Archive for the ‘Beach Holidays’ Category

Coral Bungalows – Koh Phangan Thailand

Monday, August 25th, 2008

dscf0427.JPGArguably the best place to stay in Koh Phangan especially for the build up to the full moon party, Coral Bungalows is the party happening place to be.

Known for its legendary pool parties Coral Bungalows has a selection of rooms to choose from. You can either stay in the cheaper rooms with just fan or with air conditioning which are a little pricier. The rooms are spacious, clean, secure and well presented with a double bed and single bed for 2 to 3 people. Situated right on the beach you have optional sunbathing areas which are either on the sun loungers by the pool or on the beach with your towel. As well as an on site restaurant serving food throughout the day, there is an onsite launderette. A great place to stay in a great location with fellow hedonistic travelers! The pool parties are so much fun.

Prices vary through different times of the month but the week before the full moon party is when it’s most expensive. For the two nights before and the night of the full moon party, prices are 1500 baht per room. Visit the website for more information.

Amari Palm Reef Resort – Koh Samui Thailand

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

dscf0310.JPGLooking for the ultimate relaxation holiday in Thailand’s south east coast? Head to the island Koh Samui, it has a mixture of Koh Phangan’s hedonistic night life and Koh Tao’s ultimate chill out scene.

The Amari Palm Beach Resort is one of the nicest hotels dotted along Chaweng Beach (the most popular destination) and will not disappoint. With spectacular views of the sea the beautiful hotel boasts it all. With 187 Thai style superior and deluxe rooms set in tropical gardens with a large and lovely pool can you complain? Rooms feature air conditioning, a color television with satellite T.V, a personal safe and private bathroom. There are two lovely bars to drink at and two lovely restaurants to dine in.

Visit the Amari Palm Reef Resort website for more information. Rooms start at around £65 per night based on 2 people sharing in September.

Koh Phi Phi – Thailand

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

dscf9513.JPGArguably Thailand’s backpacker’s paradise, Koh Phi Phi is made up of 2 islands, Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Ley. One you may recognize more than the other and that is because it was the set of the blockbuster movie The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

Here is somewhere you can call paradise, crystal clear blue sea, tropical fish and stunning rock formations dotted around; this really is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Set on the south west of Thailand off the coast of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi has attracted tourists from all around the world. Koh Phi Phi Don is the main island filled with hedonistic travelers that come here for the small and cozy selection of guest houses and hotels to stay in, the select few bars, restaurants, clubs and shops and then the gorgeous beaches.

Koh Phi Phi Ley is a national park and can only be visited during the day on set excursions. The excursions will take you snorkeling and swimming and then to a little place called Monkey Island with lots of monkeys and a little place called Maya Bay aka ‘The Beach’.

Definitely a must see place in Thailand you can take a ferry or a speed boat over to the islands from Krabi or Phuket.

Mauritius – A dream honeymoon!

Monday, August 11th, 2008

MauritiusA map of Mauritius quickly reveals why the island nation is one of the world’s most inviting and popular honeymoon destinations, with more than 90 kilometres of white sandy beaches and safe, crystal clear lagoons. It is a haven, a retreat and a place to explore and be happy in all rolled into one.

As the map indicates, Mauritius is situated some 2,400 km off Africa’s south-west coast and protected from the open sea – the Indian Ocean – by the world’s third largest coral reef which surrounds the island, apart from the south.

Volcanic in origin, Mauritius is a country of fascinating contrasts: mountains are scattered throughout the island, along with tropical forests and its amazing coastal scenery. Although the island’s most famous bird – the dodo – was last seen in the late 17th Century, Mauritius boasts a profusion of flora and fauna, with tropical gardens, lakes, bird parks and even and extinct volcano or two to visit.

The capital, Port Louis, is a thriving mix of old colonial, with Portuguese, Dutch, French and British architectural and cultural influences and striking modernity, with high-rise offices, vying with the mountain range that surrounds the city. Among its many features are its busiest thoroughfare – the wonderful Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street – named after a former prime minister – and the Champ de Mars racecourse, founded in 1812.

As the US writer Mark Twain noted in his book Following the Equator: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” If you would like to book an ideal honeymoon like this visit Mauritius Honeymoons at Holidays Please.

H10 Estepona Palace

Monday, June 9th, 2008

H10 Estepona Palace Swimming PoolOur third stop-off on this two week mission to find a wedding venue is the Estepona Palace along the beach front in the heart of Estepona. The hotel is really beautiful with a stunning grand reception, large spacious bedrooms (some in need of an uplift) and large grounds with a huge pool right next to the beach. The beach itself isn’t the best beach in the Costa Del Sol but just a five minute walk around the corner is a great swimming beach with drinks and snack bars.

My only reservation with this hotel is the popularity of it! The two previous hotels we’ve stayed in were very quiet and peaceful but at the H10 you have to fight for a sunbed and get down early in the morning to reserve a good spot. Breakfast time is also a bit manic and again getting there early pays off. Other than that it is quite lovely and bearing in mind it is peak time I guess it’s to be expected.

We did find a really lovely spot here where we could potentially have our wedding ceremony but its not quite exclusive enough for a quiet doo and the function/disco room was OK but not great.

The best thing about this hotel is the location, everything is either a short walk or short drive and its quite easy to get around and find your way back!

I haven’t been to the spa yet but it looks really lovely and quite reasonably priced as well. I may opt for a quick treatment in there before I am whisked off the our next hotel in Ronda, maybe a massage to recover from all the wedding planning!

Visit the H10 Website for prices and more information.

Photographs from The H10 Estepona Palace

H10 BedroomH10 Pool AreaH10 Estepona PalaceH10 barH10 Bar on Terrace

Selenza Hotel Estepona: Sleek and Stylish but Isolated

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Selenza Snack BarAfter checking out of the Rock Hotel Gibraltar, we headed for the Selenza hotel just outside Estepona. We got a bit lost because the hotel is not situated right on the beach, in fact its a little out of the way but we got there in the end.

The 4* hotel appears brand new and super modern with simplistic but effective decoration throughout. The snack bar, restaurant and pool area are also well looked after and beautifully styled. Our room was on the 3rd floor and was nice, the only downside was that a road ran directly passed the hotel so instead of listening to the soothing sound of the sea as I read my novel on the balcony, I could hear sounds of building trucks wizzing past and noisy pedestrians.

The Room itself was very nice; plasma TV, large bed, good wardrobe space, dressing gowns, good shower, very comfortable. If you decide to stay here, request a room on a lower floor overlooking the swimming pool – a much better view and more peaceful surroundings.

In terms of the appearance of the hotel itself I have no complaints. I do however think the location was poor, it is on the end of Estepona on the way to Puerto Banus (visited Trader Vics, Banus while staying here which I highly recommend if you fancy a night out). Not close to any shops therefore eating in the hotel restaurant is the only option if you don’t have a hire car or want to get a taxi. The food and drinks were overpriced and there is a limited selection.

If you get a chance to visit the spa please do, we were given vouchers to use the Thalasso Pool free of charge for the day which we took full advantage of. The spa is beautiful, very up to date, fantastic gym and there are some great treatments on offer. Treatments are expensive but a wide variety are available. I had a citrus body scrub to get rid of dead cells which was very relaxing and helped prepare my skin before my sun bathing sessions.

All in all, a lovely looking hotel in a poor location but well worth a visit if you fancy a few days of pampering and relaxation. Visit www.selenza.com for more pictures and information.

Photographs from The Selenza

Selenza BedroomSelenza BedroomSelenza PoolSelenza StairsSelenza SpaSelenza Decor

Super Sassy Sunglasses

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

bottega-veneta-sunglasses.jpgIts quite a well known fact that most women buy designer sunglasses as that’s for some as close as they will get to owning anything designer so why not get the best this 2008 from Harvey Nichols online.

The selection of sunglasses is amazing but I’ve fallen for the Bottega Veneta BV58/S 807 LF sunglasses in black with 100% UVA and UVB protection. With classic round black acetate frames and graduated grey lenses these sunglasses make for a super chic and feminine look. For some reason I picture either a lovely headscarf or neckachief and a large tote to be the perfect accessories with the glasses.

Get yourself a pair from Harvey Nichols online costing £175.

Ibiza Rocks Hotel – New For 2008

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

ibiza-rocks-hotel.jpgJust as you think Ibiza cant get better, Ibiza Rocks the seasonal event of live music and wild partying takes over a hotel.

The former Club Paraiso hotel has now been renamed and will be open for the summer season. The 3 star hotel situated in San Antonio will include three swimming pools, a 24 hour bar, 2 pool side bars and gym and a restaurant to name a few. Just 300 meters from the beach and sunset bars the hotel is situated right in the centre of San Antonio. What do you get in your Ibiza Rocks holiday? Plenty of entertainment from pool parties to after parties, rep service and a guaranteed option to buy Ibiza Rocks gig tickets for indie’s freshest and finest bands. There’s also optional airport shuttle transfers and insurance. Studios are available based on 3 or 4 people staying with basic facilities including bath, shower, WC and kitchen.

Book your Ibiza Rocks holiday through the website. Seven nights at the beginning of July costs around £415 based on 2 people sharing.

Tom Ford Slick & Stylish

Friday, February 8th, 2008

tom-ford-bianca-sunglasses.jpgShopping for sunglasses sounds easy but in actual fact it’s a gruelling task which takes hours because you need to find the right pair for you especially if they are by a pricey fashion designer.

These Tom Ford Bianca sunglasses may lighten your summer accessory load. With thick black frames and dark lenses this sleek and stylish pair of sunglasses are a ‘must have’ this summer.

Although they are an expensive £199 they are so worth it. Get your pair at Net A Porter now and enjoy the sun in style.

Rio Carnival 2008

Monday, February 4th, 2008

rio-carnival-2008.jpgOnce again the Rio carnival returns and is livelier than ever. This year it begins on Saturday the 2nd of February until ‘Fat Tuesday’ the 5th of February. I know it’s Monday morning but if you happen to be in Rio get yourself down there or just remember the month for 2009’s carnival.

With so much to do the carnival is one of the liveliest and most talked about events in South America. Samba parades, carnival balls, Rio scala, Samba land, merry making in Lapa, Samba school nights and street parties are just some of the forms of entertainment on offer, it is an event not to be missed.

Visit the Rio Carnival website for information about tickets and prices or just head to the street parties for free and party the night away.