Q&A: ANDRÉ DE MELLO

September 04, 2018

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At Saint Luke we're all about making the most of each day - pushing boundaries, loving life and exploring the world.  If there's anyone who embodies all these qualities, it's our pal André de Mello. 

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Imagine you and your very best friends, new and old, sailing on a yacht, exploring your chosen destination, attending experiences that impact your life forever. I think part of its charm is in the mystery. It’s something you can’t put into words, only feelings. Everyone should experience The Yacht Week.

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The largest and least-visited nation in Central America begs to be explored in 2017. While broadening flight routes are opening Nicaragua up to the world, for now, the country’s gorgeous colonial cities and picture-perfect beaches remain some of the most unspoiled in the region.

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At Saint Luke we're all about capturing the holiday spirit to get you in the mood for rum in your glass and sand between your toes! As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops, we've decided to share with you some of our favourite London based tropical rum bars to keep your spirits high and your whistles wet.

 

THE RUM KITCHEN

The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean eatery that bends the rules.  Focusing on Caribbean beach shack drinks with travel inspired flavours, these guys bring the Caribbean good life to London.  Now with three locations in Notting Hill, Brixton and Carnaby Street - you're never far from a mojito. Their Notting Hill venue has just had a revamp with the downstairs basement club transformed into a cocktail lounge. They’ve also bumped up their rum collection to 200 rare bottles which has made the shortlist of trade mag Imbibe's Rum List of The Year.

 

BUSTER MANTIS 

Located down a little alleyway just off Deptford High Street, spread over two railway arches underneath the platforms of Deptford rail station, Buster Mantis is a small independent family business, whose owners have lived between Jamaica and London for the last 60 years. Buster Mantis takes its name from the first prime minister of Jamaica, Sir Alexander Bustamante, who was instrumental in establishing the country's independence. We can recommend the rum punch!

 

 

BURLOCK

According to Burlock, their name originates from the prohibition era when Rum Runners used a twine and hemp packaging nicknamed "Burlock" to move their rum. Nowadays, it's the name given to this central London based shabby chic rum bar. Burlock is home to an eclectic mix of antique furniture, mismatched wallpaper, and several tattooed staff with their 200 different Caribbean rums behind the counter.  It's an intimate place, with a Havana style barber shop in the corner, where you can sip your rum from a retro dryer chair.  

 

 

COTTONS RHUM SHACK  

All three Cottons bars are oozing in exotic and colourful Caribbean vibes, with tropical beach and jungle murals adorning the walls of two of the three venues. Their Camden branch is home to the biggest selection of rum in the UK with over 300 varieties to work your way through. It's all very no-fuss, with simple tin chairs, fairy lights and wooden floorboard walls. If it wasn't for the chilly London climate, you could believe you're pitched up in a road-side Caribbean booze shack. 

 

TRAILER HAPPINESS

This hidden tiki basement bar on Portobello Road is like walking into a 70s living room, with wood panel walls, patterned rugs and shabby curtains. With one of the best rum line ups in town, their cocktail list is outrageous and flamboyantly tiki — expect lots of umbrellas and drinks served in coconuts & pineapples.

 

His... Hers...

July 06, 2016

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His

1. Manebí Espadrilles, €85 

2. Love Brand Stripey Swim Shorts, £110

3. Anderson's Woven Belt, £58

4. Taylor Morris Sunglasses, £150

5. Frescobol Carioca Beach Bats, £150

6. Clifton Fourth Panama Hat, £130

7. Saint Luke Tortola Bag, £125

(Nos 1, 2, 4 & 6 also available at by Rory Portobello pop up until end of July 2016)

 Hers

1. Castaner Wedge Espadrilles, £114

2. Zozishine x DODO BAR OR Eye Ring, £28

3. Realisation Ozzie Dress, $170

4. Lucy Williams x Missoma Horn Necklace, £129

5. Kiini Crochet Bikini, £225

6. Eugenia Kim Beach Hat, £360

7. Saint Luke St Anton Bag, £125

(No. 2 is also available at by Rory Portobello pop up until end of July 2016)

We've teamed up with the awesome guys at i-escape to offer you the chance to win one of our St Ives short haul bags and a luxury beach escape at our favourite hotel in St Ives, the Boskerris.  Perched on a hillside just above Carbis Bay's white-sand beach, the Boskerris is a contemporary, boutique hotel with a laid back Mediterranean style.

Perfectly located on the outskirts of the foodie hub of St Ives, this hotel has super stylish interiors and big views of ocean and headland. It’s a family affair – friendly, welcoming, a great little base. Best of all, the wide, decked terrace is dotted with cushion-piled sofas where you can sit back and gaze across the bay - and the whole place is infused with the famous Cornish light that has inspired generations of artists.

To enter, all you have to do is post your best beach holiday picture on instagram, with the hashtag #mybeachvibe, and tag & follow @saintlukeco@iescapehotels!

 

GOOD LUCK!

Congratulations to 

@foxindra for winning the competition with the awesome picture of you on the beach in Avor, Portugal!


      
Photos from i-escape 

From the left, clockwise:

1. Maison Desillusion T-Shirt, €40

2. Saint Luke i-phone case, £20

3. Frescobol Carioca linen beach towel, £120

4. Orlebar Brown flip flops, £35

5. Smythson currency wallet, £185

6. Armor Lux Aviron striped t-shirt, £55

7. Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, £113

8. Paul Smith bracelet, £160

9. Jack Black sunscreen, £15.50

10. Paul Smith swimshorts, £95

11. Frescbol Carioca Trancoso beach bats, £150 

12. Saint Luke Lucia travel-bag, £125

When we're planning trips,  i-escape is one of our favourite guides to help us find the most exciting, beautiful and unusual places to stay all around the world.

This week, we were lucky enough to catch up with co-founder Laila Ram who shared her hot tips for the best places to visit in 2016...

 

1. Sri Lanka

I’ve been to Sri Lanka countless times and will never tire of exploring new unspoilt corners of this beautiful country. Brand new in December 2015, my top tip for nature lovers, yogis and anyone looking for a bit of peace and pampering is Tri, on the banks of Koggala Lake. This luxe eco retreat has top-notch yoga facilities, a fantastic spa and a truly stunning setting where monitors wallow in the lake and kingfishers swoop low over the water. It’s tranquil and refreshingly remote yet the beach is only 15 minutes away.

2. Malta

Small yet perfectly formed, Malta is surrounded by sparkling azure seas, pretty coves, sea pools and some of the best dive sites in Europe. On land there are historic spots aplenty to explore, from fortified towns to citadels built by the Knights of St John and spectacular prehistoric sites.

Stay at Valletta Vintage – an amazing townhouse conversion filled with classic furniture and a regularly changing selection of art by local talents. Each of the 3 bedrooms has a private roof terrace with jaw-dropping views across the bay and Fort St Elmos.

3. Iceland

The lure of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is strong for many and a new wave of flights from London has made the hop to Iceland even easier. What better spot to wait expectantly for a light show than a glass-walled bar overlooking a rugged landscape of moss-covered lava fields, geysers and steaming rivers? Scandi-chic Ion Hotel has just that, as well as a sauna and an outdoor hot pool for soaking muscles tired from glacier hiking, ice climbing and rafting.

4. Peloponnese, Greece

The beautiful beaches and clear blue seas of Greece have everlasting appeal, but if you want to escape the busy islands my top tip is the Peloponnese. There’s something for everyone here, from breath-taking gorges filled with pretty spring flowers, pine-backed sands, frescoed chapels, Byzantine cities and the ancient site of Olympia (where the Olympic Games were founded).

Hidden within a beachside olive grove, these pretty stone cottages are just a hop, skip and jump from the clear waters. Meals are a real treat – grilled meats and fish with aromatic herbs served at pretty tables under the olive trees.

5. Costa Rica

New direct BA flights from Gatwick to San Jose start in May this year, meaning this Central American paradise will be reachable in just over 11 hours. Despite being only two-thirds the size of Scotland, a phenomenal amount of diversity is packed into this small area: rainforests, live volcanoes and beautiful stretches of yellow sand.

Nestled amongst all this natural beauty are some wonderfully chic small hotels, including The Harmony Hotel on the Nicoya Peninsula which has a fab 1950s Hawaiian resort feel. I love the modern rooms with their private patios and outdoor showers, the organic food and sunrise yoga on the 6km surf beach.

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