The Royal Blue Resort In Crete – An Amazing Experience

This year our summer vacation had to be special, as we had not been on vacation for 2 years and it was also going to be our honeymoon. After months of intense searching, we realized that no other place would be better for us at this given moment that an island in Greece.

Having limited the location to a specific country, we had to choose an island. But it was so difficult since Greece is known for its gorgeous islands. So we thought that it is not a coincidence that everyone suggested Crete. But then we had to find the perfect resort that would be perfect for us in terms of location, food, amenities, and overall appearance. At some miraculous point, I found the Royal Blue Resort and boy was I right since we plan to go back next year.

So, let´s break down the reasons why I would highly recommend this resort.

Overall Appearance & Location 

The resort looked beautiful in all the pictures I found online, and it was the main reason why we booked it. Of course, when we arrived, we were honestly speechless, since it was beautifully designed with gorgeous decoration details all around. The pictures, in fact, somewhat lacked in showing all of its beauty.

It is located in Panormo, 23 minutes away from Rethimno and 1 hour from Heraklio. The location is perfect since it is far away from tourist sites or crowded areas, so you get to fully relax in quiet.

Gold Package

The other main reason that we decided to book this resort is that we booked a Gold Package of various amenities in it, such as private pool, breakfast in the room, all-inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner), thalassotherapy and a back massage for each person for free, private romantic dinner while watching the sunset, welcome & goodbye gift, free transportation from and to the airport, and many other delightful things.

Turns out the package was so worth it for everything it offered. Some may not seem so important, but when you want to simply relax and recharge, you will use all of them. Besides the massages that were much needed, the free transportation to the airport was a great perk, since we had a very early flight, and with one hour of sleep, we were definitely not able to drive for one hour.

Facilities & Hotel App

The resort has a private beach, 38 pools (shared & individual), 4 restaurants, 3 bars, 2 tennis courts, a playground, spa, gym, hair salon, parking, and a mini-market among others. You can also rent a car or bike through the hotel, or enjoy a tour of the island by yacht or mountain bike. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, spacious bathrooms with two washbasins and music, bathrobes, and other elegant amenities.

It is worth mentioning that upon check-in, you are given a special code to enter their app on site. The app has a map of the hotel and actually guides you on how to go to places (the resort is enormous). You can also check for any type of events on the bars or restaurants, find out about any spa offers and basically order anything you want to either come to your room or to the public pools.

Food 

Oh, the food! It was exquisite. Breakfast and dinner were served in the form of a buffet in the Symposium restaurant, with endless options. The food, as well as the desserts, were simply incredible. One evening they had Asian cuisine, which I am not really a fan of, but it did not disappoint.

Lunch was served in the EORA restaurant, and you could choose anything you wanted from the menu. Since we were there, we basically picked something different each day, so we tried the whole menu. The octopus and the fried squid turn out to be some of the best seafood we ever had. And of course, we always ended our lunch with their delicious chocolate soufflé.

The Main Pool 

For the main pool, I only have one word! Stunning… Keep in mind that we had our own private pool, but many times we were going there for a few hours. It was that good!! A huge pool with a panoramic view of the sea, umbrellas, recliners and a pool bar.

You could enjoy your amazing Rakito (Mojito with Raki), which was quite refreshing while sunbathing at some of the most comfortable recliners and swimming without ever getting bored. Going from one side of the pool to the other would take some time unless you are a professional swimmer.

Our Room

I have to say that there was a mistake with our booking. I thought I had booked a room with a private pool with a view of the sea and I had confirmed it with the reception. Somewhere in between one of us did not understand and we ended up with a room without sea view, but with a big bush hiding all view. It turned out to be better since we had more privacy and not people passing by every second. The room was being cleaned to perfection about two times per day. The bed was like sleeping in clouds. Insanely comfy and really big.

The room was quite spacious with satellite TV, a big bathroom with anything we might need in it, bathrobes, towels for the pool, coffee and little honeymoon treats, and of course Raki. Because when in Crete, you are bound to have raki everywhere you go. In the garden, we had a small lounge area and then 2 recliners and a pool that looked quite small at the beginning, but it really wasn’t.

Sunset Madness & Nightfall Colors

When the sun sets, the whole resort transforms into something majestic. People have left the pools and beach and are getting ready for dinner and a night out. Everything is empty, yet so calm and quiet, with only the sound of the sea and the crickets.

Combine this noise with the stunning sunset that lights up everything in a very romantic and mysterious way and you have a perfect evening. During that time you just wanted to photograph all corners of the resort, but it is impossible to capture the view and the feeling. At nightfall, the hotel lit up with beautiful colors all around, allowing you to walk through at any time.

Would I Recommend?

Hell yes! I am going back next year!! I have never relaxed so much in a vacation. We usually explore every new place, but this time we barely left the resort. Our day was full of relaxing things, swimming, drinking cocktails, eating delicious food and at night there was always something going around the hotel.

Resorts usually offer you everything you might need, so you do not have to leave if you do not want to. The Royal Blue exceeded our expectations and we were thrilled with the impeccable service and pampering from everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Santorini

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and among the most popular ones around the world. When visiting the island, you must be aware of some essential things that will help you be more prepared and know what to expect.

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1.Rent a car or an ATV

From one side of the island to the other, you need a maximum of 1 hour by car. You definitely need a mean of transportation, since it is truly worth it to go around and explore the whole island. There are also local buses that depart every half an hour.

However, if you choose to rent a car or ATV, you can check the island on your own pace and make as many stops as you want. Just a simple Google search, will get you the best car services, which are really affordable.

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2. 3 days are enough

Many are so eager to see everything and afraid that will not make it if they only visit the island for less than a week. But that is not true. The island is not that big since you need about 2 hours to go from one end to the other.

We recommend you visit Santorini for 3 or 4 days, which is enough to see the whole island and enjoy it without rushing. For those that only have a weekend free to visit, make sure to visit Oia and go around only if you have the time. Since Oia´s hotels are a bit expensive, you can always choose to stay at Fira, which is the closest city to Oia, with way cheaper accommodation.

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3. Enjoy the fresh fish

Greeks are known for their excellent, tasty and high-quality food, whether is vegetables, traditional dishes, fast food, and fish. Santorini is known to have some of the freshest and tasty fish in Greece. There are taverns or restaurants in every corner in Santorini, and ALL of them serve fish dishes. Do not miss other traditional foods, such as fava, santorinia salad, and kapari.

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4. A bit overpriced

Compared to Europe, the prices in Santorini are pretty much the same. But comparing them to Greece, they are a bit much. For example, Budapest, Prague, and Berlin are way cheaper compared to Santorini, while Paris and Copenhagen are not. However, you get what you pay for.

It is totally up to you whether you want a simple apartment or a luxury hotel, gyros or a gourmet restaurant. The one thing for sure is that the food quality is outstanding and so is the view no matter where you go, and in any type of accommodation you will find out what Greek hospitality means.

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5. Hike to go swimming

Santorini has iconic views and areas for you to visit. The island is not so popular for its beaches since they are nothing special. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island require some hiking, such as the Red Beach and the White Beach is only accessible by boat. So get prepared with hats, water, and sneakers.

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7 Food Places you MUST Visit in Lisbon

Portuguese cuisine is a combination of flavor and richness. The country is known for its fresh seafood, which you will find everywhere. Sardines are the star of Lisbon, with the city even having sardine souvenir shops. 

You have to try the traditional dessert, Pastel de Nata, any type of seafood and Francesinha, which might not look that appealing, but it is definitely delicious. Lisbon has a variety of cuisines for you to dine at, with a large number of Nepal restaurants. Just a small tip. Always check the opening times for any restaurant you want to visit, since most of them can have waiting times up to 1,5 hours. 

 

1.Brooklyn

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Cuisine: Breakfast, Cafe

Location: Praca da Alegria 35 37Lisbon 1250-004, Portugal

Hours: Monday – Saturday (19:00 – 20:00)

If it is time for breakfast or brunch, make sure to visit Brooklyn. The menus start at 5 euros and everything is tasty and well prepared. Fresh fruits and juices, croissants, pancakes, toasts and eggs are a few of the things on the menu.

 
 

2.Pastéis de Belém

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Cuisine: Dessert, Cafe

Location: Rua de Belem n0 84 a 92 | 84 A 92Lisbon 1300-085, Portugal

Hours: Sunday – Saturday (08:00 – 23:00)

The original Pastel de Nata started in 1837 right in this store. The taste is almost identical to that of a Greek Bougatsa. The Pastels de Nata are served in boxes of 6 or more, always with some cinnamon and powder sugar for those that want to add it (Please DO add it).

What you have to know is that the store is always fully packed with people. Always check the Google live peak hours in order to avoid waiting for 2 hours. The best time to visit is before 11:00 or after 21:00.

 

3.Time Out Market Lisboa

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Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, Burger, Dessert, and many more

Location: Avenida 24 de Julho, 49 | Mercado da RibeiraLisbon 1200, Portugal

Hours: Sunday – Wednesday (10:00 – 00:00) & Thursday – Saturday (10:00 – 02:00)

The number one food place you have to visit in Lisbon. The food hall has more than 40  restaurants and shops and some very important Michelin-star chefs. The market has ´one of the most visionary concepts in the European food service sector – proof of the high-quality fine food the market makes affordable and accessible for all.´

 

4.Leve Leve Tapas Bar

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Cuisine: Tapas Bar

Location: Travessa das Merces 6ALisbon 1200-268, Portugal

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday (18:00 – 23:00)

Great tapas and an excellent choice for vegetarians as well. Even though the restaurant is small, the atmosphere totally makes up for it. The staff is very friendly and the prices really good. The only negative thing is that in rush hours you may not find a table, so get there before the restaurant opens.

 

5.Há Tapas no Mercado!!!

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Cuisine: European, Portuguese

Location: R. Ângela Pinto 14, 1900-067 Lisboa, Portugal

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (18:00 – 21:00)

Tuesday – Saturday (11:30 – 15:00)

Friday – Saturday (18:00 – 22:00)

Exquisite food and great prices. Even though the menu is only available in Portuguese, do not sweat. The owner will be more than happy to translate the whole menu to you. To make the experience even more special, they provide tasters of either the three white or the three red wines for you to make your choice.

 

6.Miteri Restaurant & Rodhi Ghar

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Cuisine: Nepali

Location:  Rua da Guine 5ALisbon 1170-172, Portugal

Hours: Daily (08:00 – 01:00)

Lisbon has some of the best Nepali restaurants, a unique cuisine with delicious food. One of the cuisine´s hidden gems is the Miteri Restaurant. The restaurant is small and simple with a great vibe from Nepal. The service is exceptional and so is the food. The owners make you feel so comfortable and relaxed. Their politeness and kindness make you feel so humble and truly enjoy the food and get a small taste of their dishes. 

 

7.Primavera

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Cuisine: Mediterranean

Location: Rua Morais Soares 101Lisbon 1900-342, Portugal

Hours: Thursday – Tuesday (12:00 – 15:00 & 18:00 – 22:30)

The best chicken you might have but comes in large portions. Even though that might sound perfect, know that a portion can easily be enough for two people. The restaurant is always packed and it can be quite difficult to find a table especially in the evening. However, it is definitely worth the wait. The prices and service are great, but be aware that you can only pay in cash. 

 

 

 

 

All pictures were taken from the restaurants´official site & social media

Low Price & High Quality – Where to eat in Budapest

If you are looking for a classy, expensive and elegant restaurant to try, you are in the wrong place. The choices in Budapest are endless, with restaurants and cuisines from all over the world and for all budgets.

What you will find here are the best places in Budapest for lunch and dinner based on low price and good quality at the same time.

 

1. Lucky 7 Burgers & More

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The BEST burger you will have. It is flavorful and light. The burgers are made with high-quality beef and their homemade buns and ranch sauce are to die for.

Location: Piarista utca 1.Budapest 1052, Hungary

Price:   (approximately 10 euros per menu, including burger, side & drink)

What to try: Duck burger, Ceasar salad, Ranch sauce

 

2. Istanbul Kebab & Grill – Török Etterem

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A delicious Turkish restaurant, which also has delicious homemade foods. Very fast service and tasty food.

Location: Akacfa utca 5Budapest 1072, Hungary

Price: (2.30€ or 700 HUF  for Gyros pita)

What to try: Gyros pita, Baklava

 

3. Vapiano

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A pretty usual food place for Europeans. BUT, for some reason, this branch of Vapiano is not only fast but delicious. Everything is cooked much faster and for some reason, they taste even better.

Location: Vaci ut 1-3 | West End CenterBudapest, Hungary

Price:  (20€ or 6200 HUF for 2 pasta, 1 salad & 1 pizza)

What to try: One of everything (one pasta, one pizza, one salad)

 

4. Meatology Budapest

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Welcome to our exception. If you want gourmet dishes at a very low price, this is where you go. 2 brothers with many years of experience as chefs, team up in the heart of Budapest to create tastes that will explode in your mouth.

Location: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky utca 15/BBudapest 1065, Hungary

Price:  (12€ or 3600 HUF for 1 burger & 1 salad)

What to try: Ceasar salad, Sticky pork belly sandwich, Meatology burger

 

5. Local Korner

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Pizza lovers, time to design your own pizza. Exactly the way you want it with any topping you desire.

Location: Szondi utca 19/ABudapest 1067, Hungary

Price:  (8€ or 2590 HUF for a 42cm pizza with cheese & 5 toppings)

What to try: Honestly, anything you want. Time to experiment

 

6. Hummusbar

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Who doesn’t love a great hummus place, especially when it is ideal for vegetarians? With more than 14 restaurants all around Budapest, Hummusbar is here to travel you with its exquisite flavors. What makes it even greater, is that also has a delivery service for those lazy days.

Location: Oktober 6 St. 19Budapest 1051, Hungary

Price:  (7€ or 2000 HUF for a falafel & hummus plate)

What to try: Falafel, Hummus Tahini, laffa wrap

 

7. Soul Food

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Jambalaya and Gumbo. What more do you want? Soul food that fills your soul with happiness.

Location: Kazinczy utca 32.Budapest 1075, Hungary

Price:  (12€ or 4000 HUF for Jambalaya & a burger)

What to try: Kreol burger, Jambalaya, Sweet potato bawl Aioli

 

8. Panineria

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Any kind of sandwich you choose, will for sure be fresh and delicious.

Location: Oktogon 4Budapest 1067, Hungary

Price:  (12€ or 4000 HUF for 2 sandwiches)

What to try: Philly Cheese Steak, Caprese, Paprica Chichen

9. Gyros Kerkyra Elterbar

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A taste of Greece, right here in Budapest. The food is simply delicious and fairly cheap.

Location: Eotvos Utca | 5Budapest 1067, Hungary

Price:  (3€ or 923 HUF for 1 gyro with pita)

What to try: Gyros pita, souvlaki, tzatziki

 

10. Pizzica

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Whether you want a good and whole pizza or just a slice, make sure to stop by Pizzica.

Location: Nagymezo utca 21Budapest 1065, Hungary

Price:  (1.60€ or 490 HUF for 1 pizza premium)

What to try: Proscuitto and potato in your pizzas

 

 

 

All pictures were taken from the restaurants´official site & social media

10 Great Places for Breakfast in Budapest

You have decided to travel to Budapest for a few days, but your hotel does not provide breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Thankfully, you are visiting a city where breakfast is praised and loved., with many choices in every part of the city. Below you can find the most popular and tasty places to enjoy your breakfast.

Keep in mind that each place is different and not all of them have the basic traditional breakfast you would expect. Some are for donat lovers or kurtoskalacs explorers.

 

1. BITE

Definitely one of the best choices for breakfast. You can choose something healthy and nutritious or something super tasty but not really healthy. The sausage rolls are just delicious. But the secret recipe for their cinnamon rolls is out of this world.

Locations: Kertész u. 50, 1073 Ungarn

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2. Vinyl & Wood – Get Lost in Wonderland

Besides the great coffee and breakfast, what makes this place unique is the fact that you can have a coffee and eat WHILE shopping. Yes, shopping from a great selection of watches, sunglasses, wallet, backpacks, jewelry, and socks.

Location: Wesselényi u. 23, 1077 Ungarn

 

3. STIKA

Pancakes and eggs Benedict. Great coffee and croissants. A great place for your breakfast. You will not be disappointed since everything is simply delicious. But you might have trouble finding a table.

Location: Dob u. 46/a, 1072 Ungarn

4. The Donut Library

Although it is a very small store, it is truly beautiful. The moment you enter and see these colorful donuts, you know you will want to taste each and every one of them. Besides being delicious, they have some pretty unique fillings.

Locations: Károly krt. 7, 1075 Ungarn

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5. Inez Bagel Shop

When you pass by a bagel store and you catch yourself staring at them and drooling from inside, you know this is the one bagel you have to try ASAP.

Location: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 40, 1054 Ungarn

 

6. 9Bar

A beautifully decorated coffee spot with great options in pastries and good coffee. Try the egg basket with ham and the sausage croissant.

Location: Lázár u. 5, 1065 Ungarn

 

7. Molnar´s Kurtoskalacs

Kurtoskalacs is a traditional cylindrical sweet-cake made from sweet yeast-down. You can find it rolled in different tastes, such as sugar, cocoa, almonds, cinnamon and more. Molnar only offers kurtoskalacs for breakfast, but is it worth trying it.

Location: Váci u. 31, 1052 Ungarn

 

8. London Coffee Society

An adorable coffee place with a true Londoner´s style. For breakfast, you can have anything your heart desires, such as all types of eggs (poached, fried, scrambled), roasted beetroot puree with avocado and smoked salmon and vegan hummus.

Location: Dohány u. 27, 1074 Ungarn

9. Le Petit Bistro

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Hands down, the most adorable coffee place in Budapest. The moment you pass by, it instantly catches your eye and you get the strongest feeling of being in France. The decor is absolutely adorable both on the inside and outside.

Location: Hajós u. 26/b, 1065 Ungarn

 

10. Any bakery

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The city is filled with bakeries pretty much in every corner. They usually have a lot of options between pastries, types of bread and desserts.

 

 

All pictures were taken from the restaurants´official site & social media

5 Affordable Michelin restaurants in Paris

When in Paris, besides embracing the beautiful vibe of the city, you also need to explore the cuisine. There is no better destination to make your palate explode. with unique flavours.

Of course, gourmet food, especially Michelin restaurants are usually out of touch for most. However, in Paris, you can find some of the most affordable ones.

Keep in mind that it might take a while to make a reservation in all of them. It would be best if you book 3 weeks before.

1. Auguste

Gaël Orieux, the chef that loves the sea and creates unique flavours yet simple. The menu is created depending on the season so that all produce is fresh.

You can either order separate dishes for a price of approximately 50 euros per dish or try the menus. The most affordable menu starts at a price of 37 euros per person, the next is 88 euros per person and the last one 154 euros per person.

If the price seems to be too much, it really is not. With 37 euros you get the unique opportunity to taste some incredibly delicious dishes and introduce yourself to the wonders of gourmet cuisine.

 

2. L’Agapé

The 34-year-old Yoshitaka Takayanagi has created a sublime menu. Dishes can be ordered separately or as a menu, with the least expensive being a 4-course menu at the price of 52 euros per person.

The presentation and taste of each dish fully represent the chef and his identity. The excellent service, the flavorful food and the beautiful decor will sure make this experience special and one you will remember.

 

3. Septime

One of the most popular Michelin restaurants in Paris. In 2012, Chef Bertrand Grébaut opened Septime and since then, each season he cooks stunning and delicious menus.

The lunch tasting is a 4-course menu with the main course of your choice for a price of 42 euros per person, while the dinner menu is a 7-course menu for 80 euros.

The chef´s delicate and dynamic cooking is reflected in each dish, bringing French modern cuisine to another level.

 

4. Les Fables de La Fontaine

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The first impression you get when you enter Les Fables de La Fontaine is that it is a very stylish and with character restaurant. More than that, it is currently one of the most famous places to eat seafood and fish.

The truly low prices, make it an accessible and affordable restaurant to many. David Bottreau, the restaurant´s chef, has created a sensational lunch menu at the price of 28 euros per person.

If you want to explore the menu and explode your palate with incredible flavours, then you can also try more dishes from the menu, since the prices are more than reasonable.

 

5. Saturne table.cave

If you value simplicity yet good quality, then Saturne is the place for you. Chef Sven Chartier and sommelier Ewen Le Moigne have created an amazing lunch and dinner menu with interesting wine pairings.

The 3-course lunch costs 45 euros per person and the 6-course dinner 85 euros. The menu is made with organic products and natural wines. The element of surprise and excitement is hidden in the fact that you do not know the menu beforehand. But that is not a problem. Presentation and taste are always impeccable.

 

 

 

All pictures were taken from the restaurants´official site & social media