Ultimate Ireland Experience with Air Transat

Hello Loves!

You probably all know by now that this month I voyaged to Ireland with Air Transat and 5 incredible ladies, due to my extensive amount of Instastories (if you missed them, don’t worry they are saved in my highlights @filipajackson). I didn’t really get a chance with the 15 sec clips to give you all the ins and outs of our travels, so I am so excited to share this post with you. Now bare with me, there is a lot coming your way… we did quite a bit, so sit back relax grab a tea or maybe a Guinness because this will be the most detailed Ireland experience you will ever come across.

AIR TRANSAT

You guys all know how much I love Air Transat, ever since using them to plan and book our destination wedding in 2016 I have been hooked. Their reliability, comfort and affordability keeps me coming back for more. But as much as I love Air Transat, I had NO clue that they also provide all-inclusive trips across the pond! They offer so many incredible packages to make your Ireland dreams come true. From straight packages to Dublin to multi-city adventures (including flights, accommodations, meals and extras) and guided tours allowing you to see all the beauty Ireland has to offer, without the pain in your butt.

LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR TRANSAT IRELAND PACKAGES HERE

This trip started off with some extreme class. Normally when I fly Air Transat I opt for the Option Plus, due to their amazing list of benefits, but this time we decided to ball out a little. For just a bit more we flew Club Class, which features…

  • Club Class only check in area (this was a huge plus as the evening we flew the airport was like a concert! It was packed, I was through check-in in just 5mins!!! That’s a record)
  • Priority security at select locations
  • Carry on and 2 checked bags!!! (Perfect for any of you hoarders out there… haha)
  • Priority baggage handling (My baby got the VIP treatment too!!)
  • On board Club Class area (When getting on the plane I turned left!! First class here I come. There were only 12 plush reclinable seats in this area, with humungous personal entertainment systems)
  • Welcome cocktail (Once in our seats we all got a bit of bubbly, it was a perfect way to start this trip)
  • Comfort Kit (Including; blanket, neck pillow, sleep mask, lotions, headphones, socks and most importantly for me… toothbrush and paste because of course I totally forgot mine!)
  • Complimentary snacks and beverages (You will not go hungry on this plane)
  • Club class meals (Oooo this food is good, and that’s coming from someone that brings their own pack lunch even when flying first class! For this flight we were treated to a dinner of butternut squash soup with a meat and cheese tray, and for breakfast a yogurt parfait fit for a Queen… how did they know lol)

Totally worth the extra especially on a long haul overnight flight like this one. We were able to get the rest we needed and woke up refreshed and ready to go. To learn more about Air Transat’s Ireland offerings click HERE.

BELFAST

Although we landed in Dublin, just a short scenic 2 hour hop away is Belfast. This is where we started our Ireland adventure. Our tour guide for our Northern Ireland journey was Dee, oh what a treat she was… She was everything I expected and more. She was energetic, spunky, had an incredible accent that I could barely understand. But anyway crush talk over, this isn’t about Dee this is about the land she’s from.

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Stay

We had the pleasure of spending our two nights in Belfast at the recently opened (2016) Bullitt hotel, in the heart of Belfast’s bustling city. The Bullitt is an incredibly friendly hotel. The staff were always there to help with a smile on their face. Stylish… the lobby of this hotel was impeccable, and no nonsense hotel. They pride themselves on this fact, offering 3 different room types, the dinky, comfy, and roomy. I stayed in the dinky which was perfect size for a solo traveller like myself, with everything that I need. But I think the coolest thing about this hotel is the breakfast. Included in your room price is a breakfast bag. Put the paper bag located in your room onto the outdoor handle and in the morning open your door to find a packed breakfast juice, fruit and yogurt… it’s magical!

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Eat

One thing that blew me away with Ireland was the incredible amount of food we ate, and I don’t mean potato and cabbage… I don’t think I ever even ate that. What I mean is good, creative food. Belfast has an exceptional amount of food. Luckily we were able to enjoy all of what they have to offer on a food tour of the city with the incredible Sarah of Taste & Tour.

She spoiled us with…

  • Hot chocolate and brownies from CoCouture
  • Cheese and meats from Stewarts supermarket, where we also got to meet the fabulously passionate owner
  • Fresh seafood from Mourne Seafood bar, which also offers an amazing cooking class
  • Gin tasting at Muriel’s Cafe bar, I found a new sense of love for the liquor, it was also a LOT OF FUN!
  • Italian delights at Coppi, we ate our weight in pizzas and pastas
  • Nightcap at Belfast’s oldest building, The Dirty Onion
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If that wasn’t enough, we got the chance to check out Curated Kitchen, the passionate and talented founder Alan Cahoon cooked us a vary of incredibly scrumptious goodies. This for me is a must eat in Belfast, with their ever changing menu every time you visit there will be something new on offer.

Do 

There is so much to do in Belfast, from shopping to eating to art tours… the list goes on and on. But here are just a few of my fav things to do in the city…

Oh boy did I enjoy this. As weird as it sounds, I am a sucker for anything to do with the Titanic… I am kind of obsessed. So when I found out we were going to the Titanic Museum that’s sat on the exact location where the Titanic was built I squealed with delight. Give yourself enough time though because there is a lot of amazing interactive things to do… and when your done pop across the road for lunch at the Titanic hotel, you can actually dine and wine in the exact room the drawings of Titanic were created… it’s also insanely gorgeous.

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  • Street Art Tour

You may or may not know that Belfast is known for its street art, we got to check it all out with Seed Head Arts. It was funny we walked around the same area we had before, not even noticing that the walls were covered in incredible works. We even got to see a piece being done live at the Harp Bar by Andy Council, you got to check out the final product.

If like me, you like to take pretty pictures, the campus of Queen’s University is a must. With Hogwarts style rooms and immaculate grounds your sure to find a spot. Just like the Queen’s University, around the corner is the Botanical Gardens, another place to take amazing images or just have sniff of some pretty flowers.

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There is a lot to learn and see here, from the history of Ireland to a mummy named Takabuti… and it’s all free! I could have spent the entire day here. It really was exceptional. There is even something for you Game Of Thrones fans… but that’s all I’m saying.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Ok don’t kill me with the title here, I know that each place I will be talking about below has it’s own city however I just have too much to say and with it all being in the same area it’s just a lot easier to do so. Ok.

Stay

BallyGally Castle… ok ok I know you all saw my instastories with this one, because you all laughed at me about the ghost. Yes this hotel is known for it’s ghost Madame Nixon… and no she didn’t haunt anyone, although some of us tried to bring her out *insert eyeroll haha. BallyGally Castle is beautiful, after a beautiful evening of again… incredible food  at their resident restaurant I woke to views of the sea… I even crept out at 5:30am for a solo beach walk… it was so perfect.

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Eat

The French Rooms… you should have seen our faces when our food arrived. We were EACH treated to a wooden tray of cured meats, cheeses and breads… I however had the vegetarian version that consisted of the same thing just instead of meat I got a humus… Mmmm. To top it all off, we enjoyed an overflowing cake stand of desserts.

Do

Oh gosh there is so much to do in Northern Ireland, whether you are outdoorsy or not you won’t want to miss a thing.

Probably one of the most Instagrammable places due to the fact that Game Of Thrones filmed here… yes some of us actually wore robes and rein-acted scenes (I think people thought they were commissioned entertainment, they were pretty good haha). The Dark Hedges is a street of low hanging trees, it’s super beautiful. But pro tip… arrive early as this place gathers a crowd, also just remember this is still a street for locals so cars will be going up and down. Just make sure you stay out of their way.

On the list of one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen is Carrick-A-Rede. Surrounded by sea and rolling hills everywhere you look you are in awe. But you must cross the rope bridge… although it’s a little high it’s such a short bridge and on the other side is heaven… the views are breathtaking. To be honest I only got a few snaps here. I totally forgot… I was taken in by the beauty and spent my time looking out, taking a moment for myself.

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Legend says the Causeway was built by giant Fionn so that he could meet Scottish giant Benandonner. However, Fionn chickens out and hides from Benandonner by pretending to be a baby when he sees the huge size of him. Seeing Fionn as a baby Benandooner gets spooked thinking his father must be much bigger. He consequently runs away destroying the Causeway as he goes… haha. Others say the Causeway was created by volcanic activity, either way it’s a pretty spectacular sight to see.

Galway

Finally we have made it to the Republic of Ireland… get rid of your pounds here, this is where your euros will come in handy. The city of Galway is bustling, full of life… and shopping!!! Hehehe Primark here I come (or Penny as the locals call it).

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Stay

House hotel, this place is FUNKY!! The lobby is like a crayon box, full of life and colour, it’s also located exactly where you want to be… in the middle of the city. The rooms are small but comfortable… I got such a great nights sleep here.

Glenlo Abbey, this hotel is PURE CLASS! Built as a private home in 1740 this sprawling property features immaculate glamorous rooms, marble bathrooms, and beautiful grounds… there is even a golf course! But I think the coolest thing for me was the fact that there was a carriage from the Orient Express on the grounds (more info below)!

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Eat

Ard Bia is a MUST!! From the outside it looks like another pub… it’s really not! Sat on the edge of the River Corrib is the most cozy, quaint and spectacularly delicious restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of trying. They offer a daily menu of local fresh ingredients… I got a risotto that was mouthwatering.

The Roadside Tavern. Ok so this place isn’t exactly in Galway but is in the direction of the Cliffs Of Moher (Lisdoonvarna to be exact)… stop in this tiny little town for some delicious pub grub. They also have a onsite brewery… which features a delicious Amber made with herbs instead of hops! There is also under the same ownership, Burren smokehouse where you can get fresh salmon… like literally I have never had smoked salmon so delish.

Pullman Restaurant. Oh boy was this a cool experience. You know I mentioned above that on the Glenlo Abbey grounds was a carriage from the Orient Express… well this was a restaurant. This was a dining experience set for royalty, I seriously felt like I was riding the Orient. One of the most interesting facts about this is that this carriage carried the remains of Sir Winston Churchill during his funeral.

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Do

16th Century castle on the shore of the Galway Bay, open to tourists you can actually explore the castle in all its glory… it’s seriously stunning. For me my fav part was sitting on the wall just outside of the castle grounds, I spent some time here just watching the water move around the building.

This was probably what I was most excited to do during this trip, and it surely didn’t disappoint. The views were unbeatable… I even saw Puffins!! Can you imagine… stunning views and puffins! It was an absolute dream. But just a couple of things… 1. make sure you wear comfy shoes there is a lot of walking to do 2. be careful… there is no one going to catch you here… safety is up to you, so just be aware.

  • Tour

Thank you to Vagabond and our incredible guide Darran for 1. putting up with our girl chat for 2 days haha and 2. showing us some of the most amazing sights. A tour guide is super valuable, you can be driving along the road in the middle of the countryside and there is something to know and learn.

DUBLIN

No trip to Ireland is complete without heading to Dublin, that would be like going to the UK without going to London (something I recommend doing, but for this point let’s just go with it). Dublin was everything I expected and more… more being it is a lot larger than I was imagining, and expected being the great sense of Irish culture.

Stay

The Alex Hotel is where you want to be. The location doesn’t get any better and the decor…. wow! Every single part of it screams for you take a Instagram picture. As soon as you walk in you are greeted to style and class, and don’t even get me started on the room!! I wanted to move in haha… in fact I still want to move in. It was a superb mix of vintage and modern… a bit like Dublin itself.

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Eat

1837 Bar & Brasserie. Located in the Guinness Brewery (I’ll get back to that later), is a must eat. To be honest I am not a big fan of beer… Guinness being high on that list, but that didn’t mean I had to miss out on all the fun. The great thing about 1837 is a lot of their menus food items include the ebony nectar (Guinness for you uncultured peeps… jk I totally had to google nicknames for Guinness). I chowed down on a delicious stacked high plate of chips (fries) in Guinness cheese… Mmmm.

Love Supreme, although I can’t technically recommend the food at this establishment as we didn’t actually get any (I was still stuffed from all our Guinness treats) they do offer a great selection of teas and coffees all wrapped up in the most welcoming cozy cafe. Also shoutout to the staff for being an absolute dream and not looking down their noses as we took a million photos.

L’Ecrivain Resturant, this award winning Michelin star restaurant was as drool worthy as it sounds. Seriously if they counted the amount of people that drool over their incredible food they would have a looooot more awards. Although small plates, the flavours of the food are sure to fill your belly. I don’t think I’ve eaten things quite so delicious.

Bewley’s Oriental Cafe. Oh what a treat is was to get to visit this iconic Dublin tea room. 1. It’s so beautiful and ornate 2. It’s been around since the 1840s and deserves a standing applause 3. It serves the most incredible looking and equally as delicious treats I’ve ever had the privilege of trying.

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Peruke & Periwig… you might remember this one from my Instastories as we all squealed with delight when we got taken up to the 4th floor of this stunning watering house, to a tiny little room fit for a Queen (geez who keeps telling them I’m coming haha). The cocktails were all as delicious as their quirky names and the staff were all incredibly handsome… Shh don’t tell Sameer.

Farm restaurant, this is where we spent our last dinner together *insert extreme crying face. It was a perfect way to end the night, with all of us leaving happy and full after enjoying a feast of fresh, local and organic dinners. Also side note but shout out to the staff that were just the nicest people.

Do

Of course I have to start this passage off with the most iconic thing to do in Dublin. Before going I was a little apprehensive (woohoo big word), as I said before I am not a big beer and defo not a big Guinness fan. I thought the entire tour would be wasted on me… boy was I wrong. This is such a fun and interactive day out, beer fan or not. Heck by the end of it I was such a fan that I even poured my own beer… which I did very well if I may say so (I even got a certificate!!). I also learned the real way to drink a Guinness…

  1. Sláinte (Cheers)
  2. Breathe in
  3. Take a big gulp
  4. Breathe out

Not going to lie, it tastes quite nice doing it this way.

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  • City Tour

We got the chance to do this with the fabulously fashionable Orlaith of makingspace.ie. She was such a great person to show us around, local to the city of Dublin she was incredibly informative. Showing us places that we wouldn’t have dreamt of going in without her such as Tropical Popical. I think all of us ladies fell in love with this fun and quirky nail salon, one reason being the fun and funky decor but another being the incredible lady behind the brand Andrea Horan a daytime boss ass lady and a nighttime drag queen, this woman was the most inspiration people I have ever met… heck just go get your nails done you’ll know what I mean.

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Ok I’m not going to lie here, to be honest I had no clue what the heck the Book Of Kells was… I was just blown away with the STUNNING location in which housed the book. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel room that I secretly googled what I had just experienced. So my recommendation is to do your research before as it’s going to blow you away.

THIS PLACE IS A MUST! If you want the most sterotypical Irish night out then this is your one stop shop… Guinness on tap ✓ over flowing amount of semi drunk people ✓ sticky floors ✓ Irish band playing nothing you know and jamming out on a Irish whistle ✓ …. gosh this place is amazing!!

Oh man!!! This is it! My incredibly long ultimate guide to Ireland. Is it weird that I kind of want to keep writing? I don’t want this story to be over… I want to go back! Heck maybe I will, there is still so much to see and do, Ireland is like Mary Poppins magical bag… it’s never ending and you don’t want it to stop. Huge thank you to Air Transat for making what would be a headache of a trip the complete opposite…, it was easy, carefree and most importantly FUN!

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This post was sponsored by Air Transat. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

UK Adventures x Booking.com x Rentalcars.com

Hello loves!

As most of you know my heritage is pretty all over the place, but my place of birth is jolly old England! After visiting Ireland, I was so close to HOME, that I had to jump on a flight. 19 euros later and a not so bad Ryan Air flight I chose to land at Gatwick, why you may ask? Well, I always just rush home and see family, this time I wanted to explore a bit more and take my time.

Sameer flew over from Canada to meet me. Luckily our flights were only a couple hours apart so we weren’t waiting too long. Next stop, the Ace Hotel!

Our driver was waiting for us and off we went.

WOW! The Ace Hotel is pretty epic. It has everything you need; a gym, spa, bar, restaurant, and location! The hotel is located in the Shoreditch area of London. Yes I know, party central, but it is actually a pretty cool place. Loads of restaurants, bars, and shops, also super close to the overground station to get you into central London.

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Sameer is always a deal hunter with our travel accommodations, actually what am I saying, he’s a deal hunter for everything. Yep I mean everything. So I tend to leave the hotels and flights to his discretion. His go to is Booking.com for the best hotel deals. We love it. Their site is super easy to use and gets you the best rate possible. Some of their last minute offers are often really cheap. So for all those jetsetters out there, get spontaneous.

Since this trip was kind of a last minute thought, we had to leave much of our research to Booking.com. It has customer reviews and even sort’s hotels by location score. It basically gives a score on what’s around the area. Super handy if you have no clue where you are going. Basically me all the time!!! Hey and because you know I like to hook you up use this link and receive $40 off your next stay… you can even save for later!

Some things that I would recommend in the area:

  1. AIDA Cafe – it’s a clothing shop with a cafe but they make a killer rose latte.
  2. Pizza Pilgram – basically across the street from the hotel, they make killer pizza, when you need that after bar snack
  3. Dishoom – if you love a little Indian, this place takes that to a whole notha level, Indian street food at its finest

Also, add a few places a little further away:

  1. British National Museum – see the world in a whole new light; definitely an interesting voyage. Did I mention it is free?
  2. Mr. Foggs’s Tavern – pretty cool pub, just check out their page!
  3. Notting Hill – a beautiful little town within the hustle of London, stop by on a weekend and they close the streets down for a market

3 days and 68k steps later, it was time to leave. On to the next adventure. Sameer and I booked a car from London. Yeah I know, a CAR! I know everyone has horror stories renting cars in Europe, especially if you are used to renting cars in Canada or the US. The rules and regulations are completely different, especially the insurance. We used Rentalcars.com, they are awesome, they basically search every rental agency in the area and break down what each one offers. So some offer insurance built into the cost and others screw you when you arrive. Canadians please note insurance is compulsory in the UK, so sometimes you might see a crazy good deal and you think your credit card will cover it. Not all the time! Hence my horror story from a few years ago. Saw a rental for $170 for a week, awesome right! Wrong! I got there and had to pay another $120 on insurance! Wasn’t expecting that.

But with Rentalcars.com, they break it all down. You know what you’re getting and whom you’re getting it from. Being able to search through all the local car hire agencies makes it so much easier to make a decision. Through Rentalcars.com, we opted for an SUV and rented with Avis. If you need a car hire in the near future, definitely consider Rentalcars.com

Now onto the tricky part… well at least for Sameer, driving on the wrong side of the road and wrong side of the car! AHHH!

With our car from Rentalcars.com in hand, we headed to the NORTH! (cue Game of Thrones fans!). Our destination was Edinburgh, but we had a couple stops along the way.

First stop, home. My gorgeous hometown of Leeds, where I was born and bred is about a 4 hour drive from London. After spending a few days at mi familia we set off for Edinburgh.

Now this is where things get beautiful, the drive to Edinburgh is absolutely gorgeous. With winding roads, endless hills, and so much greenery, the views definitely do not disappoint. Yorkshire is certainly an overlooked travel destination. I hope to change that!

After another 4 hour drive, we reached Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. WOW! What a sight, so much history, not to mention the beautiful architecture. And ohh Edinburgh Castle, atop Castle Hill, is such a spectacle.

We stayed at the well-reviewed Waldorf Astoria, obviously reserved through Booking.com, because who else would we use. This former railway hotel has been home to so many for over a hundred years. We were super excited to stay because they just under went a 24 million pound renovation and boy does it show. WOW! Pro-tip, it is worth getting a room with a castle view, there is nothing like waking up to a castle lol.

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The hotel is very close to a number of restaurants and shops as well as many attractions like: Old Town, Princess Street, Holyrood Palace, and obviously Edinburgh Castle. We highly recommend a stay here, book today using this link and receive $40 off your stay.

Pro-tip: get the hop on/hop off bus, this was a lifesaver, we didn’t need cabs and we got the added bonus of actually knowing what the buildings were and the history behind them.

Ohh the food scene, so many options, so little time! With only one night in Edinburgh we had to act quick. Scouring the streets to find the best eats was definitely a challenge only because so many places looked soooo good.

Here are a few great options:

  1. Forage & Chatter – great lunch spot
  2. Southern Cross Café – the patio is nice, and the coffee is awesome
  3. Three Sisters Bar – this is a cool spot for either pre or post dinner, most of the time they have live music
  4. Hula Juice Café – now this is great spot for breakfast/brunch, their smoothie bowls are to die for. Plus there menu is 70% vegan!

With only one night to spend in Edinburgh we didn’t even scratch the surface but we will most definitely be back.

All in all this was an awesome trip, we got to explore so many different places, and so many different environments.

If you guys have any questions or comments about our trip leave them below and we’ll get back to you!!!

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My Intro to Biossance

Hello Loves!

My skin has been through it all, from pigmentation, to adult acne and more recently intense dryness… ew. I have tried a million different potions and lotions, getting lost on the pages of YouTube to find the perfect recipe for skin.

But after many trial and errors, I think I have found a formula which suits my needs. I was your own personal guinea pig (ironic because I’m allergic to the fluffy buggers). Anyway enough blabbering, let’s get to the point. I was introduced to the incredible Biossance brand this past February when they launched into the Canadian market. Normally I would poo poo another skincare brand promising me a miracle, but I gave Biossance a chance, and boy am I happy I did. Biossance has reinvented the way we do skincare. Not only does Biossance (available on Sephora.ca) offer a wide variety of incredible products, they are nontoxic and sustainable… amazing! They also include squalane… what is that? I hear you all asking, squalane is a 100% plant-derived moisturizing molecule made from sugarcane. Mmmm sugarcane.

Now there are a couple of miracle products in this line, that are a MUST…

Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel – SHOP HERE

This has to be my fav product and actually a Sephora bestseller… what can I say I’ve got great taste. I use it twice a day… I seriously can’t get enough. Once in the morning to reduce my puffy eyes… I am not that angelic when I wake up in the morning, shocking, and again in the evening. But basically the eye gel reduces the look of puffy eyes and dark circles and hydrates the skin.

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil – SHOP HERE

This beautifully scented oil, is so light and not sticky. I use this… everywhere, face, neck and… décolletage (hehe). What I have found with this product is that my acne scarring has been greatly reduced, but it also brightens and firms.

Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer – SHOP HERE

I use this beauty morning and night and has been a massive contributing factor to my skin’s increased hydration. Again this is lightweight and super easy to apply… there seems to be a recurring factor here.

100% Squalane Oil – SHOP HERE

This guy is the newest member to my collection, but I love it just as much as the others. It is the finishing touch to my skincare routine, adding that extra bit of moisture and locking it all in. It also has reduced some of the redness that I am oh so prone to getting.

I am so incredibly happy with the improvements my skin has made since introducing Biossance into my life, I even feel confident to go makeupless!! Something I haven’t done since I was like 12 lol. But it doesn’t stop here, I plan to test more of the Biossance line and bring you along on my journey… we are seriously going to have some FLAWLESS skin by the end of this.

Eeek so excited!

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Club Med Punta Cana

Hello Loves!

Did you know that Club Med is the originator of the all-inclusive!! For more than 68 years Club Med has been putting smiles on the faces of adults and children alike. You guys know I am a lover of the all-inclusive formula, it’s a great way to see and experience a country without the pressure of wondering where you’re going to lay your head or what you’re going to eat that day. It’s kind of crazy that I had never visited a Club Med location before. I remember when I was younger seeing commercials for their sprawling properties and wishing I was one of those crazy kids splashing in the ocean, so when I was given the opportunity to head to one of my fav countries (Dominican Republic) and stay at the critically acclaimed Club Med, my inner child screamed with delight!

Book your Club Med Punta Cana stay HERE

Location

Club Med Punta Cana is just a hop away from the Airport… literally I could hop there, it’s only a 10 min drive away! However, don’t let this freak you out it’s actually a good thing. You would not guess when you’re on the resort that you are so close… there is no noise and no planes hovering over head, also no sweating profusely in an over packed bus for hours on end to get to your location… bonus!

Rooms

Club Med Punta Cana‘s property has 631 rooms in a variety of styles, from deluxe rooms to family suites. We actually stayed in the adult only space called Zen Oasis. You probably saw from my Instastories that the rooms are gorgeous, so beautifully decorated, they are a bloggers dream! Our little Zen Oasis also included a private garden with a perfectly situated cabana, where Sameer and I spent many a nights watching the stars…. awww so romantic.

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Grounds

This place is humungous, like massive!! I think we only explored a teeny tiny part of it. Every single part of these huge grounds is immaculately groomed, even their 2,000 foot private beach gets a brush each morning. We spent our mornings walking and drone’ing on the calming shores and our afternoons cooling down in the zen pool. Ahhhh… please take me back!

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Amenties

Like I said before Club Med is the originator of the all-inclusive, so there are some things that they just do best… one of these things would be their amenities… the list is endless.

  • 4 Swimming pools
  • Club Med L’Occitane spa

The spa is a must, Sameer and I enjoyed a private beach side couples massage… it was perfection. From the moment you walk in you feel calmer and the massage… wow they know what their doing! We left happy and incredibly relaxed.

  • Kids club
  • L’Occitane Mens Barbershop

The guys from our group got an opportunity to visit the very first L’Occitane Spa for Men. Sameer had a blast, a little whisky and a hair cut, you can’t go wrong.

  • Water sport activities

From sailing to windsurfing and everything in between… Club Med offers it all. I was a little too nervous to sail (I suck at sports… all of them), but after some negotiating and bribing (I’m still waiting for those shoes) Sameer got me into a 2 person kayak. Although, I didn’t actually do any kind of paddling… I was sat behind and Sameer couldn’t see me… I had a blast being out in the open space of the Caribbean Sea. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Golf
  • Archery

Archery was a clear example of the meme, what you think you look like and what you really look like. I totally thought I was going to be like Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games, taking names and helping my crew survive, well that is not what I looked like at all…. I was a complete and utter mess. I would not be saving anyone, in fact I was more likely to shoot them in the foot, yep the foot because I never got the arrow above ground. I told you, I’m no good at sports. Everyone else in our group was a total rockstar, Sameer was so good he actually started to grow a braid (get it, Katniss… ugh).

  • Nightly entertainment

Oh gosh these guys know how to put on a show, from professional stage acts to late night dance classes, you are destined to laugh (and maybe sweat) all night long.

  • CREACTIVE by Cirque Du Soleil

Club Med is known for their collaboration with Cirque Du Soleil, what you may not know is that they offer a totally free CREACTIVE space that allows you to be taught by the pros. Spin plates, juggle and jump on the trampoline or soar through the sky on their trapeze. Available daily you can go as many times as you want, heck by the time your trip is done you can join the circus. Our group tried out the trapeze, and although some better than others we all had such a blast.

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Food

Club Med Punta Cana has 3 restaurants. Hispaniola, their waterfront international buffet available all day, Indigo beach lounge one of their new oceanfront restaurants that offers a adult only dinner and Samana, a huge buffet offering foods from around the world… This ended up being our fav place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner… their menu was constantly changing and the options were delicious and endless.

We are so happy to have been introduced to the Club Med brand and with over 60 locations worldwide, Club Med definitely has something for everyone. We can’t wait to explore more locations.

 

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