The chicest restaurant for a romantic dinner

Do you love gastronomy and want to celebrate love? Enjoy a romantic dinner in one of the chicest restaurants in the country.

There always are reasons to celebrate, but overall, love deserves to be celebrated.

What is better than a romantic night in a magnificent restaurant that has special decoration, a great menu and excellent environment.

Why wait for Valentine´s Day, an anniversary or a birthday…any day is ideal to enjoy good gastronomy in the best company.

Our country is known for its excellent gastronomy.

It is varied and has great materials to cook with from every part of Spain.

But, overall, it stands out for a wide range of restaurants in every city, offering high standing cuisine.

It aims for all kinds of tastes and moments: work meetings, family time, with friends or a date.

On this post we are going to highlight the best restaurants in the country so you can enjoy a lovely date.

This way you will discover new and marvelous places in your city and in other cities and surprise the person you love with an unforgettable dinner.

Seville

La Terraza Restaurant

If you are looking for a romantic place in centric Seville, where you can surprise your partner and enjoy an environment with no equal in the city, go to La Terraza.

It offers an exquisite Mediterranean-fusion food. But it stands out for the decoration.

It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Seville, built in a gorgeous romantic garden.

Hanging lights make you think you are in a dream. It will be the perfecto place to enjoy a special dinner, without a doubt.

Calatrava Street, 12

Barcelona

L’Éclair. Palace Hotel

Entering the Palace Hotel is always a great experience and visiting the L’Éclair restaurant makes is more special.

It is located in the hall of the Hotel, it is golden and has a welcoming piano at front, it is like being in Paris.

It has an intimate and luxurious atmosphere, but at the same time is relaxing, with magnificent menu, ideal for a unique night.

Gran Via de les Cortes Catalanes, 668

Madrid

Arrabal Restaurant

The name comes from the Arrabal Square, which was the name of the actual Mayor Square, the place where it is located.

If you like dinning in a terrace, you will not find any more romantic places in Madrid.

The place is magical.

Arrabal has 1000 sq meter inside a cave carved in the stones that support the Plaza since 1580.

About the kitchen, everyone that goes there repeats.

Plaza Mayor, 23.

Bilbao

Perro Chico

It is becoming very fashionable, the Marzana area, where El Perro Chico is located.

This restaurant  is a very bohemian and charming establishment.

It is an original and singular bar which stands out for the tailing and brick decoration of the walls and its creative fusion cuisine.

Also, El Perro Chico has the best views of the Bilbao Ria which you can enjoy from the terrace.

Inside, clients will find a very special salon and a very affordable day menu.

Moreover, they offer great quantities and very creative meals. A perfect plan for a romantic date!

Arechaga Kalea Street, 2

Valencia

La Lola

If you are planning a special date, one of the most romantic restaurants in Valencia is La Lola Restaurant, without any doubt.

La Lola is located in the Carmen Quarter and the small staircase that invites you to come in shows the client some of the beauty you are about to enjoy.

This restaurant, even though it has a genuine touch and is located in the historic center, breathes modernity.

In La Lola, customers can enjoy an excellent Mediterranean menu which includes some jewels of the food market.

Furthermore, clients will enjoy a romantic night with their partner while listening the best live music; because, along the week, there are jazz and flamenco concerts and vanguardism music played by a dj.

Pujada del Toledà Street, 8

Due to the current conditions, bars and restaurants will be reopening complying with Government’s Plan for the COVID19 situation as follows:

Phase 0: it is on from now till May 10th, all establishments must get ready by implementing protection measures for the public.

Phase 1: from May 11th to May 25th. Restaurants will open but they will have limited capacity (30%) in their garden areas.

Phase 2: from May 26th to June 9th. Restaurants will be fully open (inside and garden area) but only working at 30% capacity.

Phase 3: from June 10th to June 24th. Increase in capacity but keeping protective distance.

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Style tips for organizing your closet

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You may think that to be chic and stylish you need to have large amounts of clothing in your closet. However, today you will see that this habit can become a mistake, a way of making more difficult a typical question that we will always ask ourselves: what should I wear today?

Therefore, make a good selection of useful and quality clothing will be your best option to always be on trend. This is the reason why today we want to show you some tips to have a chic closet.

To do this, we would like to introduce you to a key concept: the capsule wardrobe method. Although it is used by many lifestyle and fashion influencers, it was invented in the 1970s by the dressmaker Susie Faux, owner of the London boutique Wardrobe. It mainly consists of choosing some basic garments that do not go out of style and later improve them a little with others clothes that are a little more trendy.

Advantages of a good organization of your closet:

  • You will have clothes that are really comfortable and make you feel good.
  • You will buy less items but you will invest in their quality. Less is more.
  • Although the number of garments is more limited, it will be much easier to make combinations than before, with so many clothes, maybe you could not imagine. Therefore, your creativity will reach levels that you never suspected before.
  • Without went out of fashion, you can better establish your own personal style.
  • In a world where it is increasingly to carry out sustainable actions, this measure favours the reduction in consumption, which always benefits the environment.

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Tips for organizing your closet .

Analyze what you have.

This is essential. We cannot take a first step if we are not aware of what we have. Sometimes this can be a tough task if we have a pile of clothing but it is the most necessary starting point.

Your lifestyle and personal taste are key aspects. Think about it to make the selection.

It would not be realistic to fill our closet with party dresses, for example, if we do not go to one of them daily, for example. It is very important to be aware that as much as we like a garment, we must adapt the closet to our normal activity. We should choose work clothes and weekend outfits that represent us and with which we feel good. That is why there is no list of clothes that everyone can follow. Your closet will depend on you and how you live your life.

Decide on a color palette that suits you.

We usually dress in a small number of colors. It is part of our style and we almost do it unconsciously. In any case, you have to think about the colour palette you prefer and choose clothes with these tones. They don’t necessarily have to be basics colours such as black, white, gray and beige. Choose some neutrals tones and some complementary ones, but they should be the ones that you really like and with which it is easier for you to combine pieces of colothing.

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Moment of truth: select the main clothes.

Looking at the three previous steps, get those clothes that represent you and that are within the chosen color palette of all you have in your closet. A useful advice at this point is to pick up pieces of timeless fabrics. For example, probably you will not be able to use a too thick sweater in many occasions. If they are also difficult to clean, you will end up getting tired..

Get rid of everything you haven’t choose.

This may be the most painful point of all but it is useless to accumulate clothes that no longer fit you or simply  are no longer adapted to your way of life. Accept it, you’re not going to wear it again. The best option, and the one that we recommend, is to give or sell them to people that you think will use it. And if there are things that are not suitable because they are broken or too old, throw them away.

Create outfits that will save you in your daily routine.

It is very important that you learn to combine what you have. There are very useful tools to help you visualize what you have in the closet. Example of them is ClosetSpace (free) for iOS and Android. This allows you to upload photos of your clothes and then, the software will suggest what to wear depending on weather or season factors. Also, you can receive advice from bloggers, since it allows you to save your looks so that they can advise you later.

Think about what you need to complete your closet.

That fact that we try to reduce purchases does not mean that you cannot get an item that is necessary in your new closet. Sometimes you need connecting elements that help you combine the outfit well or you require an element that is not yet among your belongings. In that case, come on! And think ahead, you don’t have to buy everything all at once.

If you need it, ask an expert.

For many people this can be a great challenge and having expert advice can be reassuring. This way, there are specialists like Vanesa Travieso and her company, PonOrden, who help you with the organization and order of your home that might be able to help. Other option is go to image consultant who surely knows how to make the best use of what you have. Dare yourself!

For more information about this topic, do not hesitate and contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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Tour around the most luxurious wineries

In many countries like Spain, Italy or France there is a great wine heritage and the grapevine is a valuable element in their culture. In these places, tours around the most luxurious wineries are becoming more and more popular.

This is a combination of enology and tourism that creates a new concept known as “wine tourism”.

It allows small groups of people to enjoy the pleasure of tasting wine straight out of the barrel or via wine tastings.

These services are provided by the hand of experienced sommeliers.

As years go by, wine tourism evolves, and it counts on a huge number of tours in which tourists can taste and walk around some of the most exclusive grapevine haciendas.

In these tours, visitors enjoy personalized tastings and walking tours that weigh on the most symbolic wines of each winery.

Spain counts on a wide variety of wineries which are spread out all over the country and produce vast quantities of the most select wines.

In this post, readers will find a route over some of the most luxurious wineries of the world.

  1. Marqués de Riscal, La Rioja (Spain)

    It combines architecture, art, gastronomy…in Elciego, in the heart of the Alava part of La Rioja, there is one of the oldest and most traditional in the area.

    The owners created a building, Canadian Frank Gehry’s masterpiece, where wine and leisure hold hands.

    Visitors can enjoy the amenities of this breathtaking construction that has 43 rooms and luxurious suites.

    Also, it hosts a Michelin Star awarded restaurant and a spa where guests can relax and enjoy wine therapy treatments.

  2. Badia a Coltibuono, Siena (Italy)

    11th century monastery with rural housing, an exclusive restaurant and its own botanical garden.

    In this place, visitors will enjoy the eleven types of house produced wines and oils which are ranked as top ones in Italy.

    They come from the monks who founded the monastery in 1501 and started to produce them.

    Nowadays, the Stucchi Prinetti family is in charge of the production of the “Good Crop Abbey”.

  3. Odette Estate, California (USA)

    In the wine producer county of Napa Valley, in California there are a huge number of wineries, some as prestigious as Odette Estate.

    The spectacular Signum Architecture’s design catches the attention of the visitor.

    It is a winery that has over 25000 sq hectares.

    Odette Estate makes first class CCOF certified ecological wine.

    Moreover, it has a private club where guests can uncork the most exclusive bottles.

  4. Abbey of Retuerta LeDomaine, Valladolid (Spain)

    By the side of the Duoro, it is located the five star hotel Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine included in a 12th century Romanesque monastery.

    It is a magical place where tourist can visit one of the most innovative and most technologically advanced wineries in Europe.

    Also, they offer different cultural and wine making related activities.

    Visiting this winery is a must if you are a wine connoisseur.

    It is recommended to walk, ride a bike or a horse and get to know the surroundings and enjoy the scenery and its life.

    Moreover, the complex has a one Michelin star awarded restaurant and a sustainable spa which is located in the old stables.

  5. Vina Maris winery, Alicante (Spain)

    This is a very special winery because it is a submarine one.

    Nowadays, there are more wineries which have switched to this innovative kind of growing the grapevine but they are few still.

    Wine tasting in Vina Maris, aged in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, is the most exclusive wine tourism activity at the moment.

    It is possible to do scuba diving, aided by professionals, and visit the undersea facilities.

    The two submarine aged wines offered by Vina Maris are Vina Maris Monastrell and Vina Maris Chardonnay.

    What a discovery, huh?

  6. Michel Jack Chasseuil, Deux-Sèvres (France)

    The winery is located inside Chapelle-Bâton in the region of Deubx-Sèvres and is considered a real enological jewel.

    Michel Jack Chasseuil, is a wine lover who owns a collection of about 41.000 bottles.

    Furthermore, he owns wine bottles dated from 1811 to the present from everywhere around the world.

  7. Otazu winery, Navarra (Spain)

    Besides its exquisite wines, the building designing will amaze any visitors.

    Colorful and impossibly shaped sculptures are part of an outdoor museum which is located in the gardens that surround the five buildings of the winery.

    It is a spectacular winery that combines a wine museum and an incredible art gallery.

    These prestigious artworks from everywhere form a small MoMA that should be advertised for everyone to know.

  8. Celler Bell-Hoc, Girona (Spain)

    Pritzker of architecture Award in 2017. Rafal Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vitalta are the designer of this winery and the founder of RCR Aquitectes.

    The winery is located in the heart of the Palamós  forest, and visitors can enjoy tastings, guided tours and housing.

For further information about this topic, do not hesitate and contact us at iluxenio@iluxenio.com.

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How to pick the perfume for every ocassion

Choosing the right perfume for every ocassion is a part of behaving oneself and transmiting to the people that sorround us.

Not every perfume works for every ocassion, we need to take into account the time of the day, the place and the activity we are going to carry out.

For this reason, we must pick the proper perfume for day lunch, a romantic dinner, work ora special event.

Furthermore, a vital factor when picking a good perfume is its fixation because it tells us how much it will last on our skin.

Moreover, some people are loyal to one perfume because they like it and want to be to identified by it.

This can become a mistake if the perfume has some markeable characteristics, even if these characteristics are soft or intense.

Nowadays, there are numerous fragancies to choose among for each moment.

On this matter we are going to select for this post the best perfumes according to the ocassiona and the activity we are planning on doing.

Perfumes for the day

If you are attending to a lunch, event or whatever celebration during daylight, the perfume must be fresh, with soft flowerish or citric glances.

If you prefer sweeter aromas, apple can be a good option.

Perfumes for the afternoon

When the afternoon comes, we want a fragance that strikes harder than a morning one. A stronger flowerish glance would do.

Sweet and intense vanilla or bitter ginger canmake your perfume cheekier and personal.

Lemon, musk or wooden aromas are also good options for the afternoon.

In the following lines we are pointing out some of the top selling women perfumes for fay and night:

Chance by Chanel, Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana, Chloé, Calvin Klein ONE, Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani, 212 by Carolina Herrera, among others.

The perfume culture is getting to the masculine area of society. There is a wide variety of perfumes for them according to the place and moment. We will highlight some men perfumes for these occasions:

Allure Homme by Chanel, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne, Dior Homme by Christian Dior, Invictus by Paco Rabanne or Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss.

Perfumes for the night

For a romantic dinner, a spectacle or whatever event during the night, the perfume must be a smelling explosion.

The calmness and warmth of the day let some space for much more seductive aromas. This is the moment of the day when we want to leave a mark.

For this reason, we want our perfume to be a declaration of intentions, with more intense aromas.

Musk, amber or pachuli become a key piece, without leaving behind some flowers suchas jasmine, orchides and violets.

For night ocassions, the most recommended perfume for women are:

Good Girl by Carolina Herrera, Black Opium by YSL, Scandal By Night Jean Paul Gaultier, Goldea The Roman Night.

Also, we are remarking some of the best selling perfumes for night events:

Solo Cedro by Loewe, Bleu by Chanel, Bvlgari Man in Black, Nuit D’ Issey by Issey Miyake or Gucci Guilty Black.

Some perfumes for the everyday life

It is also very important to choose the perfect perfume for work and everyday life so it is not too much or too little of aroma.

There are different fragancies that are very versatile, that can be worn everyday, adapting to diverse climates, times and circunstancies. It is one of the most important decisions because the fragance will accompany you for the whole day and people will identify you by it.

W are lisitng here the best one for women:

La vie est belle by Lancôme, Bright Crystal by Versace, Mademoiselle by Chanel, Truly by Vera Wang.

And, as follows, we are gathering the best selling ones for men:

Allure Homme by Chanel, Dior Homme by Christian Dior, Orange Spice de Creed, 212 Men by Carolina Herrera or Loewe Esencia by Loewe.

Some advices when picking your perfume:

Do not let yourself go by first impressions when smelling the perfume on your skin.

Think about his, perfumes undergo three phases:

  • First phase only lasts 15 minutes.
  • Second phase lasts 40 minutes.
  • And the third phase lasts the most on your skin.

So it is advisable to try the aroma on your skin and let it there for about an hour.

This way, you will notice the different hints and know if it really is the one you are looking for.

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Vacations in the Maldives, its most luxurious side

The Maldives is one of the main holiday destinations chosen for its luxury.

It is located in the Indic Ocean, made up by more than 1200 islands and is considered as one of the most beautiful and exclusive places in the world.

The Maldives is one of the most demanded destinations for luxury tourism and it has been growing in the last years by opening incredible hotels and resorts.

Buildings in the middle of the water with infinite pools, dinners under the stars, exotic nature and tons of details make it the real paradise.

It becomes hard to pick the right hotel because the vast majority of them are luxurious with exclusive and personalized service for every client´s expectations.

In the following lines, we will show you the most relevant hotels and resorts in order to hel you pick the right one.

Soneva Jani Maldivas

It is not your typical resort, it is built in a 5 km private lagoon, it can be considered a private atoll, surrounded by 5 uninhabited islands.

It is the resort with the lowest room density ratio in the world.

Also, it has one of the largest on water villas among the resorts in the Maldives and in the world, with 1245 sq meters and 4 bedrooms.

Lux North Male

It banks on modern architecture leaving behind the hay roofs to enjoy the most out its villas´ roofs.

The villas were designed by the Singapore based Miaja Design Group.

Each one of the 67 residences is just a few minutes away from the capital on fast boat.

The private terrace in every villa where clients can enjoy a movie in a big screen, practice yoga, have some drinks or some dinner under the stars.

Each one also has a pool, a sauna and hammam.

On the other hand the common facilities offer different restaurants options from Glow´s international food to japonese-peruvian food from Inti and Barium´s signature food.

The resort offers bars, cafés, pools, 24 hour butler service, a private yacht for excursions, tennis and beach volleyball courts, water sports, workshops directed by experts and a children´s club.

JW Marriott Maldives

The first JW Marriot Maldives accommodation is situated on an idyllic moon shaped islet in the Saviyani atoll (an hour away from Malé by seaplane).

A total of 60 villas form the complex which are known for being some of the roomiest in the Maldives, each of them is equipped with a private pool and all sorts of comforts.

Its offer is completed by five restaurants from different parts of the world, also three cocktail bars, spa and all kinds of activities to get involved in the island live.

Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau

It is located in Raa atoll close to a UNESCO biosphere reserve which hosts exuberant wildlife, from majestic manta rays to playful dolphins.

The complex has 81 villas which are distributed among the beach, the lagoon and the water.

It combines private white sand beaches, contemporary designing and spectacular views of the Indic Ocean bottoms.

The whole hotel was designed around the idea of sustainability.

It is collaborating with different conservation organizations.

It encourages its guests to discover the ecosystem by participating in its preservation.

There is no need to renounce to luxury or sophistication.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

In the middle of a coralline bottom lagoon the Fairmont Maldives is found and it offers itself as an exquisite destination only 55 minutes away from Malé by seaplane.

It is also known as “the underwater secret island” and it hosts a complex of 120 rooms and villas erected over the water and with their own private pool.

The hotel offers an extra attraction:

  • The Coralarium.
  • An underwater museum which has sculptures and structures made by the artist Jason de Caires Taylor that, besides art, holds a local program for the recovery of corals.

This original space is ideal for snorkeling and getting in touch with the region´s marine life helped by biologists and other specialists.

 The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

The designing is Peia Associati´s work, this Italian firm is behind the construction of buildings such as Katara in Doha or the Ikeda Cultural Center for Peace in Milano.

70 villas over the water and islands close to the Hanifaru bay, inside the single UNESO biosphere reserve there is in the country.

The villas have a very original shell shaped design which favors a sustainable perception.

The design contributes to avoid the heat and keep the temperature steady, reducing the use of the air conditioning and minimizing the impact in the environment.

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Where to acquire the best pieces of art

Art goes beyond personal enjoyment for those contemplating it; it adds value to luxury houses so even owners create spaces to show their pieces of art, becoming small museums in which show sculptures and paintings, in an inviting environment that makes every space shine.

ill add value, singularity and exclusivity to you house.

On today´s post, we are bringing a variety of places where you can find many artistic pieces of work which will make your space delightful.

TEFAF Fair, Maastricht.

TEFAF Maastricht is celebrated every year in Holland, it is the most influential classical and antique art fair in the world and attracts many visitors that want to acquire art work. Also, experts, art critics and collectors attend to this event.

More than 200 gallery owners from 13 different countries gather every year showing top quality and value art work. The fair’s reputation comes from a very strict authenticity process that every piece of art has to pass.

Moreover, in the last editions of the event, TEFAF is opening to modern art and photography.

ARCO Fair, Madrid.

The International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid is one of the main contemporary art fairs in the international circuit. It takes place every February in Madrid.

ARCO Madrid is a referent when it comes to breakthrough contemporary artists, you will find the latest artistic trends.

ESTAMPA Fair, Madrid

The ESTAMPA Fair, which is organized in collaboration with IFEMA in Madrid’s Fair, keeps in line with its mission of creating, encouraging and spreading the art market in our country, giving priority to Spanish and Portuguese collecting and gallering. This allows them to be known among foreign collectors and gallery owners thanks to the international invitation program. As it is usual, the General Program of galleries and the commissary program are assessed by a committee formed by private collectors, in charge of buying, and contemporary art collection commissaries in our country.

ARTBASEL Fair, Basilea.

ART BASEL is an international contemporary art fair that is organized annually in Basilea, Switzerland. It is a meeting in which many different plastic artists and art galleries from different countries take part.

The mix of painting, sculpture, photography, video-art, mixed technique and performances makes this fair a unique experience in the world.

FRIEZE Fair, London.

FRIEZE has transformed the London artistic scene since its beginnings in 2003. The fair takes place every year in London, in which there are two sections located in centric Regent’s Park; Frieze London is the section dedicated to contemporary artists, and Frieze Masters that shows art from previous periods, from old and Middle Age art to 20th century pieces of art.

In FRIEZE, you will find different styles organized in galleries: the world most recognized artists, breakthrough ones, galleries that display young artwork, Asian art galleries and some display Spanish art, among others.

FIAC Fair, Paris.

FIAC is an exposition for modern and contemporary avant-garde art. It is celebrated every year in Paris making it the world capital of contemporary art, where around 1500 artists gather meeting more than 75000 spectators in the halls of the Grand Palais, the PetitPalais, the Tuileries garden, the Eugène Delacroix museum and Vendôme square.

FIAC exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, photography, firm furniture and a lot of different sorts.

This fair comes as an opportunity to discover the latest news in contemporary art through the artwork of the most prestigious artists in the world.

EL QUATRE ON CLOUD Gallery, Barcelona.

It is a gallery adapted to the new times and technology. They work to ensure that everyone can purchase good quality art and they use their website for clients to admire the work of the artist with the comfort of being at home. Moreover, they have a great assessing service for their clients, what are the prices, styles and ideal places to buy the artwork that best suits the client.

Artenet is an online marketplace for selling original artwork (paintings, frames, sculptures, drawings…) done by modern independent artists. The artists can create an account and sell their artwork directly to the public.

KREISLER Gallery, Madrid.

Kreisler Gallery was founded in Madrid on 1965, opening new spaces later in New York (1970-1975), Barcelona (1979-2002) and Miami (1993-1995). During these years, the Gallery has worked with the best Spanish and foreign plastic artist, all of them displayed indifferent national museums and they have great international prestige.

Throughout the year a monthly program of individual expositions takes place and catalogues about these are edited.

The gallery also organizes other activities, such as the organization of exposition in collaboration with other galleries and museums in Spain and abroad; and also it carries out editions of original graphic works of its artists. It is important to notice that from 1975 the Gallery has been participating in International Art Fairs regularly.

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