September 6, 2015
The trip of a lifetime: Croatia
It is now over a week since the Girls Talk London Sessions crew spent a week with luxury travel agency Cro Exclusive touring this beautiful country and sampling some of their luxury packages and accommodations. We also went to film their promotional video which will be coming out in February 2016 so watch this space!
This trip was a life changing experience for me because I faced so many fears, tried new activities, met so many great people, saw so much natural beauty and gained a few sisters for life.
On our first day landing in Zagreb we went to Plitvice lakes which is a nature park where we walked around admiring and taking in our beautiful natural surroundings-it has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Afterwards, we drove about 45 mins to Linden Ranch Retreat where we were greeted by our wonderful hosts for the night Bruce and Megan who own the ranch. They had cooked an amazing welcome dinner for us and we got to try some ‘snake brandy’ shots! (A dead snake was inside the bottle of brandy) it seemed like a tradition here and we couldn’t say no! After dinner we were given instructions on what to do if we saw a bear and how not to die and then were shown to our room for the night which was a luxury ti-pi outside! Sabina, Remel and I shared a Ti-Pi which was beautifully decorated with one King size bed and one single bed. We certainly bonded that night and faced our fears and also survived! (No bears were seen phew!)
(Venesa, Dean, Bruce, Vanessa, Remel and Sabina pictured above) Then the next day we took a horse wagon ride (as you do!) to get some coffee, visited a cave where apparently a fairy lives and then we went horse riding in the mountains and valleys which was something I would never do! I was so scared and frightened as I have never ridden a horse before and was scared I may paralyse myself if I fall off! However, Bruce reassured me that it is all about being in control and facing your fears and that the horse can sense if you are scared. So I sucked it up and got on my horse ‘Mama’ who was the Mum of the pack and it was one of the best experiences of my life! Spending time at Linden Ranch Retreat was like visiting family, our hosts including their colleagues Joey and Carla made us feel so welcome and I definitely will be coming back!
After Linden Retreat, we hit the road to the Island of Pag to take in some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery-it was just breath-taking. We literally had to stop at some places to take it in. We stayed at the Ying Yang Villa which is a great party house with an amazing pool and bar outside as well as a room that stores plenty of alcoholic beverages. Another stop was Boskinac hotel and winery where we tasted some of their delicious wines and award winning food. We made stops at Zcre beach (which is very popular during festival season) and Netajana beach.
Zadar was the next stop on the tour and was one of my favourite towns in Croatia. The vibe of the town is just chilled and relaxed and it is surrounded by water which I love! The centre has so much history and architecture which is very Romanesque and it has plenty of great bars, clubs and restaurants which are ridiculously reasonable. In fact the prices across all cities was so cheap! It was in Zadar where I also faced a terrible fear of mine-flying! We took a private plane ride with Mato the owner of Air Action across Zadar and over some of Croatia’s 2000+ islands. I honestly do not know how I got the courage to get on this plane but the views were well worth it-stunning. Thanks to Mato who made this experience amazing and comfortable.
Our final stop was Split which is a very touristy town with again amazing beaches and scenery. We took part in bike riding along the coast and Sabina and I did paragliding. We had no idea what we signed up for and only realised after we went up that we were with the company who does the highest paragliding in the WHOLE of Croatia and he yanked us 500m above sea level! Sabina and I knew something was up as we just kept going higher and higher! Another fear: FACED!
Our last night was spent in one of Cro Exclusive’s most luxurious and premium accommodation: Glorious Fantasy in Primosten just 30 mins from Split. This villa was just amazing! We had our own private pool (where I had a massage ) our own dock where we took a boat ride to watch the sunset and our own private chef who cooked us up a treat for dinner. The Villa Manager, Helena, went above and beyond for us and catered to all our needs and just made us so relaxed.
Croatia is my new second home and I will definitely visit again soon. It is the perfect place to go away with friends, or for team building, as a couple and also with your family. There is something for everyone and most of all you will feel so relaxed and ready to take on the world after you visit.
If you would like to book a holiday and experience what we did visit their website here: http://cro-exclusive.co.uk/
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Thank you to the owner Venesa who organised this amazing experience for us!
Vanessa Sanyauke, Founder of Girls Talk London