Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Moana Surfrider

The Moana Surfrider is up there on the list of most iconic hotels in Hawaii. 

It's hard to miss when you walk along Kalakaua Avenue. The hotels sits pretty on Waikiki Beach, as a very grand, all white, colonial style luxury hotel. While we stayed here, we saw bride after bride being photographed on the premises. It's very touristic, and we didn't mind one bit.

Of course we ordered an Acai bowl for breakfast, and I can never say no to banana pancakes. Although my favourite was probably the tortilla wraps. Our room overlooked the middle of Waikiki Beach which really doesn't get more, well, Waikiki. We were lucky the weather was perfect during our stay, because we sat and people watched for hours from our balcony under the gorgeous Hawaiian sun. 

On one of the afternoons during our stay, were were treated to High Tea at The Veranda. You simply choose your tea, and everything else is ready to go, miniature tasting size. Another great activity to do on the beach, even if you're not a guest of the hotel.

Another favourite from our time in Waikiki!

We were guests of the Moana Surfrider. However all thoughts, as always, are my own.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Primus Hotel Sydney

A little staycation at one of Sydney's hidden gems, Primus Hotel Sydney.

We spent a night in the city after checking out the new I, Tonya film starring Margot Robbie (which is a must see if you ask me)! We checked into the Vice President Suite at Primus Hotel Sydney, and you would not expect the size of this place to exist in the middle of Pitt Street. The room is perfect for a romantic evening hangout, as you'll see below. The details in the room are all impeccable, complete with a marble bathroom and brass finishings, and plush olive velvet couch for the living room.

We woke to one of the best in-room hotel breakfasts we've ever experienced. We were cheeky and treated ourselves to the Rocky Road dessert for breakfast & were not disappointed. It was one of the best dishes on the menu if you ask me!

After breakfast, we wandered upstairs to Level Seven, Primus Hotel's rooftop bar, which gives you that cool resort vibe in the heart of the city. It's incredibly spacious and is an unexpected, but pretty sweet surprise for Sydney! Definitely worth checking out for after work drinks or a weekend catch up. 

Be sure to check it out my loves!

We were guests of Primus Hotel Sydney. However all thoughts, as always, are my own.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

120 hours in Buenos Aires

Hola Buenos Aires. First trip of the year, and a very colourful way to kick off 2018.
Here’s a photo diary of some of my favourite moments from the trip. 

This blog has been sponsored by Flight Centre & Air New Zealand, however all thoughts and words are my own.

La Boca
Quite possibly the most colourful neighbourhood I've ever visited! La Boca is one of the original migrant neighbourhoods you can find in Buenos Aires. It's full of life and colour by daylight, where you can find amazing food and perhaps see a few tango dances. It's has quickly become a tourist hot spot because of all the brightly coloured walls, history and culture.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid Book Store
Another one of 'the best in the world' spots. The El Ateneo Book Store has been labeled one of the best book stores in the world for it's beautiful interior, and I doubt you'll disagree. The layout is incredible, and I found myself looking up most of the time instead of looking at the book selection. My excuse is that I can't read Spanish. Hehe!

The Argentine Experience
For tourists looking to meet other travellers from all over the globe, this would be the perfect experience for you. We had the pleasure of spending a night at The Argentine Experience where you get to learn a few phrases and bits of Argentinean culture from the local bartenders & waitstaff ,who also teach you some damn good cocktail recipes, followed by a really good Argentinean meal. We also learned to make empanadas! It's a night of laughs all round, and definitely worth it if you're looking for some good banter with world travellers.

Club de Pescadores
Just a pretty spot we stopped by during our day tour. How cute is this fisherman's club!

Recoleta Cemetery
The Recoleta Cemetery has some of the most famous people in Argentina's history over the past 200 years on it's grounds. The cemetery is stunning, and pretty much every grave is very OTT and grand. One of the most notable figures you'll find here is Eva Peron, arguably Argentina's most loved woman in their history. Her story is incredible, and I was so glad to learn about it during our trip. We learned that hers is the only grave in the cemetery which you'll find with fresh flowers every day of the year.

Graffiti Tour: La Boca 
We did a Graffiti tour of La Boca & the surrounding neighbourhoods. It was incredible to learn about the stories behind some of these artworks, and I would highly recommend this if you ever make it to Buenos Aires. We also learned that people can do whatever the hell they want to their walls here!

Frida Kahlo in Palermo
Palermo had to be one of my favourite neighbourhoods, and when I do return to Buenos Aires I would definitely stay here! Below is a beautiful Frida Kahlo mural you can find in Palermo. Isn't it just perfect?

La Panera Rosa
Of course, a spot for the sweet tooth. And it's pink, too!

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