Sri Lankan Paradise; Trinco

Trincomalee was the final stop on our Sri Lankan adventure and what a way to end it was! Picture perfect paradise from start to finish and the best way to look back on our time in India and Our Home before finally reminiscing on our incredible experiences in Sri Lanka.

Where to stay:

Arriving via bus from Sigiriya we jumped in a tuk tuk from the station to our home for the next few nights; Trinco Blu by Cinnamon. What a home this was, as soon as we walked through the reception we were greeted with a cool drink, a refreshing flannel and a beautiful view which was on par with some of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in.

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If we didn’t feel like we were in a movie already we sure did when we were informed that our room had been upgraded to the ultimate beach front cottage! The room was huge with such an airy feel to it. The whole place just forced you to relax and as we pulled the curtain back things just got better. Looking out was the stunning picturesque beach dotted with palm trees and a giant anchor. We could simply wake up and roll out of bed straight onto the beach!

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The hotel pool was also an oasis with two restaurants to choose from including a buffet option and a fine dining experience at Crab.

What to do:

We were enormously disappointed when we were told no whales had been seen in the waters for over a week and were strongly advised not to go on a whale watching experience with such a high chance of a no show! Nevertheless we did manage to visit Pigeon Island which was an experience on par with the Great Barrier Reef in Australia!

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We snorkelled through the rainbow of coral for a couple of hours and no matter how many times we’ve been snorkelling we’re always astounded at the beauty beneath the surface of the sea. Alongside the coral was an array of marine life from Nemo to Dory and all in between but that was nothing compared to what came next.

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After a quick bite to eat we walked over to the other side of the island to delve into the deep blue again but this time we were told to stay close to our guide. Having snorkelled a fair few times before didn’t expect to see much we hadn’t seen before but Pigeon Island is most definitely our best ever snorkel experience!

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After a few minutes of swimming we found what we were looking for; the most spectacular sea turtle we’ve ever seen! The most wonderful thing about this experience was its comfort and naturalness around us, it didn’t swim away or even towards us, it just went along with its business which made for some amazing pictures!

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With all our attention locked on the turtle we didn’t even notice the other incredible sea creatures lurking just beneath us…

After some frantic pointing from our guide we finally noticed that we were surrounded by a herd of black tip reef sharks! We were terrified but amazed at the same time, especially when one of them swam towards us at a significant pace before turning away. The sheer speed of these magnificent sea creatures was amazing and even more scary given they were nearly two metres in length! We were so amazed we forgot to breathe through our snorkel at times as our jaws dropped with their awesomeness despite being underwater. We can’t think of enough superlatives to describe this amazing adventure.

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Other than our boat trip, we spent our time relaxing in the hotel going between the beach and pool and throughly enjoying some time to relax.

Where to eat:

Being at Trinco Blu we were already staying in the same quarters as some of the best restaurants in Trinco. Although they weren’t cheap, you get what you pay for so we decided to treat ourselves to a night at Crab and it was delicious, however, not quite as enjoyable as our meal at The Fat Crab in Colombo but the beach side setting in Trinco was gorgeous. We also had breakfast included in our visit and loved the array of different options the buffet had to offer.

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We actually spent most of our evenings eating at Tonic’s, a beach shack located just next door to our hotel. The food was super tasty and reasonably priced for its location which added up to us revisiting at least eight times in four days! Gaining an alcohol license in Sri Lanka can prove difficult but Tonic’s had a unique way of getting around that, just ask for a “strong cup of tea” and thank us later.

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Our whole experience in Trinco was incredible. We absolutely loved the hotel, the food and our once in a lifetime snorkelling experience. A place to recommend? Absolutely and without doubt, we extended our stay for an extra night and if we didn’t have to catch a flight home, we’re sure we’d have stayed even longer!

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Dubai – a life of luxury!

Skyscrapers, fast cars, private yachts, champagne on tap, pool parties. Dubai. A world of luxury situated in the middle of the UAE desert. As you fly into Dubai you see a land of nothingness merge into a city known as the playground for rich and famous.
Ditching her backpack for 5 nights H was visiting her best friend for a girls holiday, and after a year of hostels and budgeting, this lavish holiday was definitely a treat never to be forgotten.
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First up was Cove Beach Club, a chilled setting located on a typical Dubai beach filled with pure white sand, crystal blue sea and a view of the Burj Al Arab. After a long journey a bit of relaxation was deserved! Soaking up the rays, cocktails on order and delicious food delivered to your sun lounger what more could you want? The day couldn’t have been a more perfect arrival and was spent sunbathing, taking those memorable insta snaps, and dipping in and out of the sea. Perfection.
Once recuperated we got ready for a night out on the town, heading to Asia Asia for ladies night and dinner. Wow is all I can say, with three free drinks of your choice and the most irresistible food ever  including aromatic duck to die for, fiery crispy chilli squid, juicy tempura prawns… Mouth watering? Okay I’ll stop, but you get the point, it was incredible.
Whilst talking about food, the restaurants in Dubai were incredible, you could travel here purely to dine! If you’re a big foodie you will be in your element. A couple of my favourites included Karma Kafe  offering an Asian themed menu making you never want to leave and Siddharta lounge which hosts a sophisticated ambience and the stylish menu infuses Mediterranean and Asian flavours to create a concoction of the finest flavours.
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Me being me a tourist day was obviously a must, so I dragged the girls out of bed to see the fabulous sights Dubai has to offer. The Miracle Garden was up first and as soon as you arrive you enter a magical, colourful world. With every type of flower and every shade of colour this place is just amazing. Hundreds of mini gardens featuring different themes, you could wander around for hours taking in the man made beauty. The only problem is you HAVE to go early, and even at 09:00am the heat is too much, so we couldn’t stay as long as we’d have liked, but despite that we still got to see everything we wanted.
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I couldn’t go to Dubai without seeing the famous Burja Khalifa. Being the tallest skyscraper in the world standing proud at 830m, with fountains aligned along the bottom dancing alongside lights and music, we were blown away before we’d even entered. Stepping into the Burj via the Armani hotel (after hours of trying to find the entrance) we were just speechless. Taking elevators to one of the top floors we enjoyed a drink at the bar with sparkling views never to be forgotten of this almost lego like city.
The Atlantis hotel was next, located offshore on the manmade Palm of Dubai. We explored this hotel to the point of losing ourselves. Walking in and out of the corridors filled with luxury restaurants and shops, visiting the huge aquarium wall it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Imagine stepping into a real world Finding Nemo, just bigger and more exotic. It really was an enormous space filled with an array of sea life. We also journeyed outside in the sweltering heat to get that all important selfie with the hotel! Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for the water park, which would definitely be high on my list if I ever return!
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The days passed quickly visiting various pools, hotels and beaches which were all superb. So how do you finish five days in Dubai filled with the best friends, indescribable beaches, views, food and weather? A private yacht party! Sailing off into the horizon with the skyline behind you, the sea air in your hair, music pumping and champagne flowing. It’s a surreal experience and gave me a chance to look back on the week filled with nothing short of lavish and luxury, reflecting on what a fantastic week it was. So you might be thinking what do I prefer, backpacking or luxury? I’ll leave you guessing…