April, 2011

Apr 11

Kate’s Royal Wedding Eve at the Goring Hotel

Royal wedding fever is taking over the country and what we want is details, details, details! So while we’re still waiting to hear where the royal honeymoon might be – locations from Scilly to Chile are currently being bandied about – here’s a few facts about the London hotel where Kate will spend her last night as Miss Middleton.





The night before the wedding is a special time for any bride and, like many modern brides, princess-to-be Kate, will pass her last night as a single lady with her parents and sister. Keen to avoid too much pomp and pageantry, Kate has opted to avoid Clarence House and instead will be checking into the elegant Edwardian-era Goring Hotel. Kate is extremely family orientated and so is her hotel of choice, having been run by the same family since its opening in 1910.





William and Kate couldn’t have picked a hotel with a richer regal history. Previous royal visitors include Queen Mary, consort of George V, and her daughter-in-law, the Queen Mother, both of whom loved to take afternoon tea in the hotel’s subtle but sumptuous surroundings. The King and Queen and their young children are also known to have celebrated the end of the Second World War here over a hearty sausage and scrambled egg breakfast, while Queen Elizabeth took advantage of the Goring’s superior pastry chefs to bake Prince Charles’ christening cake.

r58_mostsplendid_s_bed1_406x460.jpgThe Goring marked its 100th birthday in 2010 and the interiors have been refreshed by some of the country’s finest designers. There are seventy-one individually designed, classically English rooms and suites – many of which overlook the Goring’s private gardens, some enjoying a private terrace. Suites and rooms are charmingly decorated in the epitome of English style, from country house and classic British, to contemporary cool Britannia.

The Royal Wedding party will be staying in the fifth floor, five-bedroom Royal apartments which have recently been redecorated in splendid style. Apparently the update was commissioned about two years ago with the finishing touches falling in to place just in time for the noble nuptials. There are no shots of the new suites yet but based on the photograph of the hotel’s Most Splendid Silk Room, the suite is bound to capture the best of English eccentricity and elegance.



A precise plan for the big day has been issued by St.James’s Palace; Prince William and, his brother and best man, Prince Harry will leave Clarence House at 10.10am and arrive at the Abbey five minutes later, followed by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will depart from Buckingham Palace and arrive at the West door of Westminster Abbey at 10.45am. Like most brides, Kate will, of course, be the last to arrive, having been scheduled exactly nine minutes to leave the Goring and arrive at the Abbey for the 11.00am marriage service.


Apr 11

Kylie: Between the Sheets at Buddha-Bar Prague

The first time I heard about the Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague was earlier this year when I was looking for some special hotels to feature in my “Celebrity Romance” blog. This little boutique retreat was certainly causing a stir with A-listers, actors, athlebrities and Aphrodite herself, otherwise known as Kylie Minogue, having all been rumoured to have recently visited. So I grabbed my sweetheart, some slinky silk lingerie and prepared to channel my inner Showgirl at this favourite sexy celebrity stopover.







Kylie with Spanish Squeeze, Andres Velencoso









Star Destination

Prague’s high-culture history is most evident in its beautiful filo-like architecture as layer after layer of Baroque, Gothic and Belle Epoch buildings blend and merge to create a quite magical cityscape. But this historical hotspot is far from being stuck in the past. Although Prague has been pulling in the celebrities since musical maestros Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin were composing romantic symphonies for Russian Tsars and European Royalty, nowadays the beautiful and beguiling Prague is a dynamic global city attracting stars of a different type, with everyone from the Clintons to Kylie swinging by to make sweet music. 


Star Sanctuary

The hip hotel won’t give out guest details but Kylie Minogue, and latin lover Andres Velencoso, have allegedly stayed at the Buddha-Bar Hotel in the past and are thought to have checked-in for a second time, a few weeks ago, during the pop princess’ Aphrodite tour. Just like Kylie, the bijoux boutique is small but fashionable and elegant. Located just a few footsteps away from Prague’s Old Town, the discreet retreat’s entrance is hidden behind a humble historical facade making it ideal for A-list guests to slip in and out of, and giving it an instantly illicit feel.

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Inside, the lobby conveys the glamour that lies ahead. The dark wood and red leather check-in area is overlooked by a large lemon-lit Buddha, the sweet scent of incense floats in the air while the famous Buddha-Bar soundtrack plays peacefully in the background. Guests are welcomed with mouth-watering cocktails from the kitsch but cool Siddarta Cafe, before being whisked upstairs in a space age elevator to one of the hotel’s deliciously decadent rooms. Shadowy and chic, cosmopolitan and quirky the Buddha-Bar concept rocks a seriously mischievous vibe and with A-list celebrity fans that includes Cameron Diaz, Matt Damon and Kanye West, I couldn’t help but feel special.



The Siddarta Cafe

Star Treatment

The Buddha-Bar Hotel was clearly designed as a place for some A-list lovin’ so the Star Treatment here is all about indulging in one of the fabulous flirtatious rooms. After walking down a corridor so dark you would probably walk past your own mother, never mind a celebrity co-guest, we entered our gorgeous room. It didn’t disappoint! Inside lay a red-hot haven of oriental opulence, sumptuously styled with lashings of red and black lacquer, sensual scarlet drapes, a huge heavenly bed and mood-inducing lighting. Also included was an extensive bar with a drawer full of champagne for those romantic moments when nothing but bubbles will do.












Suite at the Buddha-Bar Hotel, Prague

A very sexy bathing experience was also on hand as the blissful bathroom was kitted out with plenty of lush L’Occitane amenities, black bathrobes, raunchy rain showers and a bathtub big enough for two (or more, if that’s your thing!) We loved the way that music was pumped throughout the room and my hubby especially impressed by the fact that he could watch a concealed Bang and Olufsen television in the bath. The top suites also have jacuzzi baths and outdoor terrace space. After sampling the in-room opulence, guests can sip cocktails, eat fusion-cuisine and hide in dark corners downstairs in the sleek, celebrity-frequented Buddha-Bar and Restaurant.


Star Style


When the rooms as seductive as these, it’s best make sure that you have some suitably sexy attire.

Set your honey trap with this steamy Love Slip from Agent Provocateur




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