Monday, December 29, 2008

Designer Hotels - Palazzo Versace


Versace Expands Luxury Resort Brand

A few months ago Trend Hunter featured the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, Australia’s most expensive hotel. Now Gianni Versace is building an opulent resort in India, and another in Dubai.

The Versace chain of luxury hotels hopes to complete their project in the Middle East by 2009. Rumor has it the hotel will have 214 suits, 190 condos and multiple pools.

Expansion plans don’t stop there, however. Versace wants to increase their brand status in the world of luxury reports, all of which are to reflect the “Renaissance palaces in Europe and its classical architecture,” the India Times said. “The Gold Cost resort houses a 750-kg chandelier owned by the legendary designer Gianni and its driveway has the second largest pebble mosaic design in the world made of rare Italian and Brazilian marble.” Via: economictimes.indiatimes


In the Gold Coast of Australia we find Palazzo Versace, a glamorous hip hotel where opposites attract. Specifically, the interior design exudes the opposites trend, which we have seen from several designer collections this year. There are dramatic contrasts from one room to the next, and even the exterior shows a sharp contrast from the main reception.

In order to extend the signature label into a landmark Hotel, Donatella Versace brings together inspirations and influences from around the globe - reflecting past and present, classical and contemporary under a luxury style. This is the perfect place for these people who loves to lives a fashion and trendy lifestyle and enjoy the luxury shopping experience found in the Gold Coast.

The second trend we are noting is the number of designers that are shifting their creativity to Hotels, Homes, and Offices. Another great example is The Keating Hotel by Pininfarina Design. Via: palazzoversace.au



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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Fashion Rock'n Roll Hotel -


The Pavilion in London

The 30-room Pavilion Hotel in central London combines fashion and rock and roll.

The hip boutique hotel was founded by brother and sister, Danny and Noshi Karne. Noshi is an interior designer, and Danny is a former fashion model. They decided to create a hotel which brings together all the funky and glamorous images seen in high fashion photo shoots and editorial spreads. The Pavilion has actually been also used for that very purpose. It has appeared in magazines such as Vogue (on their website you can have a look at the monthly shots taken in their rooms) and was the background for several films and music videos.

Each of the 30 rooms is themed and furnished with a quirky eccentric style.

“Honky Tonk Afro” room is a tribute to the 1970’s. The “Casablanca Nights” room has a deco-inspired Moorish fantasy look. The “Monochrome Marilyn” room has a touch of Hollywood glamour. “Enter the dragon” Room reproduces the atmosphere of an Eastern love house. There are also a “Goldfinger”, “Metallica”, and “War and Peace” rooms.

It’s a hot spot for celebrities too. Just to name a phone, some of the most recent VIPs include Leonardo di Caprio, Naomi Campbell, Sugar Babes, Craig David, Kate Beckinsale, Daft Punk, the Libertines, Beach Boys and Duran Duran.

If your stuck for a cab why not ask Danny if he can lend you one his cars including a Range Rover, a yellow Ferrari Modena and a purple Lamborghini Diablo.





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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Death Star Inspired Hotel


Officially, they’re calling it the “Full Moon” - everyone else is calling it the Death Star. Yep, in our very own galaxy (specifically, Baku, Azerbaijan), the construction of Star War’s most famous man-made planet is being planned. The Death Moon is going to be a 521-feet high hotel with 382 rooms, 35-plus floors, and a fighter-jet refueling portal. Where is Azerbaijan, anyways?

Via: gizmodo



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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Places to See in India - Bollywood!


To me India is the country of colors, unique entity, and a full kaleidoscope of emotions. India is a very big country. Even a year of travel by foot would not be enough to be able to see it or understand its people and its culture completely. Its stories bring you the farthest back in history, and it has one of the most ancient living civilizations (it is about 10, 000 years old). India is the sixth largest country in the world, and has second largest population in the world after China. It is so diverse that does not have a single official language. More than that, every state in India has its own official language or even languages. In a way, I can say that mentality of Indian people was and is mostly carved and influenced by their history, customs and later by Bollywood movies.

Nowadays India images and description often is associated with poverty, but it was not always like that. Christopher Columbus discovered America by mistake, because he was actually looking for a shorter way to India, which was one of the richest countries in the world at that time.

Here are a few interesting facts about India:

1. It has the largest democracy in the world, after it obtained its independency in 1947; it made a big progress in all fields of human activity.
2. Scientist Aryabhatta from India invented the digit zero and the number system.
3. The earliest school of medicine known to humankind was Ayurveda. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
4. Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise and therefore suitable language for computer software (according to a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987).


If you decide to travel to India, I will recommend a few cities to visit.

- City of Agra, because there you will be able to see Taj Mahal, built as a monument of eternal love, by the Moghul emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 17 years to complete this splendid white mausoleum. It incorporates Persian, Turkish, and Indian styles of architecture.

-City of Mumbai, is a must to visit if you love Indian culture. Mumbai, also originally known as Bombay, it is one of the most famous, bustling, cosmopolitan cities in India. It is the financial, industrial, and the fashion center of India, the fashion trends set by the movie industry which is also known as "Bollywood". Teeming with over 16 million people it is a city that never sleeps!


- Jaipur city, or also called pink city because of the red sandstone used to build the palaces, is in the northern part of India in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is famous for its exquisite jewellery, handicrafts, handmade rugs, textiles, handmade quilts, and comforters. Jaipur has a timeless appeal in its colorful bazaars that sells Rajasthani handlooms and trinkets. Beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, once the residence of Maharajas, are worth admiration, not to mention the ambling camels and cheerful people in multi colored costumes that make Jaipur a tourist's paradise.

- City of Shimla, it is placed in the north-west region of the Himalayas. The hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks and visitors come here to this gorgeous "hill station" to escape the oppressive heat in summer months. At only 16 km from Shimla is the town of Kufri, which is considered the winter sport capital of India. It offers skiing, river rafting, and trekking.

In addition, it is worth to see the smallest state in India, Goa. It has amazing beaches, and is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. Goa is also known for its temples and world heritage architecture,including the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, which makes it one of the biggest Christian pilgrimage sites in Asia. The best time to visit Goa would be beetween October and end of February. Otherways you may arive in the midle of the seazon of monsoon rain, or uncomfortably hot sun.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Singapore Nightlife Spots You Must Visit


Singapore has really lit up of late and the nights in the city and entertainment areas have never been quiet. There is never a dull moment with beautifully dressed people, disco lights, exotic drinks and even more wonderful events that have kept Singaporeans and visitors busy all the way till six in the morning. Nightlife in Singapore has transformed since the portrait of stars transposed into its map and now its a bright shining sun - one that only reveals itself at night.

Singapore has also opened its doors to more and more foreigners and the overall tastes of the clubber has been refined of late. No more is it a question of just a bar, some music and some lights, but clubbing is now about a brand, an experience, something different and some of these bars and clubs have really stood out. Places like Clarke Quay is really one huge example of the efforts of the nightlife industry sculpting a name for itself with a landmark to dazzle crowds. Places like IndoChine, with its mystical and alluring theme sit proudly as one of the places that promises an experience like no other. If you are looking for shows to inspire your entertainment, then look out for clubs like Belini Grand or Azzuca, where acts from Europe and Spain will make you want to move with sultry and exciting dances and singing that will amaze you.


Still in Clarke Quay, there are places that can boast a concert experience with some of the best local and international acts from the region and the world doing a whole medley of genres, covers and even some originals. Pump Room, a microbrewery that also has one of the best bands in Singapore, Jive Talking, is one such place. Arena, Gotham Penthouse and Le Noir are also just some examples of the nightlife spots you can visit for a concerto experience.

If your palette is yearning for the latest and most creative cocktails in a swanky environment with plush sounds and even plusher seats then cocktail bars and clubs like the Loof, Alley Bar, Geek Terminal and even Harry's Bar will definitely impress with their wide selection of cocktails that will have been inspired with anything from cakes, desserts to even movie themes. Microbreweries are also a feature in Singapore with places like Brewerks, Archipelago, Pump Room just some of the names in the vat of ever expanding breweries in Singapore, serving up a foam filled, original and creative concoction in a pint glass.

Dont forget St James Powerhouse, a massive triplex and more - a giant PowerStation converted into a massive club that houses over six different clubs - each with their own theme, music and atmosphere. There is no limit to what you can do at night, when the sun goes down the horizon doesn't turn dark - it is lit up with hundreds of potential places to get your groove on, sip on a tiramisu martini or just sit back, relax and enjoy a performance like no other.


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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Nightlife in the Dominican Republic


For many people, vacation is one of the few times they can unwind and have a great time. Because of that, there is a focus on nightlife when someone is visiting a new area. If you are getting ready to go to the Dominican Republic, you will be pleased to know you will be able to participate in an amazing nightlife. There are parts of the Dominican Republic that light up after hours, and you will be able to spend hours out on the town.

There are many options when it comes to nightlife in the Dominican Republic. You can go dancing, listen to live music, or hit the casinos. You will be able to fill up your nights doing exactly what you want to do. There are truly options for everyone.

If you want to have drinks by the beach, the Aura Beach House in Juan Bolio is a must. This is one of the most popular bars in the area. It attracts a diverse crowd, from wealthy people to young people just looking for a good time. With the perfect atmosphere and talented DJs, this club is a must. You will be able to dance the night away, or sit and have drinks. Since it caters to many different age groups, it also caters to different styles. You can relax or go wild.

If you want to have a wild time without limits, there is a club you can visit that is certain to deliver. Occidental Grand Punta Cana is the home of the Disco Mangu. This is a great place to go if you like a wide variety of music and you love to dance. You will be able to have a night full of drinks, dancing and fun when you go to this club.

Santo Domingo is another great place to spend the late hours. You can go to the Atlantis World Casino to try your luck at gambling. After you get done there, you can go to one of the many clubs in the area.

La Masia is one of the best clubs in Santo Domingo, thanks to the live music. When you visit the club, you will get to hear music from actual musicians instead of watching a DJ spin a record. You can listen to jazz music, along with other music. You will get to have a taste of the Dominican Republic and its musical culture when you visit this club.

If you are traveling to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, you might want to try the Crazy Moon. This dance club is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason. This club has a lot to offer. You will be able to dance the night away with throbbing beats, and you can hang out at the bar and get a little rest in before you start dancing again.

IF you want to travel from one club and restaurant to the next, Boco Chica is the perfect place to go. You can go to Calle Duarte, which is the main street, and wonder through the area. Bars, restaurants and shops line the street and you will be able to have drinks, grab a bit to eat, or get some shopping in.

The Dominican Republic is the place to go if you are looking for a fun nightlife. You will be able to pack your nights full with all of the fun you can find in the area. You will be able to go to exciting bars and clubs, and also take in some great casinos. If you love to go out at night, you are sure to find something you will enjoy in the Dominican Republic.



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Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter Road Trip Destinations


Winter Travel is a good time to learn how to "go with the flow" because even though you have to do additional ROAD TRIP PLANNING to have the extras on hand before you embark on the trip, traffic delays may require you to "stop and smell the roses" even when those roses have you stalled in bumper-to-bumper traffic waiting for the road to clear up ahead.

This is where your ROAD TRIP PLAN B comes into play. If you're a couple, this is a nice time to pull out a CD, kick back and rest your eyes while enjoying the music. If you're a family, pull out those car games, watch a DVD together, or simply start a round robin conversation (What I'm most looking forward to on this trip is...?). Keeping everyone comfortable and in good spirits will be the order of the day, and if you've planned for such things, it can actually be a fun time, albeit cramped.

When planning your itinerary, pay extra attention to towns or cities near roads you think may pose traffic delays or closures. Add activities to your itinerary that could keep you and your passengers occupied if delayed for more than four hours. That way, you can pull off and go shopping, take in a movie, enjoy a long lunch or early dinner, or stroll through a museum. Add a couple of nearby hotels to the unscheduled section of your trip planner just so you'll have the information on hand should the traffic delay be more than 8 hours.

ROAD TRIP PLANNING SAFETY TIPS
* If you are traveling with your family by car, get your vehicle inspected and check the weather conditions immediately before the trip.
* Cancel the trip if you are traveling to winter destinations and the weather forecast predicts a snowstorm.
* Some roads are not recommended unless you have a 4x4 vehicle.
* Carry snow chains
* Include a Delay of Game kit filled with snacks, car games, energy drinks, portable DVDs, portable games, blankets.
* Stow an emergency kit in your trunk containing batteries, blankets, collapsible shovel, flashlights, food, gloves, ice scraper, rubber boots, ski caps, and water for those times when you may be stuck in your car for 8 hours or more.
* ALWAYS keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full. Do not drive that last quarter tank assuming you will get to the next service station.

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And now, putting the above precautions aside, and the reason you're doing all this planning is...WINTER ROAD TRIPS ARE FUN! Just getting to your destination is more exciting because snow transforms the landscape from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And once you get to your destination, there's toasty fireplaces, snow boots creating puddles by the front door, and steaming mugs of hot chocolate. Not to mention activities you can only do during Winter like sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides!

So what are some PRIME WINTER DESTINATIONS? Here are some to get you started on your Road Trip Planning.

FOR THE FULL-ON WINTER WONDERLAND EXPERIENCE:
* Alaska Experience with All Alaska Tours (this Road Trip can give you the Winter touch even in the Spring)
* Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario
* Banff & Jasper National Parks in Canada
* Lake Tahoe in California & on the Nevada side
* Mount Rainier in Washington
* Pigeon Forge Winterfest in Tennessee
* Salt Lake City in Utah

However, Winter does not always mean knee-deep in Snow: Here are some grand Winter Road Trips where you'll be hard-put to find snow (other than possibly some frosting atop distant mountains).
* Sedona Arizona - Red rocks, jeep tours, hot air balloon tours, shopping, spas, dining, festivals...great for a couple needing some time away from the kids.
* Las Vegas , Nevada - Vegas isn't just about gambling & night-life, though it certainly carries both in abundance. Vegas offers winter visitors a plethora of daytime activities to enjoy.
* Virginia Beach, Virginia - Go whale watching.

Winter getaways offer activities you won't get to experience any other time of the year so maximize your fun by planning a winter road trip now!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Exotic Places of Canada


AN ENORMOUS COUNTRY, NO ROOM FOR BOREDOM

Canada's varied climate is suitable for extreme pursuits of all types, with everything from cold winter snow to warm summer sunshine. The daunting Canadian Rockies lay along the border between British Columbia and Alberta, and contain dozens of top-notch ski resorts whose snowy peaks attract adventurers during the chilly winter months. The Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia provides numerous adventure options when things start to warm up during the spring and summer, while Quebec and Ontario offer vast parklands, brilliant lakes and some mountainous terrain. The environment in the territories of Northern Canada is less forgiving and is comprised mostly of tundra, which is defined as being near-treeless mountain terrain. Up there, extreme cold-weather ventures, such as snowmobiling and dog-sledding, are prevalent.

EXTREME DESTINATIONS

British Columbia Kayaking a Rapid on the Columbia River 2
British Columbia is acclaimed internationally for its beautiful landscape, mild weather and high-flying thrills. The Pacific Ocean provides western Canadians with access to the great wide open. Here, surfers take to the tide to test their nerves and skills against the churning brine. Tofino offers some of the most popular surfing at Long Beach. Sea kayaking is also a popular sport. Novices and veterans alike pit themselves against the deep during the summer months. However, freshwater kayaking in British Columbia is far from unheard of. The Columbia River, for example, offers plenty of rapids. A plethora of rivers, waterways and rapids speckle the entire province and allow adrenaline junkies to shoot powerful rapids in canoes or kayaks or as part of a whitewater rafting group.
Rock climbing is also popular in British Columbia and the province is generally known as the extreme climbing capital of the country. Climbers often opt to test their abilities in the Rockies, but the inland city of Squamish provides its own unique challenge at the famous Stawamus Chief, a massive cliff-faced granite giant, provides more than 1000 different climbing routes and hosts extreme national climbing competitions each summer. The area is also a hotbed for mountain biking and corresponding competitions and events.


The Rocky Mountains Catching Air in the Canadian Rockies 3
The Rockies of British Columbia and neighbouring Alberta provide an entirely different range of endorphin-juicing options. BC has over 30 ski hills, including critically acclaimed international destinations like Whistler, Big White, Panorama, Fernie, Silver Star, Kicking Horse Mountain and plenty more. Alberta boasts a wide range of slopes in and around Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Resorts such as Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay, Marmot Basin, Fortress Mountain, Nakiska in Kananaskis Country and Canada Olympic Park in the city of Calgary bring in skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. For an even more extreme downhill experience, heli-skiing here has gained an excellent reputation among die-hard adrenaline junkies.
During the summer months when the snow has thawed, the mountains teem with bikers, canoeists, kayakers, whitewater rafters and other outdoor and extreme sport enthusiasts. These parks and peaks make up the single most popular tourist destination in the entire country.


Alberta Dirtbiking in Alberta 4
Alberta offers its own range of exciting activities. Like the lakes in British Columbia, prairie lakes see their share of wakeboarding and waterskiing, jet boating and all manner of other watersports. Kiteboarding and windsurfing are extremely popular on Sylvan Lake, Ghost Lake and on other fresh-watered bodies scattered across the great Canadian plains. Snowmobiling, ATVing and auto racing are also tremendously popular exploits all over Western Canada and both pastimes are rooted deep in Canadian culture dating back to the time when gas turbine engines and the vehicles that used them became abundant. And like everywhere else that receives annual snowfall, tobogganing down the various foothills, valleys and ravines and pretty much any other downhill grade occurs every winter.

Eastern Canada Windsurfing the Great Lakes 5
The eastern provinces provide just as many opportunities to be extreme as those in the west. Ontario is home to more lakes and waterways than any other province in the country, and accordingly, a ton of watersports await visitors in this vast province. Waterskiing and wakeboarding, sailing and other waterbound thrills can all be successfully sought here. Boulevard Lake is very popular with wakeboarding enthusiasts.. Skydiving, hang-gliding and paragliding in Ontario and across Canada provides what adrenaline junkies refer to as “the ultimate hit.” Bungee jumping can provide a similar rush. Ontario is also home to numerous paintballing establishments. Of course, rock climbing and similar adventures can be experienced in this vast province as well.

Paragliding in Quebec 6
Quebec's landscape is fairly similar to that of Ontario, however, the province offers a unique downhill ski experience not found in its neighbour to the west. The province has more than 30 different slopes to choose from, the most well-known being Mont Tremblant, Mont Ste Marie and Le Massif, which has more vertical drop than any other resort in Eastern Canada and ample snowfall. Quebec summers are mild and accommodate loads of crazy outdoor pursuits with high-flying mountain biking being a popular favourite. The province has a significant number of ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts and indulges these folks with many trails and parkways.

Northern Canada A Yukon Dog-Sled Exploratory 7
Northern Canada's snow-laden territories encompass an enormous area. The Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut all make up this barren landscape home to a sparse population but a ton of extreme outdoor adventures. The Yukon is home to the Yukon Quest, a 1609 km (1000 mi) race said to be the most challenging international race in the world. Dog sled teams from all over the globe rush to start the race in Fairbanks, Alaska and cross the finish line in Whitehorse, Yukon. Northern adventures and winter exploratory expeditions provide thrills unheard of when conventionally camping in a temperature climate. Tundra adventure tours are plentiful in the Great North.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Popular Venues To Party On New Years Eve - Book Now!


With the holidays drawing to a close, there is still one big event to mark the end of the year. New Years Eve is a time to celebrate and say goodbye to the old and ring in the New Year with a new set of resolutions and self promises.

Even if you do not make resolutions, then at least promise to have a fun time participating in any city celebration of this special day. You have earned it after a long year and a busy holiday season. Kick up your heels and check out the parties around the world.


Everyone knows about New Years Eve New York City style. The Big Apple is world famous for its Time Square celebration. The countdown begins early and the night is filled with famous bands, celebrities and of course, the ever popular host, Dick Clark. It is a New Year celebration that can entice anyone into taking a bite out of the Big Apple, but you have to get there early if you want a spot.

Party venues in London sell out quickly, but that does not mean you cannot get a steal of a deal at a bash hosted at one of the most popular hotels for this special occasion. Trafalgar Square is the site to visit if you want to do the tourist thing, but if you are in the mood to see some real fireworks, then you need to check out the London Eye's spectacular firework show. Be ready to rub elbows with your fellow party goers since last year, it was estimated that 150,000 people were in attendance.


If you are tired of being landlocked and want to see the New Year while relaxing in style and comfort, then you may want to jet over to check out a Sydney New Years Eve cruise on the harbor. Sydney hosts a world class orchestra for your listening pleasure and you can relax on the deck while watching the fireworks light up the sky. Be sure and reserve early because airfare and cruises will fill up quickly.


Travel New Years Eve may be out of your budget with the rising costs of gas, but you can still enjoy this special day's occasion in your hometown. Gather a bunch of family and friends together to ring in the New Year in your own home. You can do it as big or little as you want and still have a great time. When midnight arrives, gather around together and count down the remaining seconds together.
Author: Mike Selvon



Sunday, November 30, 2008

Travel and Attractions in Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland which is located in North Island of New Zealand is the largest and most populous area in the country housing more than 1.3 million residents. With growing Polynesian population, Auckland is now a fast developing, modern, cosmopolitan area in New Zealand with a great mixture of culture and traditions. Auckland metropolitan area comprises of Auckland City, Manukau City, Waitakere City, North Shore City, Papakura City, a part of Rodney District and a part of Farnklin District.

Auckland is a city full of major attractions and thousands of things to do because of it’s geographical qualities and natural beauty. The west coast of Auckland is famous for its roughness and wilderness. Volcanic cliffs add charm beauty to these golden beaches when the stubborn waves of Tasman Sea kiss the yellow sand. Lush bush lines and preserved natural beauty of Waitakere Ranges are breathtaking and the experience should not be missed by anyone. The west coast shore line is gifted with some of the best scenic beaches of the world such as Karekare Beach, Piha Beach and Muriwai Beach which are ideal for surfing, fishing, picnics and even for barbecue on special separated area.


The Auckland sight seeing on a Harley Davidson bike is some thing that every traveler should try out. The route falls through scenic volcanic mountains, colonial villages and Waiemata Harbor. Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Tour to get enthralled by the submerged natural beauty of swimming penguins or a Bronze Whaler. If the traveler wants to get a good look around at the city of Auckland he or she can hop in to a Sight Seeing Double Decker called Hop On Hop Off Bus for a ride. The exploration tour in to the caves of Waitomo is a memorable one and one whos visiting new Zealand should defineintly try out the adrinaline pumping New Zealand’s own Bungee Jumping.

Getting around Auckland to see these fantastic sites is a pretty much easy task due to the New Zealand’s developed, sophisticated transportation system which depends mostly on private transportation. Public transportation methods such as trains and busses are also available and because of its unique location, Auckland is also gifted with a transportation system of cruises and ferries too.

Langham Hotel Auckland is situated conveniently in the heart of the city and it’s full of friendly people and modern amenities. Langham, Auckland is crowned as one of the premiere luxury hotels in Auckland
Author: Naveen Marasinghe



Monday, November 24, 2008

Spas: Luxury, Indulgence and Life


The term spa originally was associated with places that offered water treatment. Today, spas of various kinds are available out there, offering you a full fledged body massage according to ancient Ayurvedic traditions of India to a pedicure or manicure session at the town spa. From treatments to indulgence, spas have a prominent spot in all major tourist destinations. Spa holidays or spa vacations are actively marketed by travel operators and you can find good spa holidays with very little searching.


Today, spa is a general term and it can mean a health resort, a beauty care salon, etc. You can also find pedicure or manicure processes at a spa. One thing that connects all kinds of spa is the luxury and class. If the spa is for treating various skin or physical conditions or if it is for just a few minutes of beauty treatment, a pedicure session, manicure session, head massage, neck massage, shoulder massage or foot massage, spas offer varying levels of indulgence, which holiday seekers can't miss.

The attraction of spas is that, they are all stress busters. You will find the stress of the daily life and the toil of your profession are diluted and dissolved in a matter of a few minutes of treatment at the spa. Not all spas are built alike. However, the goal of them is the same –to give you some moments of luxury and comfort.

The oldest of all spas will be the mineral spas - the places that have mineral springs, like the springs that give out water that contains iron or other minerals needed by the body. Such spas were developed several centuries ago. People used to travel great distances on foot and on horseback to such spas, for their heeling powers. Today too, Ayurvedic spas in India, the spas in Thailand, Japan, China, etc attract people from all parts of the world, with promises of health and cure from various conditions.

Major hotels at tourist and business destinations also have spas. These spas can be of various kinds. Business meeting planners also look for hotels with spa facilities. They think they can give better value to their guests by offering a spa style treatment. Even a 30-minute session of hands-only shoulder and neck massage while sitting on a chair ensures some comfort and relaxation for the attendees. Similarly, luxury holiday seekers too find it beneficial booking a hotel with spa facilities.

So what will be your thoughts while choosing a spa? Is it just for half an hour of indulgence or will it be for some health benefits? It is also possible that you simply enjoy being pampered at a spa. Sometimes, as said before, you might want to give the guests of your business conference some good moments of relaxation? Before you book the spas, you can always do a research on the facilities available at the spas and how the previous visitors have benefited.

If it is time you planning your holiday or business trip, make sure you have access to spas, which not only gives you some minutes of pampering and stress-free bliss, but also some curative values.

Author: Dev Saras



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Friday, November 21, 2008

The Best Night Clubs in the World - SocialiteTravel.com


Photo: Bed Supper Club, Bangkok

Imagine the dilemma; a bank full of cash, a week away from that stressful office, a group of good mates and one huge decision. Where to go for that huge week of clubbing? Hopefully this should help you out as its aimed to be the definitive guide to the best clubs and locations across the globe.

The Big Apple is famous for a lot of things, shopping and sights predominantly but we don't always think of our trans-Atlantic cousins as having some of the best clubs in the world- but they do! New York has always been a great city for going out, whether you're after jazz, blues or soul. But it also has some great dance venues always playing host to big names. One of the newest ventures is 40/40, owned and operated by Jay-Z, with acres of cream leather, bright LCD screens adorning the walls and big names on the decks your sure to have a massive night hanging with the NYC celebs. But if that doesn't sound quite glam enough then maybe you should head to Bungalow 8, in a chopper! It really is the only way to arrive!


For something quite different, why not head off in the opposite direction? Why go West when you could be going East? Bangkok; hot, humid and hedonistic. The perfect combination for some great nights. Nothing is frowned upon here and anything really does go. Bed Supperclub is the trendiest haunt right now with an incredible structure and glitzy interior. Big name DJ's grace the decks most nights and Tuesday night plays host to the infamous hip-hop nights. But for something truly different, and why not when you've come so far, how about checking out an infamous GoGo bar? Fabulous costumes, scantily clad women and a few lady-boys make for a memorable night for the most hardened clubber. One Night in Bangkok may have been the name of a famous song, but one night really isn't enough!

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But when it comes to clubbing, one place has it all. Attracting over 4 million visitors a year from all over the globe, there is only one place that can claim the clubbing crown; Ibiza. Sun, sea, sand and sangria combine in ridiculous quantities to make Ibiza one of the most energetic of all clubbing resorts. Huge clubs and a season packed out with all the biggest names on the planet mean Ibiza just can't be beaten right now! Head to El Divino for the glitz, Space for the sounds and Pacha because it's the original, and many would say the best!

While in the Baleric islands why not go for a bit of island hopping and sample the nightlife in neighbouring Formentara or Menorca. With the same climate and easy going attitude to nightlife as Ibiza these islands also make great, albeit more low key clubbing destinations.

While in that part of the world the south coast of Spain and Portugal are popular tourist traps for club holidays. In peak season resorts like Benidorm and Albuferia are packed havens for clubbing tourists.
Author: Abi Carter



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Celebs Hit Aspen Ski Runs


Aspen Colorado is one of the most popular ski destinations in the U.S. for a variety of reasons.

Resorts in Aspen have something to offer everyone from beginners to experienced skiers. They offer ski or snowboard lessons and equipment rentals for the convenience of its visitors who may be considering learning to ski. Skiing and snowboarding lessons include lessons in safety and skier responsibility. Trail maps, videos and photos are readily available. For your convenience, or just for laughs, they also offer on-mountain photos and live cams.

A slow start to winter caused some initial worry for Aspen as well as ski areas around the world. But December brought nearly 30 inches of snow in Aspen. Aspen's most skied mountains are Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Each mountain has something new and exciting to offer its skiers. Most lifts are open daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Sky Cab opens at 8 a.m., Cirque lift opens at 10 a.m., the Village Express and Big Burn lifts open at 8:30 a.m.

Buttermilk is probably most famous for its role in the ESPN Winter X Games. Its 470 acres offer 21 miles of terrain with the longest run being 3 miles. It also offers forty-four gently rolling trails for beginners and family skiing. Buttermilk offers a lot of versatility and wide open slopes for its skiers. On average, there are only 4 people per acre at a time on Buttermilk's slopes and trails. This provides an excellent atmosphere for beginners and intermediate skiers who may not be ready for the more crowded slopes.

Buttermilk's base elevation is 7,870 feet above sea level with a summit elevation of 9,900 feet and vertical rise of 2,030 feet. When skiing Buttermilk you may see Winter X Games champions, Olympians or families just learning to ski. Buttermilk is open for skiing from December 8, 2007 through April 6, 2008.


Aspen Mountain has been a favorite ski destination for skiers since 1947. More difficult than Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain has steep, bump runs that run directly into the town of Aspen, Colorado. The mountain offers many well-known, well-traveled trails as well as less populated trails. Some of Aspen Mountain's best kept secrets are its black and double-black-diamond tracks that venture off the beaten path into a much less traveled terrain. On average, Aspen Mountain isn't very crowded at only three skiers per acre.

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Aspen Mountain's base elevation is 7,945 feet with a staggering vertical rise of 3,267 feet and summit of 11,212 feet above sea level. Aspen Mountain's 673 acres are open for skiing from November 22, 2007 through April 13, 2008.

Aspen Highlands is a favorite among the local skiing populous. The highlands offer simply breathtaking views of the surrounding Maroon Bells. Of course, there is a lift that delivers passengers to the summit or you may choose to hike the 12,392 foot trail. Aspen Highlands is probably best known for its steep, big mountain ski areas like Steeplechase, Highland Bowl and Olympic Bowl. It also offers a test of stamina in the form of the newly extended Mushroom trail and Child's Play in the Highland Bowl. Aspen Highlands has added an additional stunning 220 acres over the last two seasons.

Aspen Highlands' base elevation is 8,040 feet with a summit elevation of 12,392 feet at the top of Highland Bowl. There are 125 exciting trails in the 1,010 acres that range in difficulty from easy to expert. Aspen Highlands is open from December 8, 2007 through April 6, 2008.

Snowmass is Aspen's largest ski mountain at 3,132 acres. It offers something for everyone from beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders. Best known for its wide open cruising paths and family friendly activities, Snowmass has been rated one of the best family ski areas in North America. The sheer size of Snowmass nearly guarantees fewer skiers per acre. On average there are only two people per acre skiing Snowmass.

Snowmass' base elevation is 8,104 feet with a summit elevation of a breathtaking 12,510 feet above sea level. It consists of 91 trails with the longest run being 5.3 miles and the steepest run with a slope of 40 degrees.

Author: Roger Munns



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Monday, November 17, 2008

Florianopolis Surf Excursions - SocialiteTravel.com



Florianopolis is an island in the state of Santa Catarina state in south Brazil. Florianopolis island has 42 different beaches, most are quite beautiful and many of them have great surf. This article gives a brief overview of each surfing beach, showing its name, overall rating for surf, the direction of the surf break, and the type of surf break, such as beach break, point break, river mouth, etc.

PRAIA MOLE SURF BEACH
Anyone who has visited Florianopolis knows that Praia Mole beach is the best year-round location on the island. Literally translated, "Praia Mole" means "soft beach" and is named so due to its extremely soft and deep sand. Praia Mole beach is centrally & conveniently located on the east coast of the island and is popular for its abundant beautiful people and great surfing. It is also popular because of its convenient location, being very near to the town of Lagoa da Conceicao, where you'll find a majority of the island's bars, restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, ATMs, a gas station, and one of the best nightclubs on the island.


The surf on Praia Mole is known as being stronger than most other beaches, which suits the surfers just fine but can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers during days with large surf. Surf can range anywhere from 0 feet to 20 foot faces during the winter months. For weak swimmers and children, the north end of the beach offers a protected cove where the water is always calm and swimming is safe even on some of the largest days of surf. On the beach at Praia Mole, you'll find a volley ball net, a juice bar, a VIP lounge area, and 6 different restaurants that double as beach bars. During the summer months (Dec - Feb) these bars will either have a live DJ spinning or at least have loud music because Brazilians love to dance whenever the opportunity presents itself. There always seems to be some action going on at Praia Mole beach.

JOAQUINA SURF BEACH
Joaquina beach (just south of Praia Mole) is one of the best surf beaches in all of Florianopolis and is usually the site of the annual WCT surfing championship. The area surrounding Juaquina beach is environmentally protected sand dunes so there is no housing near the beach but it isn't far from Praia Mole so this isn't an issue. This beach is not one of the beautiful beaches since it is surrounded by nothing but sand dunes and a large parking lot filled with tour buses who drop off Brazilian tourists by the hundreds. However, the surf is great, especially during large swells. This is one of the few beaches that can hold its shape during a very big swell. When the surf is big, it peels left off the northern point.

GALHETA SURF BEACH
Galheta beach, just north of Praia Mole, is also a great surf spot and much less crowded than other surf breaks since there are no access roads to it but it's just a 10-minute walk on the beach from Praia Mole.
PRAIA BRAVA BEACH
Praia Brava is located on the north end of Florianopolis island and the surf is comparable to Praia Mole. Translated, Praia Brava means "furious beach" most likely due to the frequently big and rough surf. This beach is a solid 1-hour drive from Praia Mole, the town of Centro, and the town of Lagoa, which means it's on the outskirts of the island and not convenientle located for vacationers who like to enjoy the Florianopolis nightlife. However, if you're a surfer looking to hit some different surf spots, this spot will suit you well during a nice swell. This beach is not surrounded by jungle and wildlife preserve like most other Florianopolis beaches. Instead, it is packed with tons of hotels and condo complexes. Unfortunately, this area becomes deserted outside December, January, and February (peak summer months) because it is simply too far away from most of the islands nightlife, shopping malls, and restaurants.

FLORIANOPOLIS SURF RATINGS

Following are most of the surf beaches on the island of Florianopolis, Brazil. This should help you when planning your Florianopolis surf vacation.

Beach, Star Rating, Direction of Break, Type of Break
Armacao, 2, right & left, Beach Break Barra Da Lagoa, 2, right & left, Beach Break Boca da Barra, 3, right & left, rivermouth Caldeirao, 3, left, beach break Campeche Rights, 4, Right, beach break Canasvieiras, 3, right, sand bar Galheta, 3, right & left, sand bar Ingleses, 2, right & left, beach break Joaquina, 4, right & left, sand bar Lagoinha do Leste, 4, right & left, beach break Lambe Lambe, 4, right, point break Matadeiro, 3, right & left, beach break Mocambique, 3, right & left, beach break Morro das Pedras, 2, right & left, sand bar Naufragados, 5, right, beach break Ponta Do Rapa, 4, right, beach break Praia Brava, 3, right & left, beach break Praia do Forte, 3, right, point break Praia Mole, 3, right & left, beach break Riozinho, 5, right & left, beach break Santinho, 3, right & left, beach break
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Prague Cafes Beer And Castles - SocialiteTravel.com


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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is an extraordinarily beautiful city. Standing on the banks of the river Vltava (the locals generally use the German name for it the Moldau), few wars or natural disaster ever reach here and the architectural heritage has been beautifully preserved. It is also know as the "hundred Spired City" due to the many churches that adorn the city streets.


Much of the street plan, in as much as there is one is medieval and will come as a surprise (Hopefully a pleasant one) to anyone used to living in a grid pattern North American city.


The city still boasts many beautiful buildings dating from the baroque period; a sight lost to much of Europe that suffered so much in the devastation of two world wars. The canter of the city is a pleasure to walk around with much of it dating from the 14th century when Charles IV started the university and built the "New Town" area of the city.


Prague only established itself as the capital in 1918 with the creation of Czechoslovakia and remained under Soviet control until 1989 when the "Velvet Revolution" gently broke the grip of the failing Soviet Union.


Nowadays the city is a thriving Cafes, clubs and shops where the newly wealthy and the inspirational window shopper can keep themselves amused for hours on end with, with the boulevards containing everything from traditional Czech souvenirs to the latest hi tech modern electrical gadgetry.


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Unmissable Prague:


Charles Bridge: built in the 14th century, it was believed at the time that odd numbers were lucky the builders started work at 5:31 on the day 9/7/1352, very odd but maybe effective as the bridge is still standing today!


St.Nicholas Church: When building work finished in 1756 Prague had one of the finest Baroque churches in Europe and it still retains that position today. There is a huge painting of St. Nicholas in the nave and a wonderful bell tower. Mozart gave a recital here and there are still frequent classical concerts throughout the week


Prague Castle: Now the home of the president, it was previously the seat of the Czech royal family, it is surrounded by palaces and features an army museum. The changing of the guard takes place every hour and, as with some other European Capitals it is quite a spectacle, bring a camera.


The Old Town Square: built before the 12th century this is the oldest and most historic square in Prague it is made up of many interesting buildings including many from the baroque period. Many of the buildings are brightly colored and there are many pavement cafes where you can relax and watch the world go by.


The National Technical Museum: Although unimaginatively (though accurately) titled this is a fascinating collection of all things technical with everything from a railway carriage belonging to the Archduke Ferdinand, (whose assassination sparked the outbreak of the first world war) to a working reconstruction, you feel the need, of a working coal mine.


Vhsyrad Castle: At over a thousand years old and a former home of the Czech nobility this castle has an impressive pedigree. Take a stroll on top of the ramparts for a great view of the city and river. There is a wonderful gothic church a museum and a cemetery where the composer Dvorac the Author of the "New World Symphony" is buried.


Petrin Park: One of ther hidden gems of Prague There is a rose garden, maze and a gate to a well cultivated garden but the real sight is from the tip of the hill. Take the short cable car ride to the top and there is the Petrin tower, basically a smaller copy of the Eiffel Tower it is an outstanding viewpoint and well worth the effort.


Food and drink in Prague are both hearty (as you would expect in Eastern Europe) and affordable, you must try the goulash, and the beer is some of the finest on the continent, it is also the original home of Budweiser and they still make their own, some would say superior version. The hotels are more expensive than they used to be but are still affordable, look around for the best bargains, and the transport, mainly buses and trams is very good. Although English is not as common as in many parts of Europe a lot of the locals speak a few words and it is always worth asking directions, as they are polite and friendly. A visit to Prague will not disappoint but don't go in winter unless you have a good coat.




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Friday, November 14, 2008

Victoria's Secret Models, P. Diddy on Hand for Fontainebleau's Grand Re-Opening


Finally, the day has come: Fontainebleau Miami has its Grand Re-Opening celebration today after its $1 billion renovation. We've been covering this epic remodeling process for a long, long time now, and now it's only appropriate that the whole unveiling happens in spectacular fashion — which they've got covered.

Speaking of fashion, as you've probably heard, the Victoria's Secret fashion show (featuring Usher!) at the seven-story set around the hotel's pool-scape will be taped tomorrow (Saturday) night.

But on hand tonight for the official grand opening festivities: singer and song writer Robin Thicke plus "a surprise performance from a Grammy Award winning global icon" (who who who? Anyone know?) will be the entertainment. On the guest list: P. Diddy, A-Rod, Terrence Howard, Chloe Sevigny and Venus and Serena Williams. Wait — if A-Rod is coming, does this mean the surprise performance might be Madonna? Maybe?

We're not getting our hopes up or anything, but we're just saying...Madonna's presence would perfectly top off this amazingly campy ribbon-cutting ceremony:

Electrifying million dollar Ai WeiWei chandeliers will shine on a bevy of Victoria’s Secret Angels as they cut the ribbon on the Staircase in the presence of VIP guests, ushering in a new era of flamboyance at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

"Flamboyance" is right. Once the ribbon is cut, guests can expect 1,504 new guestrooms (with iMacs!), 11 restaurants and lounges, a 40,000-square-foot spa with a celeb facialist, and a new oceanfront pool-scape with "walls of water" (with Premium Cabanas that start at the reasonable rate of $1000 a day).

Check out their newly-updated website for a sneak peek at the new rooms. If you're really gutsy, you can sit through the nutty Matrix-esque video with a voiceover that sounds like a cross between our yoga instructor and the lady who tells us where to turn on our car's GPS.

Looks like rooms are starting around $349 next week.




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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

College Students and Travel - SocialiteTravel.com


College students like to travel & they also do not mind leaving far away from home. While they have opportunity to take some courses abroad or else travel anywhere, and they will usually jump at a chance. How to get prepared for the travel? School itself will give you lots of info. You might also do study on web, & talk with some other students who already have taken same trip. While leaving country, you require current passport. You also need visa and it is significant to test if you need any shots prior to entering foreign country. Carry along any medications in original bottles and containers, which you might need to take with you. If you are having allergy, then bring medication in original bottle. Ensure that you use your phone where you are going. At times all it takes is call to your cell phone supplier to use phone abroad at lower rate. Ensure you have as a minimum one credit card, & call company prior to you leave so that they some to know you are going overseas. Make some copies of your passport & student ID as well as keep them in separate place. You will need to verify what type of weather to suppose and pack consequently. You need to verify with airlines before you start to pack your luggage. Discover if there are any weight restrictions & size restrictions on luggage.

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If you use some brands of toothpaste and deodorant then you will need to verify if these are obtainable where you will go. Keep in mind that you can carry on about three ounce size containers in one quart-sized bag. Also you'll need electrical currency converter suppose you plan to use your personal hairdryer, electric toothbrush, hair straightener, etc., abroad. If you have international piece of equipment with double voltage, you may need adapter plug. The grounded plugs are particularly important for the laptops. Also small travel umbrellas & rain jackets are useful when the weather calls for that. Lightweight travel timepiece is as well a necessity. Lots of items might receive as the corporate gifts and they have company name and logo imprinted on it & is very helpful. Another good thought is to bring money belt, which also carries your passport. And these are worn under your clothing & protect your pickings from getting stolen. There are diverse models, which are worn around neck, over waist, shoulder, and over leg.

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Language translators and guidebooks are also useful if you don't speak language of that country you are learning in. Some of newer translators can pronounce word for you as well as can spell a word phonetically. Besides your travel accessories, ensure you have got journal to note down many new locations that you will see & visit. You may look back in the journal after some years and memorize where you have gone. You may also help other students with thoughts and places that you particularly enjoyed when in that country.

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