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Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

The Marquesas Islands are a group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southern Pacific Ocean. The Marquesas Islands form one of the five administrative divisions of French Polynesia. The capital of the Marquesas Islands administrative subdivision is the settlement of Taiohae on the island of Nuku Hiva.

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The bulk of the Marquesas Islands are of volcanic origin created by the Marquesas hotspot underlying the Pacific Plate.

The Marquesas Islands comprise an isolated group of 12 volcanic islands, of which 2 are small rock islands and only 6 are inhabited.

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Formed from two volcanoes, Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands, offering tourists magnificent landscapes, intriguing archeology, quality wooden handicrafts and a plethora of activities to enjoy and experience, such as hiking, horseback riding and diving.


Nuku Hiva is a magical island with an abundance of natural wonders, like 1000-foot waterfalls, towering mountains, and rich flora and fauna.

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The town of Taiohae is the administrative capital of the Marquesas Islands, situated at the foot of the deep Taiohae Bay.

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Inspired and captivated by the idyllic tropical scenery, lush green vegetation overflowing with orchids, spider lilies and ginger jasmines, vibrant culture and warm welcoming hospitality of the locals, Marquesas Islands offer many land and water activities to make your holidays unforgettable.

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You can choose from a wide selection of adventures including land excursions, picnics on the beach or mountains, safari truck, hiking over mountain trails and to inland cascades, motorboat rides, deep-sea fishing and other water sports.

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There are four airports in the Marquesas, one each on the islands of Nuku Hiva, Ua Pu, Ua Huka, and Hiva Oa. The terrain of Tahuata is too irregular to allow for the construction of a landing strip without significant investment, and while the upland plateau of central Fatu Hiva is large enough to permit the construction of an airstrip, the island’s minuscule population makes such an exercise of dubious benefit.

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The primary accommodations in Marquesas Islands are mainly found in the islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa, treating guests to unparallel comfort and warm traditional hospitality. Hiva Oa Hanakee Pearl Lodge is a wonderful getaway with contemporary comforts and breathtaking views of the rugged coast.

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Facing the fantastic mount Temetiu (3,903 feet), the hotel boasts 20 bungalows, each with a private terrace and other room amenities. You can find an elegantly designed swimming pool with plenty of nearby activities. Baby sitting is available upon request.

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In contrast to the common perception of lush tropical vegetation that goes culturally hand-in-hand with the appellation “Polynesia”, the Marquesas are remarkably dry islands.

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Although the islands lie within the tropics, they are the first major break in the prevailing easterly winds spawned from the extraordinarily dry Humboldt Current. Because of this, the islands are subject to frequent drought conditions, and only those which reach highest into the clouds have reliable precipitation.

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Apart from hiking and sight-seeing, there are more activities you can do in this island. There are festivals which are held for various occasions and as this is an island surrounded by the ocean, there are water-related activities to experience and enjoy.

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Some of the resorts offer services and facilities for snorkeling and diving. Shopping and dining are also common points of interest as the locals offer an array of specialties for their visitors.

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Costa Rica beaches sunset

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in Exotic Locations | 3 comments

Costa Rica’s beaches, boasting both exceptional and varied beauty, luring tourists from all over the globe. Running the gamut from rocky shelling beaches to gorgeous expanses of pink, black, and white sand, Costa Rica shores beckon you with more than 1200 kilometers of oceanfront to explore. Pacific coast beaches, stretching from Zancudo to Tamarindo, are a favorite to the majority of international tourists, offering stunning vistas, incredible sunsets, and some of the most unspoiled spots in the nation.

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Beaches offer visitors exceptional water quality, beaches are mostly white and gray sand that slips perfectly between your toes, often with a smattering of small rocks and shells, ideal for catching some golden rays, long walks down the beach, and superb nature photography.

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Jacó Beach, and the Gulf of Papagayo are only three examples of the spectacularly beautiful Costa Rican beaches. With so many others, as well as hundreds of additional special spots and secret places waiting to be discovered, visitors never tire of the country’s vast shoreline riches. So pack your bags, head on down, and bury your toes in the sand as you enjoy a spectacular Costa Rican sunset.

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Sharm el-Sheikh beachs and hotels

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in Exotic Locations, Houses | 3 comments

Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000. Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.

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Sharm El Sheikh is all about the sea. Whether you swim, dive, snorkel or simply laze on your sun bed and admire the way that the bright blues of the ocean contrast with the ochre colours of the desert, you’ll have to admit that the sea is this resort’s biggest asset. For crystal clear waters, abundant fish and spectacular reefs, there’s nowhere else quite like it. And the resort that has sprung up to cater for all the sea lovers who come here does a very good job indeed, with top class, international hotels next door to cosy guest houses, restaurants from all around the world, and plenty of cheerful nightlife.

The average temperatures during the winter months (November to March) range from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius (59-95°F) and during the summer months (April to October) from 20 to 45 degrees Celsius (68-113°F). The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70-84°F) over the course of the year.

Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are located either in Na’ama Bay, the city’s nightlife and dining hub, or across the rest of the city. Most of the hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are mid range, and, the closer the hotel to Na’ama bay, the more expensive the room rates are likely to be. Hotels overlooking the Strait of Tiran usually enjoy panoramic, stunning views of the waterfront, whilst hotels in the Hadaba district are situated at the top of a cliff, but wherever you are to stay, check that rooms include air conditioning as it gets incredibly hot during the high season.

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A Maldivian Piece of Heaven

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

A Maldivian Piece of Heaven

Enjoy a memorable Maldivian experience at the Anatara Kihavah Villas resort on the Kihavah Huravalhi island. Only 35 minutes away by seaplane from the Male International Airport, this oasis of luxury and serenity offers 74 one-bedroom villas and four more two-bedroom villas of up to 9,250 square foot.They all flaunt infinity pools, outdoor rain showers, large wooden sun decks and oversized bathtubs.

For rates that vary from $1,170 per night (beach pool villa) to $6,625 per night (two bedroom over water pool villa), you will have access to the resort’s lovely “jungle spa”, the underwater restaurant and the impressive wine cellars. Get a glimpse at the majesty of the Maldivian resort in the following photos.

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Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Looking for a lush spot where to spend an unforgettable exotic vacation? Let us suggest a destination: the Necker Island owned by Sir Richard Branson. You can rent the 74-acre private island for $53,000 per night, and you can invite 28 of your friends to share the fun with you.

One immense residence, suggestively called the Great House, and six more private Balinese Houses offer luxe accommodation and lovely views of the surroundings. The Great House is situated high on a hill, so you can imagine how amazing the views are from here. There are eight bedrooms inside the mansion: six double bedrooms, a Master Suite and a Junior Suite.

The double bedrooms all feature en-suite baths, king-size beds and private balconies. The Master Suite is located on the upper floor and boasts an outdoor Jacuzzi and bath, and also a home entertainment system. On the main level you will find the Junior suite with its deluxe amenities. There’s also an infinity pool, a fully stocked bar and a kitchen (equipped with only state-of-the art appliances) in the mansion.

Three of the six Balinese Houses are located in the middle of the island and share a large swimming pool (the Bali Buah, the Bali Lo and the Bali Kukila), while the other three are situated on a cliff (the Bali Cliff, the Bali Hi and the Bali Beach).

On the island you can choose to just lay back and unwind, or get active and engage in all kinds of activities, because the choices are numerous. Sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, waterskiing, powerboat trips, kayaking, and even a three-person aero submarine are all available for all the island’s guests. If you prefer to feel the ground beneath your feet when you exercise, then you can play some tennis, billiards or darts. Pampering and relaxation options include a fully-equipped gym with air conditioning and the Bali Leha Spa.

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Eco-Silicon Valley in Bejing

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in Exotic Locations | Comments Off on Eco-Silicon Valley in Bejing

Eco-Silicon Valley in Bejing

This is the design by Helsinki-based design studio, Eriksson Architects for an Eco-settlement in the Mentougou Eco Valley in China. Currently awaiting permission from the Chinese government, the project still has to step over legal red tape. Once done, this will be an Eco-Silicon valley in itself and will use different types of raw materials, unlike the conformist architecture, making the city unique.

The city will span a 100 square meters and will include nine environmental research institutes and companies, one city center and several smaller residential villages with enough roof for 50,000 people!

The city will be self-sufficient in producing water, returning nutrients back to the environment and maintaining its own agriculture because it will be built amidst vast vegetation and small bodies of water. Protected by the surrounding wall of mountains, noise and pollution are also kept out of the Mentougou Eco Valley.

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