Friday, September 30, 2011

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Huvafen Fushi Maldives is a luxury resort set in its own lagoon offering 43 spacious and sleek bungalows that are an architect's masterpiece. The resort is ideal for honeymooners looking for a romantic get away. The resort features individual plunge pools, on-call personal butler, glass floors in ocean bungalow's and the world's first underwater spa.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A perfect romantic paradise in Tropical North Queensland

Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat is the deluxe destination in Far North Queensland for a tranquil and romance-infused escape, exclusively for couples.
The boutique retreat offers luxurious lodgings, complete privacy and indulgent facilities. Just 40 minutes south of Cairns in the foothills of the famous Misty Mountains, guests are transported to a place where they can breathe in nature’s unique aroma amidst a verdant wonderland of world heritage rainforest and contemporary design.
The boutique-style accommodation: Blue-Lagoon Villa or Studio, offers something for every guest. Imagine, your very own villa set under the canopy of world heritage rainforest, soothing massages by a flowing stream, tropical days by the relaxation pond, a picnic under the stars or late nights in your private Glass Bar & Lounge. 

Surrounding your luxury retreat villa is a sprawling swimming lagoon set amongst the lush gardens and rainforest. The stunning Glass Bar – also exclusively yours – features a state-of-the-art bar and lounge and if you’re in the mood for meditation and massage on your romantic getaway, escape to your Think Tank perched above the soothing sound of a flowing stream and surrounded by rain forest. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Family Friendly – The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

Searching for a family friendly resort? Somewhere you and those you love can truly relax on an island with the best beach and enjoy playing in the most beautiful lagoon? Well we have found the resort for you… The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa! Readers of Australia’s leading family travel magazine, Holidays With Kids, have recently voted The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa as a Top 10 family-friendly resort for 2011!  

Enjoy the simple pleasures with your family here at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, where you can feed the fish right at the water's edge, or snorkel straight off the resort's secluded beach in the sparkling blue marine reserve to play with the colourful reef fish. The world-class beach and lagoon are no more than 10 seconds from your doorstep! 

Your children Play Free in the Cook Islands' only kids club, the Moko's Kids Club, and parents love it too because children also stay free at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa! Two children aged up to 11 years stay free when sharing a room with up to two adults. And up to 4 children can stay free in the fully self-contained 2 Bedroom Beachside Suites and the Grand Beachfront Suites. 

And for even more family fun, Moko's Kids Club kids also receive a great Free Fun Welcome Pack upon arrival at The Rarotongan for your kids in paradise holiday!

Book a 5night stay (or longer) in any category at The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, and receive:
• Kids stay, play and eat free.
• 1 free session per child at the new Banana Beach Playland crèche + Little Dolphins mini waterpark for kids aged under 4.
• $45 per child free Arcade Game Tokens for kids aged 4-16 years.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, Korea

Escape from the hectic pace of the city and relax at Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul, amidst serenity and natural beauty. Overlooking Seoul’s picturesque Mt. Namsan, Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul is Banyan Tree’s first combination of urban resort and membership club. With wraparound views of Seoul, the limpid Han River and the lush greenery of Namsan Park, this urban oasis offers a sanctuary for the senses in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities.
It combines warmth and traditional Korean hospitality with a mix of Banyan Tree Spa. A myriad of outdoor facilities including a golf driving range, tennis, futsal and outdoor swimming pool, and sophisticated cuisines in any one of the resort’s restaurants and bars. Simply relax with family and friends amidst the serenity, greenery and natural beauty of Mt. Namsan at Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wild Frontiers 9-Nt India Toura

Dreaming of this vibrant, fascinating country? It's closer than you think. In just 10 days the professionals at Wild Frontiers (and their on-the-ground, English-speaking guides) will take you through classic India. Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, Jaipur and Bundi are all on the itinerary of this whirlwind expedition — as is the crown jewel of any bucket-list trip to India: the Taj Mahal. Although packed with enough authentic experiences to fill a bookshelf full of photo albums, the trip also leaves time for simply taking it all in.
Day 1: Arrival & Tour Old Town
The tour starts in Delhi, India’s capital city. After arrival you’ll go on a guided tour of Old Delhi, including a walk along the main thoroughfare, where shops sell everything from wedding saris and bangles to pots and pans. Quieter alleyways lead to spice markets and ornate townhouses. Enjoy dinner at Karim’s, a famous neighborhood restaurant. Overnight at Claridges Hotel; dinner included.
Day 2: To Agra
After breakfast, an air-conditioned car will take you to Agra (a 5-hour drive). Upon arrival, you’ll tour the riverside Agra Fort, which contains exquisite palaces carved in red sandstone, a perfect counterpoint to the white marble of the Taj Mahal — which you will visit at sunset when the stone turns a delicate pink. Overnight at Trident Hotel; breakfast included.
Day 3: Fatehpur Sikri  
On Day 3, visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by a great Mughal emperor. Visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar as his capital in 1571 but abandoned just 14 years later because of water shortages. After the tour, board a train to Gangapur, the closest city to storybook Ramathra Fort, deep in the countryside. Owners Ravi and Gitanjali Rajpal will act as your hosts for two nights, and all meals except one are included; choose from mild meat and vegetable curries, rice, local breads and puddings made from secret family recipes. Overnight at Ramathra Fort; breakfast and dinner included. 

Day 4: Ramathra Fort
The Ramathra Fort creates an air of intimacy and comfort, so sleep in a bit in your airy suite in the lovingly restored main building, then join the party for breakfast. Your hosts will organize a guided village walk, a rare chance to see how daily life in India is lived. The afternoon is spent on a boat ride on the lake, where you could spot colorful birds. Overnight at Ramathra Fort; breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Day 5: To Rajasthan
 An air-conditioned car will transfer you to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, where the old sandstone buildings turn to pink as the sun sets (earning the nickname “Pink City”). After the 4-hour journey, stretch your legs during a guided tour of the bazaars and the Palace of Winds (which has 953 intricately carved stone windows) and the 18th-century observatory. You will spend 2 nights at Samode Haveli, the former townhouse of the princely Samode family. It oozes charm and character with frescoes, pretty courtyards and a peaceful garden — a sanctuary from the busy city streets.Overnight at Samode Haveli; breakfast included.
Day 6: Balloon Ride in Jaipur 
The highlight might well be the balloon ride you’ll take today, during which you’ll get bird's-eye views of the 16th-century fort at Amber, outside Jaipur (you can choose to ride to the launch point via elephant, which only adds to the experience). The entire city will spread out before you, offering the photo opportunity of a lifetime. Afterward, head to the markets to partake in some of Jaipur’s renowned shopping. Bargain hard for cashmere shawls and handmade rugs. Overnight at Samode Haveli; breakfast included. 

Day 7: To Bundi
It's a 5-hour drive south through hilly countryside to Bundi (my favorite town in all of Rajasthan). It’s like visiting Jaipur a century ago: Every house is painted blue, and the town spreads out from a vast palace mirrored in a lake. During a guided walk, take in the quiet city streets, which are full of interesting shops, from silversmiths to banglemakers, and welcoming cafés. You will stay in a restored haveli mansion built against the fort walls. The owners here know exactly what Westerners like: kingsize beds, powerful showers, WiFi access and rooftop dining. Overnight at Bundi Vilas; breakfast included. 

Day 8: Tour the Royal Palace
After breakfast, embark on a tour of Bundi’s royal palace, which contains some of the finest murals in India: processions of hundreds of horses and riders, each with a different face; amusing scenes from courtly life; and trees, flowers and wading birds. Afterward, visit a local family to learn the secrets of Indian cooking and see the lakeside palace where Rudyard Kipling once stayed. Then, enjoy some free time to explore the bazaars; ask your guide to direct you to the studio of Gopal Soni, a miniature painter, who uses squirrel-hair brushes to make copies of the palace paintings on paper. Overnight at Bundi Vilas; breakfast included.
Day 9: Back to Delhi
Board the train bound to Delhi on the main line and transfer to Claridges Hotel for your final night. If you have time, visit the government-run Central Cottage Industries Emporium — a short taxi ride from the hotel — where you can pick up inexpensive shawls, wood carvings and miniature paintings bought direct from the artisan makers. Overnight at Claridges Hotel; breakfast included.
Day 10: Departure

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Gran Hotel Son Net, Spain

Gran Hotel Son Net is an exquisite luxury Mallorcan Estate, a breathtaking historical mansion dating back to the 17th century, which has been lovingly restored into an elegant sanctuary amid the rugged Sierra Tramuntana Mountains.

Each of the 31 rooms and suites has its own style and color scheme – from red toile to understated hues of cream and black. Accessories include period antiques, grand mirrors, fireplaces and marble bathrooms the size of a New York apartment. For the best view, opt for the top-floor Deluxe Rooms, which capture panoramic vistas of the rolling countryside and hotel gardens.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Le Rêve Hotel & Spa, Mexico

Le Rêve Hotel & Spa is a beachfront boutique property hidden in the jungle 45 minutes south of Cancun. The 25 unique rooms offer quiet comfort, stunning views, privacy, in one of Mexico’s best hotels.
Le Rêve Hotel & Spa's white sand beach has seductively temperate, blue Caribbean waters where gentle breezes refresh and swaying palm trees dance in a relaxing tropical rhythm. Le Rêve's hospitality will exceed your expectations and make your stay as peacefully romantic as you ever imagined.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is delighted to be featured on the latest cover of the prestigious US travel magazine, ISLANDS, following on from having been listed by ISLANDS as one of the World’s 12 Best Private Islands.

From Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa guests enjoy the best views on earth of the world’s mMost beautiful lagoon, and now there’s an even more beautiful way to soak up these bucket list views – our new bungalow category!

They are proud to be launching the superb new bungalow category at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa – the NEW PREMIUM BEACHFRONT BUNGALOWS! Brand new and located directly facing the champagne sands of Sunset Beach with magnificent views over Aitutaki Lagoon – the best views in Aitutaki!

Under the cool shade of coconut palms, the 9 Premium Beachfront Bungalows feature a fabulous outdoor shower and a Californian super king size bed affording an uninterrupted vista out across the spectacular lagoon. Other features include cable TV/DVD player, radio alarm clock, refrigerator, coffee/tea making facilities, cool waffle-cotton bathrobes, and private verandah with sunloungers. 

Close to the Bungalows are hammocks strung under the palms right beside the serene lagoon, the ultimate in relaxation. The most romantic beachfront bungalows in the South Pacific.

The sublime Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa is the ONLY resort located directly on the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki, one of the must-see places to see before you die. Here you will also discover beaches, million-dollar lagoon views, exclusive Overwater Bungalows (unique to the Cooks), the sumptuous Royal Honeymoon Pool Villa and the Oneroa Beach Chapel plus three ‘Lagoon of Love’ wedding packages. Here you can truly live the South Seas romance of your dreams. Aitutaki. Heaven sent.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Balé, Bali

The Balé is a luxurious 29-pavilion retreat dedicated to revitalizing your soul. Relaxation and decompression come easy here, especially at the Spa, where world-class yoga teachers share space with renowned healers. Each pavilion has their own private swimming pool and modern, fashionable interiors, The Balé offers you the chance to relax and revitalize in style. Stroll through peaceful white − walled courtyards and past refreshing water pools, indulge in the unique collection of holistic spa treatments and well-being programs and dine on the freshest organic produce.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Jetsetter Homes

Jetsetter is expanding beyond its core hotel business into offering vacation homes of all sizes around the world. Jetsetter Homes consists of more than 200 hand-selected, verified homes.
Each of the homes have been checked out by one of Jetsetter's correspondents, so you can expect the same exacting standards you find with Jetsetter hotels.Check out some of the homes on offer…

La Bagatelle, St Lucia – Embedded in a lush tropical mountainside, La Bagatelle feels like a luxurious treehouse. Open on almost all sides, the two-bedroom aerie provides a stunning bird’s-eye view of the cone-shaped peaks of St. Lucia’s dramatic twin Pitons. Framed by broad palms, vivid tropical blooms and bamboo, the villa’s ingenious open-air design blends effortlessly with its spectacular surroundings.

Villa Kubu, BaliVilla Kubu spreads out over seemingly endless space. The modernist mansion spans 7,500 square feet, with sleek, unbroken lines and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Outside, the views over the Indian Ocean extend as far as the eye can see from the cascading edge of the 27-foot infinity pool. The villa’s décor cleverly uses repetition and reflection to add to the immeasurable impression of the house. The real secret to the vast feel of Kubu, though, is the ocean view from every room.

Stargazer, Turks and Caicos Islands – On a secluded half-mile stretch of shoreline west of Grace Bay Beach, Stargazer is straight out of MTV’s Cribs. The sprawling three-building property houses a full-size ballet studio, turtle-filled grotto and private movie theater, garden-filled grounds, a tennis court and a dramatic infinity pool, a sauna and so much more. There are also all the normal things you'd expect to find in a vacation home: an airy great room, with vaulted ceilings and wicker and rattan furnishings; an elegant dining room for ten, with ocean views; and six bedrooms spread among the main house and outbuildings. And despite the priceless collectibles and extravagant chef-prepared meals, the place has a comfortable, lived-in vibe.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grand Hotel di Como, Italy

In a large park on the shores of Italy’s most beautiful lake, the Grand Hotel di Como delivers modern ambience and some of the best beds in town. The 153 rooms and suites are spacious and airy, done up with bright colors and an eclectic art collection. But it is the grounds here that really shine. Filled with indigenous trees and flowers, they are home to an alfresco restaurant and a wonderful swimming pool with killer mountain views.