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Atlantica Imperial Resort and Spa

Sunday, 26 July 2015

 Following a cancelled trip to Mexico - Yep, the disappointment was very real - I was lucky enough to receive some of the money I'd already paid back from the travel agents. With wanderlust in full force I was adamant that I'd have a holiday this year so we -  myself and two of my sisters - decided to book somewhere together.

We booked through Thompson who were great. With too much world to see we couldn't decide on anywhere specific that we wanted to go, we were just seeking heat, relaxation and somewhere slightly more luxurious than anywhere we'd stayed before.

Thompson recommended the 'Atlantica Imperial Resort and Spa,' a five star, all inclusive, adults only hotel in Rhodes. The pictures were stunning and the reviews on Trip advisor were brilliant - click here to have a read of those.

When booking you're presented with a few different room options. Standard, Swim up, Villas and VIP suites which are situated just across the road from the main hotel but do also have their own pools. Just a quick tip on these though, whilst at the hotel we did notice that the majority of the swim up rooms and VIP suites ended up in the shade by midday so a lot of the people who had paid for these rooms had to come to the main pool in the afternoon.

We flew from London-Luton - the smallest, most hectic airport I've been to - and arrived at the hotel  about 11pm where we were greeted in the lobby with cold towels and a glass of champagne. They also took care of our cases for us delivering them to our room once we were all checked in.

Up to this point everything had been great but, it turns out we - three sisters - had been recommended  a hotel that's predominately advertised for couples - yep we were surrounded. The hotel had also made a mistake on their paperwork meaning that despite our booking being for three everything in our room was set up for two - beds, towels, gowns - we were missing one of everything. Despite being the last thing we wanted in our post flight grouchiness the staff were brilliant bringing an extra set of everything into our room.

We had decided to go with a standard room and despite being the most basic room they offer it was lovely, had a view of the pool and it was also huge - even with three beds, two sofas, two wardrobes and a dressing table, I could've done a fair few cartwheels before hitting anything. As we arrived so late they'd also set up snacks in our room and being the day after my sisters 18th they'd given us a bottle of champagne too.

As we were all inclusive we had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main restaurant and were allowed one meal in one of the three al a carte restaurants (there will be a separate blog post on this soon!) The food was lovely, and there was a good selection; the only disappointment for me was that they didn't really serve any traditional greek food but ohhh did they made up for it with their desserts. The desserts were unreal, I had about 5 every lunch and dinner.

Being all inclusive also covered our drinks between 10am and midnight. There were two bars, one based at the pool and the second on a rooftop terrace above the pool area. The drinks selection was brilliant! Obviously the usual soft drinks were available but the milkshakes were so good and they also made their iced coffee with vanilla ice cream - yes it really is as good as it sounds. They also had a huge cocktail list with so many alternative flavour options ( the passion fruit margarita and passion fruit martini were amazing!)

Following breakfast on our first morning we wandered down to the pool. The pool is lovely and a really good size. One of the best things was the fact that there was no towel game meaning we were able to have a slight lay in and still get sunbeds! There are quite a few day bed style sunbeds around the pool which start from 10 euros each day - the price increases if you want fruit plates or champagne. We didn't pay for these as they're designed more for the couples but they did look lovely.

There was also a jacuzzi nestled above the pools!

The hotel itself was situated right on the beach. The beach is described as a shingle beach but its sand all the way down to the water where it then turns to stones. You can buy beach shoes at the shop in the hotel which I would really recommend getting if you plan on going to the beach - the shop also sold chocolate covered Oreo's. The best thing in existence. If you ever see them, get some!

There was also a water sports centre on the beach offering pedalos, boats to rent, canoeing, para-sailing and various inflatables pulled along by a speed boat. If you ask at reception you can get a ticket to use the pedalos for free. We also went para-sailing and decided to do an inflatable sofa and rubber rings pulled along by a speed boat.

The para-sailing was incredible and cost 55 euros for two - my biggest regret about this holiday was not taking my dads go pro. I ended up buying a waterproof disposable but it stopped working halfway through. The inflatable sofa was hilarious and  they advised that no matter how fast they go and no matter how much you feel like you will, you won't fall off. The rubber rings were a very different story. I feared for my life and also got thrown out of it at quite high speed - the bruises I had from hitting the water were ridiculous. Even so, it was incredible and if you're a bit of an adrenaline junkie like me, you'll love it.

The hotel ensured that there were various forms of entertainment available throughout. There were various quizzes throughout the day, aqua aerobics, yoga classes, a gym and then a show each night. The shows were kind of the standard hotel tribute bands but it could've been far worse.

 There is also an onsite spa. The spa is gorgeous and often has 3 for 2 offers so make sure you check before you book anything! I went and had a Swedish massage which cost around 69 euros for 60 minutes. They determine preferred oils and pressure with each individual beforehand and they give you dressing gowns and slippers to use whilst you're there. After your treatment you're taken to a 'relaxation' area where there are snacks, tea and water available. You are also given the option to use the steam room and sauna if you wish to do so.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this to those that are travelling without a partner as the hotel is very much advertised to and set up for couples however, we didn't feel uncomfortable or awkward at all and overall, this hotel is stunning, the facilities are brilliant and the staff were so helpful!

If you wish to book you can do so here

Benefit Lolli Tint

Sunday, 5 July 2015

For some reason I've never used or tried a powder blusher. I've always used liquids or creams.

During one of my many 'Benefit' splurges I picked up 'Lolli Tint'. A candy-orchid lip and cheek stain.

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It is such a pretty colour and appears very natural on my fair skin.

It also has ridiculous staying power. I apply in the morning and it stays put till late evening. 

Benefit recommend applying directly to the cheek and blending with your fingers however, the solution is very fast drying and if its not blended quickly enough it will leave noticeable pink streaks. I've found that applying a small amount directly to a firm make-up brush (I use the real techniques buffing brush) and then buffing across the apples of your cheeks works best. 

Lolli tint comes in a 12.5ml bottle but due to the vibrancy and its staying power I only use the tiniest amount each day and the bottle has lasted me around 6 months. 

Until recently I had only used this on my cheeks however, as a multi-use product I felt I should try it out as a lip stain. It creates such a natural flush across the lips and stays in place with no bleeding or smudging. I actually line and colour my lips with my MAC lip liner in 'Whirl' and then apply Lolli tint over the top.

There are currently four tints by benefit - Benetint which is rose tinted, Chachatint which is mango tinted, Posietint which is poppy tinted and obviously Lollitint which is candy-orchid tinted.

As of yet I haven't tried any of the alternative colours but each colour will be suited to certain skin tones. I hope to pick these up in future but for now Lollitint is a perfect multi-use product and I've already repurchased ready for when I eventually run out. 

Lolli Tint is £24.50 for a  12.5ml bottle and can be purchased here
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