as summer is winding down (i know, i know, i can hardly believe it either) i keep scrolling through the many photos of our different trips, and i have to admit our family holiday on mallorca is one of my absolute favorites of the past few years. the weather was perfect (sunny but not too hot); the food we cooked and grilled each night was so fresh and delicious; and the time we spent with our family was priceless. but i have to say – if the house we rented hadn’t been so utterly beautiful, it wouldn’t have been the same.

we rented can pelut in pollença via BALEARIC VILLAS, and believe me when i say it is even more gorgeous in real life than in the photos. it is the perfect combination of local natural materials and a sleek contemporary style, and everything is perfect down to the tiniest little detail. the swimming pool is something out of a hollywood movie, while the patio with its pretty lights is like an outdoor living room – warm and cozy.

i also loved the kitchen, which is spacious and holds everything you need to cook up lunch and dinner every day, and the bathrooms, which are utterly gorgeous. i devoted a little blog post over on ROOMIN.BE about including a bit of me-time even when on family holiday and spoiler alert – it involves a lot of hiding out in the bathroom. though i gotta say i also spent some lovely moments with juliet in there – who is getting more and more interested in the ways i take care of her and myself. she loves to use all the same tools as mom and also wants to apply all my kiehl’s goodies on her skin – luckily a lot of them are without parabens or other nasties, so they’re entirely safe for her to dab onto her knees (her favorite place to apply eye cream… go figure.)

looking back at these photos i miss it all so much – so is it too early to start planning next spring’s holiday?

juliet is wearing MINIMALISMA in all the photos • my white knitted poncho is from PLUTO ON THE MOON • hair brush from DELPHIN & EMERENCE, wood tooth brushes from HUMBLEBRUSH • most of the beauty products seen are from KIEHL’S, but do check out PHYTOSUN‘s essential oils and easyplug diffuser (it’s really so easy) and WATER WIPES (so handy – not just for your little one, but because it only holds water it’s also perfect to use on your own face or hands when you need to refresh them) • all photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

Catching My Breath At Aspria

February 26, 2015 • BrusselsTravelWellness

by now you’re all well aware that i’ve turned into a wellness junkie, right? for the longest time, i thought spas and wellness centers were just not for me. then i became pregnant, and i was all like – let the massages come to me! and don’t even get me started on the wonderful feeling of floating around in a luxurious pool, weightless for just a brief, deliriously happy moment. while i was in belgium a few weeks ago, i was invited by the brussels branch of ASPRIA to come check them out, and i didn’t need a lot of prodding .

in fact, i had seen the photos of the renovations at aspria avenue louise, and read the testimonial of fellow blogger (and mom-to-be) EMMA GELAUDE, so i knew what to expect. as a bonus, the avenue louise location also has a brand new spa area by sisley, which is every bit as luxurious as that sounds. the three locations offer roughly the same experiences and services though, so if you’re located in brussels, work there or are traveling there soon, there is sure to be an aspria near you. locals can get memberships and enjoy the facilities à volonté, but you can also get a day pass and make the most of out your time there.

i only had time for a quick tour and pregnancy massage at the aspria royal la rasante, which was delightful. but i’m itching to go check out the location at avenue louise and experience the sisley spa – definitely on my to-do list once i can travel again!

photos courtesy of ASPRIA


Filter through posts by category.

The Road Less Taken

Travel through posts by city.


my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.


site by —
matthias deckx