Travel Guide: Nassau

It’s times like these that we can’t help but daydream about our spring break adventures in the Bahamas. Last week, we traveled to Nassau with 6 of our best friends and had the absolute best time. We chose to stay at the Melia All-Inclusive Resort because it was, quite frankly, the most budget-friendly option for us. We were able to secure an amazing Black Friday deal back in November and it was super affordable to stay at the Melia for 6 days and 6 nights. Despite being economical, the resort itself was stunning. They offer three huge pools (including a swim-up bar at the adults pool), several all-inclusive restaurants, and a beautiful private beach area for guests.

We spent most days lounging on the beach in our Alamea suits sipping endless piña coladas and Bahama mamas (our go-to drink for the week which combines coconut rum, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice). We only left the sand to grab lunch which usually took place at the poolside grill. All of the restaurants included in the Melia offered a delicious array of options. We tried every restaurant on the resort and our favorites were Cilantro, which served Mexican cuisine, and Nikkei, dedicated to Asian fusion. When we weren’t sunbathing or eating we were exploring all that Cable Beach had to offer. There are three major resorts on Cable Beach: the Melia, the Baha Mar, and the Breezes. Breezes offers the classic Spring Break experience with a DJ who hosts day parties by the pool every afternoon. We were not able to attend these parties without a day pass to the resort. Meanwhile, right next door is the iconic Baha Mar which was our destination for nightlife. The Baha Mar boasts a huge casino, several bars (including the luxurious SkyBar which overlooks the entire resort), and the Swimming Pig (a laid back pub where we would often reconvene at the end of the night). We were also lucky to attend a concert one night at the exclusive BOND Nightclub on the Baha Mar premises.

The Baha Mar was truly our home away from home during our stay in the Bahamas. However, the Melia offered the best of both worlds by giving us a spring break experience and a classy resort with clean facilities. A trip to Nassau would not be complete without Señor Frogs. A famous chain of bars, Señor Frogs is the perfect place to spend a night out with friends and we enjoyed every second spent there dancing into the late hours of the night. All in all, the Bahamas was the perfect spring break destination and we know we will be back again.

xoxo,

Haley Prisloe

#alameabeachbabe

@haleyprisloe

Travel Guide: Saint Barthélemy

Bonjour from St. Barths!

This French island is located in the Caribbean–an exciting 40-minute flight on a 16-seater jet or an hour ferry from St. Maarten will take you to this mountainous and beach paradise. You begin your day with a pan au chocolat, a slice of fromage, half of a baguette, or all of the above and then head to the beach or your resort’s pool bar. 

Getting around the island is an adventure. With its windy roads, which appear to be one-way roads, make heading to the Nikki beach club somewhat of a daring task. I recommend arranging transportation, especially after two, three, or four glasses of French wine and dancing on your table at Nikki beach…my favorite spot on a Sunday! 

After partying during the day at Nikki Beach, there is Le Ti, a restaurant that transforms into a burlesque performance at night. At Le Ti, you enjoy the show until the DJ fires up. Dancing at your table and lingering to others’ tables is insisted until you are brought into the costume shop to dress up and pretend you are one of the performers. 

If you’re looking for another dinner spot with the best fresh fish followed by dancing on your table, you must hit the French staple, La Guerite. La Guerite is known for its sea urchin pasta and fresh, exciting sharing style appetizers. With its original location in Cannes, you truly feel like you are in the French Riviera. On Wednesdays, the restaurant turns into a club as the guests dance and fly their napkins in the air. 

During the day, head to Gustavia, the main part of town in the harbor, to shop until you drop (without sales tax!). Check out my favorite boutiques: Wild Child and Poupette St. Barths. Or shop before your day at Nikki Beach because there are three to four amazing boutiques right outside its entrance. All of the clothes in St. Barths are designed and shipped directly from France, unlike anything you see in the U.S. 

Another fun outing is booking lunch at the Le Toiny Hotel. You take a safari-like explorer down a mountain until you arrive to a bare beach. You are served a delicious, five-star lunch underneath picturesque palm trees until you jump into the fresh ocean water. 

My favorite excursion is to take a boat or hike to Le Colombier beach, the most beautiful beach on the island. Make sure to visit your local bakery first and grab a baguette for a picnic! Another excursion is boating (or easily taking a taxi) to Shell Beach, which has the bluest water in all of St Barths. Shell Beach is home to the restaurant and beach club Shellona that serves the most divine tzatziki, crudités, cocktails, and other Mediterranean specialties (think more whole, grilled fish with the head on). 

To end your St Barths journey, I recommend toasting with champagne at the Eden Roc hotel at sunset. Its newly renovated bar is worth checking out. The resort is supported by massive rocks like none other. 

St. Barths is luxurious and so will your tan be after your stay. You will be full of croissants and passion for the French because they really do it best. Saying au revoir to this paradise will be an utmost challenge, however, you never have to say au revoir to your amazing memories! 

Lou Andreeff

#alameabeachbabe

@louandreeff

Travel Guide: San Diego

San Diego is known for its amazing beaches, and Sunset CliffsScripps and La Jolla Cove are some of the best. Coronado is also an iconic white sand beach, and if you’re in the area you should grab a cone at MooTime Creamery. But 11th St in Del Mar is our favorite secret spot, just make sure to look both ways before you cross the train tracks!

Get your coffee fix at Philz CoffeeBetter BuzzPannikin or Lofty Coffee. There are a ton of cool new spots popping up, but some local favorites are T’s Cafe in Solana Beach for breakfast, and Board & Brew in Del Mar for a quick sandwich. You should also grab some tacos at The Taco Stand, and choose from 55 ice cream flavors handmade daily at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. Go to Mikkeller Brewing San Diego to try some creative brews and take some cute cans home from the Copenhagen-based company.

The best thing to do in San Diego is spend time outside! If you aren’t sunbathing, swimming, or surfing at the beach, take a walk through Torrey Pines State Reserve or drive out to the Potato Chip Rock hike for a cool view & photo op. If you’re looking for a workout class, the options are endless. There are Corepower YogaSoulCycleF45OrangeTheory, and Pure Barre studios throughout the area, to name a few.

xoxo,

Jill Brady + Zoe Skerlos

#alameabeachbabes

@jillianbrady @zoeskerlos

Travel Guide: Fiji

For most of my life, I only referred to Fiji when talking about ideal honeymoon destinations I hoped to someday visit. Well, I replaced the husband idea with about eleven of my friends and it turned out to be SO MUCH MORE – a bit blurry, I must admit. But so much more. 

Before I delve into the itinerary of our trip, a disclaimer: I went with a group of college students. In other words, this was no luxury Fijian vacation…in fact, we were looking to spend as little as possible. 

That being said, we spent the first three nights at Fiji Gateway Hotel in rooms of three (we were in Fiji a total of four nights, as a long weekend trip from Australia). The Fiji Gateway Hotel in Nadi was by no means luxurious, but it was extremely cheap, in a great location for us, and quite frankly, we didn’t care. After resting our first night in, we woke up at 5:00am for our first full day in Fiji. We decided today would be our hiking/adventure day, planned by one of the guys on our trip. If only we knew what was to come…

I came to find this out later on, but the information for this excursion was all put together after viewing just one comment on an online chat room found on like the fifth page of google search results when looking up “hikes in Fiji.” Trustworthy. 

Well, we did as the chat room said, and hired a random Fijian taxi driver to take the twelve of us four hours away from Nadi to a village where the highest peak in Fiji resided – the peak we would later climb that day. The chat said to “look for a man with a machete” and that he would be the one to guide us up the mountain. Confused, we actively drove around the village, and sure enough, we found a man carrying a machete who agreed to guide us up the mountain. Off the twelve of us went, with a sketchy man carrying a machete and his 12 year old nephew. Fast forward two and a half hours and this hike was turning out to be the most strenuous, slippery, muddy, steep, DANGEROUS hike I had ever seen or experienced. It was not even a trail or tourist attraction. In fact, it seemed as if the villagers had never seen non-Fijians before. We were about 15 minutes from the summit and I began to thoroughly panic. People were starting to slip and hope that tiny branches would break the fall; but one false move and you can find yourself quite literally falling off a cliff to your death. A panic attack ensued in combination with an asthma attack and I began to cry. I was an absolute mess. After failed attempts by my friends to console me, the man with the machete (who ditched us by this point) was called back to take me back down while the rest of the group finished the climb with the 12 year old boy…

The man with the machete spoke barely any English, so he carved me a walking stick out of a thorny branch to help me navigate. However, he did manage to speak enough English to point out that I should put more clothes on. I tried to explain that a sports bra and biker shorts was a normal and ~trendy~ outfit choice for a hike back in the States, but I came to find out that in rural Fijian villages, it is custom that men not be allowed to see women with such little clothing. Lovely. After making me feel quite exposed by telling me this he then proceeded to ask whether I had a boyfriend. As if it couldn’t get any worse, he had to PIGGY BACK me down part of the way because the mud had made part of the mountain too steep. We finally got back to the village where he, two other strange men, and a group of children all stood there to stare at me. After what felt like an eternity, my friends came down the mountain and we made the four hour drive back to Nadi, except now covered head to toe in mud. Definitely a unique experience…not sure I’d recommend it…but looking back, it was fun??

Moral of that story: Dress conservatively in the rural villages and do your research. 

The next day was a lot easier for me because it required a bathing suit. Safe to say I put on my aqua Jillian one piece and had myself a DAY. A boat took us out to Cloud 9 – a floating bar in the middle of the ocean in Fiji. We got our tickets via Trip Advisor, and they included $60 vouchers, which went a long way at this bar. I spent HOURS drinking endless champagne and splitting wood-oven pizzas. 10/10 recommend.

Our last day in Nadi was my favorite. We rented a private catamaran for our whole group to take us island hopping. The catamaran included an open bar, and stopped us for lunch on an island where there was an all-you-can-eat buffet, and yes, another open bar. Safe to say, Fiji involved a lot of drinking, and a lot of bathing suit opportunities. Twelve drunk college kids on a private catamaran, island hopping in Fiji…that certainly has a nice ring to it. 11/10 recommend. The crew members by the end of the day were partying alongside us, and were kind enough to drop us off with our bags on Treasure Island, where would we spend our last night in Fiji. 

Treasure Island in itself is made up of one resort: Treasure Island Resort Fiji. We stayed there in rooms of four. Not sure if I am saying this because the last three nights were spent at the Fiji Gateway Hotel, but Treasure Island Resort felt LAVISH. It was so lovely, full of water sports and activities, and had great food. We all got up to watch the sunrise on our last day, and spent the day out on the beach until it was time to fly back to Sydney (today I chose to wear the Maria x Yasmin set in Deep Sea!). 

Long story, short: Fiji is AMAZING and a MUST-go if you do find yourself with friends in that side of the world! Pro tip: Don’t forget to pack your #alameaswimwear.

xoxo,

Ani Machado

Owner/Designer of Alamea Swimwear

@animachado

Travel Guide: Port Stephens

One of the great things about studying abroad in Sydney is its close proximity to nearby trip destinations. That, and the fact that our school schedules make every weekend a long weekend, make weekend trips our favorite activity. Last weekend, we took a 2-3 hour drive out to Port Stephens. Here’s how it went:

Day 1: Travel Day– We rented two GoGet cars for our big group to get to Port Stephens. I went in the later car so we arrived at around 11:30pm.– Keep in mind whoever volunteers to drive in Australia should be comfortable with driving both on the left side of the road and in the right side of the car!– Since we arrived late, we just watched a movie and went to sleep.

Day 2: Sand Boarding– Some of the group went this morning to do a “dolphin discovery cruise” that seemed fun! Instead, I opted to walk to a nearby beach after breakfast with a couple friends. We did planks and a short but sweaty workout, and then I jumped into the frigid water to cool off in my #alameaswimwear. After that, we tanned a little and headed back to change before the rest of the group got back.– At around 2pm, we got to the sand dunes for sand boarding. Our reservation was supposed to be an hour, but they said we could stay until closing time. 10/10 recommend sand boarding! Beware: sand will get EVERYWHERE. – When we got back, we took showers and had a homemade burger/kebab dinner.

Day 3: ATVs + Camel Ride– This morning, the group and I went ATV riding! It was so much fun and the helmets they gave us to wear all had colorful wigs attached – perfect photo op.– We ate lunch and got back around 3pm but couldn’t rest long because we were going back to the sand dunes for a sunset camel ride!– Turns out we were somehow supposed to get to our camel riding reservation 30 minutes early without having been informed to do so. The people working there were pretty pissed at us, but they ended up letting us ride for 20 minutes at $30AUD. It was then that we found out our hour camel ride would’ve been $80AUD, so this was a blessing in disguise because #collegebudget. – The ride ended up being such a nice time. We went to the ocean and back and had some really awesome photos taken on the camels as the sun began to set. – Once the ride was over, we stayed on the dunes to watch the sun completely set. The wind today was pretty rough, so it looks like the sand in our ears isn’t going away any time soon.– When we got back, the girls went in the hot tub to warm up. We all took showers and had a huge Chinese takeout feast from a restaurant nearby.

Day 4: Travel Day- I didn’t do much this morning besides pack up, because I left in the early car. I feel compelled to let everyone know that I DROVE THE CAR BACK. Also, this drive did not consist of any crashes or injuries. Thank you.

Hope you can all make it to Port Stephens and get as sandy as I did!

Aletha Garnette

#alameabeachbabe

@aletha_odg


Travel Guide: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful city—It’s both modern & historical, and urban & natural. And nothing’s better than the summertime. But what is there to do? This is every spot you should hit on a sunny week.

  • Swim in the canal (in your #alameaswimwear)–> at Kalvebod Bølge or Ofelia Plads
  • Eat on the water –> at Kayak Bar or La Banchina
  • Go to the beach –> at Amager Strandpark
  • Eat lots of pastries –> at Lagkagehuset or Sankt Peders Bageri on Wednesdays for CINNAMON ROLL deals
  • Rent a bike! it’s the best way to get around
  • Rent a Go Boat! (don’t forget to bring wine and cheese)
  • Go to a food market –> at Reffen (they have yummy 2L drink buckets!) or Torvahallerne
  • Grab Frankies Pizza and eat by the water!
  • Go to brunch and be sure to get a ton of little plates –> at Sidecar, Møller Kaffe & Køkken or Mad & Kaffe
  • Get a bird’s eye view –> from the top of the Church of our Saviour
  • Check out Danish design –> at the Danish Architecture Center and the Designmuseum
  • Sit, eat, and drink in any of Copenhagen’s parks, like Ørstedparken, King’s Garden,Frederiksberg Park, or the Botanical Gardens! P.S. open container laws are a game changer 🙂
  • Check out Nørrebro –> try some porridge at GRØD or farm-to-table food at Manfredsalso look in the shops on that street!
  • Rent a hot tub boat –> at CopenHot – especially for when it’s a little chillier out
  • Go to not-your-typical amusement park – Tivoli! Walk around, go on rides, eat in the food hall. There are also Friday night concerts.
  • Get the photo op at Nyhavn Canal!
  • Try a Danish classic, soft ice! But with a caffeinated twist at Coffee Collective
  • If you’re missing tacos (like I constantly am), go to Mæxican or La Neta.
  • And if you want to learn a little more about the city’s history –> go on a tour with Copenhagen Free Walking Tours.

Also some good things to know:

  • Denmark is part of the EU but doesn’t use the Euro! Just abouteverywhere takes card though. Also, no need to tip at restaurants.
  • 99% of Danes over the age of 12 speak English at the professional level,so no to stress about a language barrier.
  • Watch out for bikers! And learn the hand signals if you rent a bike.
  • There are no Ubers here. Public transport and biking are your best friends!

Bye from København!

Jill Brady

#alameabeachbabe

@jillianbrady

Travel Guide: Capri

Rather than give you an exact itinerary of all the must-do’s of Capri, #alameabeachbabe Allison gives us major inspo to copy her 24 hour adventure in the beautiful island…

“We started in Naples, where our cruise ship docked at the port. From there we took a cab to the marina where we had booked a private boat to take us to Capri for the day.
The boat took us straight to the Blue Grotto. We got into tiny row boats, where men rowed us into the grotto (where the Little Mermaid supposedly took place!). It was the coolest thing – the entrance is really tiny so everyone had to duck into the rowboat in order to get into the cave. Inside, the cave is pitch black but the water is ELECTRIC blue. It’s absolutely unreal. I slipped out of the row boat into the water to swim for a bit – in my #alameaswimwear of course. It was so cold and super salty but also the coolest thing I’ve ever done!

Once we left the Blue Grotto, our boat took us through the Faraglioni rocks. We stopped the boat again to jump off and swim some more in the Mediterranean. After that, we docked the boat and got to explore Capri.
We wandered the streets and went into tons of shops. Then, we went to lunch…where I had the best meal ever (think pizza, prosciutto, cantaloupe, caprese, calamari, ravioli, seafood linguine, and the list goes on…). Once we walked off the food we got back on the boat and headed back towards Naples to finish our cruise!”

Happy traveling!

Allison Del Castillo

#alameabeachbabe

@allisonanndelc

Travel Guide: Miami

Miami: where I live and you vacation…but there is so much more to Miami than sunshine and (Alamea) bikinis! Here is a list of my top recommendations for everything foodie, adventure, and exercise:

EATS:

  • Finka – the most delicious Cuban-Asian fusion!! MUST get the tostones topped with vaca frita, arroz con pollo fritters, islas canarias croquetas, vaca frita pizza and masitas de puerco + the cookie skillet and guava cheesecake to end. YES, all of those things, no excuses!
  • Casa Cuba – local authentic Cuban food (the best kind). Can’t go wrong!
  • Sir Pizza – a casual go-to lunch/dinner spot for Miami locals after a long day on the beach in Key Biscayne (pro tip: dip your pizza in ranch).
  • Komodo – for a fancy, quite expensive, but très yummy night out…all their food is DELICIOUS.
  • St. Roch Market – super cute brunch spot with outdoor seating in the iconic design district! Truffle avocado toast to garlic shrimp tacos to fluffy pizzas by the slice!
  • Luke’s Lobster – the only lobster roll you will ever eat. Warm buttery bread…chilled fresh lobster…need I say more?
  • Pubbelly – Pubbelly has three nearby Miami locations, therefore there is no excuse not to go! Must order: big eye tuna, rockshrimp tempura & Wagyu beef tartare roll.
  • Casa Tua – a classy version of a food court in Brickell City Center…pasta + steak every time.
  • Kiki on the River – Greek restaurant on the Miami River with a viiiiibbeeeee. The most aesthetically pleasing + perfect dinner before a night out.
  • Lokal – when you’re craving a nice juicy burger.
  • Whisk – burger fridays have my heart but so do their chicken fingers…

DESSERTS:

  • Boca’s house – the most extravagant milkshakes dangerous to all with lactose intolerance.
  • Villagio’s – They. Have. Chocolate. Lava. Cakes.
  • Fireman Derek’s – for the yummiest pies.
  • Piononos – for the iconic strawberry pavlova featured in every Miami family event.
  • @sweetsbysofi – for a personal order of homemade cookies that will make gaining a few pounds worth every second.
  • Whip n’ dip – the local ice cream shop that will never run out of business! The best cookie cups, cookies, soft serve, ice cream, etc. I suggest getting an unfrosted cookie cup, having them heat it up, pour vanilla soft serve on top, and top with some oreos or sprinkles. You’re welcome.
  • Knaus Berry Farm – people drive there at 5am to wait in the longest lines for these cinnamon rolls…that says something.
  • Azúcar Ice Cream – Abuela Maria ice cream on Calle Ocho? Yes, please!

WHERE TO GO WHEN THESE DESSERTS ARE HURTING MY (ALAMEA) BIKINI BODY:

  • Casa Vinyasa – yoga every damn dayyyyyyy-
  • Jetset Pilates – for an ass kicking workout that will simultaneously kill you/make you feel beautiful
  • F45 – burn 800+ calories in a workout that makes you feel like a badass (with a good ass)
  • SoulCycle – for that uplifting cardio

THINGS TO DO:

  • shopping and people watching in Lincoln road
  • see the contemporary art in PAMM
  • shop and walk around the iconic Miami Design District
  • bike down Shark Valley
  • have a picnic and some A.C.’s Icees at Kennedy Park (maybe bring your dog)
  • go boating to Elliott Key
  • tan at Miami Beach (in your #alameaswimwear, of course)
  • find your zen at a yoga class
  • walk the Wynwood Walls
  • drive through Miami’s Art Deco District
  • take Bright Line to Palm Beach and eat at Restoration Hardware

Hope that satisfies your Miami adventure (&foodie) needs!

xoxo,

Ani Machado

Owner/Designer of Alamea Swimwear

@animachado