Do you wonder what a 23 million Euros house in Spain looks like?

Do you wonder what a 23 million Euros house in Spain looks like?

I arrived at the airport of Marbella on a Sunny day and I could not wait to see these houses. My spanish is very basic but I could guess the words as they are very similar to French, which I speak fluently. It was very warm and only 11am.

A driver was organised to pick me up in a brand new Range Rover, my favourite car… and bring me to Los Monteros where my friend just bought a new villa. I was very excited about this travel as it was my first time. Marbella seemed like another version of Ibiza without the parties and massive crowd. I was not deceived. The drive to the villa was about 30 minutes and completely worth it. the ocean view made me wonder why I chose to live in London. I started thinking about how my life would be if I agreed to move with my ex to this sunny place.

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My friend’s house was a delight of modern architecture. Every detail and furniture looked like they were taken straight from a catalogue and arranged accordingly.

I was showed to my master bedroom, with an ensuite bathroom of course and all the toiletry you would expect in an hotel room. I was in heaven. The villas had a heated swimming pool, sauna, a cinema, a massage room and so much more.

My friend asked if I wouldn’t mind joining them for the visit of a house which just came on the market and may be a good investment for him. I said yes. I do not own a property, especially in the past 10 years living in London, and I didn’t make permanent plans. I feel like I didn’t know where I would end up. The real estate lady was supposed to be the best in town, catering for the rich and famous, she was tall and pretty. Another friend from Germany joined the venture. Tall and good looking too, he was also investing in properties globally. We drove together to this gated house. All the signs had angry dobermans on them to scare away thieves and intruders. To be honest, that scared me too.

From the outside, the house was like a museum and nothing like I visited before. I was curious to see the inside. As you can imagine, no photo were allowed but you can imagine what a 23 million Euros property has to offer.  It was splendid. The owner did the visit, from the bedrooms, to the studies, the walking wardrobes, the garden, tennis court, the nightclub and the view. We were there for 2 hours.

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When we left, I was thinking about what I would have to do to be able to afford a 23 million Euros luxury home, family home slash museum. Yes, I said museum as there was a couple of art pieces which were taller than the house in their own space.

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Unfortunately, my friend did not purchase it. What he failed to say was that he was building something similar to the white house which would be worth more than the treasure I just witnessed. The experience made me think of relocating and the reasons why so many people just go for it.

  • The sunny weather
  • The easy going lifestyle
  • The good and healthy food
  • The beach
  • and what seems to be, freedom of time.

Marbella was a delight. I stayed for the week and familiarised with the locals, took a lot of pictures and will surely go back in due time.

If you are also thinking of investing in a property abroad, knowing the market is not enough. My friend has a network of friends and colleagues he could trust for advice and this was very important for the process to go well. He took him a few month to properly settle in his current villa and decided to stay and invest in more properties.

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Is Jnane Tamsna The hidden gem of Marrakech?

Is Jnane Tamsna The hidden gem of Marrakech?

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We booked our tickets as soon as the hotel confirmed this feature for the magazine ESIMBI. My photographer from Paris, Alena joined me to make this trip a time to remember, and it certainly was.

 

I was looking forward to going back to Marrakech after 4 years. The flight was pleasant and fast. Yes, I slept through it.  We landed on time and all I started to think about was if the hotel owner received my email about arranging the airport transfer, and she did.

Originally from Senegal and the French Caribbean, Meryanne Loum-Martin began her career in law in Paris. In 1985, she fell in love with the city of Marrakech, nicknamed the “red city” because of the color of its walls. She is not only stunning but also the most impressive woman I have met in a long time.

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The driver was there and very professional. The airport is really stunning. I remember the train station in Fez as being the most beautiful public place I have seen in Africa. The ceilings and the details of the architecture reflect the culture and the warmth of the people.

We arrived in the Palmeraie of Marrakech fairly fast, it was better than the images. Camels chilling in the heat is just a casual afternoon. I promised myself a picture with them.

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The boutique hotel has had many celebrity guests such as Brad Pitt, Giorgio Armani, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and here I arrived in these elegant and atypical villas.

I waited in the lounge whilst my room was being prepared. It was BIG!!! And the bathroom had a mirror who would make the every mirror jealous.

I jumped around with excitement and headed to my first lunch. Fresh food from the garden served in a luxury setting. It was delicious! I then walked around to take a few pictures whilst waiting for Alena who was landing from Paris a bit later.

 

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As soon as she arrived, we started checking out the different houses, swimming pools around the hotel. And it was no disappointment. The architecture was extraordinary with art pieces from around Africa. I am so happy to share these images with you and truly hope you will be inspired as we were if you can visit this hotel.

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We only stayed 4 days but really made the most of it. We also managed to take an afternoon off to visit the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Majorelle gardens.

 

YOGA BY THE POOL

I took my first class in London but Yoga by the pool beats it! A relaxed atmosphere for you to find your inner self.

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THE GARDEN (one of them)

 

PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL

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My meeting with Meryanne about her hotel Jnane Tamsna allowed me to know moe about her source of inspiration and her daily life. I loved every moment and truly look forward to going back!

 

How to do Sunday Brunch in london?

How to do Sunday Brunch in london?

Living in London for 10 years has been a food experience I never imagined. I moved here when I was almost 20 and was very soon blessed with friends who were born here to show me around. They made the first 3 years of my life in London town a real rollercoaster of parties and eating out. I lived in the Notting Hill area for 5 years so I must admit that our party scenes were mainly the West End, Mayfair and Chelsea.

The West End has changed so much in the past few years and my party girl days are gone… I still appreciate a good party as I love to dance but I am a bit more picky in choosing where I go. And maybe it is the growing up, but I love quality time. ( meaning staying at home and being warm, ha ha ah )

I wanted to share my favourite places for Sunday brunch in the past years. I am trying out new places but sometimes, you like a venue not for what it is but the memories attached to it. With life happening so fast, I want to discover new things and keep my memories alive whilst making new ones.


 

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 1.   THE BOTANIST, 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE, +44(0)20 7730 0077

We enjoyed a healthy brunch in one of Chelsea’s chicest restaurants. The menu is packed with all the mid-morning essentials such as sweetcorn fritters and their legendary blueberry buttermilk pancakes. I don’t drink alcohol so a place that provides a good list of non alcoholic cocktails is a must, because I can’t drink orange juice forever. No brunch at The Botanist would be complete without one or two of their infamous cocktails.

 

 

All photos credits to the Botanist Instagram page and Bookatable


 

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  2.   HAKKASAN HANWAY, 8 Hanway Place, London W1T 1HD, +44(0)20 7927 7000

Hakkasan has been celebrating an ancient Chinese culinary ritual with “Dim Sum Sundays” for the past few years. This experience was created by Chef Wah Ho Hip, Hakkasan Hanway Place’s Chef de Cuisine and it is definitely worth a visit or more.

Calm, tranquillity and humility were translated into a simple, elegant, vibrant experience that is true to their Chinese heritage. They have a space called the Ling Ling orchestrated by a resident DJ, DJ Pathaan, which I thought was quite interesting. My favourite dishes were the Crispy duck salad, Chinese chive dumpling with prawn and crabmeat, and the Stir-fry black pepper rib eye beef with merlot. What a feast!

My guest’s brunch menu included a cocktail from Hakkasan’s award-winning list and I had the Coco Passion which is a combination of Coconut, passion fruit, almond syrup and coconut water.

 

 

All photos credits to Hakkasan’s website


 

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3.   BLUEBIRD, 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU, +44(0)20 3589 2077

‘The Bluebird Brunch’ is an all-day brunch party taking place once a month in the first floor restaurant and bar, in Chelsea’s King’s road. Matt Robinson (the head chef) created an exciting menu boasting dishes such as Smoked chicken quesadillas, Veal Holstein and Smoked salmon and caviar Croque Monsieur as well as traditional favourites like Eggs Benedict. There was a Bloody Mary trolley wheeled throughout the restaurant, letting diners create their own cocktails at the table. Behind the decks, DJs like Malin, James Levey and Seb Fontaine casually provide beats perfect for daytime dancing, looking out over the courtyard and bustling King’s Road below.

 

 

All photos credits to Bluebird restaurant’s website

 

I hope this will be useful to you. There are so many other places and I would love to hear which ones you recommend.