JORDAN

I’ve been traveling to Beirut for five years now and it became a second home to me since my husband is lebanese and his family lives in Beirut. 

I love bringing new people to town and taking them around. Last summer I invited two of my best friends from Brazil to visit Lebanon. We went on boat rides, restaurants, clubs, and the mountains; it was a blast! After a week we decided to take a quick trip to a new destination. We had a look at the map to check the borders of Lebanon and these were the options: Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Syria. We immediately chose Jordan for obvious reasons. It was a very delicate time in the Middle East and the United States had sent warnings about traveling in the region. 

We decided to go anyway. I called my brazilian travel agency  ESTACAO DE TURISMO (@estacaodeturismoviagens) and they immediately hooked us up with the best places. We had only three days and here is what we did.

PETRA:

We arrived in Petra at night, right in time for the amazing “PETRA BY NIGHT” tour where they light up the place with candles and everyone walks towards the main building "The treasury".  Once we got there, they had blankets on the floor and everyone sat down to watch locals singing and playing instruments while drinking their delicious local tea. It’s a quick tour but definitely with it! We stayed at the MOVENPICK hotel, which was perfect since PETRA sight was two steps ahead!

The next morning after breakfast, we headed to see Petra for real. It’s a full day thing and some people prefer do doit in two days. We took a guide and also walked around by ourselves. Our Petra experience had everything you can imagine. Camel rides, horse rides, donkey rides, laughs, photographs, surprises, bargaining and even an argument with a local beduin that hit a donkey on the face (I mean really??).

Petra it’s one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been to, they manage to maintain a lot of the structure of the place and the walk towards the top was fantastic. And also tiring!

After our day in Petra we headed to the Dead Sea. I was suuuuper excited to float on the water and take a mud shower! We stayed at the KEMPINSKY ASHRAM**** the absolute best hotel in the region. Our room was great and the hotel had several pools, restaurants and a great SPA. The best part is that the property is right at the Dead Sea so you don’t need to take a car anywhere. I think the photos will show exactly how our experience was:

FROM TULUM WITH LOVE

Tulum became one of my favourite places to spend vacations during the winter time. This year, I went right after New Years during the first week of January and spent eight days enjoying the beach and all the music that happens during the BPM festival. All the action and clubs are located in Playa del Carmen which is an hour from Tulum, but every year more people decide to stay away from the city and enjoy a more quiet time in Tulum. There are a lot of nice places to stay there but my top hotels right now are Be Tulum, Ahau, Nomade, Sanará, Ana Y Jose, Azulik (eco hotel), Alaya and Casa Malca (once Pablo Escobar's house).

My favorite places to eat there: Be tulum hotel, Nomade Hotel (offers vegan cousine), Casa Banana, Hemingway, Hardwood, Azulik Hotel, Arca, The Real coconut at Sanará hotel (for breakfast and super healthy food). The shops are all at the main street and my favorites are Caravana Tulum and KM33 Tulum. 

Here are some of my favorite moments of the trip!

Tulum é um dos meus lugares favoritos para passar as férias de Inverno. Este ano fui logo depois do Ano Novo, na primeira semana de Janeiro para passar oito dias maravilhosos aproveitando a  praia e a música que acontece durante o Festival BPM. Todo o movimento e vida noturna acontece em Playa Del Carmen, há uma hora de Tulum, mas a cada ano mais pessoas decidem se afastar da cidade para aproveitar a calma e tranquilidade e o charme de Tulum. Este ano me hospedei no Hotel Casa Malca mas são tantos hoteizinhos lindos que fiz uma listinha pra vocês:  Be Tulum, Ahau, Nomade, Sanará, Ana Y Jose, Azulik (eco hotel), Alaya e Casa Malca (casa que pertenceu à Pablo Escobar).

Meu lugares preferidos para comer são Hotel Be tulum , Hotel Nomade (possui comida vegana), Casa Banana, Hemingway, Hardwood, Azulik Hotel, Arca e The Real coconut no Hotel Sanará (para café da manhã e comidas mais saudáveis). As lojas ficam na avenida principal e as que mais curto são Caravana Tulum e KM33 Tulum.

Agora, alguns momentinhos dessa viagem deliciosa!

FUN IN THE SUN

I love how things can happen unexpectedly! Actually, this is my favorite thing about life, allowing for things to happen organically.

While vacationing in Tulum last week, I had no desire to work or advertise for any brands. My plan was to chill, enjoy the beach, listen to good music and eat well.
That changed when I bumped into an old friend, @Annamaria1111, that was coincidentally staying at the same hotel as me. She told me about her brand @contessa_la and invited me to her room to show me her designs.
Two seconds later I was running on the beach wearing nothing but a long, sheer, spectacular dress while the designer herself snapped some incredible photos.
This is the result of our fun time on the beach:
PHOTOS AND CONTESSA WEBSITE
http://www.contessala.com/
 

Eu simplesmente amo quando as coisas acontecem sem eu planejar! Na verdade, isso é o que mais adoro nessa vida; quando tudo acontece de uma maneira orgânica e natural.

Minha viagem para Tulum na semana passada era apenas para relaxar, tomar sol, escutar música boa e comer bem! Nada de trabalho, publiposts ou fotos profissionais.
Isso mudou quando dei de cara com uma amiga alemã na recepção do meu hotel. Não via a @annamaria1111 há anos! Ela me contou sobre sua marca nova @contessa_la e me mostrou os vestidos que trouxe.
Dois segundos depois eu me encontrava pulando na praia com um vestido longo e transparente, incrivelmente maravilhoso e a estilista com sua câmera a tira colo tentando me acompanhar.
Esse é o resultado do nosso fim de tarde super divertido em Tulum.
http://www.contessala.com/