Nowhere better for May half-term...

Southern Europe is our favourite destination at May half-term...and Puglia tops the list. It'll be warm enough to swim but not yet blisteringly hot. Think blue skies framing olive groves, quiet beaches, charming towns and authentic, rustic Med cuisine.

The Masseria Torre Maizza opens May 1st and is offering 30% off its standard rates until 15th June. With Rocco Forte staff ensuring sublime service levels from dawn to dusk and complimentary aperitivo as the sun sets, this is the perfect place to kick-off summer 2019... Get in touch for competitive rates & our top local tips.

Happy Fat Tuesday...

As we throw eggs & flour into a bowl this evening and deliberate on how many pancakes is too many, ‘carnival’ or ‘Mardi Gras’ celebrations are filling cities around the world with colour, music and lavishness. Across Ecuador, as a show of gluttony ahead of 40 days of fasting, the ‘carnaval’ festivities have traditionally involved people throwing eggs, flour and water at each other! What fun! In Colombia, Baranquilla’s colourful folkloric celebrations have been proclaimed by UNESCO to be a ‘Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity’…And the Venetian masked carnival celebrations are still on our bucket-list.

So back to Shrove Tuesday….how many is too many?

Looking for help with your honeymoon wardrobe?

You’ve had multiple dress fittings and spent hours planning the big day itself, but with the endless to-do lists, it’s all too easy to just throw a motley collection of t-shirts and shorts into your suitcase. Make sure you have your holiday essentials covered with London stylist, Claire Lopez’s honeymoon check-list below, guaranteed to set you off on a stylish start to married life.

Jet Setting | Travelling long haul means comfort needs to be top of the list. But this doesn’t have to be at the expense of style. For the perfect airplane attire, Hush’s Jumpsuit £75 is just the ticket. And much more than a one trick pony, this will work perfectly for the evening dressed up with heels, sandals or espadrilles.

Beach to Bar | If you’re spending most of your days in a tropical paradise you want to look the part and, a lightweight, chiffon kaftan you can just throw on over your bikini is the answer. From long lunches to sundowners, bring some glamour to your sunbed with Aspiga’s Tara Chiffon Maxi Kaftan £75 which comes in several different colour options.


The Do-it-all Dress | If effortless is what you’re aiming for then you need a dress that hits the right note for the evening and something that is versatile enough to wear with flat sandals or heels alike depending on the vibe. This Satin Frill Sleeve Tea Dress £69 from Warehouse is a show-stopping colour (even better with a tan) and a super style. Another gorgeous bright is this Twist Knot Midi Dress £59 from &Other Stories. For a print try their Floral Printed Dress £79 . Or if it is super nonchalant that you are going for, then this Jamie T Shirt Dress £59 from Hush is for you.

Stylish Sandals | Nothing says holidays like an espadrille and Castaner is your go-to brand. Their classic Carina style £80-£100 comes in black, navy, white, yellow and metallic and will work perfectly with shorts, kaftans, sundresses and smarter evening-wear alike. But for lazy days you want to be able to feel the sand between your toes, so a pair of slip-on sandals is an absolute essential. You want to go for something that is versatile and will work with everything you’ve packed so a metallic is always a good bet. Accessorize has lots of options to choose from including its Athens Embellished Sandals £35. Or for something you can just slide your feet into then go for the Boston £35

Hats Off | Apart from being a super sensible part of your sun protection, a hat is often a very stylish topper to your holiday attire. Go classic with a Panama like this one £79 from Hush. Or make a statement with this C’est La Vie Hat £60 from Betsy & Floss.

Finishing Touches | The natural, handcrafted look is still big so make sure you’ve got yourself a straw bag to finish off your honeymoon outfits. Betsy & Floss have the classic round Palermo Basket Bag £55. Or for something large enough to fit in all your beach/poolside paraphernalia, go for their Large Ischia Basket £65.

The Ears have it | Statement earrings are set to continue, and Blessed London has a whole array of styles to choose from. From colourful silk tassels £10 to gorgeous fan shapes £22, these earrings will dial up your day and evening looks.

For daily fashion tips & inspiration, follow Claire on Instagram @stylebyclairelopez, and if you feel you would like more specific help with your honeymoon packing, or for any other wardrobe needs, contact Claire on

Calling all Scallywags...

Of the 100+ kids clubs I’ve inspected over the fifteen years I’ve worked in travel, Nikoi’s Scallywag club is, hands down, my absolute favourite.

Why? Well, the staff on Nikoi genuinely adore getting to know each child, bringing the quiet ones out of their shells and sharing a cheeky joke with the gregarious ones. And the creative activities on offer each day inspire kids of all ages to try something new…whether it be jetty jumping, snorkelling, catch-the-flag, flying dragon (code name for their zip wire), treasure hunts, or woodcraft. Paddle-boarding, kayaking and diving are popular past-times amongst the teenagers and as the sun sets over the South China Sea, a beach bonfire is lit, BFG-proportioned marshmallow sticks appear and a movie under the stars ensues. Add to this peanut-butter cookies & bananas on the bar for that essential morning snack on-the-go, a kids menu which brings local dishes to their radar without shocking young taste buds, and giant monitor lizards lazily sloping around the resort & you've got a pretty spectacular family holiday. 

April to July are our favourite months to be there so consider it for your Easter or Summer holiday. With prices starting from £2,850 for 7 nights in a 2-bedroom family beach villa in July, it offers great value for money and a brilliantly-authentic Asian escape.

Come & chat to us at Most Curious...

We love a good chat…and there’s nothing we love more than chatting about travel. From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March, we’ll be exhibiting at the Most Curious Wedding Show at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, London E1, so why not come & see us there to talk through your honeymoon ideas ? We’d love to share our expertise, competitive pricing and local knowledge with you so book tickets to the show here, and secure a time slot with us so that we don’t miss you.

Tickets to the Saturday show are already sold out so we’d recommend grabbing your tickets now for Friday evening or Sunday after brunch. We have a complimentary pair of tickets to the show to the first couple that books an appointment with us…

Let the Spring Festival begin...

We love the fact that February brings with it the Chinese ‘Spring Festival’, known more commonly as their New Year. Culminating with the 'Lantern festival’ on the 15th day, the festivities this February are injecting much-needed colour, vibrancy, and joy to our cities.

Where will you be celebrating the Year of the Pig? Whether you're born under the Pig or just want to eat like one, let the Spring Festivities begin…

Vineyards & vespas in Puglia

This boutique B&B in Puglia is one of our favourite mini-moon boltholes…With just six suites, it’s bijou but bursting with character & style. Perfectly positioned to explore the heel of Italy, we recommend hiring a vespa to visit the region’s vineyards and quiet beaches. May, June and September are our favourite months to visit.

Keen to chat with us about your honeymoon? We’ll be at the Most Curious Bridal Show 1st-3rd March at the Truman Brewery and have a pair of complimentary tickets for one lucky couple…

One month countdown to Most Curious...

With just a month to go until our favourite bridal show, Most Curious, and given that we’re now officially into the month of love…stay tuned in February for our daily fix of honeymoon hotels & villas-just-for-two.

Today, we’re heading to a little-known private island resort in Indonesia, Cempedak. With just 20 hillside and beach villas - all with private pools - and no children under 16 on the island, you’ll be hard-pushed not to relax here. For wildlife enthusiasts, bottle-nose dolphins, sea otters and green sea turtles are a common sight. Within the 17 hectares of golden sands, rocky coves and emerald-green jungle, you’ll also find lawn tennis courts and croquet, and kayaking, paddle-boarding and sailing and popular past-times.

Foodies definitely won’t be disappointed either….whilst Cempedak works hard to source locally and reduce waste, the variety on offer is astounding. Breakfast includes a tropical fruit platter, pastry baskets and a choice of eggs or muesli. Lunch and dinner are a delicious mix of local and contemporary Asian flavours . And if you just want a sandwich, they can do that too.

No air-con here but the fans and the sea breeze will keep you cool enough. And you’ll sleep well at night knowing that simply by staying at the hotel, you’re contributing to the Island Foundation, an education programme for villagers across the archipelago focusing on nutrition, hygiene, crafts, English language, IT skills.

Interested? Contact us for our advice on the best months to stay…

Holiday with friends this year?

Considering sharing a holiday with friends? A large villa for a few families makes good financial sense and, assuming you choose those families carefully, kids and adults alike will be entertained from dawn to dusk! Hosting up to 12 people, this villa is one of the oldest fincas (farms) on the island and has been beautifully restored, while remaining in the same Ibizan family for 200 years.  Showcasing gorgeous Sabina (native wood) beams, traditional whitewashed walls and an earthy colour palette, the open-plan living spaces flow seamlessly out to the beautifully manicured lawns, infinity pool and shady summer kitchen and dining area. This villa is also near to some of the best beaches on the West coast, such as Cala Gracio, Punta Galera and Cala Tarida. 

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Enticing Ibizan villas...

Tiled in a piercing Yves Klein blue, the pool at this six-bedroom Ibizan villa is insanely enticing, isn't it? We're particularly fond of the outdoor cinema and summer kitchen. The interiors are pretty special too...

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Ibiza..toddlers & teens too

It still takes us by surprise that Ibiza, the ultimate Spanish party island, works just as well for toddlers and teens as it does raging ravers. If you're not there to make shapes and wear glow sticks, Ibiza offers relaxed dining by the beach, coastal cycling paths, caves to explore, zip lines, paddle-boarding and pristine countryside for horse treks. We think most families would have a blast and we’re thrilled to be marketing a new portfolio of villas on the island - for couples, families and large groups - which we’ll be sharing with you this week. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out. If you’d like to receive our monthly newsletter or My Native Kids brochure, sign up here

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Sun, star-gazing and sustainability…

Are you thinking of sun or snow for your Easter holidays? We're going with snow but one of our clients is considering Jordan for some early spring sun and we think it's a brilliant choice. April is the ideal month to visit and it's a fantastic location for families with older children who are ready to explore. Float on the Dead Sea, walk along the streets of the Roman Decapolis in Jerash, star-gaze from a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, even learn how to make baba ghanoush in Amman's finest cookery school. All this before you've even arrived in Petra! As this is the third most water-scarce country in the world, our superb guides will be sure to drop the topic of sustainability into the conversation...

Jordan features in our Native Kids brochure out later this month, sign up here for a copy, or if you're ready to chat now, call us on 0203 371 7203.

Travel Smart in 2019...

Started planning your 2019 holidays yet? If you'd like a hit of holiday and honeymoon ideas directly into your inbox each month in 2019, sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter. We'll be reviewing the Indonesian private island resorts of Nikoi and Cempadak in February, updating you on renovations at the sublime Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Sweden, weekending at the Palazzo Avino on the Amalfi coast in the Spring….and test-driving the Mandarin Oriental resort in Bodrum in the Summer.

And our family brochure is coming out in January featuring itinerary ideas for destinations including Jordan, Borneo, Namibia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the Seychelles, a focus on our favourite family-friendly safari lodges and a directory of hotels where we know the service levels won’t disappoint. Plus we’ll be spotlighting villas that we know & love. Let us know if you’d like a copy.

We've enjoyed working with some lovely clients in 2018, exceeding their expectations on being price competitive, and providing honest, local knowledge and reliable, unparalleled services wherever in the world they’ve landed. For some of our clients, they just like the fact that we save them time and allow them to focus on work, family, house renovations, wedding planning, a new baby and whatever life is throwing at them.

We look forward to meeting and delighting more of you in 2019... 

Christmas gifts for globetrotters...

As much as we'd love you to be planning ahead for your 2019 hols right now, we know your mind is probably on Christmas parties and gifts for your loved ones - and quite right too! If you're buying for a globe-trotting friend or relative, we love these personalised wash bags and manicure sets, from one of our favourite partners, NotAnotherBill — quote NAB5 to get £5 off your first order.

For those of you who are already wondering where 2019 will take you, contact us for ideas and prices at or call on 0203 371 7203.

Back for another year at the Most Curious Wedding Fair...

We’re thrilled to be exhibiting again at Most Curious (1st-3rd March 2019 at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane) and will be looking forward to talking 2019 & 2020 mini & mega honeymoons with more lovely couples. The show really is the most vibrant and creative gathering of wedding professionals so do come along if you’re planning something a little bit different…

Curious? To buy tickets, please go to: And if you’d like some honeymoon ideas or proposals ahead of the show, email us at

Ring in 2019 in style

Hosting Christmas this year and fancy putting your feet up somewhere lovely for New Year? Lucknam Park in Wiltshire has a fabulous two-night offer which packs in two afternoon teas, a champagne reception and Michelin-starred dinner, a New Years Day brunch and treasure hunt for adults and children alike. We reckon you can easily squeeze in a swim in their 20ft pool, a pampering spa treatment, and a ride at their Equestrian Centre...with 35 horses, there's one to suit all sizes and abilities. The hotel works equally well for family gatherings as it does romantic luxury getaways. Contact us to check availability and for promotional Black Friday rates across all destinations.

Foodies, take note...

If you’re lucky, your May break will coincide with Tinos Food Paths, a food festival, which takes islanders and visitors alike around the island to discover the best gastronomic spots. Think beach barbecues, fish suppers at Tinos market, cuttlefish risotto on harbour-side tables – local recipes, local ingredients and, most importantly of all, in the company of the locals themselves.

Just a 30-minute sail from the party island of Mykonos, Tinos is a great choice for families & couples in search of the quieter, more authentic side to Greece.  

Villa Eti provides an ideal spot to kick-back at, complete with a fresh-water pool and a playground, and it’s an easy stroll to the beach.

Beach-front villa in Greek Cyclades...

If your holiday ticklist includes a pool and a beach nearby, cast a glance at Villa Chloe on Paros in the Greek Cyclades. Offering 4 bedrooms, spacious living areas, a beach-front infinity pool and ensuite bathrooms for all, the villa rents for €6,000/week at May half-term.
On Paros, expect whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, and lively tavernas. A haven for families...Golden Beach, where Villa Chloe is situated, has the sandiest of shallow waters for toddlers and young children. An ideal spot for windsurfing too.
The kitchen cabinets alone make us want to go back.... 

Travel Smart, Book Ahead

At My Native, we always encourage our clients to book their holidays ahead: it makes sense on all levels - best location, best prices, peace of mind that it's done. Our Travel Smart, Book Ahead series is packed full of ideas for 2019 and we're kicking off this week with a few of our favourite villas from the Greek islands. For families, May half-term is unquestionably the best week to head to Greece. 
We're supremely fussy when it comes to villas and will only recommend the best....take a peek and let us know your favourites...

The Seychelles...something for everyone, yes, even kids

Our daughter is a social animal and so her definition of a “good holiday,” is “I made a friend, and have a new penpal!" With this in mind, we started to look at European resorts with a kids’ club for our summer holiday. There are some truly excellent ones out that there that would have ticked all of our demanding boxes, but the price tags were hard to justify for a room with four of us bundled in together.  Our usual camping week in the Pyrenees would have afforded us more space & privacy!

So we looked further afield this year to the Indian Ocean and found direct flights – tick, kids clubs – tick, pristine beaches – tick, reliably good weather without it being 40+ degrees – tick, less expensive than Europe - tick, new destination & experiences - tick, tick. Booked.

So, what’s the verdict? The kids have loved feeding giant tortoises, taking a 12-seater plane to get to a remote island, spotting turtles on snorkelling trips, our nine-year-old has got her PADI seal certificate, a conservationist has shown us how sustainable tourism works in practice, and how important it is to protect an island’s indigenous species. And between my husband and I, we’ve slotted in six dives, a spa treatment, morning yoga, our first game of squash in 10 years and finished three books…so definitely feels like we’ve had a holiday. And, one of the key elements of a holiday for me, the food, has been divine. In particular, the farm-to-table experience at Denis Island – one of the most remote places I’ve visited – is an inspiration, and wonderful for the children to experience too.

Our advice? Book ahead to ensure a good fare on your flights, choose your resort carefully as not all kids clubs are made equal, and split your time between at least two islands. If you do this, the Seychelles can work brilliantly for your Easter or summer family vacation. 

Take Note | The Seychelles sits 4-11 degrees south of the Equator, and as such enjoys a tropical climate. Expect the odd tropical storm at all times of year.