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Best last-minute Labor Day getaways in the United States

by amit.uniyal 2. September 2015 02:49
It will soon be curtains on the summer season. Labor Day is also round the corner. The first Monday of September is usually celebrated as Labor Day ever since 1882 in the United States. The celebration first started in New York City, and is now celebrated across the country after being declared an official holiday in honor of the labor groups by President Grover Cleveland. This year the Labor Day will be observed on Monday, September 7. With a long weekend ahead, why not say the last hurrah to summer with some great getaways to the destination of your choice in the country. Here are some of the popular destinations to enjoy your short vacation during the fantastic weekend.

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New York City

New York City is the most frequented tourism hotspot in the U.S. today. The city is home many famous attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Broadway shows, Times Square, museums and shopping plazas. There is lot to do in New York than in other parts of the country. New York City is also the birthplace of Labor Day. It is undoubtedly the perfect place to spend your weekend.

Boston

Boston is the most popular city getaways for families. The city revels in its history and rich heritage, and has some wonderful seafood to offer. If you enjoy eating lobsters then there are some great lobster stands for you throughout the city. If you want to explore Boston’s historical past consider visiting Faneuil Hall or taking the Freedom Trail. There’s lot more for your kids as well and will keep them engaged and happy. Take your kids to the Boston’s Children Museum or to the Museum of Science where there are 500 hands-on exhibits. So, make it a point to head to Boston for Labor Day.

Los Angeles

With its iconic attractions like Hollywood, Disneyland and Universal Studios, Los Angeles is the top weekend getaway in the U.S. This is surely the place to visit for Labor Day where you can get opportunity to catch a glimpse of your favourite movie star or TV celebrity. There is no better place to go in the country than Los Angeles to celebrate the Labor Day.

Orlando

The magical Disney World in Orlando is the perfect place to spend your Labor Day. With its two water parks, five theme parks, Downtown Disney and much more, this fantastic place may look a bit crowded, but you won’t remain empty handed because there’s something for everyone here. So, why not visit Orlando this year for Labor Day. 

Washington DC

With its incredible monuments such as the White House, the US Capitol and the Smithsonian museums, there’s no better place than Washington DC to spend your Labor Day. There’s a lot to do, see and enjoy in this capital city of the United States. Don’t miss out visiting this magnificent city.

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Coolest trends to know for making your air travel enjoyable now

by amit.uniyal 13. August 2015 03:55
Are you a frequent flier visiting for business or leisure to distant destinations around the world? Then, wouldn’t it be the right thing to know the latest trends and goings on in the air travel industry today. Of course, knowing some of the important things beforehand will make your travel hassle free and enjoyable than what it earlier used to be. Here are some of the coolest trends you need to know about air travel trends right now.

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Airport Stays have become more enjoyable

Whether you are travelling in first class, business class or any other travel classes, gone are the days when layovers proved to be a painful experience. Airports these days have a wide range of decent accommodations equipped with various facilities, such as restaurants, spas, swimming pools, bicycle rentals, and of course, well-appointed hotel rooms. So, no worries anymore in case of layovers!

Flying Dreamliners are in-thing now

Dreamliners are the latest in-thing for most airlines, including low-cost carriers. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliners are there for everyone where you will be offered luxurious seats, larger windows and a smoother ride. Apart from these, the engine noise is also less and air quality in the cabins much better. The next time you are planning to purchase business class tickets or consider flying in any other class, do remember to board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for an enjoyable journey.

Overhead bins just got much wider

The paucity of space in overhead bins is a real nightmare of modern air travel. But, not any more now! The advent of Boeing 737 aircrafts and other versions in the aviation industry have made the situation less distressing. Today, these aircrafts offer 50 percent more space in overhead bins. This now makes it easier to put your baggage. Whenever planning air travel, flying in a Boeing aircraft is always a good option.  

More options to fly business class at reasonable airfares

Who after all doesn’t want to fly business class, especially when it comes at a reasonable price tag? Today, even low-cost carriers like JetBlue Airways and all-business class French carrier La Compagnie have made it possible for you to book business class flights at much lower rates than what is currently offered by major international airlines. Don’t worry, these low-cost carriers also offer similar facilities offered in business class cabins on other airlines.

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Experiencing Turkey's unique history and cultural wonders

by amit.uniyal 11. August 2015 05:52
Turkey, which is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia (popularly called Eurasia), is a unique land by itself. This country with its rich history, varied culture and natural attractions is a veritable paradise for millions of tourists from world over. Why not plan a vacation to Turkey now and get a fascinating insight into this land of constant contrasts where East meets the West? Visiting Turkey will undoubtedly turn out to be an indeed memorable experience for you.

Istanbul – Home to iconic attractions

Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey, is a treasured wonderland. It is home to many iconic attractions. The Aya Sofia and the Sultanahmet are the two most attractive ancient mosques in the world. These huge architectural marvels stand on the either side of the Sultanahmet Park and are at the core of Istanbul's ancient city. Hearing the call to prayer is a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience. The Aya Sofia or Hagia Sophia has now been converted to a museum. The converted religious symbols from the past and uncovered frescoes in this incredible monument offers a glimpse into its past as a Christian Cathedral and later on converting to a mosque and finally to a museum. However, another iconic attraction the Sultanahmet mosque is still functional. It is popularly known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue hued tiles covering the interiors of the enormous building. Tourists are permitted free entry only after removing shoes and women covering their heads. 

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Apart from these two religious places, the Topkapi Palace is a must-visit place in Istanbul. It has a rich history. Here you can see the sprawling grounds and immaculately preserved harems. The palace offers a glimpse into the lavish lives of the Ottoman emperors and how the sultan used to live with his concubines.  The Topkapi Palace is one of the greatest examples of Ottoman architecture, where you will find many ornate artifacts. All these historic sites are situated close by and can be accessed quite easily.

Ottoman era comes alive at Safranbolu town

A visit to the beautiful small tourist town of Safranbolu would seem as though you are walking down the memory lane into a massive working historic park. The town, which fell into a state of decay and disrepair in the 1970s, was recognized by the Turkish government as a cultural and architectural gem, and finally became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Strolling down the narrow cobblestone streets between red roofed buildings brings alive the former Ottoman era glory and offers a fascinating glimpse into the country's rich history.

The historic  Safranbolu town looks simply amazing. You will find artisans working in small shops still practicing Ottoman era trades. You can also relive the ancient city's cultural past by relishing Ottoman era food, which are available throughout the town. Many of the Ottoman era's wealthy mansions can also be found, which have now been converted into guesthouses and hotels. In fact, the town's rich history and splendid architecture is aptly reflected in its shops and outdoor market.

Turkey is replete with historic and cultural wonders. These are only amongst the important few described here. You need to at least visit this beautiful country once to enjoy and experience its varied attractions.

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Must Visit inspiring art Hotels to Recharge Creative Batteries

by amit.uniyal 10. August 2015 06:31

You might have visited hotels which offer stellar mini bars, complimentary Wi-Fi in lounges and rooms, and latest technological upgrades. But, do you find all these exciting or inspiring. I think they don’t. Then, what after all the hotel of your dreams should be that you will find inspiring. Art hotels might just be the answer where you can rejuvenate your senses and recharge your creative faculties. Let’s take a look at some of the awe-inspiring art hotels around the world.

Must-visit inspiring art hotels

The Embassy Row Hotel, Washington D.C. (USA)

The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington D.C. is exquisite and magical. Just wander around its premises and you will find art weaved all over. The street artists can be seen creating murals inside and outside the hotel. The restaurant’s candles are handmade by the restaurant manager. Guests visiting the hotel can look forward to enjoying a weekly Art Fusion event pairing a DJ and live music with painting. They can also entertain themselves with a weekly silent disco on the rooftop as well.

Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas (USA)

The Hilton Anatole is home to one of the largest art and antiques collections found in any hotel in the United States today. Art can be seen everywhere – throughout the entire hotel as well as its onsite sculpture park, where you will discover more than 1,000 pieces ranging from those of the Berlin Wall to 19th century Asian sculptures. Apart from all these, the hotel also offers art pairing dinners, art scavenger hunts and art-infused fitness walks.

Hotel Matilda, Mexico

Get ready to be welcomed by the dazzling Nacho Rodriguez Bach piece as you set your foot inside the hotel premises. The hotel’s design also has mesmerizing Spencer Tunick’s tasteful nudes, Daniela Edburg’s metaphorical photography and Spencer Tunick’s tasteful nudes. The hotel also regularly organizes art-centric film showings, artist receptions and art exhibits. You can also look forward to attending the hotel’s annual spring SMART arts festival fusing art, dancing, tequila and more.

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (Canada)

The Gladstone Hotel is housed in a Victorian building belonging to 19th century. The hotel offers 37 rooms to its guest, with each room being individually designed by renowned Canadian artists. The Snapshot Room here can be seen portraying embedded images of Toronto’’s High Park in fall into the furniture and walls. The Felt Room here offers more of a textural experience. The art gallery in the hotel holds rotating exhibitions such as “”In The Playroom” and “That’s So Gay: On the Edge”. Among other part of creative programming here include regular events such as karaoke, crafting workshops, dance classes and artist receptions.

Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai (China)

Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai is the place where you will discover art and artists everywhere. This unique hotel offers free accommodation to artists who create their art works, with some of them being displayed in the hotel’s exhibition spaces and art galleries. The suites and rooms in this hotel are also individually-designed portraying astounding creativity. The walls can be seen lined with canvas, and so are the hanging birdcage beds.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, New Mexico (USA)

The La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is a part of the renowned Starwood brand. The hotel provides a stunning look with a gallery prominently featuring a collection of American painting and sculpture being showcased in every nook and corner of the hotel. These art collection and sculpture are available for purchase at studio prices. The buyers are also provided incentive by being offered a half-price stay on a return visit. Among other activities here include guided property art tours by curator Sara Eyestone, painting classes and opportunity to watch her live painting every Thursday in the hotel lobby from 5 to 6 pm.

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The Best Wine Festivals for Wine Lovers

by amit.uniyal 7. August 2015 06:22

Wine, often described, as the ‘nectar of the gods’ is a much-loved beverage. France is widely acknowledged to be the home of wine. The country is the world’s largest producer of wine, followed by Italy and Spain. The wines that hail from these established European countries bear the classification of ‘Old World Wines’.   

However, nowadays, aside from Europe, wine is produced in various other countries around the world. Countries like the USA, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and even China produce significant amount of wine and the wines made by these countries are fittingly called ‘New World Wines.’

Regardless of where wine is produced, it is fêted around the world. These wine-themed events attract hordes of wine enthusiasts, some of whom travel great distances to be present at these fetes.  Listed below are some popular wine festivals, which if you love wine should pencil in for your travel bucket list.

 

Vienna Wine Hiking Day, Austria

Wine has been a part of Austria's heritage for centuries. Wine growers based around the Austrian capital city of Vienna have been producing and selling wine since the Middle Ages. Currently, more 630 producers practice their craft in the lush vineyards that dot 1680 verdant acres around the city.  White grapes like the native Grüner Veltliner along with Reisling and Chardonnay make up much of the harvest. Visitors can access these vineyards by tram or then on foot, but they often need to make an appointment before they can get access to the vineyard. However, every year for one day in autumn the Vienna Wine Hiking Trail is open to the public. During this annual celebration, visitors can visit the many vineyards around Vienna to sample the wines and soak in some gorgeous views of the lush countryside.

Sula Fest, Nashik, India

India has in recent years joined the wine-growing club. The city of Nashik, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, is the wine capital of India. One of the best-known Indian vineyards belonging to Sula Wines is located here. Every February, the vineyard throws open its gates and hosts a well-attended festival over a weekend called Sula Fest. Sula Fest features music, fashion, gourmet eats and the entire repertoire of Sula wines.  Festivalgoers usually stay over for both days of the festival as they camp on the grounds of the winery or stay at hotels located close to the vineyard.


Bordeaux Fete de Vin, Bordeaux, France

Wine is grown in almost every region in France. Bordeaux, a port city on the River Garonne in South Western France, is perhaps the most famous wine destination in France.  Located within Bordeaux are some of the most renowned growers of wine like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and many others. The town of Bordeaux hosts a mega wine tourism event every two years. Scheduled for the summer season, the Bordeaux Fete de Vin is a celebration of wine, food, and culture.  

Extending over twelve acres in Bordeaux on the banks of the Garonne, the festival features eighty pavilions offering samplings of wines from Bordeaux and the Aquitaine regions along with culinary treats and cultural events.  Approximately 300,000 wine lovers make it a point to attend the festival, which spans four days.

La Percée du Vin Jaune, France

The region of Jura situated between Burgundy and Switzerland, in the western foothills of the low Jura mountain range in Eastern France is the smallest wine-growing region of France. This little enclave stretches from the town of Arbois to Lons Le Saunier, and it produces a few distinctive wines under five appellations. The wines of Jura have a cult following and each year the region celebrates a grand wine festival called La Percée du Vin Jaune which takes place over the first weekend in February. The event marks the release of the latest vintage of vin jaune; a wine, which is processed like a sherry. The festival annually attracts 50,000 wine enthusiasts and features wine tastings, auctions of notable wines, processions, and ceremonies. The festival is held in a different town or village of the region every year.
    
Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt, Germany

The spa town of Bad Dürkheim located in the district of the same name sits on the eastern edge of the Rhineland-Palatinate region. The German Wine Road, a picturesque road traverses through the district as it borders some of the best vineyards in the Palatinate region. The Mittelhaardt area of the region is renowned for its excellent Riesling hence it’s hardly surprising that the town of Bad Dürkheim each year hosts one of the largest wine festivals in the world, the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt.

The festival spans nine days and showcases the award-winning wines and sparkling wines at its wine village and festival tents. Other events include a beauty pageant to choose the Bad Dürkheim Wine Princess, live music, rides and theme nights. The festival is held in September each year and attracts more than 600,000 wine lovers from around the world.

Haro in La Rioja, Spain

Wine festivals are rather civilized affairs the world over. However, the wine festival in the town of Haro situated in the Spanish wine region of La Rioja in the northern half of the country is a rough and tumble, raucous affair. Slated for the last weekend in the month of June each year, the festival takes the form of a rowdy wine-fight. The event, which is known as La Batalla de Vino de Haro starts off with a grand street party on the evening of 28th June. The next morning the revelers head to the top of a mountain located 5kms away. Once at the summit of the peak, the party resumes as the merrymakers douse each other with wine procured from water trucks filled with wine. Buckets of wine, wine-filled water pistols, and wine barrels all feature prominently in this mother of all battles.

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World’s best coach class airlines worth considering flying

by amit.uniyal 5. August 2015 02:23

The privileges and top notch services in first class and business class is well known.  In today’s day of travel, coach class amenities and services seem to be slim to none.  But are they?

However, this is an era of intense airline competition. Coach class airlines are listening to their customers and are gearing up the competition with conveniences and services to keep you flying happy. Many international airlines have ramped up their services and proving the best possible comforts in the coach class as well. Let’s take a look at some of the best coach class airlines in the world renowned for offering top-quality services to their customers.

 

World’s best coach class airlines

 


JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways is presently considered to be the best overall coach class airline in North America. The customers are offered extra legroom than any other airline. The fee it charges for a checked bag is also less than what is usually charged by most other airlines. The airline is also renowned for offering complimentary satellite-based Wi-Fi service. The speed is however slow, but enough bandwidth is available for streaming movies at a small fee per hour. The seats in the airline’s Airbus fleet are also comfortable and an inch wider than on its rivals’ Boeing 737 aircrafts.

Allegiant Air

Allegiant Air is presently the best coach class airline offering ultra-low-fare in North America. The airline is renowned for offering the only low-fare mainline service to several communities where travellers essentially had to otherwise depend on regional flights to nearby hubs.  Even, communities as small as those in Stockton, South Bend, Provo, Owensboro, Missoula and Hagerstown are heavily dependent on their travel by Allegiant Air.

Norwegian

If you are planning to travel to trans-Atlantic destinations, then there is no better airline than Norwegian today. The airline is considered to be the best low-fare coach class airline offering trans-Atlantic flights. The U.S. destinations being currently served by Norwegian from Scandinavia includes Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore and Boston. The airline’s Boeing 787 offerings are on par with its big rivals.
 
Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines is considered to be the best coach class airline for offering intercontinental flights. The airline has unveiled its newly-designed Sky Wider economy class seats providing enough legroom one would ever find on any other international airline presently. Japan’s national carrier is known to offer eight-across seats in its Boeing 787 aircrafts and nine-across seats in its Boeing 777 economy class. The airline is thus offering one seat less in each row than is the current standard with other airlines. Among other amenities provided by the airline include top-quality onboard catering service, private 10-inch screens, and satellite-based Wi-Fi on its new Boeing 777s and 787s fleet.

Southwest Airlines

If you are a senior citizen residing in North America then the best coach class airline to fly with is undoubtedly Southwest Airlines. It is presently the only airline in the United States offering senior fares for travellers aged 65 and above. These fares though have to be booked much in advance. The unrestricted senior fares offered by Southwest Airlines are usually much low than any-age fares.

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Chile set to amaze adventure-seekers with its myriad attractions

by amit.uniyal 30. July 2015 03:00
The beautifully landscaped Chile spanning into 2,670 miles from north to south and 271 miles from east to west offers a stunning array of man-made and natural wonders. The panoramic regions of this Latin American country are a veritable paradise for the tourists with its varied offerings such as 100-year-old finniculars, colourful historic houses, Valparaiso’s steep hillsides, islands of Patagonia, peninsulas, canals, inlets, and isolated and dream-like fjords.

These natural wonders are enough to prompt the adventure-seekers to go for a blissful sojourn in Chile. Whether you are visiting the central Andes region or the country’s mainland, get ready to be amazed with all that you will see and experience. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider spending your vacation in Chile.

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Intriguing attractions in Santiago’s neighbourhoods

You will come across myriad intriguing attractions when visiting many distinctive neighbourhoods of the pedestrian-friendly 
capital city of Santiago. Explore the Barrio de Lastarria district where you’ll come across antique manor homes and baroque balconies intertwined with bookstores and retail shops. The district is also home to a small hill Cerro Santa Lucia in the center of Santiago. The hill was formed by the remnant of a volcano and offers picturesque views of the city. The hill also has a fort Castillo Hidalgo, which was built in 1820. 

The sprawling Mercado Central market in Santiago is also worth exploring. The market is housed in a huge historic cast iron building. You can see Chileans of all hues buying daily essentials or enjoying delectable cuisines at the restaurants. While in Santiago, don’t miss out visiting ‘La Chascona’,  the home of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo Neruda. It is situated in Barrio Bellevista, a bohemian neighbourhood at the foot of San Cristobal Hill.  

Visit UNESCO World Heritage city Valparaiso

Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage city, provides yet another great reason to visit Chile. The historic coastal city is renowned world over for its 100-year-old finniculars. Valparaiso, which is also known by its nicknames “Jewel of the Pacific” and “San Francisco of the South”, has been built upon an extensive network of 42 steep hills prominently featuring brightly colored buildings spiralling upward from the shore. The city is a pedestrian’s paradise. While leisurely strolling through the town you will come across many restored Victorian-era buildings, trendy 
restaurants and small hotels overlooking the Pacific Ocean’s deep blue waters.

Valparaiso is renowned for other reasons as well. The historic city is also home to the oldest stock exchange of Latin America and the first public library of Chile. The oldest Spanish-language newspaper ‘El Mercurio de Valparaiso’ is also published from here. 

Tours of wine-making regions

Chile is presently the fifth-largest exporter and eighth-largest producer of wine in the world. It produces at least 10 times more wine when compared to neighboring Argentina. If you are planning to spend your holidays in Chile, then you can look forward to visiting the major wine-making regions in the country, which are accessible for personalized tours and within an hour of downtown 
Santiago. The Colchagua Valley is considered to be the premier wine-making region in Chile. It is home to 20 wineries, which together formed the base of the original wine route that came into being 15 years ago. Chile’s flagship varietal red wine Carmenere is produced in the Colchagua Valley. Other wine-making regions worth visiting in the country include San Antonio and Casa Marin.

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America’s Best Beach Towns

by amit.uniyal 28. July 2015 05:00
Who doesn’t love summer? Endless sun, refreshing swims, shorts and summer dresses, golden tans icy drinks, vacations and travel are just a few of the many pleasures of the summer season. 

America is home to several coastal cities and beach towns. These destinations are popular haunts during the summer months as they offer a plethora of warm weather delights. 

Carmel By the Sea, California

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The quaint and picturesque seaside town of Carmel by the Sea in Monterey County on the California Coast was established as a Spanish settlement in the late 18th Century.  Today, this delightful town is renowned for its beautiful beaches such as Carmel Beach, Carmel River State Beach and Monastery Beach. This exceptionally dog-friendly town is also home to a thriving arts community and features various points of interest in the form of charming cottages, plentiful browse-worthy art galleries, boutiques, and vineyards.

Edgartown, Massachusetts 


Located on the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown is an immensely popular vacation destination. The many attractions on offer in this former whaling town include pristine beaches and water-based recreations, museums, historic homes, wine tours and exquisite restaurants.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, a town on Desert Island, in Hancock County, Maine is renowned for its stunning coastal beauty and beautiful sandy beaches. This historic town, which once welcomed tall ships and schooners sailing in from England and Europe is also within easy access of Acadia National Park.  Outdoorsy pursuits, cultural jaunts, great lobster based meals; Bar Harbor offers them all and more.
    
Watch Hill, Rhode Island
 
Situated on a peninsula in Westerly, Rhode Island, the tiny community of Watch Hill is famed for stunning beaches, East Beach and Napatree Point.  A favored holiday spot of America’s rich and famous Watch Hill offers several landmark attractions. The Watch Hill Lighthouse, the Flying Horse Carousel (one of America’s oldest), the Olympia Tea Room that dates back to 1916 and the Luxe Ocean House hotel, a restored Victorian-era hotel are its most famous sights.

St Augustine, Florida

The historic city of St Augustine, located on the northeastern coast of Florida dates back more than 450 years. Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain founded St Augustine in September 1565, and it continues to be the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the US.  The city offers several points of interest including old churches, forts, museums and attractions such as Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the oldest wooden school house.  The city also boasts of a lively dining scene and offers easy access to several area beaches such as St Augustine Beach, Ponte Verde Beach, Crescent Beach, Anastasia State Park and others. 

Pawleys Island, South Carolina 

Pawleys Island is a small barrier island located at a distance of seventy miles from Charleston. A salt marsh separates the island from the mainland as two short causeways serve as the main conduit for the island. The Island, which once served as the summer getaway of the area’s rice farmers, is secluded and unspoiled. Lined with historic antebellum homes the island offers abundant opportunities for summertime outdoor pursuits such as swimming, beach combing, fishing, kayaking, biking and sunbathing.

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Best Yoga Retreats from around the world

by amit.uniyal 23. July 2015 02:59
The popularity of yoga as a fitness form and a holistic pursuit has increased tremendously during recent times. The fast-paced nature of modern life and the stresses and strains associated with it have contributed significantly to the growth of interest in yoga and other mind, body and spirit wellness activities. As a result, hotel and resorts around the world have yoga retreats and camps that cater to the rejuvenation of tired minds, bodies, and spirits.

Yoga Retreats

 
The Farm at San Benito, Batangas, Philippines

The Farm at San Benito is a wellness resort located at the base of Mount Malarayat on the outskirts of Lipa City in the Batangas province of the Philippines. Visitors can reach the resort via a two-hour drive from the 
capital city of the Philippines, Manila or then avail of the resort’s helicopter service. The resort is built around a 250-year old mango tree and is a tropical paradise that features lush coconut plantations, tumbling waterfalls and much native flora and fauna.  The resort offers both individual and group yoga sessions catering to all levels of yoga enthusiasts.  Accommodations at the Farm range include tastefully appointed rooms, suites, and villas.  The resort also has two on-site restaurants, a fitness center, swimming pool and a spa offering several detox and beauty treatments.

SwaSara, Gokarna, Karnataka, India

The secluded temple town of Gokarna is home to the SwaSara wellness resort. The resort, which lies within easy access to the town’s pristine Om beach, offers a program that features 
a mix of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda treatments. These various treatments aim to provide mental, physical and spiritual benefits to participants. The resort’s restaurant serves healthy vegetarian meals prepared with the freshest local ingredients. The staff at the Swaswara resort also organizes and conducts excursions to the area’s many temples and markets for guests who enjoy soaking in the local atmosphere.

Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand 

Set on the unspoiled Laem Sor beach on the south coast of the Thai island resort of Koh Samui, the Samahita Retreat is a yoga, detox and wellness center. Breathing exercises, restorative and de-stressing yoga sessions and meditation concourses are some of the many recuperative activities available at this palm tree speckled retreat surrounded by much tropical splendor.  The health food restaurant at Samahita dishes up delectable Thai cuisine prepared according to the principles of “Sattva” meaning the food is made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and is pure, light and easily digestible. The resort also offers yoga, Reiki, and personal training sessions and features a therapeutic salt-water swimming pool. Aside from healing and soothing therapies and programs, Samahita also organizes island and boat tours for guests who wish to leave the premises and explore the island.


Thirty-Eight Degrees North, Ibiza

The Balearic island of Ibiza is renowned as a party capital of Europe. However, Ibiza is not only about clubs and pubs, in fact, but the island like its fellow Balearic siblings is also several stunning beaches and quaint market towns. 

The Thirty-Eight Degrees North resort is located in the tranquil town of Santa Eulalia situated in the northeast half of the island within proximity to the airport, golf course and the historic town of Dalt Vila.

The Thirty-Eight Degrees North is a fitness and wellness resort that offers yoga, Pilates, meditation, detox and weight loss programs that aim to restore and balance optimal health and focus.

Florblanca, Costa Rica, America

The luxury Florblanca resort on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast sits in the midst of virgin beaches and dense tropical jungles of the Nicoya Peninsula. The resort overlooks the famous surfing paradise of Playa Santa Teresa and offers professionally guided Pilates and Yoga programs suitable for all levels of enthusiasts. The resort also encompasses a restaurant and has a spa that offers an assortment of 
beauty, detox, and cleansing therapies. Aside from yoga, this luxurious tropical heaven provides opportunities for surfing, hiking, horseback riding and even zip-lining.

Parrot Cay Yoga and Pilates, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
    

The stunningly beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean have in recent years become a much sought-after vacation destination. The Parrot Cay resort is located on a private island accessible via a 35-minute boat transfer from the main island of Providenciales. The resort offers restful private and group yoga and Pilates sessions along with Pranayama and meditation programs. Other amenities available at this untouched sanctuary include three swimming pools, a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course and facilities for tennis, biking and kayaking.

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Maine - Enjoy Summer Holidays in fabled Vacationland State!

by amit.uniyal 16. July 2015 05:37

Maine is a wonderland for vacationers. The varied vacation options that this beautiful place offers has made it popular as the "Vacationland State". Whichever season you choose to spend your holidays, Maine forever remains to be a truly vacationland. You will find some great reasons to visit the state during summer for your vacations.

Maine - Enjoy Summer Holidays

Blissful vacation in Coastal Maine

Come summer season, and Maine Coast is transformed into a popular destination for plenty of vacationers from across the United States and other parts of the world. Its beaches, and seaside villages and towns, become instant attraction for the holidayers. The resort towns also become one of the preferred places to enjoy a weeklong vacation. You can indulge in various kinds of recreational activities. A vacation in the resort towns along the Maine Coast is yet another way to explore the diversity of this place and see varied tourist attractions along the way. Boating and kayaking are some of the popular recreational activities to indulge in during your holidays.

As you set to explore the coastal towns in Maine, you will find them to be quite unique when compared to inland towns. The coastal towns are rather small, with a slow-paced atmosphere and friendly people. These towns though may be small, but you will find a large number of restaurants, bars and boutique shops similar to those found in bigger towns. With many beachside bars, chic boutique stores, antique shops, and of course, yummy lobster rolls and fried clams at food shacks, a vacation in Maine during the summer is what you must be surely looking for.

Vacationing on the beach

Vacationing in Maine's coastal towns are simply not enough unless you visit the beach. It's absoultely the best thing during a vacation. Enjoy sunbathing, indulge in leisurely beachsport such as playing Frisbee or bocce ball, relish exotic seafood and snacks at beachside restaurants, buy souvenirs from beachside shops or simply swim in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic – all these activities will make your vacation enjoyable and memorable. Maine Beach offers oodles of fun during summertime. However, there are some vacationers who prefer exploring the beach during the winter. They consider it to be the best time as summer crowds are gone and the cold is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean.

Entertain with a Boating vacation

Your vacation in Maine during summer isn't complete unless you take a boating excursion along the coast. It is an entertaining activity, and offers a chance to all those who couldn't get out on the Atlantic Ocean. A boating tour along the Maine coast helps you to unwind, relax and discover the nature's bounty that this beautoful place has been gifted. The boating excursion will unravel long stretches of gorgeous sandy beaches along the coastline, bustling harbors, islands outlying the coast, lighthouses atop granite cliffs, and rivers emptying fresh water into the ocean. Apart from boating excursion, you can also consider taking a kayak tour for a more intimate views of hidden coves and inlets.

After all, a vacation in Maine during summer is a dream come true for all vacationers. So, the next time you think of spending your holidays, Maine is the place to visit.

 

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