Stay: Villa Olmi Resort, Florence

We packed our bags and headed for Florence for a few nights. Our hotel of choice was this time Villa Olmi Resort. It is located about 4km outside the city center but the hotel offers free shuttle bus to and from the city center. If you choose to go by taxi it is about € 20-30 (june,2014)

Villa Olmi is a beautiful 4 star resort wich includes a villa, a farmhouse and a rural house set in a big beautiful garden.

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They served an intercontinental breakfast but ours were not included in the total price. This is also where they serve lunch and dinner. The resort has a small swimmingpool with lovely sourroundings not to far away from the bar.

Every room has its own private bubblebath that left you wonderful relaxed before bedtime. Nice hotel rooms but they were not sound proof and much of the sounds around came through and were disturbing.

All in all a great stay if only a little closer to town and a little less noise.

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Heart and soul… A wellness day

For Mr. Grumphy’s 40th birthday I booked some well deserved spa time for the both of us ofcourse. Found this lovely little resort and spa hotel only 10 minutes drive from Radda in Chianti. Perfect. A 4 star hotel in lovely sourrondings. So in spite of not getting the massages together I didn’t mind waiting around.

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They charge aboute €75 for a full hour massage and have a big variety of spa choices. From the single manicure and face treatment to fully body massages. So well worth the trip down this valley.

This is also a fully operating hotel so you may take a weekend here for ypur own well beeing or just to relax. Prices are from €140 a nigth ( all prices from june 2014)

My Easter getaway

Thelodge main building

Thelodge main building

Some nice airondeck chairs to relax and enjoy

Some nice airondeck chairs to relax and enjoy

It´s getting close to easter and normally we would spend our easter holiday in sweden. At least we have been for the past three years. I usually refer to this lovely getaway as my cabin. This year we will spend time at home with our family, but it does not make me stop from longing back.

The Lodge is located just over an hours drive from Malmö airport and Copenhagen, or to be specific at Romelåsen which is a small hight in Skåne, sweden. I came upon this small lodge many years ago while reading in a interior magazine and fell head over heal – this was a place I wanted to visit some time in my future. And so it came to be by coincidence three years ago while on a road holiday with my boyfriend.

The view from the deck

The view from the deck

The lodge is decorated in New England style and sits completely alone on this small hill top. The hotel want´s to be different and only have 22 room divided by one main building and 9 cabins. All meals are served in their lounge area

It may not be all that easy to find this place on it´s own unless you have visited before. A GPS is highly recommended. The Hotel sits majestically on a hilltop with fantastic views over Genarp and the area surrounded. They brag of  having a full view of 8 kilometers from their deck. This place screams romance and relaxation. The perfect place to recharge and just enjoy

 

When weather allows it the chair and cushions are brought out to enjoy

When weather allows it the chair and cushions are brought out to enjoy

Sit back and relax the quietness and the sun

Sit back and relax the quietness and the sun

We have been taken good care of on all off our visits to The Lodge Resort. Fantastic wine and dine. And the reason we have visited have been to recharge, be romantic and to relax and enjoy. All food they serve are based on local goods and are changed during the season to have the freshest local dining experience.

Afternoon tea in the lounge have greeted us every time during arrival, check in is at 1500. If the weather is good and allows it you may enter the big deck and sit for some sun soaking and enjoy the peace and quiet. But if the weather is kind of cold there is nothing like huddling up under a nice blanket and enjoying the sounds of the fireplace. There is always a cup of tea or coffee available with a small snack buffet.

The lounge area

The lounge area

The lounge showing the buffet and bar at the back.

The lounge showing the coffee buffet and bar at the back.

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The rooms are simply decorated but the bed is good. I can not remember having a single bad night here. Weather this is due to the surroundings or the fresh air I don´t know. You spend most of your time in the main building – it is more cozy down here. Bring your good book, order a glass of wine and just relax. You should also remember to back some good hiking shoes and a good jacket – the area offers nice hiking opportunities.

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Our room, sparsely decorated

The upstair outside area

The upstair outside area

The entry hill to the Lodge Resort

The entry hill to the Lodge Resort

At each visit we always book the spa pack. This enables us to visit the spa lounge at a certain time a day. It includes the outside spa pool, a sauna and a quiet area with a fireplace and some fresh snack. I have also booked a 1 1/2 hour neck and back massage. Oh my, will deffently book this one again. The Logde Resort offers a nice selection of eco and local produced products from DarmaZone to be bought at the hotel and the spa.

Espen enjoying the outside spa pool a must on every visit.

Espen enjoying the outside spa pool a must on every visit.

After a relaxing hour of massaging bubbles and a warm fireplace with fresh fruit and then we are ready for dinner time.

At evening a 4 course meal awaits you. To bad I haven´t gotten to take better pictures of the lovely food, but we have been served creamy mushroom soup. deer, lamb, local cheese and a variety of desserts. All food are inspired by the swedish fauna and the waiters are good with their wine. They all know which wine goes best to what food.

some of the food experience we have gotten during our stay

some of the food experience we have gotten during our stay

I have truly found my paradise and will surly come back for another visit. Either as a romantic getaway or a weekend with good friends. I already miss my easter getaway. Want to check out the hotel for your selves you can get to their home page here. For more information and better pictures.

Happy Easter 🐰 ♡

Kreta – Elounda Bay – Spa retreat

Elounda er en liten fiskelandsby på nord kysten av Kreta ca. en times kjøretur fra flyplassen i Heraklion.

Elounda bay palace

Elounda bay palace – my room with a view

Heldige meg som har fått sjansen til å reise hit 2 ganger en i oktober og nå sist i juni. Anbefaler absolutt å reise på forsommeren da jeg opplevde at været var litt mere stabilt og varmere. Jeg har bodd begge gangene på luksushotellet Elounda Bay Palace. Et fantastisk komplex med alle typer fasiliteter. Jeg har stortrivdes her begge gangene.

Good service is never wrong

Good service is never wrong

Reiser du til Elounda bay er det for å slappe av og nyte solen. Men fortvil ikke hotellet har også en rekke aktiviteter du kan være med på.  Vannsports aktiviteter, båtturer, dykking blandt annet. Dersom du ønsker spa er også tilbudet her bra. Det er bare å booke seg inn på forhånd.

scooter riding with Thalassa restaurant in the back

scooter riding with Thalassa restaurant in the back

Spisested Ariadne med typisk gresk kusine

Spisested Ariadne med typisk gresk kusine

Poppin´a prosecco for lunch

Poppin´a prosecco for lunch

Back at one of the small beaches for some relaxing

Back at one of the small beaches for some relaxing

My beach of choice

My beach of choice

On our way to the water sport center

On our way to the water sport center

The Sail-in bar good for lunches and for a night cap.

The Sail-in bar good for lunches and for a night cap.

Dersom du ønsker kan du tilbringe hele ferien din på hotellkomplexet. Det har mange ulike barer og spisesteder. De tilbyr også all-inclusive for dem som ønsker dette. Frokosten er stor og utvalget er bra. Dersom du synes det kan bli litt kjedelig å spise på hotellet hele tiden tar det deg bare ca. 10 min. med taxi ned til selve Elounda. Der har de mange flotte og gode restauranter. Jeg kan selv anbefale Ferryman taverna med stort utvalg av gresk mat. Elounda har ikke det store tilbudet av shopping muligheter så hvis du søker dette anbefaler jeg å ta taxi til den litt større byen Agios Nikolaos. Her er det større utvalg av både butikker og restauranter. Du vil merke at det også er en god del flere turister her.

Agios Nicolaos - shopping street

Agios Nicolaos – shopping street

The bay of Agios Nicolaos

The bay of Agios Nicolaos

chilling back at the room

chilling back at the room

Prosecco time

Prosecco time

Har du for forresten lest boka Øya av Victoria Hislop? Denne øya med navn spinalonga er rett utenfor Elounda. Du kan ta shuttlebåt ut til øya fra selve Elounda, eller som vi, leie deg en egen seilbåt og seile rundt hele øya. Spinalonga drives for tiden å bygges opp igjen siden den har fått god suksess gjennom boka og filmen. Idag står steinhusene tomme men noen av bygningene kan alikevell kjennes igjen fra boka. Personlig var jeg aldri innom øya første gang vi reiste til Elounda, da jeg hadde fått fortalt at det kun var ruiner her alikevell. I år tok vi som tidligere nevt en seilbåt og kjørte rundt øya og det var faktisk veldig interessant og jeg er glad at jeg tok turen ut. Men det holdt for min del med båtturen rundt øya.

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A view of the sail bar and the bay at Elounda Palace

 

Elounda Bay Palace er et fantastisk flott sted og jeg håper jeg kan få komme tilbake hit også neste år. Inntil da – på gjensyn.