5 Top Favourite Places to Visit this Winter!

Photo at Anantara Qasr Al Sarab

5 Top places to visit this winter!  Well, this is based on my recent Travels rather than all time favourites. I would find it impossible to choose five, wouldn’t you?


I know, everyone loves Venice but that it is because it is one of the best places to visit in the world!  Venice has everything from beautiful architecture, magical ambiance, excellent shops, interesting museums and so many art galleries you will never see them all!

Iconic Venice, I will never tire of visiting this magical city

Avoid high season, is my biggest tip!  Treat yourself to a water taxi, by far the best way to see everything.  Avoid the touristy Gondoliers and take a fabulous Riva Water taxi.  However you can avoid the crowds by staying off the well worn tourist route, they generally do not stray very far!  Read all about Venice in my Venice blog.

PALAWAN ISLANDS, The Philippines

El Nido Islands, Palawan, The Philippines

If you want to take a long haul trip, I really recommend visiting the islands of The Philippines.  They are not called the most beautiful in the world without good reason.  Yes, it is a bit of a trek to get there but well worth it.  Go now before the world discovers them and they become spoiled.  Avoid the more touristy Boracay and head to Palawan.

Read my blog to find out where I stayed and more information.


Regular readers will know how much I love Abu Dhabi and visit every year!  Don’t just use it as a stop over, stay and see the country.  I particularly like the Liwa desert and stayed at the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Hotel for the second time.  The desert is a very special place and it is nice to enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the hotel.Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi, UAE

You will enjoy the city of Abu Dhabi too, there is so much to see and do, including the Sheikh Zayed Mosque which is awe inspiring.  I loved staying at the world famous Emirates Palace hotel Read my blog for more information.

Emirates Palace Private Beach

If you stay at Emirates Palace, I promise you will never want to leave!  However, get out and explore the country in a hire car.  It is perfectly safe to drive and you will feel very comfortable and safe driving anywhere in Abu Dhabi.  Almost impossible to get lost too.


Atlas Mountains of Morocco

My latest discovery!  Indeed, I am already planning a return trip. Explore Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains.  Read my blogs to discover more details, see the HOME page at the top.  Marrakesh was a delight and so much nicer than I expected, perfect for a few days short trip if you are travelling from europe.

The Medina in Marakesh

Explore the Medina, Majorelle Gardens eat delicious Moroccan meals and so much more.

Cote d’Azur France:

Cap Martin, Roquebrune Cap Martin, France

I know, I live here part of the year and so am a little biased but please come and visit! You will love it.  Monaco is one of the safest places to be and you will enjoy a trip very much.  Again read my blogs on the subject for more information.

MonacoDon’t forget to visit Monaco or stay a while during your trip. There are wonderful hotels, great events throughout the year, terrific restaurants and so much to see or do.  Enjoy the beautiful weather and beaches too!  Avoid high season on the Cote d’azur and Monaco would be my top tip.  High season is during July and August.









  1. February 24, 2017 / 1:31 am

    Incredible! I’ve seen so many people heading to the Phillipines so far this year.. and we are only 2 months in!
    It looks beautiful X

  2. March 6, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    You selected five great destinations. I too have heard of a lot of people traveling to the Philippines. There are some incredible airfares out there, perhaps that is one reason to go! Abu Dhabi peaks my interest but I enjoyed reading about the Palawan Islands as well. Nice post that got my travel bug activated.

    • marie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      I would go to The Philippine islands while they are unspoilt by tourism.

  3. March 6, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    These are great destinations you selected! Really exotic and all very different. I like the tips you included, too!

    • marie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Thanks Corinne! I always enjoy reading your blog.

  4. March 6, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    What an eclectic mix of places. A little something for everyone! I surprised myself a little when I felt intrigued by Venice. That photo really piqued my interest…I never expected the canal water would look so clean!

    • marie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Variety is the spice of life isn’t it!

  5. March 7, 2017 / 12:26 am

    I absolutely love Venice and if you stay at one of the grand hotels it is definitely a luxurious experience. Especially after you come back from a day of getting lost in the city!

    • marie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Oh yes! I want to go back just thinking about it!

  6. Charlie Musco
    March 7, 2017 / 1:01 am

    I visited Abu Dhabi for the first time this past November and attended the Formula 1 race on Yas Island. Very exciting!!! My hotel was the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and it was outstanding !! Before I arrived in the city, I stayed for a few days at the Anatara Qsar al Sarab which is magical and beautiful! Perhaps I’ll return to the UAE. I hope so!!

    • marie
      March 7, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      What a great trip!

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