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4 Dec 2015

Hello from Zanzibar!

I haven’t chosen a great time to commit to a blogpost every day because:

  • I am on holiday for the next few days but more specifically,
  • I am in Zanzibar, a beautiful island on the east coast of Africa that is known for many things but fibre-optic speed Internet connections is definitely not one of them. 

Still, the image upload speeds are giving me nostalgic memories of the dial-up days and with scenes like this, it really is the only thing to worry about.

Welcome to Zanzibar.

We are staying in a supremely quiet resort - Kono Kono - offering just 26 villas, on the east coast of the island. It was described on Tripadvisor as a hotel for the anti-social and without wanting to cast negative dispersions on my character, this suits me perfectly. Think tranquility, peace and luxury. Both my husband and I have had busy work years and so a peaceful hideaway to close 2015 is a real treat.

There’s nothing much to do here except gather more freckles, drink gin and tonics, spot dolphins, eat fresh fruit, nap and read. I might go mad in a few days, and once all the books have been read but right now it's ideal. 

Now I could have planned a similar experience in Dubai but sometimes it’s just good to add distance between work life and a holiday to really feel like you are getting a break.

Things I have realized in the time I have been here:

  • Highlighter, bronzer and concealer are all you need – why I packed the Double Wear I do not know…especially as it exploded/threw up on the flight out here.
  • I like to buy, pack and wear white – 90% of my holiday wardrobe is white despite the fact that it stains within minutes on me.
  • I cannot control myself at a hotel buffet, despite my internal resolution that I will be “good”.
  • I read way too quickly – I finished JoJo Moyes Me Before You a few hours after I picked it up. Granted it is an excellent read that may have seen me leak a few tears, but if I don’t slow down I will have nothing to do for the remaining days.
  • Kiehl’s Crème de Corps is a must for post-sunbathing skin.
  • Those sheet masks – especially the Sephora Lotus - are quite nice and I should consider packing more next time. They may do little on average skin but when you are dehydrated and tired from travel they are cheap little miracle workers.
  • Tranquility is a nice to have but Wi-fi is a must. 

I’ll put together a more interesting blogpost tomorrow - really enjoying daily blogging by the way - and I think it will be along the lines of an FAQ with  a twist -  "questions I get asked but typically don't answer". 

Hope you are all well :) 


  1. Zanzibar looks stunning! I definitely need a holiday after reading this post. Too bad I have university - Enjoy your holiday! x


  2. I am reading this from a place with great wifi, but cold, rain and cozy blankets to hide under. Needless to say i´d change places anytime.

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  3. well this just looks stunning, especially compared to dreary England. very envious indeed!

    www.Barely There Beauty.com | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog


  4. Oh I'm jealous! Zanzibar looks amazing. Hopefully the DW did not explode all over your holiday whites xx
    The Beauty Bloss

  5. Wow, it looks so gorgeous there! I'm jealous but hope you have a lovely time!

    xo, alison*elle

  6. Glad you're having a relaxing break. I'm loving 'blogmas' and if you're still taking requests i'd like to see a post on some book recommendations, I've really enjoyed the ones you did in the past. xx


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  8. This looks like heaven on earth! Hope you've got After You, the sequel to Me Before You with you for a read! I loved them both.
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