Bucket List of places you must stay in your life!

All good things come to an end, but before they do, let’s make the most of them. Add this top 5 to your bucket list and you will certainly be living life to the max. From beautiful accommodation to incredible “once in a lifetime” experiences, we suggest you go and visit these locations before you reach those pearly gates.

1: City Palace, Udaipur, India Every little girl’s fantasy is to be a princess and men wish to live like a king – so do it! Stay in the Frateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur. Situated in the desert of Rajasthan on the shores of incredible Lake Pichola, you’ll think you are seeing a mirage- but in fact its your oasis. The hotel is a converted palace so every room is unique. Enjoy life in the lap of luxury and you may even meet the king or ride an elephant in the palace gardens. Anything is possible when you’re living like a royal!

2: Xilitla, Mexico Escape to the jungle to experience the strange and unique. Xilitla is home to the incredible Castillo de Sir Edward James – an eclectic jumble of architecture which was one man’s dream and legacy. If you ever wanted to feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, this is the place for you. Surreal is the word and it’s got groove and feeling. If miracles happen, if you believe in magic, then you’re sure to see it here.

3: Granada, Spain  If your eyes don’t get to see the amazing colour display put on by the skies in Granada, you have missed out. Stand at Mirador de San Nicolas at dusk with a Spanish guitar and church bells playing in the background, as the ancient Alhambra is cast into darkness. Strolling the curving lanes of the old city and escaping into caves in the hills – Granada is a hidden treasure trove of secret tapas bars and wonderful architecture.

Photo credit: Clinton Ross

4: St Maarten A Caribbean island set in the most pristine waters you’ve ever seen. Indulge completely by arriving on one of the many ocean cruises that visit this island paradise. A spectacular experience that you just cannot get anywhere else in the world is Princess Juliana International Airport where planes land on the beach! Spot the planes as they are mere specks in the distance, run into the crystal clear topaz water and have your breath taken away as a 747 jet passes over your head.

5: Paris, France. No bucket list is complete without the spoils of Paris. The shopping, the fashion, the monuments, the vibe – it all adds to the experience that is Paris. Not only a city for lovers, the arts and cafes will keep you entertained no end. Stand a top the hill area home to the Sacré-Coeur, sacred heart church and Montmartre art district. Enjoy a café au lait and a nutella crepe as you see the magnificent city of Paris, complete with famous Eiffel tower, sprawl before you. Why Paris? Because it’s Paris darlink!

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Photo credit: Ellen Bird

What are your must stay places around the world?

 

Cocktails in St Marten

Well cocktail style shotglass from St Maarten to resemble the lovely margaritas and daquiris we had on the beach.

 

St Maarten is an island in the Carribean and it was fortunately one of the lovely stops on our 7 day Cruise in february this year. This was a wonderfu day off the boat with bluebird skies, warm tropical weather and awesome tour guide and group of people.

We went to visit a hotel that had been devastated by the hurricane from years before but the area had never been restored and was quite a contrast from the rest of the tropical island.

 

We watched planes fly in to Princess Juliana International Airport and land right next to the beach- it’s amazing to stand in the water and have an aeroplane fly metres above you.

 

We ended our day on the French side of the island, sunbaking, drinking from coconuts, sipping on cocktails and swimmng in the sparkling ocean.

 

So many memories from this one little glass!

 

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The Best Airport in the World

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By far the coolest airport I’ve ever been to! This was St Maarten, Carribean. I was here in February 2011 and could not believe the rumours were true… the planes practically land on the beach.

We’re not talking little bi-planes or sea planes people. We’re talking full blown jumbo jets.

And watch out!! Don’t stand too close, people have died here. I saw people get blown back tumbling into the water as they stood behind a planes jets when it took off just 50 metres in front of them.

I was lucky enough to be in the water and had a plane go just 10m over the top of me! An amazing experience! Definitely need an underwater camera next time!!

St Maartens Beach Airport! Get there