Well... can you believe Summer is over?! I swear it was only May about 5 minutes ago. Time certainly flies when you're a bunch of busy bees, like we definitely have been here at U&I Lifestyle!
We've had a very busy few months. From getaways in Fuerteventura, to Wedding's in Toronto and Concierge meetings in Marbella, we have been lucky enough to visit some fabulous places over the Summer. Thanks to U&I Concierge, we've been able to get our hands on some incredible deals and VIP experiences on all of our trips, and we thought we would share some of the fun with you!
Let's start from the very beginning, it's a very good place to start...
Back in June, we took a little trip to one of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura.
We stayed at a beautiful villa, about a 25 minute drive from the airport. The villa had 3 en-suite bedrooms, a spacious, open-plan kitchen/diner/living-room, a private pool, and our personal favourite... a rooftop area which had a jacuzzi and BBQ.
Branding everywhere, obvs!
Sorry about the building work in the background... oops!
On our first night, we took a short taxi ride into the town centre, where we had a few cocktails and then had a little wander around, to try and find somewhere delicious for dinner. There were a few very cute little restaurants right by the sea, so naturally, we chose one of these! Who doesn't love eating whilst taking in sea-views?!
Despite the weather not being QUITE as amazing as we had hoped (it was rather cloudy for the majority of the week!), we had a lovely time away, and we're sure we will be returning to the island in the future.
Next up, was Italy! Some very close friends of ours invited us to stay with them at their beautiful home for a long weekend in August. We flew into Catania, Sicily, and the villa was a short drive away from the airport. Words cannot describe how stunning our accommodation was, but here's a few pics for you to get a little idea...
The villa has it's own chicken coupe for fresh eggs every morning, and a vegetable patch to grow their own healthy ingredients. Amazing!
The food in Sicily was SO GOOD! We certainly didn't go hungry!!
Even though we were only in Sicily for a few days, we managed to get lots of cultural and exciting activities in (as well as making sure we had some solid hours of sunbathing, too, of course!).
We visited some delicious restaurants, and visited Taormina, the mountaintop town overlooking the Ionian coast is Sicily's most famous resort, full of restaurants and shops...
The highlight of the trip was definitely trekking up Mount Etna, which is Europe's largest active volcano. It was absolutely incredible...
This was the amazing view from the top of Mount Etna. A moment we will never forget!
This was our first time visiting Sicily, and we are already looking at dates for next year to return. If you'd like help in booking your trip to Sicily, whether it's wanting us to book you in at one of the top Hotels (where you'll receive discounted rates & VIP treatment as a U&I Concierge member), or if you just want some recommendations on things to do, please get in touch with our team: email email@example.com.
After Sicily, we were only back in London for a week before our next trip! At the end of August, we set off to Canada, where we flew to Toronto for 4 days (for a Wedding), followed by 4 days in Montreal.
Through U&I Concierge, we booked to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, both in Toronto and Montreal. We received discounted rates during our stay, as well as benefiting from late checkout, which was very convenient seeing as our flight home wasn't until 9pm!
Views of the CN Tower from our hotel room window. The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
With STK being one of our favourite spots here in London, we thought it would be rude not to check it out whilst in Toronto! The food was absolutely delicious, as expected, and we definitely recommend you going here on your visit.
The photo above was taken during something spectacular that we experienced in Montreal. Aura, a luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica, was put on to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of Montreal. You can find out more about it here.
We had been to Toronto before, but it was our first time in Montreal. Both very different, but both just as wonderful as each other. A return-trip is definitely in store for U&I Lifestyle!
Last but not least, we have just returned from 5 days in Marbella. Marbella is pretty much our second home, and we only ever have the best time there! Our visit this time was in aid of some U&I Concierge meetings, mixed in with some Birthday celebrations and plenty of Cocktail drinking, naturally.
We stayed at La Melia, Banus, a hotel with a perfect location. It was about a 10-15 minute walk from Puerto Banus, which is where it all goes on.
We love a bit of Sangria, don't you?!
During our stay, we visited some of our favourite Marbs hot-spots, including La Sala, Nikki Beach, Picasso, Casanis, and Trocadero Beach...
Porn star Martini's are always a good idea!
Picasso Pizzeria - the best pizza you will ever get your hands on, trust us on this one! There's always a queue to get in (you can't book), but it's worth the wait.
Espresso Martini's and Tapas at Trocadero Beach.
We also tried a couple of new places for the first time, including Mosh Fun Kitchen (Japanese cuisine) and El Patio Mariscal (with an outdoor Opera experience), both which were very impressive. Definitely some newbies to add to our list of must-go-to's!
We are now back in not-so-sunny London, after an incredible few months of travelling, and our next stop will be Dubai in November.
If you'd like to find out any more information about our Summer destinations, or if you'd like to enquire about becoming a member of U&I Concierge (for just £99 PER YEAR!), then do get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss out on our upcoming events!!
Boxing With The Stars - An evening of Celebrity Boxing in aid of the Isabel Hospice, hosted by Jake Wood & Spencer Oliver. Friday 13th October 2017. Email email@example.com for tickets.
Diamonds & Deals - a day of networking and seminars, celebrating female Entrepreneurs, in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer. Saturday 21st October 2017.
The U&I Christmas Carnival - A Luxury Nightlife Experience at London's Hilton Park Lane Hotel. Saturday 2nd December 2017. (Early bird tickets ON SALE NOW - Limited availability!)
Christmas with Bublé - David Bradley, The UK's No.1 Michael Bublé Tribute Act is LIVE at The Director's Lounge. Friday 8th December 2017.
West End star NADIM NAAMAN, LIVE at View 94 - Thursday 14th December 2017. Further details coming very soon.