After a week of golf

We finally returned from our 5 days of golf holiday in Belek. We had a great time, lots of sunshine, with lots of golfing and a nice stay in MaxxRoyal hotel.

Relaxing garden of our hotel

Relaxing garden of our hotel

However, although it has been nearly 4 years now, since we started this golf thing, we still are not good enough to have a handicap card. Very very upset about it. Still taking lessons, to improve our swings and still any two of our hits are not he same. Some balls prefer to go right, some to left, but very rarely to where we target.

Morning practice at pitching area

Morning practice at pitching area

Our hotel  MaxxRoyal had a very nice golfing area named Montgomary. But since our trainer was in Carya, we drove to Carya Golf Club, everyday. For 2 hours in the mornings, we did some practice at driving range, some pitching and chipping. After lunch we started to play 9-hole, but very rarely we all could finish it, as each hole takes more than half an hour for three of us to get to green.

Not-so-fancy scorecards

Not-so-fancy scorecards

Decision number 1: We still have  lots of room for improvement

Decision number 2: 6-hours- a -day of golfing, is not enough not to gain weight.

The cost of this holiday to me is 1,5 kg of extra weight. might this be the reason?

Chocolate fundue

Chocolate fundue

Energy before tee time

Energy before tee time

On our final day, we only had the morning to play golf, so we visited the golf club of our hotel, and hit 2 baskets at driving range.

Morning walk

Morning walk

 

Montgomary Golf Club

Montgomary Golf Club

The lonely beach in winter

The lonely beach in winter

 

 

 

 

 

Which was your best hotel room?

I’ve been to more than 200 cities in more than 20 countries, and stayed in more than a 100 hotels. I suppose my dear followers, you too like to travel. Here is the question: Which was the best hotel room you have ever stayed? Probably, like me, very many hotels come to your mind, right?

I think all three of us in my family would answer this question differently. my husband’s answer was straight: Polonia Palace Hotel. Why? Because the best sleeping quality is his only concern.

Polonia Palace Hotel

Polonia Palace Hotel

The room was very ordinary at the first sight. One double bed, a bathroom, a sofa turned into a child’s bed, and a little free space. That’s it. But my husband has a saying: Never decide about a hotel before 24 hours. So after 24 hours, his decision is “the best”.

For my son, I guess would be Hilton, Las Vegas. (I can not ask him now, he is out with his friends, but I’ll ask and let you know if I am right) Why? Because there were 3 televisions in the room, one of which was just in front of his bed, with a wall-to-wall screen of barcovision. Of course he spent hours watching Formula 1 and some other staff. Plus a good hotel for our son means a high hotel, preferably some floors over 20th is the best for him.

My answer to a best room would be, Pullman Cove Hotel in Cairns, Australia. I will probably write another post, sometime later about the hotel, but just to give you some hints, here are two photos.

Living room and kitchen

Living room and kitchen

Terrace and private pool

Terrace and private pool

Yes, our room was a 2 bedroom flat, with a big kitchen, living room, a laundry room, two bathrooms, a terrace and a private pool and the sound of ocean waves. A room you wouldn’t want to go out.

On the other hand, when we think of a “best room” we also tend to think of a room with the “best view”. What if I asked the best view room you have ever stayed? All the answers would change and the only answer would be Francischiello Hotel & Spa Bellavista near Sorrento, Italy. A view of Italian farmlands, the Mediterranean sea and the Capri island beyond.

Our room view in Sorrento

Our room view in Sorrento

And the view in the evening
And the view in the evening

 

Now I understand that, I have been to very few hotel room with a “best view” other than the sea views.  I think a hotel would not have much chance in terms of “best view”, if it was not by the sea. Maybe some mountain views in the Alpines of Switzerland, some of the Golf Hotel views, maybe a desert view, or some room overlooking the city lights, or a view of unlimited wine yards in France, or a Christmas market in Austria, or a medieval Piazza in Toscana,  or a castle in Germany, or… whatever, I should note to make sure some stays in “best view” hotels next time.

PS. Please share your best hotel experiences with a link to my post.

 

Polonia Palace Hotel and Folk Gospoda in Warsaw

If you have already read my previous post, you probably know, we arrived later than we planned to Warsaw and to our hotel-Polonia Palace hotel. The hotel is in the very center of Warsaw and is one of the best stays and value for money hotels I have ever stayed. Having read the tripadvisor advice in advance, I have already asked, not a main street room, but a side street room instead, in order to avoid the street voice. That was settled, but we were asked to wait about another hour, for our room to be ready. we were just starting to be angry, but luckily the receptionist guy told us that our room is upgraded to a suit, which is a nicer and bigger room. Well, that sound fine than, right?

Polonia Palace Hotel 100th year

Polonia Palace Hotel 100th year

So after waiting one more hour, we finally settled in our room. The hotel is 100 years old, but nicely refurbished and minimally decorated. Everything you need is on arm’s length. A fine restaurant, a bar, relaxing lobby and high ceiling rooms with finest bed and most importantly very very helpful staff. By the time, we reached our room, it was already time for dinner, so we went to the reception to ask some advice. What they did was more than an advice. They provided a booklet of fine restaurants with a few paragraphes of what they provide each. A couple of dozens of alternatives to choose from and the receptionist staff were very eager to answer any question about them. So we chose to go a local cuisine one called Folk Gospoda, which was a 5-10-minute-taxi away from our hotel.

Folk Gospoda looked more local than we tought, with wooden interior, needlework cushions and dark little windows.

The interior

The interior

The most common food in Warsaw is dumplings, where various kinds of staff dumped in flour, and boiled or fried.

Dumplings

Dumplings

The wine of the evening was a house wine. Well, I am not a wine expert, but I can say it was -how can I say- awful.

The house wine

The house wine

The other food we chose were not so bad, but the best thing I suppose was what our son had ordered. Any guess?

The white think is very very buttery butter.

The white think is very very buttery butter.

The soup, very tasty

The soup, very tasty

Something we could not understand, not so fancy.

Something we could not understand, not so fancy.

Our son's order

Our son’s plate

Next posts; streets and cafes in Warsaw.