Well, what a year that was! My first year as a blogger is nearly at an end. I have enjoyed every second, well nearly, and want to share some of the highlights with you. I present to you my favourite hotel of 2016, favourite airline and favourite destination. Enjoy reading and let me know if you have any suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Spacious Pool of Emirates Palace
Well, this hotel was so good it will be my favourite for a long time to come! In December 2016 I stayed at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Regular Diva followers will know that I adore Abu Dhabi and visit a couple of times a year. The hotels are good but not exceptional, the usual Hotel groups one finds all over the world.
Well, that was until I discovered Emirates Palace. This is exceptional and really is the jewel in the Crown of Abu Dhabi! I will be back and would not consider staying anywhere else in Abu Dhabi. Everything, from the stunning architecture, enormous palatial size, exceptional and exquisite furnishings and decoration are unsurpassed. Well, I can be a rather demanding Diva but even I could not find fault.
Enormous Lobby and halls of Emirates Palace
The food at Emirates Palace is the best in Abu Dhabi, a wonderful selection of restaurants awaits. I will write another blog about the restaurants! The staff are exceptional, every single one of them are a delight, professional, kind and helpful. The Hotel rooms are spacious, beds super comfy.
My super comfy hotel room
The hotel gardens, all 100 hectares are exquisite and a credit to the gardeners tending them. The sun loungers are spread all around the gardens as well as by the pool. You will find a tranquil spot even when the hotel is full.
Hotel Grounds of 100 hectares
I am saving a trip to the Spa until my next visit but it has been voted Best Spa Worldwide, so must definitely try it out next time! The Hotel beach is perfect and enormous, there is even a Marina if you wish to take your Yacht along for the trip.
My full hotel review will be up in a few days time. http://kempinski.com
Disclaimer: I paid in full for my stay, this was not a subsidised trip
OmanAir seats in Business Class
Again, Top spot goes to the Middle East! I have three joint favourites Qatar Airways, Etihad and OmanAir. All the Middle Eastern airlines are exceptional and the best in the world by some considerable distance. I recently experienced a truly horrible British Airways flight and will never fly BA Longhaul again.
OmanAir delicious food
Middle Eastern Airlines have the best planes, the best staff, the best food and the best on board experience in the world. I will always fly with one of them if possible. This year was my first trip aboard OmanAir, a small and fledgling airline which has made a terrific start and I recommend to you.
Disclaimer: I pay in full for my flights
2016 Favourite Destination Palawan Islands, The Philippines
El Nido Islands beach
We all love finding somewhere new and exciting to visit, don’t you think? Well, this year it was the islands of The Philippines. I flew to El Nido airport on Palawan and sailed to El Nido Resorts Lagen Island. Palawan is an archipelago made up of 1780 islands. The waters are crystal clear and it is an unspoiled paradise. I have never seen such pristine, crystal clear water, perfect sandy beaches. The island landscapes are amazing with diverse Flora and Fauna.
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island Water Villas
The El Nido islands are characterised by Limestone cliffs and jungle hillsides on the islands. It is an enchanting place to stay and you will see many different types of bird, fish and other animals. There are 5 varieties of Turtle.
This is a magical destination and one I whole heartedly recommend. Stay at El Nido resorts Pangulasian island.