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Poland offers cultural and natural respite
Last year, 12,388 visitors from the UAE spent 27,468 nights in Poland and Saudi Arabia supplied 6,129 visitors who stayed 15,094 nights.
TRANSPORT There are many ways to get around the city from taxis, of course, buses, trams and the fairly new (1995) metro system. Bicycle sharing has become popular in many major cities as well as scooter sharing. However, there is also some tour companies (Adventure Warsaw, and Old Timers) that are offering vintage cars and minivans, which are a fun way to do some site seeing. The Pendolino high speed trains are excellent to get around all of Poland. SHOPPING Warsaw has a number of malls with local and international brands and includes mid- to high-end designer shops. One unique shop we were able to visit is by the local designer Gosia Baczyńska. Gosia designed the dress Princess Kate wore during her state visit to Poland. You cannot buy anything off the rack at this shop as everything is made to order, bespoke items. Ideal for your high-end clients. CULINARY DELIGHT Gastronomy travel is a new trend and the culinary scene in Warsaw is full of some great venues from five-star international cuisine such as Concept 13 located on the top floor of a luxury shopping centre DH VITKAC where you have panoramic views of the city, to DOM WÓDKI where you can pair your meal with the local produced beverage. STIXX Bar & Gril is a trendy place located in Europejki Square, one of Warsaw’s newest business districts. Flaming & Co, is a favourite spot for Polish celebrities and influencers. Another trendy and casual site is Hala Koszyki, a restored old market hall where you will find 18 different restaurants concepts to choose from. MOD at Oleandrów Street is well known for the best Ramen noodles where the chef is Singaporean. They are also known for their doughnuts. Be aware, however, due to its popularity, you may have to wait. Not to forget one of Poland’s renown chocolatiers Wedel Choclatier where you can not only enjoy a wide choice of chocolate, but a huge menu just for hot chocolate. ACCOMMODATION There are plenty of hotels in Warsaw, with more opening (Nobu is due to open in 2020). Situated in Praqa City Centre is Hotel Warszawa, part of the Likus Group that have hotels, restaurants and historic houses around Poland. Hotel Warsawa withstood the war and has been renovated to its current five-star glory. Conveniently located to shopping and tourist attractions like the Palace of Science and Culture, the hotel offers standard rooms, suites and a penthouse along with spa and conference facilities. The restaurants too are unique with one being underground and the other on the roof with panoramic views of the city. Raffles and the Bristol Hotel are two other luxury brands you may want to consider. NORTHEAST POLAND Less than a two-hour fast train journey from the Central Railway station, is the region of a 1,000 Lakes – the Warmia & Mzaury in the North East of Poland. Many activities are available from the Marina or along the lake into the countryside. Located on top of a hill, overlooking the lake is the Grand Hotel Tiffi, a 155 room and apartment luxury hotel. Grand Hotel Tiffi also houses the luxury Dharma Spa with 20 treatment rooms and a vast spa menu with qualified therapist from the Far East. The spa also has an indoor seawater swimming pool and Jacuzzi with views over the lake. There is a fitness centre and an offer of individual yoga and meditation sessions, run by a master from India. I would suggest getting a car or a guided tour and driving around the area where you can find Elblag Canal, built to connect the Prussian Oberland with the Baltic sea in the 19th century. This canal uses a unique pully system to transport the boats over land into the next river channel. For the golf enthusiast, The Sand Valley Golf & Country Club, the home of the Polish Open in 2013 and 2014 offers a 18-hole championship par 72 course designed as an inland links layout with great views around the valley. Within the club are luxury houses that can be rented for a stay and play package. The club has plans to add a spa and wellness centre in the very near future. Not far from the golf course is Hotel SPA by Dr Irena Eris. This property belongs to the biggest Polish cosmetic company and is known to be one of the best spas in the country. It is situated in an unspoilt, picturesque park giving you a full sense of relaxation. This hotel would be an ideal spot to unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life or to rejuvenate and detox. Just next door to Hotel Spa by Dr Irena Eris is a Stara Szkoła (The Old school) a guesthouse converted into an inn from a former school building in the late 19th century. This family-ran inn has five bedrooms, but can sleep up to 20 guest. The hosts are famous for the gastronomy including cheese that they make themselves on site, no preservatives added. From this inn and Dr Irena’s Hotel, a number of activities are available from kayaking and biking in the summer to cross country skiing in the winter. Located in a small village Motegi, another unique experience is a 50-room and suite 19th century palace Pałac Mortęgi Hotel and Spa. Newly renovated, this complex consists of a 14th century Palace, many grange buildings, a mini zoo where you can pet and feed the animals. A stable with a schooling ring and an English-style park, but best of all, is a ride in a horse and carriage. They have a beautifully appointed carriage for weddings too. There is a children’s supervised playroom while the parents relax either in the restaurants or the well-appointed spa. * Discover more about Poland on stand EU1500