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Beautiful Kefalonia, Greece

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Beautiful Kefalonia, Greece

Staying in a Kefalonia villa gives you a more personal feel to this breathtakingly beautiful island. Whilst the success of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin may have resulted a surge in the number of tourists visiting Kefalonia, a Kefalonia villa rental will make you feel as if you are the only visitors to this secluded ancient island.

As well as a rugged coastline, inner mountain range and spectacular beaches, Kefalonia also boasts some truly fantastic Roman remains. However, an earthquake in 1953 destroyed most of the old island and as a consequence, you’ll discover on your holiday in Kefalonia that many buildings now have an almost modern feel to them. That said, the island is still extremely appealing, with its old harbours and derelict Venetian style architecture.

Many of the attractive Venetian buildings are located in Sami and Argostoli, the two towns that survived the earthquake a little better than the rest of the island and as such were the main towns used during the filming of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.

Fiskardo is another example of a beautifully preserved Venetian town, which is popular with yachts during the summer season. A Kefalonia villa rental in this part of the island will give you the chance to mingle amongst the elite on your holidays.

The island has many intriguing landmarks for you to explore from your Kefalonia villa, Skala has an ancient Roman villa which contains some remnants of ancient mosaics. If you choose to take a day trip here whilst on your holidays in Kefalonia then be sure to visit the nearby white sandy beach. The beach is perfect for scuba diving and the tourist resort also contains a nightclub on the seafront, called Spilos, with the price of admission including your first drink inside.

The capital of Kefalonia is Argostoli, a quaint fishing village which is famous for its daily fish market, with fish freshly caught from the many boats that dot the old harbour. If you want to sample the catch of the day then eating at any of the traditional tavernas located in the area is a must whilst on your holiday in Kefalonia.

The town of Sami also has an ancient acropolis which dates from the 5th Century BC and provides historians with an insight into the historic past of the island. Whilst staying in your Kefalonia villa you simply must make a stop in this town en-route to the nearby Melissani Lake and Drograti Caves.

The Melissani Lake is a turquoise-hued crystal clear lake in which visitors are taken around on a small rowing boat where they can marvel at all the stalactites.

The Drograti Caves were discovered 300 years ago during an earthquake and feature some truly impressive stalactites and stalacmites for you to admire whilst on your holiday in Kefalonia.

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Anantara Golden Triangle – Thailand

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

Enjoy breathtaking vistas from the beautifully finished rooms and suites as you recline on crisp day beds and watch elephants grazing in the distance, the sound of birdsong playing over the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Anantara Golden Triangle features superbly composed décor and Bill Bensley designed gardens, and every room is complete with oversized terrazzo bathtubs, Thai textiles, teak furnishings and artwork from local cultures. If you want to book your room in this resort or many others in Thailand, Expedia offers great deals.

Terraced in 65 hectares of tropical gardens, the resort has its own elephant conservation centre where guests can learn how to look after an elephant in an innovative and exciting mahout course. Other activities include easy treks into the surrounding hills, a cooking school which offers day and week courses in the art of Thai cuisine, and a spa, with a superlative range of relaxation and beauty treatments. There is also a choice of restaurants and a pool bar for those who prefer to enjoy the haven of the resort itself.

This exotic, stylish and supremely cosseting hotel is one of the best 5-star resorts in Asia, easily up there with the Amans and One&Onlys in terms of frangipani garlands, cold flannels and staff-to-rooms ratio. But 2 things make it truly distinctive.

Enjoy breathtaking vistas from the beautifully finished rooms and suites as you recline on crisp day beds and watch elephants grazing in the distance, the sound of birdsong playing over the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Anantara Golden Triangle features superbly composed décor and Bill Bensley designed gardens, and every room is complete with oversized terrazzo bathtubs, Thai textiles, teak furnishings and artwork from local cultures.

Dine on the finest northern Thai and international cuisine, a perfect accompaniment to the majesty of one of the finest Chiang Rai hotels. Immerse yourself in the local culture with our on-site elephant camp, or learn to create authentic Lanna cuisine at our cooking school.

 Explore three countries including hill-tribe villages, the Hall of Opium museum and the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Saen. Or simply wind down at the world-renowned Anantara Spa.

Anantara Golden Triangle’s glorious Chiang Rai accommodation is matched by a region that offers a host of activities. Each day, Anantara features a range of organised and do it yourself area excursions that let you see beyond the boundaries of this five-star Chiang Rai hotel. Whether you want to explore the neighbouring countries or gain first hand knowledge of Lanna culture and traditions, we can arrange everything.

The setting is tranquil, but recreation and fun are always close by. Every day, Anantara features a range of organised and do it yourself activities that make the most of this glorious Chiang Rai resort. Days at Anantara can be as laid-back and relaxed or as action packed as you desire with our exceptional collection of resort activities.

 

 

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Mediterranean cruises

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

Mediterranean cruises are a rare kind of holidays where you get a chance to explore the envied culture of a place as well as well its culture, historical values, and more.  You actually discover a lot of things when you set-out with a Mediterranean cruise- sitting for hours on the beach and soaking warm sun rays into your bones; walking down along the trail of shores with fresh breeze touching your body; and getting to know treasure islands to expand your knowledge. Briefly, you take a break out of your boring schedules when you land on those golden Islands one-by-one that have a history to share with you and ability to make your cruise a such a magical and unforgettable memory of your life’s book.  In short Mediterranean cruises you get a sneak peak at Mediterranean lifestyle, and realize how beautiful the life is for those who are living out there on the Islands and have a beautiful climate to keep themselves calmed and relaxed even in the hustle and bustle of life.

 

When you are on a Mediterranean cruise you feel that life has broad meanings, and this is when you voyage around different sunny lands attached with port cities helping people like in their adventure. And this assortment of port cities is all connected with the Mediterranean Sea. This is up to you to explore these small cities and you can take your decision yourself. You can either plan for Western Mediterranean cruise, or Eastern Mediterranean Cruise.  In the former cruise, you can come across adventures like beaches, small-cities, and resorts, and in the latter cruise you can explore ancient culture of Greek or Ephesus or more.

 

When you settle for a Western Mediterranean holiday cruise, your ship will take you from Barcelona, Rome, or Genoa. And then you will be sailed to the posts of call such as Balearic Islands or you can choose another famous destination Italy.  In Balearic Islands you can explore around Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Forementera, and in Italy you can find a lot of historical places to have fun at such as Rome and Pisa.  Mediterranean cruises generally have specific places for the stops and these include Morocco, Monte Carlo, Malta, and Croatia.

 

The Eastern Mediterranean cruise calls at the ports which are embarkation and debarkation. These two are also known as the main ports that start from the Aegean Sea and go up to the Adriatic. If you ever wanted to have a look at ancient cities, you should be very pleased with your cruise because you can visit Olympia in Greece. It may sound like a dream indeed.  You can also explore Croatian cost, and Ephesus in Turkey. If this is your firs time with Mediterranean voyage you should sail on a big ship that’s going to cover all ports of call. It’s not difficult to find out a good ship, you also need to make sure if you will be provided with all possible facilities, amenities, and services on-board. If you haven’t have any clear idea of a cruise ship, you can opt for either Carnival Cruise or Costa Rica cruise whichever sounds perfect to you.

 

 

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Beautiful Cenote natural pits

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

A cenote is a deep natural pit characteristic of Mexico and Central America, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatan Peninsula, and some nearby Caribbean islands, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.

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It has been estimated that there are approximately 30,000 cenotes or exposed access points to these cavern and cave systems and thousands of miles of underwater cave passageways have already been explored and exploration continues in too many systems to count.

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Cenotes are complexes of sinkholes and caves in the Karst geological landscape of the Yucatán. Some cenotes contain spectacular cave formations, while others are important archaeological sites, and several were considered sacred by the Mayans.

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A few are open to the public for swimming and diving. Of the estimated 30,000 cenotes, many of them unexplored, many are considered to be Mayan cultural and archaeological sites.

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Recently, experienced divers have discovered Maya artifacts upsteam of some of the sinkholes they explored dating back over 1,000 years. This has led them to conclude that the water table in this area was significantly lower at one time and the Maya inhabited the caverns which are now full of water.

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They also concluded that some of the sacrifices made, were to ask the spirits to lower the water table so that they could resume life in the caverns. They also believed that the Maya remained in the area for some time living above ground, while waiting on the waters to recede, before moving on.

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Beautiful Bali Island

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Exotic Locations | 4 comments

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It’s among the country’s thirty-three provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island.

With a population recorded for 3,891,000 in the 2010 Census, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s small Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali’s population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali, a tourist haven for decades, has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years.

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Things to see and do in Sharm el Sheikh

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Exotic Locations | 2 comments

Sharm el Sheikh, often referred to locally as Sharm, is an amazing holiday resort located on the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula. This makes it a popular destination for holidaying families, couples and individuals with it’s wonderful beaches, beautiful diving spots and amazing desert surround.

When looking at this amazing resort now it really is hard to imagine that it started out its life as a little fishing settlement before being turned in to the amazing hub of activity, vibrance and life that it is today. Sharm is a fairly flat level of land located between the sea and the jagged mountains nearby. This resort is modern and even boasts a local hospital which is reassuring should you encounter an accident while here (by hopefully not!).

There are many places to visit in Sharm el Sheikh and one must see destination is Na’ama Bay which forms part of the metropolitan areas. Na’ama Bay is a fantastic place to spend your evenings as it contains many wonderful restaurants and lots of fun places to visit after the dark hours have drawn in.

If you can hire a car, or a driver, while in Sharm el Sheikh you will be able to take in some of the lesser populated areas such as Mount Sinai which is simply beautiful and is a real must see place. You could always hire a guide and take in the deserts while riding on a camel, camping outdoors and getting a real feel for the amazing beauty that Egypt has to offer.

While on a holiday in Sharm el Sheikh the majority of people will be here either to dive or to swim in the beautiful waters here. Sharm is an amazing area for diving and the two reefs here, Ras Mohammed and Tiran, really are amazing spots to dive from and hard to beat almost anywhere else in the world. You can reach these reefs, from Sharm by boat, in just two hours and it really is worth every moment of your trip. There are huge amounts of fish here that will attract in Barracudas, Sharks and various other wonderful sea creatures. You will find this area to be popular, however, don’t let that put you off visiting this amazing area for some truly wonderful diving and amazing marine life.

Another amazing place to visit, if you want to dive, is the SS Thistlegorm which is a wreck that is regularly visited by diving tourists in the area. This is a fantastic wreck to visit and a truly amazing experience, particularly if this is your first time visiting a wreck.

Another amazing experience can be had if you take out some of the horses from the Sofitel Hotel Stables. You will be provided with all the equipment that you could need for your day and you can take your horse out in to the desert, a particularly favourite activity of mine to enjoy at sunset.

If you want to learn more about the kind of animals that live out in the deserts in Egypt then you can hire a guide who will take you out for the day, or longer, and allow you to get fairly close and personal to some of the wonderful creatures that live here.

It is fair to say that Egypt offers something for almost everyone and with its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and amazing cuisine you really will be blown away by the beauty of Sharm el Sheikh.

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