The Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic
Aug15

The Best Resorts in the Dominican Republic

When you travel to the Dominican Republic, your choices of resorts look to be endless. There are some with all of the amenities that you can imagine, and there are smaller resorts that feel more like you never left home. Bavaro, Punta Cana Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A1varo Casa Veintiuno This is one of those resorts where you feel like you are at home. A large breakfast is served each morning that consists of breads, fresh fruits, coffee and eggs. The best thing is that it’s not a buffet, so you don’t feel pressured to eat a lot in one meal. It is a smaller resort that doesn’t have many rooms. While sitting on the balcony, you can see the beautiful beach and the waves crashing along the shore. If the resort is not busy, the owners sometimes offer to drive you to the nearby town to see what is there. Hotel Villa Colonial The pool area is an oasis as it’s surrounded by a modern concrete border and hidden by trees. It is a romantic resort with an attentive staff and spacious rooms. You are within walking distance of several shopping centers and attractions. Breakfast and dinner are served. Iberostar Grand Bavaro If you are looking for somewhere that has an amazing view of the beach, then this is your resort. There are several cabanas located by the pool so that you can relax in the sun. Butler service is available. There is entertainment at night. You can see the blue waters of the ocean while you are sitting on the balcony. The beach is only a short walk from the resort. Overall, this is one of the quietest resorts in the area. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Source: http://paraisos.es/lugares-extranos-del-mundo The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real While you are at this resort, you should make swimming in the large pool one of your priorities. Every one of your needs are met while staying at the resort. Palm trees are located near the hotel, and if you want a coconut, someone from the staff will get it for you. The landscaping of the resort is like paradise with beautiful greenery and flowers. There are several restaurants, or you can order room service if you want to relax inside your spacious room. This is a family friendly resort, and there are plenty of activities for all ages through the day and evening. Tortuga Bay Nestled right along the shore, this resort offers large rooms that are decorated with a tropical theme. Amazing toiletries are placed in each bathroom, and you will find that room service is impeccable. A restaurant is located at the resort that...

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3 Great Destinations for Activity Holidays
Jun02

3 Great Destinations for Activity Holidays

TREKKING IN INDIA India is a vast country that often creates a lasting impression on its visitors with its striking sensory, physical and philosophical assaults that is unrivaled by any other destination on the planet. It is a destination where every expectation whether it is spiritual, beauty, mysticism, poverty, cultural or bureaucracy will be outdone when you land on this extreme subcontinent. The countries staggering diversity is outrageous and ranges from paradisiacal beaches to primary forests of teak and jackfruit trees and from harsh deserts highlighted by fairytale forts to the misty hill stations clad in tea plantations and dotted with British Club houses opening into the world’s highest peaks of the Himalayas. Its landscape shaped by human activities range from bustling metropolises to rural village life tilling land and planting.(image by ANDROS images) With its array of extremes,vacations in India are perfect for holiday activities including trekking through its deserts, mountains and jungles for the ultimate adventures. The Himalayas range of mountains offers some of the best treks in the sub Asian sub continent. Its snow capped peaks offers endless mountain lakes, rugged rocks, caves, scenic valleys, glacier lakes, Rolling Meadows, meandering rivers, cascading waterfalls and dense forest. It is a haven for adventure seekers and its lure is simply irresistible offering numerous routes and terrains for the different levels of trekkers. The Rajasthan region is one of the driest places in India dominated by the forbidding Thar Desert. It however the best region for desert treks on a camel’s back traversing the massive dusty sandy dunes, shrubs and visiting the desert villages along the way. VOLUNTEERING COSTA RICA Costa Rica is sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama on South American isthmus and despite its troubledneighbors; it is a country that is peaceful and famous for its well preserved natural environment. It offers many exciting opportunities to immerse in its natural elements whether discovering new species, zipping across the rainforest or cooling it off in a volcano heated hot spring. About a quarter of the country is preserved by in natural parks, biological reserves, wildlife refuges and private reserves protecting over 850 species of birds, 250 mammals and with the worlds 6 percent identified species. It is a paradise for anyone who delights in the unspoilt natural world.(image by United Planet) It may be small in size but with its amazing diversities more than make up for its lack in size, from the rainforests and cloud forests to dry tropical and temperate forests, to mangroves, to active volcanoes to hot sandy Caribbean and Pacific beaches and to high forest clad mountains and marshy lowlands. In Costa Rica you always...

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5 Ideas for Your Holiday in 2014
Jun02

5 Ideas for Your Holiday in 2014

LUXURY BREAK IN ITALY A proud motherland of artists and scientists that have changed the shape of the world forever; from the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the seductive beaches of Amalfi to the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, Italy is a bottomless well of attractions and possibilities. It is the best destination for a luxury break in 2014 as it offers the best in accommodation, cuisine and travel experiences. In the heartland of Italy you will find stunning locations for luxury villa holidays away from the bustling cities in places like Umbria and Tuscany. The gorgeous Amalfi coast, the island of Sicily and Sardinia offer the best destinations for luxury beach holidays.(image by Katherine Rynor) ISLAND HOPPING IN INDONESIA May be you do not want to be stuck up in one place in 2014, try out an exhilarating experience of island hopping in the world’s ultimate archipelago with more than 18 000 islands with each one a tiny lost world. It is intriguing in every imaginable manner; mist shrouded volcanoes, unbelievably beautiful beaches you know the ones that make you keep pinching yourself to ensure that you are not in dreamland and exotic wildlife. As you hop on and off the islands you will come across spectacular wildlife, intriguing cultures, beautiful beaches and interesting cultures. It is an experience of a life time sometimes finding yourself in breathtaking islands with no other human soul and sometimes finding yourself in the stunning crowded touristic areas. Bali is one destination not to miss on your island hopping experience in the Indonesian archipelago; it is the most visited with its spellbinding beauty of lush palm trees, pristine sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and exquisite shopping malls. GOLF HOLIDAY IN FRANCE France is a destination full of life’s best luxuries, from the splendors of its cities jam packed with culture to the picturesque medieval villages and the golden beaches along the Mediterranean; it gets it just perfect for any kind of holiday. It also offers stylish golf courses littered all across the country and still offers the best value for golfing holidays in Europe. From Paris to Normandy, Burgundy and Brittany, there is always a great destination for golfing holidays.(image by Antonio Ponte) Whether you want a golfing break with a rural touch in Provence or in the glitz and glamour of the stylish French Riviera, the choice is breathtakingly yours to make. With so many regional diversities and excellent courses, France is the destination of choice for golfing breaks in 2014. LUXURY BREAK IN THE UK COUNTRYSIDE While most people visiting...

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Going Off the Beaten Path for this Year’s Family Holiday
Jun01

Going Off the Beaten Path for this Year’s Family Holiday

TUNISIA Tunisia may be squeezed between its vast neighbors’ Libya and Algeria but that does not mean it lacks in attributes that make it an excellent family holiday destination this year. Luxury Tunisia holidays boast of a winding coastline of over 700 miles along the Mediterranean shores that is littered with some of the finest beaches in North Africa, and we all know that family fun on a sun kissed beach is a welcomed ingredient anytime. It is a country whose varied landscapes and fertile farmlands has been coveted by foreigners over the years and as a result has endured several civilizations which included Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, Phoenicians and Byzantines who have left iconic architectural structures all over the country. Children of all ages will love learning about these magnificent structures and the history of how they came about.Tunisia’s landscapes vary from lush oak forests of the northern hills to the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. There are some fantastic desert activities for families in Tunisia, including camel trekking and jeep safari’s which will appeal to slightly older adventure loving children.(image by Dennis Jarvis) Along the central coast is where most famous family friendly beach resorts of Sousse and Monastir gloriously bask beside the warm shallow waters of the Gulf of Hammamet. Many of the resorts have children’s clubs which will keep kids entertained with activities all day long. Some also have babysitting services for younger children enabling you to treat yourself to a romantic meal out with your loved one. JORDAN Most travelers focusing on exploring the Middle East keep on skipping the wonderful country Jordan. It is still a country that remains off the beaten path and most people unknowingly picture Jordan as a land of deserts, camels and Bedouins. Beyond the imaginary picture of Jordan lies a reality of an extraordinary nature, a land full of fascinating ancient archeological sites, stunning chains of valleys and mountains, outstanding desert landscape and the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes.(image by Dennis Jarvis) If you have been on the lookout for the perfect off the beaten path destination to explore together with your loved ones, then Jordan should be on your bucket list this year. Both you and your children will be spoilt with all the culture and attractions that this country has to offer.Luxury family holidays in Jordan include exploring its amazing city of contrasts Amman, the Rose colored city of Petra with its ancient rock structures, trekking in the fascinating Wadi Rum, marveling at the ruins in Jerash and floating in the Dead Sea. Jordan may bea destination that is less visited, but it certainly does...

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4 Reasons To Go To Argentina Now
Jan20

4 Reasons To Go To Argentina Now

There is no place in South America that beats Argentina when it comes to holiday or vacation experience. Traveling to Argentina will take you to a spectacular destination where you will enjoy a rich mixture of culture, heritage and cuisine. The Four reasons to go to Argentina are: Latino dancing Tango is the most popular dance style in Argentina. The dance originated in San Telmo neighborhood which is located in the scenic capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. This sensual and elegant dance has a rich history which makes it the symbol of Argentinean culture. Tango has been declared by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage to be preserved for posterity. There are numerous dance schools which offer dancing lessons to tourists who would love to learn the beautiful choreographed moves. Other popular Latino dancing styles are the salsa and milonga. In the modern bars and clubs many party-goers enjoy dancing disco.(image by Mon Partenaire Danse). Culture Argentine culture is an amalgam of European and African culture. This mixed culture is easily identifiable in the literature, lifestyles, music and architecture of the country. The beautiful romantic Tango dance which began 100 years ago is the chief cultural marker of Argentina. The music played in the clubs and restaurants is a mix of local Argentine melodies, strong African beats and European rhythm. The other cultural symbol is soccer which is more of a national obsession than a game. Buenos Aries basically reflects European culture. The city is dotted with many galleries, art museums and an active theater community. Moreover, the Argentinians are deeply religious people and most of them belong to the Roman Catholic faith. The national language is Spanish but English and seventeen other native languages are spoken in many parts of the country. Festivals Make it part of your plan to stay in Buenos Aires during national events for the cool things to do. You will have a chance to watch the Buenos Aires Tango Festival held in February/March of every year and attracts around 200 top dancers in the world. During this festival, there dozens of shows, exhibits and tango lessons. In August you can participate in the World Dance Championship while in October you can indulge in the week-long World Tango Festival.(image by Pablo Martín Broqua). There are other festivals to enjoy in Salta city which is located at the foothills of the Andean mountains. When you visit in January you will be in for Fiesta Artesanal de los Valles Calchaquies, a memorable folklore festival. In the month of April the Founding Day is celebrated while in December, Salta is decorated and converted in to...

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