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Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie Body Cream 27/07/2008

Heaven in a tub! Miss Dior Cherie Body Cream

Christian Dior Miss Dior Cherie Body Cream I treated myself to a tub of this at the airport in April and sadly my pot is coming to an end now. If you love the smell of Miss Dior Cherie perfum then you will love this product. The mouse texture is really creamy and glides onto the skin easily without leaving your skin feeling greasy. I find there is a slight sheen left of the skin, but this just gives a healthy looking appearance. The fragrence is quite sweet and stays on the skin for ages. When I first started using it I couldn't stop smelling my arm it really does make you feel happy inside. After 3 months of using the product I have noticed my skin is softer to touch. My wedding anniversary is comming up so I have been leaving hints for my husband to buy me another tub. Lets hope it works! ...

Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi 27/07/2008

Millennium Hotel - Abu Dhabi

Millennium Hotel, Abu Dhabi I decided to treat my mum and me to a short break to Abu Dhabi last year and choose the Millennium Hotel to stay in. We managed to find a taxi easily enough at Abu Dhabi airport and after a short drive (30mins) we arrived at the hotel. On first impressions I was a little disappointed. I had all these grand images in my head, but in reality the hotel seemed pretty standard. The room itself was quite basic (considering the price we paid), but it was clean and the beds were very comfortable. The hotel does have a nice swimming pool (although a little on the small side) and area for catching some sun. Getting around Abu Dhabi was fairly easy, taxi's are always available and very cheap. One trip I would recommend is the desert safari and evening barbecue. Driving up and down the sand dunes in the deserts was thrilling, I was holding onto the seat so tight and had my eyes closed for the majority of it, but It was worth it. The evening entertainment at the barbecue was really good, lots of belly dancing! We spent a lot of time in the shopping mall attached to the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers complex and within this hotel itself. Beach Rotana hotel had an excellent seafood restaurant and great swimming pool. I think if we were to visit Abu Dhabi again we would definitly stay at the Beach Rotana hotel instead. ...

General: Bangkok 27/07/2008

Shopping in Bangkok

General: Bangkok I was last in Bangkok May 2008. The first thing that hits you when you step out of the new International airport is the heat and humidity. Tired and looking forward to getting some sleep in the hotel my husband and I searched for a taxi. When you walk through the airport you will probably be approached by friendly Thai's offering you cheap transport. In my opinion the price is not cheap they ask for around 900 - 1000 bahts (£15). If you leave the airport and look for the taxi rank you will be able to get a taxi for between 300 - 500 baht (to downtown Bangkok). I would also recommend asking the driver to take the Express way (this cuts out a lot of traffic!). This is an extra 60 baht which you give the driver at the Express Way toll station. There are so many things to see and do in Thailand you probably won't fit it all in during your first visit. If you like shopping then you have come to the right place. Everywhere you look there are people selling things, whether it be food or clothes there is something for everyone. Some of the best places I found to shop were: MBK - (Get off at the National Stadium sky train stop). This is a large air conditioned mall which sells everything at cheap prices. If you go to the top floor you will find more traditional Thai products and you can barter here (only this floor though!) Siam Sqaure (Siam sky train station). Here there are a number of air conditioned malls that focus on luxury/ designer items and one building purely filled ...

Phuket FantaSea, Phuket 27/07/2008

Phuket FantaSea - Great Family Night out!

Phuket FantaSea, Phuket Overall I think this show offers a good night out. We paid about 1500 baht per person, which included a buffet dinner and entry into the show. We actually booked direct through the hotel, but later found out you could cheaper tickets from the many tour operators in Patong. We were picked up at 5.30 from the hotel, it took about 40 minutes to get to the final destination. The buffet meal was served in a giant hall like building which was decorated with artwork all over the walls. The food itself was quite limited, and I found it to be cold. After dinner we still had about an hour to wait until the show started. There are a number of stalls andbars, but they seemed quite expensive compared to regular Thai prices. One thing I would recommend is a visit to the Thai photo studio. Here you can dress up in Thai costumes and have your photo taken (makes a great gift for family). The experience took about an hour in total, you can book your place and attend after the show finishes. The show itself was great, the costumes, actors, stage and special effects worked really well together. This is a really good family night out, although if I went again I would miss the buffet and just attend the show. ...

Amari Coral Beach Resort, Phuket 26/07/2008

Amari Coral Beach Resort - Phuket

Amari Coral Beach Resort, Phuket I don't know where to start with this hotel. I have stayed here on 2 seperate occassions and both times were just perfect. My most recent stay was in August 07, and this was the hotel I choose to have my wedding. The hotel staff were just brilliant throughout the whole stay. They looked after me and the 20 other guests invited. On arrival we were all offered a welcome drink and cold towels. When my partner and I checked we were told we had an upgrade to a suite. The room was amazing! It had a large living area and bedroom seperated by a large TV. The bathroom had a standalone bathtube and walk in shower. The room even had 2 toilets. The room also had a large balcony which looked straight onto the hotels private beach. The hotel has 2 restaurants, the main open air restaurant , serving various themed buffet dinners (seafood dinner is particuly good) and an Italian restaurant. The food is more expensive, but well worth it. There are 2 stunning pools, both of which are great to swim in. There is also a tour reservation desk, we booked a private speed boat trip to Phi Phi (an unmissable experience) The location of the hotel could be a problem for people with mobility difficulties as it has a number of steps throughout the whole complex . Furthermore the hotel also stands at the end of a steep hill/ road. The lively town of Patong is approx 15-20 mins walk away, although as mentioned before there is a steep hill to walk up/down. Tuk Tuks are always available outside the ...

Swiss Park Hotel, Bangkok 26/07/2008

Swiss Park Hotel Review - Bangkok

Swiss Park Hotel, Bangkok My partner and I stayed in this hotel last year (07) for a couple of nights. We opted for the executive room and didn't relly notice anything executive about it. The bathroom was basic and had a leaky shower and mould on the wall. The floor in the room didn't reach the end wall/ window so you could see through the floor. The room had a really strong smell of smoke. The a/c was very noisy, making it difficult to get to sleep. Breakfast was not a very pleasant experience. The choice of food mainly catered to those who could stomach Thai food and the fruit had flies on it. The swimming pool was too cold to swim in. The only plus for this hotel was its location, a few minutes walk from Nana skytrain station. Close to other hotels such as the Ambassador and The Landmark. ...

Amari Airport Hotel, Bangkok 26/07/2008

Amari Airport Hotel Review - Bangkok

Amari Airport Hotel, Bangkok I stayed here in May 08 for 1 night. I was flying out of Donmuang Domestic airport early the next day and the location was ideal as it is a short drive away. On there website they show a bridge connecting the hotel to the airport, we were told this was now closed. Beware of the taxi touts who try and charge 300 Baht to take you there! A metered cab cost us 60 baht. The room was as shown in the advertised pictures, complete with all the amenities, mini bar, bathrobe, tolitries. The beds were really comfotable. My husband and I had some time to spare so were told by the hotel there was a very good shopping mall about 15-20 mins away. It was huge and I got the chance to buy items that are not aimed at tourists and therefore cheaper than places like MBK, Siam square. I would only recommend this hotel to people who will be using the hotel as a short stop over before they fly out of the domestic airport. Simply beacause there is not very much to do nearby. Note this hotel is not near to the new International airport. ...

Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok 26/07/2008

Ambassador Hotel Review - Bangkok

Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok I choose this hotel as a result of a special offer on 'asiarooms'. On arrival we were promptly shown to our room by a very helpful member of staff. The Deluxe room was a lot bigger tahn other hotels I have stayed in. However, it did seem a little tired looking and outdated in its appearance (the wood panelled walls didn't help). The choice of English channels in the room was also quite limited. Although, because of the hotels great location we didn't really spend much time in the room. Breakfast was included in the price and was of a good standard and with a large variety to choose from. However, the main restaurant were breakfast was served was always busy and we had to on a number of occassions share a table with other hotel guests. The highlight of this hotel is its location, just off of Sukhumvit road, the hotel is only a few minutes walk from Nana Sky train. There is a huge variety of shops, restaurants and bars within walkin distance to choose from. When venturing further afield, taxi drivers had no problems finding the hotel (its been there a long time), athough it is always good to carry a card with the hotel name and address in Thai, just in case! The staff were very helpful, although a little busy at times. I checked a day early and only realised my mistake when I arrived at the airport. So rather embarrassed I headed back to the hotel and explained my mistake. The receptionist checked us back in with a big grin on her face! This hotel does provide ...

The Landmark, Bangkok 26/07/2008

The Landmark Hotel Review - Bangkok

The Landmark, Bangkok I stayed in this hotel the first time I ever visited Bangkok. I booked a package holiday with Thomas Cook and they recommended the Landmark Hotel - I was not disappointed! From the moment I entered the grand lobbey area, staff made me feel welcome. I was offered a welcome drink and when we checked in was given a free room upgrade on a higher floor. The room itself was perfect. It was large, clean and had excellent views over the city and hotel pool. The facilities in the hotel were superb. The swimming pool, with seperate spa was perfect to unwind in after a long days shopping. If you don't fancy leaving the hotel, there are a number of restaurants to choose from. The Thai restaurant was particuly good, There is also a bakery/ coffee shop which sells very nice ice cream and cakes if you were looking to treat yourself. The hotel is in a fantastic location, with Nana skytrain station just a few minute walk away. Right outside the hotel are a number of shops, restaurants, bars and in the early evening street stalls selling a vast array of things start to appear. This really is a great hotel for getting about Bangkok ...

Chaophya Park, Bangkok 26/07/2008

Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok Review

Chaophya Park, Bangkok I stayed in Chaophya Park, August 2007, along with 20 other family members. I had decided to get married in Phuket and thought it would be nice to have a few days in Bangkok to show familiy how fantastic the city is. I have visited Bangkok many times, but on this occassion had the daunting task of trying to find a hotel that would meet the requirements of all party members. Chaophya Park did just that! On arrival into Bangkok the 22 strong party were whisked away to our first hotel, Chaophya Park. First impressions were very good. The staff on the reception desk were extremley helpful and managed to allocate all the room keys with no problems. The room itself was very impressive we had a deluxe room. It was large, clean and had all the little extras like tea/coffee making facilities, tolitories in the bathroom and dressing gown. Facilities in the hotel include, a swimming pool. The pool is fairly small, but dduring our stay there we never saw anybody else use it. There are a few sunloungers for those who like to catch some sun. There is also a small bar and a number of restaurants. Breakfast (which was included in the price) was in the style of a buffet. There was a mixture of hot and cold foods and fresh juices to choose from. There is a small shop outside the hotel which sells drinks, snacks at a much lower price than from the room mini bar. The location of the hotel is a little further out of the centre of Bangkok than I would normally opt for, but the subway ...
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