The Grand Canal & The Gritti Palace

By on Jun 28, 2014 in Cruise, Cruise Review, European Travel, Fine Dining & Apéritifs Review, Lifestyle, Luxury, SLTBLog, Travel | 4 comments

One of my earliest holidays, that I can remember, was to Venice when I was six.  I loved exploring the narrow passageways and admiring the range of Venetian masks that graced most shop fronts.  I have been back numerous times, however when the opportunity arose to sail into Venice – how could I say no. As we entered the lagoon the gentle tap on our cabin door announced the arrival of our Champagne breakfast – the only way to sail into Venice (unless you have a private yacht).  As Mr V and I poured our glasses of Champagne and relaxed as the sights of Venice slowing sailed into view.  We only had a few hours in Venice so would only be able to see a part of the city, especially as our ship was one of four in the city that day, so I decided to avoid the crowds do a whistle stop tour of the main sights with a leisurely lunch planned at The Gritti Palace.  Don’t worry we...

Our Wedding Anniversary at The Waterside Inn

By on May 27, 2013 in Fine Dining & Apéritifs Review, Hotel Review, Lifestyle, SLTBLog, Travel, UK | 6 comments

When planning on what to do for our Wedding Anniversary we glanced at the list we had made of places we wanted to stay, so in keeping with the cuisine theme we decided to book The Waterside Inn at Bray owned by the Roux family (are you noticing a theme here!). It is a ‘Restaurant avec Chambres’, which meant we could enjoy the evening and not have too far to fall into bed. For our stay we booked the ‘Roux Signature Experience‘, which included dinner (‘Menu Exceptional’), bed and breakfast and a selection of Roux products to take home, including the choice of a cookbook signed by Michel Roux Sr. The Inn is located in the small village of Bray, not far from Windsor and set on the banks of the River Thames. As you pull up the Doorman warmly greats you, takes your name and car keys and guides to into the warm reception. Stepping in to the reception gives...

Grosvenor House to ‘Serve’ Wimbledon Afternoon Tea

By on May 24, 2013 in Fine Dining & Apéritifs, Lifestyle, Luxury, SLTBLog, Sponsored Post, Travel, UK | 0 comments

This post is brought to you by Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel. Get ‘set’ for summer and the 2013 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, with Wimbledon Themed Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.  As you know here at Simply Luxury Travel we do enjoy partaking in Afternoon Tea, we also enjoy watching and occasionally play a game or two of tennis.  With Wimbledon just a few weeks away, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel has combined our two passions to “Serve” you an “Ace” of an Afternoon Tea. With first serve on Monday 17th June, a selection of Wimbledon themed finger sandwiches, elegant pastries and traditional home baked scones will make you feel like you’re at The All England Club. What’s more, if lucky enough to be attending Wimbledon this year, present your valid ticket at Wimbledon Tea and take advantage of a glass of complimentary...

Review: Bijoux Afternoon Tea at The Langham

By on Apr 24, 2013 in Fine Dining & Apéritifs Review, Lifestyle, Luxury, SLTBLog, Travel, UK | 2 comments

When we heard that The Langham in London would join forces with luxury jewellery designer Theo Fennell to create an afternoon tea, we just had to get a table booked so we could experience the delights that are seriously too good looking to eat. Located in the heart of London, just a short walk from Oxford Circus, The Langham provides a sanctuary on a busy bustling day and has something to intice the weary shopping in, from the array of treatments in the Chuan Spa, to a mouthwatering meal at Roux at The Landau, or a nightcap in the Artisan Bar, before falling into a blissful sleep in one of the many tastefully decorated bedrooms. For us it was the Bijoux Afternoon tea that had inticed us to visit the hotel. Before we made our way to the Palm Court an aperitif was in order, plus we wanted to experience ‘The World’s Best Bar’ as voted for by Drinks International....

Simply Luxury Travel’s 2013 Travel Plans (so far)

By on Jan 15, 2013 in Lifestyle, MISC, SLTBLog, Travel | 0 comments

First of all, Happy New Year!  I hope your travel plans for 2013 are going well.  Our December was full of illness at the Simply Luxury Travel home, poor Mr V ended up in hospital, so planning our next getaway was furthest from our minds.  Now we are midway through January so the talk of where next is constantly the topic of conversation. Lainston House This was a very last minute to visit there earlier this month, we booked the hotel as we were jumping in the car to drive there, so watch out for our review of our Lainston House stay coming soon. Berlin I was very fortunate to win a two night stay at The Regent Hotel Berlin, so we’re adding on an extra night so we can relax and explore Berlin, my last trip there was a Press Trip that lasted 24 hours, was a total blur and we ended up at 2AM in a karaoke bar!  This time Mr V and I are going to relax, do lots of walking, enjoy fine...