Luxury family staycation at the Grand Hyatt Doha 

We love a staycation. A chance to get away without the hassle of traveling especially now we have a baby. When we noticed that we had a buy one night get a night free at the Grand Hyatt Doha that had to be used by the end of the year we jumped at the chance to get away.

So how was our stay? View Post

Gymkhana Doha Review 

As we approached gymkhana in Souq waqif last night, it dawned on me that we had never set foot inside one of the many boutique hotels in Souq waqif! I wasn’t sure what to expect but if there instagram page was anything to go by we were in for a treat.  View Post

Yum cha brunch at Hwang, Doha Review

All week I had been looking forward to a weekend staycation at the four seasons. Then one look at this weeks weather made me change my mind … rain and thunderstorms. Not exactly perfect weather for a beach break. So postponing our break until the following week we were at a loss at what to do with our rainy Doha weekend. I looked in our entertainer app for inspiration when I saw for this month only there was a 2 for 1 brunch offer at hwang – problem solved!  View Post

5 reasons why Parisa should be your go-to Souq Waqif Restaurant!

There are loads of great restaurants in Souq Waqif to eat at but one of my favourites is Parisa, an Iranian restaurant.

So why do I love it?

The decor at Parisa, Souq Waqif

I think this has to be the most opulent restaurant in the souq. From the moment you enter through the mirrored corridor you are transported somewhere else. The mirrored ceiling, the mural walls and the beautiful foundation in the center make this a really stunning setting.

The beautiful ceiling

The beautiful ceiling

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

the beautiful Parisa Souq Waif restaurant

Service at Parisa

The staff are always attentive and willing to bring out more bread even after I Have consumed my own body weight in the stuff! They are also really friendly and great with small talk and recommendations.

The food at Parisa

You can’t go wrong with a kebab but Parisa excels at them. We love getting the sharing platter so we can try them all as I can never decide which one to order!

I also love their sweet walnut and pomegranate chicken stew which is like nothing else I have ever eaten.

But the star of the show is their rice. They do different kinds, saffron and dill being my favourites. It is truly the fluffiest rice I have ever tasted.

Kebab

Atmosphere at Parisa, souq Waqif

In the evening there are usually a couple of musicians playing traditional music which really adds to the ambiance.

Desserts 

I usually haven’t left nearly enough room for pudding but I always managed to force myself to have one. I particularly love the pistachio ice cream with saffron biscuits

Yummy pudding – photo credit my lovely friend Jen

When to go 

Parisa is great all year round but can’t be beaten when it’s hot and you need interior seating. But in truth go anytime you won’t be disappointed!

There is a second branch of Souq Waqif at the Sharq hotel but Parisa Souq Waqif has to be my favourite.

Cruise embarkation day packing list for families with babies

Cruise embarkation day packing list for families with babies

One of the first holidays we did with baby E was a cruise around the western Mediterranean. As experienced cruisers we knew what to pack for us and for Baby E so thought we’d put together the essential list for others considering taking a baby on cruises. Whether you are new to cruising or perhaps new to cruising with a baby we hope this list will be of use

Remember

On embarkation day you leave your main baggage in the cruise terminal which will be delivered to your stateroom later in the day. If you are lucky it will arrive quickly. If you are unlucky it might not arrive until after you have had dinner. So here is what you should bring in your carry on

  • Enough milk / food to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Enough nappies and related paraphernalia to last until the next morning ( longer if the next day is a sea day)
  • Pram if you want to use to take to dinner or go for a stroll around deck
  • Outfit for dinner and other clothing changes as required
  • Toys
  • Medicines
  • Swimwear if your cruise allows babies and toddlers in the pool (has a baby pool)
  • Pjs for all the family

For more first time cruise tips click here! 

 Remember:

It is mandatory for all cruise guests on the first day to do an emergency evacuation drill. To prepare for this you will need:

  • Sun-hat, sunscreen or cold weather clothing depending on cruise location i.e Caribbean or Alaskan!
  • Baby carrier – A baby carrier is an essential. If you decide not wait for the lift and use the stairs you will definitely need the carrrier for safety on the stairs.

Have you cruised with a baby? What do you recommend bringing on in embarkation day?

Further reading: what to pack for a carnival cruise