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Hayman Island, my One&Only!

Unfortunately, I belong to this kind of people who never relax. I just don’t know how to do it. So if you see pictures of me relaxing, it’s probably just for a picture and only took a couple of seconds. Today I would like to share with you some of my best fake relaxation pictures in an especially beautiful setting: One&Only Hayman Island, Australasia’s most awarded luxury nature-resort located on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. After an 80 million dollar refurb it opened it’s iconic doors a year ago and it seems to be like some sort of The Great Gatsby to me. Everybody is talking about it, but nobody really got to know it (yet). I was lucky enough to spend 12 hours at the resort, 8 of which were during the night and 3 of which contained sleeping. I just had to walk around all the time taking pictures of all these beautiful corners. And I even went hiking! At the end of my short stay I decided that if one day I would learn how to relax I will definitely come back to this place and enjoy it again. And I will leave my cam at home, that’s for sure!P1180718P1180788P1180785P1180801P1180796P1180811P1190216
I stayed at a suite of the Pool Wing and I could literally jump from my room to the largest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere. Or just go down the stairs. The only guys watching were the cockatoos.  P1190020P1190199P1190197There are six restaurants (my favorite food will stay pool burgers anyway) and four different room/villa wings at the resort. Check out some of them:P1180905P1180912P1180917P1180963P1180952The One&Only Hayman Penthouses are located on the top floor of the One&Only Hayman Wing and are all individually designed and furnished, with a great view of the entire resort, the Coral Sea and the Whitsundays. P1180969P1180865P1190026P1190008The villas of the One&Only Beach Wing seem to be transparent, but they are still really private. You have a swimming pool on one side and the beach on the other. Tough decision haha!P1190030P1190051P1190138P1190107And these were my favorite “rooms”: Beach and pool cabañas, where you could stay during the day.P1190094P1190117P1190146P1190160Their signature restaurant Fire offers unbelievably tender Wagyu, but especially good for a picture were the starters (mine looked like a vegetable garden) and the desserts! P1190168P1190180P1190249P1190252P1190432P1190281P1190261In the very early morning on the next day I made sure to make one of these pictures I was always dreaming about: Infinity Pool and just me “relaxing”. After that I had 2 hours for hiking to the Whitsunday Lookout, breakfast and packing my suitcase.P1190275P1190310P1190303P1190410P1190402P1190392On the way to the lookout I met my one and only wallaby in Australia and could admire the resort and some of the Whitsundays from above. And I got even higher just one hour later. When they picked me up by a seaplane!!! What a short stay full of “pinch me” moments!P1190412P1190416P1190421P1190428P1190446Airport.P1190448P1190487Airstrip.P1190527P1190503View of the Hayman Island, my One&Only! P1190510How to get to Queensland: There are flights with Cathay Pacific via Hongkong to Brisbane and Cairns (from Germany the prices start at 1125 euro).

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Dubai in Two Days

Before I went to Dubai, friends kept telling me I would probably not gonna like it. It was like a Disneyland for grown up guys, they said. Well, I love Disneyland. And I love grown up guys. So it was more than obvious that I also loved Dubai. Unfortunately I could only stay for two days. Get some ideas through this post how to make the most of a short stay:

WHERE TO STAYP1250600I was staying at the recently opened Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. As an only resort located in the residential part of Jumeirah it has a unique private beach. And you could nearly jump in from the pool. P1250650P1240307P1240288P1240153I loved the huge rooms and the bathtub in the middle of the bathroom. I never get into bathtubes in hotels though, because I am always afraid to fall asleep and miss out some meals. P1240165P1240158P1240190P1250611P1250622P1250653P1250632P1240317BEACHESP1240390Kite beach is my favorite in Dubai. It looks more like Ibiza or Miami and is full of havaianas, hotpants and of course some good looking kite surfers. P1240389P1240366P1240373P1240399P1240467To see the longest beach in Dubai, go to the Dubai Marina. It has skyscrapers and restaurants on one side  and beach bars and the sea on the other. And at the end there is even a little park and a farmer’s market.P1240434P1240466P1240479P1240507DURING THE DAY
P1250028For the highest view you can currently get outside a plane, head to Burj Khalifa – with 829 meters it is the highest building in the world. It is crazy to see how tiny all the other scyscrapers look beside it. Make sure to pre-book your ticket on the website and don’t miss your slot! They are strict.P1250027P1250003P1240982P1240932So this is the view! Try to get there between 12 and 3 p.m. when the sun is high and there is no reflection at the window. I went a way too early and couldn’t really take the perfect picture…P1240918P1250144The entrance to Burj Khalifa is also the Dubai Mall entrance and it’s huuuge (350.000 qm). I nearly got lost between all the shoe stores, sweets and dino skeletons!P1250042P1250058P1250037P1250110innahaiMy favorite place in the mall remained the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. A funky experience to see the belly of sharks and rays while walking the tunnel up and down. The second floor was disappointing though… P1250100P1250182P1250213I also loved the Graffiti-Foodtrucks with Hotdogs and Tacos they put on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard during the Food Festival, which takes place every year in February.P1250233P1250247Also make sure to visit Deira, the oldest part of Dubai, and have a lunch in one of their new cafés (like Creekside) before you hop on a boat or spend all your money in the gold souk. Therefore my advice: go the the spice sook instead and save the money for the night!P1240544P1240591P1250287 It can become a real challenge in Dubai to see the famous palm. It’s simply too huge and the fronds look like regular streets when you are on them. One option is to go with Palm Monorail, a train which operates on a higher level. Another (superhigh and superadventurous) option is Skydiving, which became so popular in Dubai during the last year. And, of course, there is still a helicopter option for those who don’t dare to jump.P1250326Another place I would highly recommend is Madinat Jumeirah, an artificial lagoon city, where abras (watertaxis) bring you to one of the 45 restaurants. A Pacha Ibiza Dubai just opened it’s doors there – another good reason to visit.P1250377P1250318P1250393P1250366DURING THE NIGHTP1250400P1250405P1250420P1250446Go back to Burj Khalifa in the evening to watch the fountain show (from 6 p.m. every half an hour). It’s short but impressive.P1240876P1240887P1240259P1240268For a nice bar I didn’t even had to leave my hotel (lobby on the pictures above). Just went to the rooftop…P1250587The new Mercury Lounge overviews the skyline on the one side and the sea on the other (it was too dark to capture it). And they have a bar looking like a huge silver ball in the middle of the place.P1250550Also the drinks are creative: served in baby bottles or covered with a slice of pineapple. Accompanied by my favorite food: FRIES! Truffle fries, sweet potato fries, herbs fries…P1250565P1250522P1250568This was favorite: a destructed Bloody Mary haha!P1240609If you are only staying one night in Dubai and want to check out several locations, book one of the food tours the agency Lime & Tonic offers (starting from 100 euros with food and drinks). I had the mystery tour, which brought me to 4 different restaurants with two courses each. What a life!P1240683P1240669The first place to go was Table 9, Dubai’s restaurant of the year. The Chef used to work with Gordon Ramsay in London and the food was fantastic but no view. So this place is more for your tongue than for your eyes…P1240697P1240704Then we went to Mint Leaf (Indian kitchen), which would be a perfect place to impress a girl. Look at this view!  P1240734P1240737P1240749After that we tried Hakkasan (Chinese kitchen) with a nice garden area…P1240794P1240785…the longest bar I’ve ever seen (it didn’t even fit in my picture)…P1240760P1240831P1240823P1240845…and of course some yummy dim sum and a Peking duck. Concerning food, this place was my number 1!P1240751Flying with Emirates is the most convenient way to get to Dubai. Get general Dubai information at www.dubaitourism.ae !

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Pool Down!

There is normally no way I am using the pool to cool down. If there is a sea, an ocean, a lake or a puddle near, I will jump in. Pool is just something you could have anywhere. But there are some exceptions as I had to learn during my stay at Shanti Maurice in the South of Mauritius. Since the resort is well known for it´s amazing pool area and one of the biggest and authentic spas in the Indian Ocean (the 7000 qm big NIRA SPA) and we already had two weeks of road tripping behind us I was just happy to settle down. And have some typical pool food like a Club Sandwitch with fries before pimping me up for the dinner in the Stars Restaurant.P1830388P1830396It all started… with a private balcony poolP1830331P1830113The whole resort was all about water: you had this main pool with an ocean view and whirlpools inside, little bowls and figure fontains everywhere – all decorated with flowers.P1820854P1820747P1820825P1830106P1830103P1830141P1820816P1830401P1830107shantimaurice1shantimaurice3P1820299P1830181P1830173P1830151The deck of the Stars restaurant with a view at.. guess what!P1830145P1830153P1830168P1830156P1830187P1830235P1830248Soft shell crab. For those who got worried by this picture…P1830252P1820671P1820776P1830286The next day was kinda spa-yoga-wisdoms-loveyourself-waterlilies-day. As I am neither a yoga-girl nor a loveyourself-girl, I had to be convinced to take a lesson in the early morning. My teacher (a tough taskmaster as I had to learn) told me guys would love yoga-girls because they have a better… you know what. And I really felt better after the lesson althought I couldn´t even move a toe and had to spend the whole day recovering from my attempts to attract guys. I still think giving them a drink or a steak is an easier way after all…P1830273P1820801P1820804P1820762P1820218P1820797P1820208P1830320P1830217

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Puro Beach Palma: Before a Flight Home

If you are on vacation in Mallorca and your flight back is in the evening or late afternoon Puro Beach is a great place to enjoy the sun during the last hours of your holiday. This beachclub is located only 5 kilometers from the Palma Airport and they have changing rooms, showers and a place where you can store your suitcase. The charge for a sun bed is 35 euros (from 11 a.m.), which includes a towel, water and some fruit. If you like that place so much that you decide to miss your flight: there ared DJs and party in the evening as well. So when I was in Palma with my Mom last month we took the advantage of not having any men with us (“what? 35 euros for a bed? the beach around it is for free” would probably be the comment) and spent there the whole day.P1720061P1720089P1720099P1720086P1720186P1720312P1720207P1720442P1720119P1720392P1720310P1720412P1720365P1720431P1720465P1720516P1720678P1720535P1720560P1720459P1720712P1720699P1720798P1720753P1720645P1720722P1720692P1720689P1720782Certainly you can just come to Puro Beach only for lunch or dinner. We just had some snacks: patatas bravas (4 euros), fried octopus (8 euros) und a passion fruit mojito (11 euros). There are some good connections and really cheap flights with Easyjet to Palma de Mallorca from all over Europe.

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Cuba: Underwater Love

It was a cloudy day in Cuba, we haven´t booked any tours and I wasn´t participating in any “Best Gringo Dancer” championship at our hotel this time. So I decided it was a perfect moment to learn how to say I Love You underwater. Why? Because you never know… You might be thinking there are much more important things you should learn to do underwater, for example the right breath holding techniques and stuff … But: if the situation is getting really serious I bet the life guard will save the girl showing them a heart first. Just my opinion… So see what came out:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGoing down…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe very first attempt…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAComing closer and closer…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut don´t come to close, it might confuse the person who is actually supposed to rescue you…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother thing you shouldn´t  do: look like you are alright or slightly bored… Nobody will show up then. Done! A special thanks to my Mom for helping me to realize this important security training.

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Visiting Gambia´s Petting Zoo

Before I start telling you about my trip to Gambia (Westafrica) step by step first of all I would like to present you my favorite swimming pool over there. For many people, a good swimming pool is an important part of a good holiday. That´s why I couldn´t wait to give you this recommendation. P1490627P1490630To get to the pool you have to pass through a museum first, where you can get some information about the current gambian beach fashion. Cut outs are really en vogue this season. At least on the eyes.P1490648P1490639P1490657After a short walk through the forrest you will arrive at the life guard´s station. This gambian David Hasselhoff wasn´t too busy though. The swimming pool was not that big. But where was actually the water?P1490723The pool was completely covered by plants. Only about 100 crocodiles who were getting some tan near it knew what´s inside. P1490733P1490720The holy crocodiles don´t just hang around, they also have an important entertainment function. Tourists come to this place from far away only to pet them. Although I tried to smile in a camera for a second while doing that, I was really afraid! Touching the crocodiles makes you have a lot of babies!!!P1490737Here comes the shoe test for all of you who don´t believe the crocodile was real. I seemed to be less yummy to him. No, seriously: crocodiles are nearly blind and only react to vibrations. If you are quiet and the crocodile full, he won´t even notice you are there.P1490681The Holy crocodiles in Kachikally near Bacau are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gambia. For most of the visitors it´s just a petting zoo, but they mean much more to the Gambians. Women who can´t have children come to the crocodile pool. A legent says that there was a Gambian chieftain named Ngaga Ceesay in the 16. century and none of his 15 wifes could have a baby. One of the wifes had a dream one night of entering a big forest and having a round belly afterwards. So she woke Ngaga up and they went to the forrest where they found two albino crocodiles near a pool (THIS pool). She petted the crocodiles and got pregnant. And guys, can you imaging how I was hoping this crocodile spell only works on Gambians?P1490777P1490702Find here some general informations about Gambia.

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Favorite Monastery in Brittany

On our island hopping tour through Brittany (3 islands on 3 days) we needed to find a hotel located in the middle of these islands (Ouessant, Glénan and Ile de Sein). The ferry was always crossing very early in the morning and the wine for dinner was to good to say goodbye at midnight – so we couldn´t lose any time on driving too long. The small town Douarnenez seemed to be a perfect stopover. When we were looking for our hotel I really felt in love with this charismatic city with an amazing harbour ending in the open sea. So once you are in Brittany, please don´t miss Douarnenez! Even if you are not looking for a hotel… just to see the sun going down.P1470887P1470960P1470906P1470903P1470905Our Hotel Ty Mad (from 110 Euro per night) was located near a tiny church. It was used to be a monastery long time ago. Now it is an amazing design hotel with a swimming pool, a sauna, a gourmet restaurant and a bar. And with a window view to miss your dinner aperitif for… P1470095P1470233P1470922P1470237P1470111P1470132P1470158P1470169P1470180P1470188P1470211I was seriously considering staying at this hotel when they brought me this dessert. Caramel au beurre salé (caramel made of salted butter) is something you can´t go without trying it. But in the next morning my dessert was history and we had to go on with our tour. Ile de Sein, the last island, was waiting for us. Read in the next post why it is the perfect place to get drunk. P1470148P1470136P1470202