Inside Lydia Forte’s VERY glamorous maternity leave – from stunning European getaways to Royal Ascot

Many of us spend most of our maternity leave up to our eyes in nappies and enjoying the odd coffee with a friend down the local cafe during rare moments of respite.

But being a new mother to son Johnny, eight months, has done little to quench the insatiable wanderlust of hotel heiress Lydia Forte.

The 32-year-old, who appeared as a potential investor on BBC‘s Million Pound Menu last year, is the older daughter of Rocco Forte hotel group founder Sir Rocco Forte and group director of food and beverage at the chain.  

Since welcoming her first child with City banker husband Dimitri Chandris in February, London-based Lydia has continued to document her regular travels to exotic destinations on Instagram, sharing snaps with her 23,800 followers.

Recently she shared a beach picnic snap from Dune Du Pyla – the tallest sand dune in France – showing off her tanned skin.

‘Last weekend celebrating special friends and the last of the summer rays before going back to work after a long maternity leave,’ she captioned the post. 

Being on maternity leave hasn't quenched Lydia's thirst for travel - in July she visited the Greek island of Ithaca, where she enjoyed the 'sound of the cicadas and the uneven lapping of the waves'

Being on maternity leave hasn't quenched Lydia's thirst for travel - in July she visited the Greek island of Ithaca, where she enjoyed the 'sound of the cicadas and the uneven lapping of the waves'

Being on maternity leave hasn’t quenched Lydia’s thirst for travel – in July she visited the Greek island of Ithaca, where she enjoyed the ‘sound of the cicadas and the uneven lapping of the waves’

For her first Mother's Day in March, Lydia hit the slopes in Saint Moritz, Switzerland - sharing a snap of her cradling her son on a chalet balcony with snow-capped fir trees and mountains in the background

For her first Mother's Day in March, Lydia hit the slopes in Saint Moritz, Switzerland - sharing a snap of her cradling her son on a chalet balcony with snow-capped fir trees and mountains in the background

For her first Mother’s Day in March, Lydia hit the slopes in Saint Moritz, Switzerland – sharing a snap of her cradling her son on a chalet balcony with snow-capped fir trees and mountains in the background

In April Lydia travelled to New York, where she indulged in a few days of culture, taking in exhibitions at the New Museum (pictured) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In April Lydia travelled to New York, where she indulged in a few days of culture, taking in exhibitions at the New Museum (pictured) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In April Lydia travelled to New York, where she indulged in a few days of culture, taking in exhibitions at the New Museum (pictured) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

As well as trips to various Rocco Forte hotels over the past nine months, Lydia has enjoyed glamorous holidays in locations ranging from the Greek Islands to the Big Apple, and attended the glamorous Royal Ascot race meeting in June – with barely a hint of baby weight. 

For her first Mother’s Day in March, Lydia hit the ski slopes of Saint Moritz in Switzerland – sharing a snap of her cradling her son on a chalet balcony with snow-capped fir trees and mountains in the background. 

In April Lydia travelled to New York, where she indulged in a few days of culture, taking in exhibitions at the New Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The socialite previously revealed that she sets herself a strict weekend to-do list that includes ‘one cultural thing with my husband’ and ‘at least one social event with a group of friends’.

On her final day Lydia shared a photo from her hotel room with a breathtaking view over the city

On her final day Lydia shared a photo from her hotel room with a breathtaking view over the city

On her final day Lydia shared a photo from her hotel room with a breathtaking view over the city

Lydia pictured in front of an abstract piece of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which she visited in April

Lydia pictured in front of an abstract piece of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which she visited in April

Lydia pictured in front of an abstract piece of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which she visited in April

On her final day in the city she shared a photo of baby Johnny from the bed of her hotel room, revealing a breathtaking view over the city through the window.

She captioned the post: ‘We’ve had a lovely time. First subway trip, first time across the Atlantic, first visit to Grand Central and the Zoo, and first time hanging out downtown and visiting a museum for Johnny and Sir Stripy.’

In May, Lydia nipped over to Rome to pay a visit to the newest Rocco Forte Hotel and shared a snap on a balcony showing off its ‘spectacular’ view. 

Another holiday in July saw Lydia travel to the idyllic Greek island of Ithaca, where she enjoyed the ‘sound of the cicadas and the uneven lapping of the waves’ and shared a snap from what looked like a luxurious yacht.

That same month she took baby Johnny on a family ‘tourist’ trip to Downing Street in London, posing for a snap on the famous steps.

In May, Lydia nipped over to Rome to pay a visit to the newest Rocco Forte Hotel and shared a snap on a balcony showing off its 'spectacular' view

In May, Lydia nipped over to Rome to pay a visit to the newest Rocco Forte Hotel and shared a snap on a balcony showing off its 'spectacular' view

In May, Lydia nipped over to Rome to pay a visit to the newest Rocco Forte Hotel and shared a snap on a balcony showing off its ‘spectacular’ view

Lydia looked chic in a pastel ensemble as she attended the glamorous Royal Ascot race meeting in June

Lydia looked chic in a pastel ensemble as she attended the glamorous Royal Ascot race meeting in June

Lydia looked chic in a pastel ensemble as she attended the glamorous Royal Ascot race meeting in June

Lydia and Dimitri took baby Johnny on a family 'tourist' trip to Downing Street in London in July, posing for a snap on the famous steps

Lydia and Dimitri took baby Johnny on a family 'tourist' trip to Downing Street in London in July, posing for a snap on the famous steps

Lydia and Dimitri took baby Johnny on a family ‘tourist’ trip to Downing Street in London in July, posing for a snap on the famous steps

Though she was once tipped as a potential wife for Prince Harry – long before Meghan Markle came on the scene – Lydia has been with shipping heir husband Dimitri since the pair met while studying at Oxford University.

They got married in September 2016, in a weekend extravaganza in Tuscany which involved a dinner in the town’s medieval cloisters prepared by a Michelin-starred chef and a feast at Lydia’s grandparents’ 12th-century Tuscan castle, followed by a fireworks display in the early hours.  

Having travelled to the Rocco Forte Hotel properties ‘at least once a week’ before going on maternity leave, it’s clear Lydia was keen to keep her finger on the pulse of the family business.

Lydia pictured outside one of the three new hotels the luxury group opened this year in Sicily, with the others located in Rome and Shanghai

Lydia pictured outside one of the three new hotels the luxury group opened this year in Sicily, with the others located in Rome and Shanghai

Lydia pictured outside one of the three new hotels the luxury group opened this year in Sicily, with the others located in Rome and Shanghai

In August, Lydia shared a stunning sunset photo posing beside her sister Irene from another family hotel in Sciacca, Siciliy, on the 500-acre Verdura Spa resort

In August, Lydia shared a stunning sunset photo posing beside her sister Irene from another family hotel in Sciacca, Siciliy, on the 500-acre Verdura Spa resort

In August, Lydia shared a stunning sunset photo posing beside her sister Irene from another family hotel in Sciacca, Siciliy, on the 500-acre Verdura Spa resort

In early July she and Dimitri travelled to Masseria Torre Maizza in Puglia – a Rocco Forte hotel – and posted a stunning snap of her in a pink summer dress teamed with tan sandals in lush gardens.

This was one of the three new hotels the luxury group opened this year, with the others located in Rome and Shanghai. 

Lydia has claimed she usually colour codes her outfits when travelling, so she doesn’t ‘need more than one day bag, one clutch, one coat, one pair of boots and one pair of heels’. 

On the same Italian trip, Lydia posed beside a mural on the wall outside her favourite seaside restaurant wearing a daringly short kaftan - one from her mother Aliai's fashion range.

On the same Italian trip, Lydia posed beside a mural on the wall outside her favourite seaside restaurant wearing a daringly short kaftan - one from her mother Aliai's fashion range.

On the same Italian trip, Lydia posed beside a mural on the wall outside her favourite seaside restaurant wearing a daringly short kaftan – one from her mother Aliai’s fashion range.

In September, Lydia shared a beach picnic snap from Dune Du Pyla - the tallest sand dune in France - showing off her tanned skin as she toasted the end of her maternity leave

In September, Lydia shared a beach picnic snap from Dune Du Pyla - the tallest sand dune in France - showing off her tanned skin as she toasted the end of her maternity leave

In September, Lydia shared a beach picnic snap from Dune Du Pyla – the tallest sand dune in France – showing off her tanned skin as she toasted the end of her maternity leave

In August, Lydia shared a stunning sunset photo from another family hotel in Sciacca, Siciliy, on the 500-acre Verdura Spa resort.

She posed beside her equally glamorous sister Irene, who is brand manager of the chain.

On the same trip Lydia posed beside a mural on the wall outside her favourite seaside restaurant wearing a daringly short kaftan – one from her mother Aliai’s fashion range.  

 

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