Solana Beach Mauritius

Two weeks ago Shawn, Zee, and I spent nine amazing days at Solana Beach Mauritius. And we’d gladly return as soon as possible. Service was excellent right from arrival – we received a warm welcome, and cool facecloths.

We had a lovely ground floor room, which was always clean and neat. The room is practically ON the beach – so awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

There’s loads to do at the beach. Free activities like snorkeling, pedal boats, paddle surfing, glass bottom boat were all fun.

There’s also parasailing, under sea walks, and other activities available as soon as you step out the door.

Mini Club at Solana is fun, and safe. You know your little human is in great hands when you hit the spa (which by the way is wonderful!), or relax by the pool with a cocktail. Zee was only there a few times, but she loved it. The ladies – Beatrice, Gaeline, and the third lady whose name I sadly cannot remember are fantastic with kids.ย Zee was so happy when the two ladies came to say goodbye and give her a little gift on our last day there. ๐Ÿ™‚

There was a different theme every night at Cinnamone restaurant, and the food was always yum. We also opted for the lobster evening at Pomelo restaurant twice, and it was incredible – so much deliciousness! Drinks and service at the Indigo bar were excellent (I wouldn’t mind a Solana Colada right now).

Some names I remember are Kiran, Seema, Elodie, Soomeer, Emmanuel, and Suzie, but everyone who helped us with food and drinks was lovely. The managers like Sunny, Bobby, and Eric were always friendly and helpful, and were awesome with our little girl.

We really enjoyed the different entertainment each night – traditional Sega dancers, a cultural show, singers and musicians. The Sega dancers were there the same evening we bought Zee’s cute little Sega outfit, and she had a blast dancing with them in it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Solana is beautiful. I really like that it isn’t huge, and that everyone is so friendly AND efficient. It definitely played a huge part in how immensely we enjoyed this holiday.

Unlike Paris or New York, Mauritius hadn’t originally been on my longtime list of places I absolutely had to visit, and it was the same with Shawn. Now that we’ve been though, there’s no way we won’t be back! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Travel [Throwback] Thursday | Disneyland Paris

Age really is nothing but a number. This is especially true with regards to all things Disney. Child or adult, there’s no resisting the magic that is Disney –
โ€ข the movies
โ€ข the accompanying soundtracks (even the ones you may not love at first, end up being the ones we can’t stop singing loudly in the shower)

โ€ข live shows, like Disney On Ice
โ€ข and of course, the ultimate: Disneyland!

I haven’t yet been to the massive Disney World in America, but my little family and I have been incredibly blessed to visit Disneyland Paris twice. Those who’ve read some of my previous travel posts would know I have a bit of a thing for Paris… And that Disneyland Paris may be my fave place in the world ever! Zee is just as crazy about it as I am, and has requested that we either “buy a house IN Disneyland”, or go every year! ๐Ÿ˜€

My best friend and her husband also caught the bug, when they spent a few days there during their Paris holiday last year. Best says she now understands why we were so enamored with the place, as it’s simply magical. She too, like Zee, wouldn’t mind moving there forever!

Last year I did a post about our holiday, but I never got to one solely dedicated to our week at the happiest place on earth. Seeing as I’m feeling very nostalgic at the moment (probably due to Zee’s incessant “when can we go to Disneyland” routine the last few weeks), I thought I’d share some special pics today.

Just checked in at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge.

A huge thank you kiss for daddy, for bringing us back!

After the first time on this ride – Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast – which quickly became her favourite. I think we did this one six times!

Waiting isn’t something 4 year olds do well. However, when its for a Disney parade, there are no complaints. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi Elsa, Anna, and Olaf! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now you know I just had to go for a ride in this totally cute car! So cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zee (the supermodel) with some Cars friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Yep, it’s another parade! Cars & Stars this time.

Trying on Sully slippers, and making her best monster face! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cinderella’s carriage, and a little princess.

Cafe Mickey was Zee’s favourite restaurant. We got to meet and take photos with six characters at dinner. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just love this place so much, and I really hope the three of us are able to go back again one day soon!

2 Little Blackcherry Bags

I love big bags, which is why you’ll find me carrying one around most days. They look great, and also have enough room for EVERYTHING! ๐Ÿ˜€

When we went on holiday in December though, I needed a bag that was small and light. We were traveling with a 4 year old, who I’d sometimes be carrying. Also, in SA, I hardly ever walk anywhere, but in Europe, we’d be walking all the time. And with a week in Disneyland, we’d be hopping on and off rides. A big bag would just get in the way, so I settled on these 2 little ones from Blackcherry.

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Both bags worked perfectly. It was super convenient for me to carry them everywhere, and everything I needed fit nicely. Both have straps long enough to wear them cross body, which is great when you’re walking so much. Oh, and they’re totally cute too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The neon trim one was my first Blackcherry purchase. I got it from Spree and I was really impressed when it arrived, and was bigger than I’d thought.

I bought the blue laser-cut clutch later from Style36 at an absolute steal! I saw an email about their Cyber Monday sale, and of course I had to check out which Blackcherry bags were marked down! You can imagine my excitement when I managed to grab the laser-cut and an oversized clutch, before they sold out, for under R300!

The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36
The gorgeous oversized clutch from style36

I’m so happy I was introduced to the Blackcherry brand last year. They have fabulous styles, and the prices aren’t bad either. And what’s really awesome is that it’s a local brand, founded in Cape Town in 2006.

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Myย big cream toneย is still my favourite, but I’ve seen a few new lovelies onlineย which I wouldn’t mind adding to my little collection.

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