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My Top Ten Travel Favourites

After every holiday or extended trip, Mr Silver is subjected to a questioning…
What was your favourite restaurant?
What the best thing that you think we ate?
What was your favourite hotel?
What was your number one experience?

‘Why do we have to have this conversation every time?’….he sighs…

I honestly don’t know why, I just like creating lists and ranking my experiences, is it my type-A personality or is it the blog addict in me? Either way I love the subject of this month’s travel link up; your favourite things and with that in mind I thought I’d write a top ten (I love a good top ten list) of my favourite things ever from my travels over the years.

1. The Best Hotel Ever! 

Singita-Boulders

When Mr Silver and I arrived at Singita Boulders in Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, we quickly agreed it was the best hotel we had ever stayed in. We were struck by our incredible room was with an indoor / outdoor rustic feel, beautiful African artwork and our own infinity pool. Service at Singita Boulders was second to none, food was incredible and I loved the design of the hotel with the views looking over the Sand River. Best of all were the twice-daily game drives with Singita’s expert guides…but more on that later.

2. My Favourite Hotel for a UK Staycation

My favourite hotel in the UK outside London is the gorgeous Coworth Park in Ascot…DSC00791
It’s only 45 minutes from London and it is the most stunning country house with extensive grounds, two gorgeous restaurants and a luxurious spa. Coworth-Park
I particularly love the natural, organic theme that runs through the decor like this beautiful bed with posts designed to look like trees. As Coworth Park is part of Dorchester Collection, you know that the service will be top notch in a totally quintessentially English fashion.

3. All time top country that we visited

Mr S and I both agree that Australia wins the prize for our favourite country and the best trip that we’ve ever had. IMG_1659
I don’t think that anything will ever beat this trip: we saw koalas on the Great Ocean Road, admired the Sydney Opera house, drank champagne at sunset at Ayers Rock, scuba dived in the Great Barrier Reef, stayed in a tree house in the Daintree Rainforest and best of all…IMG_2798-2
…took a seaplane to Whale Beach where we got engaged! I loved Australia for the diverse landscape, the friendly people, incredible accommodation and lovely food. Just why does it have to be so far away?

4. Most Brilliant City 

As I was putting together this list, I did of course start to quiz Mr S on all his answers. This is one where we disagreed, Mr S chose New York for his favourite city. Now don’t get me wrong, I love NYC for the restaurants, glamorous bars, great shops and things to see but for me New York is kind of like an American version of London. I chose Cape Town for my favourite city. I fell in love with Cape Town for the beautiful landscape, stunning beaches, wildlife and incredible food and wine where ever we went. DSC_68341
 I don’t know what it was about Cape Town but when I was there I just had a feeling of belonging and I really hope to return soon.

5. The Best Journey 

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I know it’s weird but I actually really love flying, for me it’s the first exciting moment and the precursor to a trip that has the potential to be an amazing adventure. As dedicated collectors of British Airways Avios points Mr S and I nearly always fly Business Class but for our honeymoon we booked First Class tickets to New York. Flying First Class made the anticipated trip even more exciting; we swooped through check-in, had breakfast in the Concorde lounge and were soon in our comfortable seats that converted into 6 foot 6 inch flat beds. The good thing about flying to New York is that it’s a day flight for about 8 hours so we had plenty of time to enjoy the indulgent dining options, vintage champagne and vast film selection.

6. Most Out of this World Dinner

Mr S and I have visited some incredible restaurants but we’ve also had some amazing dining experiences which are memorable for their uniqueness. When we were on honeymoon staying at Le Taha’a Resort and Spa we booked a food experience that would take place on our own private island! We were transported to the island or Motu, the Polynesian word for a small islet, by canoe and we started with a crisp glass of champagne. DSC08738
As we were served our multiple course dinner we were entertained by our own private band, and as the night continued more dancers came out…DSC08814
Culminating in a magnificent fire dance!
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It was the most incredible experience and easily the most exciting dining adventure we’ve ever had.

7. Top Restaurant Experience

The restaurant at the top of my bucket list was The French Laundry in Napa Valley and when we were lucky enough to secure an elusive booking I was soooo excited…though Mr S was quite so over joyed by the prospect of a 5.30 dinner. But I told him if you get a booking at The French Laundry…you take it! DSC06838
Consistently featured in the World’s Best Restaurant list and the recipient of three Michelin stars, I probably don’t need to tell you that every dish on the ten course menu at Thomas Keller’s restaurant was totally superb and the service was probably the best I’ve ever experienced.

8. Most Amazing Pool
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Ok, it may not be as mind-blowing to look at as the pools at The Marina Bay Sands, The Hanging Gardens Ubud or the Alila Uluwatu, but bigger isn’t always better right? I totally loved the pool at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. 1,200 feet above sea level and right at the edge of a cliff top, the views out to sea were simply incredible! Most importantly for me, the pool was heated so I could enjoy the panoramic vista feeling comfortable and serene.

9. Most Mind Blowing Experience

The best experience that I’ve ever had whilst travelling is going on safari in South Africa. I had to totally pinch myself that I was that close to leopards, giraffes, lions and elephants in the wild…
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10. My Favorite Travel Companion…

….Mr S of course…
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….we’ve built so many wonderful memories together and I can’t for what’s to come in the future…

The topic this month is simple; what are your favourite things? Are they raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? Or brown paper packages tied up with string…It can be absolutely anything! In the first week of November just add your post to the link up widget on Kelly, Rebecca, Emma or Frankie’s blogs and share the blogging joy! 

  • OMG. Your life. If reincarnation is real I’m coming back as a silver spoon 😉

  • LOL at Frankie’s comment below! Haha! I can see why these would be your favorites … the safari definitely would have topped my list too! Loved this round-up and I bet it was fun for you to write and revisit your memories too! xx

  • Charlie Elliott

    I’d love to go to South Africa, even more so now! I agree that Coworth Park is stunning. My favourite city is easily Hong Kong – I’d move there in a heartbeat if only my bloody boyfriend would come with me!

    • I loved Hong Kong too, it’s one of those cities that has everything!!

  • I was actually looking into The French Laundry about 10 minutes before I read this post! It’s definitely on my top 5 places to eat.
    What a lovely list! Here’s to more of your fab travel adventures!

    Joelle
    xx
    FebruaryGirl

    • If you ever go, book well in advance, it’s so hard to get a table.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • This is such a lovely post Angie – you have also reaffirmed that South Africa is top of my want to visit list! Can’t believe I didn’t know about The French Laundry when I went to Napa – sounds EPIC! And I love flying too (although preferably not economy 😉 haha)! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • The French Laundry is insane, it was literally the most full I’ve ever been after a meal! I can’t wait to return to South Africa one day.

  • Coworth Park looks stunning and Ascot isn’t too far away at all. Great choices! My favourite hotels have to be Dreams Sands in Cancun, The Sandpiper in Barbados, The La Manga Club, really great places to visit 🙂 Lovely photographs. http://www.shehearts.net x

  • Angie I love this! What a wonderfully well traveled lady you are! You’ve been some incredible places and I’m sure there are even more to come!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thank you lovely, I can’t wait to see what more adventures we have in the future!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • These all sound amazing, but we seriously need to get you to New Zealand (perhaps after Peru?)

  • Love all of these lovely photos of you and Mr. S travelling! I agree with you on Oz, it wins for me hands down with everything it has to offer. Especially when I visited Fraser Island, it was an incredible experience. Almost didn’t want to come back, almost. 😉 L xx

    • We didn’t get a chance to visit Fraser Island, I’d love to go back and see it.

  • Wow at #5! That must have been amazing (though I guess it makes it hard to ‘downgrade’ for any future trips!) x

  • We keep an evernote list of all our top hotels and restaurants, I had completely forgotten about it! It is actually Mr P’s doing! I’m glad you remembered Mr S on this, Mr P was glad he got a mention in mine!!

    • Ahhh…bless them, travel wouldn’t be the same without our favourite companions!

  • Great list! I love the pool and safari photo!:)

  • Kelly Michelle

    I love the last photo of you and Mr S…thats such a special photo of you both! I quiz G all the time…did you like the hotel, which one was best, how was the food, how were the scones,how was the spa…I think he needs another holiday after my 200 questions.

    xx

    Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes

    • Same with Mr S! He doesn’t understand the need for the questioning!

  • Stacey Fenton

    So many great experiences in this list, an African safari is high on the list of things I want to do! Love that you chose Australia as your favourite country 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! The Safari was such a once in a lifetime experience!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Gosh I love your favourite experiences! Your Africa tour looks fantastic – I’ve been there a few times, but every time I’m wow’d! And that pool with the ocean behind – OMG!

  • I love this post Angie. You’ve made so many incredible memories and you’re so lucky to have seen a leopard up so close in the wild! I totally agree with you on Cape Town being the best city. Hope you have many more amazing experiences with Mr S to come 🙂

    • It was amazing to see the leopard! They are such beautiful animals.
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Dang. I am going to have to take a trip in silver spoon style. You sure know how to have an amazing time. AND you look fabulous doing it. 🙂 This was a fun list! I look forward to reading all about more of your adventures too.

    • Thank you Amanda, what a lovely thing to say. I’ve definitely enjoyed doing them all too!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I agree that Cape Town is incredible and one place I’d also love to return to – not been to Australia yet, Mr Luxe tells me it’s amazing

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Definitely go to Australia!! It’s such an amazing trip!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • Wow – what an incredible set of photos!!!
    Mr B and I would definitely have to agree about the joys of California – the Ventana Inn (just opposite the Post Ranch Inn) is one of our fave hotels ever (in fact we got married on a nearby clifftop!!)
    In terms of staycations, have you been to Soho Farmhouse yet? I’ve heard it’s amazing, so maybe one to vet for the list.. Mr B and I are lucky enough to be heading there in a couple of weeks for our 10 year anniversary celebration, so will be sure to review on our his-and-hers blog asap after
    http://www.mrandmrsblogs.co.uk

    • Actually I bought Mr S a voucher for Soho Farmhouse so it’s on the cards soon. I can’t wait to see what you think!
      Lots of love,
      Angie

  • I love this post, such amazing memories! That pool is just WOW! x

    The LDN Diaries

  • Every time I read your posts I get such travel envy, Angie! Your Top Ten List is the stuff most people’s bucket list dreams are made of – I’m glad we get to live it all vicariously through you and your blog! 😉

    • Thanks Sophie, I’m really luck to have been to some wonderful places.

  • Lucy

    You have had some wonderful adventures, I have similar conversations with Mike who always begrugenly entertains my crazy conversations. I can definitely agree with the staycation at Coworth Park, which is beautiful, the spa so relaxing, afternoon tea excellent, Sunday lunch the best I have had and the barn for lunch wonderful. The fine dinning restaurant however I definitely felt needed improving. I love all your pictures like travelling with you Lucy x

    • I’ve been to the Restaurant at Coworth Park. The first time it just opened and there were loads of delays, the second time it couldn’t have been better!

  • Aww what a lovely note to finish on! And what a fabulous top 10 – so many incredible experiences!

  • OK, South Africa and The French Laundry now even more firmly on the wishlist! And I second Frankie’s comment, could we just swap lives please?!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Your life is pretty fabulous too, I’m often envying the gorgeous dinners in Doha 🙂

  • You’ve had some absolutely incredible experiences! Living life right I’d say 🙂

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