May 29, 2014

Four fabulous days in Dubai


Always wondered if Dubai is worth a visit? Razia Haribans from Sure Mithas Travel in Durban certainly thinks so. This is her account of her four fabulous days in the vibrant, exciting and diverse city of Dubai…

Perfect weather greeted us as we arrived at Dubai International airport. As we arrived early, the terminals were quiet. En route to Ivory Hotel Apartments, we were thrilled to view the magnificent architecture in the hotels and office buildings from Deira and Bur Dubai to Sheik Zayed Road and finally to Al Barsha. Thumbs up to Deluxe Ivory Hotel Apartments who gave us a very early check-in and great service.

After freshening up we raced to EK mall across the road from the hotel. We were greeted by 100’s of designer shops lined next to each other. From Gucci and Nine West to Louis Vuitton, you will be spoilt for choice. We then headed for the famous Ski Dubai. We chose a snow pass allowing us 4 rides. After getting appropriately dressed in our ski suits, we were ready for the chill! Freezing is not an adequate word to use once you enter Ski Dubai. Despite the suits, temperatures were extremely cold.  We enjoyed unlimited ski rides in the ski lift and had such fun playing in the snow.



Afterwards we headed for the metro station situated at Dubai Mall. Upon arriving, it was a very long walk to the mall entrance but was definitely worth the walk as the Dubai Mall is a magnificent sight to behold. An aquarium in the centre of the mall, Ice rink, Kids Zania, Merry-Go-Round with pony’s and of course a host of shopping outlets including RODEO drive and Victoria’s Secret.

We headed for the well-known musical fountains in the afternoon. Huge masses of people had gathered in anticipation of the display. All watched with bated breath as the music and water dazzled the audience .It was a spectacular sight to behold.

Burj Kalifa, the tallest building in the world, stood tall and proud above us. It was truly a work of art especially with the lights twinkling at night. Our fabulous day ended with delicious dynamite shrimps from PK Changs at Dubai Mall. Heavenly!

We started Saturday with a city tour. Highlights included the Dubai Creek, the Gold Souk , the Jumeriah mosque, Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantic The Palm and the iconic Burj Kalifa, Jumeirah residences , Media City and Internet city.



























Our afternoon was once again spent at the famous EK mall with midnight chocolate cookies at Häagen-Dazs and Hershey’s chocolate cake from The Cheesecake factory. A taste sensation .

Our evening was spent on board a traditional Dhow beautifully decorated in lights. The cruise included a buffet dinner as we cruised the Dubai Creek in the company of the friendly local and international guests. The buildings were lit up and looked especially spectacular at night. Our evening ended with a traditional Tanoura dance.

We left Al Barsha for bustling Deira on Sunday. En route we saw fabulous buildings and many popular hotels. Shopping centres included Burjuman shopping mall , Al Gurair Shopping Centre and Deira city centre. Deira was an extremely busy area.

In the afternoon we were picked up for the famous Desert Safari tour in a 4 x 4. After an awesome ride on the dunes we headed for our camp in the desert. We were greeted by camels and immediately enjoyed a ride on them at the entrance to our camp. Quad bikes are also available for bike enthusiasts. Complimentary drinks, henna tattoos, Hubbly Bubbly and snacks  awaited us as we relaxed on cushions like desert princesses. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the mood light. The weather was perfect for being out in the open  with just the stars above us. The entertainment was excellent as we enjoyed our bbq dinner while we watched the traditional tanoura dance and belly dancing being performed.

























Our final day was spent in Deira – a shopper’s paradise. From Naif road and Naif souk to Al Manzil and Al Wasal and Deira city centre, you will find many delightful goods. Metro trains are easily accessible from all parts of Dubai and very economical. Shop till you drop while you bargain!

























The time to head home finally arrived and with heavy hearts we bid farewell to this beautiful city, with the hope of returning very soon.

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May 27, 2014

Sure Travel’s 2014 Training Forum

Sure Travel Training Forum 2014
Consultants, managers and owners from our Sure Travel agencies across Southern Africa enjoyed a day of training and fun at this year’s forum on Saturday 10 May. The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton, a tranquil oasis of lush garden in bustling Sandton, was the perfect setting for our training forum.

Ricky Botsis, the singing MC, started the day on the right note, and after a welcome from the Sure Travel CEO, Vanya Lessing, the workshops kicked off. Theresa Szejwallo, Managing Director of Travcorp SA, and Liz Monson, a Certified Behaviour Analyst in Business Perspectives, led the first DISC Behaviour Profile Workshop followed by Gilan Gork, a renowned mentalist, who wowed all with his extraordinary feats of the mind. After a productive day of learning, the Sure stars partied the night away to the sounds of the Ballyhoo band.

 A very special thank you to our generous suppliers and sponsors who helped make the day such a success and, of course, a huge thank you to all our very special Sure Travel superstars.

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May 12, 2014

Beachcomber’s new Royal Palm Marrakech

























After a much anticipated wait, Beachcomber’s fabulous new five star property, Royal Palm Marrakech in Morocco, is now open for bookings (book opening special packages here). Beachcomber has fantastic resorts in Mauritius and the Seychelles and their holiday packages are very popular with South Africans. Their Royal Palm Marrakech is a stunning addition to their portfolio.

Watch the video below and see for yourself…


The Royal Palm Marrakech is an ultra-luxurious, exclusive resort – everything about it spells opulence. Surrounded by 231 hectares of olive trees, it is 12km from downtown Marrakech with views over the Atlas Mountains.  The location is ideal to offer the privacy, space and exclusivity that is its selling point.
























With one of the most scenic golf courses in Morocco, a 2000m2 heated pool, four restaurants and a complimentary kids club and Clarins spa (as in other Beachcomber properties), this is a perfect choice for the discerning traveller.






Special offers! For opening specials to Royal Palm Marrakech, and other Beachcomber packages, contact your Sure Travel consultant here


May 9, 2014

Top 7 flower viewing destinations in the world

There is not much moms like more than receiving a bunch of flowers. Just in time for Mothers’ Day, here is the ultimate flower bouquet… our pick of the most gorgeous, fragrant, stunning places to view flowers in the world. 

1. Lavender, Provence, southern France
The famed lavender fields bloom in summer, so travel in June to August for purple fields as far as the eye can see. Be sure to visit Abbaye de Senanque near Gordes – the setting for most of those postcard perfect lavender photos.

























2. Hokkaido’s flower fields, Japan
Hokkaido, a well-known “floral” destination in Japan, is a riot of colour from April onwards as the wide variety of flower and tree species begin to bloom. Some of the most popular varieties that can be seen include lavender, cherry blossoms, lily of the valley, tulips, azalea, lilac, roses, and more.






















3. Bulgaria's rose valley
Bulgaria has been cultivating roses for centuries and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. The picking season in the famous rose valley lasts from May to June and the annual Rose Festival is held every year during the first week of June.






























4. Tulips in the Netherlands
If you love tulips, then the world famous Keukenhof is a must-visit. It’s the world’s second largest flower garden and showcases more than 7 million bulbs a year. It’s open for only a short time each year from March to May.






















5. Dubai Miracle Garden
The largest flower garden in the world – and it’s in a desert! With 45 million flowers in all sorts of colourful combinations and designs, Dubai Miracle Garden is nothing short of a miracle. A tip is to visit later in the afternoon when it’s not as hot.
























6. Worcestershire's poppies
Poppy flowers bloom like the red sea in Worcestershire. The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust seeks to turn the fields back into natural heathland and encourage the growth of the local plants and wildlife – visit in the British summer (the poppies are generally in full bloom in early June) and take care when walking as much of the area is a nature reserve.























7. Cherry blossoms in Japan
Celebrate “hanami" in Japan - the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura (cherry) tree. The blossoming of the flowers is widely celebrated in Japan and people turn out in large numbers at parks, shrines, and temples to hold flower-viewing parties. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April, then moving northward to Hokkaidō a few weeks later.

See the Top 100 Cherry Blossom viewing spots here.


Where would you love to see flowers in the world? Comment and let us know.

To visit these destinations, visit the Sure Travel website.

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