• November 29, 2016 /  Hotels

    One of the most sought after Miami hotels- the Setai South Beach has recently undergone an unusual management shake-up. The hotel, owned by Setai Owners LLC (a unit of Lehman Brothers) was managed by Singapore based firm General Hotel Management (GHM) until a hostile takeover on 31st March 2012 which saw GMH replaced by Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group a firm which specialises in luxury hotels and resorts.

    GMH was ousted in a dramatic style, reminiscent of a something straight out of a film, with owners of the Setai South Beach arriving with armed guards at 2:30 am announcing the management change.

    According to a press release from GMH, Representatives from Lehman Brothers arrived at the hotel with armed guards and off duty sheriff officers in uniform in the early morning hours on March 31st. They informed us that they were taking over the property and that General Hotel Management (GHM) was no longer welcome on the property. These actions took us by surprise, as we had no prior indication they were intending to do this, nor were we under the impression that they were unhappy with our performance. We had just achieved the second best financial performance year since the inception of the hotel, not an easy accomplishment in the current economic environment

    The luxurious hotel has proven to be one of the most popular with travellers spending Miami holidays in South Beach. The Setai is currently ranked 14 out of 204 Miami Beach hotels on popular travel review website TripAdvisor. However, based on the information gathered following a request for arbitration at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Lehman Brothers claim that under the GMHs inefficient management the hotel was not as profitable at it should be claiming that GMH squandered $7.6 million in incremental profit.

    The Setai South Beach boasts three swimming pools, a spa- perfect for unwinding after the shopping sprees that most travellers relish when booking holidays in Miami, guests can also enjoy a wide range of dining facilities as well as the picturesque landscaping echoing the serene minimalist Asian-inspired motif woven throughout the hotels decor.

    A single nights stay at this lavish hotel in Miamis trendy South Beach can cost anywhere upwards of $725 USD. Given all that the hotel has to offer there is no doubt that despite the peculiar circumstances under which management changed hands, guests will continue to enjoy first class accommodation during their Miami holidays. Vice president of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Anthony Barsanti expressed optimism stating, We believe that under the right management, this property has limitless potential.

  • November 29, 2016 /  Holiday & Vacation

    In this article, we will take a mesmerizing trip together throwing some dazzling light on the charismatic charm of Europe that will urge you to take a vacation.

    It is apparently true that we all need a break from our hectic lives that includes monotonous work. A vacation is very mandatory for everybody so that they can reinvigorate their energy and give a boost to their work. If you are planning to take your family on a vacation, nothing can be as mesmerizing than a European vacation package. It would certainly not be wrong to say that the beauty of Europe needs no words to elucidate on a piece of paper. Nonetheless, if need be, the exquisiteness of Europe can be described only in one word, panoramic. It is indeed the most charismatic word for those who have never had a close encounter with the pristine view of the beautiful countries, which are a part of such a magnificent continent, Europe. The European vacations are most sought after by both local and international travelers that take a deep sense of pride in calling themselves as globetrotters.

    The people from other diverse continents, who are on their verge to opt for a soothing and captivating tourist destination, can choose to visit Europe at least once in their lifetime. Europe is undeniably is famous for its cultural diversity or in other words, a pure legacy that has been preserved for ages. Other than having a galore of beautiful places, its invincible history is purely revived from time to time. Who can ever forget that the Europe was a witness to some of the undying revolutions like the Great European Renaissance and the Industrial revolution? And, the contemporary industries of the world have their roots in Europe.

    Europe has a plethora of places of interest that include World Heritage Sites and some of the Seven Wonders of the World as well. Choosing a European vacation package will make you acquainted with its rich history, unparalleled culture, and lip-smacking cuisines as well. If you are scrutinizing a plan to opt for a Europe tour but are anxious about your tight budget that wouldnt allow you to board the flight on your way to the splendid continent of Europe, then perhaps a cheap Europe tour package can be an appropriate option for you.

    Europe is really intriguing and anyone who wants to explore this vast ocean of cultures should at least plan a European vacation. Many have a perception that only the rich and famous can afford to go to Europe. Well, this perspective no longer exists in the minds of people because anyone with a decent income can take a tour in Europe. Most of the conducted tours take you to some of the crucial placed I Europe such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Athens, Prague, and Rome.

  • November 29, 2016 /  Beach & Island

    TripAdvisor has named the beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba amongst the Top 25 beaches in the world. The tourist resort of Cayo Santa Maria is located in the northeast of the central Cuban province Villa Clara and the main stretch of Cayo Santa Maria beach was ranked number 21 on the list of Top 25 beaches in the World.

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has recently announced the winners of the 2011 “Traveller’s Choice Awards” using information from over 20 million reviewers to select the awards within the Top 10 or Top 25 categories.

    The best features of the Cuban beach were highlighted by reviewers and include the beautiful landscapes, pristine and warm waters, and the quality of services, guest rooms and cuisine within its five beachfront Cayo Santa Maria hotels: Melia Buenavista, Melia Las Dunas, Melia Cayo Santamaria, Sol Cayo Santa Maria and Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria.

    With an overall capacity of nearly 3,000 rooms available from all inclusive Cuba hotels in Cayo Santa Maria, travellers can relax within the beachfront surroundings where they can enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling activities from any of the area’s 24 snorkelling and diving points along the stretch of coast.

    Cayo Santa Maria boasts 11 kilometres of pristine beaches and is accessible via the 48 km causeway which connects it to the area of Caibarien, in Villa Clara in Central Cuba.

    The Top 25 beach spots were awarded to beaches in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.

    The white sand beaches of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos won the top spot on the world’s Top 25 beaches and other beaches around the world that ranked in the list included Boracay in the Philippines, Eagle Beach in Aruba, Negril beaches in Jamaica, Tulum beaches in Mexico, and Punta Cana’s beaches in the Dominican Republic.

  • November 28, 2016 /  Holiday & Vacation

    Many travel firms have kept tour prices unchanged while others are offering big discounts of 30-35 per cent for the upcoming National Holiday early next month (September 2).

    The Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reported on Monday that the The He Tre Tourism Co, in collaboration with Vietnam Airlines, will offer two tours of the northeastern region at unchanged prices despite it being a holiday, when prices normally rise significantly.

    Those who take the tours will be able to enjoy several attractions including the Dong Van Stone Plateau, Lung Cu Flag Pole, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ba Be Lake, Nguom Ngao Cave and Ban Gioc Waterfall.

    The tours, lasting six or seven days starting from August 30, cost VND9.8 million (US$470) and VND11.4 million ($540), respectively. This would be up to 35 per cent lower than current market prices, the company said.

    For the National Day holiday, Fiditour is offering tours from HCM City to favoured destinations like Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands with discounts of up to 30 per cent.

    A three-day all-inclusive tour price for Phu Quoc will be reduced by VND1.57 million ($75) to VND5.19 million ($250) per visitor, while that for Con Dao will drop by VND300,000 ($14) to VND6.46 million ($310).

    Doan Thi Thanh Tra, marketing and communication director of the Saigontourist Travel Service Co, said that in keeping with the policy to promote domestic tourism, the company had guaranteed that it would not only refrain from increasing tour prices on this occasion, but also offer many cost-saving tours.

    Tourists from HCM City can choose tours to Buon Ma Thuot, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Sapa, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, or Phan Thiet with prices ranging from VND2.5-6.5 million ($120-310).

    Besides, there are longer tours to the northern, central and western regions priced from VND5 million ($240) onwards, departing from HCM City on September 1 and 2.

    Since this year’s National Day holiday falls on Monday, most visitors tend to choose short tours of 3-4 days.

    On the occasion of the National Day, Saigontourist would launch its river tours, Tra said.

    Recommended tours include a half-day tour to Cu Chi Tunnel, Long Phuoc Garden and Binh Quoi Tourist Village; and a full-day tour to Can Gio and Long An. The tours cost VND294,000-2.23 million ($14-106) per person.

    Ton That Hoa, general secretary of the HCM City Tourism Association (HTA), said that the association would sign this week a domestic tourism stimulus programme with Vietjet Air.

    The agreement would be a win-win situation for everyone, Hoa said, adding: “Travel firms will have more opportunities to exploit cheap air tickets to sell tours and consumers will have the opportunity to buy cheap travel tours.”

  • November 26, 2016 /  Holiday & Vacation

    Cheap family vacation packages can help you enjoy low-cost holidays. They cover most of the expenses incurred on an average holidays. You can find the deal of your choice through various mediums like the internet, newspaper, magazines and ravel agencies.

    You must have heard of the popular saying- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Well, Jack is not the only one for which this holds true. Working five or six days a week with just a single day for respite is enough to make anyone feel jaded. That is why holidays, no matter how brief, are always welcome. Many, however, shy away from even considering one because they feel that such indulgences come costly. But now that Cheap Family Vacation Packages have arrived, you have the opportunity to make an escapade to any corner on earth without having to pay an unearthly sum of money with your family.

    Cheap family vacation packages are holiday packages that are offered at low cost because you are paying more then one person at a time. They cover most of the expenses that are normally incurred on an average holiday. One of their best features is that they include airfare which is usually the most expensive factor. Though these deals, airfare can be obtained at a lower price. Other expenses included are:
    Hotel accommodations
    Car-rentals
    Site seeing- like historical places, beaches and theme parks

    There are various modes through which you can get information about cheap family vacation packages. Searching through the internet will be faster and you can get more detailed information on the online sites. But advertisements are also put up in newspapers and magazines. You can also visit the nearest travel agency near your place cheap family vacation packages.

    To make sure that you are availing the best cheap family vacation packages, you should keep certain points in mind:
    Off-seasons will always be cheaper than those which tend to attract more tourists than usual
    Advanced booking is always better.
    Check if the travel package of your cheap holiday includes insurance service.
    Always work with experienced travel agents.

    Cheap family vacation packages are the low-cost deals that can make that long-awaited vacation possible for you. They allow you to enjoy the wonders of another world without you having to worry about budgets.

  • November 26, 2016 /  Holiday & Vacation

    When you wish to pick up your household and go out for the wild blue yonder, do you search for deals on Hawaii vacations or would you prefer to take everyone out camping in the Rockies? Your time off is important and of course you might like to spend it on the best Hawaii vacations or on the Appalachian Trail, but bear in mind that you must also consider what everyone else wants to do. Leaving the house is sometimes a relief for you, but remeber that it will be a hard sell for your other family members!

    Before you go trying to look for deals on Hawaii vacations and prior to starting learning about the best Hawaii vacations, take a moment to talk to your loved ones. Let them know that you have a vacation in mind and that you would like them to clear their schedules. This is especially necessary for teens, who have plans that their parents most likely are not aware of. This can make a huge difference to the kind of mood they are in when they come along.

    Ask your family where it wants to go. For example, an exceptionally bookish member of the family would prefer to go to a museum, while someone who is very invested in ecological concerns can be quite serious about heading out to the mountains or the local national parks. Try to look for a compromise that could suit everyone while not forgetting about the budget. The more people are aware that their needs are being attended to and accounted for, the more likely it will be that you could get some good feeling going.

    Be sure to put the travel time into your vacation plans. While it is a lot of fun to look at all the vacation time that you have, it is important to remember that you will be traveling and that in many cases, especially if you are driving a car or a recreational vehicle, you will need to rest up from your travel!

    If you are going to be traveling with your family, also remember that you should consider things to do in the car. In this time period of smart phones and laptops, you are likely to find that everyone can easily entertain themselves, but the reality is that it is definitely best to have something pleasurable that you can do together as a family.

    Whether you are ready to start searching for deals on Hawaii vacations or you already know of the best Hawaii vacations out there, be ready to do some negotiation with your family regarding this year’s trip. Choose a vacation that is going to bring your family even closer together than it is right now.

  • November 24, 2016 /  Hotels

    Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

    The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

    The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

    The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

    The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

    In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

    When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

    The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

    During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

    The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

    Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

  • November 19, 2016 /  Beach & Island

    The Marquesas Island is located in French, this are a group of islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The Marquesas Island is delivered that more than two thousand years ago it has been settled by Polynesians, likely from the islands of Tonga and Samoa. When a Spanish explorer gave the name to island, that time the first European contact came in 1595. In 1842, France took possession of the group .in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Marquesas have been hard-hit by western diseases, mostly smallpox, because of this reason he population got decline from about 100,000 in the sixteenth century to only 20,000 by the 1870s and just 2000 as the twentieth century began. Approximately 8,600 is a current population of the island. Most of the Marquesas Island is still less populated today.

    Marquesas Island is the most remote island group in the world. It is about 850 miles northeast of Tahiti, and nearly three thousand miles from western Mexico, the nearest continental land mass. There are two groups of Islands, one is northern group centered on Nuku Hiva, the largest island and the second is the southern group clustered around the island of Hive Oa. The combined area of both the island is 405 square miles; Marquesas Islands are among the largest groups in French Polynesia. French and Tahitian are the official languages of French Polynesia. The native Marquesan language is still spoken widely within the islands. The several other Polynesian islands, such as Tahiti and Easter Island, are believed to have been settled by Marquesan travelers.

    Marquesan culture has been noticed for its lengthy history of geometric tattoos. All citizens of Marquesas island get geometric island on their whole body both men women. Because of the volcanic nature of the island, an ancient Marquesans create stone tools of basaltic rock; as well as carving of stone monoliths, today which is known as tiki. In Polynesia, the Marquesans were known as some of the best carvers with both wooden and stone designs for utensils, weapons and artistic sculptures.

    The Marquesas Islands are different then other for the sexual attitudes and behaviors of their native culture that are different than those of most Western cultures. Because of the contact with Western societies these customs have changed and have become primarily historical. The Marqueasans has religious beliefs from ancient time, like indigenous religion was strongly dualistic, postulating a living world of light and world of ghosts, deities, darkness, and night. The presence of deities in this world was believed to be vital for making work efficacious and for securing life and prosperity. There was an extensive hierarchy of deities, ranging from the founding originators of the cosmos to their particular expressions in the gods of occupations and places.

  • November 18, 2016 /  Tour & Travelling

    Goa is among the most appealing tourists destinations of the world located on the western coastal belt of India, receives a great number of tourists every year. Its attractions are finest beaches, ancient churches and monuments, beautiful waterfalls, natural landscape, scenic beauty, wildlife sanctuaries and Goa carnival, folk arts and music. Goa is also prosperous in mineral resources. For fascinating nightlife in Goa you can visit Mambo’s and Tito’s, Club Cabana, Nine Bar. And an adventurous thing to do includes: Cruise, Casino, Elephant Ride, Banana Ride, Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Speedboat Rides, Water Scooter and Water Skiing. Thus one will fall in love with Goa if he opt the Tour Packages for Goa. Languages spoken here include Konkani, Marathi, English, Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, and Kannada. >

    Goa Tour Packages include some fascinating tourist places :

    Panaji: capital of Goa. Lie on the bank of Mandovi River. Some popular attractions here include Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Miramar and museum, enchanting beaches of Goa like Calangute and Dona Paula. The vibrant colourful Goa carnival festival also attracts tourists.

    Arambol: well-known Fishing Township in Goa. Fascinating views of ashy sand, sharp cliff, beaches and palm groves attracts tourists. Capturing the sights of dolphin is very common here. Adventure lovers can enjoy swimming, scuba diving paragliding and boat ride. Freshwater lake, Teracol fort and the Northern beach are few other lures.

    Vasco-da-Gama: It is a good-looking town that received its named from the legendary Portuguese traveller Dom Vasco-da-Gama. Sandwiched between the two beaches and is in truth a fascinating consigns. Fashionable magnetisms here include Bogmalo beach, Naval Aviation Museum and St Andrew Church (400-year-old monument), Buddhist caves, mosques and temples.

    Mapusa: scheduled in the well-liked tourist consigns in Goa, the mark is known for its -Mapusa Friday Market’ that crafts it packed and energetic, this consign is a magnet for shopaholics. One can discover here ample diversity of shopping items like colourful handicrafts, clothes, fruits, vegetables, fish, lottery, glass bangles, channa baskets and sausages.

    Canacona: Tourist marks here are Cotigao wildlife sanctuary which quarters to dissimilar wildlife varieties like leopard, panther, hyena, porcupines, sloth bear and wild boar. Other admired lures include Poloem beach (put forward water sports) Agonda beach (put forward to take pleasure in camp beneath the star packed sky) and Cavelossim beach. It also has few attractive ancient Hindu temples.

    Margao: Tourists approach here to glimpse the Church of the Holy Spirit, Hindu temples, Colva and Benaulim beaches, farming villages.

    Ponda: acknowledged as the temple town of Goa, it is also an opening to Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary and Bondla wildlife sanctuary.

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  • November 17, 2016 /  Holiday & Vacation

    Holidays A collection of blithe moments that enlighten your face and heart with a great smile! Its the only time when you leave all the disquiets of life behind and enjoy each moment with family and friends. Its probably the best time to enjoy, to do so many things like shopping, relaxing, visiting friends, family members and to travel and explore the world with your entire brood of family. So have you planned over what will be your holiday destination this year?

    Hardly once in year you take some time out with your family and spend precious time that adds in your nostalgia. If the holiday destination is Whistler, Adventure Pad can make your holiday a super duper fantastic. While deciding on any vacation trip, first thing that strike in your mind is Vacation Rentals or I would say Whistler Vacation Rentals. Internet is a wide place to find on best places to live in Whistler but are they really providing services that are showed to viewers? Do not forget that if internet is a solution to all problems, it can be problem also! All I here want to convey that beware of frauds and make decision wise versa.

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