House of Nomad’s Travel Guides
La Valise This small, 9-room boutique hotel is perfection. I had our waiter tell me once that “anything is possible” when placing an order, which is just the sort of encouragement you need while on vacation. Every little detail of our room, lobby, food and hotel experience was perfectly thought through. And — the food is amazing.
NU This modern Mexican restaurant is owned by La Valise and sister hotel Encantada. We ate here our first night and it’s incredible! For dessert, they don't give you a menu but send the pastry chef to your table to chat with you about your “ideal dessert,” then place your order based on those details.
Gitano Friday and Saturday nights this restaurant is lively and features live music and dancing. They also have an extensive list of Tequila and Mezcal (yay!) with an ENTIRE drink list devoted to mezcal cocktails. Get the Mezcal Mule. Also, any place with outdoor disco balls has my vote!
La Eufemia I’d call this place a “Hippie Chic Taco Boutique.” Eat here for simple, fresh — and even better, cheap, tacos. The bonus is their salsa bar!
Todos Santos . A cocktail bar with one of the best vibes and drinks I’ve ever experienced! No menus, just all the fresh ingredients you could ever imagine. Tell them what you like and your flavor/taste profile and they create your ideal drink. Mind. Blown. This special spot is located inside Casa Jaguar.
Casa Jaguar This “cultural venue” has a little bit of everything. Cocktails (see above), dining and some really awesome shops all in one, beautifully curated, open air spot!
Tulum Ruins Hire a guide and visit these ruins in the most picturesque venue - right on the beach! Built late in the 13th century, it’s the only Mayan city built on the coast.
Cenotes Admittedly, I was very unsure of this whole situation, but they are worth it. Cenotes are limestone sinkholes that have exposed natural waters where you can swim or snorkle. Feeling extra brave? You can dive many of them. We visited Sac Actun!
Beach . Tulum hosts one long beach that you can explore. Stop and grab cocktails along your way and on the other side of all the hotels/bars/restaurants is where most of the shops are. Lots to enjoy!
We always fly into Bangkok and give ourselves two full days to explore the city. Check out the palaces and take a boat ride down the Chao Phraya River to see most the highlights more conveniently. Try to get reservations at Gaggan if you are feeling fancy while you are there. It is INSANELY amazing. Book a roundtrip ticket from Bangkok to Ko Samui on Bangkok Airways (this is one of our favorite little airlines of all time...super affordable and always on time.
It is very convenient to book a combo ticket that will include your transfer from the airport to the pier and your ferry ticket to Koh Tao. You will leave from Bangkok, take an hour flight to Koh Samui, get picked up at the airport and take a 30 minute ride to the pier where you will get on board the boat to the islands. (The ticket just includes the catamaran and dock transfer. We would recommend the high speed Lomprayah ferry). They make one stop on the way there (Koh Phanagan) and then the next stop is Koh Tao.
TRUST US. It is worth the extra stop! Wave goodbye to everyone as they get off one island short of paradise.
BOOK A VILLA that can pick you up from the port and take you to where you are staying.
RENT A SCOOTER TO GET AROUND THE ISLAND
(Scared of scooters? Most villas include drivers that will take you around the island, as well.)
*Things to bring from home:
Sunscreen and BUG SPRAY. Yep, you will want the “real deal” in both scenarios. Have dramamine ready for your boat ride out there! Nine times out of 10 it’s perfectly smooth but yes, it is possible you might be met with rough waters.
When you land in Bangkok, grab a SIM card for your phone. It will cost about $20 for unlimited data. You will WANT this to navigate around Bangkok and more importantly Koh Tao!
We know how overwhelming traveling to a brand new city can be, especially when it’s a unique place like Marrakech! Before we travel, we obsess over all the possibilities and recommendations we come across. The recommendations we received from friends at home and locals on the ground were key to making it such a great trip! Hopefully we inspired you to check Morocco out for yourself. If you plan to go, here are some suggestions to make your trip great. We absolutely fell in love and already plan to go back.
El Fenn @elfennmarrakech
We’ve traveled a lot and El Fenn is the most inspirational hotel we have ever been to. Every room is different and unique. The owners have a strong sense for design and the whole experience is inspiring. It’s not just the rooms or the rooftop bar with views of Marrakech and whole medina, but it's the color it's the tile, it's the attention to detail.
GRAB TASSEL EARRINGS AND A KAFTAN
39 Rue Marjelle // Kaftan Queen
GET BASKETS ON BASKETS
Naranj Restaurant for the best Lebanese food we have ever had.
GRAB A SNACK
Corner Cafe for amazing sandwiches, salads and fried goodies.
SMALL PLATES FOR DINNER
Nomad for small healthy plates with a twist
GRAB A ROOFTOP COCKTAIL
El Fenn Rooftop // order the “Spicy Caipirinha”
Be sure to get there from 5 to 7 p.m. when they offer their “Snack Time”! Don’t be fooled by the cute name, this “snack time” is a sophisticated menu with everything from charcuterie boards and smoked salmon bruschetta to homemade Moroccan sweets. Be sure to enjoy it with one of the best cocktails we have ever had — the “Spicy Caipirinha.” Or try it at home — they were generous enough to share their recipe!
Anejo Tequila- 2 shots
lime juice- 1 lime
Chili- for the rim of the glass
Cachaca- 2 shot
Agave Syrup- 2 tablespoon
Serve with fresh pineapple and a red chili for garnish
Enjoy a traditional hammam experience at your riad! // Go with an open mind and leave with glowing skin.
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Our gal: Amina Zakkari email@example.com