sasha slater

As Deputy Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Sasha Slater knows a thing or two about travelling in unadulterated style. We chatted with Sasha to get the skinny on her beach style and just how she’s managed to get her little ones, Joe and Olga, to love flying as much as the actual holiday!

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First up, what’s your favourite beach?

At home, the wide, flat expanses of Walberswick in Suffolk. In Europe, the nameless little scraps of sand amid the rocks you can only get to by boat around Capri; and the black stone beaches of Iceland. Further afield, the buffeting waves of Macaroni Beach in Mustique.

What makes the perfect getaway for your family?

A mixture of culture for the grown-ups and excitement for the children. We're not a family that goes in much for packing the little ones off to kids' clubs and then lying motionless on sun loungers - though that does have its pluses of course.

Where is the most kid-friendly destination you’ve visited?

I think any destination - from a city break in Paris to a resort holiday in Marbella can be child friendly. That said, our two were obsessed with Lanzarote for a long time after we went there: all those volcanoes, camels and ice creams. And Papagayo Beach there deserves a special mention for gorgeousness.

Which 3 words best describe your holiday style?

Floaty, colourful dresses.

Any tips for keeping kids happy on the plane? 

Short haul: Kindles; long haul: unlimited access to the in-flight entertainment system. Our children love the flight as much as the holiday.

What small things would you be lost without on holiday?

Sun cream (P20 for the children, Estee Lauder for me); an i-phone charger; an eye mask.

What’s on your holiday reading list? 

I'm in France this summer and am gripped by Napoleon by Andrew Roberts. I'm alternating that with any number of Georgette Heyers (currently The Quiet Gentleman) and Dorothy Sayers' Busman's Honeymoon.

What are your beach bag must-haves?

Sunglasses - a variety from Oliver Peoples to Bulgari; a book; a ball for when we're feeling energetic; water; a hat. The normal things.

Bucket list destinations – go!

Mozambique; Oregon; anywhere in India I haven't been to yet.

Which holiday sticks in your mind as truly special?

Our honeymoon in Venice ten years ago.

Finally, when you get home, what are the signs you’ve been on a successful trip?

Wherever I go, I like to buy food to bring home so we can all keep the taste of the holiday alive a little longer - so a few obscure cheeses and hams and some peppery olive oil usually spell a happy holiday.

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