From the moment we heard the Titanic Hotel, located at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, was due for opening we knew we had to go. My husband Sam has been fascinated with Titanic for so many years so stopping at the hotel that was once HQ and drawing offices during the ships construction was quite simply, a no brainer. Opening in September 2017 we finally got chance to steal a weekend with some friends and head over to spend a couple of nights with the hotel.
We’ve not taken as many little trips as we usually do this last year, and so for our friend (James’) birthday, his girlfriend (Nicki) decided to surprise him with a trip away. Looking for somewhere that we could see in a weekend we decided on Belfast.
Sam has always loved Titanic, and so after a little research, we learned that the Titanic Hotel, situated right outside the Titanic Museum, had opened in September 2017. We decided to book an overnight stay which including breakfast.
I feel the hotel itself deserves a review in its own right, it was simply amazing! So I’ll link that once live.
So, onto 24 hours in Belfast and the key places to visit whilst you’re here.
Travelling to Las Vegas on our Honeymoon I figured now was as good a time as any to ask for an upgrade. I didn’t realise how easy this trick was, and being typically British, didn’t think I qualified! How wrong I was. We were upgraded to the Aria Sky Suites by a front desk representative and appointed a high level room with an impressive strip view.
Our room was on the 40th floor with an exceptional view of the strip! Rooms were inclusive of 2 queen size beds, a shower and an oversized bath. Impressively, the electronics of the room are controlled by iPads, from the comfort of our bed we were able to open and close blinds, dim lights and alter the air conditioning. We would also be able to order room service, browse the hotel and casino information and control the television.
Today’s Britain is a society of Netflix devotees, Youtube starlets and online gamers, as a nation we spend 90% of our time indoors, why! As a travel blogger it’s my passion to get out there, explore, and immerse myself in new activities. Here, I give you 5 ways you can shake up your routine and explore more outdoors.
Discover new cultures
Travel is all about discovery and pushing your limits. How many photos have you seen of the limestone caves of Thailand, or the selfie on the edge of the Grand Canyon? When considering your next holiday ask yourself, how can you make the most of the surrounding areas, check for inspiring walks and seek out the best viewpoints.
Explore more locally
Travel isn’t always about catching a plane. Can you say you’ve discovered all your surrounding areas have to offer? I’m blessed to base in Teesside, which is positioned on the verge of the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland & the East Coast. We spend our weekends taking local walks, it costs nothing but time to get out there!
Mountains & Hikes
Set yourself a challenge, this month my fiancé is taking part in the 3 peak challenge which consists of climbing the 3 largest mountains in the UK (England, Scotland & Wales) in 24 hours. Not quite up to this extreme? No problem, choose one and take a leisurely stroll up, we promise the views from the top will be worth the hike.
Say no to hotels, say yes to alternative accommodation
A weekend away? A hotel? Been there, done that! Research alternative accommodation surrounding your chosen destination, how about a narrow boat on the canal? Or a Treehouse in the forest? Canopy and Stars have something to suit everyone.
Take up an outdoor activity
Find something you love doing outdoors, for me that’s Geocaching. No matter where you are there is always a Geocache close by. The worldwide outdoor treasure hunt has allowed us to discover a range of area’s we would never have visited. Thank you Geocaching!
Have you any further tips for discovering the outdoors? Share them!
When you think of Norway, you think of breathtaking landscapes, Fjords & Trolls, you rarely even hear travelers talking about the countries capital Oslo. Why?! Before we flew out I did my standard search for fellow blogger recommendations and top tips for my stay, and yet I was able to find very few blog posts. The lack in my ability to research and plan left me thinking Oslo must be quiet dull and unappealing, how wrong was I!
Oslo was so much more than I expected. This beautiful, eco city was a world away from the cliche capitals of Europe. The city is bursting with history and culture, and Oslo is most definitely the quietest and most underrated gem I have had the pleasure of coming across. Here new architecture and design meets classical Norway, and after just over 48 hours in the city, I share with you my top tips for Oslo.
Almost a year to the day since we stayed with St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, we have visited sister company Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond. This spectacular establishment oozes class and sophistication, swimming in history and elegance, it really was the most perfect way to begin our Easter break. Step away from the hustle of Newcastle City and you’ll find the quaint village of Jesmond, home to Jesmond Dene House Hotel. Perfectly situated a little over 10 minutes from the centre means visitors really do experience the best of both worlds, calm and tranquil surroundings, yet a stones throw from the inner city vibe. There’s no surprise we loved this hotel, and with their long, ever growing list of awards you’re sure to engage in an exceptional stay with Jesmond Dene House.
Rooms at Jesmond Dene House are elegant, spacious and favorably contemporary. None of the 40 bedrooms and suites are the same. Rooms are reflective of the hotel’s original character and preserve architectural features such as fire places and bay windows as they would of been displayed historically. Our room was equipped with a spectacular king size bed, perfect for a sound nights sleep! You really do have everything you need supplied at Jesmond Dene House, from the mass of complimentary lotions to the hot water bottle for those cooler winter nights.
Nestled down a little ally off the famous streets of Chester is a wonderfully quirky and contemporary restaurant and bar that hit the UK scene by storm. The Botanist, sister to The Alchemist, was always going to appeal to my heart with it’s reflective connotations of Harry Potter crossed with the Secret Garden. Myself and Sam were fortunate enough to visit the Chester branch during our recent stay in the city and will most definitely be returning very soon.
I’ve previously visited one Botanist within their chain on Boar Lane, Leeds and I confirm they achieve such a simalar ambiance. Both nestled away from the crowds, you’d be lucky to spot it without knowingly seeking, this for me makes them that little bit more special than the average bar.