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                                                                                                        ‘When I’m not working I pretty much live in Playa
                                                                                                        del Carmen, a coastal city in the Mexican state of
                                                                                                        Quintana Roo. There’s a very laidback vibe to Playa;
                                                                                                        the people are open, friendly and gregarious and it’s
                                                                                                        very international – lots of Europeans live and work
                                                                                                        here. There’s not exactly a gay scene but it’s definitely
                                                                                                        gay-friendly – there’s a big gay party in nearby Can-
                                                                                    cun in September called Latin Hot.
                                                                                    My favourite nightspot is the Mezzanine Bar and Restaurant on the
                                                                                    beach in Tulum, 30 minutes from Playa – it’s incredibly stylish and the
                                                                                    food is wonderful.
                                                                                    I’m a diving maniac and the sea-life here is spectacular. In Playa itself
                                                                                    I love Ranita – a funky, Mexican-style pub run by a fabulous Swedish
                                                                                    couple – it’s the place to grab a cocktail after a day’s snorkelling. If
                                                                                    you’re planning a trip to Playa del Carmen, check out my travel con-
                                                                                    cierge company, Fresh in Playa ( and we’ll make sure
                                                                                    you have an amazing time!’
                                                                                    Meredith McGeachie played Tanya in The L Word. Between starring in
                                                                                    US TV shows Eureka and Paradise Falls, she runs Fresh In Playa

                                                                                    rEADErS rEcommEnD
                                                                                    FrIDAY Brunch In DuBAI
                                                                                                        ‘Dubai may not be a gay-friendly city, but if you
                                                                                                        know where to look, there is a “scene”. Check out
                                                                                                        the Submarine club in the Downtown area, it’s a real
                                                                                                        eye-opener! More mainstream, the Royal Mirage is
                                                                                                        spectacular – pay a day fee for all the wonderful facili-
                                                                                                        ties and enjoy poolside cocktails in a truly beautiful
                                                                                                        setting. Friday brunch is a big tradition in Dubai. Try it
                                                                                    at least once – it’s total indulgence. I love the Shangri La on Sheikh Za-
          FormEnTErA YogA                                                           yed Road. The oysters are to die for! For fun and frolics, the Barasti Bar
                                                                                    on the beach near the marina is a good, old-fashioned ex-pat hang-out.
          Formentera Yoga offers retreats for gay women amid                        I lived in the Emirate for one amazing year, and would’ve stayed longer
          beautiful surroundings where, as founder Jax Lysycia                      if I hadn’t wanted to come home to set up
          explains, ‘we can celebrate our internal connections to                   with my friends. It’s the latest way to meet like-minded, professional gay
                                                                                    women, bringing a touch of Dubai glamour to London and Brighton.’
          ourselves.’ She goes on: ‘To practice loving ourselves
                                                                                    Trudi Pearce, 36, is founder of Lipstick Ladies and life-coach in training
          and inviting love into our lives through yoga may sound
          a little hippy-dippy, but it really is the key to life – being
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          relaxed and open about who we are and celebrating
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                                                 Two beautiful Georgian townhouses have been converted into a sumptuous 30-bedroom boutique hotel – within
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