Having recently returned from Hurghada, Egypt, we would love to share our most recent experience with you. We cannot recommend the Hotel Makadi Spa, highly enough. This luxury adult only hotel provides an oasis of peace, relaxation and tranquility. It has the most amazing views over the Red Sea from its very own infinity pool and there is a huge choice of fine restaurants within the hotel, including 3 A La Carte restaurants. In addition to this you have an alternative choice of eating establishments within the Makadi Mall or one of its sister hotels, we were most definitely spoilt for choice!! All of the rooms are of a high standard, very spacious and come complete with a contemporary bathroom and large balcony.
In addition to this we found it exceptional value for money, with the exchange rate of 2.22 Egyptian to our £, better than it has ever been and with temperatures an average of 27degrees everyday and a flight of just over 5hours, it was the perfect getaway, to relax and unwind!!
Whilst we do fully appreciate the uncertainty in the world at the moment and Egypt may not be at the top of your list, we can honestly say that we felt safe, secure and most definitely welcomed by the warmth and hospitality of the locals.
If would like to know more, then please do not hesitate to contact me and I would be delighted to share and recommend with you.
Thailand & Dubai Join Jo & Chris on their adventure – 2nts Bangkok, 2nts Phuket, 3days Elephant Hills, 4nts Khao Lak & 3nts Dubai.
Having recently returned from an amazing trip, we would love to share our experiences with you and I can not wait to help you plan your next adventure. We have just a few snippets of our itinerary to share with you....
Bangkok – Rembrant Hotel
Bangkok is an interesting city, with some cultural sights, interesting nightlife and fantastic shopping to suit all tastes and budgets. I personally feel, well worth a visit and two nights was suffice.
The Rembrant Hotel was a great 4* hotel, very central to Century 21 a great shopping mall experience, that could easily be reached via foot or Tuk Tuk.
There are great views over the city from the small pool area, where you can relax and enjoy a spot of lunch or a refreshing drink...
Phuket – Centara Villas
Phuket is one of the most popular beach resorts in Thailand and is also Thailand’s biggest island. You could most definitely stay anything from 2 -10nts as there is plenty to do and it is a great base to explore other parts of Thailand from.
Centara Villas is based in Karon Beach, a beautiful property offering all individual villas nestled away around the resort. However, if you do have walking difficulties, then perhaps not for you!! Karon Beach consists of miles of beautiful white sands, yet only a short 10 minutes drive away from Patong Beach if you are looking for something that little livelier.
Khao Sak – Elephant Hills
Well what can I say?? WOW!! What a great experience. If you are looking to do something totally different and would like to experience that up close and personal touch with the Elephants, than this is a MUST!! There is no riding of the elephants, so everything is natural and they are most definitely cared for.
This was definitely my kind of camping, the luxury tents consisted of a shower, electricity and a toilet. They were very comfortable and more than adequate for our 2nts stay. There are various itineraries that you can do but we did the popular 1night at the Elephant Camp and 1 night at the floating Rainforest Camp. My only comment was I would have liked longer with the Elephants, we experienced approximately 2hours of these amazing animals.
Khao Lak – La Flora
Just north of Phuket, we found the La Flora a hidden gem and we would of loved to have relaxed here for a little longer. Khao Lak has miles of stunning beaches and ample bars, restaurants and markets to explore. Also not forgetting the Tsnamui Musueam. All of this can be found within walking distance to the hotel or if you a feeling energetic then you can take advantage of the free bicycle rental from the hotel.
La Floa is a fantastic 4* property, in a great location. It is a smaller property with, two pools, one restaurant and three bars but is spread out well so that you feel as though it is in fact bigger. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Beachfront Villa room which was amazing, however, in saying that the Swim Access rooms that we originally booked were more than adequate.
Dubai – Sofitel Jumeriah Walk
Dubai is a fast growing, cosmopolitan city with some amazing sites, buildings and shopping malls. This was our first visit Dubai and we are most definitely glad that we have been. It is a great stop over destination but please be prepared for the cost of living in this fascinating city.
The Sofitel Hotel is a great 5* hotel offering one of the best breakfasts in Dubai. Again the hotel is within walking distance to the Marina, a stones throw away from the beach and right on Jumeriah Walk.
In early December 2015, I was fortunate to visit South Africa on an educational visit with Hayes and On the Go Tours.
This was a fantastic opportunity. We flew in to Capetown via Johannesburg with South African Airways. On arrival in Capetown our first port of call was to Table Mountain. The weather was in our favour and gave us a clear view of city below.
A local Hyrax (related to the elephant family) on the rocks of Table Mountain. The cable car was approx £12 return, the restaurant was good value. What a better way to enjoy the magnificent views!
On our journey we stopped for wine tasting at Hemel en Aarde. Bottles of wine from £2.50 bargain!!!
Our adventure stayed in Backpackers hotels and Campsites. On The Go Tours use a truck for their over landing programme in Africa, this can take up to 25-28 guests who wish to explore this vast continent.
The Vehicles have been designed to give the best comfort and security.
They are fully self- sufficient with cooking and camping equipment, you have three crew members consist of a team leader a driver and Safari cook.
They provide easily erectable two person tents with sewn in ground sheets. They stay at campsites with hot showers and some even have a pool and bar.
If you do not want to stay in tent, lodges can be booked for you. This is an adventure, a way to travel Africa, meet like minded people, experience camping in a secure environment.
We visited the lovely town of Hermanus, which is famous for Whale watching
from July to December, sadly we had just missed them.
We travelled through the Otenique Mountain pass with magnificent
views to the small town of Oudtshoorn to see the Cango caves and Ostrich
The Ostrich egg is so strong you can even stand on them. Each egg is
equivalent to 12 hens eggs, one egg can feed over 10 people.
Mugged by Ostrich, if you are feeling brave you can even ride
Our journey continued and we stopped at the beautiful town of
Knysna and took a boat trip on the Knysna estuary. Stunning scenery!
Are next stop was Tsitsikamma National Park. We camped at
Our highlight of our trip was to visit Addo Elephant National Park. As a fan of Safari I would have loved to have explored longer! South Africa lived up to my dreams. I would highly recommend a visit. The Country has stunning scenery, fantastic value for money! A good quality meal in a restaurant overlooking the sea with drinks for £5 bargain! As camping is not my thing, I would recommend hotel stays as they are great value from guesthouses to 5* luxury. If you would like to discuss my trip and plan a South Africa trip, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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