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Where's the best place you've ever stayed?
I have been lucky enough to stay in two of the Secrets Resorts in the Rivera Maya in Mexico - Secret The Vine and Secret Maroma Beach. Both very different properties- The Vine is a modern high rise style building and Maroma Beach is group of low rise buildings in a traditional resort style layout. And very different settings - The Vine is in the heart of the Cancun hotel zone, right in the hustle and bustle of the city, whereas Maroma Beach is set away down the coast from Cancun on a beautiful quiet beach. But both had amazing, attentive service, gorgeous food and beautiful suites. They are fantastic hotels and I would love to stay in more!
What's your oddest travel moment?
It was in Rome one evening and we were looking for a bar to have some pre-dinner drinks and we came across this small trendy local bar. Half way through our first cocktail the resident DJ walked in to do his set and he had brought his pet pig "Generino" along on a lead. He then proceeded to ask us to look after Generino while he performed his set, which we did- a very unique holiday moment!
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
Climbing to the very top of the dome on top of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in Rome. It's along way up the 551 steps and is very steep and narrow at points but the 360 degree views once up there are incredible. I think it is one the best places to see Rome and get an amazingly unique photo.
What are your suitcase essentials?
A language translator and currency exchange app on my phone- these always come in handy. And I cannot travel without my skin and body products. Two particular favourites are Coco butter to help hydrate and nourish my skin after a long flight or a long time in the sun and also my La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Face & Body Spray to refresh and hydrate quickly on the go- the mini one is great for hand luggage.
Where's next on your wishlist?
One of my dreams is to do a self drive tour around the Southern States of America. New Orleans has been somewhere in particular that really interests me and I have wanted to go there for a long time. Also The Maldives, Vietnam, and Zanzibar are very high up on my very long wish list.
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