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5 unforgettable silver wedding anniversary holidays


Twenty-fiveyearsis an incredible milestone that should be acknowledged in every marriage. Youve put a lot of time, patience and love into your marriage, so its about time you both treated yourselves to a well-earned celebration holiday! This is your opportunity to reminisce about the wonderful moments in your relationship, appreciate everything you have both been through and accomplished throughout the years.

The couples that can look back on their lives from a twenty-five- year-old ship are few and far between and should be celebrated in the most grandiose of ways. Continue your journey together and start a new chapter. Its time to plan that once in a lifetime trip that you have been keeping tucked up your sleeves for an auspicious occasion You can even spruce things up with a renewal of your wedding vows, to make your celebration even more memorable! Here are five of the most unforgettable holidays that should be on the bucket list for any silver wedding anniversary.

1. The Maldives and Sri Lanka

Unrivalled luxury, palm fringed picturesque white sand beaches and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see there is nowhere in the world that does castaway desert islands better than the Maldives! Exceed your highest fantasy-island expectations and splash out on a candlelit dinner on your own private sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Pair your stay with a visit to neighbouring Sri Lanka for a dose of colour, culture and epic scenery. Spend your days exploring the cultural triangle, cycling through local villages, discovering the breath-taking national parks and meeting the local elephants.

2. Island hopping in French Polynesia

If you are after a laid back beach-based holiday but worried about being marooned in one place, an island-hopping adventure is an excellent alternative. The enchanting islands of French Polynesia, otherwise known as the last Paradise on Earth, lend themselves perfectly to a quintessential South Pacific island hopping experience. For pure Polynesian perfection, our favourite islets include Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahaa, Tikehau and Rangiroa!

3. Thailand

A melting pot of rich culture, spectacular scenery and dramatic coastlines, there is so much to be discovered in Thailand. Explore Thailands spiritual heritage in the Golden Triangle and the ancient city of Chiang Mai, with its splendid stupas, saffron-robed monks and luscious jungle. Then kick back and relax with a stay in one of Thailand';s most awe-inspiring coastal regions whatever time of year you are looking to travel, there will be a beach swathed in sunshine, waiting your arrival.

4. Safari and beach in South Africa and Mozambique

The nostalgia and original spirit of safaritakesme back to a golden era of romance. Epitomised by its endless horizons, the sheer abundance of wildlife, vast open plains and early dawn choruses of birdsong and lion roars, Africa is everything you imagine it to be and more. Spend an exquisite few days on an enthralling safari in South Africa, then let the beach bring you gently back to reality in a haze of delicious spice island romance in Zanzibar.

5. Sail and stay in the British Virgin Islands

Relatively remote (only accessible via a flight from Antigua and Barbados) the British Virgin Islands feel like an idyllic secret to those who are lucky enough visit. Home to some of the world's most beautiful hideaways, the possibilities for adventure are endless in this treasure trove of 60 paradise islands. Sail through the archipelago and discover the hidden gems of the Caribbean

James Bell is Managing Director at The Turquoise Holiday Company.

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Our top 5 hotel picks in Dubai


The annual Dubai traveler would know that every year the landscape changes. New buildings invite new hotels that change standards. Hotels that were leading the industry just three years ago have fallen behind new players. We thus make it a point to annually visit this top holiday and business destination. During our trip last week, we sampled at least ten hotels, and have come up with our top five (in no specific order).

For couples: Taj Dubai

We would recommend the Taj Dubai for a young couple looking to quickly see the sights of Dubai. Not only does the hotel face the Burj Khalifa, a fantastic view to wake up to, but its close proximately to Dubai Mall gives easy access to the city's largest shopping destination. The breakfast buffet is extravagant and includes dishes from all over the world. Finally, the Billionaire Club, one of the best in Dubai, is just downstairs.

For business: The Oberoi Dubai

The Oberoi Dubai is perfect for the business travel. The service is the best in the city. They wrapped our chargers with bands, placed bookmarks in our books and brought us popcorn when we asked for a DVD player. The gym and pool are also fantastic, offering a relaxing escape from meetings. Lastly, its location in Business Bay makes it very convenient.

For families: The Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

The Kempinski is a Dubai staple. Although it has been around for a while, it recently received a full renovation. It's great for a family that wants to take advantage of the mall and adjoined indoor ski slope. The Chalet Suites offers a view directly of the slope. The three-bedroom room comes with a living and dining room, a cozy chalet atmosphere, and Hermes products. The hotel is an easy choice for the whole family.

For beach lovers: Four Seasons Dubai Resort, Jumeirah Beach

The Four Seasons Hotel holds strong in this category. The beach is beautiful and white. Not many Dubai beaches have an unrestricted view of the horizon view construction of islands becoming extremely popular. The Four Seasons is still intact. Go for the two beautiful pools, and spa as well. Not to mention, they might have the best restaurant selection in Dubai - Coya, Nusr-Et, Jean Georges Kitchen, Henricks Bar, etc.

For wedding planners: St Regis

The St Regis is beautiful. Beautiful. This new property neighbors two other hotels and is very centrally located. But it might as well be the far off Royal Palace- marble staircases, huge paintings, and exquisite service. Definitely a venue to check out.

Sangeeta Sadarangani is Founder and Owner of Crossing Travel.

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