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Showing posts with label Travel Blogger. Show all posts

Sunday, 22 September 2019

A Summer in Paradise

Hello Chicos & Chicas,

I won't deny I had fallen in a rut all this while procrastinating, going through everyone else's social media posts and not working on my own content. All these days I just couldn't find the motivation to get myself out of bed and do something productive during whatever time I would get during weekends. Today I finally took control and thought of sharing with you, all about my mini vacation I took a few months back in May to Ajman. Now this staycation has to be one of the most unique experiences I have had as it involved staying in a caravan. Situated 8km away from the Ajman China Mall, Caravana Al Zohra features caravan accommodation alongside the Ajman Beach. 

Getting there

The easiest and cheapest way to get to Caravana from Dubai is taking a bus to Ajman from Al Ghurair bus station which would cost you around 20 AED. You can get down on the way to Ajman China Mall or any other nearest landmark and take a cab to reach the destination. We made a blunder by getting down at the last stop, getting back to Caravana took us around 25 minutes from there. Also, the resort location is not correctly mapped on Goggle and there is another hotel by the same name which might create a lot of confusion as it did in our case. 

My Experience at Caravana Al Zohra

The moment I arrived I was completely awestruck by the spectacular view of caravans lined up alongside the beach. The reception was a small compound, a little farther away from the camping site. I had a little problem communicating to the receptionist earlier while trying to locate the hotel as he was Arabic and couldn't understand English. After registering my Emirates id, they took a security deposit of 500 AED which is redeemable during check out. 

The Caravan I was staying at had a small room for couple & another cozy room with 4 bunker beds & could accommodate 6 people easily. Other than the tiny bedrooms, it had a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with television, a dining table and a washroom. The aforesaid list of amenities are more than one can ask for living in a van. Outside the van you get your own front yard which leads you to the private beach. There was a cute siting arrangement just adjacent to our caravan with a bamboo sunroof where you can chill with your friends over bonfire & sheesha. For an additional charge you can also get some additional services like Jacuzzi and barbecue. 

I spent the early morning hours at the beach soaking up some sun and the rest of the day lazying inside the caravan. I have to admit, staying in Caravana wouldn't be the best idea during summers as it was too hot to go outside after 10am in the morning. I would rather visit Caravana during cooler months, to make the most of private beach. We cooked our own meals for lunch, the front desk was generous enough in helping us with groceries from a nearby shop. At night we did manage to order from Zomato, there were quite a few restaurants delivering to caravan. However, getting to the hotel was an issue with the delivery person, even they couldn't track down the caravan successfully through Google Maps.

Evenings were rather cool, watching the sunset was my favorite part of the day. At night, fairy lights lit the entire area, making it look like a live image from Pinterest. Also, there are various  adventurous activities to do like, horse riding, paragliding, cycling, fishing etc at close proximity from the caravans.

Living in Caravan is the ultimate way to bond with your family and friends and I would highly recommend you all to experience the same but during cooler months of course. You can book your stay online here, the room rate ranges between 700 to 1200 AED depending upon availability and the size of caravan you are opting for.


Surreal!!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Escape To The Hills With Mayfair Gangtok (Part 2)

Hello Chicas,

In my last post I talked about my visit to Darjeeling, if you haven't checked it out yet, you can read it here. Our stay in Darjeeling was a pleasant one as we didn't really occupy ourselves doing touristy things but spend our time lazing around in the resort and revisiting some of our favorite cafes where we enjoyed the sunset over some croissant and coffee. After spending a couple of  days at the Mayfair Resort Darjeeling, we left the property with a heavy heart for Gangtok on the third day of our trip.


Last breakfast at the Mayfair Resort, Darjeeling

Reaching Gangtok


 We took a private cab to Gangtok which cost us INR 2400. The distance from Darjeeling to Gangtok is approximately 98 kilometers and it takes around 4 hours to reach Gangtok. On our way to Sikkim from Darjeeling, River Teesta added beauty to the journey. We stopped by the River Teesta View point also popularly known as Lover's pointIt's a famous tourist spot where travelers stop by to enjoy the lovely view of the river from the mountains. The emerald green water gushing downwards with mighty force kept me occupied halfway through the journey.


At the River Teesta viewpoint

Mud house with colorful windows


My experience at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino Gangtok


After a journey of 4 hours we finally reached our destination, Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino, Gangtok. The property is located approximately 10 kms away from the main Gangtok city and is spread across an area of 49 acres. A huge fountain in the form of a rotating globe was the first thing we saw on entering the resort. I was completely in awe of the magnificent villas and the colorful walls of the lobby which has rare and historical photos of Sikkim. We were welcomed to the hotel by the staff who served us tea after which we were allotted a room in the forest villa for Day 1 of our stay. 

An elevator and a brief golf cart ride later we reached the fern villa. As the name suggests, the villa was surrounded with trees and it almost felt like we were living in a forest. Our room was extremely spacious with a gorgeous balcony where we had our morning tea. We had our breakfast and lunch at a cute animal themed cafe next to our villa called "The Jungle CafĂ©" which served mouth-watering local Sikkimese delicacies. For dinner we opted for Orchid, a grand dining area with magnificent bell shaped chandeliers. We had a larger than life dining experience at the Orchid. The restaurant was huge and had an array of buffets ranging from Chinese to Indian and Continental.

On day 2 of our stay at Mayfair Gangtok, we were allotted the Grand Villa, one of the best suites available at the resort. These Villas were located in an extremely private and exclusive part of the resort and consists of a grand bedroom, a plush stately living room and a large sun deck. The entire living area was tastefully decorated, I could spend my entire day just staring at the beautiful vintage interiors. The deck had a stunning private rock garden and an artificial waterfall that flowed into the temperature controlled dip pool. One of the major attractions at the resort is the swanky Mahjong Casino attached to it. The Casino was huge and I was mesmerized by the beyond beautiful paintings which adorned the walls. Casino Mahjong is the first full-fledged live onshore casino to be opened in India. It is open 24/7 and serves delectable food and beverages. 

 Wonderful ambiance, attentive service and world class amenities are some of the factors which made our stay at the Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino a blissful one. The staffs at the resort were extremely friendly, polite and helped us out in every possible way with a smile.

The hotel provided a special sort of tranquility far from the hustle bustle of the city of Gangtok. The most cherished moment I would remember from my stay at the resort would be the early morning coffee time in the balcony of our room with the spectacular view of Rumtek Monastery in the hills. Such a charming retreat indeed.

Just a wee bit excited after entering the property
Soaking in the grandeur of the place