Exploring Kalutara in Two Days – A Getaway in Paradise!

Kalutara, is a favourite spot with both locals and international visitors, as an idyllic getaway from the bustling city of Colombo. Here is the top must-visit attractions and things to do while here!

Enjoy Watersports

The calm waters of Kalutara are perfect to enjoy an array of watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and snorkelling among others. There are plenty of well-reputed watersports centres which one can approach to rent out equipment.

Eat Fresh Seafood

Love seafood? Then you have come to the right place. Foodies can dig into fresh seafood such as tiger prawns, crabs and lobsters which have been prepared in a myriad of ways. One has the endless options of choosing from either charming seaside cafés or premier restaurants at one of the many hotels in Kalutara including the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort.

Visit Richmond Castle

Pay a visit to the iconic Richmond Castle, a grand mansion which was built by a wealthy landowner during colonial times to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich history. Do make some time to take in the many fruit groves that surround the manor as well!

Take in the Brief Gardens

Another key attraction in the area, the Brief Gardens by Bevis Bawa is a picturesque place to visit. Visitors can enjoy a picnic on terraced lawns and the many nooks and crannies these famous gardens come along with.

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Tourism Impact on Maldives Corals – Deterioration of a fragile ecosystem

Coral reefs are one of nature’s most fragile ecosystems; even the tiniest disturbances in the water could affect this astonishing marine creature. The Maldives is an archipelago, that is composed of atolls which are home to a variety of corals. Today the island nation is facing difficulties in safeguarding this resource. Read on to know why.

Corals in the Maldives

Almost all the islands of the Maldives are formed by corals over thousands of years. The islands are still surrounded by colonies of these marvellous creatures and they are an integral part of the marine ecosystem of Maldives.

The threat

Corals as mentioned earlier, are very sensitive creatures, even the tiniest fluctuations in the water quality or temperate can destroy a whole colony of these organisms. With more and more tourists arriving at the Maldives, more pollutants and excrement are released into the ocean by boats and from resorts that eventually damage these fragile ecosystems.

Oxybenzone!

If you are wondering what Oxybenzone is, it is a common chemical ingredient used to make sunscreens and it is known to be one of the major causes for the deterioration of reefs. Why? That is because just a mere drop of this substance is enough to cause toxic effects on a whole colony of corals.

Efforts of conservations

Seeing the destruction caused to the corals and other marine life, the government of Maldives has implemented strict regulations and laws in order to conserve these organisms. Maldives Resorts the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort are also taking serious measures and contributing to the cause by running their operations in an eco-friendly manner.

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Bali Travel Guide 101 – Planning your stay at a paradise isle!

Whether you wish to recline on a hammock to enjoy absolute relaxation or looking for a sense of adventure by engaging in water sports such as surfing or jet skiing, Bali offers them all! It is an ideal destination that will cater to the needs of travellers of all kinds and sort. Read on to know more about the paradise island of Bali.

Sunset, Hammock, Relaxation, Bali, Asia

Overview

Bali is a province and an island located in Indonesia. It is a popular tropical destination for beach bums and surfers alike. The currency used here is Indonesian rupiah and the common tongue is Indonesian while you’ll also hear speaking Balinese in the rural regions of the island.

Weather

Bali boasts a warm and pleasant climate all year round due to its equatorial location. The island also receives a bit of rain during the months between January to April and October to November.

Getting around

Though Bali may seem like a small island, the island is home to a number of attractions and there is a lot to see here. There is also a lot more ground to cover and you could use Taxis and private cars to get around. Traffic in Bali could get a bit hectic and if you wish to beat the traffic you could also rent a scooter which is one of the most efficient modes of transport here.

Accommodation options

Bali offers a plethora of accommodation options ranging from cheap motels to exquisite Seminyak Beach Resort the likes of Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Planning your stay at these resorts will certainly be a worthy experience if you wish to enjoy a memorable and comfortable holiday experience.

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A world-class destination – The Maldives wins one of the most prestigious awards in the industry of tourism!

The Maldives has been selected as the best seven-star destination on the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards that took place on the October 6 at the Capsis Out of the Blue Elite Resort in Crete, Greece. It is worth noting that the archipelago competed head-on with world-class destinations such as Seychelles, Dubai, Singapore and Mauritius to win the Seal of excellence, known as the Signum Virtutis, in the seven-star Destination category. The award was received by the Maldives ambassador Switzerland, Dr Hala Hameed who represented the country. This was the third time the title has been awarded to the Maldives after the years 2013 and 2014. The Maldives already being a world-class destination, securing this award will enhance the image of the destination bringing in more tourists for the coming years. Many believe that the nation’s beauty and the composition of luxury Maldives resorts the likes of Baros Maldives along with many others paved the way for the award.

 

A 24-hour Abu Dhabi Experience – Set your timer!

Abu Dhabi is an industrious city with a gorgeous waterside location. Being the modern city and bustling centre, it is today, it features many facets that you can experience in a single day.

1) Morning at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Often considered the most popular attraction in all of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the 8 largest mosques in the entire world. The mosque is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. onwards and is the perfect location to start off your day in Abu Dhabi.

2) Afternoon and Lunch at Ferrari World

The afternoon can be the time for some family fun at Ferrari World, a theme park that is home to an assortment of rides and attractions including the world’s fastest rollercoaster. You can also grab lunch at any of the food outlets present here.

3) A quick stop at Yas Viceroy

While the Yas Viceroy is a hotel, the reason to step in here is to check out its neighbouring racing circuit that is the Yas Marina Circuit. From here you can take a peek at the track and check out a race before you head over.

4) Evening Coffee at the Emirates Palace

Sit down to have a coffee at Le Café in the Emirates Palace, the perfect way to wrap up your day before you check into one of the resorts in Abu Dhabi to rest up, such as the Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara for example.

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Why visit Doha? – Kingdom of Pampering

If you set your sights on visiting the Middle East, Doha is the place to be for some of the most unique and luxurious experiences, it is the world’s richest city after all.

1) You can purchase a falcon

Visiting the Souq Waqif is considered the highlight of any trip to Doha. In this historic centre of Doha, you will come across souks that sell almost everything from gold to rugs, spices and even falcons. This is a rite of passage for most Qatari men as nearly 80 per cent of them own a falcon. These birds aren’t cheap either, ranging from around $5000 all the way to $250,000.

2) Watch camels race

While horse racing can be seen anywhere else on the planet, this is where you come for camel racing. It is even called the sport of the sheikhs.

3) Witness the Culture

There are plenty of luxury hotels in Doha for you to check into before you check out the city, such as the Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara for instance. After which you can seek out for some culture at the Museum of Islamic Arts to witness some of the beautiful textiles, manuscripts and ceramics from history.

4) Revel in the food

Explore the city and discover its offering of food as it will always be guaranteed to be nothing short of amazing.

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Things you need to look for in a luxury house – From a present purchase to a future investment

Hoping to invest in a luxury house? Here are four things to consider before you purchase this luxury commodity which could be your new home.

 

Find the best real estate agent

Knowing those that can offer you the best of what is in the market is the most ideal way to start searching for the property of your dreams.

Self-assuredness

From finances to knowing what amenities and facilities you need from your purchase to take the time to browse through and visit a wide range of properties prior to the purchase are crucial to land the best bang for your buck.

Location

While you should consider the proximity of your latest purchase to your school, place of employment, family and fraternity you should also consider the community that you would want to live alongside. Communities for your holidays home can vary from the community that you currently live at. Searching for a property in Phuket? Luxury villas for sale can be found at different locations on the island such as the Infinite Luxury properties in Kata Rocks.

Value for Resale

Since real estate is an investment it is always best if you can resell the commodity. From downsizing to upscaling your requirement with your property might change over time. Some architectural types are quite contemporary and would not pass out as saleable within the next couple of years. So, it is in your best interest to purchase a property can be sold down the line.

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What to consider when choosing your wedding car – Tips to find your perfect wedding car!

Every aspect of planning a wedding can prove to be stressful because perfection on the big day is important to any couple! Transport for the bride and groom is no exception. Here are a few helpful tips to follow;

Image by Anneli Salo, Wedding car in Tallinn August 2007 H2093, CC BY-SA 3.0

Consider the times

It is important to decide at exactly what times you will be needing your transport and for how long you will need it when it comes to selecting wedding cars. In Sri Lanka, most ceremonies would be scheduled in the morning, therefore, transport will be necessary for the morning to get to the church/reception hall.

Consider the theme

Make sure your wedding car matches the theme of your wedding. The trend at present is vintage cars. You may find a suitable package from car rentals like Malkey Rent a Car.

Chauffeuring services

Remember to inquire with your car rental company if they are able to provide a chauffeur and how the price might be. If it is within your budget, this could save you the hassle of looking for a driver or getting family or friends involved.

Check the availability

Keep in mind that even wedding car companies may get bookings well in advance. There is no harm in prioritizing your wedding transport once you’ve found a company that caters to your requirement.

 

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Amazing Benefits of Yoga – Finding the Balance

Yoga is becoming more and more popular not just as a form of exercise but also one which has long-lasting benefits for mind and body. Not on the yoga bandwagon as yet? Here are some reasons why you should look to try it out!

Image Credit: Anantara Hoi An Resort

Improves Quality of Life

Continuous and systematic yoga offers a number of benefits including those that can have positive effects in your life; improving one’s mood, enhancing general well-being, combating fatigue and reducing anxiety are just some of the plus points that one may gain through yoga.

Helps to Reduce Stress

By practising yoga over a period of time, you will not only feel more relaxed but can find stress levels reducing too. Of course, to truly “de-stress” it’s always best to get away completely for a while; if heading to Vietnam for instance, and in search of things to do in Hoi An, definitely consider engaging in yoga at resorts such as Anantara Hoi An Resort.

A Great Night’s Sleep

By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you may also benefit from better sleep! By letting you unwind and easing tension from the body, yoga may definitely help you not only get better rest but also feel more rested when you awake.

Increases Strength

As an exercise routine, yoga can help to increase one’s strength over a period of time. By following various yoga poses, endurance and flexibility can improve as well.

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The Amazing City of Bangkok – Unmissable Places in Bangkok

While being a fine metropolis keeping up with the world, Bangkok also keeps the very essence of Thai culture alive. Amongst the city lights are the sparkling jewels of history that laid the foundation for a rich culture and the fantastic city Bangkok is today.

Silom Road

Silom road is a busy street by day with trading activities going on while at night the city transforms into the ultimate spot for nightlife in Bangkok! There are several attractions like Lumpini park and restaurants serving various types of delicious cuisine.

Siam

Certainly, a colourful city with malls to shop till you drop! Step into the biggest mall in Asia, Paragon for a delightful experience. Moreover, there are plenty of places to visits, namely, Jim Thompson’s House, Madame Tussauds, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and more.

Chinatown

Step out of your service apartment in Bangkok the likes of Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites and set off to take a look at the Chinese side of life in Bangkok! Have an enthralling culinary experience while learning the culture in this part of the city.

Khao San Road

This is the part of Bangkok that is mostly crowded with tourists. Boutique hotels are filled with backpackers. Explore special monuments such as Wat Sa Ket, Democracy Monument and much more.

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Kevin Poh from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Khao San Road at night by kevinpohCC BY 2.0

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