Girls weekend away - Knysna Western Cape

It is Friday morning, waking up is not easy after a night out, flight to George is at 7h55 so I have to be at the airport at 6h55 only managed to sleep at 1h30 am cause that’s when I finished packing. Packing and unpacking is always a nightmare, I think there should be an app for packing and unpacking. I made it on time at the airport even had time to sit at the lounge for 45 min before boarding. One hour thirty minutes later we arrived in George it is raining but that didn’t dampen our mood, its a girls trip after all. We picked up our car from Avis car rental, we all knew that our luggage won’t fit even before we picked up the car. We had to make a plan. First stop Fancourt George for breakfast, Fancourt is beautiful the staff greeted us with smiles ushered us to our table, excitement is in the air we are here and its about to be a great weekend.

Knysna is an hour away from George. We arrived in Knysna and we are staying in Thesen Island, we are staying in a beach house, on the lagoon, beautifully furnished very big and spacious, with breathtaking views, we had our own private pool.

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Saturday the weather was nice and warm, yay! we had breakfast at the East head cafe. The view is unbelievable, the food was fantastic
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Canoeing, never tried it before, we have no instructor, all we have is canoeing gear, quick browse in “The University of Google” and we are good to go. It was scary at first but once you get the hang of it, its so much fun, all I was worried about was my weave if I tip over.
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Ended the weekend with a relaxing spa pampering, we had an amazing weekend, it was a lovely bonding session that strengthen our friendship. Taking the time off our busy schedule was worth it, once in a while I recommend a girls trip

Barcelona Spain

Im in awe of the cosmopolitan city Barcelona, the most visited city in Spain. After an hour flight delay from Madrid we arrived in Barcelona in the afternoon around 16h30, It is summer and the weather is beautiful. The drive from the airport was about 30 minutes to the hotel. we got stuck in a bit of traffic, we checked in at the hotel and we went into our beautiful suite to freshen up and then went down stairs to the bar for our welcome drinks. We are staying at the Eurostars Gran Marina, its right next to World trade Center and it right at the harbour. Tourist buses are the best, they pass right in front of the hotel, you hop in and off as you please, just like Madrid we used the tourist buses to get around the city. Barcelona has the best of both, beautiful architecture as well as amazing Mediterranean beaches . These are some of the place we visited Sagrada Familia which is still under construction, Loved the Barcelona Cathedral, the spectacular Montjuic and Casa Mila. One of days we reserved for shopping yay! my favourite sport, La Rocca Village designer outlet is a must visit. Everyday after dinner we would go up to the rooftop to chill and enjoy amazing, dreamy Barcelona sunsets. Only managed to fit in one session of gym and not all four sessions as planned, my body is on holiday and gym is the furthest thing on my mind.

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 Eurostars Gran Marina - rooftop

Eurostars Gran Marina - rooftop

 Sagrada Familia - can be seen almost anywhere in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia - can be seen almost anywhere in Barcelona

 Montjuic

Montjuic

 Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

 Casa Mila

Casa Mila

Clifftop Exclusive Hideaway

Road trip from Johannesburg it took us two hours, thirty minutes drive to get there, there is about 9.5 km of gravel road that you have to cover to get to the parking area of the resort

On arrival, you get picked up from the parking by one of those game drives vehicles, the drive is about 10-15 minutes to the lodge, its like a mini game drive where you get to see a few animals.

Tanya welcomed us on arrival and showed us around the resort and then we were taken to the restaurant where we had lunch, views from the lodge were incredible, there is a river that flows next to the lodge and the lodge is on a cliff just like the name of the resort Clifftop. While sitting and having lunch you also get to see some animals there were a few squirrels I spotted just running around well not in the restaurant but in the bush. This place is serene and peaceful. After lunch we went to our room, the suites are beautiful and spacious, outside on the terrace there is a seating area and a private pool and an outside shower, love it.

Went on an afternoon game drive with Gibson, very passionate about his job and knows a lot about the animals, saw Zebra’s, waterbucks, springboks, baboons, crocodiles there are lions, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos in the game reserve.

Dinner was incredible, every couple is set up in a different secluded area, very private. Rose petals on the table, very romantic. The food was amazing.

There is no signal for mobile phone, basically my mobile phone was just a camera for the weekend and this makes is a perfect gate-away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is wifi in the common areas.

We had a fantastic weekend, the staff was amazing

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Fairmont Zimbali Durban my home town

Durban my favourite City, I grew up here. Love the warm weather all year round. People in Durban are friendly and warm. Fairmont Zimbali is in the North Coast of Durban in Ballito. Zimbali has a hotel, a lodge, holiday homes and holiday apartments.

I stay here most of the time when I'm in Durban this time around me and the family are staying at Fairmont Heritage place, these are beautiful units that has two bedrooms and some have four bedrooms. These unit have beautiful modern decor, private pool and a golf cart for driving around the resort. 

The resort has beautiful beach clubs, kids club, restaurants, private beach and a spa.

Note that in Zimbali beach, swimming is not allowed. You can walk or have a picnic, take photo on the edge of the beach but swimming is prohibited.

At the kids club children under six years old have to be accompanied by an adult, six years and above can be left on their own they have different programs on school holidays. There are full day and half day options. You pay for this service depending on which option you choose.

 

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Kievits Kroon Country Estate short left

A mere 30 minutes drive from Johannesburg, Kievits Kroon is a short short left, located in Kameeldrift North East of Pretoria. Kievits Kroon Country Estate has this beautiful Cape Dutch Style architecture which gives you that Cape winelands feeling. I have been in Kievits Kroon several times, what I love the most about Kievits Kroon is "The Spa". I have been here with my friends, sisters and husband. This time around is just me and the husband for some pampering weekend gateaway. Half day Spa and romantic picnic is order of the weekend. Aaah my spa treatment was amazing I went for "The Vine treatment package” which is full body exfoliation, full body clay wrap and grapefruit & thyme full body massage.

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My Spanish Escaped Madrid

There is absolutely nothing not to love about  Spain, My birthday trip 2018 Woohoo!

After 8 hours flight we have finally arrived, yes me and bae taking Spain by storm.

We arrive at 20h30 just before sunset in Madrid its summer and sunset is at 21h45.

We are staying in the City center in Gran Via. Ola we were greeted at reception as we checked in

We had the best room in the hotel,  we stayed in Catalonia Gran via hotel, our room had a rooftop jacuzzi on a terrace.

Madrid is the capital city of Spain and also the largest city in Spain. Madrid has beautiful architecture and amazing fountains all around the city.

One of the things that make Madrid popular is their football club Real Madrid.

 

 Sight seeing by day and jacuzzing (is there even such a word hey you get what I mean) afternoons after the long walks of sight seeing. The weather was hot and I love sight seeing but I have this condition of getting dizzy after walking for a while in the sun so I have to take short breaks and sit in the shade.

Sight seeing by day and jacuzzing (is there even such a word hey you get what I mean) afternoons after the long walks of sight seeing. The weather was hot and I love sight seeing but I have this condition of getting dizzy after walking for a while in the sun so I have to take short breaks and sit in the shade.

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 Francisco de Goya was a talented painter in Spain in the 18th Century and his artwork can be seen in Museo del Prado which is the main Spanish national art museum

Francisco de Goya was a talented painter in Spain in the 18th Century and his artwork can be seen in Museo del Prado which is the main Spanish national art museum

 Puerta de Alcala

Puerta de Alcala

 Real Madrid Stadium

Real Madrid Stadium

Beautiful Venice

Venice a beautiful city in water with canals and over 400 bridges.

 Hilton Molino Stucky - after train trip from Milan there is something magical about being in a water taxi. We arrived at the hotel, beautiful hotel in Giudecca Island.
The staff at reception were great.
The room was spacious with modern décor, breakfast was great and there was a lot of variety. I’m one of those people that always arrive 30 min before breakfast closes, I guess that me being on holiday mode.
Loved the rooftop bar and the rooftop pool, it had amazing views, this is definitely one of the places I wouldn’t mind returning to

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 Hilton Molino Stucky rooftop

Hilton Molino Stucky rooftop

 St Mark Square

St Mark Square

 St Marks Bridge

St Marks Bridge

Krystal Beach Hotel - Gordons Bay

Beautiful hotel in Gordons bay, Gordons Bay is a harbor town in Western Cape. We spent a week here with the family and I must say everybody loved it, Staff was very helpful during our stay. The hotel is located in Habour Island which has amazing views. I loved the peaceful and quiet private beach. My kids are fishes they can swim all day in the pool as well as the ocean, building sand castle thats what being on holiday means to them. They swim until their eyes are red

 

 Our days were spent mostly on the beach as well as on the pool deck which also have beautiful views of Harbour Island

Our days were spent mostly on the beach as well as on the pool deck which also have beautiful views of Harbour Island

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 Mom and dad Lifeguard duties

Mom and dad Lifeguard duties

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