Monday, October 31, 2011

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort


With an engaging range of outdoor activities, including a Nature Reserve, Orang Utan education centre and an ecologically friendly championship golf course, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort is the premier luxury resort in Kota Kinabalu that offers the best of Sabah in a lush, 400-acre tropical setting beside exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach. 

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort goes beyond the offerings of Kota Kinabalu hotels by providing numerous options for relaxation, including the magnificent Spa at Dalit Bay, a wide range of water sports, Rasa Ria's own catamarans for cruises and deep sea fishing, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, horse riding, a fitness centre and a fun-filled Kids' Club.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Bali

Nestled in an exclusive estate surrounded by lush greenery and verdant rice fields, The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah offers one of the finest luxury retreats in the world. Surrounded on all sides by green rice fields, it is a haven of tranquility with traditional Balinese villas decorated with beautifully crafted artefacts. 

With 20 elegant villas and suites, this charming hideaway is one of the best Bali resorts. With standard suites sporting generously large bedrooms and bathrooms, bathtubs, outdoor showers, and private terraces, The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah is a 5-hectare expanse of rural landscaping and privacy.

Guests at the Spa Villas with private massage suites, saunas and cold plunge pools, can enjoy morning massages, afternoon spa treatments and spa breakfasts for two. Head off for a stroll, relax with a book at the 35m pool, or get a massage at The Spa, with two private treatment suites opening out to rice paddy views. There’s also yoga studio and gym. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Frommer's Top Destinations List for 2012

Frommer’s has unveiled their Top Destinations List for 2012. This list, compiled by Frommer’s experienced and passionate travel writers and editors, features an inspiring choice of both emerging and established destinations which are set to be big news for travellers in 2012.

Each year Frommer authors put their heads together to find those places that inspire their readers to see the world anew. For 2012, Frommer expanded the list adding destinations to match the interests of particular travellers – Ardent cruise fans,  foodies, families. However you choose to travel, you will find smart suggestions and a few surprises in Frommer annual Top Destinations list.

Top 10 Destinations:
· Curaco
· Chongqing, China
· Fukuoka, Japan
· Beirut, Lebanon
· Ghana
· London, England
· Girona, Spain
· Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, Canada
· Kansas City, Missouri, USA
· Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico 

Top Family Destination: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Top Cruise Destination: Tromso, Norway
Top Beach Destination: Hanalei Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Top Adventure Destination: Moab, Utah
Top Food & Drink Destination: Lima, Peru
Top City Break Destination: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Top Endangered Destination: Aysen Region, Chile
Top Value Destination: Albanian Riviera
Top Destination to Get Lost: Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Readers’ Choice: Turkey

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Let Jetsetter Plan Your Honeymoon!

Haven’t found a honeymoon that’s exactly what you’re looking for? Or maybe you just want a personalised trip that is unique to the two of you. Let Jetsetter's Personal Travel Planning take the reins and plan your perfect honeymoon. Depending on what you want, Jetsetter will have you sipping a cocktail on the beach in Thailand, spotting lions in Kenya or Michelin-star restaurant hopping.

Firstly you will supply the team with some basic information about what type of honeymoon you’re looking for. Next, Jetsetter will search through their network of people who canvass the globe full time searching for the world’s best new resorts, destinations and honeymoon spots and find an Expert you can chat to on the phone or via email.
Your Expert can help you pick the perfect honeymoon destination, and once you’ve landed, they will supply you with personalised, first-hand advice on hotels, restaurants, activities and more. Once you have chosen your destination Jetsetter's booking specialist will work with you to make all your hotel reservations. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

Set within a turquoise lagoon on the island of Malolo, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is the ultimate destination for luxury, tranquility and romance. It is a unique and special place designed with integrity to cultural values, traditional designs and architecture, and is embraced by the renowned warmth of the Fijian people.  

Featuring the first and only resort in Fiji with over-water bures - designed exclusively for couples, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, offers sheer comfort and blissful privacy amid stunning surrounds. Laze on your deck or luxuriate in your separate bathing pavilion with lagoon views from your bathtub.
On land, the split-level design of the Deluxe Beachfront Bure optimises the spectacular views over the lagoon and provides a beautiful sanctuary for a truly romantic stay. The Garden Beachfront or Beachfront Bure are only a few steps from the beach and crystal lagoon and offer a secluded haven of relaxation and privacy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora

Situated between the deep blue Pacific and the multihued waters of a tranquil lagoon, Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora offers escape on its own sublimely private small islet. Inspired by Polynesian architecture, the village-like resort blends into a lush world of unsurpassed tropical beauty and takes full advantage of heartstopping views.

The resort offers 121 spacious hideaways nestling around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. The 100 over-water bungalows perch on stilts above the turquoise lagoon. On the shore, seven beachfront villas nestle along a stretch of semi-private beach. All overlook the pristine waters and views of spectacular Mount Otemanu. 

Guest accommodations offer a restful, airy ambience inspired by local architecture – with traditional teak wood furnishings, high ceilings and roofs thatched with pandanus leaves. To accentuate the feel of Polynesia, special touches include striking works of art, private pools and deep bathtubs beside doors that slide open to reveal panoramic fresh-air views of the lagoon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

AQUA Wellness Resort, Nicaragua

AQUA Wellness Resort, is a yoga and wellness retreat and eco vacation resort located on the beautiful Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. AQUA is a place created in harmony with nature, fulfilling your vacation with health and wellness by integrating luxurious earth friendly accommodations, spa treatments, wellness programs, nutrition and the best of local cuisine. There is also a complete complement of activities from hiking trails, water sports, surfing to nature tours of whales, sea turtles and volcanoes.

Nestled on the pristine Pacific Coast just 50 km north of Costa Rica, AQUA was designed to provide the perfect setting for relaxation, rejuvenation, personal rediscovery and fun. The Pacific Ocean is the centre-piece of life at AQUA. The secluded white sand beach of Redonda Bay is just footsteps away from each eco-luxury TreeTop Villa. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Highland Peaks

Enjoy fine New Zealand hospitality, conversation, personally guided wildlife eco-tours, cuisine and wines at Highland Peaks – a small, modern, eco-friendly luxury lodge with panoramic ridge top mountain and sea views.

Built in 2005 from natural stone to a eco-friendly design, Highland Peaks's ridge top position provides stunning views from all suites and lounges. Located on 21 acres of native forest and ridge top grounds, Highland Peaks is quiet, secluded and private. The modern European styling creates a spacious, warm, light, ambience for comfortable living.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Capella Pedregal, Mexico


Capella Pedregal is the premier spa resort in Cabo San Lucas. Situated on the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, Capella Pedregal encompasses 24 spectacular mountainside and oceanfront acres. The luxury resort rests at the very point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, near the legendary rock formations known as Land's End. 

The beach resort is reached via the only privately owned tunnel in Mexico, Dos Mares. Carved through the heart of the mountain, the tunnel is a 300-meter long engineering feat that separates the town of Cabo from the Pacific Ocean.

This incredibly dramatic entrance to Capella Pedregal overlooks a long expanse of beach and the ocean. Guests and residents who want to experience true "Cabo culture" will find the vibrant shops, dining and entertainment of Cabo San Lucas village all within easy reach by foot, bike or resort valet.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

Nestled in the world’s oldest rain forest, 65 million years older than the Amazon, and experiencing the world’s oldest culture. Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa projects a sense of exotic remoteness which is belied by the fact that it is located only 90 minutes by car from Cairns and 40 minutes from Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa has only 15 tranquil rainforest "Bayans" nestled amongst the world's oldest living rainforest... reinforcing the impression of being 'at one with nature', yet still providing all the creature comforts of a boutique retreat.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, Croatia

Sun Gardens offers a place where you can enjoy all the privileges and facilities of a five-star resort under the Croatian sun and overlooking the Adriatic Sea. 

The Radisson Blu Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is one of the first “resort-style” hotels in the region, mixing modern design, kid-friendly activities, a full raft of dining options and sea views at every turn. All this, and a dose of culture is waiting in the historic city center, just 30 minutes away. 

The 201 rooms are all about contemporary design, with a Mediterranean palette of beige and turquoise and floor-to-ceiling windows framing the sea outside. All rooms are equipped with top-class amenities and feature an elegant terrace/balcony for taking in the magnificent surrounding views.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Legends Resort, French Polynesia

On the island of Moorea in French Polynesia, Legends Resort consists of villas that line a bloom-covered hillside , with views of the surrounding sea. Spread across 17 breathtaking acres, Legends Resort encompasses its own little slice of paradise. 

Magnificent individual villas offer a personal haven of tranquility, stylishly furnished with exotic furniture, delicate china, and elegant interior design. Escape to the unparalleled beauty of this luxury hotel, where relaxation isn’t a state of mind – it’s a way of life. Villas reflect a modern and soothing Polynesian aesthetic, with dark, polished wood surfaces and colorful paintings, and each comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room and a large outdoor deck with a Jacuzzi. 

There are plenty of activities to choose from — snorkeling, tennis, sunset sails — but the sugary sand beach on the resort’s nearby private motu (island) is the real draw.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Peninsula, New York

Few properties say 'five star luxury' quite like The Peninsula. At Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, this 239-room hotel has incredible views of Manhattan from its renowned roof deck. And down below, the city is at your fingertips. 

Housed in a beauty of a landmark Beaux Arts building, The Peninsula is the perfect combination of modern accents and old-world charm. The 185 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 54 suites have recently been refurbished and decorated in a classic, contemporary style. The huge marble bathrooms all have soaking tubs with televisions so you can watch while taking your bubble bath. 

The Peninsula also features one of the best and biggest New York hotel health clubs and spas, the rooftop Pen-Top Bar, and a faultless concierge desk.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Las Balsas, Argentina

On the northern shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa, a hidden gem in this rugged landscape. With amenities like an upscale restaurant and luxurious spa, plus a well-stocked wine cellar, the 15-room hotel puts guests lakeside with amenities not often found this far off the beaten path.

Las Balsas is an intimate, classic boutique inn with a fantastic restaurant and an enviable wine cellar. Situated in the middle of one of the planet's most ruggedly beautiful landscapes – the Argentine Patagonia, a land of jutting peaks, endless evergreen forests, and idyllic lakes.

Each of the 15 rooms and suites has its own unique style inspired by the surrounding splendor.  At the restaurant, local flavors and ingredients feature prominently.
Simple pleasures take on new magic at Las Balsas. Take a romantic stroll through mountain foothills, ride a boat onto Nahuel Huapi Lake, or gaze up at the canopy of stars that seems impossibly close. 

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Legends, Mauritius

The five-star Legends is located in the north-west of the beautiful island paradises of Mauritius. Legends is the only feng shui hotel in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean, where the ancient Chinese theory of harmony and wellbeing promises a total sense of peace and serenity.
Legends coils languorously along stunning coves and pristine golden sands where little crabs scuttle and birds twitter in the coconut trees. While this is the picture-perfect island vacation for relaxation, Legends goes one step further.
Each of the six room categories has a different design scheme, with corresponding colours and materials. The rooms range from comfortable and spacious Superior Rooms to the sumptuous Emperor Villa, which features aspects of all the elements and has its own private beach.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Playa Viva, Mexico

Playa Viva is an eco-escape of just eight treehouse-like casitas set on a beachfront ecological reserve. It's a special place where you and your family will enjoy the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious resort. Be up with the sunrise and heading to bed as it gets dark, with daily yoga classes, a tour of Aztec ruins and a taste of healthy Mexican cuisine in between.