What a gorgeous table setting – put me there, pronto!Â I’m lovingÂ the effortlessly chic ‘thrown together’ look.Â From theÂ Aztec print cushions and the mis-matchedÂ glassware to the low dining table fashioned from aÂ shipwreckedÂ plank of wood. Thereâ€™s a guitar waiting patiently to be strummed and a jug of fresh flowers placed centrepiece for good decorating measure. Nothing matches, everyÂ item came from a different place, but they all belong harmoniously right here, together on this table.
So let’s get daydreaming.Â It’s high noon andÂ sunlight blankets the white sand beach as far as the eye can see. Our designerÂ sunglasses light up and sparkle as if theyâ€™re made of mirror and glitter, but theyâ€™re simply reflecting the gentle waves rippling in front of us. The air is warm, the water is turquoise blue and thereâ€™s not another soul in sight â€“ itâ€™s our own private deserted paradise. We’re relaxing island-style; lounging on sun chairs, sipping on young coconuts, starting to feel sleepyÂ when all of a sudden…a trickle of sweat beads down my face and it can only mean one thing – it’s time for a swim!Â Diving into theÂ crystal clear blue water, our We Are Handsome â€˜kinis and â€˜suitsÂ â€“ dry from the warm air â€“ now have life splashed back into them. Instantly weâ€™re feeling fresh, cool and revived again.
This daydream doesnâ€™t stop here, letâ€™s take it to the table and sit down for a seaside feast. On the lunch menu today: grilled fish with a zesty gremolata-style â€˜drizzleâ€™, baby squid marinated in tangy chermoula, crispy coconut king prawns, all served beside Israeli couscous salad with pomegranate and slow-roasted summer vegetables plus creamy labne marbled with spicy harissa. Bon appÃ©tit! For dessert, we’ll cool down with a decadent platter of: baklava and rosewater icecream, icy cold blood orange and peach granita, a Kingâ€™s selection of fresh tropical fruit and some green mint tea. And, after all that lounging, swimming and eating, nothing more than a lazy, sleepy, siesta follows. Sound good? Don’t worry, I saved you a seat.