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22 Aug 2016

Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

For my birthday this year (back in late June...I've got some catching up to do!), we flew to Geneva for a short but sweet weekend away. Having visited once a few years ago, I was looking forward to returning to a country I only remembered positively.

Our hotel of choice: the Intercontinental Geneva.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

With a beautiful, grand entrance, high ceilings and sweeping staircases, it makes a great first impression. Our room had quite the view, too:

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The hotel is located a five minute walk from the nearest tram, which will take you into town in another five to ten minutes. If the weather allows, it's not too long a walk either at about half an hour. Plus you'll have a chance to stop and admire the UN square on your way.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The bar at the Intercontinental serves expertly-made drinks with giant olives and almonds to accompany your tipple, and has a very relaxed, masculine, Mad Men kind of vibe.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The pool is easy on the eye and the staff are extremely polite and attentive - each one greeted us as we passed by or bid us a pleasant day as we left.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

But the best part of all has to be Sunday brunch. An all-you-can-eat buffet brunch at 85CHF per person (including soft drinks) from midday to 3pm, they serve everything from fresh lobster to mini hamburgers to duck breast, and the desserts - oh my the desserts - will leave you wishing you had room in your stomach for more. The ideal brunch spot for beautiful summer afternoons, the restaurant is set in a gorgeous garden oasis, complete with sweet little sparrows flitting around like a scene out of Snow White.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland


Favourite feature?

The brunch, definitely! Also, being gifted a box of chocolates for my birthday upon checkout was a nice touch.


Anything that could be improved upon?

The concierge recommended a restaurant that turned out to be quite the tourist trap with below average reviews online. Good thing we checked before we took his advice! Perhaps do your own research instead of relying on them for tips.

14 Aug 2016

Andaz 5th Avenue: Terrace Suite in New York

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York

After a faultless one night stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, I was looking forward to returning to a hotel we'd had an amazing stay at last year: the Andaz 5th Avenue. Last time, we stayed in the beautiful Splash Suite with a view overlooking the Public Library. This time, we were eager to check out a terrace suite (especially as the weekend promised lots of sunshine).

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York


The room itself was lovely, but getting there was a whole other story. We'd been guaranteed a terrace suite with our Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades. Upon arrival, we were informed that the room wouldn't be ready for another few hours, so we'd be put up in a temporary room for now until it was ready for us. The temporary room was a soulless, undecorated disabled access room round the back of the hotel with a rather depressing view of an empty, littered, unused courtyard area. Basically, we didn't have access to the terrace suite we'd been guaranteed until about 6pm, when the best time to actually use the terrace had long gone (and we only had a one night stay).

Although the lobby staff were always friendly, helpful and polite, whoever was working the housekeeping phones during our stay needs to be fired. I'm not exaggerating. 5 times over the course of two hours Jarv called up asking for more coffee capsules, and 5 times he was told someone would be right up, only for coffee never to arrive. Not just this, but the lies started pouring in after the third request: it had now been escalated to a manager, the 'director of housekeeping' would be in shortly, etc. None of this was true. None of this ever happened.

It was shocking behaviour; I've never witnessed such poor service in a supposedly 'luxury hotel' in a major city. Why sit on the end of the phone, tell a loyal guest that their request is being fulfilled over and over, yet do nothing at all about it? Coffee is a complimentary, standard service offered in the room and to bring up a few more capsules is no difficult or unusual task. I was truly baffled.

When someone came to deliver our room service breakfast, we found he hadn't been told at all about our multitude of requests for coffee capsules (thankfully he was great, proactively asking if there was anything else we wanted and running down to immediately bring us the capsules). 

Honestly, the first time I stayed here, I loved everything about the hotel. Now? I wouldn't stay here again. Such a shame.

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On a more positive note, if you're in New York and in the mood for dim sum with a twist, I would highly recommend Red Farm. Delicious, playful and inventive farm-to-table dishes. Pictured below are Katz's Pastrami egg rolls, pork & crab soup dumplings (xiao long bao), seared pork & shrimp dumplings and Pacman shrimp dumplings.

Mmm. Good food makes everything better!


Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York

9 Aug 2016

Lotty B Mustique

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia

Wake up, throw on a bikini, grab a cortado and a pan con jamón y tomate next door, head down to the beach. Every morning begins the same way in this little Spanish town in Valencia. Hang out at the beach until lunch time, stuff ourselves with paella or fideua or arroz al horno (oh God, I'm hungry), fall asleep on the sofa, head back to the beach. When your days revolve around basically lolloping around the beach and getting dressed only for meals, something easy to slip in and out of is preferable. No struggling to squeeze into shorts when you're still wet from the ocean.

This Lotty B sarong from Pink House Mustique in gorgeous silk charmeuse is officially my new beach must-have. From the rolled hems to the incredible, almost watery softness of the sueded finish, it not only looks great but feels luxurious to the touch. Worn here as a halterneck dress, but just as easily works as a wrap, a strapless dress or a silky skirt.

Wearing: sarong c/o Pink House Mustique


4 Aug 2016

Rock is my religion

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Forever 21 tank, ASOS linen skirt, Hyatt Regency New Jersey
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Forever 21 tank, ASOS linen skirt, Hyatt Regency New Jersey
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Forever 21 tank, ASOS linen skirt, Hyatt Regency New Jersey
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Forever 21 tank, ASOS linen skirt, Hyatt Regency New Jersey
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Forever 21 tank, ASOS linen skirt, Hyatt Regency New Jersey

I love band t-shirts but they never seem to fit properly. They're boxy, they're stiff, they're shapeless. I'd love to find a brand that does soft-feeling, well-fitting metal & rock and metal t-shirts for women - if you know of one in the UK, please share! Forever 21 does a few, but most of theirs don't feature the bands I'm into, and the sizes are kind of off - the tank I'm wearing here is a size XS, for example...but I struggle to keep it high enough to cover my bra in the front. On the other hand, it is very useful for hot summer days in the city when I just want something loose-fitting.

I've also developed a real affinity for linen - this ASOS skirt is a fine example. I don't really mind the crumpling that tends to occur with linen. It's relaxed, comfortable and translates easily from spring to autumn: I mean, this simple little skirt has been worn a handful of times already in the short time that's passed since I bought it.

Wearing: 

Forever 21 tank
ASOS skirt, similar here
Zara heels, similar here
Diesel sunglasses

28 Jul 2016

Hyatt Regency, New Jersey

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | BA First
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | BA First
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Short Grain, New Jersey
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency, New Jersey & weekend in New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Angel's Share New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Mother of Pearl, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Mother of Pearl, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | New York skyline

Yep, back we flew for Memorial Day weekend. I just can't get enough. New York is such an exciting place with a fantastically diverse and high quality food culture and it's fast become one of my favourite cities for a short getaway. On this occasion, we decided to begin our stay with a night across the water - at the Hyatt Regency New Jersey. I've never understood the disdain many NY-ers seem to have for NJ, but I love that side of the river! It's still somewhat 'up and coming' but great little spots have opened up (try Razza for freshly made pizza with seasonal ingredients, and definitely go to Short Grain for an amazing Vietnamese cold brew) and it has a very cool, laidback vibe.

Over in NY, we visited some of the usuals: had drinks at Mother of Pearl, hung out around Bryant Park, got our coffee fix at Blue Bottle, etc. We did try out a few great new (to us) food spots, which I'll share with you in the next NY post.

But I'm telling you...don't write off New Jersey. It's well worth checking out, and I will definitely stay at the Hyatt Regency there again. How amazing is our suite? Just waking up to that view of the NY skyline was enough to sell me.