The Ocean Club

We interviewed the founders of bikini boutique Cocobum about a standout hotel… turns out, they are Bahama mamas! Read on to discover their favorite hotel to visit in the winter:

What is your favorite hotel in the world during the winter months?

We loved The Ocean Club in the Bahamas! It is located on Paradise Island and it definitely feels like paradise on earth. You can relax, away from the crowd, but at the same time, you can go to Nassau for shopping, to the water park or for a night out. The hotel is rather small and delivers an excellent service. The weather is just perfect during the holiday season and you can do whatever you like to do!

Why did the hotel stand out – nice beach/pool, restaurants etc?

The hotel is located next to the beach, which we definitely love, and has 2 stunning swimming pools! 1 pool is surrounded by a lovely plantation which is the perfect location for a dream wedding. In the evening you can have dinner at the restaurant next to the beach with some great jazz music in the background. If you like to do a day trip, there is so much to do, you can visit the pigs in Exuma or swim with sharks, the hotel can give you some great recommendations and plan the whole trip for you.

What Cocobum pieces would you wear or did you wear at that particular hotel/vacation?

When we went to the Bahamas, we had just started the idea of Cocobum, so we did not have our own swimwear or resort wear yet. If we would go back, we would definitely take a nice big beach bag, some comfortable swimwear to do some watersports in, some colored one-pieces or bikinis and lovely long dresses or cover-ups where we could easily go lunch in.

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Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
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The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
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Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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