Let’s talk about last night… at Southend’s Seven

Aurum Bar, Southend, Katy Pearson, Seven

Cheers! In the Aurum Bar

Sonny Jim is almost two and a half. And I’ve never spent the whole night away from him. (Obviously nights out with 2am finishes don’t count… I’m always there when he wakes up!)

But my birthday is just a few days away, so we figured it might be nice to actually have a night away.

And with the Seven hotel and it’s Aurum restaurant and bar practically on our doorstep, we couldn’t have dreamt up a better spot for our first baby-free mini break.

The exquisitely designed boutique hotel is set high upon Southend’s cliffs, within the beautiful Clifton Conservation Area. With 37 stunning bedrooms, including 5 luxury suites, a 70-seater modern British restaurant, a gin-centric cocktail bar and outdoor sun terrace, it’s London lavishness right here on Southend’s coast.

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Travel feature – No Spain no gain

Katy Pearson stays at Barceló La Bobadilla

Around 12 million people from the UK holiday in Spain every year. And this long-standing love affair is one that shows no sign of abating. Indeed, a record number of British holidaymakers flocked there last year – attracted by the promise of sunshine, sea and sangria.

The last time I ventured to Spain I was a teenager holidaying with my first boyfriend, and I was distinctly underwhelmed by the experience. With the whole world to explore, quite frankly I saw no need to head back there.

Fifteen years on, how things have changed. Although in fairness I didn’t exactly stay at your average Spanish resort. My husband and I booked a fiveday break at Barceló La Bobadilla. This five-star hotel is located in Loja, Granada, and from the moment our taxi pulled off the main road and on to the winding lane leading to the hotel’s expansive courtyard, we were basically in heaven. Continue reading