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Much prefer to go on holiday with your mum than risk an awkward pairing of friends or take the plunge with a partner too soon? You’re not alone. A new survey suggests many young adults are still going away with their parents.

Almost half (44.9%) of British people aged between 18-34 have taken a trip with their folks since turning 18 and almost a quarter (24.4%) expect their parents to pay for or at least supplement the trip, according to the research.

It showed that females are choosing to book a vacation with their mum and dad more than their male counterparts with 48.8% of women admitting they have been on a getaway with their parents compared to 41.2% of men. The new research from holiday comparison website MyLateDeals.com showed young adults in Northern Ireland are the least likely to take a trip with their parents.

It found females are also more likely to expect their parents to pay for or supplement the trip and when broken down by country, those living in Wales are more likely to expect financial support.

I have chosen to go abroad with my mum for different reasons. While I wouldn’t opt to spend all my holiday time with my folks, I think a trip abroad or even a staycation with a parent is great for encouraging some bonding.
Last year I chose the zero-pressure location of the Maldives to take my mother as a thank you for everything she’s done.

If you’re prone to getting under each other’s skin after a only a few days, a relaxing destination might be you’re best bet to (almost) guarantee no arguments. Or if you think keeping busy is the only way to ensure no parent-child rows, find a jam-packed city where you’re bound to run into people more annoying than each other. There’s nothing like having to have each other’s back in a new place to help a child see their parent outside of their caretaker role, and in the case of a mother or father, see how well they taught their offspring to handle themselves out there in the world.

I was surprised how many (one in five) are financially motivated. A significant 10% explained that they would go if the holiday was totally free and 5.3% said that they would go on holiday with their parents as it would be more lavish and outside their budget.

Of the 2,000 people aged between 18-34 questioned last month, 4.8% explained they just can’t afford a holiday otherwise. A tiny 4.3% said they would only holiday with their parents if they had no one else to go on holiday with.

On the other hand 12.2% were motivated by the location and said they would only holiday with their parents if they wanted to visit the destination their mum and dad were choosing to visit. An honest 22.3% would point blank refuse to go on away with their mum and dad.

It’s not all bad though, a whopping 41.1% said they would go on holiday with their parents as they enjoy spending time with them.

In small doses, I agree that time away from the usual setting can be wonderful for escaping family dramas or the obligatory cooking duties, in turn making a more pleasant experience with the parents! And better the devil you know. Travel can often mean seeing a completely different side to friendships and it’s not always for the good. Once you’ve booked all your hotels, transfers and experiences with a friend, chances are you’re stuck if things don’t go so well.

For those who are besties, there’s no shame in being travel buddies. Proving it’s more common than you think, 19.6% of Brits admitted to having a vacay with their parents booked for later this year.

Father’s Day is June 16. Better get booking your trip!

What is one of the best parts about exploring a new destination? The food of course! The USA has always been one of the most diverse places to enjoy some great dishes. Georgia is certainly one of those places, whilst it is known for its traditional southern cuisine there is myriad of different cuisines to try.

Georgia’s diverse terrain and long-standing culinary traditions makes it the ultimate foodie destination. With typically Southern dishes on offer like Biscuits & Gravy, Fried Okra, Grits and of course the ubiquitous peach pie (Georgia, of course is known as the Peach State) you really will be spoilt for choice!

So, what is so special about Georgia’s foodie scene? ‘Top Chef’ judge Hugh Acheson says: “Georgia is one of the quintessential places of amazing bounty. From coastal shrimp, clams, and fish, to apple orchards in north Georgia, to olive oil production in Lakeland, to peanuts and grits and every vegetable under the sun, we have an agrarian history that we are reclaiming.”

We started our foodie tour in Atlanta at the incredible TWO Urban Licks, a fabulous restaurant on Atlanta’s nationally-acclaimed BeltLine. If you are a fan of hip, industrial chic dining experiences, then the wood-fired cuisine of this critically-acclaimed restaurant is the perfect choice for you. Why not try the empanada, white shrimp or even the bronzed scallops with gouda grits (my favourite dish whilst in Atlanta)

Acclaimed restaurateur and chef, Ford Fry, has opened multiple award-winning establishments in Atlanta, including JCT. Kitchen & Bar. This warm and friendly restaurant on Atlanta’s Westside serves up sophisticated, Southern fare. JCT’s menu is refined comfort food but amplified by Executive Chef Brian Horn’s masterful technique fused with bold and balanced flavours. Dishes to try includes the ‘angry’ mussels (with bacon and serrano chile) shrimp and grits and the North Georgia trout with lacquered pork belly.

The Atlanta locals love to brunch and one our favourite places to brunch in the city has to be Sway at the Hyatt Regency. Executive Chef Thomas McKeown’s menus are a joy at anytime of the day, but their breakfast/brunch offering is something to be admired. Pancakes and waffles and pastries – oh my!

Barbeque food is huge in Atlanta and with fantastic joints like Heirloom Market and Smoke Ring which is in the city’s Castleberry Hill area. Smoke Ring offers a unique twist on typical barbecue fare such as fried green tomatoes, smoked meatloaf and smoked brisket melt.

Not sure what you want to eat? Take a visit to the Ponce City Market’s food hall in midtown Atlanta where you can choose from a bowl of Japanese ramen to Indian street food at the mind-blowing Bottiwalla eatery.

Known as the Classic City and less than 90 minutes from Atlanta is one of my favourite places – Athens. With its friendly small-town feel, historic architecture, eclectic music scene and great shops, Athens is a pretty college town that offers mouth-watering fare from both internationally acclaimed chefs and up-and-coming talents alike.

The Last Resort Grill serves southwestern-inspired southern cuisine in beautiful downtown Athens. They use traditional methods like open fire, grilling, brining, pickling and preserving to create amazing dishes such as six-hour pig, firecracker filet and picancillo & black pepper crusted hangar.

Another great place for foodies is The National which is run by local renowned chefs Peter Dale and Hugh Acheson. With dishes such as stuffed medjool dates, pizette and fish with green calasparra rice, sauté of squash blossoms, you will walk away with a full belly and a smile on your face!

One of my favourite dishes whilst travelling through the state of Georgia was grits – this is a typical Georgian dish that is synonymous with breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can have grits in Georgia prepared any way you’d like, with butter and salt, with melted cheese, or even a Georgia specialty—with shrimp. Some even have theirs with sugar but every person that I met from Georgian told me this was definitely not the right way and the best way had to be something savoury.

If you are planning a road trip throughout the beautiful state of Georgia (and why wouldn’t you?!) there are lots of amazing restaurants and eateries to try along the way. Lanier Islands is a 1,500-acre year-round vacation destination and is one of Georgia’s most popular lake destination thanks to its premier location on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier – this is where people from the cities come for their holidays. The resort has an array of restaurants to choose from including Sidney’s which features elegant continental fare and Bullfrogs Bar & Grille which is a more casual affair. The resort is known for its fun water-focused activities which are ideal for visitors of all ages.

Approximately 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, is the adorable town of Gainesville – known as both the Queen City of the Mountains and the ‘Hospitality Capital of the World’. One of my favourite restaurants there was Avacado’s – a friendly and fun café and restaurant in the heart of the historic downtown Gainesville Square. Not only is the food terrific, but the restaurant has a cosy and eclectic atmosphere with local musicians playing on the bustling sidewalks. Yes, of course – avocados do feature on the menu!

If you are looking for traditional family-style cooking, then look no further than The Smith House in downtown Dahlonega. Bessie Smith and her family have been serving family-style country cooking since 1922. Think fried chicken, cornbread and lots of traditional iced tea!

The Forrest Hills Resort doesn’t just make a stunning place to stay and relax, thanks to its picturesque location in the foothills of the Georgia mountains. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a cocktail or two, paired with some traditional Southern cuisine in the most gorgeous surroundings.

Like a quirky a restaurant? Then the Hofer’s Bakery in Helen, Georgia should be on your list. As you enter the town of Helen, you almost feel like you could be in some alpine town in Germany or Austria. Located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, this town is adorably kitsch thanks to its Bavarian style buildings, quaint shops and riverside location. Bigg Daddy’s Restaurant & Tavern is also a great place to visit for a casual night out with lots of beer.

Georgia, you have been an absolute peach of a trip and the food has been an absolute treat – We can’t wait to say ‘Hey y’all’ once again soon!

www.exploregeorgia.org

There’s so much to love in Los Angeles beyond the A-list celebrities that inhabit it. Whether you’re hitting up Universal Studios, taking a walk on the Hollywood walk of fame, or even just chilling out in a café in Abbot Kinney, there’s never a shortage of things to discover. If you’re planning to go over the pond, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Because we’ve put together the top 10 Coolest hotels in LA so you don’t have to.

LINE LA

Tucked between Hollywood and downtown is the LINE LA, boasting a variety of eateries, incredible rooms and a poolside oasis, the Line is the perfect place to experience the urban rich culture of LA. Located at the centre of Koreatown you can choose to relax all day and retire to your room in the evening or head to the bar for cocktails and karaoke.

Loews Hollywood Hotel

Modern and contemporary and situated at the heart of Hollywood, Loews Hollywood Hotel is the ideal retreat. A fitness centre, outdoor pool, bar, lounge and coffee shop, this hotel has everything you need to prepare you for your days in L.A and to help you recover after them too.

W Hotel Los Angeles

Between Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach is the W Hotel Los Angeles. A poolside bar, two restaurants, 24hour room service, a terrace garden, outdoor pool, jacuzzi and spa, this hotel is the perfect L.A retreat, you wont even need to leave the hotel if you don’t want to!

Four Seasons Beverly Hills

An icon wherever you are in the world and Four Seasons Beverly Hills is no exception. Completely immerse yourself in the Hollywood lifestyle with outdoor spa treatments, poolside cabanas, and a resort style pool; this is a sanctuary hidden between LA and the Pacific Ocean.

The Viceroy L’ Ermitage Beverly Hills

The Viceroy L’ Ermitage Beverly Hills embodies the feel of a sophisticated private club. Situated on a peaceful tree-lined residential street, the Viceroy is elegant and private yet just a stones throw away from Rodeo Drive.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, so rightly described as an urban oasis, this hotel is an array of lush gardens, californian décor and lavish accommodation. From Lalique crystal detailing to the La Prairie spa, a stay here is the epitome of luxury.

Mondrian LA

Once you step through the signature thirty-foot mahogany doors into this luxury boutique hotel in the heart of West Hollywood, the Mondrian LA has captured you. An indoor swing in the lobby, a rooftop lounge with stunning views and located on the Sunset Strip, the hotel gives you reason upon reason to never leave.

Ace Hotel Los Angeles

Situated in the United Artists historic building which was originally built in 1927, is the Ace Hotel Los Angeles. A mezzanine lounge that boats panoramic views, poolside dining and drinks, contemporary amentities and pet friendly are just some of the quirks that make this luxury boutique hotel worthwhile.

Hotel Figueroa

One of the longest-standing hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is an iconic beacon of progress in an ever-evolving city. Following a dazzling, two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendour, the hotel has re-emerged as a sophisticated and singularly storied haven in L.A.’s cultural epicentre. First commissioned nearly a century ago as an exclusive haven for professional women travelers—a rarity at the time—the hotel’s roots as a bastion of social progress and creativity run deep.

Hotel Bel Air

A quintessentially exclusive hotel since 1946, Hotel Bel Air is hidden away amongst the hills. A reminder of the golden era of Hollywood, surrounded by elegance and its own swan lake, what more could you need to escape.

Summer’s coming, and House of Coco is on the hunt for the hottest hotels across the globe, from far flung corners to unlikely hometown gems and all the places in between.

Nothing says #TeamCoco quite like a contemporary motel-style hotel, nestled in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in southern Portugal. Located on the edge of the Quinta do Lago resort and just a stones through from the myriad of A-list residents who frequent these parts, the Magnolia Hotel invites a fusion of Palm Springs and Miami vibes under the Portuguese heat. And while Instagrammable décor is by no means number one on everyone’s hotel hunt, the Magnolia has won a fair few brownie points for its lens friendly interiors.

Such is the design concept, the Magnolia radiates a sense of millennial – taking inspiration from the likes of Soho house and seamlessly blending with a Californian summer flare. Its contemporary public areas mimic the ever more popular creative co-working spaces a and with large windows, sprawling white tables, comfy armchairs and an abundance of board games, the hotel invites both guests and locals to utilise the space for freelance working. Potted plants, modern artwork and quirky light fittings give the place a chic “Urban Outfitter” vibe fit for a tranquil meeting place and a morning coffee. Staff are also working with local and international artists to encourage use of the space for creative events, currently partnering with Irish artists and sisters Cavanagh and Gigi Foyle for an Art@theMAG series.

The hotel’s 74 rooms are situated in 1950’s style baby blue blocks; monochrome photographs hang elegantly above the bed and walls are painted in pale pastels. While the rooms are smaller than average in size, the space has been utilised for functionality with a good sized bathroom featuring a walk-in rain shower. Glass doors lead out to a small private balcony overlooking grassland and the bedroom is flooded with swathes of natural light, maximising the sense of space.

Though missing classic hotel amenities such as a kettle, mini-fridge and spa robes, no dime has been spared on the things that really matter; 300 thread-count bed linen, marshmallow mattresses, super-fast Wi-Fi and signature Magnolia sliders perfect for the poolside.

For a more spacious stay, opt for one of the Magnolia’s three suite rooms, featuring separate living areas and cosy sofas for post-beach lounging. Seven cottages are also available for those looking for a bit more privacy; burrowed amongst the pine trees toward the back of the property, the brightly painted sea container-style chalets have a light and beachy feel complete with lounge area and kitchenettes. For early-birds and night owls alike, Block A includes a premium facility gym, spa treatment room, sauna and Jacuzzi area for soaking off a day spent in the sand.

Outside, the decked walkway is framed with fairy lights and billowing palm trees which give way to a 28-degree heated pool, where yellow pinstriped parasols and loungers shimmer in the sun. Miami-style pool parties take place once a week with guest DJs and a neon-lit pool bar serves cocktails past sunset. Guests can eat al fresco and sip vino on the terrace area, or head to the Magnolia’s restaurant – serving a mixture of classic American dishes and Portuguese cuisine. Bikes are stationed under the ivy clad eaves of the main building and guests are encouraged to explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Quinta do Lago; a ride along the scenic pathways of the Ria Formosa natural park and through the salt marshes provides ample opportunity to enjoy the ocean breeze and spot the abundance of wildlife that call this area home. When the summer rays beat a little too brightly, guests can switch the bikes for the hotel’s complementary chauffeur service, with Quinta do Lago beach, 3 internationally renowned golf courses, natural fresh water lakes and a myriad of restaurants just a short ride away.

Within easy access of Faro airport and located in southern Portugal’s most affluent and exclusive neighbourhoods, the Magnolia offers a slice of the luxury life at an affordable 4-star price, with a myriad of Instagram opportunities to boot. What’s not to love?

The Magnolia Hotel:

The Magnolia Hotel (themagnoliahotelqdl.com ; (+351) 289 390 705) offers a Standard Double Room from €92/£80 on a B&B basis or €108/£94 on a half-board basis. Family cottages are available from €280/£244 per night on a B&B basis.

The mix of urban and natural landscapes is what gives Oslo its charm, other than its distinct cleanliness — something you will notice from the moment you arrive. For one, there’s the Flytoget train that takes you on a one-stop journey through the idyllic rural surroundings, stopping right on time at Oslo S — (which could stand for Seamless). The city centre is alive without being overcrowded, and you’ll note that the air feels immediately fresh and unpolluted.

Other than its reputation as a stylish metropolis brimming with innovative rooftop restaurants and sleek bars, Oslo also happens to be the European Green Capital in 2019. The city’s approach to sustainability means that it has benefitted from a number of redevelopment projects and the chance to conserve its natural areas. Urban projects, including Losæter, a large city community garden, have been put in place to reduce Oslo’s carbon footprint. One of the most congested motorways in the capital was recently replaced by the prestigious Opera House as well as a brand new set of squeaky clean walkways for walking and cycling.

These alternative sustainable methods have been implemented into daily tasks and activities, from culture to transport. Whether you fancy a glamorous bottomless brunch or a soothing swim along the Oslo Fjord, this city’s got both.

1. Floating Saunas

Located right across from the Opera House, Kok Oslo offers relaxing, wood-fired saunas and refreshing ice baths in the inner Oslo Fjord all year round (except July). The water was relatively cold but can get up to 24°C in the summer months. It’s the ultimate ‘detox moment’ being able to sit back and enjoy the fjord view in a noise-free environment owed to the electric engines and solar panelled roofs. Unless you fancy popping on some soft acoustic sounds whilst staring out contemplatively across the water, then this is also an option. Further along the promenade is SALT, an experimental sauna experience involving music and intriguing art installations that might send you into a state of deep thought (in a floral bikini).

2. Rooftop beehives at Scandic Vulkan

Though there’s an abundance of suave rooftop bars sprawled out all around Oslo, there’s another rooftop trend in town — one that can be dubbed the ultimate “when in Oslo” moment. Turns out urban beekeeping is a huge deal in Norway’s capital, taking place out of plain sight on the tops of various “green” rooftops to protect endangered bees. This is a must-see if you want to try something completely out of the ordinary and witness Oslo’s spectacular green initiatives occur right before your eyes.

3. Food and culture at Vulkan

The Vulkan area was recently redeveloped to combine sustainability and culture. Dance theatres, cafés, shiny food halls and some of the best parties abound in this area. It’s the British equivalent of pub gardens, but sleeker and more pristine whilst still being urban and cool. The innovative architecture gives off a warehouse vibe similar to Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY), with the added bonus of sustainable features, including an extensive solar water heating system. Casual beehives, designed by Snøhetta architects, can also be seen perched above and beyond this exciting eco playground. Stop for a late lunch at Vulkan Fisk inside Mathallen food for the tastiest salmon in town, before heading over to Radegast Wine Bar situated across the river for a sophisticated rendez-vous.

4. Vigeland 150th Anniversary

The Vigeland park is monumental, adorned abundant flowers beds and symmetrical trees that could be artificial clones of one another they’re so alike. 212 nude sculptures are dotted around the park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Some sculptures, like The Monolith, an erect entanglement of male and female bodies, are so large you can’t help but stare in awe at their magnitude. It’s possible to delve deeper into the world of Vigeland’s artistry at the Vigeland Museum which will be exhibiting his work until the 25th September 2019.

5. Nordmarka Forest

It’s alien to think that a tram journey can transport you out of the city and into vast areas of untouched nature within minutes. Other than being surrounded by mountains and the sea, Oslo is also encircled by woodland and large lakes that stretch far beyond your eye’s reach. This otherworldly aspect to the capital is enough to make you fall back in love with the regular bustle of most urban landscapes, letting you swap shopping trips for a swim, and the stuffy gym for a refreshing hike.

With its lofty green interior and brilliant white sand beaches, Mauritius has all the hallmarks of your archetypal island getaway. Yet, with its rich history and melting pot of different cultural influences, Mauritius offers travellers from honeymoon couples to solo adventurers something beyond your traditional tropical getaway. Whether that’s experiencing the street food scene and historic architecture in the country’s bustling capital Port Louis, cycling through traditional fishing villages along the scenic south coast, or exploring the islands historic tea plantations – this is one beach destination that goes beyond the ordinary. We sent our girl Beth to check out all Mauritius has to offer, here’s her photo diary.

For more information on Mauritius, please visit www.tourism-mauritius.mu

At only 23 miles wide, you might think that the Isle of Wight is charming, but that it might just be a place to turn up and tune out for a complete digital detox. Whilst this absolutely can be done, you won’t want to miss out on some of the island’s interesting things to do. Despite its diminutive size, this pretty island certainly packs a punch when it comes to cool things to do and this will have you hopping onto the ferry ready for an islandcation in the sun before you know it.

You can walk with alpacas

West Wight Alpacas offer stress busting strolls around their farm near Yarmouth which is run by husband and wife team Neil and Michelle. Visitors can lead one of their 11 alpacas (or in some respects, be led yourself!) either individually or in groups. The Alpacas are all named after iconic legends such as Rameses and Amadeus as well as names associated with the island itself such as Vectis which is the Roman name for the Isle of Wight.

You can enjoy a luxury spa treatment

Wellness is a huge part of Island life and there is no shortage of spas and salons to enjoy a relaxing treatment. One of the chicest places to luxuriate at is at the West Bay Country Club and Spa in Freshwater. From Liz Earle facials to Aromatherapy Associates body treatments, you are guaranteed to walk away feeling fully revitalised. There is also a great pool, sauna and steam room that you can take advantage of too.

You can get acquainted with the local gin scene

A visit to the Mermaid Gin distillery is an absolute must if a cheeky G&T is your tipple de jour. The brainchild of Xavier Baker and Conrad Gauntlett, Mermaid Gin is made with ten botanicals including juniper, elderflower, Sicilian lemons, grains of paradise, coriander, orris, angelica and liquorice root. Their distillery is an intriguing mixture of scientific wizardry and rustic-luxe décor and yes, you can try before you buy.

Gin not your thing? They also do a rather fabulous Rock Sea Vodka which tastes delicious with a flavoured tonic and ice.

The distillery’s veranda is the ideal place for a spot of gin or vodka tasting in the sunshine overlooking the lush green hills of the island.

You could embrace your inner Royal

Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and family were so enamoured with the beauty and charm of the Isle of Wight’s, they built a palatial summer palace there. From its lavish Mediterranean style gardens to the Indian-inspired dining room, Osborne House showcases the splendour and opulence of the Royals in the Victorian era as well as the endearing relationship between Victoria and Albert.

You could get on your bike

One of the best places to see the island is by bike and Wight Cycle Hire provide electronic bicycles that you can ride along the disused railway trail through the trees all the way to the iconic Needles. There are several different routes that you can take (dependant on your fitness levels) but every route has the most extraordinary vistas that truly showcase the beauty of the island.

You can try the Island’s most famous produce

The Isle of Wight is renowned for many things – the world-famous festival, the iconic Needles and garlic. One of the Island’s most popular attractions is the garlic farm which is run by three generations of the same family. You can take a tour of the farm atop a rather large tractor, eat in the café and shop until you drop for a range of delightful products such as ice cream, fudge, mayonnaise all of which are made from garlic.

You can get back to nature

The Ventnor Botanical Garden is a peaceful retreat full of the most amazing flowers and trees. It is full of subtropical and exotic flora sourced and planted from around the globe. Local groups gather hear to paint, write and to do yoga and tai chi. The garden is moments away from the sea front and a selection of great bars and restaurants (including a vintage 1940’s-inspired café)

Travel to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel ferries from Southampton to East Cowes.

Los Angeles, city of angels, city of lights; this sprawling metropolis captures hearts and exports you into its eclectic lifestyle. With a population of over 4 million, L.A is as chaotic as it is beautiful. Full of diversity in every way, a to do list in Los Angeles varies from Disney to Venice Beach. There is so much to do, so much to see and so much vibrancy that it’s possible to run yourself into the ground trying to do it all in one trip. With that said it doesn’t mean a trip has to be jam-packed. It is possible to experience the city’s unique quality of life, thats why #TeamCoco have selected our top five things to slot into your itinerary, in order to have the full Los Angeles experience. Let’s face it, if you don’t include the below in your trip (and Instagram it) did you even go to L.A?

In 1958, eight stars were revealed on Hollywood Boulevard, now there are over 2,645 (Jack Black being the latest addition), so you are sure to find at least one of your favourite celebs on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you don’t fancy traipsing the 18 blocks, or you’re short for time, you can search online for the person’s star you are looking for to find its exact location. Otherwise we definitely recommend strolling the Blvd, it’s a good 1.3 mile walk so stopping in the quirky cafes and bars as you go, is necessary. Also fun fact, its a sponsorship of $30,000 to have a star on the Walk of Fame!

Next up, a landmark and cultural U.S icon; the Hollywood sign. Situated on Mount Lee, the 45 foot tall and 352 feet long sign, which was originally used as a real estate advert in the 20’s reading, “Hollywood Land’ and later restored in 1949 with the last four letters removed, may be a cliche to do for L.A but it is essential. There are various views where you can see the sign in all it’s glory, like from the boulevards and Runyon Canyon. However, nothing beats the view from above the sign, the size of the letters are put into perspective and the panoramic views of L.A are a sight to behold. It’s a 2-3 hour hike up to the Griffith Park Observatory to get this view but it’s so worth it and whilst you’re up there you may as well pop into the observatory.

À la Pretty Woman, Rodeo Drive is up next. A two-mile long street in Beverley Hills that has been the epitome of luxury since the 60’s. From Armani to Harry Winston it’s a designer dream. If these aren’t quite exclusive enough for you, there are couturiers where you need an appointment before you can even step foot through the door. If shopping isn’t your thing or these are way out of your range (we hear you) then window shopping and people watching are just as much, if not more fun. After an $18 million renovation in the early 2000’s, there is also a Walk of Style, where fashion icons are honoured for their work in style and fashion. So it’s definitely worth a trip to get lost in the splendour one of the most famous roads in the world.

Baseball, may not be one or even any of the things you first think of when planning a trip to L.A but it’s one of the most popular sports in America for both spectators and the participants, so it’s a worthwhile experience. Home to the Los Angeles Dodgers the Dodgers Stadium is the largest ballpark in the country, with a capacity of 56,000 seats, this is definitely the place to try a baseball game. If your trip is seasonal to the game, book tickets, you wont regret it, whether you enjoy the sport or not. The atmosphere is unbeatable, the merchandise is everything you imagine and the food, well, mac n’ cheese, nachos and infamous Dodger Dogs… it’s the American Dream and you’ll be a baseball convert before you know it.

If you’re truly short for time on your trip and your good with heights/flying we couldn’t recommend a helicopter tour more. A perfect way to escape reality yet take in everything Los Angeles has to offer, especially if you can nab yourself an open door ride. The pilots know L.A inside out and even better than some locals, they are a mind of unique information. With breathtaking views of the Pacific coast, Malibu beach mansions, the city skyline, the Dodgers Stadium, Universal Studios, Disney, Griffith Observatory and of course the Hollywood sign; a helicopter ride is the ideal way to see absolutely everything Los Angeles has to offer from a completely different perspective.

Le Heritage Telfair Resort & Golf Club is a truly stunning five-star hotel in Mauritius. With various pools, unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean and a great mix of food and beverage outlets to ensure your time there is always exciting.

So it’s unlikely you’ll experience cabin fever a few days after checking in but they also encourage visitors to the south of the island to get out and about locally.

Here are six things House of Coco recommends adding to your itinerary during your trip.

1. Seven Coloured Earth Geopark

Exactly what it sounds like, visitors to Mauritius flock to see this incredible site of multicolored volcanic soil that believe it or not, isn’t an art instillation. This natural phenomenon on the southwest of the island is made up of red brown, purple, blue, yellow and violet dunes that got its rainbow look from ferric oxide and aluminum oxide left in the process of decomposing clay in the country’s hot and humid conditions from, both of which repel each other and cause a separation of colours.

Rain water created the beautiful swirling patterns that makes the geological site in the Chamarel area not only the perfect backdrop for a photograph but a stunning image in itself. Sit back with a coffee at the cafe and take it all in or climb to a higher viewing deck from the other side of the park to see it in all its glory. Make sure to grab a bag of Café de Chamarel coffee from the souvenir shop before you leave as it’s only available locally and unique because its grown in the rare soil.

www.chamarel7colouredearth.com

2. Tortoise Park

After seeing 600 million years of history, stop by next door to see centuries old tortoises imported from the Seychelles (native saddle-back tortoises went extinct in the early 18th century). The oldest one to have lived at the park died at 250 years old but the average lifespan of these Aldabra tortoises are 150 years and they can get as long as one metre.

While children love watching the creatures slowly much away on grass at this area of the park, adults will be in awe of the second largest species of tortoise in the world.

www.chamarel7colouredearth.com/tortoise-park

3. Chamarel Waterfalls

Heritage Resorts’ domaine provides the opportunity to bathe in a waterfall during their forest bathing experience. But at Chamarel’s park where the country’s largest single-drop waterfall is located. The 100-metre-high attraction is visible from various levels that show off how truly massive this natural wonder is. If you’re feeling like getting a few extra thousand steps in take the three-hour trek down to the bottom for a rewarding dip in the water that pours in Saint Denis River and reaches rush speeds of 40,000 m3 per minute.

www.chamarel7colouredearth.com/chamarel-waterfalls

4. Mauritius beaches

The waterfall flows straight into Baie du Cap, a small scenic village that provides some of the greatest views for a coastal drive. Wishing the Savanne district, head to La Prairie Beach favored by families and pets due to its shallow water, but along the way, stop for a short climb to up a viewing deck to experience the blue waters from a different angle. It’s guaranteed to be windy but that’s what makes the Baie du Cap’s lagoon a prime spot for windsurfing. Look for a break in the coral reef near La Maconde where the water suddenly drops to 2,000 meters deep. It’s popular with brave surfers but also sharks.

Book your excursion with Mautourco.

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5. Chamarel Rum Distillery

Rhumerie de Chamarel’s sugar cane-filled domain in the southwest part of the island offers guided tours and tastings of this famous beverage. Heritage Resorts hosts free tasting sessions for the brand but to fully immerse yourself in all there is to know about the aging process and how to enjoy it with food – such as wild pig and deer – it’s worth a visit to the estate. Don’t leave without browsing the collections of bottles at the gift shop once you know whether you’re more inclined to enjoy vanilla, spiced or one of the other offerings.

6. Curious Corner of Chamarel

Embrace your silly side at CCC which was created by three Brits while drinking Chamarel Rum. Half outdoor, half indoor, it’s the ideal activity during a rain shower but equally won’t take you out of the sun for too long on days when the weather is perfect. It’s a great way to mix things up during your getaway and is guaranteed to provide laughs with its mind-boggling areas.

Begin with an escape room task which leads into an upside room that will ironically drive up the wall. Ever wanted to see what it’s like to be a giant? Play with optical illusions that trick the eye with sizing. Create music in group interactive laser experience and good luck trying to figure out how to get through the mirror maze room.

House of Coco particularly enjoyed channelling our inner action movie star and creating an image that looked like we’s narrowly avoided dropping down an elevator shaft!

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When it comes to searching for the perfect wellness holiday look no further. Whether it’s you’re first rodeo in terms of merging all things healthy into your vacations or you’re a pro at seeking out locations to really rejuvenate the mind and body, the new Mauritius Wellness Festival is guaranteed to get you excited to book a trip that won’t disappoint.

Heritage Le Telfair is already known for its healthy outlook to getaways but from May 3 to 5 Heritage Resorts is taking it one step further for the first time…

Keeping active

Guests will be immersed in activities such as yoga, dance and Pilates, plus talks and workshops with international wellness leaders and experts.

House of Coco got a sneak peak at the facilities during a recent stay where French yoga guru Karine Kleb was a returning special guest instructor. We started our day with morning meditation at the Wellness Pavilion and ended our days of relaxing on the beach, in between paddle boarding and kayaking, with a chilled out sunset beach yoga class.

But there’s also the opportunity to get outside of the resort and connect with nature at the most iconic landmarks in the south of the island. Part of the forthcoming Mauritius Wellness Festival experience is a trek to UNESCO World Heritage site Le Morne for some incredible coastal views and an opportunity to reach your step goal for the day.

We learned how to truly let go of everyday stress and anxiety during a forest bathing experience on the resort’s Domaine Bel Ombre, spotting monkeys and deer as we quietly walked past streams and lush green trees before cooling off at the on-site waterfall.

Want more of a metabolism push? As part of the accommodation at Heritage Le Telfair, access to the gym is complimentary and everything you need is available, including a rowing machine, stationary bikes and treadmills.

Chilling out

Other features of the Mauritius Wellness Festival include a relaxation zone, music corners, artists areas, an evening music festival by local bands with local instruments.

House of Coco particularly enjoyed the evening live music offering at Heritage Le Telfair’s piano bar Cavendish. It’s located right beside the aesthetically-pleasing main pool (there’s also an adult pool and the pool at C Beach Club).

But every corner of the resort provides an opportunity to unwind. We stayed in a Garden View Villa where daily hangs in the back porch hammock made all the difference. The deep bathtub – relaxing bath salts are provided – and in-room yoga mat encourages further relaxation.

Mindful eating

Of course, healthy food stations are one of the big pulls for taking part in the inaugural Mauritius Wellness Festival.

House of Coco dined daily at the resort’s beach front Le Palmier restaurant where crunchy palm heart salads were an example of the region’s healthy local produce and the menu’s wellness icons made it easy to select nutritious dishes such as the popular catch of the day.

An alternative dining experience is an organized trip to the nearby Chateau where guests can pick herbs, fruits and vegetables with the chef before returning to the Heritage Le Telfair to cook a local meal. We were impressed by our own carry making skills and made sure to incorporate some local rum in our dessert which ended up being banana flambé.

Otherwise Annabelle’s restaurant ensures you know exactly what you’re ordering by displaying the dinner menu dishes that you’re encouraged to view before making your mindful selection. The venue is also where the breakfast buffet – including freshly squeezed juices – is served.

Mauritius Wellness Festival costs from €95 for a one day pass to €375 for a 3 day pass with food. For more information visit www.mauritiuswellnessfestival.com

If you can’t make this year’s festivities, the Wellness Bliss Package is available year-round and costs £51 per person/night.

It involves an initial consultation with the Wellness Director who will help you achieve all your goals for the holiday by creating a personal programme of activities and exercise, including an eating plan.

Each guest can choose one daily Wellness Experience. They include detox and tension relief massages at the Seven Colours Spa, private Tai-Chi or Qi gong sessions and even Osteopathy treatments.