Why Singapore is a must see destination? #FlashBackFriday

Singapore is one of the most visited tourist destinations of South East Asia and I totally see why. This island city-state is architectural marvel with a diverse range of exciting activities and attractions to suit different visitors interest.

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There are many reasons why one should visit Singapore, I have taken the liberty of listing my top reasons.

  1. Visa free travel
  • Coming from South Africa this is awesome, there’s nothing that I dread more than applying for a VISA. The process can sometimes be lengthy and cumbersome. It’s great to know that one can visit Singapore at anytime (should the travel budget allow for it).
  1. The city landscape, architectural marvel and cleansines
  • Singapore’s gorgeous skyline will take your breath away. As you wander around Singapore, you’ll notice a mixture of modern skyscrapers with heritage buildings all around.
  • Another thing that you will notice is how clean the city is, it’s simply refreshing.

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  1. The Marina Bay
  • A great starting point to marvel at the architectural icons and attraction that Singapore has to offer. From the Marina Bay Sands to the Merlion Park to the Art Science Museum, the helix bridge the list is endless.
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Views of the Marina Bay 
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The Merlion Park
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The helix bridge

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  • In the mornings, we ran at the bay, we walked around the bay to get to places of interest and the kids managed to ride bikes. It’s the simple things that make this place a splendid experience by day or by night.
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By night
  1. Gardens by the Bay
  • The gardens by the bay is Singapores top attraction, a truly unique experience – it blends nature and cutting-edge architecture and features the following: –
    • The Flower Dome, the world’s largest glass greenhouse – an impressive 1.28 hectares of flowers under glass.
    • The Supertrees which can be found around the garden, they are man-made trees of up to 16 storeys tall, with 12 at the Supertree Grove.
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View of the Garden by the bay from the 57th floor of the SkyPark

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At night one feels like they are in Pandora with the way the trees light up. It’s a just simply majestic.

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By night – Supertrees

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  • The Dragonfly Lake and Kingfisher Lake are a rich source of aquatic life and also act as an eco-filter to cleanse water pumped in from the Marina reservoir.

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  1. The family-friendly attractions
  • Singapore offers a number of family-friendly activities, making it ideal for travellers looking for an exotic vacation spot with options for children.
    • Sentosa Island – is Singapore’s premier island resort getaway, a man made island that was built for fun and recreation. It includes Resorts World, Universal Studios Singapore, Tiger Sky Tower, Singapore Butterfly & Insect Kingdom, and one of the largest collections of aquatic animals in the world, SEA Aquarium.
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  • The night safari is another great experience for the little people, coming from South Africa, we were impressed by the animals in the park. Its home to over 2,500 animals across 130 species –– of which 38% are threatened.

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  1. Food Paradise & Shopping Mecca
  • The food culture is big in Singapore with an array of  different culinary experience, from your local to international cuisine. I might just have to arrange a separate trip to this city-state just to explore the different culinary experiences. On our visit, food was something that we did when we remembered we were hungry, we did manage to eat at some lovely child friendly places.

A. Bread Street Kitchen, Singapore

A modern industrial restaurant and bar, located at the Marina Bay Sands, was a perfect late lunch/early dinner place for the family. Its family friendly and I really liked the kiddie’s menu, very creating.

The food all round was a hit, I enjoyed my Quinoa salad with cucumber, avocado, baby spinach, dried cranberries, toasted almond. The dessert was lovely, I also had the Chocolate Fondant with salted caramel, mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Attention to detail, friendly staff and great food is what makes the Bread Street Kitchen a must eat place.

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B. 63 Espresso http://www.63espresso.com/

A cosy coffee shop and cafe with great ambience. We had a light lunch at the one located at Orchard Paragon.

I had the Siam Tofu and the Truffle fries. I usually enjoy tofu but I was not blown away by the way they cooked it. The truffle fries were ok, just found the truffle oil slightly overpowering.

I did enjoy my Matcha Latte, its a place I would frequent if I lived in Singapore.

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C. DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe 

This was the little people’s choice, at 1st glance you have your doubts about this place but surprisingly enough, it was a magnificent experience.

This café-retail experience is home to the DC comic universe and the one we ate at is  located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

The menu has everything from your salads, to burgers, to sandwiches, a patisserie and ice-cream station. They cater to vegetarian which is great. The meat eaters enjoyed their meal, I found my Quesadilla (Hals source of green energy) a bit blend.

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  • I’m not a big shopper but I appreciate seeing the local clothing brands whenever I travel. Singapore is paradise for shoppers, from high-end to affordable fashion brands there’s something for everyone. There’s the Shoppes at the Marina. the famous Orchard Road, theres’ Vivo City, Suntech City, Marina Square…the list is endless.

Places to Stay

  • It seems that the place to stay is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (should the budget allow) the resort boasts luxury accommodations, upscale shopping and an infinity pool with unparalleled views of the city.

In my personal opinion, we found the hotel overwhelming and we were not even staying there. Its very busy with guests checking in and out, people walking around from Tower to Tower and going to eat, people going to the casino and the SkyPark. If you like big hotels and a hectic vibe, then this place can work for you.

  • There’s ample accommodation for every type of traveller.

Where we stayed?

  • We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental – a great business and leisure hotel on Raffle Street, opposite the Marina Bay. The hotel is linked to the Marina Square Mall and near Suntech City.

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The hotel features: –

  • The hotel has rooms and suites – Our room was comfortable and had great views of the Marina Bay.

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  • 6 restaurants and bars – The hotel offers a range of food choices from Japanese to Cantonese to Italian. The melt café has by far the best international buffet selection. A great way to sample local cuisine and explore an array of food choices.

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  • Gym – A decent size gym with great equipment. I had every intention of working out at the gym but it’s not everyday that one has the opportunity to run in such perfect environment.
  • Spa – A tranquil sanctuary with talented therapist.

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  • Pool is surrounded by lush green gardens with spectacular views in all directions.

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The service at the hotel was great and staff were friendly and extremely helpful. It was a lovely, comfortable stay.

Singapore is a true gem, it does cater for everyone. It can be a perfect girlfriend / boys getaway, a couples retreat, family holiday and shopping paradise.

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Singapore Flyer
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 Singapore Flyer – By night

A truly Splendid Experience!

Pont De Val Riverside Escape

We finally made it to Pont De Val River Escape which is located inside the Cote de Val River Lifestyle Estate, set on the banks of the Vaal River – 91.8km (1h7m) from Johannesburg via the N1.  This riverside escape is a perfect getaway from the city life.

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We had booked lunch at the restaurant and an overnight stay at the newly built hotel on the estate.

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The Restaurant

This bistro specializes in French cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. They have lounge style dining area outside and proper tables and chairs to accommodate different type of diners.

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We had booked lunch and it was great to see a selection of vegetarian option. I had the Spinach, Feta and Sundried Tomato Baguette. The baguette was eatable but there was an overpowering taste in the spinach. My +1 had the Halloumi burger which he raved about and said it tasted really good. (It was so good he actually refused to share it)

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The dessert was the best part of the food, we had the Petit Fours Platter – an assortment of mini dessert that serves 2 people. As full as I was, I just had to try everything and glad I did. It was devilishly good.

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The food was beautifully presented, a tad on the duur (expensive) side. For the wine connoisseur, they offer wine tasting on Saturday & Sundays at R40pp and have a 30m River Cruise at R275pp.

20171220_125244.jpgThe overall experience at the riverside bistro was astounding, its a place we will visit again.

The Hotel

The Boutique hotel is a new addition to the Pont de Val accommodation offerings, they also have Self-Catering holiday homes.  The French countryside-style with a unique, timeless, modern feel is carried through the hotel.

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Hotel Pool with views of the vineyard towards the river

We were booked in the Luxe Room which has its own balcony with views over the vineyard towards the river.

The rooms have uncapped WI-FI, DSTV, air-conditioning, safe, Illy coffee machine, tea station, bath, shower, king size bed (or two singles), work desk with USB charging point as well as inside and outside sitting spaces.

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View from our hotel room overlooking the vineyard towards the river

The hotel accommodation rates start from R2590 – R2790 per room and that comes with breakfast.  For guest that love a big breakfast, you will not be disappointed. The breakfast is substantial.

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Breakfast that’s included in the BnB Rate

The muesli and fruit were delicious however when it came to our egg order, there were a few minor glitches.Even though our breakfast was presented well and you could see that they made a real effort, we were left underwhelmed mainly because of the egg order. Its one thing to get one order wrong but both orders not very good.

Pont de Val has a spa that is located in the hotel building, they also have venues where they host weddings, functions and conferences.

The Cote de Val River Lifestyle Estate is positioned to make for the ideal weekend escape, a great escape from busy city life and for us a perfect mid-week recharge.

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River view from my morning run

Don’t believe that you have to travel far to discover hidden gems in your country, hidden gems can be found in your own backyard and not halfway around the world.

Stay Splendid:-)

TS!

‘Paradise…Found’ – Atlantis Bahamas #ThrowbackThursday

‘Let’s take it back to the beach

Where we were young and carefree

This is how it should be

Said this city don’t feel me’

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My happy Place,  beach walks away from city life.  

 

There’s something about a beach holiday that nourishes the soul – the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air and the sand between your toes. I love Throwbacks, I get to distract myself, reminisce and write about my travel adventures.

As they say, to travel is to live. I really do love travelling and undoubtedly I live, work hard and smart so I can travel and explore different amazing and extraordinary places. Travelling to the Bahamas was yet another one of those amazing experiences and grateful that I got to do with family. We travelled to Nassau (Bahamas) and we were based at Atlantis, Paradise Island – an ocean themed resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

 

Arriving at the hotel, felt like we were on a set of a family vacation movie scene (besides the fact that we were in a green stretch limo which they refer to as a ‘family car’.) As you step out the car into the open air lobby, there’s a cool breeze blowing, soft background sounds of the ocean and a friendly welcome by the staff.

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Our ‘Family Car’ 🙂 🙂
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Hotel Lobby
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Atlantis
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The Royal Towers Entrance

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Atlantis, Bahamas features the world’s largest open-air marine habitat; Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith slide; 11 incredible pools; four miles of magnificent beaches; a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course; and the Atlantis Casino.’

Accommodation

Atlantis features a variety of accommodation, we stayed the Cove, a stunning place, an oasis of style that provides a private escape that’s removed from, yet still part of, the amazing world of Atlantis. (The Cove pool area has been renovated and it was relaunched early in November)

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We had 2 interleading family rooms, both very spacious with a separate lounge area that leads to the balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean.

Both rooms had a full bathroom (bath and separate shower) and provided basic hotel amenities.

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Family Room & Views from the Lounge area
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View from the top

Other Accommodation at Atlantis

  1. The Royal Tower – The Royal Towers is the icon of Atlantis featuring the awe-inspiring mythology of the Lost City of Atlantis risen from the sea. 
  2. The Coral Towers – Dedicated to multigenerational family fun.
  3. The Beach Tower – the Beach Tower offers casual, come-as-you-are beachfront and garden facing rooms.
  4. The Reef – The Reef offers luxury, residential-style studios and suites offering vacationers all the comforts of home, with the service and experience of a magnificent resort.
  5. Harbour Site Resort – Harborside Resort features spacious residential-style villas, offering guests kitchens or kitchenettes, creating a casual, home-away-from-home feeling.
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Marina for guest that want to dock their Yatch

Dining

From fine dining to quick and easy meal, there’s endless options for every palette. Atlantis features 20 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges.  What I liked about Atlantis is the fact that the restaurants are child friendly.

  1. Mosaic 
  • This was our breakfast spot, so many great selections – from your basic eggs to variety of cereals, assorted meat and cheese, they had something for everyone.
  • Their bircher muesli was amazing, very well prepared and consistent everyday.
  • They had a pastrie section with muffins, doughnuts, croissants, danish pastries…etc I had to stay clear from as I have a weakness for pastries.
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The pastrie display (Image cred @missmelissaleah)
  1. Nobu 
  • Nobu is Japanese cuisine at its best, a true culinary experience courtesy of executive chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
  • Great atmosphere and the sushi was lovely. I had a few vegetarian dishes and they were well prepared, vegetables were al dente and cooked to perfection. Service was exceptional and overall great night out for the family. Nobu is on the list of the top restaurants, we loved this place.
  1. 77° West (I think this place has a new name now)
  • Spacious, open restaurant with perfect lighting that creates a lovely atmosphere. 77°West offers South American-inspired cuisine with a Bahamian touch. Not much of a selection from a vegetarian perspective, I had the Oven Baked Wheat Tostada and Casa Quinoai salad.  Service was good, but I must say the food experience was not at all memorable for me.
  1. Virgil’s Real BBQ 
  • This restaurant came highly recommended by the hotel staff, I think they saw brown people and figured we would love a BBQ experience. Let’s just say we were left underwhelmed here.
  • The vegetarian options, the grilled veges and cornbread to be exact were blend and tasteless so I ended up eating a plate of chip. Apparently the ribs and chicken wings were great. Overall experience here was underwhelming.

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 Best Dessert Places

  1. Sun and Ice 
  • An ice cream, gelato and sorbet experience created by Bahamian Chef Wayne Moncur.
  • The décor look and feel is fresh, modern with soft touches of torques.
  • Sun & Ice’s ice cream, gelato and sorbet flavors are made fresh, in-house daily and offer unique flavours and names given. Each scoop has a story, and flavors are infused with local Bahamian ingredients like sea grapes and sapodilla.

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  1. Ben & Jerry’s
  • Yes Im obsessed with Ben and Jerry’s and if I see one I have to have one. Such a treat to have a stand-alone store at Atlantis.

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Activities & Experiences

Atlantis has everything for everyone, the abundance of activities and experiences are overwhelming but great as they cater to different types of travellers.

  • You can explore the world’s largest open-air marine habitat with over 50,000 marine animals in 15 exhibit lagoons
  • Spend a day at the 141-acre water park filled with water slides and river rides or just soak up the sun at one of the 11 amazing pools or beaches.
  • Snorkel, scuba, snuba, and dive or walk with sharks.
  • For the fitness fanatic, there’s a fully equipped fitness centre, you can enjoy yoga, pilates or simply unwind in their world class Mandara Spa.
  • For the golfers, play a round of golf at the 18-hole Ocean Club Golf Course with spectacular views of the ocean.
  • Indulge in their island tours or nightlife or if you prone to taking risk with money, visit the casino.
  • For parents travelling with little people and wanting some adult time, the resort has a kids club.

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Every trip has at least one highlight, and on this leg of the trip I had so many but the one that came very high was the Dolphin encounter. We had such an incredible time smimming with the dolphins.

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Upclose & Personal

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Another epic family trip to add to my travel adventures. Atlantis, Paradise Island (Bahamas) is truly an experience like no other, we continue to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Mardi Gras Junkanoo dancers at the airport

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TS!

 

 

48 hours in New Orleans (US Travel Adventure) #TravelTuesday

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Flying into New Orleans  – Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

After a long 16hour flight from South Africa(SA) to the United States (US) and spending another 7hours in transit to catch a 3hour30m connecting flight from New York (NY) to New Orleans (NO), I finally arrived in the Big Easy to meet up with my family to start our two week family holiday in the US.

I was welcomed by the most friendly driver, Michael. En route to the hotel, we spoke American politics (He says they are still in shock that Trump is president), we spoke about the importance of travelling (He works hard so he can travel the world, visiting SA is on his bucket list) and he gave me some insights of New Orleans and the must-see things.

The 1st thing that I did see that you cannot miss was the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – a domed sports and exhibition venue. The venue has hosted numerous historical events. According to wikipedia, it has listed football seating capacity of 76,468 (expanded) or 73,208 (not expanded) and a maximum basketball seating capacity of 73,432.

The superdome gained international attention in 2005 when it housed thousands of people seeking shelter from Hurricane Katrina.

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New Orleans is one of those cities that offer so much that if you don’t have an idea or plan on what you want to see, you will get confused.

One thing that I can tell you is that New Orleans does have round-the-clock nightlife and vibrant live-music scene. The city is also famous for its cuisine and is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States.

With less that 48hours in the City, we were lucky to get a tour guide that was knowledgeable and knew the city well. We spent the day with John, he took via the tourist route but he added a local feel to it so we got to see and experience New Orleans from a different perspective.

  • Our tour highlights – Bourbon Street (which was under construction) but known for its bars and strip clubs, the history of the street provides a rich insight into New Orleans’ past.
    • Aquarium of the Americas — St Louise Cathedral —– Jacksons Square —- Café du Monte — French Market —- Lake Pontchartrain — La Fayette Cemetery — Magazine Street

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St. Louis Cathedral

 

  • We drove around the French Quarter and went past the Cornstalk hotel (the most photographed hotel) on Royal Street and other places of interest.
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The Cornstalk Hotel
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Houses in the French Quarter
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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – One of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans 
  • We then took a drive down Esplanade Street – a scenic and historic street. We went past the Pitot House, the only Creole colonial country house that the public can access. Sadly we missed out on the tour.

 

 

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Pitot House (photocred louisianalandmarks.org/visit-pitot-house)
  • We took a detour past some residential neighbourhoods – Lakeview, Lakeshore, Garden District and Audibon Palace. John gave us a local insights on Katrina and the devastation it caused. He took us to his neighbourhood and showed us empty lots where houses used to be.

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  • One of the tours that I found strange in was the cemetery tours (I know, it’s a very strange and morbid) but these tours are popular. The reason why this is a major thing to do is because the city is built on a swamp -the only city built below sea level. The deceased have to be buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. These above ground cemeteries are often referred to as ‘City of the Dead’.
  • Saint Louis No. 1 is the oldest and most famous, we visited the Metairaie Cemetery which has the largest collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary. The construction of these elaborate final resting places can start from $90 000 and reach $500 000 and they have a ‘Millionaire’s Row’ for all the rich and famous people. I thought we (African people) spent money on funerals.
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Metairie Cemetery

 

 

Places I would have loved to spend some time at had we had a full day 2 were:-

Where we stayed

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton which is located on Canal Street a major thoroughfare, forming the upriver boundary of the city’s oldest neighbourhood, the French Quarter which served historically as the dividing line between the colonial-era (18th-century) city and the newer American Sector, today’s Central Business District. Great hotel that has everything you need when travelling.

Decent size rooms which include a fully-stocked minibar and an iPod docking station. Cable TV and a spacious work desk. A private bathroom with bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. My only criticism is that shower/bath situation with a curtain, I’m not a fan. I prefer a stand-alone shower.

The hotel has 24-hour room service, a complimentary overnight shoeshine service, and overnight laundry service.

Hotel Amenities & Services

  • Indoor Pool
  • Meeting and Events venues
  • Fitness center with cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
  • A spa with 22 treatment rooms A gym and SPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • Concierge Service
  • ATM Machine on site

Dining

  1. M bistro serves authentic New Orleans cuisine. Is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  2. The Davenport Lounge offers afternoon tea and evening cocktails. Serves lunch and dinner. Live jazz is played in the Lounge on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

The hotel also has a kids club, I find this service extremely beneficial to parents travelling with their little ones.

Staff were friendly and service was great, we did have a minor issue, one of the rooms was not cleaned. They made the bed but did not clear dirty cutlery and serviettes from our previous dinner in the room.

I did like the welcome towel area at reception that was setup every morning. Its always the little that guests appreciate and remember with hotels.

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The experience and being in New Orleans was incredible. I was lucky to capture one of the thee most beautiful sunsets. #GoldenHour

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With all the problems that they have, the people that we met were happy and truly grateful for having survived and lived through Katrina.

As I’m writing this blog post, today (29 August) marks the 12 year anniversary of Katrina. Today New Orleans is bracing themselves for heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey.  I do hope they survive the weather.

Till next blog, happy Travel Tuesday.

TS!

 

 

ShotLeft to the Vaal

During our courting years, one of the things that my +1 and I loved doing was taking spontaneous trips and discovering South Africa. We would select a location, take a drive and explore. It was effortless, this was our quality time.

We particularly loved long weekend, it was a great excuse to take a short getaway or ShotLeft, as its now referred.

With another long weekend approaching, we found ourselves planning a getaway but then our reality sunk in, we both have hectic work deadlines and unfortunately for us the timing is off.  We spent a few minutes reminiscing about our last trip to the Vaal. It being #TravelTuesday I decided to write a blog post about our recent visit.

We chose the Vaal primarily because we were looking for a local destination that did not require a long drive or flights. We were both familiar with the area, most of my visit were business related. It was great to visit the area on leisure. A refreshing thing about the Vaal is that the drive is ± an hour away from Johannesburg and offers a tranquil escape from the grind of the city life.

Due to our last minute travel arrangements, the hotel we wanted to stay at was fully booked.  We did however managed to find a room at the Three Rivers Lodge & Villa Anna Sophia. We were both very reluctant about this place, granted it looked decent online.  We have been to places where they look great online but when you arrive the hotel is old and has not been maintained.

We arrived at the lodge and were pleasantly surprised, the lodge is well looked after. The garden is impeccable and it’s surrounded by large trees which create a peaceful/calming environment.

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The lodge is in the heart of the upmarket suburb of Three Rivers in Vereeniging, a few minutes from the business district and within close proximity of golf courses and River Square Shopping Centre. It caters to the business and leisure travellers.

Three Rivers Lodge has 25 rooms and Villa Anna Sophia offer an additional 16 rooms. We were booked at the Tuscan style villas. The room was as descent size en-suite room with full bathroom, flat screen TV with selected DSTV channels and very good WiFi.

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A full range of services available include conference venues seating from 10 to 200 delegates, the Bethel Chapel seating 90 guests which is used for weddings.

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Their fine dining restaurant – Anna’s Kitchen is favourite amongst the locals. We had brunch there and I had the most delicious Egg Benedict – the caramelized onions used added a lovely flavour and the hollandaise sauce was perfect.

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Our short stay was enjoyable, a real home away from home.

Things to do at the Vaal:-

  1. Ponte de Vaal
  • Enjoy French countryside cuisine overlooking a tranquil stretch of the Vaal River. Relax for the afternoon at one of their handcrafted dining tables or drinks lounges, either inside the restaurant building, outside on the deck, at a terrace or Privé Booth.
  • Take a 30m river cruise.
  • Book a stay-over or get pampered at the BELLE FOI SPA
    • Tel: 016 004 0019
    • Address: 212 Boundary Rd, Vanderbijlpark, 9585
  1. Play Golf
  • I’m not much of a golfer but have hosted some golf day events at the Vaal. Below is a list of some of the places

a. Vaal de Grace

  • ‘Vaal de Gráce offers an 18-hole championship golf course situated on an island of incomparable quiet and beauty in the middle of the tranquil waters of the Vaal River.’

b. Maccauvlei Golf Club

  • ‘Situated adjacent to the Vaal River, a mere 45 minute drive from bustling Johannesburg, it’s essentially a world apart from the industrialized hub of Vereeniging.’

c. Riviera on Vaal Country Club

  • The premium Gauteng golf course is located on the banks of the Vaal River, boasting an immaculate 18-hole Gauteng golf course.
  1. Vaal Adventure
  • If you are more of an adventure traveller, you can contact Vaal Adventures. They have many activities to choose from such as white water river rafting, paintball, quadbiking, kayaking, snorkelling, raft fishing safaris and lots more.

On our Sunday drive exploring, we stumbled upon Castle Marina in a town called  Deneysville.

‘The Castle was built in the early 1960’s by an Englishman, Lord Sumner, who fell in love with the area, the vast body of water and the rich history of Deneysville.

In the early 2000’s the Castle experienced a new restoration – and became a venue for Engagements, Weddings, and other Celebrations.’

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The possibilities at the Vaal are vast and it caters to a wide range of travellers.  A must visit for anyone in the Jozi region looking for a simple getaway.

I loved taking walks in the morning along the river. The air is fresh and I have a deep love for being out in nature.

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This truly was another Splendid Experience and we continue to travel and make lasting memories.

TS!

The final #TravelTuesday post for 2016!

As I write my final blog post for 2016, I take this moment and reflect on the year that was…what a tough year. I am grateful that through all the curve balls that life threw, I still managed to do some travelling and will forever be grateful for the memories created along the way.

Our final trip for the year was Seychelles, Mahe Island. We landed in the evening and were booked to stay at Banyan Tree. When we arrived at our hotel we were unaware of the beauty that was surrounding us. We could smell the warm sea breeze and the sound of the crashing waves.

Banyan Tree is right on the beach front, surrounded by palm trees and nature – a true tropical sanctuary. The resort is nestled in Intendance Bay along the southern western coastline of Mahe. It’s a perfect hotel if you are looking for a quiet stay in-house but less ideal for those who are looking to tour and be in the hustle and bustle of things.

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Accommodation

  • The hotel has 60 one or two bedroom air-conditioned guest rooms which features a king bed, a pool, jetpool, open air dining, outdoor shower, WiFi, telephone, tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, DVD/CD player.

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Facilities & Activities

  • Infinity pool, Tennis Court, Gym and Yoga.
  • Complimentary snorkeling.
  • Diving and Fishing are offsite and can be arranged at a fee.
  • Fishing also has a charge.
  • Banyan Tree Spa – is on my top 5 spas, the attention to details and the service at the spa were phenomenal. One of the best massages, in the most tranquil setting surrounded by palm trees with amazing sea views.

 

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Dining & Restaurants

The resort’s restaurants offer a variety of local and international dishes.

  1. Au Jardin d’Epices is a buffet restaurant which does breakfast, light lunches and International cuisine for dinner.
  2. Saffron restaurant offers Thai and South East Asian cuisine.
  3. Chez Lamar offers Creole cuisine and I had a delicious vegetarian stew, the veges were cooked to perfection, the sauce well-seasoned.

Other dining experience is the In Room Dining and La Varangue lounge bar which serve burgers, sandwiches, pizzas…

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The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, we were looked after by Sam who ensured that all our requirements were met with a smile, the service at the resort is top-notch.

The break came at a good time, I was mentally and physically exhausted. A fantastic location to recharge my body, soul and spirit. I took walks along the beach, swam and ran in the resort and made the most of the tranquil resort.

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I could not have asked for a better way to end the year.

Another Splendid Experience!

TS!