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A Zeavola Honeymoon – One Year Later

I think everyone could agree that this winter in Australia has been WAY more brutal than normal and it got me thinking about planning another holiday back to where we had our honeymoon last year.

We went to Thailand and 5 days of our trip was spent at the exclusive Zeavola Resort on Phi Phi Island (weird name, cool place). Just an hour long private boat ride from Phuket (or longer on a public ferry … yuck) sits Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island) which has provided a phenomenalllll backdrop for movies like ‘James Bond, The Man With The Golden Gun’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary: The Edge of Reason’ and most famously, ‘The Beach’ (young Leonardo DiCaprio).

There’s only around 15 suites in this private resort, they’re all different and equally as stunning. It’s very, very, VERY relaxing providing you don’t mind laying on the beach or by the pool and drinking cocktails ALL DAY …. Duh. We stayed in one of two private pool villa suites that was like a multi level tree-house with its own pool, indoor AND outdoor shower (sexy), a canopy bed that room service decorate with floral arrangements, an all glass bedroom wall to watch the sunrise over the ocean, a pool house, insane jungle/ocean views… Like, do I need to go on?

I’ll stop, because pictures tell it a lot better than words do… But just know Zeavola doesn’t spare a cent on making your experience a memorable, Instagram worthy one. The entire resort is open air – like check-in counter metres from the ocean, incredible on-site chef at the hotel’s private restaurants, the most unique breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen, and the most personal little touches in your room every night (room service ACTUALLY leaves you little presents!!)

Zeavola is a dream!!! Actual perfection.

*All photos are mine, taken by me or my husband*

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Ariana & Dan’s Road Trip of Love – Wild in New Orleans!

We left Nashville and begun our drive down to New Orleans. This journey involved passage through two other states, Alabama and Mississippi, both of which saw me take a total of ZERO photos! “Nothing to see here, folks!” I was just so excited to get to New Orleans.

So, what can you really say about New Orleans? Well, one thing I can say is there is a solid 18 hours I can’t account for… Too drunk or hungover tired from all the driving…

New Orleans is a crazy city. It has a creepy vibe. It’s FULL of freaks. You can be drunk at 9am and nobody cares. It’s great! Well, it’s weird… It rains a lot, it smells a little lot, the food has strange ingredients but tastes great, it looks like Europe, but it’s full of Americans and it’s hot and HUMID (take A LOT of hairspray) … But it’s still great!

Everyone knows about New Orleans, so there’s not much point saying,

“Go to Bourbon Street”

or, “Eat gumbo, po’ boys and jambalaya”

…because, why wouldn’t you?

I can tell you The Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street is luxxx. I felt like I was in Italy and they offer an A M A Z I N G discount for US Military.

I can tell you if you’re a fan of the movie ‘Double Jeopardy’ (Ashley Judd kicking her cheating husband’s arse) then you will recognise the cemetery from the scene where he locks her in the coffin, and you will have a momentary fan-girl freak out like I did.

I can tell you that The Ruby Slipper Cafe has the best breakfast that may or may not cure a hangover AND Napoleon House has the best lunches and dinners. I would go back to New Orleans just to eat at these two places. Without a second thought.

I can tell you that The Cats Meow is the bossest bar on Bourbon Street that gets WILD. Wild like I saw a midget sing Karaoke there! – and the Hurricane Cocktail is deadly.

And finally, I can tell you that if you love country music and potent shots that you take from between the bar-girl’s HUGE boobs, then go to The Bourbon Cowboy!!!!!

New Orleans gave me the strangest 52 hours of my life… I saw a grown man in fishnets and leather underwear walking down the street wearing a ball-gag at 2pm… but, I will be back.

PS. Beignets at the Cafe Du Monde are everything. EVERYTHING!

Photo Credits to my Husband @DanRStill72

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Ariana & Dan’s Road Trip of Love – Next Stop, Nashville!

Nashville, Tennessee surprised me more than any other city on our road trip. Obviously, I love the south – the BIG hair and the cowboys food… but Nashville was just such a cool unique place, even for people who don’t like country music and drinking (Crazy people – because country music is awesome!). Nashville was visually beautiful and delightfully southern. The food is great, the hotels are excellent, the people are lovely and bars are awesome. Every. Single. Bar has a band playing every single night (even on schools nights) it is overwhelmingly intoxicating and a lot to take in. It was Vegas away from Vegas, just a little more hick-ish.

All of everything worth seeing is located in what is known as ‘The District’ and we really didn’t leave the area. From bars, to restaurants, to about 30 stores selling cowboy boots – everything a good tourist needs is right there. Puckett’s is the place for breakfast (INCREDIBLE sweet potato pancakes) and Savannah Candy Kitchen (the craziest candy/caramel/toffee apples) is the most amazing candy store I’ve ever seen.

Franklin, Tennessee is about 45 minutes away and also absolutely stunning. I wish I had known more about it sooner, because when we arrived one afternoon, I quickly realised Bret Michaels, love of my life, was playing at the theatre there THAT NIGHT but it had already sold out. I was gutted. Devastated. Broken. Nonetheless, Franklin was beautiful.

I’d always heard mixed things about Nashville, but I think if you’re a human being with a heartbeat, there is no possible way you wouldn’t like it.

Where? Nashville, Tennessee
Stay? The Indigo (great US Military discounts offered)
Eat? Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Drink? The Tequila Cowboy
Candy? Savannah Candy Kitchen

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