Monday, January 30, 2012

Pinnacles



Pinnacles is the ultimate in 5 star luxury self-contained accommodation situated in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the fabulous Whitsunday Islands. Pinnacles you can indulge your senses to make your stay a memorable experience.
 
This award-winning complex offers 29 stylish 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self contained apartments all with spa, spacious balconies and magnificent Coral Sea views. Enjoy the splendour of the Whitsunday Islands from your balcony and the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep. Sail the pristine waters of the Whitsunday's, relax with a treatment in our on-site day spa or just laze by the pool and use our gym and sauna. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island



Capella Lodge is Lord Howe luxury and Lord Howe Island's premium boutique accommodation. Commanding stunning ocean and mountain views the lodge affords a civilised, stylish and sophisticated escape. Resting atop romantic Lovers Bay and at the foot of the imperious twin peaks rising dramatically above, Capella Lodge welcomes spectacular views of the ocean, reef and mountains into the lodge.

An intimate nine contemporary island-style suites are designed to complement Lord Howe's pristine natural environment and provide a luxurious, serene refuge. Inspired by the carefree spirit of the Australian beach house, this is barefoot luxury at its best.

Capella Lodge's contemporary cuisine, first name service, relaxed sophistication and intimate surrounds combine to deliver a unique and exclusive Lord Howe Island experience. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland




Until recently, St. Patrick’s Day was a bigger celebration for the Irish in other countries than on their home soil, but this has changed dramatically in the past few years, with residents of the Republic and Northern Ireland embracing Lá Fhéile Pádraig. So celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland with Emerald Custom Tours! Jetsetter has a great deal on the tour for five nights and six days,

On March 17, Dublin puts on the biggest show of all, and this is where Emerald Custom Tours’ six-day guided tour will finish, timed to this grand finale. Before the dramatic conclusion, guests will visit fascinating sights like the 12th-century Rock of Cashel, the Glen of Two Lakes, and drive the historic Titanic Trail to Cobh — the port from which the Titanic sailed on the centenary of its fateful voyage.

Itinerary:
Day One: Arrive at Dublin Airport
Drive to Cork, with sightseeing along the way. Visit the ancient home of Irish kings, the Rock of Cashel, and its 12th- and 13th-century castles. Tour downtown Cork and the city’s English Market.
Overnight at Hayfield Manor
 
Day Two: Tour County Cork
Visit Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone, then drive the historic Titanic Trail to seaside Cobh and see the shipyard from which the Titanic was launched, and the exhibition commemorating its centenary. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and tour the scenic Kinsale Peninsula, with lunch in the quaint town of Kinsale, and visits of Charles Fort and Desmond Castle.
Overnight at Hayfield Manor; breakfast and lunch included
 
Day Three: Cork to Kilkenny
Day Three includes visits to Kilkenny Castle and leisure time in the charming town.
Tour Jerpoint Abbey and Kilkenny Castle, with lunch and free time in charming Kilkenny. In the afternoon transfer to Mount Juliet resort in the countryside and explore the 1,500 acres of grounds and many sporting and outdoor activities.
Overnight at Mount Juliet; breakfast, lunch and dinner, with wine, included
 
Day Four: County Wicklow
Known as the “Garden of Ireland,” County Wicklow is lush and full of parks and well-kept estates with formal gardens. Visit Glendalough, the Glen of Two Lakes, a dramatic glacial valley filled with ancient monastic ruins, then tour Powerscourt, the grandest of Wicklow’s estates, which has extensive gardens and landscaping. Have lunch in Wicklow’s Roundwood Village and visit the James Joyce Tower before arriving in Dublin to a welcome hot Irish whiskey on arrival at the hotel.
Overnight at Clontarf Castle; breakfast and lunch included
 
Day Five: St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin!
Day is at your leisure to watch the holiday parade and explore top sights, including the Guinness Storehouse (brewery and museum), the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Museum of Ireland, the city of Dublin itself and its famous Phoenix Park.
Overnight at Clontarf Castle; breakfast included
 
Day Six: Depart from Dublin Airport

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Travel in Style!



Stylish and functional, these Mr and Mrs passport holders from Weddingstar are perfect for your romantic honeymoon away. Pair with matching luggage tags and you and your new hubby are ready to travel in style! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Villa Chi, Phuket



This ultra chic three-bedroom sits just above the magnificent shoreline of the exclusive Millionaires' Mile headland on Phuket's west coast. Every room offers opulence, comfort and incredible sea views, while its 16-metre infinity swimming pool is an inviting expanse of light marble that blends in with the shimmering ocean waves below. 

Bask in the tropics and entertain in style with extravagant indoor and outdoor living spaces including a glamorous kitchen and dining area. Vivid avant-garde design finishes within Villa Chi enchant the eyes as much as the spectacle of sea, sky and sunsets in full view beyond.
 
Couples and small groups will relish in having both the seclusion of a private villa and access to the facilities and services of a five-star resort. This unique feature also makes Villa Chi an exceptional location for a wedding or an exquisite event.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Villa Caletas, Costa Rica



Villa Caletas, a luxury boutique Costa Rica hotel, is 1150 feet over the vibrant Central Pacific coast. The hotel is prized for not only for its location in the lush tropical jungle, but for its design and décor. Be prepared to be blissfully taken away and experience amazing views, outstanding facilities and service that is second to none, the ideal place for your Costa Rica vacation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Love Home Swap



As Australians everywhere swap their swimmers for a suit and reluctantly head back to work, international home exchange website Love Home Swap has come up with a list of the top 12 must visit holiday destinations for 2012.
 
Home swapping is revolutionising the way Australians travel. With thousands of homes of all shapes and sizes available on Love Home Swap both across Australia and in 70 countries around the globe, swappers save themselves up to $2,000 per exchange meaning they can holiday for longer and more often!
 
Debbie Wosskow, Founder of Love Home Swap says, “Home exchanges are a great way to see the world without spending a fortune. We have drawn up a list of locations that have been very popular search destinations by Australians on the Love Home Swap website.”
 
“With the London Olympics taking place in August, there has been a huge amount of interest from Australians looking to swap with Londoners. Other dreamy destinations such as Sri Lanka and Costa Rica are also sought after locations, proving what we already know, that Australians love an adventure and the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture. And with home swapping, they have that unique chance to experience their destination like a local, rather than a tourist,” said Debbie.
 
So if you thought there wasn’t room in your budget for a mid-year holiday, think again. Joining Love Home Swap costs just $1 for a four week trial, after which annual membership costs $175 per year, allowing you to swap as many times as you like. 

Love Home Swap’s list of must visit destinations include:
1. London – Offering everything from swanky apartments in central London to beautiful homes nestled away in the quieter city streets, forget over-priced and over-booked hotels and home swap for your chance to be a part of the 2012 Olympics!
 
2. South Africa – Take yourself from the coastal beauty of Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay, to colonial properties nestled in the mountains. South Africa is becoming more and more popular as an adventure-packed home exchange destination.
 
3. Sri Lanka – Take the chance of a lifetime and experience the life of a tea farmer by exchanging your home for a colonial bungalow in Central Province located on a tea estate. Alternatively there are endless beach front villas in the Southern Province with amazing sea views available to swap.
 
4. Greece – Live like a local in Greece by staying in a luxury villa in Santorini or a hill top property on the Island of Mykonos with breathtaking views. You could also swap with a family and live in a fishing village in Aegina and really rub shoulders with the locals.
 
5. Ireland – Country locations offer you the chance to immerse yourself in the rich Irish history. Home exchange options in Tipperary include stunning period properties with walled gardens and charming fireplaces. The town of Kerry features Georgian houses available to swap with 18th century courtyards set across acres of woodland overlooking the river.  

6. Spain – Live like a Spaniard in one of the many of the coastal villas, or swap with a farmer and live in a stunning hillside farmhouse nestled in the Pyrenees foothills. Did someone say tapas?
 
7. Switzerland – If you want to experience the charm of a small town in Switzerland, places such as Vaud have beautiful World Heritage houses with breathtaking lake views. There are also fabulous traditional ski chalets available to swap in both winter and summer.
 
8. Canada – In summer, visit beautiful lakeside residences and log cabins in the mountains where wildlife call your front yard their home. Or plan your ski vacation around a home exchange in one of multiple amazing ski chalets available within walking distance to some of the best slopes in the world
 
9. Costa Rica – Known for its amazing beaches, Costa Rica also has amazing rainforests and wildlife. Properties available to swap in the dry rainforest area showcase a variety of wildlife including howler monkeys, iguanas, parrots, pelicans, frigate birds and hermit crabs. There are also many amazing resort style homes in Costa Rica's Central Pacific Highlands, oceanfront villas in Dominical as well as colonial villas on the pristine Southern Pacific Coast.
 
10. Tasmania – Tasmania has some of the most beautiful sweeping beaches Australia has to offer. Properties available to swap in Spring Beach report frequent sightings of dolphins and occasionally whales, while bush animals such as wallabies, kangaroos and wombats are sited from the front door. Other locations such as Table Cape overlooking the Bass Strait offer a great location to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
 
11. NSW North Coast – There are many hidden jewels on the North Coast of Australia that offer the perfect weekend, week or month away! Swaps include an amazing 22 acre banana, mango and fruit farm in Korora and a rural riverfront retreat on a world heritage rainforest in the Thora Valley where you can enjoy the best that nature has to offer by bushwalking, doing a spot of freshwater fishing or canoeing down the river.
 
12. Western Australia – From the beautiful beaches, sweeping planes and amazing wineries, Western Australia has a plethora of amazing holiday options. Living like a local in Mandurah will see you sitting on your front deck overlooking the beach or taking a drive down to the beautiful wineries in the Margaret River region. If you are looking for a city escape, there are some gorgeous renovated cottages in Perth allowing you to relax and enjoy a west-side city break with easy access to delights like Rottnest Island and Perth’s pristine beaches.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Le Vasa Beach Resort in Samoa



Le Vasa Beach Resort in Samoa is a secluded beachfront resort situated on a ½ mile of prime oceanfront property, on 8 acres set in an enchanting tropical paradise, with magnificent views of Manono and Savaii Islands. 

Offering 13 luxurious one and two bedroom waterfront villas, Le Vasa Beach Resort is the best place to see sunsets on Upolu Island, relax in our ocean view restaurant and bar while sipping your favourite cocktail. Enjoy our pool side lounge & game room, historic monument, welcoming and romantic atmosphere, experience true Samoan hospitality. 

Le Vasa Beach Resort faces a beautiful private lagoon surrounded by coral reef. A variety of activities are available including private island escape by boat, sea kayaks, snorkelling, game fishing, sunset cruises and island tours. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Esperanza Resort, Mexico



The tranquil Cabo resort retreat, Esperanza, is where the body is healed, the soul is revived, the senses are awakened and the spirit soars to new heights. A place where sun, sea, sky and earth join as one to form a tropical oasis like no other.

Esperanza Resort in Cabo offers accommodation that delivers the utmost in comfort, style and atmosphere. From spacious hotel suites, to magnificent casitas to opulent villas, every living space at Esperanza surrounds you in luxury while giving you the most authentic Cabo San Lucas experience imaginable.
 
The Villas at Esperanza provide the best of both worlds; nearby access to the attractions of Cabo San Lucas and a tranquil sanctuary offering Esperanza's signature service and amenities. The Villas exude a casual elegance that reflects the rich history and traditions of Mexico. Interior features include gracious living space, gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms and baths, hand-crafted furnishing, original art, lush garden courtyards and sweeping ocean vistas.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Six Senses Samui, Thailand



The luxuriously appointed Six Senses Samui is set around a gently sloping headland on the northern tip of Samui Island, amongst 20-acres of indigenous vegetation that ensures maximum privacy while offering uninterrupted, breathtaking panoramas to the Gulf of Siam and outlying islands.

Just 66 villas create an atmosphere of space and light whilst maintaining views from almost every location in the villa. 52 of the villas have private infinity-edged swimming pools that blend into the horizon and help maintain a feeling of seclusion, even though all of the resort’s facilities are close at hand and augmented by personal butlers.

Six Senses Samui has the reputation for serving some of the best food on Koh Samui and uses the freshest herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens. Dining on the Rocks is located at the tip of the headland and presents 270 degree views whilst Dining on the Hill offers regional and international cuisine. A large selection of wines from many of the world’s most respected regions is featured in the cellar.