Every food photographer or stylist will know that the plates and cutlery pictured in the shot are just as important as food being photogenic. Needless to say, I am slowing building up a collection of bowls, spoons, cups and saucers found all over the world.


Sambonet offers elegant cutlery for every occasion, and they look great in big flat lay shoots! This well-known Italian brand has been making silver and stainless steel flatware since 1856. Over the years they have won numerous awards including the Compasso D’Oro ADI, Red Dot and GOOD Design Award. The different collections evoke different styles, modern and contemporary or more classical. Every piece is carefully crafted with functionality and aesthetics in mind.


Along with the more traditional sets of cutlery Sambonet have some other ranges which will add extra personality and fun to your dinner table.

Vintage – The lovely vintage collection is a tribute to Sambonet’s great and iconic design projects from over the years. It uses a special craftsman finishing technique on the surface of the stainless steel flatware. Through a series of industrial scraping processes, surfaces assume an original and intentionally “worn out” effect, introducing a new and unusual ambiance at the table and a new trend for contemporary interior design.

PVD – ‘Physical Vapour Deposition’ is a technique which alters the colours and shades of valuable objects by evaporating the metal particles in a vacuum chamber. This special treatment hardens the steel and optimises its resistance to rubbing corrosion whilst also preventing rust. This process generates the Black, Copper, Gold and Champagne Sambonet cutlery.

Antique – An ‘antique’ look is extremely popular at the moment and Sambonet have the perfect collection to suit your retro dinner table needs. The “Antique” finishing is characterised by the matt appearance of the stainless steel, which is created by high pressure ceramics sandblasting treatment which defines the final surface effect.


My favourite style is the Vintage PVD and I would love to include the gorgeous brushed copper set in my foodie flat lays. There are two consecutive processes which have to happen to create this unique tone and texture, a beautiful set of cutlery which would complement any table set-up.

More information about the Sambonet products here.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Sambonet.

Hotel Alexander, Tel Aviv

There is a hotel to suit every kind of traveller in Tel Aviv; fashionable beach-bods will be very content at Hotel Alexander, a stylish hotel with 69 spacious suites and modern facilities.

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We were lucky to also see some of the newly designed rooms which have an open-plan layout and are found on floors 5 & 6. Hotel Alexander also offers 2-bedroom suites, 3-bed serviced apartments (in a separate building) and a spectacular presidential suite.

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Those in need of a little more TLC can visit the wonderfully zen Alexander spa which is arranged in an immaculate minimalist Japanese style. There is also a huge gym for fitness enthusiasts and soon an indoor pool will be built inside the hotel, particularly useful for the cooler seasons.

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Breakfast at Hotel Alexander is served in the sky at the impressive rooftop restaurant. Here we enjoyed the freshest orange juice, delicious Shakshuka and chocolate pastries. A great start to the day before heading to the beach or into town for an Israeli adventure.

More information or book a stay at Hotel Alexander here.

Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, Lausanne

There are many photogenic, fairytale towns in Switzerland but Lausanne is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. In early July, a small group of us flew over from London to Geneva with Swiss Air, a very quick and efficient flight. From Geneva we took a short train ride to Lausanne where we checked in to the grand Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa.

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We arrived weary from travelling and an early wake-up, so were relieved when the Royal Savoy staff welcomed us with genuine warmth, and ensured that we felt instantly relaxed. In 2015 the hotel reopened after a $100 million makeover, and the city’s grand dame hotel has never looked better. The hotel is positioned on the edge of the scenic Lake Geneva just a short, if steep, walk into the centre of the old town. This art nouveau palace has hosted many notable celebrities and royals over the years, but it’s new renovation aims to appeal to a younger crowd too with a hip rooftop restaurant and a welcoming lack of dress code.

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My Deluxe Terrace bedroom was room 314 on the third floor, a luxurious but business-like room decorated in hues of grey and cream. The room had a spacious feel, and I loved the small balcony overlooking the garden down below. The huge king-sized bed was a highlight, with a super soft duvet and wonderfully plump pillows. I found that I didn’t use the desk area much but was appreciative of the tea and coffee making facilities, and the room service staff were more than happy to deliver hot milk for my homemade cappuccino as and when required.

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The suites at The Royal Savoy are decorated in a similar colour scheme. There is also the Royal Savoy Suite which uses many of the buildings original features to emulate a more historic and regal style. This refined suite includes a dining room for up to 10 people, and beautiful artwork everywhere you look.

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The eateries on offer at the Royal Savoy aim to cater to all tastes and occasions. The Lounge bar serves creative and exotic cocktails and a casual all-day menu. On the roof, the SkyLounge is a favourite for Lausanne locals and guests of the hotel. The stunning glass eatery offers panoramic views of the city and serves a range of sharing dishes which are influenced by the culinary traditions from the 5 continents. I found ‘The Inspired Iberico’ particularly memorable – a fine piece of pork cooked with grilled aubergine, Chinese cabbage and parmesan.

Downstairs, the main Brasserie du Royal eatery is sophisticated and refined, with a beautiful menu of signature dishes created by renowned Michelin-starred chef Marc Haeberlin. Don’t miss the ‘The Perfect Egg’ which changes flavour with the seasons, I adored the subtle hint of liquorice and tomato paired with the rich oozing egg. The Aged meat from the Vitrine is also unmissable, carefully selected for quality and consequently full of flavour.

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It is unusual to find a city hotel which has a decent spa, but The Royal Savoy prides itself on its new, exceptional spa that has an indoor & outdoor pool, numerous treatment rooms and sauna & steam room facilities. At every opportunity I popped down to this calm sanctuary to have a leisurely swim or to unwind in the sauna. One afternoon we were all treated to tailored massages, I fell asleep after 10 minutes in utter bliss as the experienced therapist used essential oils to relieve the tension in my upper back and shoulders using the lovely Aromatherapy Associates products.

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It felt very indulgent enjoying the Royal Savoy breakfast in my bedroom. The room had plenty of light streaming in through the windows which meant I could have a quiet few moments to myself whilst waking up with a strong morning coffee and a big breakfast of fruit salad, scrambled eggs, cereal and juice.


Despite its relatively small size there is a huge amount to do and see in and around Lausanne. Highlights for me included wandering around the charming (and photogenic) old town and visiting Domaine de Daley vineyards on the Unesco World Heritage site just 10 minutes drive from the hotel. Cully is also a pretty little villa to explore… I loved discovering the little boutiques here selling all kinds of artisan products.

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As a travel blogger one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: ‘Where should I go for a unique weekend break?’ I honestly can’t think of a better destination than Lausanne… quick and easy to reach, beautiful and charming in character and with so many interesting things to do and see… not to mention the chocolate! If you do visit be sure to check in to the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, a luxurious city sanctuary that truly looks after its guests.

More information and book a stay at Hôtel Royal Savoy Lausanne here.

The Royal Savoy Lausanne is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Thoroughly Modern Milly travelled with Preferred Hotels and Swiss Air.