I’m back!!!!!!! After a ridiculously long break from doing any writing I figured it’s time to return and so I’m back with a Mauritius special!

For my parents 35th wedding anniversary (the coral year) Dad decided he wanted to visit somewhere with coral…. long story short, off to Mauritius we went! We visited in August which is towards the end of the rainier season on the island before it gets too hot and we would have literally started to melt…

LUX* Le Morne’s private beach which seems to go on forever!

In order to book this trip of a lifetime we used Travelbag, ‘who specialise in creating tailor-made holidays to a range of worldwide destinations.’ This company were a delight – helping to organise our trip including the flights, transfers and giving advice about how to choose where on the island to stay. Although this was our first time visiting Mauritius, I feel as though we stayed in the most beautiful, natural part of the island – surrounded by nature and the most INCREDIBLE views and coral reefs.

We stayed at the incredible LUX* Le Morne hotel which honestly felt like being royalty. I’ve never experienced a service like it and even two months on I still think about how fantastic the staff were at making us feel so special!

One of about 50 million sunset pics taken on the trip

The experience went above and beyond – the welcoming staff were happy to fulfil our every need, the cleaners were kind and made the rooms look absolutely immaculate every day and the beach staff offered a helpful service like no other.

We were staying in a room like the below picture, which fit two adults per room. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and plants, with views of Le Morne in the background and out to the sea, we literally couldn’t ask for more.

In terms of luxury and quality, the hotel was absolutely outstanding and as you can tell from my enthusiasm in this post, we enjoyed it an insane amount! But in addition, the commitment to sustainability which LUX resorts abide by was very inspiring to me. Their ‘tread lightly’ campaign is an initiative which is aiming for carbon neutral holidays – something which is so important for an island with such a diverse eco-system, both for now and for our future! From using recyclable products in each room, committing to using locally sourced ingredients and aiming to reduce the amount of laundry which each suite has to undertake, all aspects of sustainability are thought of at the hotel, which only enhances the luxury feel of the service.

The Beach restaurant – one of three at the hotel offering a range of stunning cuisine

From start to finish I would recommend a trip to LUX* Le Morne and since returning to the UK I regularly look at their website and pray I’ll be able to go back and get used to these stunning colours!

Le Morne – this pic was taken just after we finishing swimming with wild dolphins – best experience of my life!

Perhaps next time I’ll stay in one of their other resorts on the island! If you’ve stayed at a LUX* resort or anywhere in Mauritius to recommend please leave a comment – I’m so ready to discover more!

Love, Maddie x

South Bank Christmas Market

It’s been a super busy week and so this weekend needed an injection of Christmassy joy! We headed up to the South Bank Christmas MarketΒ to have a little look around and see the sights.


This outdoor market is set up with loads of little wooden stalls selling an array of festive items, from ornaments and lights to hot brownies and waffles. We had a wander through the stalls, which is beautifully accompanied by the reflection of the London Eye on the river and the array of Christmas lights.

The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge returned this year, bringing its classic ciders as well as the Christmassy mulled cider! We bought a pitcher of the Passionfruit flavour and had a seat outside at the benches. The cider lodge is surrounded by stalls and also has a perfect insta worthy view of the London Eye.


(stupid me forgot to save the photo pre sticker)

This day out was such a nice experience – full of festive cheer and definitely would recommend, just make sure you wrap up because as Christmas gets closer it’s only going to get colder!!

Know any Christmas markets worth the visit? Leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

Our Halloween Experience at PYO Pumpkins!

I love love love getting into the festive spirit, whatever the occasion I am down for the joy, so when I spotted a pick your own pumpkin farm, I had to jump on board the bandwagon.

We went to Riverside Farmers at Beluncle Farm, and visited their annual celebration to pick our pumpkins!


We went on the Saturday just before Halloween, so it was super busy and there were loads of families and friends enjoying themselves and choosing their favourite pumpkins. It was such a nice time out, and was free to enter, only having to pay for the pumpkins you take home.


The pumpkins were super instagrammable, and we spent a few hours choosing which were the least blemished… we filled the wheelbarrow, only to end up choosing one tiny pumpkin that cost us a single pound.


I was so impressed with this day out, and would definitely recommend to anyone, but especially children and families as it was a lot of fun and something nice to do altogether in the Halloweenie spirit!

What did you do to get involved in the spooks this Halloween or Bonfire Night? If you have any recommendations, leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

Oxford Street Christmas Light Switch On

So last night was the annual switching on of Oxford Street Christmas lights, and as I was in town anyway, I decided to hang around and have a watch!

Rita Ora was the guest this year who pressed the button, and the streets lit up with the baubles and icy tree lights.

Seeing London like this always brings extra joy, and the majority of Oxford Street was pedestrianised to allow spectators the best possible view, and for safety too! It was extra busy along the usually packed street, and everyone was happily snapping away pics of the fresh lights.

The festivities were in full swing, and many shops now have their Christmas displays in their windows, notably Selfridges which always has amazing windows (worth a trip just for a window shop for sure!)

Although I have lived in London my whole life – apart from the uni years – this was the first time I have been to see the lights being switched on! I would recommend it to people, as it’s a nice way to begin the Christmas joy, however I think it is best to arrive early and get as close to the stage as possible. We were quite far along the street and it seemed there were some technical mares, as the sound wasn’t great and it was hard to hear what Rita and the Capital Radio presenters was saying. However, I’m never one to turn down Christmas cheer and so would definitely visit again, even if it is still slightly early to begin celebrating…

So what do you think, is it a waste of a trip? Or would you like to get involved next year? Don’t forget there’s plenty of other areas with lights to be celebrated, for more info on their dates, see here!

Love, Maddie x