Fancy unleashing your inner creativity? We’ve got just the thing for you.
Or if you wish to indulge in the creativity of others, book in for this showstopping cakewalk at favourite London hotel, and plan your getaway to the Balearic sunshine at this stylish stay. This is what we are loving in this week’s Citizen Femme Hotlist.
STAY HERE OKU Ibiza
If you’re in need of total escapism, a trip to soak up the Balearic sunshine is recommended. Visit Oku Ibiza for a seriously stylish stay located on the island’s northwest coast, just above the lively bay of Sant Antoni de Portmany. This luxury resort is an unbeatable hotspot away from the ‘Brits abroad’ generally associated with this part of the island. It boasts the largest pool in the Balearics – an impressive 50 metres – lined with sun beds and lively Ibizan sounds, or there’s a quieter pool with borders of beanbags to relax post-Padrón peppers at the adjacent laid-back terrace restaurant Kima. The hotel’s signature suite is worth booking, with a large balcony overlooking the pool and an impressive dressing room and bathroom, all sophisticatedly dressed with earthy, minimalist interiors that offer a sense of cool calm. Head to Oku Restaurant come nightfall for Japanese fine-dining full of highbrow ingredients and to the rooftop for sunrise yoga. It’s an Ibizan experience offering restorative vibes, but you will undoubtedly leave feeling enlivened. By Gemma Louise Deeks.
TRY THIS Studio Pottery
Who knew getting your hands dirty could be so much fun? There’s just something about working with clay that’s incredibly therapeutic, ideal for those looking to unleash their creativity. Founded by Lucy Attwood, Studio Pottery in London’s Eccleston Yards is an open-plan, light-filled and spacious workshop with large glass windows spanning the whole studio front letting the natural London light flood in and the creative environment flood out. With two teaching classrooms, each with six wheels ensuring more intimate classes (as well as a one-to-one offering), discover one of the oldest human inventions, as you try your hand at wheel throwing to make your own vase, cup or ornament of choice. Along the walls, different contemporary pots of shapes, sizes and colour available to purchase. You’ll be potty for pottery before you know it.
EAT HERE Prêt-à-Portea Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley
Hermès, LOEWE and Zimmermann play a starring role on the cakewalk as Prêt-à-Portea returns at The Berkeley Hotel for their Spring/Summer 2023 fashion afternoon tea. A playful and stylish selection of couture cakes inspired by designers from Kenzo to Moschino are presented giving a contemporary twist to afternoon tea. The Berkeley pastry team pays homage to the late Vivienne Westwood with a Madagascar vanilla biscuit portrait intricately iced, complete with iconic red hair. The Hermès tasselled bucket bag is crafted out of Victoria sponge sandwiched with apricot jam, wrapped in chocolate and finished with a chocolate feather plume. And Zimmermann appears for the first time with a playful striped co-ord fashioned in a cylinder of joconde sponge, filled with blueberry bavarois. This is topped with a chocolate skirt and wafer thin biscuit legs, akimbo. A firm favourite with fashionistas with a sweet tooth, this is a showstopping cakewalk that tastes as good as it looks.
DRINK HERE Lyaness, Sea Containers
Flagship bar from the world’s most decorated bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, aka Mr Lyan, brings his latest bar menu, The Ancestral Cookbook, to Sea Containers London. The new menu is driven by innovative ingredients rather than a focus on classic cocktail types, allowing the team to apply a chef’s approach to flavours and drinks. The 15-serve menu is split into five key themes that are universal to ancestral history, for example, Nature vs. Nurture and the relationship between these two forces; and circularity and the habit of repetition over histories. As delectable as the menu, the bar has one of London’s most scenic locations, situated on the ground floor of the recognisable cruise liner-inspired Sea Containers building on the banks of the River Thames. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering beautiful views of the city (particularly at night), you’ll be spoiled for choice looking at your drinks or the views.
USE THIS AMEŌN
AMEŌN, the cult cryo skincare brand, finally arrives in the UK. AMEŌN’s 3-step ‘Cryo ritual’ was pioneered by Founder Alina Mehrle, who at the age of 30 was diagnosed with breast cancer. The ravages of 8 rounds of chemotherapy left her skin vulnerable and dehydrated and the available skincare products did nothing to revive and restore her fragile skin. It was her oncologist who then recommended cryotherapy – a form of cold therapy that uses low temperatures to rejuvenate and revitalize the body. Working with leading scientists for over 2 years, she developed an elevated ‘at-home’ skin-icing practice with a revolutionary, easy-to-follow, 3 step programme.