Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Menjangan, Bali



The Menjangan is a peaceful retreat located in the heart of an unspoiled national park on the stunning north west coast of Bali. With 382 hectares within the boundaries of the Bali Barat National Park, The Menjangan offers guests the chance to get close to nature and relax in exquisite surroundings.

The Menjangan’s elegant accommodation, delicious cuisine and exciting nature-inspired activities combine to offer guests a unique and revitalising holiday experience. Relax in a world away from the stresses and strains of daily life; it is a true haven of tranquility in direct contact with nature. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Peru



Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios, and enter another world. Wake to a symphony of tropical birdsong; end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the rainforest. Exotic, yet accessible, Reserva Amazonica Lodge is situated in a private reserve, surrounded by a vast jungle canopy. 

Getting there is simple, just a short flight from Lima or Cusco and a 45-minute boat trip from Puerto Maldonado.
 
Inspired by native Amazon design, 30 private thatched roof cabañas combine natural materials with contemporary amenities. Four cabaña options are offered, creating the most luxurious of all lodges in the Amazon, with: screened porch and hammocks, tropical ceiling fans, warm water showers, lanterns, low–impact electricity, organic bath products, robes and slippers.

Being at Reserva Amazonica Lodge is comfortably luxurious. You will enjouy your stay in the elegant private cabañas with warm showers, low-impact electricity, impeccable service, delightful cuisine and expert guides. As Peru’s pioneer in nature travel and research, Inkaterra provides an unforgettable introduction to this amazing realm of incomparable biodiversity. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

CostaBaja Resort and Spa, Mexico



CostaBaja Resort and Spa is set on the magnificent Sea of Cortez overlooking a 250-slip double-basin marina a beautiful white sand beach. Just north of the hotel, lies Isla Espiritu Santo where you'll discover one of the greatest marine reserves in the world, along with the best sport fishing in Baja Sur.

Within the resort, activities are endless! CostaBaja offers exclusive access and preferred rates at Mexico's only Gary Player-designed golf course, the tranquil Espiritu Spa – featuring locally-inspired treatments and full spa services, three pools, as well as multiple dining options.

CostaBaja features luxuriously-appointed resort hotel rooms with views of the surrounding area, private balconies and 24-hour room service. All include complimentary wireless Internet access, telephones, coffee/tea makers, and TVs with US channels.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort & Hotel



Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort & Hotel overlooks one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. These talcum-soft sands have everything that travellers dream of in a tropical escape: a vista of the evening sun slipping beneath the horizon, fishermen out at sea, and a laid-back restaurant beside the water where the scent of grilling fish entices you to your table.

This simple yet supremely romantic Balinese retreat is a place to truly kick back and to let the spirit of the island come to you. Indulge in a massage beside the sea, stretch out on your terrace and inhale the scents of your garden’s tropical flowers.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Captain Cook Cruises



Captain Cook Cruises has been awarded the Excellence Award in Fiji Experience for their Northern Discovery Cultural and Heritage Cruises at the annual AON Excellence in Tourism Awards 2012. 

Captain Cook Cruises believe it’s not only the wonderful cruise experience and itineraries but the crew of the MV Reef Endeavour that helped them achieve this award.  “I personally believe that the crew of Reef Endeavour are theones who won this award for the Company. Therefore it is only fitting that the Master, the Officers and crew must be congratulated for the effort and great work that contributed to the success and subsequent Award”. Says Semi Koroilavesau, Managing Director, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji. 

Captain Cook Cruises only launched the seven nights Discovery Cultural Cruise, in June 2011 and it was the first ever Fiji cruise to circumnavigate Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest Island giving passengers the ultimate chance todiscover and experience four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians visiting untouchedvillages and schools. 

The seven nights Discovery Heritage Cruise is also an amazing cruise that reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of standing on the natural International Dateline. The cruise visits Ovalau, TaveuniIsland, Savusavu, Waiyevo and of course the 180th Meridian – the arbitrary Dateline between today and tomorrow. 

The Discovery Cultural Cruise has five remaining departures in 2012 including, 3rd April, 5th June, 7th August, 2nd October, 4th December and 5th February 2013. 

The Discovery Heritage Cruise has four remaining departures in 2012 including, 1st May, 3rd July, 4th September and 6th November and 2013 dates include 1st January and 5th March. 

Both seven night cruises depart Denarau Marina at 1.00pm and Early Booking Saver (EBS) fares start from just AUD$1537.60 per person twin share including accommodation, all meals, guided village and island tours, glass bottom boat excursions and use of the ship's facilities. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Qamea Resort & Spa, Fiji



Save at Qamea Resort & Spa, Fiji with their stay seven nights but pay only five nights deal starting from AUD$4340, per couple for seven nights normally AUD$6060 per couple. This amazing deal includes accommodation for two, all meals including full breakfast, three course gourmet lunch, afternoon tea, and three course gourmet dinner daily, complimentary selected wine, beer and soft drink (all by the glass and from the bar between noon and 10pm) and many resort activities.

The multi-award winning adults only Qamea Resort & Spa is an exclusive tropical destination for discerning travelers seeking a truly unique and authentic Fijian experience without sacrificing luxury or service. From themoment guest’s step onto the island, they will feel as if they have entered a Fijian village set in a South Pacific tropical paradise.

The resort fronts onto a private white sand beach of just under a kilometer in length and accommodates up to 34 guests in 17 spacious bures and exclusive Royal Beach Houses with private swimming pools and Jacuzzi Spas all facing the beach and positioned for maximum privacy.

There is a wide range of complimentary activities and Qamea Resort & Spa is widely known throughout Fiji for its excellence in food, with a team of five full time Fijian chefs cooking up cuisine best described as South Pacific Rim.

Qamea Resort & Spa is also famous for its Jungle Spa. Situated on the edge of a tropical jungle with five individual treatment bures, guests own private spa bure awaits them. The Jungle Spa is the only spa in Fiji to offer French facial therapies featuring Guinot products that relax, rejuvenate, revitalize and renew your mind, body and soul.

This deal is valid from April 1st - May 31st 2012, November 1st - December 20th 2012 and January 10th – March 31st 2013.
 
For bookings call +649 360 0858 or visit Qamea Resort & Spa

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Muri Beach Club Hotel, Cook Islands



Imagine having a romantic wedding on an exotic white sandy beach, a tropical lagoon lapping at your feet and the sun setting over the mountains… This picture can be a reality with Muri Beach Club Hotel offering all guests who book five nights in a deluxe beachfront hotel room a free Club Classic Wedding package worth AUD$776.

Five nights in a deluxe beachfront hotel room is priced at AUD$2600 and the free Club Classic Wedding package includes a wedding co-ordinator, transfers to town, wedding licence, Celebrant/Minister, witness for wedding, head garland for bride, neck garland for groom, celebration bottle of Champagne, wedding gift on turndown and flowered archway on the lagoon edge.

Winner of the 2010 best Luxury Boutique Hotel in the World Luxury Travel Awards, Muri Beach Club Hotel, is a privately owned boutique adults only resort, perfect for couples wanting a romantic escape or wedding to remember. 

The Resort boasts an enviable location on the best stretch of beach facing the famous Muri Lagoon on the island of Rarotonga with only 30 intimate and personal rooms. The Point Restaurant & Bar also offers full service dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner with gourmet pacific cuisine and theme nights and culinary specialties take advantage of fresh local produce and fish catches to provide the best in international and South Pacific fare.

The Beauty & Spa at Muri Beach Club Hotel offers guests the ultimate in pampering and is a must for any bride and groom to be. Internationally trained staff can help guests relax with a soothing massage, facial, pedicure, body treatment, manicure, waxing or spa treatments.

This wedding offer is valid for sale until 30 June, 2012 and valid for travel until 31 March, 2013. For further information phone 07 5524 5222.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

All About Honeymoons


 
image Wiktor Bubniak

Your honeymoon is one of the most precious times you will spend together. It is a special and intimate interlude that allows you to escape into a world of your own, an interlude in which to deepen the bonds between you and focus solely on one another. 

After the rush and bustle of your wedding, a honeymoon gives you precious time out to relax, revel in one another’s company and dream dreams of your future together. We know that when you are preparing for your wedding, it seems that there are never enough hours in the day. But no matter how busy you are, take the time to plan your honeymoon now. Your hard work will be rewarded when your wedding day has passed and the only distraction you have is each other. 

If you’re leaving on your honeymoon the day after your wedding, arrange your departure for later in the day if possible. You need to allow yourselves some loving time alone when you wake up, rather than racing off for another long and tiring day. 

Your honeymoon marks the official start of your lives together. It is also your chance to let the stress of months of wedding preparations melt away. The exhausting rush of couturiers, caterers and champagne is over, and the idyllic days and nights of your honeymoon stretch languorously before you. 

When you start planning your wedding, set aside some time to discuss your honeymoon. Is your idea of holiday heaven an island hideaway, a country retreat, an idyllic cruise or a ski lodge with a roaring open fire? Does sightseeing in exotic overseas locations appeal, or are you night birds who thrive casinos and bright city lights? How about a month spent lazing on a beach, or would you prefer getting away to a romantic European city? If you both agree on your ultimate holiday destination, that’s wonderful. If not, work out a compromise and choose a location where you will both be able to enjoy yourselves. 

Once you have a destination in mind, find out whether there are factors to consider that might affect the time of year you book. To ensure they enjoy the best their destination has to offer, many couples decide on a honeymoon date before they set their wedding date. Obviously your budget as well as the amount of time you can escape from work will have an impact on where and for how long you can honeymoon. However, make the most of this opportunity and try to indulge yourselves as much as possible. Budget stretching strategies include taking advantage of special travel offers, off-season accommodation options, and the considerable savings available with early bird airfares. 

Package holidays are a popular choice for honeymooners. They usually represent great value and cover travel, accommodation, airport transfers, and some or all of your meals. However, before booking be sure to check the fine print so that you know exactly what is included in your package. Look for a package that offers plenty of bonuses such as breakfasts and free tours. 

If you are travelling overseas, ensure that you have had the necessary vaccinations and that your travel documents are in order. If you don’t have a passport, apply for one at least two months before your wedding. It takes several weeks to process a passport, and even longer to obtain some visas. If you are travelling straight after the ceremony, your passport will have to be in your maiden name. Official documents can’t be issued in your married name until after the actual ceremony. For safety information on any destination you may be thinking of visiting, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au where you will find up-to-date Australian Government travel advisories. 

Of course, you don’t have to travel overseas to find your slice of heaven. Australia boasts some of the most striking locations in the world, and an array of holiday experiences that includes cosmopolitan cities, outback adventures, pristine island getaways, glorious beaches and dazzling snowfields. Whatever destination you eventually choose, your honeymoon rewards you with precious time alone together. Enjoy every last minute of it.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hyatt 48 Lex, New York

 
  
Hyatt 48 Lex, located on Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, is the newest full-service hotel in Midtown East and provides elegant accommodations for the discerning traveler looking for an intimate, familiar, pied-à-terre in New York City.

With 116 guestrooms designed to meet the tastes and preferences of today’s traveler, this Manhattan New York hotel promises extraordinary service and gracious guest experiences within walking distance of Grand Central Station, 5th Avenue for shopping, Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

Each room is a home away from home with one queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lexington Avenue or 48th Street, kitchenette with microwave, and fully stocked minibar. Treat yourself to amenities like room service and complimentary snacks in the Lexicon Lounge and stay connected with high-speed wired and wireless Internet. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa, Mexico



Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa is perched atop a scenic point overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the famous Land's End of the Baja Peninsula. This contemporary Hacienda-style resort offers all the serenity the Baja desert-by-the-sea setting is famous for. 
  
The rooms are open and airy and feature distinctive designs, state-of-the-art conveniences and handcrafted wood furnishings custom made by art colonies surrounding Guadalajara. Luxurious fabrics and rich earth-tone accents combine with local touches including embroidered pillows, woven throw rugs and vibrant paintings to create an atmosphere that is inviting, warm, and exudes all the comforts of home.