Travel Diary – Greece & Dubai

Friends, it’s just over a week since I returned home from one amazing trip.

My husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary at the end of April ( 10 years – I know CRAZY)- time flys when you’re having fun!!

One night he came home from work & spontaneously said, lets do the Greek Islands for our anniversary. It has been on my bucket list for a while. Very happy I can now tick that one off.

Living so far away from the rest of the world the plane trip to get there was long, however made easier with some Champagne & loads of in flight movies to watch. Oh & as it was a kid free trip, to be honest it was actually just bliss sitting there doing nothing but think of what drink I would like next and what movie to watch or magazine to read. A pleasure most of us parents do not get to do on a regular basis.

Once we arrived to our destination, that being Oia Santorini, we could not believe our eyes. It really is like a post card!! Beauty all around. Words can’t describe how amazingly beautiful this place really is.

We stayed at Santorini Secret Suites & Spa for Four blissful nights, it totally blew us away in all aspects. The view, the location, the staff – I could go on & on, seriously highly recommend this beautiful boutique style hotel.

Oia, Santorini is surrounded by gorgeous blue and white painted houses, has lots of cobbled streets and burst’s of coloured plants all around. I would have to say it is the most picturesque place I have ever been to. We spent most of our days by the pool, eating, exploring, shopping and simply taking in the natural beauty this island has to offer.

Make sure you take comfortable shoes ( I didn’t wear heels once) thank goodness I packed a few stylish and comfy flat/sandal type shoes that I could wear from day to night.

There a tones of places to eat and drink but two stand outs for us were Melitini & Fanari these two restaurants offer traditional Greek Cuisine.

Santorini is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway, but also has plenty to offer if you feel like being a little more adventurous. P.S Highly recommend doing a boat cruise or chartering a yacht or boat around the Caldera and watching the sunset. Seriously one of the best sunset’s in the world. Just magical. No words can express how wonderful it truly is. You can also visit many other islands this way to.

Next Stop……..MYKONOS

Mykonos is known for being one of the most popular and glamorous islands. The beaches are clear blue and you will hear music pumping somewhere in the background. It definitely has that “party” feel, in a nice relaxed way though. We had three nights on this islands & loved every bit of it. The shopping is great, excellent food and of course the beaches are amazing, there are also endless bars to have that afternoon cocktail at. We Stayed at Grecotel Mykonos Blu – this hotel has the best vibe, I felt calm & relaxed as soon as I walked in. INTERIOR LOVE – MEDITERRANEAN STYLE. I have taken away not only memories from the trip but also many tips on home styling ideas. As some of you know I have a major passion for Interiors. This hotel is also situated on Psarou beach, an arms length reach to the famous Nammos restaurant where we had a gorgeous lunch. Be prepared for table dancing!! – yep literally, customers are free to dance around where ever they please- even on tables! SO much fun! A must visit that’s for sure.

Another stand out for a places to eat in Mykonos was Kiku at Cavotagoo seriously the best Japanese food ever. La Familia was another favourite of ours, we had the perfect lunch here, so light & fresh.

 

I was actually slightly sad to leave Greece, but holidays unfortunantly always have to come to an end. Greece you have my heart and we will be back very soon. Next time with the kids.

 

Next Stop……..DUBAI

To be honest I didn’t quite know what to expect from Dubai, apart from the obvious of course ( The heat, The ultra Modern architecture & Luxury shopping ) but I can honestly say the three nights we spent there, we had a blast. We did a desert safari cruise, had dinner “Arabian style” under the stars, watched the sunset over the Arabian desert, swam in crystal clear waters, and enjoyed the middle eastern cuisines. Dubai is Safe and very family friendly.

We happened to be there during Ramadan, which is a time of fasting for the islamic people. This means no eating or drinking in public places- as Dubai has lots of tourist’s who are non muslim they have “areas” where you can go to eat/drink,  so we found this didn’t affect as at all. Just to keep in mind though at the big shopping malls lots of cafes & restaurants were closed. Back at the resort you can do what you like, it is just out away from the Resort areas that had these restrictions during this time. With the fashion, being a muslim city you obvioulsy see the traditional dress, but it is also very wetsernised to. Just be respectful out in public and show some modesty in regards to how you dress, that doesn’t mean you need to be covered from head to toe but just be aware you are not showing too much skin. TIP- take a shawl/ scarf I found I used mine a lot if i wanted to cover my shoulders in certain areas if i was wearing a singlet.

We loved our hotel we stayed at in Dubai, it was a fantastic location and was situated on the waterways, so you can get a Gondola to transport you around. Check out Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and be sure to check out the Souk markets when you are here. The gondola will drop you off from this hotel. If you are after a good shopping mall, go visit The Dubai Mall has lots of high end boutiques as well as few chain store options.

 

 

 

Below are some of my fashion looks and what I wore on my trip

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my Travel Diary

Love always Emily

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