet or savoury the choice is not only endless it’s authentic and delicious, and you really won’t go hungry!

If you only eat once at the hotel, it has to be Aromi, a destination in its own right, this award-winning restaurant offers a unique culinary journey in an intimate and elegant atmosphere whether you eat inside or out. Choose from wine-paired dinners led by the ‘aromas’ of the city and wider regions of Italy, tasting menus and individual mouth-watering dishes.

The pan-fried foie gras, pistachio, carrot puree and fig marmalade was a mirage of textures and tastes as was the Mazara del Vallo prawns served with leeks, black currant sauce and lime. Spaghetti with Canadian lobster, zucchini and tomato sauce made a great choice as did the Turbot fish fillet with black squid ink and cauliflower puree, nothing disappoints it’s all freshly prepared and is a real treat to the taste buds, full of fresh seasonal flavours, you can almost taste the culinary passion in each mouthful.

This exquisite experience is al-fresco dining at its best, with seating close to the water’s edge, you savour each mouthful as you breathe in all the wonderous sights of Venice. Watching day slowly turn to night as the sun sets and the sky lights up with twinkling stars, you soak it all up and begin to understand why it’s said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world.

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is the ideal base for exploring Giudecca island and its historic surroundings, absorbing a slower pace of life as you visit art galleries, churches, gorgeous gardens, boutique shops or one of the many eateries and bars, where frescos adorn the walls and ceilings and have you wondering many times ‘if only walls could talk!’ You can do as little or as much as you want, and if it’s doing nothing that you want then a visit to Hilton Molino Stucky Venice’s spa is a must, indulge in a Venetian couples massage, where the strokes mimic those of a gondolier as he navigates his gondola or you can take the lift back up to the rooftop to the other gem in the hotel’s crown the rooftop swimming pool, which has the second highest vantage point across the whole city.

If you’re feeling a little more energetic take the hotels’ 5-minute complimentary boat ride over to heart of Venice and get engulfed in the busy atmosphere of all the iconic sites including St. Mark’s Square, a walk over the Rialto bridge, a wander around Doge’s Palace, a must-have gondola ride or just get yourself lost and disappear into one of the many authentic book shops or hidden bars. – the choice is yours, staying on Giudecca island allows you the luxury of appreciating Venice at your own pace.

The Hilton Molino Stucky Venice allows you to experience the two different faces of Venice, both completely different but both as romantic as each other, the ideal split between tourist and tranquil the most perfect destination for creating memories that last a lifetime.


Nightly rates at Hilton Molino Stucky Venice start from *€200 per night based on double occupancy with breakfast included. Molino Suites start from €500 per night.

*Rates may vary from those shown.

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Ultra-Luxury at The Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

Prepare to be spellbound by the latest jewel in the crown of luxury hospitality in the region and beyond as The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert proudly presents its newest offering: the ultra-luxury “Signature Villas.” Poised to redefine opulence in the heart of the Arabian Desert, offering palatial retreats with a promise of an unparalleled blend of sophistication, exclusivity and natural beauty.

Nestled within the serene expanse of Wadi Khadeja, ensconced by a sprawling 1,235-acre private gated Nature Reserve, these exquisite villas invite guests on an unforgettable journey into extravagance. This exclusive offering comprises of eight private villas sprawling over an impressive 900 sqm. With a generous 490 sqm of liveable space, each Signature Villa provides ample room for relaxation and rejuvenation. The epitome of luxury awaits within these meticulously designed abodes, ensuring an indulgent escape amidst the timeless allure of golden dunes. The villa positioning and spaciousness between them allows travellers to feel independently accommodated. For those early risers or late-night stargazers, there are ideal options as the resort offers four Sunrise Signature Pool Villas and four Sunset Signature Pool Villas for your choosing.

Step into a realm of unparalleled indulgence as you enter your secluded sanctuary from the prestigious private gated community of the Nature Reserve. A hospitable welcome awaits at your villa upon arrival from your private butler, who will serve you a signature welcome drink and provide refreshment towels, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience. Your butler will anticipate your every whim, offering unpacking and packing services, ensuring your stay is a symphony of rest, relaxation and luxury.

The spacious interiors exude luxury at every turn, featuring a master bedroom adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows, 65-inch TV, a freestanding bathtub, separate vanity area, en-suite and an outdoor shower, all complemented by a private terrace offering panoramic views of the desert landscape. The second bedroom is equally sumptuous, with twin beds, a terrace, 65-inch TV, separate vanity, and bathroom arrangements promising comfort and relaxation in equal measure.

The living room stands as a testament to refined elegance, offering a seamless fusion of luxury and nature. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame captivating vistas of the desert in a 360-degree view, while

plush sofas, a 75-inch TV, and a 10-seater dining table create an ambiance of sophistication and warmth. The large Dining Bureau holds all your snack and beverage requirements with a complimentary minibar tailored to guest’s preferences and refilled daily.

Venture outdoors to discover a private dining area and a large 50+ sqm infinity pool with a pool deck featuring four sunbeds. The outdoor living area with sofa seating provides the ultimate setting for a truly enchanting experience overlooking the golden horizon. A fitness studio equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment is available for those seeking to work out and stay fit in the comfort of their private villa.

Your needs will be well catered for with a separate pantry and nanny’s room, allowing the team to work away, ensuring every desire can be easily crafted and taken care of in a moment's notice.

Elevating the experience to new heights, guests have the option to awaken their senses daily with an in-villa breakfast prepared by a personal chef and served by the butler. Additionally, guests can indulge in nightly turndown amenities, sundowners tailored to their preferences and prepared freshly by the butler, served on the terrace, and enjoy a selection of board games available for family entertainment.

The allure of The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert extends far beyond its luxurious accommodations. Guests can embark on a journey of discovery with a myriad of leisure activities, including daily falcon and owl interaction, equestrian rides, and stargazing adventures. For wellness enthusiasts, The Rainforest experience awaits - a sanctuary of tranquillity offering a range of 16 unique hydra-thermal rejuvenating interactions.


Your stay includes a 2-bedroom villa, private pool, butler service, complimentary amenities and beverage bureau, in-villa breakfast, 90 minutes spa treatment, nature drive or wildlife feeding experience and in-villa BBQ dinner.

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Turquoise Hues and Ocean Views

Enjoying a pride-of-place setting between the ocean and a protected cove on the southern part of Grenada, Six Senses La Sagesse invites guests to put their feet up and worries down and embark on a journey of discovery, rejuvenation, and celebration. From waterfall meditation to artisan rum and chocolate making, there is much to uncover on this Caribbean gem known for its spices and relaxed lifestyle.

Designed to reflect Caribbean village vibes, surrounded by nature, and bursting with bold colors and scents, the resort maintains a connection to Grenada’s “Spice Island” heritage. There are 56 pool suites, which combine ecocredentials and comfort using natural, renewable, and repurposed materials. The organic and contemporary interiors feature open-plan bedrooms, each with an outdoor terrace leading to a private plunge pool for a cooling dip.

In addition, there are 15 villas enjoying prime hillside or beachfront settings, ranging between one, two, and four bedrooms, all with generously sized bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. The five larger four-bedroom retreats are located on a Bluff, offering a 270-degree view of one of the most coveted locations in the Caribbean. With expansive landscaped gardens, they are a world apart yet still closely connected to all the resort's amenities, including the restaurants, water sports, and spa.

Sourced with care, authentic dishes from the land and sea are exotic, fresh, and fruity. The signature restaurant, SeaFire, is where creativity, experimentation, and emotion unite. With a Raw Bar and wood fire grill, the communal plates are designed for sharing. At Callaloo, the all-daydining restaurant, guests enjoy farm-to-table

dining with the chef’s interpretation of classic comfort food. The poolside Panquai Breeze Bar serves up Churrasco, the South American tradition of cooking meat on long skewers over a fire, paired with a selection of Grenadian rums and tropical cocktails. The ideal refresh is at the Scoop café, where complimentary shaved ice or freshly churned ice cream offer a naughty but nutritious daily treat.

Six Senses Spa is uniquely placed overlooking the lagoon. Set over two floors, the upper floor has a state-of-the-art gym and a yoga pavilion, with unrivaled views of the colorful landscape to let the mind wander during a workout. The 180-squaremeter fitness facilities include a studio for spin, cycling, yoga, and aerial yoga, and a separate entrance for 24-hour access for early birds and night owls.

The resort’s commitment to sustainability guides all its actions – from how the land is used to grow herbs in Grenada’s fertile volcanic soil and Eat With Six Senses dining ethos to how it manages its energy and waste, conserves water, and supports community-driven projects. The resort is also planting 3,000 trees and bushes and new mangroves along the lagoon, which is a lively habitat for many species of birds, fish, and other animals.


Rates at Six Senses La Sagesse Grenada start from $1,000 (£788) per night for two on a B&B basis.

Six Senses La Sagesse is 35 minutes by car from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport, which is served by year-round flights from the United Kingdom, North America, Canada, and Europe.

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Hotel Valldemossa A Destination in Itself

Once part of the Royal Charterhouse Palace, Hotel Valldemossa is now a destination in itself with twelve adultonly exclusive rooms offering panoramic views of Mallorca, an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa known as the Sanctuary, and renowned gastronomic space, De Tokio a Lima – an outpost from Palma de Mallorca serving a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.

Nestled in the Sierra de Tramuntana – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Hotel Valldemossa is just a ten-minute stroll from the quaint village of the same name which was once described by world renowned nineteenth century composer, Frédéric Chopin, as “the most beautiful place in the world.”

Rooms & Suites

Hotel Valldemossa features twelve exclusive rooms – 4 Deluxe Terrace Rooms, 7 Junior Suites, and 1 Valldemossa Suite – each with large private terraces overlooking the hotel’s vast and lush grounds (olive grove and orchard included!). Interiors embrace the French aesthetic of the 1950s with original furniture by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Miguel Mila. Merging tradition and design in open and inviting spaces is a signature of It Mallorca where avant-garde design contrasts with a building’s rich history. Terracotta flooring, old wooden beams, and an earthy colour palette give Hotel Valldemossa a feeling of sanctuary. A home away from home.

The hotel’s signature Valldemossa Suite encompasses a 65 sq m space where wooden beams coexist with other original materials and designer furniture. Guests can look forward to enjoying its indoor lounge, spacious terrace with jacuzzi, and breathtaking views of the valley and La Cartuja. An added bonus? It is located next to the hotel’s spa – the Sanctuary – and outdoor pool, meaning guests are mere steps away from deep relaxation.

A Sanctuary for Body & Soul

The Sanctuary at Hotel Valldemossa is where body and soul become an inseparable unity. Unique to Hotel Valldemossa will be a programme inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and the Western wisdom of lymphatic drainage – “Valldemossa Longevity.” Under the direction of Amor Garzon, pioneer of the Piroche method – which combines drainage, massage, and essential oils – the Sanctuary is a place that provides both physical and mental therapy. Other rituals include Nature Healing, Sport Detox, Green Beauty, No Stress, and For You.

Village Life

A short ten-minute walk away from the hotel is the picturesque village of Valldemossa, surrounded by lush olive and almond trees. Untouched by time, the village is famous for its cobbled streets lined with cafes, shops, and art galleries. Its surrounding area is world renowned with hiking and cycling enthusiasts alike, making Hotel Valldemossa the perfect base. Cyclists can choose between relaxed routes on rural roads or the challenging ascent to Sa Calobra – a winding path leading to iconic lighthouses, historic castles, and secret coves. Hotel Valldemossa also offers bike rental, guided routes, maps with personalised routes directly from the hotel, a repair workshop and bike cleaning facilities.

De Tokio a Lima

Perhaps Mallorca’s best kept secret is its gastronomy scene. Another of It Mallorca’s hotels – Can Alomar – is home to restaurant, De Tokio a Lima, in the heart of Palma. Now, Hotel Valldemossa houses its second outpost. A fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavours with a Mediterranean twist; De Tokio a Lima is a must for all foodies. At Hotel Valldemossa, the restaurant not only offers creative seasonal cuisine, but it also offers stunning views of La Cartuja. Chef German Bernardi – culinary director of It Mallorca’s kitchens, and Chef Ricardo Rossi – nicknamed the king of red shrimp, have devised a menu that is full of colour and surprising flavours. Classics include vegetable ceviche, sirloin tataki, and their creamy Soller lemon cake which has become somewhat famous.


Room-only rates start from €330 (approx. £290) per room per night during low season. During high season, the room-only rate starts from €610 (approx. £530) per room per night. Price based on a Deluxe Terrace Room. Breakfast is €35 (approx. £30) per person.

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Ikos Resorts Deluxe Luxury Villas

Ikos Andalusia, Spain have added brand new Deluxe Suites and Ikos Resort Villas to its accommodation offering.

The impressive Ikos Andalusia already boasts 410 elegant rooms, nine exquisite restaurants, nine heated swimming pools, sweeping views of the Spanish coastline and unrivalled Greek hospitality through Ikos’ new Philoxenia campaign, where guests are treated like family from the moment they arrive.

Deluxe Villas

Set to redefine luxury for families and groups, the Deluxe Four Bedroom Villas at Ikos Andalusia are a first for the Ikos brand, and have been built to blend seamlessly into the landscape, with both direct access through pathways to the Deluxe Collection areas, as well as standing within easy reach of the resort’s unrivalled facilities and restaurants. Each villa embraces the Mediterranean spirit, decorated with neutral colours and natural materials to promote a calming atmosphere, juxtaposing the beautiful planted greenery around the villa entrances, terraces and gardens.

Sleeping up to nine people, the elegant villas are perfect for families or groups of friends looking for the ultimate hideaway in a spacious haven. Guests can soak up the sun in the lush garden, lie by the private pool or host a fun-filled barbecue night on the terrace, all whilst looking out into the beautiful Spanish landscape.

Deluxe Suites

Ikos Andalusia’s new accommodation will also include the opening of Deluxe Three-Bedroom Suites with a Private Pool, as well as Deluxe Two-Bedroom Penthouse Suites in the resort’s Deluxe Collection

beachfront area. The Three-Bedroom Suites, perfect for families, sleep up to seven guests in ultimate style. They offer larger groups great privacy, as well as an outdoor dining area, private pool and extensive garden. For smaller groups, the Deluxe Two-Bedroom Penthouse Suite and Deluxe OneBedroom Penthouse Suite are the perfect option, sleeping up to 6 guests. It is a serene sanctuary, fitted with tastefully designed interiors, boasting panoramic vistas to the sparkling pools and lush gardens.

The new villas as well as elegant new Deluxe Suites further enhance the Deluxe Collection offering, which goes beyond expectations when it comes to the luxury all-inclusive experience. This service brings guests a wide range of exclusive benefits such as a Concierge Service, complimentary spa treatments, Deluxe Collection swimming pools, private dinners by the sea, upgraded food and beverage menus and much more.

These luxurious and elegant villas and suites complete the renovations at Ikos Andalusia which has seen a wealth of new experiences and developments in the last year. Adding to its already exceptional food offering, 2023 saw the introduction of Chiringuito; a traditional Spanish restaurant on the beach, serving a delicious selection of tapas and local favourites, as well as Seasons, an al-fresco a la carte restaurant which uses the finest and locally sourced ingredients from sustainable producers. Further adding to the Deluxe Collection benefits, a new Deluxe Bar has also been introduced, boasting premium cocktails and exclusive dedicated service.

Alongside the new family friendly accommodation offering, families will be better entertained than ever, with the recently introduced Heroes Kids Club, welcoming children between ages four-12. Following Ikos Resorts’ commitment to sustainability, the Heroes Kids Club offers a plethora of green activities, where little guests can live out their fantasies by becoming an Eco-Warrior and learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle. For the mini master chefs, the new Heroes Club now also offers Cooking Classes showing children the basics of the culinary world using the freshest, local ingredients. Guests as little as six months to three years can enjoy activities at the Ikos Crèche with the freedom to be curious and explore.

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La Dolce Vita Orient Express Time to Embark on Your Italian Journey

La Dolce Vita Orient Express tickets officially opens this April, marking an important milestone for an unparalleled travel experience in one of the world’s most cherished destinations: Italy.

A dedication to life, freedom, indulgence, and pleasure, La Dolce Vita Orient Express invites travellers to immerse themselves in the spirit of the 1960s while exploring the wonders of Italy from the comfort of its cabins and suites. With nine iconic journeys, each promising a blend of luxury, culture, and history, La Dolce Vita guarantees an unforgettable adventure, with its first departures taking place in the Spring of 2025.

The train pays tribute to the years of “La Dolce Vita”, a fantastic period of history, to the artistic and cultural fervour of Italy in the 1960s. The exceptional experience combines the Italian way of life with the contemporary spirit of travel. The trains sumptuous essence will live through its 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites, a "La Dolce Vita" suite and a restaurant, lounge, and bar, all boldly celebrating the art, design, and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s.

Travelers can choose from 9 captivating itineraries (season depending), each unlocking the joys of Italian regions.

• The thrilling Coast to coast, Venezia e Portofino;

• The enchanting Bella Italia, Venezia e Siena;

• The adventurous Matera e Palena ‘La Transiberiana Italiana’;

• The scenic Montalcino, ‘Viaggio tra i vini Italiani’;

• The tantalizing Monferrato ‘Vino e Tartufo’;

• The sun-soaked Sud Italia – Maratea e Palermo;

• The coastal exploration from Palermo to Roma, ‘Alla scoperta della costa Tirrenica;

• The awe-inspiring ‘Le meraviglie della Sicilia’;

• Or, ‘Le meravigle della Sicilia e del Mediterraneo’.

Each itinerary is a tapestry of delights, promising a voyage as captivating and vibrant as Italy itself.

In collaboration with the best international chefs and sommeliers, travellers will enjoy 5-star service on board, discovering the treasures and excellence of the "Made in Italy" way, savouring its gastronomy and the finest Italian wines. At Rome Ostiense station, the La Dolce Vita lounge will welcome passengers to indulge in a relaxing pre-boarding experience, setting the perfect tone to prepare travellers for their extraordinary journey.

Gilda Perez-Alvarado, CEO Orient Express states: "We are thrilled to officially open the doors to a new era of travel with La Dolce Vita Orient Express. This endeavour embodies the essence of exquisite exploration, where sophistication meets adventure. As we embark on this journey together, we invite travellers to experience the pinnacle of elegance and excitement, immersed in the charm and splendour of Italy."


Pricing is tailored to travel preferences and departure date. Starting prices referring to a one-night itinerary are €3,500 per person in a deluxe cabin and €4,700 per person in a suite.

As of April 2nd 2024, guests may contact the reservations centre: 020 30 24 49 49

From April 24th 2024, guests can reserve directly by visiting,

Escape to a Luxury Treehouse in Rural Somerset

Accommodation specialist One Off Places have launched their Hidden House Treehouse, a brand new handmade treehouse on a woodland's edge near Crewkerne in Somerset.

Sitting three metres above the ground, it has woodland views from its large windows. Suitable for stays all year round, its cosy interiors include a log burner and king size bed. Outside, there is a large deck with an outdoor copper bath, hammock, wood fired hot tub and infrared sauna. There is also a private garden with a pizza oven, BBQ and firebowl.

Tabitha Symonds, founder of One Off Places, says: `This is one of the most unique romantic retreats in our collection and a stay here feels like the ultimate

indulgence, whilst also ticking the box for the increasingly popular concept of nature-inspired escapism.`

The farm setting allows for wonderful rural walks and the neighbouring village of Hinton St George is home to a traditional country pub with flagstone floors and low beams. The nearest town of Crewkerne is two miles away, and the Jurassic coastal town of Lyme Regis is a 30 minute drive.


Stays cost from £259 per night, self catering. Minimum stay 2 nights. Use of the private wood fired hot tub and infrared sauna included. Easily accessible by car.


Aries (21 March – 19 April)

During this month, with focus, you can make enormous progress in your work. Savings will slowly increase during this period. Economic condition will be strengthened with the help of efforts. You are likely to deal with romantic illusions in the second week of the month. Love is flowing swiftly to you - and through you. The last week of the month brings powerful intuition for work and opportunities to deal with past problems.

Favourable Dates: April 2, 7, 11, 16, 20, 25

Favourable Colours: Blue & White

Taurus (20 April – 20 May)

You will use your creativity on the work front and will handle managerial tasks. Projects will be continually in motion due to your efforts and vigilance. Your positive attitude towards work will remove the hurdles during this period. Keep flexibility in your principles during this month because rudeness will not work. Self-confidence will help you remove the obstacles in your way. Keep your feet firmly on the ground though, don't let your heart rule your head.

Favourable Dates: April 2, 9, 11, 18, 20, 27

Favourable Colours: Blue & Yellow

Gemini (21 May – 20 June)

Work relationships will improve but avoid overloading your plate with responsibilities, as they are likely to come back to haunt you in the last week of the month. Romance begins to heat up during second half of the month. Some of you are pursuing it more assertively, and others are experiencing ups and downs.

Favourable Dates: April 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20

Favourable Colours: Red & Yellow

Cancer (21 June – 22 July)

An almost ideal scenario for you this month. Hopes and dreams come true, your ambition and focus are both exemplary. You are scoring hugely in the game of love. If single it will be a logical progression to committed relationships. In addition to relationship, your own creativity, leisure activities, children, hobbies are all sources of pleasure and satisfaction. You need to take decisions carefully, otherwise you may get pain from your love affairs. Lack of trust on your partner may increase your difficulties.

Favourable Dates: April 5, 7, 14, 16, 22, 25

Favourable Colours: Red & Black

Leo (23 July – 22 August)

In terms of work, you may not get too much satisfaction. Some good opportunities lay your way but you may not be able to make most of it. There may be the lack of affection in married life during this period. Try to be loyal to your relationship, it would be good for your prestige. Some of you may lose your interest in love affairs and others will try to fix their relationship issues to put sparks back.

Favourable Dates: April 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22

Favourable Colours: Yellow & White

Virgo (23 August – 22 September)

Your partnerships, relating abilities, and powers of negotiation grow and expand. Paying attention to detail in your work is also important, as you’re about to discover how it pays to watch and wait before making any major decisions. New partnership opportunities can arrive now, or the chance to bring fresh energy to an existing committed relationship emerges. You would be confident of your abilities to take on projects and endeavours.

Favourable Dates: April 1, 3, 10, 12, 19, 21

Favourable Colours: White & Green

Libra (23 September – 22 October)

Success is at your doorstep. You begin a new job or get a promotion. Because you do what needs to be done and take action you are going to see the results. Your creative project takes off and your dreams materialize. It is your singleness of purpose and commitment that keeps you going down the path to success. Your energy would be contagious and you inspire others. Your current relationship grows and flourishes, rising to the next level. Keep your partner intrigued with your magical creative vitality.

Favourable Dates: April 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26

Favourable Colours: Red & Blue

Scorpio (23 October – 21 November)

Your sense of well-being is strong either through growing selfesteem or as a result of increased wealth. Money flows in and out and the key is to ensure that you spend wisely. Otherwise you will later discover that your increased income simply slipped through your fingers. Nevertheless, now might be the time to ask for a bigger slice of the pie. This can be a time of big decisions as you start applying what you’ve learned, making changes and incorporating your new set of values into your life.

Favorable Dates: April 6, 8, 15, 17, 24, 26

Favourable Colours: Yellow & Purple

Sagittarius (22 November - 21 December)

You are going to begin a new phase in your life along with new opportunities. Rewards for past efforts will come to pass. There will be some stress to go along with these will be able to attain the growth and knowledge that you need to gain the opportunities which you seek. You will be receiving a message filled with good news and glad tidings.If you give some thought to these matters you will know what direction to take. A positive new life will follow. If single, you are likely to be involved soon in a relationship or love affair.

Favourable Dates: April 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21

Favourable Colours: Red & Black

Capricorn (22 December – 19 January)

You’re at a point where there are a lot fewer distractions than there used to be and as a result you can more fully establish where you want to be in life and, more importantly, how to get there. All you need to do is establish your purpose and start heading in that direction in an carefully planned manner. It’s also a time that allows good things to flow from you and on to other people, so feel free to spread the good luck around.

Favourable Dates: April 3, 7, 12, 16, 21, 25

Favourable Colours: Red & Blue

Aquarius (20 January – 18 February)

This is the time to make a fresh start. Increased optimism and self-confidence makes you feel capable of achieving your goals. You’ll have a larger-than-life presence and an ability to inspire others. As a result you may have the opportunity to teach, guide or mentor others. Emotional or financial concerns that have been bubbling away may pop up. It can also be a time when new possibilities and solutions emerge.You can also be very strongminded about how to handle your work and health, and this means it’s better to work at an independent pace if possible.

Favourable Dates: April 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 27

Favourable Colours: Green & White

Pisces (19 February – 20 March)

This is a fabulous month for learning, expanding your knowledge of a subject, taking courses, and connecting with people who broaden your horizons or who you help guide or teach. If you've been considering making major moves, keep your options open and explore the possibilities presenting themselves now.Your powers of attraction are high. You are at your most companionable and people tend to be on your side. Connections you make now can inspire and delight you.You invest a lot of your energy in your personal life.

Favourable Dates: April 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21

Favourable Colours: White & Purple


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The Wrong Sister by Claire Douglas

Tasha has always felt in the shadow of her older sister, Alice. Their lifestyles couldn't be more different; Alice is married to wealthy entrepreneur Kyle and has a high-flying career, Tasha is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives in a Bristol suburb with their four-year-old twins.

When Alice realises that Tasha is struggling - with money, the kids, losing her identity - she suggests they do a life swap for a week. Alice and Kyle will come to stay at Tasha's terraced house to look after the twins, while Tasha and Harry spend the week in Alice and Kyle's Venice apartment.

But a few days in, it all goes terribly wrong. Tasha receives a phonecall to say Alice is in hospital and Kyle is dead after an intruder broke into their house. They think it must have been a burglary gone wrong.

Until a note arrives through the letterbox saying It was supposed to be you. Can these two sisters find the answers they need, or are they about to stumble upon something more sinister?

Bag of Lies

Civil War

In the near future, a team of journalists travel across the United States during a rapidly escalating civil war that has engulfed the entire nation.

Release Date: 12 April

Desperate to save his dying wife, Matt turns to The Bag, an ancient relic with dark magic. The cure demands a chilling ritual and strict rules. As his wife heals, Matt's sanity unravels, facing terrifying consequences.

Release Date: 2 April

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