The most famous door in Dorset – Durdle Door

Durdle door is an amazing rock formation carved by the sea and is a breathtaking sight.

The walk to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove is steep and narrow and is a challenge for the less fit and mobile but the view is well worth the long walk to see it. The sea is transparent blue and you can spend a day walking along the coast to great beach and views. Take a picnic or hike the hills and enjoy the views with many photographic opportunities so don’t forget to keep your phone or cameras charged.

Plan a long weekend here and I can assure you that with amazing sight and breathtaking views you won’t be disappointed.

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Oceana – Wellness Oasis in Tenerife

Situated in the north of Teneriffe, Oceano in Punta del Hidalgo is a perfect retreat to rest, relax and recover. The hotel sits on the seafront and is surrounded by a garden with palm trees with the Anaga Mountains in the backdrop. The architecture is beautiful with earth tones throughout the property.There is a large pool in the lush green garden outside with views of the Atlantic ocean.

The best part of this hotel is that all rooms are facing the sea with stunning views. I had a room with an amazing view of the ocean and at nights I could hear the waves crashing on the rocks in the bay in front. The rooms are modern, comfortable and tastefully decorated with nice furnishings that includes a flat-screen tv, free Wi-Fi and bathrobes.

The hotel spa offers a range of wellness treatments including  massage treatments, hydrotherapy, ayurveda and thalassotherapy. There is a sauna and Turkish bath and a hydrotherapy pool. The therapists at the SPA and Mayr Centre are well trained and the spa offers a good range of treatments including healing facials, ayurveda, thalasso and body wraps. I opted for the Ayruvedic treatments  which included Abhyanga, Padabhyanga and Shirodhara. There is a gym and yoga and mediation classes can be arranged at the reception.

The restaurant serves healty food and there is a special menu for those following the detox programme. I particularly liked the breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit & juices, eggs cooked to order, and a nice array of tasty items. The staff was friendly and helpful.

For those of you who prefer going outdoors can opt for hiking or surfing in the ocean just outside the hotel. There are a number of city excursions too to chose from and can be booked at the reception.

View from my room.

Oceano is truly a relaxation and wellness oasis with mild and lovely weather throughout the year. The idyllic placement, quality spa treatments and excellent staff make this place a perfect zen retreat with its own share of repeat and loyal visitors. If you need to rest and rewind, then Oceano is the perfect place for you.

Lefay Spa Resort , Italy

I went for a short break to Lefay Spa resort in Italy for a spa retreat to relax and rejuvenate. This mountainside wellness resort is located about an hour away from Verona airport and overlooking Lake Garda, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

I arrived at Verona airport where I  was met by a Lefay representative and was driven to the resort. The journey from the airport to the resort was smooth and scenic. The moment I entered Lefay I knew I would enjoy my stay here. The reception area was beautiful and was nicely scented which was refreshing.  I was greeted by the friendly staff and given a brief tour of the facilities.I was presented with my schedule of consultations and treatments, along with the weekly timetable of complimentary group activities and classes.

I stayed in the deluxe suite which was luxurious. The bathroom was stocked with Lefay’s own products and the bed was so comfortable. After settling in, I had enough time to check out the infinity pool and the stunning scenic views it had to offer.It was just so nice to just relax by the infinity pool and look out to the stunning scenery whilst drinking one of their delicious smoothies.

The food served at the restaurant was a delight. There’s 2 restaurants, the Trattoria La Vigna (less formal) which is located on the ground floor, and La Grande Limonaia (more formal) on the upper floor. My favourite was the signature Il Limone dessert which I’d highly recommend as a treat for your last night.

The highlight of my stay was the salt lake Salt Lake, ‘La Luna Nel Lago’. This is a small pool of salt water with a glowing moon suspended from the ceiling. The salt in the water is said to have great properties for the skin. It was so serene and calm floating in the ambient water. Absolutely magical!

Another favourite spa treatment was the ayurvedic body massage and a Shirodara; which I must say was one of the best I’ve had outside of India.

I left Lefay relaxed and energised and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a luxury wellness holiday in a stunning location.

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne is an absolute delight when the Christmas market opens.The spirit of Christmas can be found in every corner of this festively decorated city. The small beautifully lighted huts have a variety of goods for sale – crafts, toys and bakeries to name a few and the aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will invite people to stroll, shop and explore.

There are numerous markets held in Cologne but my favourite is the old Market right next to the Cathedral.In front of the impressive backdrop of Cologne’s landmark, the Cathedral christmas market is beautifully decorated that will leave the visitors enchanted. The lighted decorated alleys have cute tiny shops selling treats, toys and everything that your heart desires. It is not only the kids, but the Christmas spirit can also be felt by the grown-ups.

There are other christmas markets in downtown Cologne and you can easily hop from one market to the other with each one having their own speciality. You can easily spend a day to get round them. There are stage events and concerts too which is worth checking out. Each market has a mug which I took home as a souvenir.

The christmas markets in Cologne attract millions of visitors from around the world. This place is ideal for everyone at this time of the year. Stroll through the Christmas market and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Just don’t miss it!

My Dream Vacation to Switzerland

  

Switzerland is beautiful country and is a dream holiday for all. The snow-capped mountains, lovely lakes and panoramic views will definitely charm you.The surreal and untouched beauty of Switzerland cannot be described in words.

  

I have so many beautiful memories of my vacation here back in 2003 with my family; the train journey on glacier express from Mt. Moritz to Zermatt, Junfrau – top of Europe, Zurich, Schilthorn and our camp stay in Interlake to name a few. 

 

Zurich is one of my favourite cities. We spent two days in Aldstadt which is one of the most charming district in Zurich and has so much to offer. I spent hours in the old town with historic guildhalls and cobbled street and lots of restaurant, cafes and souvenir shops where you can buy the perfect take home gift.

  

The scenic town of Interlaken will mesmerise you with it’s beauty. There are loads of activities to do here and countless excursions to chose from. We opted for a day trip to Jungfrau. The steep train ride up the mountain offers a thrill of a lifetime. 

  
The train journey onboard the Glacier Express was a wonderful scenic trip through Swiss valleys. We started in St. Moritz and took the train to Zermatt. The views were incredible with beautiful countryside, hills and mountains, green fields and flowers and pastures with cows and sheep. We loved every minute of the 8 hour journey.

Schilthorn was another highlight of our trip to the Swiss Alps! The cable car, revolving restaurant and James Bond museum was fantastic and the view of the glaciers was breathtakingly beautiful. 

  

Switzerland is without doubt a paradise on earth! This trip was everything we expected, and more, and we came back with beautiful memories that will remain forever in our hearts. 

Antibes in Cote d’Azur

Antibes is a beautiful city in the French Rivera between Nice and Cannes. The sea facing area with cobbled streets, stone buildings and the Picasso museum makes it an interesting place to visit.

The traditional markets in the old town is extremely attractive and it is so easy to get carried away when wandering the narrow winding streets with cute houses, shops , café and bars. You could easily spend your day exploring the area and its easy to find a nice place to eat given the wide selection of restaurants here. Each and every corner of the old town provides brilliant photo opportunities worth capturing.

Visit the Picasso museum if you are interested in artwork and sculpture. The museum is located in the Palace of Grimaldi with spectacular views of the Mediterranean all around. There are lots of photographs of Picasso here giving a great insight to his life. I am not an art lover but still found  this museum interesting and well worth a visit.

You could also take a stroll at the beach in Antibes. Walking along the seafront and looking at the luxurious yachts was a favourite passtime while I was here.

There is so much to do in this beautiful little french old town. There’s  something for everyone here – very family oriented but also some nightlife. I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful town. It’s a beautiful place with excellent transport facilities to the bigger more popular resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo making it an ideal location to stay in south of France.


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A day in the life of a Bedouin

My Bedouin trip was a memorable experience to spend a day in the desert. My excursion started with a camel ride in the Sinai desert late in the afternoon.

Camel ride in the desert

 
We enjoyed the desert scenery and at sunset we got to the top of a mountain and saw the most amazing sunset in the desert with spectacular colours at dusk. 

 

After a tour of the desert we got to the tent where the people living there were preparing a meal for us. I also tried baking a Bedouin bread by the campfire and after getting it wrong a couple of times, I finally managed to bake a perfect one.
 

After dinner dance

 

We had some shisha and after dinner we danced to the Bedouin drums. The entertainment continued till it got pitch black dark after which we were taken further into the desert to a secluded and extremely isolated area where there was a guide with enormous telescopes waiting for us.

The guide was very informative and we got to see a galaxy of stars, some planets and so many shooting stars. I got to learn a lot about the stars and the whole experience was so amazing and knowledgeable.

I highly recommend spending a day with the Bedouin tribe if you are in Sharm el sheikh.