So finally, I decided to take the first step in creating a travel blog after a few years of laziness. All my friends are telling me to start a blog since I love travelling and going places. So now, my first entry will be my most recent escapade, a legit 5-star staycation which I got for FREE. Yes, you read it right, a 3-night stay, a Turkish Hammam treatment, and a buffet dinner, without paying anything.
How did it happen? So April last year, I joined the Conde Nast Traveller magazine contest “Where are You?”. Basically all you have to do is guess the specific location of the picture. A month after, I received an email from them that I won and voila, I got all those freebies I mentioned. Thanks again, Conde Nast!
I decided to use the vouchers for my 30th birthday.
Since I don’t want to spend a few bucks for a cab going in the farthest side of The Palm, I took advantage of the free shuttle which is at the Ground Parking of Mall of the Emirates.
I asked the driver what time it will leave, he said 2PM. In fairness, he punctually started driving at exactly 2PM. Although he did not even help me with the luggage, I’m cool with it. Who am I to complain? Lol
Upon reaching the hotel, I immediately felt the difference. I’ve been to many hotels in different countries, but I never had the chance to be able to check in at a 5-star hotel. I honestly would not spend so much money for a place that I will only sleep on. But this time, it’s different. It’s a staycation, I will only chill and relax, I will not go out for tours, and hell it’s free. Haha
Guys from the reception are very courteous. I did not feel a bit of discrimination, yes I am expecting it, since I have a gift voucher. Fortunately, they were still very warm and accommodating. They even upgraded my supposedly Deluxe Room to a Premium Room with Sea View. How lucky can I get, huh?
I had a few requests, and the Housekeeping were very quick to respond. I really love their service. It’s very commendable.
The next day, I woke up to a sumptuous buffet breakfast at their all-day restaurant, A La Turca. So much options, not to mention the cool donuts world corner.
And since I’m all for chilling and relaxing, I took advantage all of their amenities and acted like a queen. Yuhooo
I claimed another freebie, which is the Turkish Hammam treatment at the Anjana Spa. I literally didn’t know what to expect from this treatment. Since I had to put my things in the locker, including my phone, let me borrow this photo from google.com haha
I was taken by a lady who was wearing a swimsuit, and I was like, “Ate, what will happen? Why are you in a swimsuit?” She just smiled at me and the rest is history. Lol. I can’t find the perfect words to describe it so let me just copy paste from Wikipedia.
“A Turkish bath (Turkish: hamam, Arabic: حمّام, translit. ḥammām) is a type of public bathing associated with the culture of the Ottoman Empire and more widely the Islamic world. A variation on it as a method of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era, and then spread through the British Empire and Western Europe. The buildings are similar to the thermae (Roman baths). Unlike Russian banya, the focus is on water, as distinct from ambient steam.
The process involved in taking a Turkish bath is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and ancient Roman bathing practices[why?]. It starts with relaxation in a room heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room before they wash in cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.”So there. Hahahaha!
My third day in the hotel was my big day. I just planned on soaking under the sun the whole day and have “livin’ the life” moments. I’m 30 and I’m happy. 🙂
After breakfast, I went on as planned. Swim swim swim and sun sun sun. It was already late afternoon when I decided to go up to my room. When I walked through my room, the best part of my stay was at the table. It melted my heart, really. It was a simple gesture by Rixos but I really appreciate it. I did not expect this since I know that I am not a paying guest. But they still made me feel special on my big day. Thank you thank you!
I have nothing but good words for Rixos The Palm. Indeed, they gave me a 5-star kind of service all through out. You have no idea how special you made me feel. I don’t know for sure if I will ever get to experience this again, but I’m just so happy I did. One for the books! But again, this won’t all be possible without Conde Nast Traveller magazine. Hihi!
Thank you Lord for making me win this valuable gift. Please help me keep winning. Yuhooo
So I think that’s it for my first blog. I hope you enjoyed it. Lol
I’m planning to write and share about my past travels, let’s see. 😉