Friday, April 13, 2012

Whileaway Guides

Whileaway Guides are Australian regional travel guides designed to make even the smallest of escapes big on experience. They are a world apart from traditional guides.
Here’s what you will love about the Whileaway Guides:
• They contain all the best bits for a destination – things to see, explore, eat, drink and places to stay. All the research is done for you so all you have to do is turn up.
• 10 folded pocket-sized pages – easy to carry around, written in itinerary style with a cute little map.
• A calendar of events so you can plan your trip around the action.
• Fun, quirky facts that you didn’t know about the region (perfect for the historians or trivia nuts!).
• A place for you to write notes of things to remember, like the name of the vintage vino you just sampled.
• They pack a punch but won’t break the bank – you’ll have change from a tenner.
• Collect them as a special memory of your experiences in a gorgeous Whileaway Journal – perfect for the coffee table and to make your friends jealous. 

These little beauties are focused on uncovering ‘not to be missed’ gems in regional areas, because we’ve got plenty to see and do here in our own backyard, you just need to know where to find these local treasures. The best bit, we’ve done all the research for you!

Whileaway Guides are all independently sourced, tried and tested so that only the notable gems are included. Written to whet your appetite, the information is displayed in an itinerary style and grouped by location so it’s easy to navigate from one place to the next, making it simple to plan ahead.

Designed to be loved and treasured, don’t forget to write down those memorable bits then keep the guides as a little memento of your precious experiences in a neat, convenient and cute Whileaway Journal. All you need to do now is choose your Whileaway destination and create your own adventure… away you go!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

At Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica's best experiences are enjoyed in feel-good equilibrium. Surrounded by exuberant tropical forest and colorful communities, Hotel Punta Islita gazes upon a secluded beach cove along Guanacaste's open-ocean coastline. Upscale travelers will find a premium vacation destination resort to enjoy cultural authenticity, fun eco-adventures, sustainable luxury, and Costa Rica's signature friendship and peaceful hospitality. 

Hotel Punta Islita’s Deluxe Rooms set the standard for affordable luxury in Costa Rica. Spacious and well-appointed, they feature ocean views, local art details, and a private al fresco terrace with hammock for tropical-style lounging.

A couple’s retreat or honeymoon in Costa Rica is best enjoyed in the secluded privacy of Hotel Punta Islita’s stunning Suites. The locally crafted king-sized canopy bed, the private deck, and the outdoor Jacuzzi are sure to inspire dreamlike moments and idyllic romance.

Casitas capture the allure of a charming tropical beach cottage. With a spacious dining terrace, a petite tropical garden, and a refreshing private plunge pool, Casitas are a peaceful retreat for reading, unwinding, and enjoying spellbinding ocean cove vistas.

Hotel Punta Islita offers a varied selection of luxury rentals featuring the upscale comforts of home in a spectacular tropical beach setting. Villas feature two, three, and four bedroom configurations, a full kitchen, spacious common areas, landscaped gardens, and private plunge pools. Best suited for family vacations in Costa Rica, sabbaticals, or extended stays.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

San Giorgio, Mykonos


Design Hotels™ launched its first project: Papaya Playa in December 2011, a temporary retreat for individuals to unwind and connect with self and nature. With a fantastic response the project has encouraged further creative and off-radar luxury forms. As individuals across the world step up their quest for personal enrichment through travel, art and culture, Design Hotels™ takes the next step from pop-up to temporal hospitality experiences to the Mediterranean for the summer season. San Giorgio Mykonos, A Design Hotels™ Project in association with Paradise Club will uplift and inspire.

The hotel started in the ’90s thanks to a successful local fisherman who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach. Now in 2012 the 34-room property has changed hands to the neighboring Paradise Club. San Giorgio is situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paranga beaches.
Perched on a piece of Grecian paradise, the community's spirit is reflected in the bohemian décor, which is as eclectic as the guests that visit it. The emphasis on interaction here is high - whether at the hotel's restaurant and bar or at the club where guests have exclusive access to the VIP lounge and the best DJs in the world. The experience is co-created in equal parts by us and by you. 

A medley of accessories and seating such as wooden benches, chairs and stools make up the eclectic setting. The food and open kitchen is also a testament to the atmosphere. Honest, fresh from the market ingredients are used to create favourite Mediterranean dishes with a twist. Depending on that day’s fare, the regularly changing menu will include dishes like Mussels with Smoky Bacon and Cider, Aegean Kakavia (a local fish stew) or Roast Carrot and Avocado Salad with Orange and Lemon Dressing. For the right kickstart in the mornings, breakfast foods like Greek yogurt with fruit, freshly baked breads, Mykonos sausages, cheese from the islands and homemade marmalade are served.
Just steps down from the hotel is a private floating platform to spring into the Aegean waters and enjoy its abundant flora and fauna. At San Giorgio, indulgence goes hand in hand with top physical fitness. The adjacent Paradise Beach offers all kinds of activities – water-skiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and even horse riding.
Ten minutes by car from the hotel, Mykonos Town provides the perfect little cosmopolitan vibe. Wander through Little Venice, the most picturesque part of town and go shopping for curios in narrow, pebble-stoned shopping streets.
With its traditional rough-stone walls topped with a white bell-tower, the chapel is perfect for an intimate ceremony with the closest of friends and family. What’s more, San Giorgio can be booked in its entirety for a wedding or other special celebration. The staff will work closely with each group to create the perfect experience.