Celebrity Reflection: My Favourite Places On Board

Celebrity Reflection is a whopper, so I have decided not to do a tour of the ship as we’d be here all day.  Instead, these were my favourite places to hangout.

The open deck – lots of space to sit and have a drink in the sunshine.

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The solarium – a quiet place for a dip or Jacuzzi.  It houses the Aqua Spa Café where you can grab something healthy to eat. It was beautifully lit at night so you could swim in the moonlight should you wish.

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The Martini Bar – the counter top is frosted ice, so you can write your name, or indeed your favourite pop group on the bar while you drink your martini.

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Café Al Bacio – the best place for cappuccino, posh teas, reading in the afternoon and people watching after dinner.  The cakes were fab too!

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Our cabin (6155) which had an extended balcony -perfect for watching the waves – we even spotted dolphins one day.  It was classed as ‘obstructed’ but as you can see, our view was not impaired by the lifeboats below us.

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The Atrium – a huge space where there was always something going on.  The lifts were pretty impressive too.

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Finally, the library – I was in here all the time browsing and picking up books to read.  I hope you enjoyed this little snoop round!

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Getting Wet? No Thanks

At almost 55 and after years of beach holidays I’ve finally stopped beating myself up about not liking getting wet!

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Now don’t get me wrong.  Some types of getting wet are just fine: a hot shower to reinvigorate, an oily bath to soothe at the end of a long day, a relaxing swim in a very warm pool at a spa. All good.  But plunging into a freezing swimming pool or wading out to sea with the water getting progressively colder; I just don’t like it anymore.  And I think that’s fine.  I can make the choice and sit happily at the edge of the action, watching my friends laughing and having fun in a way that they can and I just can’t.  I have no fear of missing out.  I know what it feels like (cold and wet) and I know what sitting in the shade under a tree feels like (warm and dry).

Of course, there is another great benefit here.  The ‘bikini body’ can stay nicely covered up in an on trend kaftan.  In fact, my only criteria for a nice bikini these days is that the bits that show (the straps) are pretty and that the fit is good.  Whether you can see my wobbly bits is largely irrelevant as the only person who gets an eyeful is my husband, who doesn’t seem to mind!

I quite like this getting old thing.  Makes holiday wardrobe choices so much easier!

Holiday Shoes: Fifty Plus Style

I’m an unashamed shoe lover and have a pair for every occasion.  I wrote earlier this month about my resolution to get my travel mojo back and of course, I’ll need the right shoes for the job!  These are some of my travel choices.

Malaga Winter Break

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We’re off to Malaga next month for a sightseeing break, so I’m packing comfy shoes.  No dressing up in the evening means casual chic with these nude suede Chelsea boots from M&S which go beautifully with jeans and any top.  The gold pumps are from JD Williams* and will be perfect for days out as they’re cushion soft, but sturdy, plus I love a bit of bling in the daytime for holidays!

Girls In New York

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I’m really excited about my girls only trip to NYC in April and I think I’ve chosen the perfect shoes for the trip (although there’s sill time to acquire another pair).  I’m starting with red suede Chelsea boots from M&S which will give my evening outfits a bit of an edge, while ensuring that I can walk in comfort.  I’m just loving my Clarks calfskin walking shoes – I used to have shoes like these with seams on the outside, at sixth form and as soon as I saw them I knew they were coming home with me.  We’re going to be walking miles in NYC, but I still want to be stylish and I’m not a fan of trainers outside the gym.  These will go with my holiday colour scheme of black, grey and red. Finally, the sparkly pumps are an essential for slipping your feet into something comfy at the end of a long day when you just want to pop downstairs to the hotel bar for a quick nightcap.  I aim to always pack a pair of soft pumps in my bag wherever I go.  I’d like to be telling you that these are Pretty Ballerinas, but they are cheapies from New Look.  They do the job though!

Cruising The Eastern Med with Celebrity

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I wrote recently about getting back on the ocean wave, so this is where glamour really comes into its own.   Cruising means dressing up to the nines, so enter my fierce stiletto Carvelas.  These are fabulous and (nearly) comfortable.  The calfskin pumps will be perfect for scooting round the ship during the day.  I bought these in a fantastic shoe shop in Malaga – they are super soft and were reassuringly expensive!

So this is my new year resolution illustrated by shoes!  JD Williams have some great shoes for taking you to where you want to be for 2016.  Take a look at the link here for some ideas.

*this is a collaborative post

A Pre-Christmas Break At Sensatori Tenerife

Last week we snuck off for a cheeky pre-Christmas break, and a much needed dose of sunshine, to the stunning Sensatori Tenerife, aka The Gran Melia Guia De Isora in Alcala on the west coast.

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This was our first visit to a Sensatori resort and it’s fair to say we were pretty impressed.  I’ve looked at Sensatori many times in the Thomson brochure, but the cost has always put me off. However, Steve (always on the lookout for a holiday deal) found this one at a really good price, so it would have been rude to say no.

Our room was palatial with a very roomy bathroom complete with rainforest shower, huge bath and his n hers sinks.

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There were plenty of places to eat (we were on a full board basis) including the lovely Pangea, where you could eat al fresco in the evening, and the Oasis Bar and Grill where we ate lunch overlooking the pool.

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We ate lots of fish and enjoyed a fair bit of wine too!

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The gardens are beautifully kept with ponds and rills filled with Koi carp, plus this canny little egret feasting on little tiny fish every day.

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We’re not sunbathers, but for those who like to spend time chilling  by the pool, there are these very pretty Bali beds.

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There is also a Clarins Spa where you can have a treatment in these cute little rooms on stilts.  Didn’t have the budget sadly, but maybe one day!

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Although this is a family friendly hotel, there are adult areas (including an adult pool, cocktail bar and parts of the restaurant).  There is also a daily programme of activities, great for lovers of Pilates and Yoga.

The village of Alcala is just a short walk away.  It has a lovely little square and is just perfect for a morning coffee.  We’ll be back next year.

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