Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Brunch at Ben's Canteen, Battersea

Ben's Canteen serves possibly my favourite type of food. And d'you know how I would describe that type? Delicious. 

Having visited for dinner a couple of times, I'd been thoroughly wooed by their burgers. But I was absolutely desperate to brunch at Ben's.

I seem to be getting into a habit of making my way over to Clapham/Battersea for brunch and then slowly ambling my way back to Brixton on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday. It's fun.

Ben's Canteen was buzzing when I arrived. Almost as buzzing as I was to be there. (Srsly, you should follow them on Insta as then you'll be the same.)

I went to their Battersea branch which has a fun, relaxed, friendly vibe - most conducive to brunching, I'm sure you'll agree.

My pal Alex and I sat ourselves down and prepared to satisfy our rumbling tummies.

The brunch menu at Ben's is so fabulous that I wanted to order just about everything. Sadly, however, eating five meals in one sitting is apparently a) frowned upon, and b) unhealthy, so I restrained myself.

Because Alex is a functioning human and not a borderline alco like me, he ordered a smoothie and I followed his lead - we both went for the tropical one.
Ngl, it tasted pretty much solely of pineapple but I for one am a big pineapple fan so this was cool with me.

Then it was time for the main affair.
I ordered the courgette and sweetcorn fritters and sweet lord, I bloody loved them.

Clearly deep-fried, they were super crisp outside and soft inside.
They were served with a perfect poached egg, halloumi (my fave), and sticky, sweet tomato chutney.

It was a decent-sized portion although I totally could've done with more halloumi. But then again, when do I ever not want more halloumi?

There were many textures and flavours which was particularly enjoyable given my our choice of sides.
We had the smashed avo with feta but it was actually more like guac - I am very particular about this because I LOVE smashed avo and don't particularly like guac because of the tomato. Blergh.
Unsurprisingly I also couldn't resist the cheesy hash browns. They were GREAT! Big, chunky delights. Why do people not add cheese to hash browns more? You should.
For his part, Alex had the burrito. He enjoyed it and said all the flavours really complemented each other well, although it could've been improved by more chorizo.

I love the crockery at Ben's too - trendy but a little bit kitsch.

To be honest it was one of the best brunches I've had in a long time and I'm already desperate to go back.

Alex and I were guests at Ben's Canteen but my opinion is unbiased and I will totally return and pay myself.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

On body positivity and chocolate

A few years ago, I started following a load of "fitspo" accounts on Instagram.

You know, they post gym selfies, colourful vegan meals and transformation pics showing how their bodies have gone from flat-stomach to defined-abs.

And you follow them in the hope that they might inspire you to be fitter, healthier, stronger, slimmer and better.

That they might help you lose a few pounds, muster the motivation to go to the gym when you just want to go home, and find the strength to resist the box of biscuits when it's passed round the office.

Lord knows it's bloody hard.
(Re the above: never get between a woman and a chocolate fountain.)

But I've recently realised that these Instagram accounts aren't helping me at all.

Because whenever I see pictures of these tiny women with their thigh-gaps, bikini-bridges and slim, toned bodies, it doesn't inspire me, it makes me feel bad about my own body.

I don't look like them. I have a wobbly tummy and a layer of squidge all over my body. I'm not even sure if I have ribs, collar- or cheekbones because you sure as hell can't see them.

Now I'm sure the women behind these Instagram accounts did not set out to make others feel bad about their looks.

I'm sure they want to inspire us.

But I've realised that's not what's happening to me.

I applaud the influencers lifting the curtain and revealing how you can make your body look completely different based on how you stand.

❌THIS IS NOT A TRANSFORMATION PHOTO❌ I've jumped on the #30secondbeforeandafter 🕐 challenge and have decided after much hesitation to share this photo. In the photo on the left I am tilting my pelvis forward, bloating my stomach as much as possible (btw I've got mad bloating skills), hunching my shoulders and slumping. In the photo on the right, I'm standing tall, I'm flexing my stomach, my spine is in proper alignment. Girls, for me this photo really reaffirmed how important it is to take your progress photos with the same posture, lighting, etc. It's not about how big of a transformation you've had. It's not about how skinny you appear to be or how heavy you were when you started your journey. It's not about how you compare to other girls who are on the same week as you. I'll tell you what it IS about: strength, integrity, fortitude--things we strive for each and every day that we wake up and choose to be honest with others, but first and foremost, honest with ourselves about our insecurities, our hopes, our struggles, our triumphs. At first this picture embarrassed me. I wasn't going to share it and I've hung onto it for days debating. I'm doing it now because it's REAL. So jump on the bandwagon or don't--either way, let's work together to keep this community transparent and goal driven! #transformationtuesday #not #honest
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However more than that, I applaud body-positivity Instagrammers.

I recently decided to replace fitspo with body-posi, and d'you know what? I feel much better about myself.

When I first came across bodyposipanda, all I could think was "YAAAASSSS! My body looks like that! This is what most women look like! And she's BEAUTIFUL!"


I'm pretty sure the majority of women dislike their bodies which is totally sad. But I think the reason for that is we're told we have to be slim and toned, yet also have boobs and a bum and a waist and look womanly AND PRACTICALLY NONE OF US LOOK LIKE THAT!

Our bodies just don't do that.

And stressing out about not being slim takes up so much valuable brain space.

Think about how much more we could achieve if we stopped thinking about our bodies all the time?

I don't look like a Victoria's Secret model or a fitness blogger because I really really like chocolate.

I love it so much.

And this is why I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Ferrero Rocher and giving you guys the chance to win some delectable choccies.

They are hundy P some of my favourite chocolates of them all because I live for the chocolate-hazelnut combo - the crunchy roasted hazelnut pieces, the crisp wafer shell, the smooth chocolate...

Excuse me while I wipe drool off my keyboard.
The texture is so unique and I genuinely don't think there's any occasion that wouldn't be improved by a Ferrero Rocher (or three).

So here's what I want you to do: eat chocolate, enjoy it, and don't let yourself feel guilty afterwards.

It's not easy, it's really hard in fact (the not feeling guilty part - the eating part is exceptionally easy). I get food guilt really badly, but we need to stop being so hard on ourselves.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and nourishing our bodies is important, but so is loving them.

And I don't know about you but chocolate makes me happy.

So enter below and win yourself some delicious chocolatey goodness!

Firstly, you should head to Ferrero Rocher's Facebook page and enter their March competition to win a dinner party for four cooked in your own home. The prize includes a starter, main course and the Dolce dessert plate, alongside drinks pairings, which sounds pretty sweet to me.

Oh, I've actually had the dessert plate and can confirm it is sweet as a nut. (Runners up get boxes of Ferrero Rocher too!)
You literally just comment on one of their posts to enter so you'd be a fool not to, really. A FOOL!

But that's not all, folks. I've also got a lovely little giveaway for you to enter.

I'm so thrilled to have five of these insanely awesome giant Ferrero Rochers (see pic further up this post) to give out to you lovely people so you can enjoy the chocolatey nutty goodness and feel fabulous and sassy and gorgeous like you are.

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So tell me, chums: how do you make sure to focus on feeling body positive and enjoying delicious things like Ferrero Rocher?
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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Dinner and many many cocktails at Browns, Canary Wharf

'Tis a funny place, Canary Wharf. It's so shiny and corporate and I never have any reason to go there, but on the rare occasions I do, I do always find myself a bit in awe of the big buildings (and feeling like I'm in The Apprentice).

It's not a place I would ever think to go for dinner and yet that's where I was on Friday evening.

After getting rather lost on what should've been a seven-minute walk from the tube station, I made it to Browns by the river.

I'd never seen a Browns before I moved to Bristol for uni and for a long time I thought it was an independent restaurant. Yeah, lol. I was wrong. I believe there are about 25 branches of Browns across the UK so it's not exactly as chainy as Pizza Express, but there are a fair few.

I was looking forward to tasting some delicious things from their new menu.
My old school friend Tash and I kicked things off with cocktails and they were so fab that we drank different ones all the way through dinner. At around £7, the cocktails are really reasonably priced too (for London especially).

The place was packed and the vibe was fun.

We decided to get the sharing plate to start, and the staff kindly agreed to amend it a little for us.
Neither Tash nor I being huge pork fans, we asked if we could skip the pulled pork and pig cheek crostini and have more of everything else - 'chicken lollipops', salt and pepper squid, prawn cocktail, beetroot houmous and crostini.

It wasn't the most exciting sharing plate ever but it was perfectly nice. The bruschetta was crisp but the chicken was a bit oily for me.

On to the mains (and more cocktails)!
 Tash had the lobster risotto with parmesan, chives, courgette and lemon which she loved.
 I decided to have the beetroot and avocado salad with added feta.
Beetroot houmous, quinoa, avocado, asparagus, baby kale and feta - it was genuinely one of the best salads I've had in some time. I loved it.

It was also huge and just seemed like it wasn't going down, as much as I ate!

I absolutely loved that after I ordered my salad, our waitress asked, "Would you like some chips on the side?" Like, she literally read my mind.

That's like the law of having salad, right? You have to have chips as well? (And pudding?)
So yeah Tash and I got the truffle parmesan chunky chips and asparagus with hollandaise on the side.

The chips, were, amazing. So crisp! So fluffy! Could've done with a touch more truffle oil in my opinion and they were better once the cheese was meltier, but they were still fantastic.

And the asparagus was super too, even though I don't believe it's currently in season - not overcooked or stringy.

I did notice that there weren't loads of options for veggies on the menu, so you may want to bear that in mind if you're not a meat- or fish-eater.
For pudding we both decided to have the apple, cherry and almond crumble (and another cocktail).

It was HUGE, but I am always ok with that. It was also v hot, which is good.

Cherry and almond is always a winning combo in my book and I loved the almondy topping - Tash thought there wasn't enough topping in the crumble to fruit ratio, but I was on board with it.

I don't think the cherries were fresh, but I could be wrong - and hey, when they're in a crumble who really cares? The fresh berries on top were a random but nice touch.

All our cocktails had lovely fresh berry garnishes too which I loved. Probs got one of my five a day through sheer alcoholism.

It had been a delicious Friday evening that just happened to be in Canary Wharf.

Tash and I were guests at Browns but all opinions are my own, natch.
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pancakes and Prosecco (amongst other delicious things) at Bill's

How was Pancake Day for you? I’m pleased to say I had three different pancake sittings: there was the feast I had with my flatmates on Pancake Day Eve (don’t try and tell me it’s not a thing), the ludicrous live broadcast pancake-eating challenge I did for work, and then this sizeable dinner I had on actual Pancake Day evening.

And yes, you’d be correct in thinking I wasn’t exactly hungry given the pancake-eating challenge had been mere hours earlier, but a gal’s gotta eat, right? It’s Pancake Day!

This is not going to be of any use to you now, I'll concede, but Bill's were doing a rather swell pancake and Prosecco deal in the week leading up to the big day. And who can resist the lure of pancakes and Prosecco?

Not this gal.

And thankfully, neither could my willing chums, Anna and Frankie.

I'm not usually one to eat at chain restaurants, especially here in London where we're blessed with so many new, exciting, interesting independent eateries all the time. But I really do like Bill's. I like the interior, I like the menu and I like the whole ethos of the place.
We kicked things off with cocktails - bramble mojito for Frankie, ("enjoyable, fruity and alcoholic, would drink again") ginger smash for Anna ("strong but good - nice goblet") and a classic bellini for yours truly, which is always a winner in my books.
For starters we shared the spiced tortillas and crumbed halloumi sticks.
I've had the halloumi sticks before and they are so so tasty - the salty, soft, chewy cheese, warm, with a crisp coating... Just divine.

We definitely could've done with more than five of them tbh. Next time I'm ordering a portion just for myself.

The tortilla chips were a new one for me but were excellent - unlike Doritos (which are still delicious, for sure), they were homemade and super crisp. Spiced but not spicy (thanks God), we demolished them with the guacamole, tzatziki and red pepper tapenade.

On to the mains (and a bottle of Prosecco)...
I went for the chicken burger with added avocado and cheese, because avocado and cheese duh.
It was super tasty (I recommend adding cheese and avo to stop it being too dry) and I loved the chipotle mayo for my sweet potato fries. The girls thought the fries were a bit soggy, but for my part I thoroughly enjoyed them.

Anna opted for the South Indian fish curry.
She informed me she liked it and appreciated the curry's garnish, but would've preferred it a bit spicier.

Chicken skewers for Frankie...
Served with giant couscous salad and a flatbread, Frankie enjoyed the 'build your own' approach. She did, however, feel that the dish wasn't super flavoursome without the sauce.

Obviously by this point we were perfectly satisfied but it was Pancake Day so we were not done.
Banana split pancakes for Frankie - this was a stack of three pancakes layered up with strawberries, banana and ice cream. Hard to go wrong there really, isn't it?
Lemon cheesecake pancakes for Anna - she loved the lemony filling, but wasn't 100% convinced by the cool creamy centre and the warm pancakes. Horses for courses eh?
And salted caramel pancakes for me. Served with a sprinkling of cinnamon, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprig of mint, mine were undoubtedly the simplest of the three pancake dishes.

So I was super pleased when Frankie offered me her banana (she's not a fan) - I do feel my pancakes could've done with some caramelised nuts or fruits to add a bit more pizzazz, but they were still delicious as they were.

I really enjoyed how despite the fact that the actual pancakes were the same in all three dishes, each was very differently presented.

Needless to say we practically rolled home - happy and flipping full. It had been delightful.

Frankie, Anna and I were guests at Bill's but all opinions are unbiased.
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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Beetroot, apple and pear juice

Juice has had a rollercoaster few years in the eyes of the public.

Jump back a little while and everyone was like OH MA GAAAAD juice has so much sugar in and sugar is our enemy and no one should drink juice any more!

But then. Then all these other juices popped up that were like *adopts posh low drawl* YAH well actually guys this is a cold-pressed vegetable juice full of gross things like celery so it is actually healthy yah.

And so juice made a comeback.
My issue with juice is that it's so bloody expensive, both to buy prepared or make yourself. For one glass of juice you usually need about five pieces of fruit or veg which gets pricey. And I also hate food waste so having to throw away the pulp kinda kills me.

That said, juice is so darn delicious and a great way to give yourself an easy health boost.
I don't know about you, but when I'm hungover recovering from a slightly boozy night, I tend to go one of two ways: either all I want is carbs, fried carbs and cheesy carbs.

Or I'm like ALLLL da fruits and veg and nourishment pls.

And when I'm in the mood for the latter, this here juice is a cracker. It's sweet without adding anything artificial, super flavoursome, totally refreshing and v revitalising.
It also matched my nails right now so that's extra fun.

This juice somehow feels more substantial than others and it's thick too, which I love.

Using beetroot as well as apples and pears means you're getting both a fruit and veg hit, and keeping costs down by using cheaper ingredients. I buy the pre-cooked beetroot for minimal effort too because I'm a lazy so and so.

I've been using the Panasonic MJ-L500 slow juicer, which is one of the most practical juicers with which I've ever played.
It takes up minimal space and has two very clever-designed chutes for the juice and pulp. The juice one has measurements too so you can see how much you've made. Useful.

I'm not sure why it's called a slow juicer as it's in fact incredibly quick and easy to use - it is, however, a bit of a faff to wash up all the parts, but such is always the case with juicers.

I find dropping ingredients in the top and watching juice miraculously come out strangely therapeutic and satisfying.

This serves two - I inevitably have drunk it all myself in my time but it is a lot of juice for one person.


Ingredients

3 small apples
1 large pear (I used a Comice)
4 cooked (and peeled) beetroots


Method

1. Chop all the fruit and veg into small enough pieces to fit in the juicer - no need to peel the apples or pear.

2. Juice them!

3. Pour into glasses (over ice if desired) and enjoy the sweet and delicious taste of health.

This post is sponsored by Panasonic as part of their #ExperienceFresh campaign.
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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bottomless bubbly Indian brunch at Cinnamon Soho

The prospect of Indian food for brunch may sound a little odd if you're thinking of classic British Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala and chicken korma, but one of my favourite things about London is how many authentic Indian restaurants there are.

Well, what I think is authentic anyway - I'm not Indian nor have I ever been there, but I love places like Dishoom and Talli Joe, neither of which have a korma in sight.

And so I think Brits are now realising that there's a lot more to Indian food than some of us had previously been led to believe, and yes, it can be a smashing brunch choice. Especially if you're brunching at 12 ergo it's essentially lunch.

Billed as "fresh, seasonal Indian cookery, with a quirky British twist," I was looking forward to visiting Cinnamon Soho to sample their new 'sparkling Sundays' offer of bottomless prosecco or mimosas with brunch.
The lovely Anna and I arrived at noon to find we were the only ones in the restaurant for a while - by the time we left, however, many hours and many mimosas (well, bucks fizzes really because we're British, but that's harder to pluralise so you'll forgive me for my Americanism) later, the place was packed.

It was quite dark for the middle of the day and as such the restaurant had more of a dinner than brunch vibe to me, but I liked the mismatched bulbs hanging from the ceiling and the random tandem bike on the wall.

The soundtrack to our brunch was somewhat eclectic - there was both Adele and salsa, but we enjoyed it.
Naturally, we kicked things off with mimosas, but I was dismayed to find neither the coconut water nor the freshly-squeezed juices on the menu were on offer. We ordered a tea and a non-fresh juice but unfortunately had to prompt the staff who had seemingly forgotten them.

Our food, however, came exceptionally quickly.

The menu is divided into parathas, Soho plates and sides. We weren't really sure how big anything was going to be but figured it best to err on the side of caution and order generously.
Anna and I both had the tandoori chicken malai tikka - it wasn't what I was expecting (I'd imagined a curry), but it was absolutely divine. Perfectly cooked chicken.
 My favourite part of the meal, however, was without a doubt the peshwari naan. Just look at it!
It was absolutely stuffed with nutty goodness, soft, warm and sweet.

We got some greens on the side for, ya know, health and whatnot. They were fine.
And I had the 'Bollyflower cheese' paratha - it looks just like a thin flatbread-type thing, but was actually stuffed with a thin layer of cauliflower cheese. Ingenious! I loved it.
Yes, it was quite a lot of food, but a Soho plate alone would not be enough to constitute a meal. And brunch is meant to be two meals anyway, obvs.

We sipped our mimosas as we chatted and munched and the restaurant filled up.
The finishing touch to the meal was a proper masala chai tea, which took me straight back to my time in Malaysia. Yum.

Whilst it wasn't the best service I've ever had in a restaurant, the food really was faultless and at the end of the day, that's the most important part of a brunch in my opinion. And anyone who disagrees is, quite frankly, wrong.

Anna and I were guests at Cinnamon Soho but all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

A luxury spa break in the mountains at Macdonald Monchique, the Algarve

Going to the Algarve in January may seem a bit rogue - surely you'd want to hit up those beaches in summer, no? Well, yes, that's delightful. But the Algarve is actually more than the coast, which I recently discovered on a little spa break at Macdonald Monchique.

The new five-star spa resort is found up in the mountains of southern Portugal, and I figured it might just be the perfect place to escape to at the end of January.

With my sister - who was certainly in need of relaxation after her finals at uni - in tow, we flew south for a spot of pampering and winter sun.


The resort as a whole
Macdonald Monique is by no means traditionally Portuguese in design, but it's modern, elegant and incredibly stylish. We loved the decor.
The resort is absolutely huge - spaced out over seemingly endless levels (this is up a mountain after all), it was a little confusing to navigate around, but we managed. It's very cleverly arranged really.
There are tons of eateries, all with a slightly different look, feel and menu. This being January and the resort being quiet though, unfortunately they weren't all open.

Throughout the resort, there seemed to be Michael Buble and general jazz tunes being played, but tbh I thoroughly enjoyed that. It was lovely and relaxed.


Our room
Holly and I were fortunate enough to be staying in a huge suite with an incredible balcony and view.
Not only did we have a spacious bedroom, but a living, dining and kitchen area too. So great! It was like our own little apartment.

Despite the fact that there's free guest wifi throughout the resort, each room has their own private wifi which was just incredible really. Deffos appreciated that.
Oh, and there were two bathrooms too, which - like the kitchen - was not really necessary but totally fun. It was nice to have both a shower and a bath, alongside our tons of toiletries and robes, but the towels were a touch on the small side in my opinion.
When we went out on to our balcony at night, I was blown away by just how many stars I could see - it was stunning.


Breakfasts

The best meal of the day did not disappoint at Macdonald Monchique. There. Was. Everything.

In fact, we didn't even realise at first quite how much choice there was as it was all a little hidden, but it didn't take us long.

There were six different juices, still and sparkling water, and even espumante (sparkling wine) so obvs I had a bellini because they are possibly my favourite drink in the world.
There were loads of pastries and cakes including classic Portuguese custard tarts. The array of fresh fruit was fantastic - there were some tinned peaches but tbh I like them too.

I was also pleased to find peanut butter on offer because - as someone who has spent many a summer holiday in the Algarve - I know it's not so easy to come by.

There weren't loads of cereals, but there was a good hot menu, from which you could order everything from freshly scrambled eggs to pancakes.


Lunches

We ate our first lunch out on the terrace in the sunshine which was just the dream.
I really enjoyed how lunches and dinners always started with a beautiful bread basket (alongside interesting dips, spreads, butters and olive oil) - why isn't that a thing in the UK? We would probably all be obese if it was but dayyyyyum bread tho.
We chose relatively simple dishes - bolognese and a burger...
With grilled veggies and a salad. Do be warned there aren't many veggie options at Macdonald Monchique, and as someone who isn't a huge meat-eater I wasn't spoiled for choice.

The food was all delicious and definitely fresh though - the menu changes seasonally and focuses on local ingredients, which I love.
Followed by a local speciality: tarte de Alfarroba e figos (basically carob and fig tart).
And a chocolate mousse for Holly.
We stayed inside for our second lunch (the next day, that is), and it was a deliciously carby affair:
Is there anything more comforting than a huge plateful of pasta? I'm not sure.
A beautifully colourful fruit salad and hot chocolates to finish.


Dinners

Although some of the restaurants were closed, the bar was fortunately open, so Holly and I took the opportunity to have a couple of Champagne cocktails one evening. Yeahhhh we classy.
I had three very different but delectable dinners at Macdonald Monchique - there was a traditional chicken piri piri with the most scrumptious yellow sweet potato, a bun-less burger (not my choice and seemed a bit random but was delicious nonetheless) and a surprisingly amazingly delicious veggie curry.
I loved that for most of the dishes, you could choose whichever two sides you like - I thoroughly recommend the spiced wedges. They were absolute perfection.
For her part, Holly fell a little in love with the green beans with bacon.

We had a couple of cracking puddings too - one night I went for that classic Portuguese dessert of apple crumble (ahem), however I had it with peanut butter icing which OMG you must totally do. It was scrumptious.

I was most excited upon seeing the below on the menu: chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream, caramelised walnuts and banana puree.
Obviously, it was delicious, but tbh somehow wasn't quuuuiiite as good as I'd been expecting. Personally, I think it would've been better warm. The presentation was beautiful though and I loved the flavour combo.


Activities

There's a lot going on at Macdonald Monchique, but one of my favourite activities during our stay was actually being taken on a guided walk of the surroundings.
We strolled up and down the mountains, past waterfalls and natural hot springs, through different terrains and the nearby little town.
I could hear birds singing, the air was so fresh and it was so wonderfully green.
As a Londoner, it felt so wonderful to be properly in nature, and I was loving all the greenery.
It was so calm and still and really felt like spring was on its way.
The next day we did a BodyFit class back at the resort which I was surprised to actually enjoy - there are lots of classes on offer which I thought was great.


The spa

The spa is perhaps the most unique part of the resort, and we loved it - Holly and I both had full body massages which left me feeling v zen.

We also made the most of the thermal circuit which included lots of fun things like scented rain showers with rainforest sound effects, steam rooms, foot jacuzzis and a sauna.

Unfortunately it was a little chilly to take a dip in the outside pool but we did have a little swim in the indoor one.
As the sun made its way to bed, it was bathed in the most beautiful light.
I actually would've liked the pool to be warmer still but what Holly and I both did love were the heated loungers.
Absolutely dreamy.

It's safe to say I left Macdonald Monchique feeling wonderfully relaxed and happy - it had been the most delightful and luxurious stay, and the service had been faultless throughout. The staff really were fantastic.

I half want to go back in peak season to make the most of the heat, but at the same time, it was pretty darn awesome feeling like we had the resort to ourselves half the time. It was possibly the perfect sister break too - I think the (Portu-)gals will be back.

Holly and I were guests at Macdonald Monchique but all opinions are completely honest and unbiased.
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