Bank holidays call for week end getaways! If you are looking to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air, Cornwall is a safe bet... Having been to Looe and Liskeard before, I wanted to explore a different part of Cornwall. St Ives was recommended to us, and now I can see why! It is, in my opinion, the prettiest, most charming and quirkiest little fisherman village, in the area.
We stayed at The Gannet Inn for 3 nights, and really enjoyed our stay. This charming and brand new hotel, is AA***** and definitely deserves the award. I kept repeating to Dom over and over again how much I loved the decor. The staff is lovely, and last but not least (....You know where this is going...) the food is delicious. Guests of The Gannet Inn also have access to the spa facilities of the Carbis Bay Hotel. (Which is why I picked this hotel.... thought it would give us something to do if the weather wasn't great!)
As mentioned above, this is The Gannet's sister hotel. Although we didn't stay at Carbis Bay Hotel, we did visit it twice. The hotel & spa facilities are beautiful. It is located right on the beach, and although we didn't see the rooms, I bet they have amazing views!
The Carbis Bay Hotel Spa has a Hydrotherapy pool, a (very big!) jacuzzi, a sauna, and also offers spa treatments.
Kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing... if you are lucky with the weather, or don't mind the cold!
For a walk on the beach. Less populated and just as beautiful.
Drive 15 minutes from St Ives to Marion, and you will be able to get a boat (2€) to St Michael's Mount. If you go when the tide is low, you will be able to walk there! (bring thick shoes or wellies if you don't want to get your feet wet!)
Trust us to try all the so-called "best" restaurants...! Here are the ones we think you should try too if you are visiting St Ives.
Great atmosphere, great food, and great cocktails (or so I hear!). Trendy yet quirky. Seafood dishes with a Central American twist. The place to go if you fancy a lobster or crab roll.
If you are looking for a quirky restaurant, you MUST stop by this restaurant! We both ordered the fish platter which was delicious, and best value for money!
Visit for the view! But the food is delicious too! This is a tapas restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. Make sure to make a reservation for dinner as there aren't too many tables inside (they were fully booked all week end so we ended up going for lunch) unless you are happy to eat outside, in which case you can just walk in. Perfect for a glass of wine and tapas at sunset!
We had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant every morning, which was very good. So we had high expectations for dinner! The Gannet Inn did not disappoint!
I was on the hunt for a healthy take away to eat on the beach: The Harbour delivered! I ordered a grilled code salad which was delicious! (even the seagulls tried to dig in!)
And for the best Cornish pasties ... (according to Dom!)
Have you been to St Ives? Please let me know if you try any of these places... would love to hear your thoughts!
Being the capital of the United States, Washington D.C is the place to go for sight seeing. Having been to D.C many times, this short city break was more about walking around Georgetown, discovering new trendy restaurants and just enjoying the dynamic & positive atmosphere of the city. Although we did walk to the White House & The Capitol for touristy pictures (....we wanted a few pictures to update our Instagram feed. Don't judge, you would had done the same!) this article is about the cool things to do in D.C that won't be in your travel guide.
Where to stay in D.C?
We stayed at the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, a trendy, and brand new hotel located right outside Georgetown (my favourite neighbourhood in D.C!) We arrived around 6pm, just on time for Wine Hour! No wine for me, there were some smoothies waiting for me in the room 🙏🏻😍 but mum deserved hers on Mothers Day! We stayed in a queen room with city view, which was super spacious.
If wine hour wasn't enough, there are more reasons why you should stay at Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. 1) You can borrow free bikes to go explore the city. 2) There is a yoga mat in each room (seriously?! Brilliant.) 3) The gym. A full on, super well equipped crossfit gym!! aka. I found my dream hotel!
where to eat in washington dc
Georgetown is my favourite place to go for dinner. Here are two good restaurants at the Navy Yard. Save some time to go for a walk by the water before dinner!
We didn't end up eating there since they were fully booked, but this restaurant was recommended to me by many people. So if you give it a try, I'd love to hear your feedback!
A very good Thai restaurant... lovely staff, huge portions!
This restaurant is in the same building as the hotel, but have separate owners. I heard the food is delicious for dinner, but we ended up going for breakfast. Between the 5 of us, we tried pretty much everything on the menu, and we all loved it!
Sightseeing in D.C is easy, since all monuments are walking distance from each other (wear good shoes... you will walk a lot!)
The white house
Wave at the President!
the washington monument
Also not to miss: The Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam War Memorial
Have you been to Washington D.C? What are your favourite things to do, places to eat or hangout in the city?
I am writing this from the car, on our way back to Hampshire. Although we only left home 24 hours ago, it feels like we have been away on a real mini holiday. Princess mode was activated from the second I walked into the 4* Malvern Spa Hotel. You may (or may not know) that Malvern is known for its water source (I didn't... but then I'm French, that's my excuse!) which makes it the perfect place indeed to spend a weekend in the water.
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Our room (203) was lovely. Spacious, new, with a marble bathroom and bath tub. There were towels, bath robes, and slippers waiting for us on the bed. A kettle and selection of hot drinks, (even a coffee press and fresh coffee!), and of course, bottles of Malvern water.
We both enjoyed a 1h spa treatment. We went for full body massages, but you will find the list of all treatment here.
His: ESPA Energise Massage: This massage aimed to alleviate deep-seated tension and muscular stress using specialised techniques to increase circulation to the muscle, help re-align deeper layers of muscle, release chronic patterns of tension and alleviate common areas of discomfort such as a stiff neck, painful lower back and sore, tight shoulders.
Hers: ELEMIS Garden of England Rose restore
A lavishly hydrating body massage. A unique trio of rose, camelina and poppy seed oils are used to maintain and restore skin elasticity.
Our massage therapists then walked us to a "relaxation room" where we could rest, and let our skin soak in all the gorgeous moisturising skincare products before jumping into the swimming pool.
Dinner at the malvern spa hotel restaurant
Now for the best topic of all.... food. The hotel's restaurant is a AA Rosette, and it didn't disappoint. While I tried to stay healthy and went for the low-calorie dishes, Dom's job was to try everything else so I could review it here! (He took the job very seriously). I had the scallops for starters (which were absolutely divine!) followed by the seabass fillet, which tasted amazing as well. Dom went for the mussels to start with, followed by the lamb & a cheese platter (there is a very wide selection of cheese..... that's when I almost gave up my healthy eating goal!.
***I also really want to stress how nice the staff was. Everywhere in the hotel.
You know me. Can't check in at a hotel without checking out the gym! I will start with the all-marble changing rooms, which are super luxurious. And a gym that offers several hair straighteners & hairdryers gets serious brownie points from me! The gym itself was spacious, well equipped and not crowded, even though we visited on a Sunday morning. You can watch our full body workout in this video!
the spa: hydrotherapy pool
Let me start by saying that we were extremely lucky with the weather, which made the experience all the more enjoyable as we made the most of the loungers in the garden, soaking in the sun. The pool is very big: there is an indoor and an outdoor section, and you can swim from one part to the other which is pretty cool! The pool was very warm... more like a giant jacuzzi! And I see that it lights up at night, so I'm sure you would enjoy it even in the winter, at night. **You could also order drinks to have by the pool, and that includes fresh smoothies.... more (healthy) brownie points! I didn't have one as I was saving myself for our afternoon tea, but they looked yummy!
afternoon tea at the colwall park hotel
2 o'clock: time for cake! We drove from the Malvern Hotel to the Colwall Park Hotel, which is about 20 minutes away and belongs to the same hotel group. We were greeted by the lovely staff who led us to the sunny garden, and it wasn't long before a beautiful selection of sandwiches and cakes was placed in front of us. (Until this point, I was still determined to eat healthy and stick to the sandwiches. Dom's job once again was going to be to review the cakes. Sorry Dom, I'm having cake too!) They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so here are a few.... And yes, everything was just as good as it looked! (if not better!)
All in all, a lovely and relaxing weekend getaway, which I highly recommend, as a treat to your family, friends, partners, or to yourself (you deserve it!)
Have you been to Malvern, Worcestershire? To The Malvern Spa Hotel, or The Colwall Park Hotel? Share your experience in the comments! Make sure to follow my adventures on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube, follow & subscribe!
Chloé Langer, 25
Health, Fitness & Travel enthusiast from France, based in the UK.