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Category Archives: Hotel and Resorts

Coronado Island

All in all, the whole City of Coronado is less than 30 miles from one end to the other, so no matter where you start, you should be able to see all of what Coronado has to offer if you can grab a few days and preferably a week to stake out your visit.

So, assuming you are not just coming over for the day, you will need accommodations. Coronado is home to multiple hotels, including the world famous, Hotel Del Coronado which is located in the ‘village’ part of Coronado, as well as the 5 Star Loews Coronado Resort & Spa which is located about 5 miles south on the Silver Strand. In addition to the larger hotels and resorts, there are also numerous smaller lodging facilities including micro motels, B&B’s and even a Best Western. The other options for staying overnight include vacation home rentals which can range from $2000 per week up to $50,000 per week. And if you have a recreational vehicle you can try and reserve a spot at the Silver Strand State Beach. One thing we don’t have in Coronado is a Youth Hostel of any kind, and don’t even imagine for a minute that the local police will let you get away with sleeping in your car.

So, the most important tip we can offer is to book your accommodations early. Whether you stay in a private home, made available for the month of July, which overlooks the ocean or sits on a dock in one of the residential marina homes in the Coronado Cays, or you hope to get a room at the Best Western Inn, you’ll be disappointed if you wait until the summer sun is out before you try to book your spot.

The other most important tip we can offer is to rent or bring bikes. There are several bike shops in Coronado that specialize in renting bikes. Coronado is truly one of the best towns in the country for riding a bike. There are bike trails going around the entire Island (Isthmus) and in the Village the speed limit is only 25, so it’s pretty safe.

The only thing we do not recommend is renting one of those 5 passenger cycle carts – which they rent at the Ferry Landing. At least, we don’t recommend renting one of those ‘death traps’ unless you plan to stay on the promenade by the Ferry Landing. Every year, the locals groan as we watch some hapless family with toddlers trying to cross the fricken freeway which is what 3rd Avenue becomes as people come onto the Island from the Coronado Bay Bridge. Nobody’s died yet, but it can’t be safe crossing a four lane highway in one of those silly contraptions.

Finally, check out all sides of the island. Many people never get past the usual tourist stops of the Hotel Del and the main restaurant and shopping drags at the Ferry Landing and on Orange Ave. We highly recommend spending at least one day down at the Silver Strand State Beach. If you don’t want to pay $8 for a day pass, you can park in the Coronado Cays and walk across. If you drive north once you enter the Cays, and park at the north end of Coronado Cays Blvd, you can walk across the entrance driveway to the Loews Resort and take a secret passage way under the bridge right to the part of the beach where lifeguards, bathrooms and even a snack bar exist. Plus, you will get a glimpse on the bay side of the Aquatic Center, where you could picnic on one of the many shaded table areas, or even rent sail boats and kayaks.

Bottom line: there’s more to Coronado, then the main beach or the main shopping drags so spend some time at the beach or park. And when you’re sick of hot dogs and picnic fair and you want to go into the Village for a an actual sit down meal, we recommend Italian Village in the Ferry Landing for best pizza and view, or Costa Azul on Orange Ave for relaxing casual quality Mexican dining with a full bar and great Margaritas.

Just remember, the City of Coronado takes itself very seriously, and like Disneyland or Las Vegas, the local authorities takes a very tough stance on anyone or anything that tarnishes the city’s pristine reputation. Don’t get me wrong, you can have fun in Coronado, but if you get drunk and act obnoxious you will get arrested for disturbing the peace. They even site people for playing their car stereos too loud. The crime rate in Coronado is almost non-existent, yet the Police Department boasts a facility that makes Beverly Hills Cops feel like they are slumming it, and the Eagle Journal, a weekly Coronado newspaper, shows a consistent arrest quota of DUIs, underage tourists with possession, and other forms of disturbing the peace.

Hotels in Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice

The 5-star resort is set within 60 hectares of unspoilt land, offering unique natural beauty of the location and maximum privacy to its guests. Golf players can perfect their swing on the two 18-hole championship golf courses where they can also enjoy unlimited green fees.

Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa

Located on the South Western coast of Mauritius and surrounded by ravishing scenery, this stylish 5-star hotel is perfect for all golf enthusiasts. Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa guests can access three golf courses that offer an excellent challenge to the low and high handicap golfer. The Paradis golf course sits on its own peninsular under the gaze of the spectacular Le Morne mountain and is affiliated with another two excellent 18-hole golf courses which are both just 20 minutes from Dinarobin – Golf Du Chateau and Tamarina Golf Estate. At both courses guests will enjoy discounted green fees, VIP status and preferred tee times.

Mauritius Holidays: The Maritim

The Maritim resort stretches along scenic Turtle Bay in the middle of national Marine Park. It offers a 9-hole golf course with complimentary green fees and the perfect blend of sophistication and relaxation.

Mauritius Holidays: The Maradiva

Situated on the West coast of Mauritius, The Maradiva overlooks the crystal clear waters of Tamarin Bay, Mount Tamarin, and the famous silhouette of Le Morne Brabant. The guests can enjoy a range of activities, including an 18-hole championship golf course with 5 tees on each hole to appeal to all levels of player from champions to beginners.

Mauritius Holidays: Le Victoria

Halfway between the Mauritian capital Port Louis and vibrant Grand Baie, this exclusive and spacious hotel features an array of facilities that conjures up all that is relaxing while underlining luxury. Guests at Le Victoria are invited to use the 9-hole golf facilities at Trou aux Biches resort & Spa.

Mauritius Holidays: One & Only St Geran

This luxury hotel nestles on the Belle Mare peninsula and is fringed by over a mile of white sandy beaches. It also offers an excellent golf course with free of charge green fees. The Gary Player 9-hole par 33 golf course meanders through palm forests alongside the glorious beach, and features an amazing clubhouse, fully equipped with changing room, bar and terrace.

Cruising With Children

Most cruise lines have some sort of entertainment for kids. If the cruise line generally caters more towards the adult crowd, you might find that they really only offer a select areas on the cruise ship for the kids to play. Most cruise ships have one pool that is specifically for children and another that is mostly for adults. They might also offer babysitting services for you to be able to really enjoy those adult activities. If you are looking for something a little more geared towards the enjoyment of the children, there are cruise lines out there that do nothing but that.

Some cruise lines build their entire ships around what children want. These cruise ships are quite different from the Caribbean all inclusive resorts you would otherwise have to choose from. From the food to activities to the evening entertainment, these ships are sure to keep your child happy for your entire stay. Taking a vacation on a cruise ship with children is surprisingly stress free. The cruise line offers plenty of daily activities that your child can participate in without your involvement. If your child is one who could spend their entire day swimming in the water, he won’t be disappointed. These cruise ships have so many water slides, pools, water guns and more that he simply won’t know what to do with himself. If your child is a little older, he can also try out some surfing moves if the cruise ship happens to have a humongous wave machine.

Booking a cruise for your family is a quick and easy way to plan a spectacular getaway. Once you have booked your cruise and your airfare, everything else is taken care of. All of your meals and entertainment is already included in the price you paid upfront. A cruise is a great way to vacation with your kids in an atmosphere that is welcoming to the little ones. Your kids will appreciate you going out of your way to provide them with an experience that they will always remember. So, as tempting as it may be to book an all inclusive Caribbean resort instead, remember that it is also very important that your kids have a good time too.

Unique Hotels in The World

The unique treetop hotels in Costa Rica, Kenya and other parts of the world where the hotels are built with very large living trees making up a substantial part of the hotel structure. The treetop hotel in Kenya is built into the trees surrounding a watering hole for the many species of animals that forage there. When you leave the main dining room to go back to your room you are always accompanied by a guard for protection from wild predators. The Ariau Towers in Brazil, near the city of Manaus is in the middle of the Amazon on the Rio Negro and is a similar type of living tree hotel.

Ariau Amazon Towers is another unique hotel, located 35 miles from Manaus, Brazil where the Rio Negro and Ariau Creek meet. Built entirely at the level of the Rainforest Canopy, Ariau’s towers are linked together by 4 miles of strong wooden catwalks. This architectural wonder affords visitors a unique communion with the regions teeming plant and animal life while leaving the fragile eco-system completely undisturbed. Bill gates invested in the hotel and had modern telephone / internet connections installed.

Straight out of Neromancer, the Sci-Fi book by William Gibson, but only for the Japanese as of yet, the unique capsule hotels are an economy type of hotel with extremely high occupancy capabilities. Most capsule hotel compartments are only about 6 ½ feet by 4 feet by a little over 3 feet. These hotels are not recommended for large or very tall people. This amount of space certainly gives one enough room to read or sleep, but not much else. Of course if you’ve got wireless internet the possibilities are considerably expanded.

Capsule hotels are not necessarily frequented primarily by lower income people, but are used by many types of people for many different reasons. For about $25-34 per night, a tired working person who stayed out too late drinking and missed the last train can get a night’s rest. There are often discount rates for those wishing to nap for only a couple of hours during the day.

There are several cave hotels throughout the world in such places as Australia, Spain, Turkey, the United States and several other countries. Rooms in cave hotels typically have the entire walls or even two or three walls made out of the mountain or other hard sediment formation that the hotel is built into.

For instance there is the cave hotel in Southern Australia, an Underground hotel and casino, in Coober Pedy. The Desert Cave Hotel allows you to experience dug-out style living, underground shops, bar and opal display areas. Sleeping underground is a very unique experience. Quiet, cool, dark and airy, the rooms seem spacious with their high ceilings.

The unique Desert Cave Hotel, famous as the only international rated underground hotel in the world, allows you to experience dug-out style living. It’s the experience to enjoy if you are in the area. They have all of the amenities, fine dining, a pool, a beautiful spa and a well equipped gym.

There is one underwater hotel in the entire world that can be reached without the aid of scuba gear which is really a unique hotel. The Utter Inn located in Lake Malaren, Sweden features one large room and visitors can simply walk down into the hotel while viewing underwater. This same company also has an undersea lodge in Key Largo, Florida that does require scuba diving to reach.

The Utter (Otter) Inn in Sweden is a small floating house with a deck for sunning. Its uniqueness is that you descend the stairs into the lake. The bedroom is like an aquarium but you are the fish. There is an inflatable boat so that you can visit a near by un-inhabited island to swim and sun. You will have to buy the deluxe package to have dinner delivered to you (by boat, of course) in the evening.

Discount Hotels

Most discount hotels are discounted through a particular club or organization, and are discounted primarily for its members. If you are a part of any types of groups or organizations check with them to see if they have any deals set up with hotels, and if so what types of discounts those particular arrangements will supply you with. In many cases you can get a discount if you stay a certain number of nights in the hotel, or if you stay in a particular type of room. If you choose the wrong combination of those things however, you can often be denied the right to the discount.

Make sure you fully understand what is required for you to get the discount before you make your reservation. Often times if you do one thing incorrectly, such as book the wrong type of room, or stay one day less or more than is required you can forfeit your right to the discount. Pay careful attention to the rules, and make sure to tell the hotel that you plan on using the discount when you make your reservation. That way, if you are doing something incorrectly the hotel can possibly catch it before it’s too late, and the hotel clerk can make a note that you are getting the room reservations for a reduced rate.

Another type of discount hotel, will offer discounts through coupons or just in general to all of their guests should they choose to come visit the hotel during certain times, or stay in certain rooms. In some cases a discount hotel will always be discounted, but it will also lack some of the things that you might have become accustomed to in their hotels. By discounting the price of a nights stay, they also take away some of the perks of staying in a hotel. What you don’t gain in amenities however, you will gain in discounts.

Just like any other hotel stay you will want to make your reservation at a discount hotel as early as possible. Discount hotels have superior rates to other hotels, so in many cases they will book up more quickly than other similar hotels in the area. As soon as you know that you are going to take a trip to a particular area and would like to stay in a discount hotel, go ahead and give the hotel a call and try to make a reservation. In some cases you may be able to get a much better rate for booking your reservation early rather than later, and you will also be able to finalize your plans knowing that you have a place to stay.

Info of Serviced Apartments and Hotels

Serviced apartments offer a number of benefits over hotels. They are much more spacious which gives you the opportunity to spread out and they are also more cost effective.

Serviced apartments are fully furnished properties comprising of living rooms, fully fitted kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Therefore unlike hotel accommodation where you are confined to your bedroom if you want privacy, you can really stretch out in a serviced apartment.

Most serviced apartments are also equipped with the latest technology including satellite television and wireless broadband along with direct dial telephones and fax machines. In most hotels however, if you want to use the internet or send a fax you have to visit the business centre which can be time consuming and inconvenient.

Serviced apartments also offer a level of flexibility that cannot be expected in a hotel. As they have fully fitted kitchens, you can prepare food yourself when and how you want it. Alternatively, if you want to eat out you can visit a restaurant. As most serviced apartments are based in or near city centres, this is very easy to do.

If you are staying in a hotel however, you cannot cook food yourself. As a result you have to rely on the hotel restaurant or room service or an external restaurant for meals. As well as being restrictive this can also become very expensive.

As well as being more comfortable than hotels, serviced apartments are also more cost effective. They are generally around 25% cheaper than hotel rooms and enable you to keep your incidental expenditure down. After all if you are staying in a serviced apartment you can cook for yourself and do your own laundry. However, in a hotel this is not possible.

Info of Terranea Resort

Later we ventured over to the Spa Cafe, a sit down cafe in the shadow of shade trees. They offered a limited menu of light fare choices that included sandwiches, wraps, smoothies and ‘Bento Boxes’. My wife enjoyed the Tuscan Tuna Salad Sandwich as I indulged in a couple of box selections ($6.00 each or four for $16.00). Box selections were small amounts that would fit in the palm of your hand, but the Coriander Crusted Tuna, Seaweed & Soba Noodle Salad was delicious. Other inviting menu choices included Local Goat Cheese, Avocado, Arugula and Red Onions on a Grilled Pita and Sushi with Gari, Wasabi & Light Soy Sauce. All menu items are also offered poolside.

Views – Views – Views. The Terranea Resort is situated on a bluff high above the ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (P.V. to the locals). Longtime L.A. residents may recognize this best as the area where Marineland once stood. Being on a peninsula allows for sweeping panoramic views up and down the coast and out to Catalina Island and beyond. Many of the guests seemed mesmerized by the sight of low flying pelicans, distant dolphins at play and the beauty of the Palos Verdes coastline as a whole. Trails descend the steep cliff to a sandy beach below with tide pools teeming with sea life and sea caves that can be explored at low tide. Nature trails branch out along the bluffs to several lookout points and semi-secluded beaches.

For those looking to spend more than just a day at the Terranea Resort, there are nearly 600 guestrooms, suites, bungalows, casitas and villas on the property. They also offer eight dining experiences from casual cafes to the exclusive Nelson’s restaurant, which is poised for spectacular sunsets at cliff’s edge. The resort includes over 200 outdoor fire pits and fireplaces, a bocce ball court, croquet green and three heated pools, including a main pool with a 140-foot water slide. Surrounding this golf resort is The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole, par 3, oceanfront golf course. The course has been ranked ‘#2 of the Top 10 Par-3 Courses’ by Golf Magazine. Within a short drive from the resort are the Point Vicente Lighthouse & Interpretive Center and the 18-hole Trump National Golf Course. Activities arranged by the resort include ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, horseback riding, road biking and more.

Whether your ideal vacation includes hanging out by a pool with vast ocean views, getting pampered at a spa resort, a round of golf at a seaside golf resort or playing in the Pacific Ocean, the Terranea Resort is positioned to please. The resort resides approximately 45 minutes south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It’s a little difficult to get to with the closest freeway being nearly a half-hour away and no major side streets directly connecting to it. But this just adds to the seclusion of the resort. The best way to get there is by exiting the 405-freeway at Crenshaw Blvd. and heading south for several miles. Make a right on Crest Road and a left on Hawthorne Blvd. about 1.5 miles later. Remain on Hawthorne Blvd. until Palos Verdes Drive and make a left. Your rejuvenating vacation is less than a mile ahead on the right.

Enjoy Great Vacation In Indonesia

Are you looking for a unique private villa where you can spend a couple of days amidst the lap of nature? So why don’t you stay at pavilion villa? Luxury, comfort, convenience reign here… If you value finer things in life and do not want to share space with others when it comes to spending quality time with your loved ones, you should opt for private resorts and villas, which will serve you exclusively.

With the advent of the Internet you can book your accommodation at a resort of choice easily. However, not all the resorts and hotels available for booking across the Web are trustworthy. Moreover, you may also miss out on getting the best deals. Here is a short guideline that would help you to understand the factors you should look for while booking a private hotel or resort to stay in.

  1. Make sure if the position of the villa you are booking is just right for you. While it should be well within the proximity of rail, bus or airplane terminal, it should also be nearby to the various places of interest of the country.
  2. Before placing your order, make sure that the luxurious amenities and facilities it is offering is sufficient for you. To do this, it is advisable to make a note of the amenities you are looking for.
  3. Booking villa should be well within your budget.

Travel Accommodation

The most difficult part of booking a vacation is figuring out where you want to stay. From discount hotels to luxury villas, it can get frightening when prices become a large player in our decision. Luckily, there are hundreds of websites which can provide more information which will help you reach your verdict. For most travelers, they want a bargain. At Orbitz.com, the service will find the cheapest airfare packages and even suggest hotel accommodations and car rentals for you. Most people do not mind splurging on a luxury villa, if they know that they can get everything else for a bargain.

Although every dream destination offers great discount hotels and luxury villas, there are particular places which present lavish accommodations for a more reasonable price. For instance, Bali luxury villas and Bali villa rentals are wonderful options. Although both are great for any family, Bali villa rentals are more for people looking to stay for long periods of time. With Bali villa rentals, vacationers can spend their time on the beach for weeks, not having to worry about the stress of switching hotels or destinations. On the other hand, Bali luxury villas are also worthwhile. Most of these villas have master bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, which are all fully furnished. There are also private gardens and pools fit for royalty. With all of these amenities, it is no wonder why people do not mind spending money on luxury.

If you are still looking for a beautiful destination yet just cant seem to afford a Bali villa rental or luxury villa, there are discount hotels available. Many of these Bali resorts offer wonderful amenities, and are anything but dirty or cheap looking. By doing your research on the internet, you can effortlessly find a beautiful area to stay in. However, it is important to make sure the offers are legit. If there is any fine print, make sure you read it! Many vacationers often get stuck in a deal, when they forget to read between the lines. Therefore, it is important to look closely at any deal, before you decide to use your credit card on the internet. Although people assume that discount hotels are anything but lavish, many of the resorts are just as breathtaking. With many deals and secret offers online, it is no surprise that people are finding beautiful but discount hotels to stay in. The secret is to check all of the travel sites, including Hotels.com. This will provide you with a great way to find your dream lodge – whether it be a luxury villa or a discount hotel.

Turks and Caicos Resort

Choose your base

There are only eight inhabited islands in the Turks and Caicos, of which the two largest are Grand Turk and Providenciales. Both offer different experiences. The latter is Turks and Caicos’ historical and political capital. There are also a number of world-class dive sites located off Grand Turk. Accommodation on this island is comprised of mostly smaller hotels and inns. Providenciales is the region’s most populous island, and it is here that you will find the best Turks and Caicos’ luxury resorts, large hotels and all-inclusive establishments.

Getting active

There are more options for water sports and other underwater activities at Providenciales. Grace Bay, the island’s most popular beach, is where tourism started in Turks and Caicos. Resorts located in Grace Bay are the perfect launching pad for water babies who can dive, swim, snorkel, paddle, jetski or surf to their heart’s content. Not all Turks and Caicos resorts are oceanfront properties, so if water access is important to you, make sure to choose a hotel that is located near the beach.

Fun for all the family

If you are planning to bring your family to the Turks and Caicos, a villa may be a good accommodation choice. There are two or three bedroom villas available on Providenciales, complete with kitchenette. Some even have backyards and private pools. Large groups will find villas more comfortable for the entire family. As an added bonus, this type of accommodation is usually located away from the main tourist track and can give visitors the opportunity to experience more of the local Caribbean culture.

All-inclusive options

Many hotels in the Turks and Caicos offer guests all-inclusive options. Before you choose an all-inclusive vacation, it pays to do the math. Will you use all the services the resort provides? Do you usually drink copious amounts of alcohol on your vacation? Are you planning to leave to go sight-seeing or will you spend most of your time in the resort? Taking these factors into consideration will help you choose the right resort option for your personal travel style.

Loll in luxury

The Caribbean islands host some of the world’s most decadent and lavish resorts. One of the best Turks and Caicos luxury resorts is Parrot Cay Resort & Spa. Temporary home to luminaries like Paul McCartney and the Moore-Ellis clan, this resort is so exclusive that guests can only reach it via boat. If you are looking to indulge in extravagance, this Turks and Caicos resort is your ticket to luxury.