A wise website once said - those who morn the summer are right misery guts.. those that embrace colder days have the best bloody festive time ever.
So with that in mind, if you need a little nudge to welcome back that big coat out of the cupboard with open arms look no further than booking a little R&R in K-West over the festive period.
The wreath is up on the front door and the mistletoe is hanging in the lobby... K-hristmas has arrived at K West Hotel & Spa in Shepherd’s Bush! For those looking for a Silent Night after a day of rockin’ around Westfield London, one of Europe’s largest shopping destinations, K West is offering four exclusive packages for Winter 2017.
Wrap Up – 20% off Bed & Breakfast
The Wrap Up package includes accommodation across all room categories, a delicious cooked breakfast in Studio Kitchen the following morning, and a festive cocktail upon arrival. Valid from 20 November 2017 until 28 February 2018.
Chill In – 20% off Stay & Spa
Guests can treat themselves or a loved one to a city spa retreat with 20% off, including accommodation in one of the comfortable guestrooms, a cooked breakfast, and relaxing 30-minute treatment at the award-winning K Spa.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – 25% off during Christmas
Guests can enjoy a 25% discount off the Best Available Rate across all room categories between Sunday 17 and Wednesday 27 December 2017.
Party into 2018 – NYE 2017
Guests will not have to worry about the taxi ride home as the package includes an overnight stay, a cooked breakfast in Studio Kitchen the next morning and late checkout at 1pm on 1 January 2018.
If you haven't heard of rapper/producer A.M. SNiPER you probably haven't been to Ayia Napa or been a true So Solid Crew fan. The multi-talented producer has built up quite a name for himself across the party islands and create a solid fan base watching his every move. We chat to A.M. SNiPER about all things So Solid, Wiley, Ayia Napa and 2016 summer plans.
For those who aren’t familiar with your sound, how would you best describe it?
"I’m an old soul, with a fresh flow, I'm TIMELESS, got no time for less."
You’ve been busy promoting your new single “Hype” with Curren$y, which sampled A Tribe Called Quest's track “Butter”. How did choosing that sample come about?
I knew from day one it would be a single, I wanted to make a statement and I felt the whole world is stuck on an uptempo vibe (which I like by the way) but I wanted to start the journey towards my debut album in first gear. I feel I've been building my vision for so many years that it’s only right to drive through it starting from gear one. I recorded "Hype" knowing I wanted an iconic feature on it.
When I heard it back I knew I wanted to make it a single and an intro to my new sound, look, and vibe, it felt mature and of essence, so I thought who could fit such a track? Of course the first names that came to mind were Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, but I needed someone of that calibre but not as mainstream, as the purpose of this track is to prove that good music can bypass that.
Immediately I knew I would release the video directly to the public before radio, before promo, before TV and make noise, and Curren$y was my first and only choice. Cool & Dre who have been influential on my album and my US family, these past couple of years put it together for me and also connected me with Zook who helped us clear the sample from A Tribe Called Quest, that sampled the late Phife Dawg (RIP).
You're pretty big on the club Ayia Napa scene, how do you feel the holiday club scene has changed from 10 years ago?
It's definitely got wilder as I know from performing to the crowds, moshpits keep getting bigger and bigger however once the show is done everything is a lot calmer than a decade ago. I feel people now are lot more in tune with their preferences and they are very music orientated so it makes our job even more special. The crowd is part of my show, we put a show on together, I have seen multiple crops of artists rotate, and different sounds come and go. This is my blessing and my fountain of youth that keeps me grounded and always rising and relevant.
Your collaboration CV is varied to say the least, is there anyone you’d love to work with who might come as a surprise to fans?
Major Laser in on my list as well as The Game. I am a loyal player, I’m like Ryan Giggs and I know after my solo moves I will enter the Pharell, Dre, Rick Rubin mould… Mans already got the beard flowing!
You’ve built up a reputable fan base and following, having released a large and varied number of tracks. Do you still consider yourself an underground artist?
Yes, 100% It will always be in my DNA to go under the radar and do selective projects similar to the SNiPER SKILLS mixtape with Jaguar Skills.
“Hype” is from your forthcoming album ‘Good Night Good Morning’, what can we expect from the release?
The album has three segments, so the segment that captures “the past” will most definitely have a similar vibe to “Hype". But I never like making songs sound like one another, I’m more about making one-off pieces that stand strong on their own as well as part of a body of work. I’m the vegetables that kids push aside in their plate to eat the junk food but as time goes by they need the veggies to make sure they stay healthy! “Hype" is healthy even though the smokers vibe to it! LOL.
The UK grime/urban scene is the strongest it’s been in years, is there anyone in particular your championing?
Everyone! That is the key, we need to push what comes from home and not snob it, or ignore it because of personal feuds or because unfortunately some people are measuring how big the piece of the pie is for them to eat. Everyone eats, everyone wins! Together everyone achieves more.
What else can we expect from A.M. SNiPER in 2016?
I have an iconic, major key collaboration in the works, and with all the right blessings we will have another serious collaboration coming. That will set up the stage for my debut album to release in 2017! It’s such an incredible time for me, my family, my team, and all my fans, my snapchat Zombies!
Set in the beautiful countryside of Cheshire, Rookery Hall Hotel in Nantwich is really something quite special.
It feels like it's been designed for those in need of an escaped from the grind and dirt of London and not only is it ultra peaceful and relaxing - it's also got all the modern amenities you need to make your stay a complete break.
The hotel is massive - spread across 38 acres with 70 bedrooms. The rooms are decked out with everything you could think of including - luxurious baths to disappear into for a few hours (with TVs built in – what more could you want).
When you drag yourself out of the room (you really don’t need to – there’s room service on hand for those weekend stays…) the dining rooms are worth a look in. The antique dark wooden panelling gives a sophisticated decadence to the bar and dining rooms which look out onto the stunning garden views.
Even if you’re not staying over night, the food on offer is enough for a visit. The menu is everything you might expect from a country house restaurant but what gives Rookery Hall the edge over other similar hotels is the quality and extra touch that goes into everything. Every dish we had was not only beautifully presented but also substantial and delicious. It's hearty, comforting food and everything you want after a long day relaxing (hiking) around the neighbouring landscape.
Just to top it all off - there’s an Elemis spa in a converted stable block on hand to bring you back to your full restorative state. There’s seven treatment rooms, a relaxation room, glass-roofed indoor swimming pool and a gym (should you feel the urge). If you looking to unwind – you don’t need to look very far.
The entire stay is a thing of restoration and relaxation and the perfect antidote to London which everyone should and must experience. It’s only 15 minutes away from the M6 and we’re already planning our next escape back…
If you have a bit of a budget for your holiday wear and want a killer bikini then look no further than Lazul's new collection.
Full of iridescents, brights and prints, you'll stand out in the best possible way whether by pool side, beach side or in the city teamed with jeans or shorts.
Lazul first launched exclusively with Harrods in 2012 but have no branched out to bring more people elegant 1970s inspired styles to sunny destinations around the world, the brand combines modern design and laid back luxury with exquisite quality and workmanship. The swimwear features unique hand drawn prints as well as exclusively developed accessories.
Lazul has a range of highly specialised garment technology that it uses for its swimwear which specialise on subtle support techniques such as thin padding and invisible wiring, to mould the body in the right places and guarantee an impeccable fit.
You can find the Lazul brand in Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
Want the sun to come early? How about jetting off to Ibiza on a free holiday to solve that problem?
Look out for black cabs that have ME by Meliá advertising on them and you could be the lucky person to get just that. To celebrate the launch of ME Ibiza and ME Mallorca this summer the brand are offering people who ride in their cabs either free afternoon teas or a stay in their new ME Ibiza hotel in Santa Eulalia.
To be in with a chance to win you need to keep your taxi receipt after your ride and then enter a draw.
The ME Ibiza hotel that you could be popping to offers 200 guest rooms, including 21 ME+ suites, and additions of private Jacuzzi’s and swimming pools.
There are 100 ME by Meliá cabs to look out for and the offer starts 21st April and runs until 30th April
*There are a limited number of 100 offers available and the offer is only valid for the first 100 people to call 0207 395 3458 and book Afternoon Tea, quoting ME Taxi. A valid ME Taxi receipt will be required on arrival to redeem the offer, bookings subject to availability. Competition ends on the 30th April, Afternoon Tea bookings must be claimed before 30th September 2014.