December 2016 archive

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

I still remember vividly the moment when I arrived in Dubai at the beginning of last November. I took off my black winter coat and I was the happiest. Warm weather always has that impact on me. It just makes me happy!

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Upon landing, I was picked up at the airport and driven to The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre where I spent one night and one day, before my next flight to the Maldives.

Everything was perfectly organized from Michelle and Dubai looked familiar to my eyes. Although it has been years since I visited this city for the first time, people have told me that many things have changed since then.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
 

Dubai was actually a stopover on my way to the Maldives. I spend two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre before flying to the Maldives , and two nights at The Ritz-Carlton which is located along the Jumeirah Beach during my return trip from the Maldives. It was nice to have the opportunity to stay and check out both hotels.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Where to stay in United Arab Emirates
 

During my stay in Dubai, although I wanted to go out to see more of the city, I decided not to and preferred to spend the whole time at the The Ritz-Carlton because long flights and changing time zones made me a little bit tired. The pictures that you see in this blog post were all taken in both hotels.

Where to stay in United Arab Emirates

I loved the suite at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial Centre with its full sized living room and very comfortable king sized bed. I was lucky enough to be there on a day when they organized a food party in the garden.

In addition to that, having access to an exclusive lounge of the hotel was an extra treat. Before I had to leave to catch my next flight, I stopped by the rooftop terrace and spent some hours gazing at the illuminated skyscrapers.

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Regarding my stay at The Ritz-Carlton in the Jumeirah Beach, everything was perfect and I need to thank here Miss Chloé Perrin-Macgaw from the Public Relations & Marketing of The Ritz-Carlton Dubai for the great company, warm welcome and hospitality.

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

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The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
 

The Ritz-Carlton Dubai

The only thing that I couldn’t stand during my visit in Dubai was the air conditioner. That’s because air conditioner is not common in Vienna, so I am not used to it. However I totally understand that for the residents of Dubai, having air conditioner everywhere is more than necessary.

This is my last blog post for 2016. I wish you all Happy New Year’s Eve.

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*Disclaimer: My stay at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai was hosted. However, all words, comments and thoughts in this post are my own. This blog post contains affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Upon arrival at Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Resort Island in the Maldives, we were welcomed with a drink and we were guided to our villas.I had my own beachfront villa, named Manta Villa, that came with a private swimming pool, a spacious living area, and a large bathroom with outdoor showers!

Life on a private island in The Maldives

I felt like a member of the British royal family or even a celebrity (even though I am none of those). The island has 6 villas and they can only be booked as an island and not as an individual villa.

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

Imagine…a private island only for you and your favorite people! 

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 
Life on a private island in The Maldives

In the days that followed, I enjoyed snorkeling in the pristine waters, the spa treatments, and I practiced yoga.

Everywhere I stood, there was uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. I loved everything. The feeling of harmony everywhere on the island, the privacy and the maximum exclusivity.

Life on a private island in The Maldives
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

I loved the fact that I was spending the whole day carefree swimming in turquoise waters, having my feet on the unspoiled white sand and that the only piece of clothing that I needed was just a swimsuit.

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Exploring the underwater world and swimming among coral reefs with the turtles, reef sharks, and other beautiful sea creatures was a unique experience.

And what a dream to have a daily fresh coconut drink and dinner every night under the Maldivian night sky.

Every meal was expertly crafted by a private chef.

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Life on a private island in The Maldives

Life on a private island in The Maldives

 
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Life on a private island in The Maldives

One day, Coco prive Kuda Hithi organised for us breakfast on a sand bank. Do you know what a sand bank is? It is a very small island of sand in the sea.

There is only white sand and nothing else. In the photos above you can see a sand bank, the endless blue and white around it.

My favourite colors. Visiting a sand bank in the Maldives is a life experience.

Coco prive Kuda Hithi
Coco prive Kuda Hithi
 

The only thing that went wrong was that my 50mm camera lenses broke down unexpectedly. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take as many pictures as I wanted.

I could spend days and nights taking photos of this little island.

Coco prive Kuda Hithi

Coco prive Kuda Hithi
Life on a private island in The Maldives
 

Life on a private island in The Maldives

Coco prive Kuda Hithi
Coco prive Kuda Hithi
 

Coco prive Kuda Hithi

This was my last trip in 2016 and one of the best trips in my life so far. If one can only have one wish, I wish 2017 will bring me back to the private island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives

Coco prive Kuda Hithi
Coco prive Kuda Hithi
 

Swimsuit: Madame Shou Shou

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Coco Prive Kuda Hithi

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

Maldives has always lived in my mind like a place of paradisiacal beauty destined for honeymooners only. Is it because the media promoted it like that? Maybe! However, Maldives is not for honeymooners only and I am glad that I had the chance to experience holidays in the Maldives with friends!

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

I was in Paris when I got the invitation from my friend, Michelle from Travel Junkie Diary, to join her in an exciting trip to the Maldives. To be honest, I never believed that an invitation like that would ever come my way. Some things are just too good to be true.

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

Nevertheless, when I came back home to Vienna, Michelle and I started getting into the details about our next travel adventure on a luxury private island resort called Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. My wish to escape the cold winter in Europe has been heard.

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

Flying over Maldives with Fly Dubai treated us to a bird’s eye view of the islands, sandbars, and lagoons.

In addition, the views were a hint of how beautiful the following days would be. What I’ve been seeing in travel brochures for the longest time was unfolding in front of my eyes.

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

When we arrived at Malé International Airport, we were picked up and transferred by a private yacht to the private island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives.

Once my feet touched ground on this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I knew I would love it forever.

private island resort

I can list a million reasons why I love this place so much like nothing else in the world, but words will never be enough to describe the beauty of this private island resort and how it made me feel.

private island resort
private island resort
 

private island resort

private island resort

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private island resort

private island resort

The whole experience was surreal and surpassed any expectation.

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

All photos were taken by me

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Christmas in Vienna

Earrings: Pourtoijewelry / Make upBobbi Brown

Christmas in Vienna – It was a while ago when I talked with Lorin from Canajvisuals.com over a cup of coffee, and asked him to help me create a video that will showcase how magical Vienna is during the Christmas season. This is the first time that I’m doing a video for The Viennese Girl blog, and it is also the first time that I worked with Lorin. I explained to him what exactly I had in my mind and how I wanted the final result to be. It should be magical with a fairy tale feeling. It should be exactly how Christimas in Vienna is, and it should stay true to the philosophy and the style of The Viennese Girl blog.

Everything went perfectly. The only problem we faced was the music. We both had in mind two well-known beautiful songs and we knew that one of the two would complement our video beautifully. But it turned out to be impossible to get them because of the super expensive copyright license. We had to find another solution. However, I loved working with Lorin, especially for the reason that he takes my opinion into consideration and we have something in common: we are both perfectionists. We strive for perfection, and we worked hard despite the freezing cold out there to create something that you will love to watch. This is our way of wishing you a Merry Christmas. If you like the video Christmas in Vienna, feel free to leave a comment (because I am so curious to know your thoughts….)

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