October 24, 2015

leesa double mattress review

Before I get started with my review, I wanted to tell you the horror story of my previous mattress. A white van pulled up to the street of my old house and the salesman got talking to my mum. He told her that he was supposed to be delivering a mattress to a customer but she'd decided not to take it and as their warehouse was based up north asked if my mum wanted to take it for a cut down price so that it wasn't a wasted journey for him. He claimed the mattress to be worth over £500 but said he'd take £120 for it and as she had the money in cash (this was clearly his lucky day), he handed over the mattress and off he went. Once she told me what had happened, my heart sank, and I tried endlessly phoning the company for a refund but to no avail. It was so flimsy that you could both hear and feel the springs. To cut a long story short, I've been stuck with that shoddy mattress for two years and have the backache to prove it.

My mattress related prayers were answered when the guys over at Leesa offered to send me a mattress to review. As a girl who considers her bed to be her best friend, I counted down the days until it arrived. I used the ordering process on the website as to have the proper customer experience and found everything to be an absolute breeze. It takes the mattresses 3 to 5 business days to be built up and from there just a couple of days to be delivered. Mine took a total of 7 days. 

Once the waiting is over and your mattress arrives, it comes packed tightly into a cardboard box. It really is astounding that a double sized mattress can fit into such a small package. It took both me and my mum to lug this up the stairs, but if there was no one else around then one person could most definitely manage it alone. Lets try and ignore my hideous carpet, we are currently renting and I dream of wooden flooring.


Once you've opened up the box and started to cut free the mattress from it's sausage-like state, it springs to life and within moments resembles a regular mattress shape. At first, I noticed a slight chemical odour, but this disappeared within a few days and was the only hint of an issue that I could find to mention. I'd say that's pretty normal with a new mattress though and is just down to it being absolutely brand new. 


It takes an hour for the mattress to take shape and expand fully, but after ten minutes I found myself lazing around on it as I just couldn't remove myself after giving it an initial comfort test. I wish that words could be effective enough to describe to you the relaxation level that I'm experiencing right now. The mattress is soft enough to feel luxuriously comfortable, yet firm enough to give wonderful back support. A balance that I have never yet experienced in a mattress, aside from the ones at fancy hotels. 


The milo seal of approval. 


I've been trying out my Leesa for a few days now and each day I feel more like I'm sleeping on a giant marshmallow than the last. If I had the option to spend the night testing one of these out, I would have without a doubt started saving to invest in one myself. It's rang true to me just how crucial it is for your general wellbeing to have a well built mattress, we spend a third of our life sleeping, so I implore you to spend that time well. 

Leesa offer a 100 night risk free trial with free delivery on all of their mattresses should you want to be completely sure that it will be the right mattress for you. Plus they donate 1 in 10 of their mattresses to charity and plant a tree for every one sold!

A Leesa double mattress comes in at £590 (including free shipping) but if you pop over to http://www.leesa.co.uk/thejessicalife or use the code JESSICALIFE50 at the checkout you will get £50 off your brand new mattress.

October 17, 2015

marrakech | riad papillon and les deux tours

Although Marrakech seems like a million miles away now that Autumn is fully setting in, I've settled down back at home after Summer and have had ample time to put this blog post together featuring the two beautiful places that I stayed out whilst in Morocco. If you haven't already read my main post (naughty you!) then check it out here, but come back once you're done. 

Riad Papillon is a traditional style warm and welcoming Riad tucked away down winding cobbled streets leading from the Souks. Although the location is central, once you enter the Riad it's easy to forget that you are staying in one of the busiest cities in the world as it's just so quiet and peaceful. Even sat out on the rooftop terrace we didn't once hear any sounds of commotion. The manager takes care of everything and is always around to help you with anything you may need and to give you directions, and reads your mind whenever you are fancying a mint tea. They've even created an app filled with places to eat, a map of the Souks and shops to visit. Genius!


Our room was so unbelievably quaint and cosy that as soon as we arrived in from the airport I took a quick nap to wind down. Although it's in a traditional style, there's still air con, a television (that you will be too busy to even glance at), a mini bar and the sweetest little shower room I've ever seen. 


I don't usually tend to be a 'breakfast person', and often just nibble at a croissant, but the Moroccans most definitely have strong breakfast game and I made sure to indulge in clearing my plate each morning. Fig jam on local traditional bread, pancakes, poached eggs, fruit salad, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and a pot of mint tea meant I had the perfect start to the day. 


After three nights in the Riad, we said our goodbyes to the other holiday goers we'd made friends with, along the wonderful staff and headed to our next stop. 


Les Deux Tours is a short drive away from the city nestled between the cacti and camels of the desert and is what I can best describe as a luxurious and elegant oasis of calm. You know the kind of hotel you walk into and think in your head "I've arrived", this place is exactly that feeling, again and again. Our room overlooked the gardens and was without a doubt the greatest that I've ever stayed in. 



The grounds of the hotel are covered in unusual plants, trees and flowers, with winding little paths taking you from the vegetable patch, to the pool, and all the way back to your room again. Along the way are ponds filled with turtles, cats basking in the sunshine and a bunch of sleepy goats. 


We planned on venturing out into the city once more before leaving, but fell so in love with the pool and sunbathing with a cocktail in hand that we just couldn't bare to drag ourselves away. That and indulging in an Argan oil full body massage.



Hanging out at Les Deux Tours made me feel so at peace and as if I had completely escaped from the real world for a short while. I've always found that whenever I find a special place like that, I cannot help but return once again and fully intend on doing so in a few years. 

Should you be considering a trip to Marrakech, I truly recommend going for a two centred stay as I did. You will then have chance to immerse yourself into the city and meet the locals, before retreating away to the calm and serenity of a hotel with a bounty of space and a pool to dive into.