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This month’s TJD recommends, we tap into the wonderful things to do in Dubai and most importantly, planning a getaway somewhere in Bali for a retreat! Coming from a yoga lover, we are focusing a lot on wellness and yoga retreats this year as they say  happy mind, happy life. Also, something exciting for kids and grown ups with TOP CHEF!

Enjoy this month’s TJD recommends!

Love,

Travel Junkie Diary

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Around Dubai

The new Burj Al Arab Terrace

Sundowners at luna sky bar

The new boutique Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, at LUNA SKY BAR lounge offering wonderful cocktails and light bites. Although summer has creeped up in Dubai, they do have an indoor lounge area.

Best Asian Fusion

Wakame in Sofitel Downtown, still as strong as ever. This time, we even tried the famous burger sliders and dumplings. Highly recommended, one of my favorite places to dine in Dubai.

Top Chef Dubai

Whether it’s a “Culinary Art” A “Chef To Be” An “Escape to Thailand” class A “Journey to Mexico” or a “Mini Chef” class even a summer kids camp, it’s a guarantee day of fun and learning at Top Chef Dubai My daughter and I loved every minute and best part about it… we got to eat it all! Hats off to the wonderful chef Christina who made the whole experience great fun and allowed us to sneak in some chocolate while we cooked!

Europe

All your life you’re yellow. Then one day you brush up against something blue, the barest touch, and voila, the rest of your life you’re green. That’s what life changing experience does.

This month, we picked Florence. Especially for a first timer. It has some sort of magic to it especially after seeing it from Piazzale Michelangelo. You can find so many articles here on places to dine in Florence and here on things to do in Florence 

Family Destinations

Croatia

We are sticking to islands and water this summer! Croatia. Build sandcastles all day on any island, take up water activities, soak in the sun. Whatever you do in Croatia, know that it is laid back, easy and make sure you try the photo jeep safari, zip lining and snorkeling! Kids will LOVE it!

Bali, Indonesia

FAQ: Is Bali family friendly?! Answer is YES! What more that natural waterfalls, beach, great food and fantastic hotels that have great activities and kids centers! You can read more on our stay at Four Seasons Bali and The Ritz-Carlton Bali.

Costa Brava, Spain

You will fall in love with Costa Brava! Take a boat of L’Estartit, and over to the Medes Islands where a sanctuary of birds and animal live there. Spend the full day at the beach, snorkel and go on beautiful boat rides!

wellness/detox

Como Shambhala Retreat UBUd

Each and every one of COMO’s award-winning retreat programmes is tailored specifically to your unique needs and followed through with a team of expert consultants and therapists who are highly experienced in their respective fields. It all starts with an initial consultation where the COMO team will determine your goals to devise the ultimate Personal Programme for you.

Travel Essentials

 

The new LG 5 – I found out it has a 360 CAM, which records 360-degree photos and videos for a virtual reality experience! Definitely using this one on our next trip!!

 

Rae Feathers, The ultimate in beach chic. W 64cm x D 36cm Handmade Palm Straw 100% Leather Handles and found in Harvey Nichols

Clinique has the smallest make up remover bottle I have seen that has a security cap so it won’t leak when you travel! Absolutely loved that and its TINY! My travel essential! Found in Bloomingdales 

Clarins SunKissed Summer Collection – They are not kidding when they say waterproof and it won’t crease! The best way to remove it is with oil make up remover. Just beautiful for the beach.

RIMOWA – The heroes of all travel essentials. RIMOWA Limbo made in Germany. 

You know those long flights or any flight actually, when at the end of it, your make up slides off your face? Even the slightest? Tadddaaaa…. I found a solution to make THAT stop! Thank you Benefit Cosmetics!

Estee Lauder’s new lip potion, pure color envy, launched last month and I got my hands on it and loved it most of all because it lasted up to 8 hours! Inside info: Oil elixir-infused formula is infused with avocado, jojoba and sunflower oils.

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