Category Parent Escapes

A Sydney City Break: The Old Clare Hotel

If you’re ever in Sydney and looking for a quirky design hotel then I’d recommend staying at The Old Clare. It’s centrally located in Chippendale in the newly redeveloped Kensington Street precinct where there are cool boutiques, art galleries and places to eat including Spice Alley. Whilst The Old Clare is perfectly suitable for accommodating families (large loft style rooms and extra beds on request) Ross and I used it as

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Parent Escape: Spa Day at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

I recently received the best gift a mum can get  – a luxury spa day for Chewton Glen in Hampshire.  If you have not heard of Chewton Glen, it is the quintessential country house hotel and the ultimate Hampshire spa retreat. I’m afraid my photos aren’t wonderful because I was too busy relaxing but I did have a wonderful time and day out on my own which I always think

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The Body Camp – Ibiza

If someone offered me the chance to go on a health retreat anywhere in the world, I’d choose Bali or Ibiza. Both have amazing spiritual connections and holistic vibes and just stepping foot on these magical islands changes your state of mind.  These days Ibiza is the much easier option for me, Bali is reserved for ‘parent escapes’. So when a friend told me they were setting up The Body Camp,

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A Two Week Break From Our Toddler – The Verdict

I just thought I’d do a little post on this as a few people were asking how it was. It was obviously amazing…but there were peaks and troughs of feelings throughout and an annoying inability to completely relax. For those who don’t know, Ross and I have just come back from two child free weeks in Bali – sorry to keep barking on about it I don’t mean to rub

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Parent Escape: Bali with Alila Hotels And Resorts

We have just been lucky enough to take, what feels like, a sabbatical from our two year old son.  The destination was the island of Bali in south east asia and we were hosted by the luxurious boutique hotel group Alila Hotels and Resorts.  T-rex was conceived in Bali and so it was quite poignant that we were able to make our first long haul ‘parent escape’ back to this

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Parent Escape: Art Deco Singapore At Tiong Bahru

Just a quick little post and some pics on this cute area in Singapore.  If you want a bit of 1930’s Asia, art deco architecture, cool cafes and bookshops plus a colonial style bar, then come to Tiong Bahru.  I’m not saying it’s outstanding – it’s a quiet residential area but for me it’s a reminder of the old Singapore that I grew up in.  It has enough to keep

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Parent Escape: The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Suffolk

A couple of months ago, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Suffolk invited me to spend a day trying out their facilities and a couple of their spa treatments.  It was a hard decision but I obliged.  Can I just say I LOVE SPAS!!!  I know everyone does but I think I am obsessed.  I have been told my bathroom looks like a spa –  it did before a token

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Parent Escape: Paris

Aaah Paris!  How beautiful our weekend ALONE was.  It was a weekend of all those things you can’t do when your little darling is around (ahem! NOT that…well maybe a little bit:).  I’m talking spontaneity, uninterrupted chats, long lunches and late night dinners.  Mummies, I let my hair down (literally – not a hair tie in sight) and I urge you to do the same.  Book at least one night in

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Five Hip And Hippie Hangouts In Ibiza

In my last Ibiza post I mentioned how we shared a babysitter so that we (the adults) could all have a bit of time out.  Whether that was going out for dinner, lunch or having a day on the beach, here are a few places we ended up minus the kids. Ses Calinata, Ibiza Old Town I love this bar near the top of the old town for its laid

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Mummy’s Day Off: Bermondsey Street

I’ve had quite a few nice days off recently.  Since T-Rex started two days (yes two whole days!) at nursery, I have a new found freedom which I had forgotten about.  I think I’ve got a bit of Abbie back!  Last week I met a friend for lunch in Bermondsey Street, one of my favourites for London food.  We went to Jose’s tapas and sherry bar which, I might add, is

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