The Best Hotel Pools in the World

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Accommodation, Tips, Travel Tips |




Let’s face it; square and circular hotel pools are old-hat, and certainly won’t make your holiday one to remember. Instead, why not spice things up a bit and visit some of the world’s most amazing hotel pools? Whether you’re an adventure type or just want to escape the random daily routine, these top 5 pools will rev you up in no time.

The Red Pool at The Library in Thailand

The Library Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand speaks for itself. Made from yellow, orange and deep red tiles, the pool is a signature piece of the resort. The blood red colour offers the illusion of swimming in deep waters through a perfectly calculated design. The hotel is located near the beach of Chaweng and you can watch the waves crash onto the shore while enjoying a luxurious dip in the warm waters of the pool. The uniquely crafted work of art entices and tempts any wild spirit to enjoy a peaceful but mind-dazzling experience.

The Gold Energy Pool at St. Regis Resort in Tibet

Gold? Energy? Yes, it’s the beautifully crafted pool offered by St Regis Resort in Lhasa, Tibet. The gold-tiles shine of luxury and will make you feel as relaxed as ever. The combination of the salted-warm water with the glitter of pure gold creates a marvelous atmosphere to help you reach a Zen-like state of mind. After you’ve enjoyed a nice and soothing swim you can continue to relax by booking a foot massage in the resting area. If you feel a bit hungry you can help yourself with the catering available close by.

The Tank, Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas

If you love the wild side of life, you’re going to have a wonderful time at The Tank pool in Las Vegas. If you’re an adrenaline addict you won’t want to miss out on getting up close and personal with the sharks. The glass-enclosed water slide runs 30-feet down through a large tank where sharks and other deep-sea wildlife swim freely. You’ll be climbing up in the air and before you know it, splash down into a 200,000-gallon tank. It’s an unforgettable experience. After you’re done swimming among the wild creatures, you can have a drink and relax at the nearby bar.

Aqua Dome, Tyrol, Austria

If you’re a SCI-FI fan, you’ll enjoy the three UFO-shaped pools at the Aqua Dome in Tyrol, Austria. Swimming in warm water and having the Alps at your feet sounds like a dream. Well, the Aqua Dome makes that dream a reality. You can enjoy the warm waters of the luxury spa and find peace and quiet while admiring the majestic Alps. To add a bit of glitz and glamour, one of the pools features underwater light shows.

Hotel Caruso, Italy

Positioned 350 m above the sea level, the Caruso Hotel in Ravello offers a great relaxing experience with its infinity pool. What makes it stand out is the gorgeous view from the highest point of Ravello. Even if it gets a bit cold outside, the warm water of the pool will make sure you don’t feel it. You’ll be among the clouds and close to the magnificent skies. It really is a sight to behold, so make this pool a must-see on your next vacation.

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Experience Glorious Mexico at Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Accommodation, Family, Tips, Travel Tips |


There are some places that, once you visit, you want to go back tie and time again. In these days of cheap and efficient air travel, and affordable ocean cruises, it is easy to reach exotic and exciting resorts that, not that long ago, would have been available only to the very rich, so we take advantage of that opportunity and enjoy wonderful family holidays or romantic breaks in the most spectacular of settings. The only difficulty lies in choosing just where to go – but we would like to suggest Puerto Vallarta should be on your list.

Located on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination, and a charming and friendly city with many fine attributes – not least the simply stunning beaches that line the bay. The abundance of Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals makes this a place where you can take the family and enjoy the convenience and privacy of a luxury villa holiday, and one where there will be something to entertain everyone, all the time. You will find that a villa makes a more attractive and cost-effective choice than a regular hotel, too.

Why Puerto Vallarta?

The stunning beaches of Puerto Vallarta are just one of the many attractions, but they are worth a mention in their own right. Some are beautiful secluded sections of coastline, such as the amazing Playa Las Caletas, while others – for example, Playa Mismaloya, are home to wonderful restaurants serving local dishes in fabulous locations. Whatever you are looking for in a beach, you will find one to suit your desires in Puerto Vallarta.

Many of the beaches are lined with palm trees which provide ample shade in the heat of the afternoon, while others offer a chance to experience the amazing clear blue waters of the bay. Indeed, diving is a must when visiting here, as you will find glorious coral reefs, underwater rock formations and an abundance of exotic, beautiful and colourful undersea wildlife that is unique to the area.

You might also want to try your hand at sea fishing, as it is a very popular sport in these parts, while sailing, surfing and a variety of other water sports can also be indulged in should you wish. The sheer variety of beach and sea activities is bewildering, and you can even enjoy watching whales in the bay when in season. Check with the local travel information outlets for the correct times, and you may be lucky to see pods of whales playing in the bay – a sight you will never forget.

Food and Drink

Of course, no visit to Mexico is complete without sampling the delicious food, which plays a large part in the culture of the country, and you must try a tequila – even if it’s only the one! Puerto Vallarta has its own local dishes that you must try, and it’s no surprise that seafood is to the fore. Grilled red snapper served in a garlic and spice sauce is a local speciality, and is quite delicious, while there is also a tradition of eating raw fish or scallops in lime juice, which tastes a lot better than the description sounds.

You will find excellent restaurants throughout the city; try those looking out over the Malecon, the paved walkway that follows the shore, or head to the Old Town area, as there are fine restaurants in both. Also, you will find places serving fresh seafood dishes on many of the beaches, and these make a great place to enjoy a meal with a view. On the beach and at taco stands you should try the local Mahi-mahi – grilled meat served on skewers with a hot sauce – in order to claim you have tasted truly unique Mexican food.

Nightlife is very much a part of a holiday in Puerto Vallarta, with many thriving and friendly bars, a number of great clubs and a variety of local music, and you can also enjoy regular concerts outdoors in the central plaza, and take a seat at one of the many street cafes and enjoy the view. It’s a wonderful place to relax, and then you can head back to your luxury accommodation and spend some quality time with each other or all the family.

Choosing your Accommodation

The choice of villas in and around Puerto Vallarta is simply amazing, and we guarantee you will find something that suits your requirements and your budget. There are villas that sleep four and those that can accommodate many more – suitable for two families, for instance – and they are surprisingly affordable. You will find that most villas are within easy walking distance of the beach and the amenities of the town, and come with excellent views.

You can choose from a range of self-catering or part-catered villas – usually two meals a day – and if the former is your preference, check out the local markets for excellent fresh produce. Your villa will likely come with outdoor and indoor cooking areas, so you are free to cook al fresco and enjoy a meal in the sun with the family. Beautifully appointed and with all the facilities you need, your Puerto Vallarta rental is a real home from home, so why not check out the many different villas available right now, and book you and your partner or family a holiday in an exotic and wonderful part of Mexico where you will be welcomed with open arms and treated to the famous local hospitality.

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Why is Bath Such a Great City for Hen Nights?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Accommodation, Tips, Travel Tips |



The city of Bath is small enough to walk around during the day, beautiful enough to impress at all times of the year, and a perfect location for your hen night. Transforming from charming English jewel to modern nightlife venue, it provides absolutely everything for which you could ask.

To start the day off with a touch of class and refinement, you and the girls can take in tea and cakes at Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. One of the world’s most famous cafes, it is home to the delicious Sally Lunn bun, and you’ll enjoy eating yours in one of Bath’s oldest buildings. To accompany your brioche with even more spectacular views, you could always try The Pump Room, which delivers standout views across the Roman baths.

When you’re done with your morning repast, head out to explore the city. Book-lovers can find everything they want in the Jane Austen Museum, while the more adventurous can take to the nearby countryside for a variety of outdoor activities.

As the evening rolls around, make your way to one of Bath’s wonderful nightlife venues. The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge, set in the historical Royal Crescent, can provide world-class wines, champagnes, and cocktails. Alternatively, try The Opium Bar for a kookier, more intimate experience. When you’d like to move things along, head to Zero-Zero, Moles, or Po Na Na to experience the more energetic side of Bath nightlife.

After you’ve finally clambered into bed, you can look forward to unwinding and recovering at one of the city’s fantastic spas. For first-class treatment, nothing comes close to the Thermae Bath Spa. With two thermal baths, steam room, pool, and even an authentic 18th century Hot Bath, plus over 40 spa treatments and packages available, this sensational spa is housed in a gorgeous Grade I listed Georgian building.

Picking a location for your hen night can be tough, but Bath can deliver just about everything you need, as well as the sumptuous accommodations of No. 15 Great Pulteney, Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel and The Queensberry Hotel.

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