My itinerary is here and I leave for my Double Tree Hilton trip of a lifetime on Saturday!

It has all come around so fast and so I now have lots to organise to finalise itineraries and prepare to share all my experiences with you.

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My first stop is to the dazzling city of Dubai. Where I will be staying at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Ras Al Khaimah.

I have five days in Dubai where I am hoping to see some of the world’s most spectacular buildings, taste some of their best cuisines and experience some new bucket list activities. The itinerary is mega and includes a dinner cruise on a motorised yacht, a desert safari and a falcon show.

I have spent twenty four hours in Abu Dhabi before, but never been to Dubai where I believe the buildings are taller, hotels bigger and I’m sure food tastier. I will be eating at some of Dubai’s top restaurants including Table 9  and Marjan at the Waldorf Astoria.  Wowee!

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Next I fly to the sensational Seychelles to the Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort and Spa Here my plan involves a lot less, think beach cocktails, scuba diving, snorkelling and wildlife tours. I hope I get to see some of the incredible wildlife on the island and in the sea from turtles to birds and maybe even a whale.

They Seychelles Resort has been undergoing a huge renovation and doesn’t officially open until the week after my visit. So I will be getting a sneak peak at the newly renovated hotel before anyone else, hopefully I will get to try out some of their spa facilities too.

Image from Double Tree by Hilton
Image from Double Tree by Hilton

For my third destination I visit another beautiful island, Zanzibar in Tanzania, staying at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar – Nungwi. My journey in Zanzibar starts and ends with a massage in the hotel’s spa, if only all trips could start and end this way?!

I am in Tanzania for five days and hope to learn as much about this beautiful island as possible, with a visit to the Spice Gardens and Stone Town. I can’t wait to taste the local delights and meet some of the locals, whilst enjoying a few more holiday activities, boat rides and fishing.

Then it’s more time to enjoy beach life, with some scuba diving and snorkeling and perhaps a visit to neighbouring island of Tumbatu.

Photo from Double Tree by Hilton
Image from Double Tree by Hilton

My fourth and final stop is to the amazing bustling city of Cape Town, staying at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Cape Town – Upper Eastside. I visited Cape Town a few years ago as part of a wider trip to South Africa and loved it. I remember taking the open top bus tour three times to make sure I saw everything and took some local kids to the top of Table Mountain on the cable car. Such brilliant memories I can’t wait to return.

My itinerary for Cape Town is still unconfirmed but the list of options is mega! From day safaris to cooking classes and township tours. Of course I plan on making full use of the local wine and perhaps visit a winery or two, not to mention enjoying some of the delicious local food. I have fond memories of restaurants serving nothing but meat… far from a vegetarian this is my idea of absolute heaven. YUM!

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I depart for my adventure this Saturday, leaving only a few days to finalise plans, get packed and prepared for this trip of a lifetime. EEeeee exciting!!! *jumps up and down, spins around and squeals a little* 😉

I would love to hear your tips on things to do, see and eat in my different destinations.

I will be running a twitter chat with Double Tree on Thursday 14th November at 7PM UK time. Join in with your tips, questions and advice and have the chance to win a tin of Double Tree Cookies… believe me they are delicious and worth a few tweets!

6 Comments

  1. Oh my god!!! Serious travel envy right here – you are going to have a blast! Can’t wait to read about it!

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      I apologise in advance for any jealousy inducing photos, tweets, blogs, videos etc 😉

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      The trip is all up on the site now, though lots more blog posts still to write. It really was spectacular! Such incredible people, beaches, cities, food… a real trip of a lifetime!

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