EXPLORE | Lilya Guide to Menorca, Spain.

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Earlier this year, one half of our design team Adeline, traded in her cold Australian Winter for a much warmer European Summer. A highlight was travelling just off the coast of Barcelona Spain, to the picturesque and unspoilt Island of Menorca. Apart of the Balearic Isle, Menorca has a seemingly slower pace to its sister islands Majorca and Ibiza. An island, which is quite literally a little slice of heaven, Adeline gave us a little insight into her favourite parts of the Island.

EAT: Menorca is known for it’s amazing seafood, so you can’t really go past En Caragol, a seaside restaurant that serves fish straight off the boat. Also, Vell Parrander in Es Castell is a local institution that is cheap and SO GOOD!

STAY: We stayed in the small coastal town of Binibeca, a quaint and very traditional Spanish fishing town. It is a town that is uninhabited by tourists, full of local treasures and untouched coastline. We found a traditional Menorcan villa via Airbnb. It was a beautiful whitewashed villa overlooking the coast. I would definitely recommend doing the same!

DRINK: Jump in the car and head out to the Binifadet winery in Sant Lluis. An incredible boutique winery that the owner started as a hobby. We took a tour around both the vineyard and winery (including free wine tasting!) then continued to wine and dine under the stars at their restaurant that sourced incredible local and organic produce.

EXPLORE: The incredible caves and beaches all along the coastline. Hire a boat to check out some of the hidden coves. My favourites were Cala Mitjana, Cala Galdana, Cala Macarella and Es Grau.

SHOP: Buy yourself a pair of authentic handmade Menorcan ‘Avarca’ leather sandals.

RELAX: There isn’t a whole lot that isn’t relaxing about Menorca, we spent most of our time reading in our hammock or swimming in the ocean.

CHECK OUT: Check out some of the hiking or bike trails around the island, they almost always lead to amazing cliff views or secret beach coves.

HOT TIP: Hire a car if you can, that way you can drive around the entire Island, there is so much to see and explore.

MUST DO: We packed a picnic (and some Menorcan Gin) and hired a boat for the day. It was the most incredible way to see secret coves, isolated beaches and swim in the most amazing water I’ve ever seen!

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: We loved cooking at our villa with fresh local produce found in the local markets and supermarkets.

3 THINGS TO PACK: my favourite, the Roni mini dress, a simple black bikini and a good book!

Images by Adeline Conti

EXPLORE | Lilya Guide to Bali

LILYA designer Lisa Chedanne, takes a couple of trips a year to source fabrications, research and product design in Bali. Although she is busy overseeing the new LILYA collections, she still has a little time for some fun and play. Here are her insights on what to do around Seminyak….

EAT:  My personal faves are Mamasan, Cafe Bali, Potato Head, Sarong, Sardine,  Betelnut,  Crate Cafe in Canggu and the Cornerhouse. My new favourite is Hank’s Pizza and Liqueur for catching up with friends. I also love Nasi Campur at local Warungs.

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COCKTAILS: The W hotel has some great cocktails, but I do prefer the more low-key vibe at Potato Head. I love enjoying a cocktail at beach bars at Sunset!

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EXPLORE: Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Cenigan and Gili Islands, if you want beautful beaches and swimming. You also can’t go past Ubud for more cultural Bali experience and beautiful rice fields.

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SHOP: Wanderlust for swim and gym wear, Sailors Falls Finery for swimwear and lifestyle, Drifter for retro surf wear and I love Natasha for clothes. Also, the homewares shopping is endless, so amazing!

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RELAX: At the beautiful beaches on the Bukit, at a spa like OSPA in Seminyak or I also love Mosiac Beach club at Batu Belig to have lunch and a swim on the weekend.

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STAY: Villa Karisa in Seminyak or Brown Feather in Batu Belig or rent a beautiful Villa.

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CHECK OUT: Motel Mexicola for it’s margaritas and amazing Mexican fun interior! Also check out Old Mans in Canggu for a cool laid back surfer vibe!

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MUST DO: If you want to dance check out La Favela, the interior and music are great and everyone just wants to dance… so much fun!

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3 THINGS TO PACK: A swimsuit, sunglasses and a party dress that looks great with your newly acquired Bali tan!

Images via Google, Pinterest, Trip Advisor, The Bali Bible & Krista Eppelstun

EXPLORE | LILYA GUIDE TO NOOSA

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LILYA recently teamed up with our good friends, Lilya stockist and fellow Sunshine Coast local Alterior Motif  to bring to life a Summer concept store on Hasting Street in Noosa. The Alterior Motif x LILYA store hosts a range of the best Australian fashion brands as well as the biggest selection of LILYA in Australia. We have put together guide to let you in on all the hot spots and hidden treasures that Noosa has to offer, as well as some of our local favourites! If you are heading to Noosa over the Summer holidays, pop in and check out the store or try out some of our recommendations below:

EAT: Noosa culinary icon Bistro C for their signature calamari right on the beach or head to Wasabi Restaurant & Bar on the Noosa river for the best Japanese in town.

COFFEE: The Sail’s restaurant coffee cart for your early morning caffeine hit

COCKTAILS: Miss Moneypennys has the best cocktail menu in town

EXPLORE: Walk the Noosa National Park to ‘Hells Gates’

SHOP: Signatures on Hastings, Lamington  & Alterior Motif x LILYA 

RELAX: Wind down with a good book on the beach at Little Cove or Tea Tree bay

BE A LOCAL: Visit the Noosa Farmers Market on a Sunday

STAY: Seahaven Resort on Hastings

CHECK OUT: Locale Italian restaurant for a romantic night out

MUST DO: No Summer day is complete without a scoop or two of Massimo’s famous gelato

Images: OracleFox,  Alterior Motif, Pinterest

EXPLORE | LILYA GUIDE TO NYC

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LILYA designer Lisa, headed over to New York City last month, not only did she come back with lots of design inspiration for our next collection but some great recommendations for what to do in the big apple! Here are some of her must do’s…

FAVOURITE AREAS: Soho, Nolita, West Village, Lower East Side and Brooklyn and Central Park.

WHERE TO SHOP: Creatures of comfort has to be my ultimate favourite store along with Steven Alan, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Warm NY, Curve and Scoop NYC for beautifully curated boutiques with some of my most loved labels. I also can’t go past the Celine, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, J-Crew and Free People. When heading over the bridge to Brooklyn, I love Catbird for jewelry, Beautiful Dreamers for artisan-curated garments, the Brooklyn Flea Market and 40 ft single by Stella Dallas for vintage finds.

WHERE TO STAY : The Mondrian in Soho

UNWIND: After many days of walking, have a spa and massage at Great Jones Spa in Soho or simply take a stroll or bike ride around Central Park.

BEST COFFEE: Saturday’s Surf NYC and The Smile To Go in Soho were my morning frequents.

WHERE TO EAT: The Smile for gourmet American food, Dimes and ABC Kitchen for healthy eats, The Butcher’s Daughter for a juice and Lovely Day in Nolita for quaint décor and delicious food.

BEST COCKTAILS: Death & Co. has an amazing cocktail list and Masion Premiere is a Williamsburg speakeasy known for its incredible cocktails and oyster bar.

CHECK OUT: Adorned NYC and Love Adorned for the very best piercing artists and one of a kind jewelry.

MUST DO: Walk the Chelsea High Line, visit Central Park, catch the subway or take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge to completely immerse yourself in NYC.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: if you have the chance, have a rooftop barbeque and watch the sunset with friends.

TOP TIP: Walk! New York is a great city to walk and it is the best way to find hidden treasures!