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Roscoemck




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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:34 pm    Post subject: 'Special' holiday destination Reply with quote

Looking for some suggestions guys.

Wife and I both turn 50 next year and are looking for somewhere to head off to to for 10 nights, probably April onwards.

We're both alike in that we're not looking for the stereotypical package hol.

We went to the Emirates for a week last year, nice resort, very relaxing. This year we're going to Sol Beach House Ibiza, a fairly laid back place.

So, what do we want? Sun, sea, chilled atmosphere, healthy food, no kids. Somewhere a bit different? Not the norm?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've travelled an awful lot in my life (oil industry) and visited a lot of so-called 'exotic' places.

I have been usually a little disappointed with most of them - they're nice, but they never really quite match up to that amazing picture in the glossy brochure.

Except one place: the Maldives.

The only place I've been to in my life where I just went 'wow' when I arrived. It's even more beautiful than the pictures.

It's painfully expensive but for somewhere 'special' you absolutely cannot beat this place.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it doesn't have the sea...but if you want wow factor, go and cycle (or run) across Rwanda...stunning place...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar to Gus. Cook Islands for me were amazing. I don't do beach holidays but it was perfect. Bugger to get to though, so maybe look at somewhere like Mauritius which offers much the same, but doesn't involve going so far.

I also went for a swinging weekend in Godalming, and can thoroughly recommend it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FoulOleRon wrote:
Similar to Gus. Cook Islands for me were amazing. I don't do beach holidays but it was perfect. Bugger to get to though, so maybe look at somewhere like Mauritius which offers much the same, but doesn't involve going so far.

I also went for a swinging weekend in Godalming, and can thoroughly recommend it.


Hahahahahaha! Mauritius perhaps. Swinging? Oh dear god no! Jaw Drop
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Myanmar ..... before it gets spoiled.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lizard Island, Oz.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 'Special' holiday destination Reply with quote

Roscoemck wrote:
Looking for some suggestions guys.

Wife and I both turn 50 next year and are looking for somewhere to head off to to for 10 nights, probably April onwards.

We're both alike in that we're not looking for the stereotypical package hol.

We went to the Emirates for a week last year, nice resort, very relaxing. This year we're going to Sol Beach House Ibiza, a fairly laid back place.

So, what do we want? Sun, sea, chilled atmosphere, healthy food, no kids. Somewhere a bit different? Not the norm?


Maldives is the closest to paradise I've seen.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Re: 'Special' holiday destination Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
Roscoemck wrote:
Looking for some suggestions guys.

Wife and I both turn 50 next year and are looking for somewhere to head off to to for 10 nights, probably April onwards.

We're both alike in that we're not looking for the stereotypical package hol.

We went to the Emirates for a week last year, nice resort, very relaxing. This year we're going to Sol Beach House Ibiza, a fairly laid back place.

So, what do we want? Sun, sea, chilled atmosphere, healthy food, no kids. Somewhere a bit different? Not the norm?


Maldives is the closest to paradise I've seen.


Maldives is magical.

I know you want a special time for the 2 of you but if you want something a little different look at Explore's dhoni cruise holidays. They're a week on a boat cruising the atolls and snorkelling twice a day. Then you could extend it at a resort to do the traditional Maldives holiday before or after.

Not connected to Explore at all but I've done the holiday twice. One way for a singleton to enjoy the Maldives (but the others on the holiday weren't only singletons - not that sort of holiday, only 8 or 10 per boat). No longer a singleton but also no longer able to afford the holidays Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Costa Rica - beautiful country, safe, variety of scenery, loads of wildlife and amazing people. just make sure you time it outside of the traditional US holiday periods.

Namibia - again, just awesome.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wife and I went http://www.elewanacollection.com/kilindi-zanzibar/kilindi-zanzibar-at-a-glance for our honeymoon in Zanzibar.
We'd done Maldives a few years previous - this was a little cheaper but felt far more exclusive.

There's only about 15 Pavillion suites on the estate - all privately enclosed and you get far more space than the Maldive water hut we'd previously had.

No kids, full butler service, eat where you want (your room, outside on your private balcony, down by the shared pool, on the beach - you just tell them on the day).

If you want to do "nothing" - its ideal. There are a few trips available if you want to get off the estate.

Apart from the mild stress of getting through Zanzibar airport - it was perfect.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am rather a fan of Hawaii

Maldives and like are truly magical places but are a bit limited to beach activities.

There is a whole lot more on offer in Hawaii. Our honeymoon was to Maui it was just incredible.

Volcanoes, Jungle, Mountains, Snorkelling with turtles, Diving with Sharks. it was an incredible place. with so much to do. Not exactly cheap mind.

As its America food is incredibly varied but there are tons of healthy restaurants. the Island Cuisine is all fresh (raw) fish and fruit. Hawaii Will ruin pineapples for you forever.

The only Issue I see it the 10day duration. Its not exactly close. Took us over 24hours and then an (overnight) island hop from Oahu and back.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if your wife is also a cyclist, why not look at some of the cycling holidays on offer??

we've done trips with Spiceroads (www.spiceroads.com) who specialise in Asia, Saddle Skedaddle (www.skedaddle.co.uk) who are more Europe and Americas, and also Kalypso Adventures (www.kalypsoadventures.com) who are India based (Kerala).

Spiceroads do loads of cracking trips from easy to tough, road and MTB, but one I would do again would be the road trip from Bangkok to Phuket. Not overly challenging (mostly flat/a few upflats) and visits part of Thailand where there are fewer Euro tourists. Last year we did their Saigon to Bangkok trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand - nearly flat all the way.

The Kalypso trip was through the hilly Western Ghats in Southern India, finishing with a few days on the backwaters of Kerala which is incredibly lush. Our guide for that trip now has his own company doing similar - Temple Tree (www.temple-tree.com)

The great thing about bike trips is that you get to see places most tourists don't and often end up in nice hotels with pools, and interesting food to eat.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys, some awesome suggestions in there to ponder over, cheers
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for the Maldives. Really nothing quite like it; remember getting the boat from the airport to the Island, getting off at the jetty and the kaleidoscope of colours of coral and fish you could see below even walking across the jetty to hotel reception.

Ended up snorkeling with Whale sharks and manta rays on one boat trip. Whale shark cruised past about 3 feet away...could have touched it....saw this massive tail sweeping from the side to side at the back and assumed I'd be broadsided but it slipped past so quiet and gentle that I could not feel it go past at all. Remarkable.
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