We decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by leaving the country. We boarded the plane wearing our all white outfits originally intended for the Nobu party in Malibu. However, if you know us, our plans tend to change frequently.
We headed off to Punta Mita where we stayed at an astounding private oceanfront villa, Casa Koko. It is large enough to accommodate 22 guests. Their services are impeccable. The staff will make sure you are taken care of throughout your entire stay. We spent most of our time in the 90 ft. long infinity pool and jacuzzi. We would have a wonderful breakfast in the mornings, served by the amazing staff, and start drinking our absolute favorite drink, jamaica and mezcal tea as early as noon. Jamaica is similar to hibiscus tea and we like to water it down and add a shot of mezcal, it is absolute perfection. Jamaica tea is known to cleanse the body, and with the extra water you are keeping yourself hydrated while you drink, and make sure to never, ever, add sugar. The drink is an acquired taste and might take you a couple tries to get used to it, but it is by far the best choice for a day drink. The way we like our jamaica tea is not how most bars serve it, but it didn’t take the staff at Casa Koko long to get our special recipe perfect.
The beauty of Casa Koko is hard to describe, there are so many intricate details that make this place so special. Everywhere you look there will be something so aesthetically pleasing it can be overwhelming. Our dinners were unbelievable, we would have fresh vegetables, mashed potatoes, fish, and anything else you could ever want. The rooms were beautiful, the beds were so comfortable, and everything was always well made up throughout the day. The staff never let anything stay out of place. Photos say a thousand words, so I will leave you with these pictures to truly grasp how mind-blowing this trip was.
IT’S CONSTANCE’S BIRTHDAY! June 19th! We woke up in Sicily, this is where Constance feels her happiest, on an Italian beach, margarita pizzas within a few feet, and a whole bottle of wine in her hand. Ashley picked the perfect beach, it is actually an island off of Sicily called Isola Bella. There is a long set of stairs leading down to the beach club from the street. There are pink flowers lining the path and the most beautiful view of the island from the top. We spent most of the day tanning on our beach chairs, drinking wine, taking polaroids, eating pizza, and getting massages.
Once we had finished our bottles, Ashley ran up to the bar to buy snorkels… this is where things get interesting. Obviously, this is when we decided to start the real activities. We went snorkeling and jet skiing. Constance was wearing a huge floppy hat that we are still not sure how stayed on the whole time Ashley was driving the jet ski as fast as it would go around the bay of Isola Bella. The boys who were renting out the jet skis took us on a little tour around the island on the boat. We got to go through the caves and see an insane view from inside the rocks that looked like something out of a movie. For a quick moment we thought they were going to kidnap us, but luckily, we got back to the beach safely. We ended the day with chocolate cake and candles. It was an absolutely perfect way to celebrate.
Corsica is a Mediterranean island that is a part of France, but has a very unique Italian culture. We might not be allowed back because of the shenanigans we caused, but at least we had fun while we were there. Joking, but we did break a beautiful bottle of spicy olive oil at a restaurant that caused quite the uproar. It was mid morning, and we hadn’t even started drinking, so we can’t be held accountable for our innate clumsiness. After eating some of the best pizza we had ever had, we got away from that restaurant as fast as possible and I’m sure we are not welcome back. We stopped at a little beach shop and bought wine and beach towels to head down to the nearest beach. We both needed a drink after that fiasco.
Corsica is a place where you can walk around barefoot and wrapped in a beach towel and feel comfortable. The beach we chose wasn’t as nice as what we would usually like, but it had its charms. There were tiny jellyfish all along the waterline, but swimming wasn’t an issue. We’re still not sure if we just got lucky, or if the jellyfish there don’t sting people. We drank wine and listened to music and made ourselves into sand mermaids. We keep ourselves amused. The water was beautiful and our stay in Corsica was sunny and warm, exactly what we needed.
Cannes, France is famous for the annual Cannes Film Festival that previews films from all over the world. It is a beautiful place to visit, especially during the summer months. It is home to the beautiful Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc. The hotel itself is beautiful, and the waterfront restaurant Eden Roc, is especially extravagant. We celebrated Constance’s pre birthday with lunch and of course, champagne. The atmosphere is elegant and everything is precise from the service to the table settings. We ordered all of our favorites on the menu and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. We were determined to eat as much pasta as possible and finish with chocolate cake, being that those are Constance’s favorite things. We, without a struggle, finished our bottle of champagne and were living our absolute best lives.
When we are in France, we are, and we are not exaggerating, on a mission to find the best truffles in the area. The first thing we did when we woke up in Nice was read everything google had to say about truffle restaurants near us. Ashley has an unusually significant talent at finding restaurants. We settled on Terres de Truffes, that is located at 11 Rue Saint-François de Paule. We, starving, hurried to grab a cab and head there as quickly as possible. The little restaurant is by far the cutest place we had eaten in Nice. It had an outside area so we decided to eat out in the open air. The woman who was working there, and we assume owns the place, was extremely welcoming, which is always nice considering the stereotype that the french despise American tourists. The American stereotype is having a very loud presence with little to no attempt to speak French. She sat us in the shade where we could watch people cross by the little alleyway while we ate and discussed our plans for Nice. We ordered the truffle burrata and truffle pasta. A strong recommendation is to always pair the burrata with bread, soaked in truffle oil, and taste one of the most amazing combination of food in the world.
Other than eating, we spent our time in Nice walking the boardwalk, biking on the boardwalk, and spending time by the ocean at Cocoon beach club. Our favorite way to tan by the beach is to lay out on chairs and have someone close by to bring us cocktail after cocktail. If this is also your idea of a perfect beach day, Cocoon beach club is the place for you.