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;

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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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The Colorful Marine Life of Maldives – Explore the Underwater World!

The Maldives from the air features a spectacular sight. The world under the crystal-clear waters is no exception! Venture far off into the deep blue seas and discover its diverse and appealing marine life!

Rays

The majestic rays can truly intimidate you as they glide effortlessly in the oceans. Rays can be easily recognized by their flat bodies similar to sharks. Encounters with eagle rays are quite common in the Maldives as they generally prefer the open waters over the deep bottom of the sea.

Fish

The stunning beauty of the schools of fish that roam free in the deep blue waters of Maldives can truly take your breath away. These creatures add so much colour and charm to the oceans, making Maldives one of the most popular diving and snorkelling destinations in the world. The colourful coral reefs of the island provide important habitats for these fish.

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Sharks

Have you ever imagined swimming with a large group of hammerheads? The fearsome killing machines of the seas, with their razor-sharp teeth and icy cold eyes of death, also occupy the ocean around the Maldives. Some of the common species of sharks in the Maldives are black-tip reef shark, blue whale sharks, and hammerhead sharks. Many a Maldives resort hotel the likes of Anantara Veli Maldives Resort offers excursions into the deep sea to witness these gigantic creatures.

Sea Turtles

Love sea turtles? Here is a great chance to witness these magnificent creatures while holidaying in the Maldives. The gorgeous loggerhead turtles, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, olive ridley sea turtles and leatherback turtles can be seen here.

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Madame Tussauds Bangkok – Giving Life to Wax

Want to hobnob with celebrities, rub shoulders with eminent heads of states, or maybe get up close and personal with some famous athletes? Then how about heading to the Madame Tussauds Bangkok?

No Ordinary Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds Bangkok is no ordinary wax museum! The unique space showcases 10 exhibit rooms under different themes such as film industry, sports, history and the royal room featuring over 100 realistic wax figures of famous people such as David Beckham, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana.

The Experience

The true to life settings and interactive displays give visitors an abundance of opportunity to have tons of fun and unleash their inner creativity to take some funny pictures with their favourite A-listers and more.

How to Get There

Located on the 6th floor of Siam Discovery Mall, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum can be easily reached from many a Siam hotel in Bangkok including the likes of Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel. Those taking public transport can board the No. 15, 16 and 25 buses. It’s also a mere 5-minute walk from the BTS Siam Station. If not, one can also hire a taxi or a private vehicle.

Useful Tips

The wax museum is open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily. Consider purchasing tickets online as it is relatively cheaper than buying them at the counter.

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Lumpini Park: A Heaven Among the Buildings – Surround Yourself by Nature in Bangkok

In the midst of a concrete jungle is half a million square meter mass of greenery that calls in the city dwellers to become one with nature. The park has grown during the years and has eventually turned out to be a popular hangout spot among those living in Bangkok and home to various plant life and wildlife as well.

The greener side of the city

The huge park is brightened up with various plant and animal species like scary but harmless monitor lizards. Come early morning, the park is full of joggers and people who wish to indulge in a simple workout in the outdoor gym. Towards evening, one will come across lovers in a quiet corner and even the working crowd who have decided to take a breather for some fresh air. The park is just a short distance away from hotels like Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel. So, head over for a fun time.

Enjoyment at the park

Searching for things to do in Thailand in Bangkok? Work up a sweat by joining the free aerobics session before sundown. In a game mood? Have fun at the basketball court or try your hand at fencing. There are ballroom dancing classes available at the pavilion in case you feel like swaying to some beats. There are also entertainers like orchestras that perform at the park on Sundays and you get to enjoy for free!

A peaceful time at the park

Suppose you simply want to relax and feel the comforting touch of nature, why not promenade down the winding pathways that are spread out around the park? There are plenty of shady spots to sit and read a book or even take a small nap. Also, don’t be surprised to if a reptile or two pop their heads out to sunbathe. Never fear, they mean no harm!

Fresh food to go with the mood

Getting hungry already? Find some of the freshest meal here cooked then and there in the stalls set up inside the park. Have a detox dose of wheatgrass juice or a yummy dish of Pad Thai or even some Chinese snacks.

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Solo Travel in the Maldives – Go Against the Norm!

The Maldives has long since been advertised as the ultimate paradise for couples or even families. However, if you are a solo traveller, here are 4 activities you can do alone and have tons of fun!

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Image Credit – Pexels Via Pixabay

Surfing

While the calm, crystal clear waters are not often associated with surfing, the waves on the archipelago are just right for both advanced surfers and first-timers. The months of June, July and August are considered to be the best time for the sport but be warned there can be an occasional thunderstorm.

Spa Treatments

Loved to get pampered? Then get set to relax and rejuvenate under the healing touch of expert therapists at spas by Maldives island resorts including the likes of Dhigali Maldives. The Maldivian Treatment which consists of coconut exfoliation and milk bath comes highly recommended.

Image Credit - sharonang Via Pixabay

Image Credit – sharonang Via Pixabay

Interact with the Locals

Do spare time to interact and mingle with locals and immerse yourself in the laid-back pace of life in the community. If interested one can even join cooking classes which are usually conducted in the homes of locals.

Snorkel and Dive

The islands have plenty of underwater attractions to offer visitors. From black tip sharks, gentle manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles you are sure to see an abundant amount of marine life along with colourful coral reefs.

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