Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates with Kids : A City Getaway

Having lived in Dubai for more than a decade – the thought of doing a staycation in a hotel attached to Mall of the Emirates would never, ever cross our minds. It’s literally 10 minutes from home and we go to MOE a lot. So why on earth would we even consider staying in the […]

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A Tea Sommelier Experience @ Seasalt, Alila Hinu Bay – Mirbat Oman

Have you ever done a Tea Sommelier experience? During our stay in Alila Hinu Bay, I had the opportunity to do a one on one session with the very lovely Maureen in their signature restaurant – Seasalt. The husband was not interested had to stay with the kids in the Kids Club which was conveniently […]

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A Relaxing Family Staycation @ Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Right by the Salalah coast lies a luxury resort whose name we may be quite familiar with : Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. We stayed here with the kids in April 2022 on the second half of our Salalah trip – with just one goal in mind : to relax, and we did just […]

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Excursions from Alila Hinu Bay : Journey through the Mirbat Coast

On the third day in Alila Hinu Bay, we got on a boat with the amazing Frank from Ocean Sense. Similar to the Wadi Darbat excursion, this is booked through Alila and they will organise everything for you. More packed lunches and drinks so you don’t have to worry about all that. Frank picked us up […]

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Excursions from Alila Hinu Bay : Journey to Wadi Darbat

On the second day in Alila Hinu Bay, we went on an excursion through to Jabal Samhan to Wadi Darbat with the family. You can book this through Alila and they will organise everything for you – including packed lunches and drinks so you can have it as a picnic while you are there. The […]

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An idyllic family retreat @ Alila Hinu Bay, Mirbat Oman

Tucked away in Mirbat, Oman – sits an expansive and stunning property by the name of Alila Hinu Bay. We had the privilege of staying here with the family early April 2022 during its soft opening phase. Here’s what we thought of the resort, and why you should definitely add this to your Oman Bucket […]

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Dubai to Salalah with Kids : An Overview

We spent 5 nights in Salalah during the Spring Break – April 2022. This was the first time visiting the South Eastern side of Oman – having been to Muscat almost ten years ago now. It was also our first real holiday since Summer of 2019 so we were fairly nervous and excited at the […]

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14 Days MIQ in Naumi Hotel Auckland AIrport, New Zealand

We’ve been “released” from MIQ for about a week now. In George Michael’s beautiful voice….. “Freedom…!!” There has been a lot of family time, eating, local playground and parks, and just good ol’ chilling. It has been surreal to be out and about – maskless, in a “world” which is more or less covid-free. That […]

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18 hours with Emirates EK448

Sitting here in our quarantine hotel room, cup of coffee next to my laptop. It’s 4:52 pm and 14 degree celsius outside. The room is warm, but I’m in 3 layers. My black t-shirt, my 50% off H&M pink jumper, and my awesome blue Uniqlo down jacket. Climatising, it’s called. Maybe I’ll be in shorts […]

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Scotland : Where we stayed : Shantron Farm Holiday Cottage

Whilst we did day trips to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Luss, passing by most days to Balloch and Dumbarton where daddy was at, the highlight of the trip was simply our stay in the Shantron Farm. The kids would be watching the ewes and lambs, we saw calves which were a day old still struggling to stand, […]

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Sicily with Kids : The Highlights – Part 1

Going through the many photos we took at Sicily makes me want to go on another holiday. The wine, the blue skies with ginormous fluffy cloud. The pasta, the tiramisu, the landscape. The big grin on the 3-year old’s face as she devoured the gelato (and the tantrums that followed on when I attempted to […]

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Sicily : Where we stayed : Schuler Residence, Taormina

I spend a lot of time researching where to go when it comes to holidays. I didn’t personally know anyone who had been, so had to ask around for advice in facebook groups and just read a million reviews on booking.com and tripadvisor.com. Schuler Residence (click here, see Apartment Type D) in Taormina caught my […]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan : Where we stayed : The Ritz Carlton Almaty

When we decided that we were going to spend a few days in Almaty, I was worried that it would be too much like going to another city. Then I saw some of the photos of The Ritz Carlton with the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop and the green parks in front of it – […]

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Family Staycation in Downtown Dubai – Address Boulevard Dubai

Address Boulevard Dubai opened its door earlier this year. Yes, I know  – another Address ๐Ÿ™‚ So everyone knows the infamous Address Downtown Dubai which made headlines news NYE 2016. It’s not that one – this is the brand new beautiful property, which is located opposite Fashion parking, and you got it – along the Emaar […]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan : Where we stayed : Rixos Almaty

During our four nights in Almaty, we chose to stay in two different hotels, so we could experience different parts of the city. The Rixos was our choice for the first two nights, because it was a) highly-rated in booking.com and tripadvisor  b) located in the middle of Almaty city. Here’s a brief summary of […]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan : The Sights

No, we didn’t see Borat. In fact, when I brought this up to our guide whilst walking through the beautiful First Presidents Park, she told me that the people of Kazakhstan are not so fond of him (to put it nicely). The movie was not even filmed in Kazakhstan! So, how was Almaty? Did we […]

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Romania : Where we stayed : Kronwell Brasov Hotel

I got a little confused when researching on where to stay in Brasov. After a lot of reading up of reviews, we finally settled on Kronwell. It looked modern, clean, there was parking, and I was running out of time – we had to agree on somewhere. We ended up staying for 3 nights here, […]

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Romania : Where we stayed : Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest

We spent the first two nights of our stay in Romania, in the heart of the city – Bucharest. We figured two nights would do it justice, before we went on our road-trip to the outskirts towards Brasov. Extremely glad that we started our Romanian holiday in Intercontinental Hotel Bucharest – situated just a 10-minute […]

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