We were lucky enough that this was our second visit to the United Arab Emirate city of Dubai and so we knew what to expect…although having previously visited didn’t stop us from getting giddy with excitement as we came in to land over the iconic cityscape. Looking out the airplane window, a sea of lights sparkled in the dark, mapping out the streets below (and The Palm and The World!) that make up this dynamic desert conurbation.
The pretty resort of Santa Eulalia (the third largest town in Ibiza) is a mere 20minute drive from Ibiza airport. Keeping its traditional Spanish charm, you’ll find tables lining the pavements outside colourful cafes and bars where the locals enjoy a cool beer and afternoon tapas. This is somewhere to enjoy relaxation and restaurants rather than dancing and DJ’s.
Having never entered the doors of this landmark hotel before, I was really intrigued to have a peek inside the London institution that is The Ritz Hotel and of course I was rather excited about all of the tasty teatime treats that awaited us too.
My husband and I had received ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two’ as a gift from his very kind and generous brother and our sister-in-law. We decided to save the experience and indulge on our first wedding anniversary, which of course made the occasion even more memorable.
Dressing up in our best outfits (smart attire is a must) really added to the feeling that we were headed somewhere special. We arrived (I tottered – heels and the Underground are not a good combo for me) at Green Park tube station which is directly adjacent to The Ritz.
Open for over 100 years, The Ritz is one of the world’s most famous hotels. It does not fail to disappoint its visitors by serving up some quintessentially British old school charm, coupled with copious amounts of classic grandeur. Greeted by doormen looking positively regal in their royal blue top hats and tails, we swung through the iconic revolving door and into the elegant lobby.
We were guided to our table in the center of the opulent Palm Court where afternoon tea is served. The resident pianist Ian Gomes aided in creating a buzzy ambience as he performed classical favourites, as did the room full of guests, I suspect there is never an empty seat at any of the afternoon tea sittings.
The decor is decadent; miniature palms in pretty pots decorate the entrance, spectacular chandeliers hang from the domed ceiling over impressive floral centerpieces and the walls are delicately decorated in gold and pastel pink.
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“Langkawi is a famous Malaysian island, renowned for delivering a totally relaxing holiday experience.”
“Cocooned within a rainforest sanctuary, Berjaya Langkawi Resort embraces boundless views of emerald waters and green-cushined mountains. With an array of convention facilities and inspired spa treatments complemented with heartfelt services, moments are filled with a sense of natural connection and harmonious retreat.” – says Berjaya Resort.
After three flights and 24 hours of travelling, arriving at Koh Samui airport would bring a smile to the face of even the weariest of traveller. Looking more like a Hawaiian hut than an airport we were collected from the plane by little trestle trains, brightly coloured and open aired. “Only in Thailand” my man and I said to each other as we trundled along the runway towards the arrivals hut alongside landing jet planes.
This is what we love about Thailand (hence this being our third visit!). It’s not only a beautiful and magical country full of wonderful people and the tastiest of food but also quirky and unique and in so many places still really undeveloped.