W Hotel Dubai – The Palm

W Hotel Dubai – The Palm

If you follow me on Instagram then you would have seen that I recently visited Dubai which was absolutely incredible! It was pretty overwhelming when trying to find a hotel as there are so many to choose from. Since opening it’s first hotel in New York in 1998, the W brand offer luxury lifestyle hotels in over 50+ locations worldwide. The stunning Palm Jumeirah Hotel is the most recent W Hotel to open its doors.

I stayed for 6 nights at the newly opened W Hotel on The Palm and WOW it was amazing from start to finish. The hotel is situated on the very iconic Jumeirah Palm and is located on the West Crescent. It is about a 35 minute drive from Dubai International Airport and within easy access of the cities main attractions.

I booked the Wonderful room with balcony and ocean view. The room was a really good size with a balcony looking out onto the pool and city skyline. It was equipped with everything including a bar area, sofa area, flat screen TV, plenty of USB sockets, mood lighting, decent iron/ ironing board (always a priority for me ha!). The hotel also has free Wi-Fi throughout and fully fitted with air conditioning. The bed was a super king and it was extremely comfortable which made it such a struggle to get up in the mornings! 

The bathroom was huge with a dressing / vanity area, stand alone bath and a walk in shower. There were plenty of mirrors and the lighting was great with beauty lights built in and the bathroom was fully stocked with complimentary Bliss toiletries.

The service throughout my stay was impeccable, everyone was really friendly and welcoming. The staff went above and beyond with their 5 star service and this is what sets this hotel apart from the rest.

The hotel has a great pool area with its own private beach area. There is also the WET Deck which is the adults only pool area and hosts the Palm Sugar Brunch every Friday! Towels are laid out ready for you every morning on the sun loungers and it never felt over crowded. They offer complimentary water bottles which is great when you’re melting in 38+ degrees! 

I must say that the Breakfast was definitely one of the highlights it was simply incredible. Everything ran so smoothly, there was no queuing and the service was 5 star. They had tables both inside and outside looking out onto the pool area. They had everything you could dream of from fresh fruit, pancakes, ice cream, cakes to eggs Benedict and made to order omelettes. If you’re thinking about staying here then I would highly recommend opting for breakfast. 

The hotel has everything all under one roof! SoBe which is a beautiful rooftop bar with 360 views of the Dubai skyline, perfect for those after dinner drinks. It’s home to not one but TWO Michelin starred restaurants, an Italian Torno Subito and a Japanese called Akira Back. All day dining is available in the LIV restaurant on the ground floor and light snacks and drinks are available all day by the pool.

In true Dubai style, every Friday Akira Back hosts a bottomless brunch. I was lucky enough to check this out during my stay and honestly it was by far the best food I’ve had! All of the appetisers are unlimited including grilled octopus, crispy calamari and the famous tuna pizza including a large selection of sushi. From mains you can choose from black cod, Jidori Chicken and many more. This is definitely one to add to the list if you’re heading to Dubai. The brunch is priced at 445 AED including soft drinks and 550 AED for premium.

I would highly recommend checking out the W Hotel on The Palm, it will not disappoint!

Let me know if you have been to Dubai before or planning a trip there

Eden Locke Hotel – Edinburgh

Eden Locke Hotel – Edinburgh

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I was in Edinburgh at the weekend. As you know I love to travel, so I thought I would share with you where I stayed! Locke hotels is a small chain of aparthotels located in London (Leman Locke) , Manchester (Whitworth Locke) and Edinburgh (Eden Locke).

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I flew into Edinburgh Airport and the hotel was only a 25 minute drive, it’s super easy to get to. If you’re getting the train it’s only a 10 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley station.

Eden Locke hotel is a Georgian townhouse located on George Street in the heart of the new town. It’s within walking distance from the cities major attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street as well as being near to lots of bars, shops and restaurants. The location is great as you have everything on your door step! I thought it would be a little noisy at night-time but it was extremely tranquil and I had such a great sleep.

The interior is definitely a major selling point of this hotel – everywhere is so instagrammable. The rooms are finished to such a high spec and are extremely modern and sophisticated. I stayed in the Mezzanine Studio Apartment which looked out on to George Street – the room had huge windows and high ceilings which made it very bright and airy.

The rooms are a decent size each with a mini lounge area, corner sofa and kitchenette. There is plenty of wardrobe and storage space in the room which is ideal. They also have an ironing board / iron , hairdryer, robes, slippers and ear plugs. All rooms also have complimentary WiFi and a Smart TV.

All of the apartments come equipped with a kitchenette which has everything you need including an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and kettle. They even leave tea, coffee, milk and porridge pots in the kitchen so you have everything you need.

There is also a cafe located on the ground floor which serves fresh coffee, juices and home-made pastries as well as cocktails. This is great if you’re on the go and just need to grab something on your way. I loved the decor of this space, very cool!

If you are visiting Edinburgh, I would highly recommend staying at Eden Locke. I hope to come back very soon….

THE EVERYDAY MAN

THE EVERYDAY MAN

Heinrich Barth

The N. 07 Mykonos body cleanser is infused with a blend of fig leaves and sage extracts which smells like summer. The shampoo and conditioners are suitable for all hair types and leaves hair looking super shiny and healthy. All of the products are paraben free with no artificial colourings. This travel set is ideal when on the move and comes in a well presented white gift box. I love the simplicity of the packaging, it gives it that luxurious feel. This is a great gift set for any hair or beauty lover.

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UP ROAR

Is a UK men’s eco-friendly grooming and skin care brand which focuses on all natural ingredients. You can pick up the 50ml Aluminium-free deodorant for £8.50 and this product has so many benefits. The deodorant is made from 100% natural ingredients & it’s aluminium free (hence the name). It is non staining and residue free which is a big plus as I find most deodorants end up staining some of my T shirts. This product is also great if you love to travel like me as the volume is under the allowance for carry-on. So far so good using this product.

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The Bearded Man Company

A family run business who solely make beard care products in the UK. They use the highest quality natural ingredients to make their products and are free from the bad chemicals often used in the beauty industry. They have so many cool products to keep your beard well groomed.

The beard repair intensive recovery serum – This product is great to use for immediate results. With antioxidants and repairing Vitamin C, it gives your beard a fresh look.  RRP: £9.99

60 Second Rich Repair Beard Conditioning Treatment – If you feel you have a dry rough beard this product is great for you. It will instantly leave your beard feeling soft and hydrated. RRP: £9.99

Wooden 24 Sampler Box Set – This is a great little kit which includes the bestselling beard oil. It contains 24 scents and each 2ml scent bottle will last for up to eight uses. RRP: £39.99

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Rugged & Dapper 

A simple straight forward grooming brand perfect for a low maintenance lifestyle.  If you want a skincare that is quick and easy to use then this brand is for you! They have a wide selection of products and they are all made with natural ingredients that won’t cause irritation and dryness to the skin. I have picked out the core regimen travel kit ($19.95) which is perfect for me as I’m on the move all the time.

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Below The Belt

A British body and skin care brand coming up with something a little different. Me personally, I have never seen a product like this that targets the groin area. I play a lot of sport and go to the gym regularly so these products are great to help keep you feel fresh all day. Their products are vegan and cruelty free and range from £4.50 – £12. You can pick up a box set which could be a good Christmas stocking filler.

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FIT Skincare

FIT Skincare produce a range of award-winning luxury hair, skin and body serums. Using all natural ingredients they help hydrate the skin and protect it from the effects of the sun. I have picked out two of their products. Firstly the moisturising ultra serum, it is very lightweight and helps to reduce red blemishes as well as repairing and refreshing the skin. Secondly the eyedrate+ serum helps get rid of the dark circles and tired looking eyes. I will definitely be using this with all my late nights and early starts.

Use my discount code SHAUN25 for 25% off!

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Fudge Urban

With very bright packaging it is hard to miss this brand in the shops! You can purchase these products from Boots priced from around £7. I have naturally curly hair and sometimes like to change my look up and go for something more textured. The sea salt spray is great as you can spray it into wet hair and let it dry naturally, so it’s quick and easy to use.

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The Brighton Beard Company 

This brand is pretty close to home for me, I used to spend a lot of time down in Brighton and they manufacture all their products there. They have a wide selection of beard grooming products from oils, balms and waxes.

 I think today more and more men are grooming their beards with all different styles so it is great to have a variety of products. The packaging is great and looks really premium,  and the products all smell amazing!! They have had loads of coverage online including being featured in GQ and I can see why.  In this gift set you get a beard balm, beard oil and beard shampoo for £45. Use BrightonBeard15 to get 15% off!

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Reviv Serums

This brand originates in California and they produce specialised serums for both skin and hair care. The aim of their hair serums is to help give you fuller, thicker, healthy looking hair. Their best seller is the Reviv hair max stimulating serum which is currently in the sale for only £30.67 reduced from £62.12.  I can’t wait to try this out and see the results.

George Etherington

I am a massive fan of watches and have a nice little collection for all occasions. Everyman should own a watch and this one is something a little different with its rectangular shaped face. The George Etherington watch looks classy and luxurious. gives any outfit that finishing touch.

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MOXY Hotel – London Stratford

MOXY Hotel – London Stratford

Last weekend I was invited down to the MOXY Hotel in London Stratford. I went for two nights and really enjoyed my stay, I will definitely be heading back. If you’re looking for a hotel in East London at an affordable price then you should definitely check this place out….

The hotel is located a 2 minute walk from Stratford tube station and is directly opposite Westfield. Such an ideal location if you want to spend the day shopping then head for a night out in East London or central.

The rooms are extremely modern and spacious, mine was on the 8th floor and the views were incredible. It even had a balcony! There was mood lighting and a 42 inch smart TV so you could connect your iPad / iPhone or watch Netflix.

The hotel has a real “boutique” feel about it and the decor is really cool and quirky. I had the continental breakfast which was £12 and there was plenty of choice from pastries, yogurt, eggs, fruit and tea/coffee/ juices.

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There is a really nice bar in the lobby which has fantastic cocktails and it was 24/7. The hotel was definitely built with millennials in mind – there’s beer pong, football table and giant Jenga!

I really loved all the quotes around the hotel (so instagrammable!). They changed them everyday.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in London that has character but you don’t want to blow your budget?  Then The Moxy is your place!

 

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IBIS STYLES – LONDON EALING

IBIS STYLES – LONDON EALING

Last week I was invited down to the launch party for the new Ibis Styles Hotel in Ealing. I stayed for 1 night and I had such a great stay!

Ibis Styles is part of the Accor Hotels group, the hotels are really fun, stylish, creative and….an affordable price.  All of the hotels are very unique and decorated with a different theme. In Ealing there is a movie theme throughout the hotel and the decor is really cool and quirky. The movie theme reflects Ealing’s film heritage.

The hotel is located 5 minutes from Ealing Broadway tube station which is perfect for commuting into the city. There are lots of shops and restaurants nearby which is ideal.

The rooms are extremely spacious and modern with amazing views of London. I stayed in one of the rooms on the 8th floor which was great, they even put a bottle of Prosecco in my room for my arrival! The bed was very comfortable, I had a great sleep and the room has everything you need. There is a desk area and a sofa are in the room as well as a mini bar and flat screen TV. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and all of the rooms have air conditioning.

There is a bar and outdoor terrace which is really nice to chill and have a drink. I would definitely recommend trying one of the cocktails! The distinctive touch of the hotel really gives it such a great atmosphere.

The hotel also has a secure underground car park with a 24 hour reception desk which makes a super easy check in / check out. Continental breakfast is included in your stay and served in the restaurant / bar area from 7am.

All of the staff were amazing and super friendly.  I would definitely recommend staying at the Ibis London Ealing, I can’t wait to go back!

Instagram : @ibisstyleslondonealing 

Website: Ibis Styles Ealing 

ROCABELLA HOTEL – SANTORINI

ROCABELLA HOTEL – SANTORINI

As some of you may know I recently got back from a two-week trip to Santorini, it had been on my bucket list for a while and it certainly exceeded my expectations! I stayed in a few hotels during my trip but the Rocabella Hotel really was a highlight of my stay.

The hotel is situated in Imerovigli, which is in between Thira (Fira) and Oia. If you’re planning on visiting Santorini i would definitely recommend staying in Imerovigli as its much quieter and the sunsets are INCREDIBLE. Oia is beautiful but if you’re planning on watching the sunset it gets extremely busy in peak season so you have to get there early to get the best spot.

I stayed at the Rocabella for 7 nights and booked the EXECUTIVE CALDERA VIEW ROOM WITH OUTDOOR MINI PLUNGE POOL. Upon arrival we were greeted with fresh juice and a bottle of wine and fruit platter in our room. The room was amazing, it was really spacious with a huge outdoor terrace and its own mini plunge pool looking out on to the breathtaking Caldera. The interior of the room was all white with simple, minimal decor, this complimented the white washed buildings perfectly.  One thing I would say when booking a room is that there is a difference between the Caldera view and the sea view rooms. The Caldera view you can watch the idyllic sunsets from the luxury of your terrace.

Breakfast was included in our booking and I can honestly say it was one of the nicest hotel breakfasts I’ve ever had! and thats a big statement to make!! Breakfast was served every morning until 11am, you could choose whether to sit inside or outside with 360 views of the Caldera. There was a breakfast buffet with pastries, fruit, yogurt, meats, bread and cheeses. You could then order from the a la carte menu which had a great selection from Acai bowls to Eggs Royale or pancakes with greek yoghurt. Everything was all fresh and home-made which was heavenly. I think i tried pretty much everything on the menu and it was all exceptional!

All of the staff at the Rocabella really went above and beyond to look after myself and my wife during our stay with them. We were greeted every morning at breakfast and all of the staff around the hotel would say hello or ask us if we were enjoying our trip and if we needed anything.

The amenities at the hotel were fantastic, as well as a hotel there is also a spa and a gym. There was 4 swimming pools with a cocktail bar and a main pool bar which served food all day.  The hotel does host a lot of weddings, even though we were notified of this I would bear this in mind when booking your stay. For more information visit their website here. They also have a sister hotel in Mykonos which looks beaut!

Have you guys been to Santorini before? Let me know what you think!

 

BURTON SUMMER RANGE

BURTON SUMMER RANGE

Holiday season is upon us and with the temperature rising in the UK it is time to invest in some new summer pieces for your wardrobe.

I am going to show you a few of my favourite summer pieces I picked out from Burton.

SHIRTS

I have always been a fan of short sleeve shirts especially in the summer. For me I like to show off my tattoos but it also keeps you cooler on these hot days. My first choice is the Monochrome leaf print shirt. Everyman needs a printed shirt in his wardrobe this summer. They are really on trend at the moment and wether your on holiday or at a festival these always look really good.

My second choice was something a little smarter. I chose the short sleeve light denim wash shirt. Most men own a denim shirt and they will always be in fashion so you can’t go wrong! You can wear this shirt in more of a casual style with short chinos like i have styled below or it’s also nice to wear on a evening to dinner or drinks. This denim shirt goes really well with beige chinos.

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SWIMWEAR 

This time of year most people have a holiday booked up. We all like to be sitting in the sun, by the pool or at the beach so you need to invest in some swim shorts. Floral is very on trend this summer so why not add a little colour to your wardrobe and get these shorts.

 

SUITS

Burton is know for producing really nice suits. For the summer season they have released a few really nice colours for all occasions. You can style suits in different ways but for me personally I have been loving the smart-casual look. As you can see in my picture, just by wearing trainers and and a plain T shirt you can pull off the casual style. I picked out the Raspberry Slim Fit suit admittedly I was a bit nervous when i picked out this colour but since wearing it I have had a lot of compliments. The slim fit is perfect and gives it that tailored feel. Burton have suits for all occasions so if you have a wedding coming up or going to the horse racing then check out their collection.

 

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Please let me know what you guys think of my top summer picks from Burton and you can also check out my Instagram video and posts on my page @finnerz.uk

ME Hotel London

ME Hotel London

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I stayed at the ME hotel in London last weekend and Easter Sunday, this had been on my list for a while and it didn’t disappoint! The hotel is located in the Strand which is a few minutes walk from Covent Garden, River Thames/Southbank and Somerset House. It’s the perfect hotel for weekend away to explore the city.

The hotel has an effortlessly stylish feel about it. It boasts the super sleek Radio Rooftop Bar on the 10th Floor with panoramic views of the city. It’s the perfect place for a drink with friends and they have a great selection of cocktails .

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Upon arrival we were offered a glass of prosecco whilst checking in and our bags were taken up to the room. The reception area is located on the first floor and is absolutely incredible! We were taken up to our room and they had put a bottle of wine in the room for us along with a cheese board, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolates (SO GOOD!).

We stayed in the ‘Chic Suite’ which had 2 balcony’s overlooking the city and floor to ceiling windows.  The room was extremely spacious (especially for central London!) it had a separate lounge area with a sofa, tv and a well stocked mini bar. And the marble bathroom was amazing! With two bali showers, a large bath with double sinks and a separate dressing table.

As we were staying in one of their suites we had the benefit of the 24 hour personalised Aura service. They very kindly sent a bottle of prosecco to our room at around 8pm (sundown service) and some bottled water / chocolates. This attention to detail really makes the stay extra special. They even went to the effort of sending a playstation with FIFA for me to play.

The service is always impeccable at the Melia hotels and they definitely pride themselves on this.

We dined at their modern steakhouse STK. I have previously visited STK in Milan and Las Vegas and this one definitely lived up to my expectations. The food was incredible and the service was very good. They have a really good deal on Open Table where you can get a 3 course set menu and a glass of champagne for £30 each!

Have you visited the ME London before? Let me know!

GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

GIFT IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Wondering what to get mum for Mother’s Day? The big day is under a week away (Sunday 11th !) so I’ve put together my top picks from Debenhams to help you find the perfect present. I love my mum to bits and I am a proper mummy’s boy! so I always look to spoil her as much as possible.

I always think mums can be difficult to buy for as they already seem to have everything! Whether you’re looking to spoil mum with her favourite beauty products or send her some flowers, Debenhams has something for all mums.

Why not treat her to a bottle of perfume? You can’t go wrong with the gift of fragrance, it’s always such a great present! Flowerbomb Nectar is the newest addition to the Flowerbomb collection, it recently launched in January. Viktor and Rolf has always been one of my mums go-to perfumes so I knew instantly that she would love this.

You can shop the Eau De Perfum here.

Or what about some scented candles? All women seem to love filling the house with candles so I went for the Yankee candles. They always make such a nice present, this gift set features 10 scented tea lights…. and is only £10!

You can shop the gift set here. 

My mum loves trying out new skincare and beauty products  (probably where I get it from ha!) so I picked out this Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This serum is designed to work at night to replenish the skin.  My mum always likes to look her best and this promises to regenerate and restore skin overnight for smoother, healthier,  glowing skin by morning!

Shop the serum here. 

Let me know what you guys have planned for Mother’s Day on Sunday?

MELIA BARCELONA SKY

MELIA BARCELONA SKY

Last month I spent a weekend in Barcelona for my fiancées birthday, I have been to Barcelona before so I was really excited to go back! We stayed at the Meliá Barcelona Sky for 2 nights – after such a great experience at the ME hotel in Milan I couldn’t wait to see what the Meliá Barcelona had to offer.

The hotel is located around 1.5 mile from the city centre and just a 10 minute walk from the beach.  It is also a few minutes walk from Poblenou Metro station which is a quick and easy way to get into downtown Barca.

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The Meliá definitely go above and beyond with their customer service, it really is exceptional.  When checking into the hotel we were offered complimentary refreshments and even had our own private check in area and reception.

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We stayed in one of the suites on the 21st floor which was part of ‘The Level’, the five-star section of the hotel. The rooms were extremely bright, spacious and modern with floor to ceiling windows showcasing breathtaking views of the city and Mediterranean Sea. We were welcomed with a bottle of Cava and some chocolate strawberries in our room  – this was a nice little touch! The room had everything you need from a Nespresso coffee machine, an iPod docking station, surround sound system, robes / slippers and a well stocked mini bar. The bathroom was amazing, with double sinks, a walk in shower (literally incredible!) and a bath situated perfectly so you could enjoy the stunning view.

As we were staying at The Level we had access to an exclusive lounge which had complimentary drinks and snacks all day from 12pm – 7pm. This was a great perk to the hotel!

The hotel has two restaurants. ‘Dos Cielos’ which is a Michelin star restaurant located on the 24th floor, unfortunately this was closed during our stay so we didn’t get to experience this.  However the terrace bar was open and had stunning 360 views of the city and was a great place to chill, have a drink and take in the scenery. The second restaurant is Merkado which is located on the ground floor by the hotel lobby – this had more of a casual vibe to it.

We also visited the Spa at the hotel which was very relaxing. The hotel has a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and Turkish Bath. They also offer a wide range of treatments including massages and facials.

Meliá hotels is definitely becomingone of my favourite hotel chains, the service and attention to detail is outstanding. I can’t wait for my next stay!