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This Week CF Loves

This Week CF Loves: 15.04.24

Dining at one of London’s finest restaurants, dining farm-to-table in the Cyclades and the ultimate countryside dining escape. Yes, yes, we are all over dining this week, but its balanced with Australian-inspired pocket workouts. 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a girl’s evening dinner or a romantic escape or a summer sell-out foodie escape, this is what we highly recommend you book this week, in the Citizen Femme hotlist.

STAY HERE Gundari, Folegandros, Greece

The authentically Greek island of Folegandros in Cyclades, Greece offers a luxurious escape with wild landscape, breathtaking beaches, and crystal-clear waters. This May, it introduces Gundari, its first ultra-luxury five-star boutique resort. Set within a bird wildlife nature reserve, its close to Chora – the beating heart of the island’s thriving local community –  yet far enough away to offer blissful seclusion. With 27 bio-climatically designed suites and villas, all with private, solar heated infinity pools which seemingly tumble over the cliff into the Aegean Sea, this is one hotel that you’ll want to reserve from now. A subterranean spa serves up ancient Greek rituals with Folegandros’ native herbs and tonics for a transformative wellness experience. Gastronomy is at its freshest and its best, with many ingredients sourced from their organic farm. And plenty of experiences are available from private luxury boat trips to hikes through 56km of ancient trails, electric biking tours to cooking classes with the island’s favourite ‘Yia Yia’ (grandmother) and colourful electric Mini Mokes to allow guests to discover the magic of Folegandros in a playful style. An environmentally friendly property, founder and CEO has made a conscious effort to ensure that the island’s tranquility and environment has been pivotal in every decision and integral to the journey of each traveller that makes it their home for a few memorable days. 

EAT HERE 34 Mayfair 

Swing into Spring at 34 Mayfair, with its new menu launching this week. Central to the restaurant – the charcoal grill – means your favourite most familiar dishes are given a reboot with nothing but the finest flair. Paying homage to the cosmopolitan spirit of mid 20th century New York, Paris and London, 34 is one London restaurant that is as good for your family brunch as it is your destination dinner. Enjoy a Steak Frites or a Kagoshina, a Fukuoka Japanese Wagyu or their iconic 34 Double Cheeseburger. Or lighter options from their Wedge salad with iceberg, Dolcelatte & avocado, to the 34 Mayfair Caesar Salad with an optional add-on of rotisserie chicken. There’s ‘Market’ ceviche with golden lime and yuzu dressing, steak tartare with truffle mayonnaise & wagyu crumb and seared scallops. Our recommendation? Book a Thursday or a Friday to enjoy one of London’s finest restaurants accompanied by live jazz.

BUY THIS Neous Dorado 

Founded by former fashion editor Vanissa Antonious, Neous was one of the first in a wave of independent luxury labels. Loved for its sculptural silhouettes and grown-up colour palettes, handcrafted in Italy, each bag is crafted to be a sensible and stylish piece meant for daily life and everyday wear, blending in beautifully with your other wardrobe essentials. In its new collection, the ERID family, the shoulder bag is reinvented, crafted from smooth leather with a double fold secured by a magnetic clasp. The spacious interior holds makeup, keys, passport, and earbuds, while the structured outer shell stows your phone and cards with ease. Or their new style, the DORADO family of shoulder bags. Complete with an adjustable crossbody strap affixed by glossy, gold pins, the compact 1.0 version holds a phone, keys, earbuds, and lipstick, while the slip pocket is ideal for cards. A crossbody bag that is safe, stylish and comfortable for your solo travels.

GO TO THIS Yoxman at Wilderness Reserve 

The ultimate foodie escape, YOXMAN returns this May (following two sell-out summer events), the Michelin Star dining experience at Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk. From Friday 17th – Monday 20th May, the exclusive experience once again promises a feast of culinary exploits you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most respected Michelin-Starred chefs – Claude Bosi, James Knappett and Nieves Barragán Mohacho – for an immersive culinary experience. Friday kicks off with a Banquet Dinner at Chapel Barn in partnership with Don Julio 1942. Claude Bosi (Bibendum), who holds four Michelin stars across his restaurants collectively, will host the Gala Dinner at Sibton Park Orangery on Saturday with a champagne drinks reception, and a three-course dinner. And a sensational Spanish feast by chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Sabor) will round off the weekend in style. Alongside wild swimming with Breathpod, ranger activities and outdoor pursuits, masterclasses with Illy coffee and chef Q&As, and much more, its a weekend to book for you, from now.

WORKOUT WITH THIS Bondi Rise Pilates

With all the eating and indulgence, wellness on the go is just as important. Bondi Rise, inspired by the active lifestyle of Australia’s Bondi Beach, the popular in-studio and online Pilates experts is an ideal in-pocket, on-the-go workout platform, with a video library of various workouts designed to suit your mood and experience so you can workout anytime, anywhere. From a speedy 12 minute Barre Burn to a 20 minute Full Body Sculpt to a 22 minute Signature Sculpt, you can choose how much time you have and make sure you get the best work out before you continue your day. This month, they’ve introduced the new Wedding Ready Series for brides-to-be, a 4 week course which establishes a solid foundation for your personal wellbeing, built upon a Pilates routine tailored to individual needs. Brides will receive access to five weekly Pilates videos carefully curated to strengthen the body and calm the mind as well as recipes from performance nutritionist Rachel Butcher, and tried and tested wellness tips for brides to implement in the lead up to their big day.

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