Best Locations to Live in Phuket – Select the perfect base for island home in Phuket

Often regarded as one of the ideal locations for expats from around the world, Phuket is a dream destination that offers every comfort imaginable in a stunning beachside setting.

Familiarize yourself with the country

Thailand and its holiday island Phuket where a great many expats resettle due to retirement or the desire for a lifestyle change. One should be familiar with the neighbourhood and the lay of the land in each quarter as well as the quality of life of expats and locals living in the area. Read online and offline travel blogs and similar entries to gain a comprehensive understanding of your new island home.

Talk to the Local Community

During the site visit, it is imperative that potential expats engage with the local community and fellow expats residing in the region.

Narrow down your expectations

Each expat will have different reasons for relocating to the paradise island and it is important to ensure your needs are not only acknowledged but catalogued as it will make the search for the perfect location simpler. Those who are looking at Phuket property investment options can consider Infinite Luxury as it offers close proximity to many important places.

Explore the Locations on Holiday

One of the best ways to explore the everyday living conditions, attributes as well as the potential drawbacks of locations in your shortlist is to go on a Phuket vacation. Visit the areas during off-peak season to not only enjoy low airfares and accommodation rates.

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The Difference Between Hotel Rooms and Suites – It’s Time to Splurge on Comfort

Hotels often offer two types of room types, guest rooms and suites. Both of these vary in terms of size, features and amenities offered.

What is a room?

A room basically consists of a bed; either a single, twin, king or queen size, a desk and chair, bathroom, and other basic amenities such as a TV, sofa, etc.

What is a suite?

A suite is much larger and will usually have one or more connecting bedrooms and bathrooms; ideal for families or large groups of friends. A suite is basically a fully furnished apartment and can often be found at any of the luxury resorts in Sri Lanka.

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Suite types

Some of the standard suites types are the Executive Suite, Garden Suite or Presidential Suite to name a few. If you’re staying at Blue Water Club Suites, you’ll have a variety to choose from.

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Extra features

In order to encourage more people to stay in a suite, hotels offer a variety of features and add-ons, such as a private pool, spa treatments, access to lounges, etc. so as to promote the “experience” rather than simply a one-night stay.

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Reasons why you should visit Colombo – Exciting City Discoveries

The commercial capital of Sri Lanka and the heart of the nation’s business and entertainment sectors, Colombo is a tourist-friendly destination.

One of the great features of Colombo is that it is great for shopping. Along Galle Road, Colombo’s main trunk road, there are numerous small shops and departments stores offering a wide range of goods and other services. One of the best places to visit for a one of a kind shopping experience is Pettah. Pettah is a large commercial area set in a network of interconnected streets which are full of shops offering goods both in bulk and in retail. These busy streets are known for having shops offering cheap items ranging from clothing material, stationary, plastic goods, metal ware, toys, bags and luggage, and footwear. Pettah is famous for its bargaining culture, so you can be sure to work out some great deals. Other shopping landmarks include Crescat Boulevard, Majestic City, Arcade – Independence Square, ODEL, Orchard Shopping Complex, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, House of Fashion, and the Liberty Plaza Shopping Complex.

Colombo is also home to many amazing restaurants and bars. Offering cuisines such as Chinese, Western, Italian, German, Indian and traditional Sri Lankan, Colombo is dotted with many amazing restaurants. Many 5 star hotels in Colombo such as the One Galle Face have their own signature restaurants which are great for enjoying exquisite meals. Colombo also has a decent nightlife. Apart from the above-mentioned lounges, there are a few nifty nightclubs which are very popular. During the weekends try and make your way to nightclubs such as Floor by O and Disques, which are usually packed with young people. The night clubs operate till approximately 4.00am on special nights, so you can be assured that you can party all night long while in Colombo.

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Best time to travel to Europe -Europe is always a good idea!

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Europe is full of exciting destinations. However, they cannot be all covered in one go. Therefore pick places on the ‘must visit’ list and plan the rest of the vacation around them. The main three travel seasons in Europe are high season, low season and shoulder season. It all depends on where you’re headed to as the continent of Europe is a rather large place that spans many different weather zones and longitudes. The high season, commonly known as the peak season in Europe or more often the summer travel season is the most popular time to travel. High season travel months are from June to September, and during this season, longs days (it doesn’t usually get dark until about 9.30 or 10.00pm), sunny weather and ebullient nightlife turn Europe into a powerful magnet.

Low season or the winter season is from November to March and days can be short and the weather can be cold. Except for ski resorts, hotels close down or drop their prices during this period and if you enjoy the lack of fellow tourists, the crisp air, then this is the ideal season to visit Europe. From April to May and from September to October are Europe’s shoulder seasons – that beautiful time of the year when the windows are flung open, when the weather is mild and fewer crowds.

Consider booking day tours in destinations as it can be tedious standing in line especially when travelling in the summer. The longer tours have meals thrown in and they all have experienced tour guides to explain everything. Visit forums, travel sites and watch vlogs to discover hidden gems and get tips on planning. Aitken Spence Holidays is one of a premier travel agency in Sri Lanka that offer well coordinated and extensive tour packages to multiple European destinations.

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Luxury Honeymoon Getaway in East Caribbean Isle of St. Lucia – Uncover Paradise on a Romantic Trip to St. Lucia

The Pitons, St. Lucia

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Often regarded as one of the most breathtaking locations for luxury honeymoon getaways the island paradise of St.Lucia is the stuff of dreams for most newlyweds.

 

Ranked among the top honeymoon destinations by wedding blogs and travel sites including My Romantic Travel and innumerable publications on and off the web, the Caribbean isle is just as captivating as neighbouring St. Vincent and Martinique.

 

Occupying the eastern fringes of the Caribbean isles St. Lucia’s appeal to honeymooners is apparent not only in the beauty of its landscapes but also the variety of activities the island offers.

 

Couples with a passion for water sports can not only explore the snorkelling hotspots around the island but also explore the waters off the coast of St. Lucia on a catamaran sailing tour.

 

Caribbean Water Ships St Lucia

Caribbean Water Ships in St Lucia | via Maxpixel , CC0 Public Domain

Nature lovers, however, can spend a romantic evening exploring the island’s many botanical spaces or head to the inactive volcano. Jeep tours of St. Lucia’s jungle terrains are another great way for couples to enjoy an adventure together in the wild landscapes of the tropical isle.

 

Music loving couples on the hand can time their honeymoon with the many musical festivals hosted in St.Lucia of which the Jazz Festival is perhaps the most popular.

 

Dubbed the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival the event brings together musicians, visual artists and cultural showcases to create an electric atmosphere of creative expression.

 

Held in the month of May in several venues across St. Lucia, the festival usually wraps up for the year in the verdant surroundings of Pigeon Island. Other popular local festivals include La Rose and La Marguerite.

 

Often described as a foodie haven, couples with an interest in local cuisine can try out the country’s national dish of salt fish and green figs as well as the many fried dough pastries known as Johnny Cake.

 

St. Lucia Buns

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A blend of European and West African culinary styles the many fine restaurants in St. Lucia make ideal venues for romantic dining experiences for honeymooners.

 


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Dubai Luxury Escapes – Experience the Definitive Luxury of Dubai

Luxury resorts in dubai

 

When it comes to places that are associated with luxury and indulgence, Dubai generally always manages to top off the list. It is the most populous metropolis in the United Arab Emirates and also the most famous of the nation’s many cityscapes. Tourism is considered the most important government strategy and it is said that the city accommodated around fifteen-million foreign visitors in 2015. The amount of luxury accommodation to choose from is immense, with Palm Jumeirah hotels such as the Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. If you plan on heading to Dubai, here are a few places that are the epitome of indulgence.

A recent addition to Dubai’s restaurant scene is CATCH, an outlet relating to a famous A-List restaurant located in New York. The restaurant boasts some of the best seafood dishes in the region, with items such as Salmon Belly Carpaccio and delectable Sushi rolls.

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience like no other, then you have to visit the Boxpark. It is labeled as an ‘urban district’ and built out of more than two hundred industrial containers. There are more than forty shops and restaurants contained in the Boxpark, with brands such as Adidas and cuisine ranging from burgers to more upscale choices.

The Dubai Opera opened its doors just under a year ago, with the legendary conductor Placindo Domingo leading the very first performance. The venue is also equipped to handle a variety of live music events ranging from theatre, concerts, ballet and of course, opera. Exhibitions will also be taking place every now and then too. The structure of the Dubai Opera is captivating, with architecture inspired by traditional Arabian boats known as Dhows.

These are but few of the many luxurious locales the Emirate of Dubai has to offer, so if you’re looking for a distinctively decadent vacation, then Dubai should be up there on your list of places worth considering.

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Luxury Living in Colombo – another facet to this beautiful city

Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and biggest city, Colombo is a colourful city with a mixture of old historical colonial building and contemporary life, that offers a variety of memorable experiences. It has the laid-back charm of the previous colonial era, combined with the vibrancy of a modern day city. This is where you’ll find the best shops, restaurants, and luxury residential homes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that those who want to live a more luxurious life tend to stay in the city, particularly the urban areas near the famed Galle Face Green.

Here you’ll find some luxury apartments in Colombo, like the One Galle Face; located opposite the Galle face green and the coastline. Most of the popular 5 star hotels are also located near the lush promenade. Spotting sleek, expensive cars is common on the roads and you’ll rarely see the fashion conscious men and women without their designer clothes and accessories. Much like any western modern city, Colombo has its share of boutique hotels, bohemian art scenes and even a fully fledged hipster community.

In addition, when it comes to nightlife, there’s no other city that offers the variety of options available here. There are several hot nightclubs and bars that cater to young adults, and a wide range of excellent restaurants that serve delicious international and locally inspired cuisine. Numerous casinos draw crowds with their flashing neon lights and a promise of a lucky evening. Most offer baccarat, poker, gamblers roulette, blackjack, and other games to try your luck. A few years ago, Colombo was lacking in several areas, but today, the city has undergone a transformation to a lively and intriguing place that is constantly reinventing itself to keep up with the glamorous times.

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Traditional Balinese Healing – Beauty Treatments from a By-Gone Era

The entire nation of Indonesia is a wondrous place that is deeply immersed in tradition, and lying at the centre of all this wonderful heritage, is the island of Bali. If you’re seeking wellness activities like no other, then Bali is definitely the place for you. With many luxurious places to stay that can cater to varying budgets, Bali is a tropical paradise that is sure to soothe and spoil.

These beauty rituals of the Indonesian people date back thousands of years and revolve around the use of a substance known as Jamu. The knowledge of these ancient medications have been passed down through generations of practitioners and until recently, have only been practiced in select locations. Nowadays, one can obtain these traditional treatments at the many luxury resorts around Bali such as Como Shambhala.

The traditional spa boutiques are located along the primary strips in Kuta, Seminyak and Legian. There are various therapeutic experiences one can indulge in at these spas, and the most popular of which, is a Balinese massage. This particular massage is an amalgamation of therapeutic treatments stemming from India and China and involves the relaxation of select pressure points, stimulation of nerve endings, and the rejuvenation of tired muscle groups.

Moving to something more exotic, ‘Shirodara’ is an ayurvedhic treatment that is meant to ease a troubled mind. It involves an hour of lying flat on a bed while a small but steady stream of warm oil is poured over your forehead, which is said to ease the third eye. The treatment is known to cure headaches and even insomnia.

These are a but a few of the many traditional wellness techniques that are available within the tropical paradise of Bali, so be sure to inquire about the one best suited for you on your next visit.

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TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES – NATURE’S BOUNTY TO MAN

The lush, tropical Paradise of Bali is a tourist haven and Mother Nature has been incredibly bountiful to the island giving it beauty and all that is needed to grow a rich variety of food. A major crop is rice and rice paddies green and golden can be seen in many places, especially in the center of the island and the famed Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud should be a must see in any itinerary. Ubud bali accommodation will suit many a budget and COMO Uma Ubud will suit those seeking luxury and relaxation in a contemporary Asian setting.

The Rice Terraces of Tegallalang are a 15 – 20 minutes ride north from Ubud city center and is a beautiful sight as they lie basking in the sunlight.Visiting them is a good way to spend a morning or afternoon. Farmed in the Subak system (traditional Balinese Cooperative Irrigation System which according to history was passed down by Rsi Markandeya, a revered holy man of the 8 century) these rice terraces along with those in Pejeng and Camphene provide food and beauty to Ubud and Bali. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in many shapes and sizes spread across the valley and at 600 meters above sea level the area is cool and breezy. There is a sense of timelessness as you survey the vista of rice paddies stretching to the slopes across the valley and the place provides super photography and painting opportunities. No fee is charged for walking around the rice paddies but there is a bridge and the villagers who maintain it will ask for a donation to maintain it and the trails. Many craft shops and cafes are there and villagers will pose for photographs for a small fee.

Pakudi is a small village of traditional Balinese craftsmen who showcase Balinese talent at its best doing intricate wood work and carving in both traditional and more contemporary designs. The mythical Balinese bird, the Garuda takes pride of place in these beautiful works of art.

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Luxury Indeed at Mystical Mauritius Island – Pure Paradise

Blending luxury indulgences with living in a slice of paradise, Mauritius is the perfect holiday getaway for those looking to live it up when on holiday. Depending on where you are staying, expect lots of personalised pampering and don’t forget you also have a chance to soak up the sun at some of the world’s most gorgeous of beaches. But there’s so much more to expect as well.

Beaches

Powdery soft sand, crystalline azure waters and palm trees swaying in the breeze; sounds like a typical beach getaway but there is something about the rich colours and textures that make the beaches in Mauritius that extra bit special. Belle Mare Plage on the east coast, Flic en Flac on the west coast and Blue Bay Beach on the south east shoreline are just a few worth checking out and provide ideal spots to work on that perfect holiday tan.

Hotels & Resorts

While beaches may not be seen as a strictly luxury indulgence, you do get Mauritius resort and hotel options that most certainly are! Expect nothing but the best in facilities and services not to mention lavish accommodation that spoils you for comfort. Take the Duplex Presidential Suite at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort for example offering a Jacuzzi on the terrace, luxurious living spaces with kitchen, dining and living room and Indian Ocean vistas.

Dining Delights

Gastronomic delicacies and aromatic local cuisine combine to offer fine dining at its best when in Mauritius. If you are looking for some delectable dining options then do checkout Rasoi by Vineet run by Michelin starred Chef Vineet Bhatia who serves modern Indian dishes, Le Barachois where freshly prepared seafood including succulent crab and shrimp await and Le Fangourin where you can savour Creole dishes of the likes of lamb tajine.

Spa Indulgences

When it comes to getting away from it all, there’s nothing like some spa therapies. Luxury spas in Mauritius have something for everyone be it for those who need an expert massage to ease those tense knots in the back to some beauty treatments to refresh and energise the skin. Some spas offer traditional Ayurvedic treatments for holistic healing, while others also have hammam saunas, couples treatment rooms and fitness centres for an all round wellness retreat.

Active Pursuits

Water sports are aplenty in this neck of the woods and if you are the active type, they should be made an integral part of your luxury holiday. Snorkelling and diving are excellent ways to explore the underwater landscapes dotted with coral and marine life, while windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing and kite surfing are all available. Of course there are also some wonderful golf courses including the 18 hole Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club providing a unique island golf experience on a breathtaking course designed by famed player Bernhard Langer.