Nov 5, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 110 kuna or around $18USD per adult in peak season.

Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, Plitvice Park continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing. You can easily find a nice hotel nearby this area.

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Nov 3, 2012 - Hotels    Comments Off

Marbella Club Hotel, Spain

The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, is a beach resort offering a unique blend of old and new, located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. Guests are enjoying the most exclusive luxuries in a relaxed and intimate setting at the Marbella hotel, surrounded by exuberant gardens steeped in history and pampered by the best climate in Europe. Guests of our Marbella spa hotel are also invited to enjoy the exquisite cuisines and excellent service of the restaurants, as well as our world famous Beach Club, Golf Club, Riding Stables and Thalasso Spa. Every detail of the Marbella Club Hotel offers an unforgettable experience and distinctive touch. Those who are familiar with the Marbella Club Hotel know that, elegance is more than just a matter of style: it’s who they are.

The hotel is located on the Southern Spanish Costa del Sol, on the “Golden Mile” near Old Town Marbella and Puerto Banús. The Marbella Club Hotel was built in 1954 by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg as his private residence. The hotel features 121 bedrooms and suites, spread over the beach front resort, and 16 Andalusian-style villas throughout 42,000 square metres (10 acres) of gardens. In 1999, the hotel completed its own private 18-hole golf course, designed by Dave Thomas. The hotel has a British P.G.A. Professional, Gary Vautier. A riding stable for hotel guests is also present. Enjoy.

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Nov 1, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Sevilla, Spain

Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. Sevilla has a great public transportation system. The buses run frequently and cover the majority of the city in their routes. Visitors to Seville should consider purchasing a Sevilla Card, designed to aid city exploration and conserve precious travel funds. The card includes free admission to most Seville museums and monuments, unlimited use of public transportation, a guided visit of the Real Alcazar of Seville, unlimited use of sightseeing buses, boat rides on the Guadalquivir River and admission to the Isla Mágica Theme Park. The card also allows access to significant discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children. The Sevilla card is accompanied by a guide and city map. However, please note that Sevilla Card cannot be used for trams and buses.

The places you should consider visiting are The Cathedral of Seville, La Giralda, The Real Alcázar, The Jewish Quarter, The Hospital de los Venerables, Torre de Oro, Parque María Luisa, Plaza de España, Universidad de Sevilla, The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, Casa de Pilatos, Palacio de Arzobispal and Archivo General de Indias. As far as museums go, you should definitely check out The Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo de Carruajes, Museo del Baile Flamenco and The Archeology Museum.

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Oct 31, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery from nearby mountains is inspiring and revitalising. Queenstown is now known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. It recently became a destination where people come from all over the world. Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience our awe-inspiring scenery, to search for adventure, to seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or just to breathe the pure mountain air.

Queenstown is a perfect place for adventurists. Skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, parapenting, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular activities. Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Queenstown also now hosts an annual International Jazz Festival. Recent international performers include Anika Moa and Di Bird. It has a reputation for being ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. There is no way you will not enjoy this destination.

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Oct 30, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Kerala

Kerala, a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. Due to its unique geography, Kerala gets rain for at least 7-8 months of the year and the forests are classified as rainforests. There are many opportunities to trek, camp and see wildlife.

You should check out Backwaters of Kerala - a maze of lagoons criss-crossed with rivers, shallow pools and canals, all separated from the sea by a narrow strip of sand banks. Backwaters are present throughout the state but Alappuzha and Kottayam are most notable in this regard. There more unexplored backwater stretches in Malabar, particularly in Kannur District. You can also visit Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach, or The Blue Mountains of the Western Ghats. But that is not all this place has to offer, you also may choose to explore Periyar National Tiger Park, Eravikulam Reserve, Silent Valley Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Wayanad Reserves.

Kerala is also considered as land of festivals, with numerous festivals falling across the year. The national festival of Kerala is Onam, marking 10 day long festivities across the state, happening between August-September. The second biggest festival is X’mas due to large Christian population in the state, celebrated in grand zest in many cities, particularly in Kochi and Kottayam. This is such a great place to visit, because your day can always be filled with adventures.

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Oct 28, 2012 - Hotels    Comments Off

Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland

Hotel Kakslauttanen is located in the Saariselkä fell area amidst beautiful Lapland scenery in the vicinity of Urho Kekkonen National Park. The Igloo Village Kakslauttanen Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. If you are asking why would somebody choose glass igloos in spite of a normal luxurious hotel where you can enjoy your room and privacy more than the location? Well, just imagine you laying down in your bed after an exciting day in a national park nearby and a road-trip to the Nordkap and the Arctic Ocean, when you think that the day can’t be more beautiful, you open your eyes and marvel the amazing northern lights and millions of stars in the sky. The experience is also unforgettable when there is a snowstorm.

There is more! While thinking that this hotel is not able to provide you a delightful stay, you are wrong, this Saariselka accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. Each guestroom has non smoking rooms. The hotel offers sauna to provide extra pleasure and relaxation for all guests. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay. Secluded and nestled into a beautiful setting of pine trees, it features the world’s largest snow restaurant and the largest smoke sauna. It also features a snow restaurant, ice gallery, and an actual snow igloo instead of the glass. If you want a different type of wedding celebration, guess what!? There is an Ice Chapel.
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Oct 27, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a city in south-west France that is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. It can be visited comfortably as a day trip. Carcassonne is divided into two main parts:

The Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years. Picturesque fortifications (over 3 km of walls with 52 towers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was partly shot here) were reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc in 19th century (like with most monuments reconstructed in that time authenticity was not the main objective). It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The town center, known as the ville basse (literally ‘lower city’), where the other sights and hotels are located.

There is much to see in this somewhat neglected region of France. Get into the hills and visit little villages like Minerve. Try using the Michelin maps but forsake the red roads and take to the little white roads. You will be rewarded by seeing lovely little places that tour buses never visit. Medieval jousting displays are held twice a day between the two walls. Whilst this may sound like a typical tourist activity, this is actually a very impressive and entertaining display of horsemanship and combative competition. This is something you should definitely check out.

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Oct 24, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

San Marino

Because of San Marino’s high altitude, the view when walking around this enclave of central Italy is a bit like looking out of an aeroplane window onto endless clouds and the spectacular snow-capped Apennines. Founded in AD 301 by a stonemason named Marino, the rugged city-state claims to be the world’s oldest republic. Steeped in medieval history, a visit here is not complete without trekking up to the three imposing tower-fortresses perched along the cliff tops, the oldest of which, the Rocca Guaita, dates back to the 10th century. Also check out the infamous torture museum, which uses diagrams to explain how the gruesome instruments were used.

The tourist sector contributes over 2.2% of San Marino’s GDP, with approximately 2 million tourists visiting in a year. Be respectful when having photos taken with the guards, a smile will do, hand gestures/funny faces are not received well. It would be considered very offensive to call them “Italians” - not that they don’t like Italians, but they are just extremely proud of their independence.

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Oct 23, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is a jungle reserve in Southern Thailand. It is one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Thailand. Walking is the primary mode of transportation, as the road to the park is only 2 km and the farthest one can walk into the park is about 20 km. Tours can include tubing down the river, caving, kayaking, and zipline riding in the forest canopy. Many tours will include drinks, food, and/or basic accommodation. Ask your guide in advance about dietary concerns (vegetarian or “jeh” for example), if lunch is to be provided for you on the tour. Doing any 2-4 day tour in the national park will easily please any traveler. Your guesthouse can easily help set you up. Choosing a tour that involves at least one night in a floating raft house in the national park lake is an unforgettable experience.

Visit the jungle cave temple. Go hiking in the national park by yourself or by hiring a local guide. The trails inside the park are well marked and there are several waterfalls on the way. From January to February it’s possible to find the world’s biggest flower, the Rafflesia blossom. This is a perfect place for any adventurer to visit.

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Oct 22, 2012 - Destinations    Comments Off

Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines

The Labassin Waterfall Restaurant is a truly singular and memorable experience. Located at the Villa Escudero Resort in the San Pablo City, Philippines, guests can enjoy lunch while the water flows under their feet. Besides enjoying the authentic local cuisine, you can enjoy the almost untouched nature of the region formerly occupied by a farm and coconut plantations.

If you need to burn calories after lunch then you have opportunity to do some sports activities like Bamboo rafts. Try your hand at paddling a native bamboo raft on lake Labasin. Unlike most waterfalls that would be deadly or dangerous to eat near, at the foot of the Labasin Falls people are encouraged to take their shoes off, relax and eat their popular Filipino dishes.

If you are admirer of bird watching this is the place for you. Bird watching at the resort is beautiful and relaxing travel adventure. Wake up to the chorus of the resident orioles, mynahs, kingfishers, doves etc. Enjoy in truly untouched nature as a variety of birds fly around the area’s lush gardens, orchards and open spaces. With close to 600 recorded bird species, 30% (181) found only in the Philippines, it has the highest rate of avifauna biodiversity per square kilometer in the world.

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