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Honeymoon Travel Guide: DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa

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Can I tell you a secret? Before a couple of weeks ago, Gareth and I had never been on a beach holiday together! That was all about to change when we partnered with Hilton Hotels in the Seychelles to not only experience some of the most glorious beaches in the world first hand, but to share it with you guys on our return. I can’t quite believe how lucky I am to have seen the Seychelles with my own eyes. I’ll be dreaming about this trip for the rest of my life, for sure.

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We’re Off to Paradise!

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Gareth and I have never taken a beach holiday together – not once in 14 years! We’re much more likely to go on a ski holiday with my family (the exact opposite of a beach holiday it would seem) or on a city break. Which is why I am so excited that we’re off to actual paradise next week with Hilton Seychelles!

Oh my god, this is a DREAM COME TRUE. We will be staying in three resorts throughout out trip, Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda, Hilton Seychelles Labriz and Hilton Seychelles Northolme (head explodes!) Of course I will be reporting back on each and every one afterwards. I’m pretty sure this is going to be the trip of a lifetime and somewhere I’m going to insist you consider for your honeymoon too.

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Win Your Hen Do with Dar Jaguar in Marrakech!

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I am so excited about today’s competition I can’t even tell you! As I’m sure you all gathered from last week’s post, Marrakech is one of my favourite places in the world so I am SUPER PSYCHED to be sharing this contest where one of you lucky brides-to-be will win their hen do at the Dar Jaguar riad!

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This AMAZING prize is for a three night stay at Dar Jaguar for you and up to five friends (in three shared rooms). You will be picked up from the airport by a private chauffeur and welcomed to the riad with a traditional Moroccan tea ceremony. You’ll get a private professional guided tour of the souk (so you can go and experience the incredible shopping without getting lost!) and on the night of your choice you’ll even be treated to a three-course candlelit banquet.

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Win a Surprise European Honeymoon with Surprise Trips!

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If you’re getting married in the next year and you like the idea of an adventure for your honeymoon then read on, because today I’m giving away a surprise European honeymoon with Surprise Trips! Over the summer Gareth and I were lucky enough to go on a surprise weekend trip to Vienna. If you read that post then you’ll already know the drill – but just to remind you, Surprise Trips is a revolutionary new concept in vacationing!

You tell them your preferred departure airport, send them a short list of places you don’t want to visit, and they book you a completely surprise European holiday. This is an absolute adventure because you don’t find out where you’re going until two hours before your flight takes off!

They currently offer 77 destinations in Europe and the service is open to all UK, IE, CA, AUS, NZ and US passport holders (all flights depart from the UK or Ireland). All flights are at convenient times and are under 3 and a half hours. They let you know a few days beforehand what the weather forecast is at the place you’re going, but other than that you’re on your own!

If you want to find out more about how it works, head over and check out their site or watch the video below!

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Las Vegas: What to Pack, Where to Stay & Things to Do

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I’ve been meaning to write a definitive Las Vegas guide for ages – you guys are always asking me for recommendations of things to see and do! I’ve been there four times now and on each visit I find something new to entertain myself with.

I often hear people say they couldn’t stay in Vegas longer than a few days, or that one trip is enough, but I completely disagree! Sure, if you’re just there to drink, party and gamble you’ll probably be ready to go home after a long weekend, but if you want to broaden your horizons a bit more then one visit is barely enough time to scratch the surface. Vegas is so much more than blackjack tables and nightclubs (although a little of both is a hell of a lot of fun!)

Las Vegas is a city like no other, with a slot machine on every corner, gargantuan hotels, amazing shopping and some of the hottest weather you will ever experience! Seriously, during this recent trip (in July – we were clearly having a moment of madness when we booked it, who the hell goes to the desert in the summer?!) the temperatures soared to a scorching 48 degrees celsius (and it was still over 30 degrees at night!) It felt like god had left the oven on, thank goodness for the ample air conditioning!

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What to pack

This is one question I get asked I lot! I like to think my Vegas wardrobe is pretty similar to my at home one… but with more sequins! Definitely bring comfortable shoes for the day time if you’re planning on walking up and down the strip, but for nights out pack your most OTT ensembles!

You see ALL SORTS in Vegas (some of them have to be seen to be believed) and its impossible to ever be overdressed. False eyelashes, glitter and your most extravagant shoes are a must. Plenty of swimwear too if you plan on lying by the pool or doing pool parties. I only bought one swimsuit on my last trip and I regretted it! Even lying poolside is a fashion moment opportunity.

Where to stay

Over my four visits I’ve stayed in five hotels – the Stratosphere, the Encore, the Cosmopolitan, the Flamingo and the Venetian. They all have their perks and downsides.

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The Mirage is next on my list!

The Stratosphere is super cheap but waaaay the fuck down the far end of the Strip. You’ll have to get cabs everywhere which can be expensive and inconvenient.

The Encore is fabulous, super glam and definitely one of my favourite hotels. It (and the Wynn which it’s connected to) is a quite a bit more luxurious then a lot of the others so you pay a premium for it. The lobby interiors are stunning and there’s lots of natural light which is rare in casinos. Our room was no bigger or better than any of the other hotels we’ve been to though.

The Cosmopolitan is in a GREAT location, right smack bang in the middle of the strip and within walking distance to a lot of the main sights. I found it overpriced for the size of the room and the lobby had a bit of a funny smell when we stayed there! The pools were disappointingly small and unexciting too, especially when you compare them to the pools at the Flamingo, Mandalay Bay (they have an actual beach!) and the Venetian (below).

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A view of the pools from our room at The Venetian

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