One amazing thing about life for me is the opportunity to Travel, my life long dream is to visit as many countries as I can. From a child I was always excited to get to the airport, get on the plane and then of course the holiday itself. I have even taken my little boy to America and regular UK Breaks and I of course plan to take him other places that will accommodate his needs so that he could enjoy himself.
If you have been following my vlogging channel ‘Chanel’s House’ you would have seen my crazy preparation plans for this vacation. Initially the trip was a treat for my husband to enjoy the sun and beach in Mallorca but turned out to be a girly holiday week with my best friend Laura.
It seems I travel often but it actually has been several years since I had a ‘holiday’ and when I mean holiday, chill on the beach, emails off, feet up, ice-cream and bikini fun! My last ‘holiday’ was with Laura and Danielle to Ayia Napa, Cyprus, a few months before I became pregnant with my little man who is now 7 years old, so for about 7 years, I honestly have not relaxing sun and beach holiday since.
As always when I travel, I draw inspiration from the country… this time, I have been inspired to ‘take it easy’ life in London can be very hustle and bustle but even with the rush of London, making time for relax and chill with the family and friends is possible and I need to embrace it more. I also tested my confidence BIG TIME, yesterday’s post proved that, because in all honesty, I feel I looked rather amazing in those bikini shots!
Anyway, every holiday has its pro’s and its cons… here are mine!
Things I HATED
I normally travel with premium flight companies such as British Airways, Virgin etc. However, I wanted a cheap flight but was willing to spend more on hotel so we opted for Monarch Airline.
- Travel Agent: If there is ANY flight agency you want to get you to your perfect holiday destination, please DO NOT, travel with A1 Travel. As a lifestyle blog, I feel it is always super important to be very honest regarding any reviews. Whilst this is not a review, paid or not, I can only stress how disappointed I was in the service and you can find out here on my vlog channel why. Whilst it is more pricey to book flight and hotel separately, sometimes it is much more worth it than to deal with cheap and rude Travel Agents, if anything your best bet is to book through Thomas Cook or other well known established dealers.
2) Dodgy Flight: Normally ANYTIME, I travel, I pray just that little harder… there is no escape of death if the plane decides to crash! So NOT FUNNY, but with cheaper airlines such as Monarch, Easy Jet and Ryan Air, because its so low budget, you can normally tell the planes are a little older.. Now Obviously, they are legit and have extremely low disaster rates and clearly I am exaggerating here, however, these flights sway so much more through the winds in the sky. Also if you have earache issues like myself, take earplugs because I have noticed low budget aircrafts make my ears hurt RIDICULOUSLY!
Whilst on the plane when landing, the plane swayed vigorously until we hit the ground, I held my best friend’s hand as we descended to the ground whilst swaying from left to right.. it was the most daunting experience! Our flight also was unfortunately delayed and they were so careless to not even tell us that the gate changed, all the passengers actually did not realise until the last minute! Tiny seats, short seat belts... ugh, I am flying with Virgin next time!
3) Mallorca was ‘boring’ lol! Now, I am not TOO bothered because I was after a boring holiday! My plan was to just go to a place where I could chill, relax, take in heat, take in sun, eat, sleep and thats it, but honestly, there is not much to do besides just that in Santa Ponca. Now of course, you could head to Magaluf which is the party district of Mallorca but for the most part, you have to be happy to not expect too much hype whilst out there.
4) I travelled with the whole of ESSEX!- Spain at this time of the year is the number one travel spot for fellow Britons… Its not something I hated per say, but its quite interesting that everyone spoke just like me and I hardly met Spanish people! What is also quite amusing *chuckles* is the referendum results was revealed whilst we were in Spain! Wonder how these Brits are going to fly over to Spain so effortlessly and tan the way they do now!
5) Rude Brits- *Sighs* THIS, is why I love London when it comes to living in a multicultural society, you get used to Ethnic people and are just that little bit more welcoming. I had this eerie feeling that my Nubian presence may have been a little bit intimidating! (ONLY JOKING!) However, I DID have the most stares, and dirty looks from fellow Brits, and I know they were not from London. The few we did meet from London however were awfully sweet of course! Not everyone is like that, but I did sense an awkward vibe for the most part… for me, I just smiled back, some smiles in return and some frowns.. but hey ho, we paid the same amount to be in this hotel so calm down mate!
Things I LOVED!
This list perhaps would be endless, so lets keep it 5 things also because Spain my friends is a BEAUTIFUL country, and I would go back.. obviously unfortunately I would need a Visa next time!
- The scenery- As the plane approached the coast of Spain, I was in awe. Pure blue seas, crisp white sands, the country is gorgeous! Almost every back garden has a pool (no surprise). It is paradise.. and I can imagine, residents in this country live a happy and healthy life
2) Food and Drink- I basically gained 6 pounds… I am mortified, but I am meeting my Personal Trainer tomorrow so don’t cry for me! The food is irresistible I recommend Sargantana if you are after rich, quality food in a very sophisticated setting. Although in Spain, there are a mix of cultures such as Italian, Indian, Chinese, British restaurants. The fruit and salads are fresh and delicious. Their cocktails are THE BEST on the planet! The Pina Colada, Mango Colada and Strawberry Daiquiris are good enough to make you cry! Food and drink made with love!
3) Our Hotel- We stayed at Bahia Del Sol in Santa Ponca, a 4 star hotel with a beautiful sea front view, balcony, large rooms, comfy beds, and about 3 swimming pools, reception lounge, a spa area, gym, two large roof top terraces. The hotel staff were super friendly and helpful… honestly money well spent!
I got a half board experience so Breakfast and Dinner, and again, great quality food.
4) The PEOPLE- Why didn’t anyone tell me how sweet and kind and funny Spanish people are? Honestly, I felt so welcomed by them! A lot of them have an interesting humorous attitude that for a split second can be stern but then they switch it up and play around with you! I love that in people.
5) The Weather- Well, at least its consistent… the weather in Spain was literally perfect everyday. 32 degrees daily, an opportunity to sun down and feel amazing. Good weather always keeps you happy and I am truly grateful for this holiday
In conclusion, do I recommend Spain Mallorca, 100% YES! Travel is a huge industry and there is so much to do when traveling, but you could definitely benefit from travelling to a country that is welcoming such as Spain.