Mine was a travel-hungry family: when I was one we explored Italy, and although I don't remember, trips to Mount Etna in Sicily, boat rides along the Tyrrhenian Sea from Tropea, and visits to the white cliffs of Capo Vaticano must have altered my DNA. When I was a little older, I backpacked through Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. Since then I’ve spent time in the Caribbean, Argentina, and the US, too, and next in my sights is Asia to experience the region’s beauty first-hand.
Carmela'stop Mr & Mrs Smith stays
São Lourenço do Barrocal
This family-owned estate has a beautiful two-bedroom cottage that opens out onto a quiet courtyard and private pool. Coupled with bike rides through the surrounding olive groves and walks around the restored farm, this gorgeous farmstead makes for an incredible stay.View Hotel
London, United Kingdom
11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel & Apartments
Located in the heart of London’s elegant Sloane Square, 11 Cadogan Gardens offers a number of cosy rooms that are each individually designed to complement the building’s original architecture. I personally loved visiting the hotel’s library after devouring poached eggs for breakfast at Hans’ Bar and Grill.View Hotel
Nobu Hotel Marbella
I stayed in a beautiful deluxe room that overlooked Puento Romano’s central plaza, where locals gather to party and enjoy a variety of cuisines, including the iconic Japanese dishes at Nobu and the coeliac-friendly meals of Celicioso. I also saw some of the most beautiful sunsets during my time here – and enjoyed the DJ at the disco lounge.View Hotel
Always take a journal and a phone charger for moments when your battery is low but your memory is full. I always have a tub of tea-tree cream to soothe insect bites, too.
I wish I was...
…on the sandy beaches of Aruba drinking a Balashi beer at sunset.