Monday, 24 February 2014

Travel in Style: Four Seasons Marrakech Hotel Review

On our trip to Marrakech we chose to stay at the beautiful Four Seasons resort which was a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre but still only a 10 mins taxi ride which was perfect for us as we were in major need of a relaxing holiday. The service and staff were superb and extremely helpful with the highlight being when my boyfriend lost his allergy medication in the middle of the night and they sent someone to a pharmacy especially to buy the pills and bring them to our room. Talk about great service! I`m definitely looking forward to going back at some point in the future to Marrakech and I wouldn`t mind at all staying again at this fantastic place. 
1. The room (19/20)

The room was absolutely lovely and quite large. As the rest of the hotel the room is a mixture between the standard Four Seasons colours and Moroccan influences such as the lamps, the doors, mirrors, and so on, which gave the room a very luxurious and exotic feel. I also really liked that we had a balcony with courtyard view and a comfy sofa- perfect for lazy mornings.
four seasons marrakech room
four seasons marrakech room
four seasons marrakech room
2. The breakfast & other dining options (14/20)
 
I loved the selection of Moroccan pastries in the morning and the sweet peppermint tea although it would have been good to have an a la carte menu as well for more hot dishes. 
four seasons marrakech breakfast
four seasons marrakech breakfast buffet
3. The pool, garden & surroundings (20/20)
 
When we arrived at the hotel we were welcomed with sweet peppermint tea which helped fill our addiction to this incredible tea for the next couple of days. The interior and the gardens are absolutely beautiful and very well kept, and throughout the hotel there are hundreds of red roses everywhere which makes the whole entire place smell gorgeous. 
four seasons marrakech hotel
four seasons marrakech hotel
four seasons marrakech hotel review
four seasons marrakech hotel review
four seasons hotel review
four seasons hotel review

I also loved that there were two pools: one for families and a quiet pool quite far from each other. Most hotels now separate the family section from the quiet section, however the two are usually adjacent which doesn`t really help neither families nor those looking for a more tranquil space so I really liked how well designed was the Four Seasons one. The pool had the perfect length and depth- great for laps or in my case learning how to swim. This was probably the best pool of 2013.
four seasons marrakech pool

Room (19/20)
Breakfast & other dining (14/20)
Pool (20/20)
Spa & activities (16/20)
Other facilities (16/20)
Service & atmosphere (20/20)
Location (18/20)

Overall score: 17.6 / 20
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Saturday, 22 February 2014

Delicious London: Grain Store Restaurant Review

Let me introduce you to the restaurant that has the best lemon tart in London: Grain Store. But more on that later. 
The restaurant is located in Kings Cross, next to Central Saint Martins (you know that small fashion school where designers as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano have studied), making it perfect for people watching. The interior is very young, hip, and cool, and most of the diners at lunch time were fashionable women. Probably to fit with those fashionable scene the menu is built mostly around vegetarian and vegan dishes. My boyfriend and I were the least fashionable people out there since we ordered only meat for our mains. But hey, at least we had a salad for starter- which btw, it`s a pretty good salad.

Sprouting beans & seeds salad with crispy citrus chicken skin (15/20)
grain store sprouting beans
Pigeon with sauerkraut (16/20)- definitely the better main out of the two. 
grain store pigeon and sauerkraut
Lamb with egg (14/20)- good but not great.
grain store lamb
And the star of the meal: the lemon tart with fruit compote (20/20). The best lemon tart I`ve had... ever. I`m just gonna keep saying this till someone tells me to stop. 
grain store lemon tart
grain store restaurant review
grain store restaurant review
The service wasn`t so amazing, it took us around 2 hours to finish the whole lunch and we had to always chase the waitress to either remind her to bring us the dessert menu, get our order, etc. But the good food saved the experience from going horribly wrong.

Alina Anghel.xx

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

London: Camden Market

camden market
camden market
camden market london
camden market london
camden market
camden market
camden market
camden
As promised here a few more photos from my weekend stroll in Camden market. With a very punk, cool vibe, amazing vintage stores where you can find anything from clothing to antiques, Camden it`s a great place for either shopping, street art, or people watching. The market is also famous for its piercing shops which are literally everywhere you look so I actually ventured into one and got my ears pierced! I tried to act cool throughout the whole process but I was scared to death inside and the only thing that kept me from fainting on the piercing table was the thought of the embarrassment I`ll have to face once I`m awake.

Alina Anghel.xx
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Today`s Outfit: Leopard & Denim

leopard and denim outfit
leopard and denim outfit
leopard and denim
leopard print coat
(Asos skinny blue jeans, Asos ankle boots, See U Soon leopard print coat)

Sunday morning we headed over to one of London`s quirkiest landmarks: Camden market. This was actually the first time I`ve been there during the day and although it was crazy busy the atmosphere is electric and definitely one of the must see places in London. If you`re visiting the city my suggestion will be to try and see it during the week (the market is open everyday) to beat the crowds. More photos of the market in the following post!

Alina Anghel.xx
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Monday, 17 February 2014

Upcoming Spring Travels


I`m really excited for spring this year as I`ll get to do a bit of travel and see a few old favourite places as well as new ones that I haven`t explored before.
I`ll be starting off in Venice this March for a short trip. This was actually a birthday gift from my boyfriend so I`m really excited for a romantic getaway in this beautiful city.

 1. Venice, Italy

venice italy
travel venice
                 spring travel venice
Then I`ll be heading back home for Easter to Bucharest to see my family, friends, and of course eat some traditional food that is so hard to find basically anywhere else except Romania.
2. Bucharest, Romania

spring travel bucharest
travel bucharest
bucharest
Flying directly from Bucharest to Istanbul to visit this upcoming buzzing capital that I`ve been hearing so much about. 
3. Istanbul, Turkey

spring travel istanbul
travel istanbul
istanbul cat
Towards the end of spring we`ll be heading over to a place that I`ve always wanted to visit and probably the trip I`m most excited about: Japan! We`ll be visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, and hopefully if we have time Osaka. 
4. Tokyo, Japan

spring travel tokyo
travel tokyo
5. Kyoto, Japan

kyoto geisha
kyoto spring travel
All photos source: Pinterest, original source: unknown

If you have any tips for things to do, places to see, shop, & eat in any of these cities, let me know! I would love to check out your suggestions :).

Alina Anghel.xx
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