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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What to Do in London Before Moving on to Your Next Travel Destination

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Tips, Travel Tips |

 

 

They say people always leave. People always roam around and explore new places. But what do you do if you happen to be in London? Will you still leave it? Even with its spectacular views and sceneries? If you live in London, it’s no wonder you would still want to leave. Maybe to live in another country or try new cuisine or learn a new language and lifestyle. Whatever the reason is, try to do these before you leave London.

  1. Have a sweet goodbye at The View from The Shard.
  • London is a place you wouldn’t want to forget. So make sure to have an overlooking view of the city through the view from The Shard. Being the tallest building in Western Europe, the majestic lights and beautiful view of people enjoying the city can be seen here.
  1. Watch a play.
  • You should never miss this since London is a place rich in culture and history. London is the best place to see a play because of its talented actors and actresses. Aside from the people, London also offers extraordinary play venue as it comes with high end facilities and equipment.
  1. Witness the Notting Hill Festival.
  • This festival is Europe’s biggest street party and a lot of families gather to celebrate the holiday. The streets of London glow with beautiful colors as the carnival takes place every year and beautiful music are also heard from street speakers.
  1. Visit a museum.
  • Every place has its own history and so London. When you decide to leave London, make sure you already heard some London stories and beliefs. The way to do this is to visit a museum and learn the different cultures that take place in this beautiful city. One museum suggestion is the Imperial War Museum wherein you can hear real voices of war.
  1. Do not forget to have travel vaccinations before moving on to another country.
  • Wellness comes before everything else, that’s for sure! So don’t ever come to a place unprepared. This is the worst thing that you can do to yourself. While traveling is one of the most exciting things you can ever do in your entire life, it is also one of the most dangerous. You meet a lot of new people, eat different food, breathe a different atmosphere. Ensure that you visit a travel vaccination clinic in Londonto check all vaccinations are up to date upon moving on to your next location. Always remember, “Health is wealth”.

In addition, make sure you have enjoyed London well before leaving it. It may help that you have someone with you to tour around, experience things and feel the breeze of London air. After all, it’s a city full of love. You might want to take a post card with you before you leave as well. Always remember to have something that will remind you of each place that you visit. In that way, you get to tell a story about it and share something good about it to other people.

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Why Not Let the London Experts Treat Your Ailments When You Visit?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Tips, Travel Tips |

 

 

 

London – one word, a hundred different meanings. It can mean a dream destination, a romantic dinner, a good place to propose, home of good scents or a place to be physically fit and healthy. There is no doubt that London is one of the most liked places in world because of its breathtaking views and scenery. Travelling to London may be included in a couple’s item in their bucket list but there are some things in London that you may not think to try or look for- one of these things being quality pain relief and injury treatments.

London has high standards when it comes to physical treatments, such as physiotherapy, with extensive training and qualifications await to those who wish to be one. Bruno de Jongh, from London Physiotherapy experts CBR Clinics believes that the exceptional level of treatments in London, and the UK, is down to the rigorous training that needs to be completed in order for somebody to be a licensed physio.

People in London value health so much that they only want the best people to handle health-related concerns. Aside from the need to be licensed and registered physiotherapist, you also need to undergo strenuous training to perform this profession. Here’s a quick guide on how to become a physiotherapist in London:

  1. Get a degree in physiotherapy. A lot of people mistaken this profession as something that can be learned in one week. Joke’s on them because this course takes 3 years to finish (full time).
  2. After taking a physiotherapy-related course, certain skills must be obtained during the said period course. There are hundreds of institutions that offer the best physiotherapy courses so there are no worries in getting high quality education.
  3. Only those who finished the course are eligible to take the physiotherapist registration exam. If you survive your school’s training, be sure to survive your real-world training because physiotherapists are always on the lookout in London.
  4. A yearly update on the skills acquired is essential to stay as an official physiotherapist.
  5. An annual retention fee should be paid by the practitioner as well.

Not only physiotherapists undergo these steps. Other health-related professions are also difficult to pass and practice. London has very high expectations on their health experts that they are required to prove themselves to serve the people. Treatments in London are often seen as one of the ideals, if not the best, in the world. Some people go to London to get a good physio experience.

So, if London is on your destination list this year, it will be a miss if you don’t try some fantastic physiotherapy to help cure your ailments. If traveling for treasure and a great experience to keep, health is still wealth. Why not hit two birds with one stone, right?

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Take a North Carolina Winery Tour

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Tips, Travel Tips |

 

 

Did you know that nestled just at the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina is an eccentric cluster of wineries? If you happen to be camping in the Appalachian Mountains, taking a tour of the local wineries is an excellent way to spend your holiday. Just be sure to save space for the bottles you will surely want to enjoy when you get back to your campsite!

When you travel to North Carolina wine country, you will discover outstanding wines, lovely winemakers, and beautiful landscapes. The windy mountain roads are beautiful along the route that leads from one vineyard to the next. While the mountain roads leading to some of these wineries are steep, if you have the correct RV weight distribution hitches, you have no reason fear.

If you choose to visit North Carolina wine country, these are the wineries I recommend:

Overmountain Vineyards

Perfectly named, Overmountain Vineyards overlooks the Appalachian Mountains offering guests a wide variety of wines to sample while enjoying the scenic view. This vineyard has a beautiful outdoor seating section with views of the vineyard and the mountain, and a friendly Great Dane to great you.

Located in Tryon, North Carolina, visitors can taste a variety of wines and tour the property on Wednesdays through Sundays year-round. Guests will receive personal attention from the staff and will leave with a souvenir glass.

Mountain Brook Vineyards

Mountain Brook Vineyards has a smaller tasting room, but don’t let the size of the space fool you. Their wines are exceptional and award-winning. The view of the vineyard and the mountains can be seen from the peaceful tasting room. Guests will feel right at home in this comfortable space while being given the full attention of the wine makers themselves.

Visitors can enjoy a wine tasting Fridays – Sundays for only $10, and guests will get to take home a souvenir glass. When you visit Mountain Brook, you can sense the pride the owners take in the production of quality wine.

Parker Binns Vineyard

Parker Binns Vineyard has a vineyard and garden with a view that is beautiful enough for many brides to choose to have their weddings on site. The owners are charismatic and make wine tastings fun and personal. For example, the patio includes a firebrick oven where the cook pizzas on the weekends for guests.

In addition to a fun wine tasting experience offered Wednesdays – Sundays, guests will also enjoy listening to a variety of live music performances. Parker Binns Vineyard is easily a place where you can spend quite a bit of time (and money). Their wine is delicious and their wine-centric gift shop is perfect for stocking up on presents.

It’s Wine O Clock Somewhere

I’ve just listed my three favorite vineyards, but North Carolina is home to over 400 vineyards and 185 wineries! When camping in North Carolina, whether in the mountains or along the coast, you should visit a tasting room. Plan to purchase a bottle – you won’t want to go home without one.

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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 |

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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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