Week 32: Greece!

This week’s something new is based on Wedding 4 of 4 for the year – and what a way to end off the run of weddings I’ve had ❤

My friends V&A chose to get married in Greece since she is half Greek / half German (he’s Egyptian), and so, of course, the Dubai gang put our plans in place to share accommodation and travel together as we have done for weddings of friends in previous years (most specifically the Jordan wedding last year!)

The wedding weekend consisted of many parts where all guests were invited to join social activities, from Greek dancing lessons on Friday to meet-and-greet dinner and then the big day… with lots of additional off-the-cuff drinks get-togethers thrown in for good measure.

Most of the activities were taking place in Vouliagmeni since that’s where the Reception took place on Saturday night, so our group decided to stay in an area close by – Varkiza. It was a little easier on the budgets, but just as beautiful and only an 8-minute taxi ride away from the action.

We stayed at the Stefanakis Hotel & Apartments which was perfect for what we needed – extremely friendly and helpful staff, happy to cater to our ever-changing requests; decent-sized rooms; a lovely swimming pool; cheap beers; breakfast included; great location.

Myself and Natasha arrived a day earlier than everyone else so we used the day to head into Athens city centre and do a bit of sightseeing on a walking tour of Athens. We were both into taking it very easy for the day so after the tour we found a lovely place to have lunch where we sat for hours, taking in the scenery and enjoying local cuisine (and beers 😉 )

The rest of our group arrived that evening and we then headed off to join some of the wedding crew for drinks… and get the wedding weekend off to a fabulous start 🙂

The next day we had Greek dancing lessons – hilarious fun, seemingly simple but actually rather difficult, especially when the music starts getting faster and you have to keep up with it! But a really fun morning – and now I can say that I know 2 Greek dances (Sirtaki – 3 steps; and Kalamatiano – 11 steps)

That night we were all invited to a meet-and-greet dinner, overlooking the Acropolis – just beautiful at night! Most people decided to take it easy (and not go out partying) so that we could be fresh and ready for the HUGE partying expected at the Reception the next night.

The next day was a beautifully relaxing day which we spent walking around our little area, enjoying a few drinks and local cuisine, sitting by the beach, and then enjoying some sunshine and pool time before getting ready.

And then it was time for the Reception – the reason we’ve all travelled to this glorious destination 🙂

The venue – Island Club Reception – was spectacular! Nice and private with fantastic views overlooking the bay, perfect lighting to set the mood, scrumptious food and the most amazing setup for the ceremony to take place.

Bringing multiple cultures together from such different backgrounds, this wedding certainly knew exactly what to do! From traditional Greek dancing to Egyptian belly dancing and drummers, there was no shortage of entertainment, music and fun!

From start to finish, this was a fantastic wedding filled with hours of fun, giggles, meeting new friends, reconnecting with old ones, experiencing new places, learning new cultures and traditions, speeches, dancing, fireworks, shooting stars, a red moon, sunrise parties and sharing the special memories that we all get to take away with us.

Week 31: Mahiki Madness

Looking for something new to do on a Thursday night?

Have a bunch of girls wanting to head out for some drinks and dancing?

Then head over to Mahiki, at Jumeirah Beach Hotel!

The latest addition to the famous Dubai Ladies’ Night inventory is hosted by Mahiki, and it is certainly one to wow – especially if you have guests visiting!

The ‘standard’ ladies night package is your basic idea of free-flowing drinks for the night –  you choose one of 2 selected beverages and have yourself a fine time 🙂

There is also a second option, which we’ve done, which is the super WOW factor! In order to take part in this option, you need to look for the offers on Facebook (or social media in general) and get in touch with the PR Manager who makes your table booking for you, and proceeds to look after you all night.

For this option, on arrival, you choose one of the selected beverages, the same as the standard ladies night, but you are then taken to your table to wait for your dinner. Yup. Get your grub on!

Dinner is brought to the table in ‘sharing platter’ form – an array of mini burgers, sushi, edamame, chicken wraps and french fries.

But the special deal does not stop there. I told you – this is the WOW Factor!

You are then brought a bottle of vodka, on ice, with mixers while you carry on enjoying the delicious food.

And then – the show stopper!

A large treasure chest – filled with a punch cocktail – is brought to the table with the most amazing fanfare. Lights, music, waiters. Go mad!

Treasure Chest!

And then you spend the night dancing away 🙂