15 Jul 2018

Our Stay At Rixos Bab al-Bahr, Ras al Khaimah



As you may know, myself and my husband recently returned from a two week holiday spread across the UAE and Singapore. The first part of our trip was a honeymoon part two and we decided to spend a few nights in Ras al Khaimah, an emirate in the UAE. It is not as advanced as Dubai or Abu Dhabi but is mostly known for its resorts and beaches.

We decided to stay at the five-star Rixos Bar al-Bahr and I thought I'd share a review in case you are deciding to visit too.



FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I hate to start on such a downer but my first impressions of the hotel was rather disappointing. We asked to see our room before checking in and noticing the broken picture frames, torn wallpaper and our what was supposedly 'sea view' room overlooking the noisy pool area, I was very unhappy. We then saw four or five (I lost count!) more rooms and was still very disappointed as none of them were finished to a five-star standard and all didn't have the peaceful, romantic honeymoon vibe as they faced the pool.

We spoke to the manager, who was far from understanding and didn't even bother to apologise at my disappointment, and after much back and fourth, he decided to upgrade us to a 'better' room. Upon looking at the room, there were some snags I had and it still did overlook the pool deck but I decided to go with it as after a long 10+ hour journey, all I wanted to do was shower and eat!

Upon booking just note that the sea view room is also a pool view room (which they cleverly leave out!). The hotel is split into a few of buildings which are pyramid shaped and only reach about 7 floors high. You can still hear the noise from the pool area when
on the 5th floor.



OUR ROOM

We had a really nice spacious room with a balcony and sea/pool view. Just have a scroll through the pictures as it will give you a better overview of the room.








If you book this hotel just be wary of which room you book - I would have loved it more if the room wasn't near the pool but then I would miss out on the sea view and instead just have desert views. 



THE POOL & BEACH

I found the main pool was rather crowded and noisy. There are lots of kids at this hotel as it is very child-friendly (which is great, if you have a family!) so just be mindful as we were imagining peaceful and relaxing vibes throughout. We found the adult pool on the other side of the resort which also had a private beach section and separate bar. The pool was an infinity pool, which was just the ultimate dream!







We went all-inclusive at the hotel so mojitos and soft drinks were on tap and it was amazing! The private beach section was also very nice. The hotel also offers water sports, if you are into that, but as usual be prepared to pay a lot of £££ as it is pricey.



FOOD, SHOPPING AND AMENITIES

As mentioned previously, we went all-inclusive which meant all of our meals, drinks and snacks were free. This also included the mini fridge in our room! Anyway, the hotel had a main buffet restaurant where we would eat breakfast and lunch (it was also open for dinner). Breakfasts and lunches were pretty good, a variety of different cuisines and lots of options for all. For dinner, you could book into any of the eight restaurants at the hotel and it was included in the all-inclusive package! We decided to try a different one each night. There are several options from Italian, Turkish, Steak and Asian. Very worth it in my opinion!




The hotel also had a market for guests to do all their holiday / gift / tourist shopping. We didn't buy anything but it was a nice area to potter around. There is also a gym, spa and tennis courts, if you fancy. We booked in for the spa on our last night and it was a-ma-zing!



So there's my review of the Rixos Bab al-Bahr hotel in Ras al Khaimah, UAE. No doubt it is a beautiful hotel and a lovely place to sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing, which is just what we were looking for. The hiccups with the rooms and manager experience was rather disappointing as they seem to lack in customer care. I've visited the Rixos The Palm in Dubai and that hotel was the best hotel experience I've had in my life so to see the difference between the two, was quite sad.

If you have a family with children, I think this hotel if exactly what you need. It offers something for everyone whether it be entertainment or food.

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8 Jul 2018

When Life Gives You Lemons...



It's been a week since I've been home and I already have major holiday blues! My husband and I went on part two of our honeymoon and spent a few days in sunny Ras al Khaimah, UAE. We also took the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi and Singapore which was truly amazing and beautiful! All the travel guides will be coming very soon but for now, I thought I'd share one of my favourite outfits I wore in Ras al Khaimah.



This stunning yellow maxi dress caught my attention whilst I was shopping in New Look. The colour is just beautiful and screamed holiday to me! I am often drawn to yellow pieces of clothing but often find it hard to pull off as it is a bold colour. I have a couple of yellow pieces in my wardrobe but this has got to be my favourite now!




I like how flexible the style of the dress is as it can easily be worn on or off-the-shoulder, depending on whether you are going for a more daytime or evening look. I opted for on-the-shoulder for this day as I was wearing it around the hotel in between dips in the pool (hence the untamed hair).





The maxi dress features a simple tie waist with some tassels, which really pulls it all together and adds a little something. There is also a drop hem / asymmetric feature which mades the dress slightly shorter in the front and longer in the back. As I am on the shorter side, the drop at the back actually drags on the floor slightly, which I don't mind. If I chose to wear the dress with heels, the length would've have probably been what it was supposed to be on a normal height person!





As the dress is the focus and main component of the look and also since I was on holiday and feeling rather lazy, I decided to wear a simple pair of brown sandals. As mentioned previous, the dress can easily be adapted to be worn for day or night so a pair of black, or even something bold like red, heels would immediately amp up the look for an evening outfit.



Have you purchased any yellow clothing pieces lately?
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1 Jul 2018

Five Uses For Essential Oils



I love multipurpose products because it makes your purchase way more worthwhile, especially if the item is quite expensive. I kindly got sent the Hallelujah Hair Oil from Forest and Shore, which is actually completely organic, natural and made up from 100% essential oils. Although it is meant for hair, it made me realise how many different uses the product could have as it is purely a blend of essential oils.

Here are five uses for essential oils that you can use in your daily routine.



Hair Treatment
Obviously this product is marketed as a hair treatment, but in general if you happen to have some essential oils around the house, it could be used for your hair. I either apply it as a light treatment in damp hair after a shower or before showering as a mask. It is really affective and keeps my hair healthy looking and also smelling very nice!


Sleep
Certain essential oils, such as lavender and camomile, are very calming and ideal for helping with your sleep. There are products that are specifically formulated as a spray to put on your pillow to help you sleep at night but I actually popped a few drops of this oil (as it contains lavender oil in it) on my pillow case and it smells so calm and relaxing.



Fragrance
You can definitely use essential oils as a body, clothes, laundry and home fragrance! It is so simple to add it in a spray bottle with some water to make it easy to use around the home as well as a body fragrance.

Cuticle Oil
You can pop some of the oil on your cuticles as a hydrating treatment if they are looking and feeling a bit dry. Whether it is your hands or your feet, you can enjoy a mini pamper session at home with your essential oils doubling up as a manicure and pedicure treatment.

Lip Care
Last but not least, the oil can also be used as a lip treatment. Add some essential oil with some sugar for a nourishing scrub or use on its own as a hydrating lip balm / mask. It is so simple and easy to quickly make up and use.




Have you ever used essential oils? What do you use it for?
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