When we ex pats get bored of the beach and crave some cold weather we head to the Spanish mountains of Sierra Nevada.
Id never even heard of Sierra Nevada before I moved to Spain, but apparently its a thing and our friends spend most of the early part of the year there. So naturally we had to get in on the action and its fast become a favorite
A favorite, massively due to the fact we have El Lodge...
El lodge is so cool. The hotel interiors, the service, the apres ski, the food. The list is endless
The rooms are so stylish and cosy you don't want to leave them. Until you catch a glimpse of the heated pool right outside your door... that's really all the persuasion you need!
In Fact I love El Lodge so much, I turn our terrace at home into "Belle Lodge" ... an alpine inspired winter space totally inspired by El Lodge. Cute eh!?
The sundeck is the place to hang out when your not skiing. Chairs draped in the chicest blankets to keep you warm (there are heaters too) and watch the skiers fly against a backdrop of snow covered mountains while you enjoy the most delicious lunch...cheese features heavily on the menu so I was in heaven
And in the evening head to the Grill
Watch the sunset over the mountain as fireplace roars over a glass of wine. This place has a very special place in my heart. It was here that we decided on and toasted to our home which we affectionately call Provence in Espania
Aren't we are so lucky to have a ski resort so close to home?
If you're visiting Sierra Nevada, I highly recommend El Lodge, its simply the best place to stay
We woke up as early as humanly possible the next day after a fabulous first night in NYC, and decided to check out the hotel and head down for breakfast.
Beautifully styled, the most impressive part of the hotel for me (apart from the pink velvet sofa of dreams) was the 9 story atrium which is a true show stopper. With Victorian ironwork and flourishes throughout, its definitely a hotel with personality.
With beautiful jewel toned velvet furniture and bohemian Esq floral arrangements I kept finding things to love
I have to say, from a design point of view The Beekman Hotel is the prefect place to stay for a girl weekend. Its fun, stylish and totally Instagram friendly. Not far from Brooklyn bridge, its great for exploring downtown Manhattan.
We headed for breakfast at the rather fancy and decadent temple court, which was perfect for planning our next few days in the city.
Its all stained glass windows and chandeliers fabulousity
I ordered the banana bread french toast which was absolutely incredible, and the prefect (but a bit naughty) start to the day. Along with about 20 coffees to help with my extreme tiredness
Every detail of the interiors was total goals, and felt sumptuous and decadent with impeccable attention to deal. The Beekman has fast become one of my favorite places to stay when in New York City.
See, I wasn't joking about that pink sofa of dreams (is it wrong that this was a big influence in the "where should we stay talks" ...
We had a fabulous time at The Beekman hotel, its somewhere id definitely recommend staying if your planning a trip to NYC
Check back for more NYC posts coming this week
Breakfasts at Tivoli Palacio de Seteais are a wonderful thing, so much so I wanted to share our last one with you. Firstly, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Probably because I rarely have breakfast as i'm normally too busy, so when I do its usually while i'm on vacation and can really luxuriate over it.
On our last day, we took one final walk around the hotel, and gardens trying to preserve the memory of such a lovely place.
We found the super cute herb garden, and even learned a few Portuguese words for some of our favourite herbs
Once we were ready for breakfast, we made our way to the restaurant. Its actually served in the same lovely room as dinner but took on a whole new appeal in the daylight
We were treated to the freshest pastry basket, filled with warm bread and croissants. And the most elaborate table was laid out with every fresh fruit you can imagine. Along with cheeses, cold cuts and freshly squeezed juice all served on the loveliest china
The chef is only too happy to make you breakfast al a carte, so naturally I ordered pancakes too
The prefect ending to a prefect trip to Sintra
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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