Arriving in Phuket, Thailand was so exciting! When we finally got out of the airport (the customs took forever) we got in the bus and headed to our beautiful resort 'Katathani Phuket Beach Resort'. The drive to the resort was eye opening to say the least. We drove through all of the shanty towns and saw the REAL side of Phuket that you don't see on the internet. The electrical wiring was all tangled and really crazy to see. It was really sad to see all the people selling things from their front yards and the lives that these people live.
When we finally arrived at the hotel after a long plain flight and drive it was wonderful to be greeted with cold towels and lychee juice. The resort was BEAUTIFUL! There were stunning pools and beautiful facilities and our room was lovely. It was a real tropical paradise! We had our own beach and were only a short walk away from some restaurants and shops. We were about a twenty minute tuk tuk ride away from Patong and Kata beach. It was good to be a bit away from all of the action as the town was WILD as you will read about in one of my next blog posts! We had a nice dinner not far from the resort and a much needed quiet night in.
Stay tuned for more Phuket adventures.
On my way to Phuket, Thailand, I was lucky enough to have a 24 hour stopover in Singapore! Although we had a short time in the gorgeous country, we wanted to make the most of every hour! We stayed at the Novotel in Clarke Quay which was a great location and a short walk away from all the excitement! We walked to Clarke Quay and had a look around the area. We had an Uncle's Ice-cream sandwich, which is something all tourists must do while in Singapore! We walked to Chinatown and I loved seeing the lanterns and the beautiful buildings. We had dinner at 'Hawker Chan' the worlds cheapest Michelin Star restaurant and our chicken and rice was delicious! For only $3.00 my dinner was fabulous! I loved Chinatown and would recommend it to anyone in Singapore, it is a great place to go.
After experiencing China town, we went to Gardens By The Bay. IT WAS INCREDIBLE! The Gardens By The Bay were so beautiful. They were green and lush and quite magical. We went into the dome 'Cloud Forest' and it was so beautiful. There was a waterfall and so many beautiful plants and you really did feel like you were in a 'Cloud Forest'. After exploring that dome we went to The 'Supergrove Trees show'. That was amazing! The supergrove trees are gorgeous and seeing the Marina Bay Sands building in the background was special. The trees changed colour with the beat of the music and it was absolutely beautiful! I definitely recommend doing this while in Singapore. It was so sad to leave in the morning, but the holiday wasn't over yet! Stay tuned for Phuket, Thailand!
In December 2015, I spent a fabulous day at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Cabo was one of the ports on a Mexican Riviera cruise that we did on the Crown Princess. I absolutely loved Cabo. We had such a wonderful day there! We started off by taking a boat from the mainland to the beach, which was a great way to see the beautiful rock formations and the seals! The rock formations were incredible to see and it was fabulous to see the seals in their natural habitats.
We spent the day swimming in the pristine water and taking the beautiful place in. The dads all loved spending the day drinking their $1 coronas while relaxing in the water. I bought some beautiful jewellery from people selling it on the beach and enjoyed reading my book in a beach chair. I also went parasailing which was quite the experience! I was a bit scared but the views were breathtaking (especially with 4 cruise ships docked!) and that was definitely the highlight of my day in Cabo San Lucas.
But unfortunately, the day had to come to an end and we had to get back on the ship and sail away. I would love to go back there again someday.
There are some places that I just can't get enough of. Places that I just want to keep going back to and don't get sick of. Here is my list of magical and timeless destinations I have been to:
Yosemite National Park, near San Francisco is such a magical place to stay at for a few days or just for a day trip. It is a beautiful place all year round, but I think the magic truly happens in Winter. The views are absolutely breathtaking and I could look at them for hours on end. The snow was also so much fun to play in and throw snowballs with. Yes it is a long drive to get there from San Francisco but the view out the window is magical and you won't get bored. I loved seeing all of the wildlife; foxes and squirrels and birds playing/fighting. It was like a live David Attenborough documentary! Yosemite is such a BEAUTIFUL place!
Port Vila, Vanuatu
In my opinion, Vanuatu is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I have visited four times and love it even more every time that I go. The small islands such as Hideaway, Iririkki and Pele are absolutely incredible and have such beautiful snorkelling and gorgeous ocean views. The Cascade waterfalls and Blue lagoon are nothing short of beautiful and such wonderful places to visit. The people are the friendliest people I have ever met, they barely have anything but are overly generous and so happy all the time. I have met some amazing people there that I will never forget. Vanuatu is a place that I will never cease to love and think everyone should visit and experience. CLICK TO READ MORE
Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA is one of the most exciting places I have ever been. It was so exciting to walk down the strip and go from New York to Paris to Venice in one day! The hotels and casinos are so beautiful and unique. I stayed at Paris for four nights and had an absolute blast, I felt like I was in Europe! The rooms were beautiful and so was the pool, casino and the shopping area. I loved the atmosphere in Vegas, there was always something exciting happening everywhere you look. While in Vegas, I spent my days going from hotel to hotel and looking at the exciting things each country had to offer! New York had a roller coaster and Venice had gondola rides! I also went shopping at the outlets and bought gorgeous things for affordable prices. I also went to the Grand Canyon on a helicopter and that was an INCREDIBLE experience! The Grand Canyon was so beautiful and it was amazing seeing it from up so high!
Las Vegas is fabulous during the day, but the real party starts at night! There are so many amazing shows to see and the theatres they are shown in blew my mind! We saw a variety show, La Reve 'The Dream' which was absolutely incredible and a Cirque De Solei show called 'Mystere' which of course we loved. Seeing shows in Vegas is a must do! The lights at night from all of the hotels are so beautiful, you don't know where to look! Vegas is one of my favourite places. Las Vegas is by far the most exciting and exhilarating place I have ever been and I recommend everyone going and making the most of a truly unique experience!
Recently, my family and I went on the Voyager Of The Seas on a cruise around the South Pacific. Noumea was our first port of call! Noumea is the capital city of New Caledonia a collectivity of France, which is situated in the South Pacific. It is a French speaking country but most people also speak English. Noumea is an industrial city with some beautiful beaches. Noumea is hot all year round so anytime of year is a great time to go. I have travelled to Noumea on numerous occasions and I have put together a few things that are great to do while in Noumea!
Firstly, as Noumea is part of a French collectivity, there is lots of French bakeries! They are everywhere so they are easy to find. The food, sweet and savoury are delicious! There is so many delicious things to choose from that you can’t just walk away with one item!
When in Noumea, you should definitely also try to go to some markets. There are some lovely handicrafts for sale that local people have made. You will most likely find lots of pretty jewellery, sarongs, clothes and souvenirs. They are also quite affordable.
Anse Vata beach is Noumea’s main and best beach. It is a beautiful spot. The water is very blue and calm. There are lots of shady trees, which is great as it gets very hot in Noumea. Anse Vata beach is a very nice place to relax and read a book or go swimming! TO READ MORE CLICK BELOW
Vanuatu is an island located in the South Pacific. It is one of my favourite places I have ever been! It is such a beautiful place to visit! I have been to Vanuatu numerous times on cruise ships and to stay. There is so many fun things to do there and the people are some of the nicest people I have ever met. The beaches and lagoons are incredible. They have crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches which is magical. The cascades waterfalls were beautiful to see and it was an incredible experience to climb them. The ladies markets in town are lovely! There are so many beautiful things to buy and the ladies were so nice to us!
We stayed at 'Warrick Le Lagon' which was such a beautiful resort! It had great pools, beach access and such a lovely island feel! The food and service was wonderful! There are so many beautiful islands close to the mainland. I absolutely loved Pele Island where I snorkelled in 70m deep water! The island and village was gorgeous! I also visited Hideaway Island which was a place I will never forget! The water was so blue and the snorkelling was beautiful! The underwater post box was very cool! We got there by water taxi which was a lot of fun! Vanuatu is in my eyes 'the most beautiful place in the world' and I would recommend it to everyone!
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia is one of my favourite places in the world! The beaches are so beautiful and the town has so many nice cafes and shops! Byron Bay has quickly become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia bringing people from all over the world including celebrities! Byron has a great vibe and is so much fun! As you can see above the beaches are beautiful! And so are the resorts! There is so many fun things to do at Byron Bay.
Visiting the lighthouse is a must do as the view from the top is so beautiful! You can either walk or drive up, the walk is very strenuous so I prefer driving! Check out the cool shops in town as they have some beautiful and quirky things! My favourite book shop 'Mary-Ryans' is there so I always give it a visit! The cafes have some amazing food! My favourite is the 'Twisted Sista' which does delicious breakfast, lunch and incredible sweet treats! If you go to Byron Bay, definitely go to 'The Farm'. They have delicious food and it such a lovely place to visit. My favourite part of going to Byron Bay is the beach! The water is so blue and is perfect! Next time you are in Australia, definitely check out Byron Bay!
I absolutely LOVE an island getaway. Whether it is on a cruise or in a hotel or in a small hut on the beach, in my opinion nothing beats it! The warm weather, the sun and of course the beautiful blue water. In this heat here in Australia at the moment, I would love nothing more than to be on an island at the beach! So here are some of my experiences with island getaways.
Port Vila, Vanuatu (and surrounding islands) I absolutely love Vanuatu and the small islands like Hideaway, Pele, Mystery and Iririki Island. They are all PARADISE! I have been to Vanuatu numerous times and have loved every single time. The island is beautiful. There are so many beautiful beaches and stunning lagoons and waterfalls. There is amazing snorkelling and so many wonderful things to experience.
Fiji is another tropical paradise located in the south pacific. There are so many beautiful beaches and islands such as Castaway Island, Dravuni island and more! Fiji is very green, lush and beautiful, a wonderful place to see!
I have only been to Honolulu, but I know that any island of Hawaii is a tropical wonderland! Beautiful beaches, mountains, amazing shopping and good food! What more could you want? There are so many beautiful things to see and exciting experiences on offer.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Whether you are holidaying at Green Island, Daydream island or any of the others, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time. The snorkelling is amazing and you will most likely see turtles, reef sharks, rays and stunning fish and coral. The islands are PERFECT for a relaxing getaway!
South Pacific Cruise
Last, but certainly not least a cruise around the South Pacific. You have the opportunity to travel to many beautiful places that you may not be able to access on a normal trip, while staying on a STUNNING cruise ship. Cruise ships have amazing entertainment, food and facilities, everything you need while on a holiday!