Travel by Renting a Luxury Car in Sri Lanka – Take the Island for all its Worth!

One of the best ways to truly complement an international adventure is by procuring a vehicle which will allow you to discover a wondrous place at your own pace and volition.

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Driving in Sri Lanka

Be warned that driving in Sri Lanka is not for the faint of heart. Although it may not be the worst place to drive in the world, traffic can become congested during certain times, and you’re bound to encounter many unruly bus and tuk-tuk drivers.

Highways

Sri Lanka has recently developed a series of highways that provide easy access to some of the most popular areas of the country. This makes travel very convenient and definitely much less daunting.

Driving License

Obtaining an international driver’s license is not that difficult nowadays, and one can be obtained from various institutions nearby to you. Be sure to check with any auto-clubs in your neighbourhood.

Procuring a Car and Driver

There’s a host of places that offer cars for hire in Sri Lanka, where you can choose from a range of automobiles. Some places such as Malkey Rent a Car even have a range of classic cars. Most places also have the option of hiring a driver if you choose to avoid the hassle of driving on Sri Lankan roads.

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Reviving Vitality through Ayurweda – The Ancient Medicinal Art of Asia

Ayurveda is currently taking the world by storm as an alternative form of medicine, and people in the western world are flocking to countries in the east to take part in Ayurvedic treatments.

Ayurweda | Photo via Pixabay , CC0 Public Domain

Ayurweda | Photo via Pixabay , CC0 Public Domain

History

Ayurveda involves a variety of techniques that form a system which catalyses natural healing. It was discovered by the Vedic culture of India, and soon after spread to various other countries such as China. Nowadays, you can find these treatments all over the world. Ayurveda treatments in Sri Lanka are particularly popular, with many themed resorts available such as the Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.

The Concept

Ayurveda essentially involves balancing out three specific ‘doshas’, which are forms of life energy. Vata energy determines mobility, circulation and bodily functions; Pitta is concerned with metabolic activity and digestion, while Kapha determines growth and nourishment. 

How it Works

Ayurvedic practitioners believe that the mind and the physical body are interconnected, and therefore treat the two systems as a whole. By living an Ayurvedic lifestyle, consisting of healthy eating, maintaining an active lifestyle, and reducing stress from one’s mind, an individual can get rid of a range of physical and mental ailments. 

Ailments Treatable by Ayurveda

These ancient techniques have been used to treat anything associated with inflammatory, hormonal, digestive or auto-immune conditions such as asthma, dementia, dysmenorrhoea and even Parkinson’s disease.

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Colombo by Day and Night – A City That Never Sleeps

Colombo by Day and Night, Image Credit: One Galle Face

While Sri Lanka may be all about the beaches, exotic wildlife, rich culture and historic sites, a visit to the commercial capital Colombo reveals a whole other side to this cosmopolitan city. This is a metropolis where East and West coexist in a cultural melting pot that has given Colombo a unique identity. The great thing is that be it day or night, there is always something to do here from going on an all out shopping spree to enjoying street food in the wee hours of the morning after a night of clubbing.

The changing face of the city is evident from the many luxury apartments in Colombo that have come up along the main road known as Galle Road. Driving along this road will take you to two popular malls namely Majestic City and Crescat where you can enjoy some shopping. During the day also plan to visit the National Museum for some historical insights and the Pettah open market area where you can have fun getting “lost” in the maze of streets amidst vendors who vie for your attention.

As the day draws to a close you can head to Galle Face Green and witness a sunset by the sea. Located beside the up and coming One Galle Face, this coastal area is popular amongst locals who can be seen here flying kites, having picnics and just enjoying time by the sea. It is also a great spot to sample some typical Sri Lankan street food, “kottu rotti” (chopped up godhamba roti fried with vegetables and meats) and “isso wade” (deep fried shrimp snack) in particular.

Night time sees the city take on a whole new outlook, with Colombo illuminated in light and a different kind of buzz pulsing through its roads and streets. Cafe culture is big here and there are plenty of cafes to enjoy snacks, desserts, drinks and all manner of dishes. You will find some good 3D cinemas if you want to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters, while for local plays look to see what’s playing at the well known Lionel Wendt Theatre. For dinner head to beach areas like Mount Lavinia where you can dine by the shore; after, head to one of Colombo’s popular bars or nightclubs like Disques, Floor By O, Clique and R&B for a fun night out on the town.

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London Eye – A Modern Masterpiece in the British Capital

While attractions like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on everyone’s ‘must visit’ list when in the British capital, there is another place of interest that is just as popular and in fact has much become one of the city’s iconic landmarks. Instantly recognisable, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that looms over the South Bank area of the River Thames and offers an unforgettable ride.

Those planning on visiting here will find there are several London Underground stations within walking distance away; while Waterloo is the closest, the Embankment, Westminster and Charing Cross stations are close by too. You can also consider staying at a luxury Mayfair hotel that offers easy access to the site with COMO Metropolitan London amongst the options available. To get a riverside perspective you can even enjoy river transport to the London Eye Pier via certain London River Services.

Standing proudly at a height of 443 feet, the London Eye is the tallest of its kind in Europe and has spacious and air-conditioned capsules that will slowly take you to the top and back down again. The entire rotation takes around half an hour and in that time you will be treated to some of the most spectacular vistas of the capital. Before you hop aboard you even have a chance to enjoy a special 4 minute, multisensory 4-D film featuring 3D aerial photography of the city.

Of course, the actual ride on the London Eye cannot be beaten and the experience is bound to be one of the highlights of your visit. You can look forward to amazing views of some of the most famous attractions in the city including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge and Big Ben. While daytime offers one perspective, taking a ride at night provides a whole new experience and lets you see what London looks like as it comes alive at night.

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Features of a Maldives Luxury Villa – Defining Luxurious Living

Whether you are planning to spend holidays away from bitterly cold days in a traditional villa in the tropical east or merely planning to enjoy a cosy vacation of indulgence you need to know what you should be looking for in a luxury villa in Asia.

Before you are trying to hunt down the best Maldives resorts for your luxurious vacation, you should know what your money can buy you. All that hefty dash of glamour you might expect during your vacation will all be in one place once you know what you exactly want during your stay. If what you are looking for is a personalised, customised version of Maldives’ most exclusive accommodation, you can always consider one of the country’s well-known island resorts like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas.

Since part of your luxurious vacation should just be about lying down in a therapeutic spa far away from the usual hedonistic party scene, you should expect your villa to be equipped with a Jacuzzi tub and a resort spa where you could just unwind.

Of course, the villa should be stocked with refreshment at hand for you to enjoy that vacation the right way. Do not forget to request for that fully stocked mini bar for you to enjoy while chilling out.

With other obvious perks of indulgence such as over water decks and room service, you should be able to slip into that trance of high-end living you always desired on your vacation. Look for a terrace for the sundowners and a pool to lounge next to after doing a few laps. Enjoy your ultimate luxury getaway with the best perks and facilities.

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Inside a Luxury Sailing Yacht – The Concept of the Luxury Sailing Yacht

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Luxury Sailing Yacht, Image Credit: Naladhu Maldives

One of the most iconic symbols of prosperity is the sailing yacht. These are some of the most expensive vessels in the world, with some even surpassing the price tag of a billion USD. Sailing yachts however can come in various shapes and sizes but all of them can place their occupants in the lap of luxury. This means that whether it is one belonging to a Russian billionaire or resort such as Naladhu Maldives using it to provide a Maldives luxury cruise, they are all about opulence.

Sailing yachts are generally longer than the any other counterpart such as cruising yachts or cruising yachts. The length of an average luxury yacht revolved around twenty-five metres or around eighty-two feet. The largest sailing yacht in existence however, measures a total length of just less than three-hundred feet.

Luxury yachts generally contain a host of facilities and are defined by the presence of a variety of automated functions. In the present day, any given luxury yacht is bound to have air-conditioning and at least one television. Electronic-winches are also a very common commodity when it comes to raising the sails since the days of such functions being carried out manually are mostly over. In order to support these systems, generators are mandatory. In addition to luxury items, there will also be the presence of global positioning systems and various navigational aids.

Yachts over the length of thirty feet will most likely have a shower, with hot-water available. It will also most likely have a bedroom with a refrigerator as well, requiring further electricity.

There are many ways modern yacht-builders cater to these electrical demands. One is through the inclusion of an additional engine that powers an alternator. There are easy alternate methods as well, such as the use of solar panels.

Even the smallest yacht can provide a luxurious experience and any voyage involving one is bound to be memorable.

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Indulge in a Luxury Shopping Experience in Dubai -Splurge, Indulge & Go Crazy!

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From the best of global brands to tax-free shopping, Dubai is truly a shopaholic’s paradise.

Offering a plethora of majestic shopping malls, the entire meaning of ‘luxury’ is explored in Dubai on a daily basis.

It’s home to over 100 opulent shopping malls, offering almost everything from whether it is high-end fashion, stunning jewelry or fragrances you are after, these shopping malls got you covered!

Many people flock to this city from various parts of the world to get their dose of retail therapy.

Sprawled across 1.1 million sq.m, The Dubai Mall is the largest retail outlet in the world and that’s enough for it to be right on top of your itinerary when you visit the city.

You could feasibly spend days in this glittering indoor shopping mall which is home to approximately 1200 stores; expect to be spoilt for choice by the sheer number of things in front of you.

Dubai mall is simply a mecca for the style conscious and you could literally shop until you drop! If you are planning to spend your holiday in this country you could also be a part of the biggest shopping event, Dubai Shopping Festival where you can avail of unbelievable discounts; stay updated with shopping in focus or any other source of news. Dubai Mall is more than just retail therapy; there are many restaurants, not to mention other impressive attractions like the aquarium, kid’s theme park, and an ice skating rink.

Mall of the Emirates is known as the world’s first shopping resort, strategically located in the heart of Dubai.

This retail haven has plenty of things to do besides shopping, a family theme park, an indoor ski resort and department stores like Harvey Nichols and Debenhams plus a large Carrefour supermarket.

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Kids activities offered by Maldives luxury resorts – Fun for all!

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Travelling with kids is not always an easy task and most families tend to postpone their family vacations as long as possible as it involves more careful planning of basically everything.

Spontaneous trips are a thing of the past because if you intended on having a perfect vacation, quite a bit of planning is required.

Some of the best family holiday destinations in the world offer kids activities to keep your little ones busy.

Blogs like The Family Travel Blog provide ample activities and things to do in Maldives that are completely family friendly.

The Maldives islands are usually portrayed as a popular honeymoon destination and not somewhere to bring your kids along to. However, despite popular belief, Maldives is a great place to visit with your family! With many water sports and activities to partake in, visitors are rarely ever bored on the islands!

From snorkelling and diving adventures, island hopping, sunset cruises and water-sports like jet skis, parasailing etc, there’s a whole heap of things to keep you and your kids occupied.

For families travelling with smaller kids, most island resorts offer a range of land activities that will keep the little ones occupied all day – while ensuring they have the most fun! It’s not just babysitting services that are offered at these resorts anymore, and parents travelling with smaller kids can leave their children under the professional care of the hotel’s staff.

This also means that, if you wish to spend some quality alone time with your significant other, while also not worrying about your children, you definitely can!

Some of the popular kid friendly activities offered at many island resorts in Maldives include cookery classes, playgrounds, treasure hunts, games, nature walks, surfing lessons, guided snorkelling tours and many more.

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Things to do in Colombo – City Adventures, Cultural Discoveries

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Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka is the kind of city where you can enjoy the very best of what this enchanting island has to offer. But if you have limited time to spend in the city while on your Sri Lanka tours, then you need to choose wisely on what exactly to add to your Colombo itinerary.

Sightseeing is, of course, a top requirement, especially for first-time visitors. Make sure you plan a visit to Pettah, a multicultural melting pot of sights and sounds. Famous for its market and the countless shops and street side stalls where one can purchase all manner of goods, the locale is always bustling with energy. For a truly unique way to explore the area, use a local tuk-tuk (three-wheeled vehicle) to get around. Some tour operators like Walkers Tours even have special tuk-tuk tours with English speaking drivers.

Colombo is also known for having quite an eclectic foodie culture and going on a food tour should also be on your agenda. Just like the many communities that make up the Sri Lankan population, the food too is diverse. Kottu roti is a popular street food with many street side eateries offering this dish containing chopped up slices of rotti, stir-fried with a variety of ingredients be it eggs, spices, vegetables or meats. Make sure you try typical rice and curry too though it can be on the extremely spicy side if you are not used to it! Of course, you also get plenty of cafes in Colombo where you can enjoy different varieties of coffee and other beverages along with some wonderful desserts.

Combine recreation with some sightseeing by visiting some of these popular sites; Independence Square features a beautifully designed memorial hall with plenty of space surrounding it for jogging and cycling, while Galle Face Green is a great place to unwind by the sea with family and friends. You can always indulge in some shopping at either of the two main malls in the city or at one of the popular boutiques or department stores.

Of course, there is much more to do in Colombo and part of the fun is to make these discoveries on your own!

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Interesting facts about overwater villas – A few things to keep in mind

Admit it; the number of times you may have drooled looking at images of overwater villas when skimming through brochures and websites. If only we could stay in one of those during the next holiday… You are not alone. Numerous travel enthusiasts have overwater villas on their bucket lists. And you should too!

Given the vast number of golden beaches and picture-perfect setting, in Maldives, villas are a preferred choice for travellers. Overwater villas are extremely popular as they offer uninterrupted views of the sun, sea and sky, the complete “island life” experience. Combine that with world-class service and amazing cuisine, and you are on the perfect holiday.

Overwater villas offer ample space for indoor and outdoor lounging. The latter is on a spacious sundeck taking in spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Resorts such as Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives even offer hammock facilities for you to spend you afternoon lazing around, basking in the awesome, year round weather that only the Maldives can boast of.

In some resorts, overwater villas are located at the furthest end of the island, resulting in you having to take quite walk to access other amenities. When making your booking, ensure that the villa you have in mind is, in fact, the same as what’s promised on the website and also that you are not completely isolated from the rest of the resort. However, if complete isolation is what you after, this may not be too relevant for you.

A key fact to remember is that although many websites promote overwater villas, only a handful of them are worth it. This is due to the fact that very few islands are naturally equipped to house overwater villas. The Maldives, with its myriad of island resorts, is one such country where you can travel to, to knock off one item from your bucket list – holidaying at a spectacular overwater villa.

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