Waking up at Ritz Paris has got to be way up there in my incredible moments in life memory's. If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that i'm a bit obsessed with hotels. Well, I only become obsessed with the good ones!
For me the perfect way to spend precious leisure time is by visiting a city I love or one that I a haven't discovered yet and might love and stay in a fabulous hotel.
After an amazing lie in, the hubs and I ordered the breakfast brunch to end all breakfast brunches! Or as I like to call them, a breakfast party.
We had planned on enjoying our final day in our suite in Paris (see part 1 and 2 here) with a slow morning and a late check out. We ordered all of our breakfast favourites, and enjoyed one of the most wonderfully indulgent breakfasts ever. The kind of breakfast you take your time over, with your favourite music playing in the background.
After all, you don't celebrate your 5th wedding anniversary everyday.
Even the fruit was served like a work of art, and i'm still dying over the most beautiful dishes it was served in.
Champagne breakfasts at The Ritz are definitely the way forward.
After breakfast I continued with an indulgent morning making the most of our final day at The Ritz. I took a leisurely bubble bath using all of my favourite Chanel products (which if i'm honest, I only bring on the more fabulous trips)
I lit my Laduree candle to set the mood and enjoyed my final glass of champagne while I thought about way to not have to leave.
After all a bathroom in shades of pink and gold with a swan faucet deserves the 5 star treatment...right?
There is something about taking the time to get ready, and luxuriating in your favourite products. Afterwards you feel rested, pampered and like a million dollars! Putting on a new outfit is the icing on the cake.
Shirt is by Zara Here
As iv said before, the problem with checking into such beautiful hotels is checking out...
Until next time Paris!
We arrived in Paris on a glorious Friday lunch time for a weekend of wedding anniversary celebrations . It was the perfect late summer afternoon, that you couldn't plan if you tried.
While we waited to check into our hotel, we headed for a lunch at Cafe de L'epoque, just next to my favourite shoe shop on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
We stopped by the cutest flower markets on the way to pick up some flowers for the weekend... you see I must have flowers, always and always. Plus my husband hinted that the hotel he had booked deserved to have flowers...
Cafe de L'epoque is the sweetest spot for lunch. The weather was lovely enough to take a table outside but the interior is so cute we couldn't resist taking a cosy table indoors to take in the perfect parisienne vibes the restaurant has going on.
I sat there surrounded by flowers and shoes and couldn't have felt happier.
I ordered my favourite french onion soup which I totally recommend, and we shared the most amazing homemade lemon meringue pie. So amazing I totally regretted agreeing to share it!
For the longest time there had always been two hotels in Paris that id been desperate to stay at, The Plaza Athenee (which my fiance proposed at, and which is a forever favourite) and the Ritz, Paris. To me Parisian hotels do it like no other. They are in my experience, always the most fabulous, elegant and beautiful in the world.
After visiting in January for a Birthday afternoon tea, its position on my bucket list was firmly cemented. So I was delighted when my husband surprised me with a weekend THE most beautiful suite for our 5th wedding anniversary. After all, have you ever really experienced Paris if you haven't stayed at The Ritz?
There is something about those majestic blue corridors that make Ritz Paris unlike any other hotel iv been to. Its traditional, grand style certainly set it apart. And how about those Dahlias!
We were shown to our suite and my jaw may have hit the floor. To say it was fabulous might be the understatement of the century. My husband know's my taste exactly and really outdid himself here. To me, totally worth the small fortune it cost him to stay in such a decadent suite.
And there were more surprises. Roses, Champagne, Petit fours and cake from my favourite patisserie in Paris. And not to mention the most amazing surprise from handbag brand of choice... Chanel
As I mentioned earlier, my husband took me shopping at my favourite shoe shop... Louboutin. Id been looking for a pair of nude strappy sandals for a while now so when I saw the most gorgeous pair they had to be mine.
All of the interior details were impeccable. The bedroom was literally fit for a princess, and I fully lived my best princess life and indulged all of my parisienne fantasy's.
The gold detailing, the sparkling chandeliers and the sumptuous brocade fabrics were just to die for.
I don't think that a weekend could be any more perfectly planned for me. But then again, its not every day you celebrate your 5th Wedding anniversary is it?
If you've enjoyed a peak into my weekend in Paris, check back for part 2 later this week
Sadly the last day of our little weekend break in the Spanish countryside arrived and it was time to leave the beautiful Hacienda de San Rafael.
We made the most of our stay right up to the last minute. After a lovely breakfast (they have it all set up for you right outside your room for when you wake up, isn't that cute!) we spent the morning by the pool before taking a final walk around the stunning grounds.
I love how authentically Andalusian the hacienda was. From its 18th century architecture, to its eclectic mix of interior decor. It really felt like a home away from home. They cleverly used wild flowers and foliage from the gardens to create lovely fresh arrangements around the hotel... something that inspired me to recreate in my own home.
The hacienda is placed right in the middle an old olive (and almond) estate that surrounds the hacienda. The hotel even make its own brand of olive oil, which we bought a few bottles of.
My Dress is an old one, but I found some similar dresses below
We took in our last view of colourful bougainvillea before heading back to our own piece of heaven, inspired and refreshed after the perfect weekend in the Spanish countryside.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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