Holiday Window Shopping with… Polly

As we’re all cooped up indoors, safely abiding by the lockdown rules, none of us are travelling anywhere. As keen travel lovers, we’ve found it cheering to imagine travel during this time a little like winning the lottery – without any restrictions on budget and time. With that in mind, we’re hosting weekly interviews with team members to understand what their dream holiday would look like, in the hope that in turn this can help to inspire you.

Next up, our Social Media Executive, Polly.

If you could travel anywhere in the world now (and Covid-19 was not a thing), where would you go?
Hmm, this is a hard one. While I’d love to visit some far-flung places when the world goes back to normal, all I want to do right now is plan a trip to the Balearic Islands. I visited Majorca last year, and I have been many times before, but I’ve never visited Formentera or Ibiza and they are at the top of my hit list right now. In an ideal world, if money was no object, I’d be sipping sangria on a luxury yacht and sailing around the islands for a few weeks – making sure I stop off at the best bars, most mesmerising beaches and coolest parties, all while topping up my tan and indulging in tapas, of course! A girl can dream…

 

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Is there a hotel on your travel bucket list?
Oh, there are so many hotels on my bucket list! I really think Europe offers up some of the best luxury accommodation on the planet, and everywhere else in the world tries to live up to it. Dana Villas in Santorini looks incredible but the hotel that’s been on my bucket list for the longest is Cap Rocat in Majorca. It’s made up of 26 rooms and situated right on the cliffs. Some of the rooms have private pools, so everything is incredibly intimate, calm and romantic, and dare I say it – a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Can I please have another? I’d also love to stay in Amangiri, a five-star hotel situated in the middle of the Utah desert! There really is nothing around, it looks like the kind of place that 007 would go into hiding. There’s no light pollution, so there are plenty of dazzling sunsets and stargazing opportunities. The grounds wind around the natural rock formations, while the building materials blend seamlessly into the colours of the Utah desert. I just can’t pick between those two!

 

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If money was no object, where would you eat?
I know the answer to this one straight away. It would be Kin Toh in Tulum, Mexico. Not only does it serve up delicious Mexican cuisine (one of my favourites), but you dine in the treetops of the forest with views across the canopies and out to sea. Honestly, what could be better than that? For me, an amazing dining experience can really be heightened if you couple it with a truly unique setting. Plus I’ve always loved treehouses and honestly can’t imagine a better experience than climbing a tree to my delicious Mexican dinner!

 

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Combining your favourite parts of previous holidays, what would your dream holiday look like?
I’ve been incredibly lucky to enjoy every single one of my holidays in recent years. I recently returned from California, a holiday that I’d been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl, but COVID-19 slightly got in the way. Despite this we still had the most amazing time and I would incorporate my resilience to have fun – like we did there – into my dream holiday. We visited San Francisco and Carmel, drove down the Pacific Coast Highway and finished in LA. All of the incredible activities, like cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge and watching the sunset in Santa Monica would be a part of my dream break.

The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in was Sir Savigny in Berlin. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel, where I truly felt at home, which is a difficult thing for a hotel to achieve. The bed was the comfiest I’ve ever slept on and I still think about it to this day. I’d also mix in the setting of Mykonos, it’s a stunning island, and I adored getting lost in the winding warrens of the main town’s streets. I’d add in the history of Rome – I don’t think a place has ever truly impacted me like Rome did. I felt an overwhelming sense of awe at every turn in that city, especially when visiting the colosseum!

But one of my favourite feelings was the first holiday I went on with my boyfriend, we booked a trip to Corfu and if I could bottle that ‘first holiday feeling’ I’d be incredibly wealthy! If I could have all of that for the value-for-money I experienced in Krakow, I’d be a very happy lady.


Who would your ideal holiday partner be?
I’m very lucky in that I already have my ideal holiday partner. My boyfriend and I are like yin and yang, we like to do the same things but balance each other out. While I have all the seemingly silly and extravagant ideas, he has the gumption to actually click ‘book’ – something I am always too afraid to do. While I get concerned with how much money we spend, he tells me ‘if you want it – buy it’. As you may be able to tell, I’m very careful and I like to plan things, it keeps me focused and I often find that I get great value for money, but sometimes I get too caught up in it. Spontaneity scares me a little, but luckily he has enough for the both of us.

 

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Are there any festivals or nightclubs on your bucket list?
Nightclubs don’t bother me too much these days. I’d much rather head to two festivals if I could, the first would obviously be Glastonbury, but only if it was on a sunny weekend – I don’t think I could deal with the mud. While we’re dreaming, maybe I’ll throw in a glamping experience and head to the luxurious teepees instead of the muddy fields. The second would be Coachella, I’m secretly a little gleeful about the fact that it couldn’t go ahead this year because my holiday blues would have been too much to handle if I’d seen everyone partying there after I’d just returned from LA.

 

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When it comes to transport, are you craving first class travel or lusting after long train journeys?
To be perfectly honest, if i’m paying I don’t think any amount of luxury could justify spending that much on a flight. Personally, I’d rather spend that money on a designer present for myself or splash out on more beautiful accommodation when I arrive. But if money was no option, I’d fly first class everywhere! One day I’d like to build up enough air miles to treat myself to a first class flight – it’s definitely on the bucket list – but for now I’d rather spend my money on things that I can appreciate for more than a few hours.

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Polly

At dealchecker, Polly is writing up the fabulous deals that get sent out to our subscribers and checking that you are getting the best bang for your buck. When she's not writing about travel, she's out doing it - whether its somewhere different in the UK, or jetting off somewhere a little further!

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