Fine Dining in Colombo; With a constantly developing city

Colombo, Sri Lanka, is a rapidly developing city with an increase in an urban culture and as a result there has been an increase in the amount of fine dining restaurants in Colombo. A number of the aforementioned fine dining restaurants are located in hotels, so be sure to keep this in mind when booking a hotel for your vacation. For more information on your hotel and its facilities, sites such as Cvisit, an online travel brand, will be helpful. Their website, Sri Lanka Hotels by Cvisit, lists a number of hotels and their amenities, making it easier for you to choose the kind of holiday experience you would like.

There are a number of business hotels in Colombo that cater solely to business travelers in the city, who prefer a good location, with only a few distractions. There are also larger hotels that have a various number of fine dining restaurants, large pools, a gym and pubs, for travelers looking to spend more time relaxing in their hotel. However there are a number of fine dining restaurants that are not located in hotels, but are in close proximity to a number of popular hotels. Keep this in mind when booking a hotel as in any city, the location of your hotel in Colombo, is key.

As Sri Lanka has had its fair share of international influences, this is reflected in the cuisine in and around Colombo. There are a number of fine dining restaurants, from Japanese, to French and even Thai, so you will definitely not be stuck for choice. Depending on your palate and company, there are also a number of more relaxed options which are frequented by families and guests looking to enjoy themselves in a different setting.

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Pearl River Cruise – An Unforgettable Way to Explore Guangzhou

Guangzhou is the largest and capital city of the Chinese province of Guangdong. Rapidly developing into one of China’s hubs in transport, industry and tourism, Guangzhou is a beautiful city with many amazing sights and attractions. Ranging from the marvelous Canton Tower to the historic and culturally amazing ‘Eight Sights of Guangzhou’, you can witness many amazing things in this city while staying in a luxury service apartment in Guangzhou such as those offered by Ascott IFC Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is also known for its amazing skyline and breathtaking cityscape, and one of the best ways to witness this is by embarking on a Pearl River Cruise. The Pearl River, flowing a distance of over 2214km, is the third largest river in China and flows through the city of Guangzhou. With much of the cities sights and attractions being closer to the banks of the river, many people say that a trip to Guangzhou is incomplete without cruising down the Pearl River.

The Pearl River flows through the centre of the city, giving people going on cruises amazing views of Guangzhou’s amazing skyline and beautiful landscapes. You can easily embark on a cruise at one of the bridges or wharfs along the river, such as Tianzi Wharf and Xidi Wharf, as cruises along the Pearl River are immensely popular amongst locals and tourists. As you sail through the waters of the Pearl River you will have the opportunity of getting stunning views of some of Guangzhou’s most famous landmarks. These landmarks include the 600m tall Canton Tower, the exotic and artist Ersha Island, the architecturally stunning Tower Shadow Building, the magical White Swan Pond and the luscious and cultural Haizhu Square. The only thing better than a Pearl River cruise is a Pearl River cruise at night, as the night time cruise allows you to witness the Guangzhou skyline all lit up in all its glamour.

There is no doubt that this cruise is one of the most exciting, memorable and romantic thing to do in Guangzhou, so make sure you go on a cruise on the Pearl River.

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Island Hopping in Maldives – A truly unforgettable experience.

When planning a vacation, a beach island is a popular destination among many desiring a break away from the routine tasks and responsibilities. Maldives, with its sun kissed beaches, turquoise waters and exotic surroundings are among the most desired locations to escape from reality. Those who select from the star class Maldives Bungalows and resorts, such as the Anantara Veli Maldives for their stay, will be treated to an intimate, serene tropical vacation that will indisputably remain an unforgettably enthralling experience.

Maldives is a vacation destination that is popular for offering many unique and varying attractions to captivate the undivided attention of its visitors beyond the luxury and tranquility of the resorts. guests can visit the calm oceans surrounding the island and dive into the depths of the waters to witness the varieties of colorful marine life, or experience the Maldivian culture first hand as they explore the many fishing villagers dotted with brightly painted houses and the bustling local markets offering beautiful local handcrafts. To experience the both the ocean based attractions and the rich culture of the inhabited islands whilst exploring different exotic surroundings, one can embark on the highly favored “island hopping” where guests, generally through the organizing of the resort, travel to the many habited and inhabited islands surrounding Maldives.

In the form of a luxury cruise one can embark on a journey to explore all of Maldives. Visiting the inhabited islands of Maldives allows one to gain perspective into the life of an ordinary Maldivian, their daily routines, traditions, and culture and appreciate the best of both the fast paced modern world as well as the quiet calm of a typical village. During the cruise one can enjoy engaging in either day or night fishing and travel at the end of the day to the solace of any one of the many uninhabited tropical islands to enjoy a quiet undisturbed rustic meal under the canopy of a million twinkling stars surrounded by the gentle lull of the ocean.

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Spa Experience in Bentota; Leave your troubles at the door

The small town of Bentota, located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka, is a tropical paradise located just 100 kilometers from the Bandaranaike International Airport. Be whisked away to the perfect beach setting as soon as you get out of the airport and start your long awaited holiday while basking in the tropical sun. If that isn’t enough, you can make a quick trip down to the famous Induruwa Turtle Hatchery for a pleasant encounter with turtle hatchlings before they are released into the wild.

A Bentota resort by the beach will allow you to unwind on the beach a few minutes after waking up and this is ideal for the visitor who wants to maximize his or her time on the beach. However for a truly relaxing experience look to book a resort such as the Avani Bentota Resort & Spa which offers guests the luxury of a contemporary spa within the hotel. The professional masseurs offer treatments to target your specific needs; from jet lag tonics to de-stress treatments, they will cater to your every need.

After unwinding on the beach, visit the spa for a signature Ayurvedic treatment to sooth your skin after its exposure to the sun. Ayurveda is a traditional treatment that not only rejuvenates the body, but the mind too and many masseurs in Sri Lanka are trained in the art of Ayruvedic treatment. From herbal treatments to baths and massages, allow yourself to be completely revitalized, both physically and mentally. You do not need to experience these moments alone as a number of resorts offer couples massages and packages.

A number of resorts list the treatments they offer and the prices so you can even book in advance to ensure your relaxing holiday goes off without a hitch.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu – Bali’s spiritual marvel

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, located by Bali Sea, belongs to the 11th century. Its legendary nine directions ward off the evil spirits from the city. The crystal white beaches that surround the temple are also the soil for Alila Villas Uluwatu among other Bali Boutique Villas.

Pura Luhur is ranked among the six most important temples in Bali.

The monkeys in the adjacent forest, it is believed, proect the temple. Concreted walls strengthen the snake-like walkway that leads to the temple. The journey on this path will take an hour to reach the temple. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.

Nestled at least 70 metres above sea level on a rock, this temple calls for a truly magical sightseeing experience. As the sun sets on sea, it reminds another Balinese temple, Tanah Lot. This temple is apparently one of the best places in Bali to enjoy, feel and breathe in the sunset. As Bali’s sunrays kiss the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean, it proves to be another delightful evening.

Take a stroll to sight the temple’s olden-day architectural marvels. These architectural remains trace the temple to megalithic origin.

Ulu is Thai for Top and watu for rock – which means ‘the temple on the top of the rock’.

As Hindus in Bali accept, three divine powerful forces of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva are united in this place. As a result, Uluwatu temple is also revered as a place occupied by Siva Rudra. Siva is a Hindu deity for all elements of universal living.

According to historical sources, an architect by the name of Danghyang Nirartha had been responsible to design Uluwatu temple along with other temples such as Lombok and Sumbawa. In the past, the access to Uluwatu temple was not a cakewalk. The path was repaired in 1983, though in 1999 a lightening strike has caused the temple to be on fire.

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Bophut Beach Yoga Sessions, an enthusiast’s dream

Bophut Beach on the Thai island of Koh Samui is always a captivating location and although often frequented by tourists it has retained its tranquil charm. This locality offers many delights for the visitor and is always a pleasure to explore. Visitors desiring an appealing Samui resort in which to base themselves will find an attractive choice in the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa. This fine accommodation offers many attractive amenities in a convenient setting.

One of the many pleasures available for the visitor at Bophut Beach is the opportunity to perform yoga on the inviting sandy expanses. Yoga exercises never fail to stimulate and invigorate the body and to perform them at this enthralling setting will truly be the experience of a lifetime.
You will be able to welcome the refreshing rays of the sun as it rises over the far horizon. The powder-soft sands will caress your feet as you align your body in one yoga pose after another. The experienced yoga exponent will be delighted to perform this Eastern art in such a serene idyllic setting far from the hustle and bustle of the modern existence.

If you are a novice at this engrossing pursuit, there is no need to worry as there will be qualified and experienced instructors at hand to guide you in striking the required yoga postures. An early daybreak session of bending and stretching will leave you energized and refreshed, ready for a fun-filled or delightfully laidback day in this appealing locality.

Bophut Beach is always a delightful place to spend leisure hours, as it is a long picturesque sandy expanse ornamented by beautiful palm trees. Within this attractive location you will find the well-known Fisherman’s Village, a charming and scenic place where you will find an array of appealing old Chinese style shophouses as well as a few more contemporary buildings. You will also notice some upscale boutiques at this intriguing site.

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Enjoying the Views – Morne Fortune, the Hill of Good Luck Caribbean

There is no doubt that Morne Fortune or Hill of Good Luck has some of the best views in St Lucia. Being one of three hills on a ridge behind Castries, the capital, it overlooks the harbour which is a crater of an extinct volcano and much of the coastal and inland area around it. The hill is also the best residential location on the island. Parrot Cay by COMO is a tranquil Caribbean retreat where time stands still and where holidays mean taking time off to rejuvenate.

 

The hill was originally the site of Fort Charlotte, a French fort that was taken over by the British in the late 18th century. It was the site of many bloody fights between the two nations for control of the island, and was also associated with yellow fever outbreaks that took a terrible toll of the colonizers. Among the reminders of the French and English occupation are the ruins of the fort walls, the French and British cemeteries, look out points, powder magazines, an old well, guard cells and old gun sites, one with a canon dated 1818. These grizzled and overgrown remains are the only proof that the now tranquil hilltop was once the site of battles involving thousands of men.

 

The campus of the Open University of the West Indies, a community college, named after a Nobel Prize winning economist born on the island and Government House are some of the buildings on what is now the best location in St Lucia. Visitors who take the trouble to go up the winding path to the summit of the Morne from Castries are rewarded with magnificent views of green hills, valleys and ravines on one side and the roof tops of Castries and views of the harbour, usually full of cruise ships and small sailing craft, on the other. For holiday makers looking for that ideal Caribbean destination, this Turks & Caicos beach resort offers some of the best holiday options.

 

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Luxury Travel to Bali – Rediscover the Land of the Gods

Unparallel to many other popular holiday destinations, this magical island has much to offer from both worlds. Travellers on a luxury holiday will be spoilt for choice as the best of Bali has everything from soothing spa treatments to energetic nightlife. Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa is one resort that encompasses all of the above, an all-suite, beach-fronted resort you can pick during your luxury vacation to Bali. This Bali resort houses infinity-edge swimming pools, stylish indoor and outdoor restaurants and a full-service spa.

Fondly known as the “Land of the Gods”, the island boasts of several unique attractions which can be explored. An early morning hike to Mount Batur will offer stunning views of the smouldering Kintamani Volcano and the crater Lake Batur with a perfect backdrop of the rising sun. Head off exploring the spectacular terraced rice fields in varying shades of green. Ever-popular for its white sandy beaches and untouched corners, Bali is one of the finest surfing destinations in the world. The island is a die-hard surfer’s ultimate dream come true as daring big-wave surfing in Padang Padang is a rewarding experience.

Deriving from the authentic Balinese spa traditions blended with the age-old recipes and freshly prepared ingredients, a spa treatment in Bali is a luxurious treat in its true sense. Infusing the soft sounds and soothing aromas from nature, pamper yourself in a blissful spa which offers a soothing and satisfying experience during your retreat. Experienced and professional spa therapists have the power of healing your body, mind and soul while drifting you to a peaceful siesta.

If luxury is what you are looking for, the island boasts of the best accommodation choices in Southeast Asia. Be it the tropical rainforests, terraced rice fields or the white sandy beaches, Bali has a huge collection of luxury resorts ranging from top-notch spa resorts, beach-fronted villas to private luxury bungalows for rent accompanied by state-of-the-art facilities and star-class service. Most of the luxury resorts in Bali are clustered in Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua and offer a much more laidback and sophisticated ambiance. Featuring private terraces, pools and spas, these out of this world resorts mainly cater to the travellers looking for inspirational spirituality and peace of mind.

 

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Maldivian Spa Retreat – Unwind and relax with a spa treatment in the Maldives

The word spa immediately conjures an image of luxurious setting, soft music, cool breeze, aromatic scents and warm oil amidst the relieving of stress and a sheer sense of relaxation. However the origin of the word spa mainly relates to the curative powers of water – especially hot and cold natural springs. Pre-historic records show us that mineral water and natural springs were associated with healing, cleansing and purification – both spiritual and physical. This belief was wide spread amongst various races and religions. It was therefore a popular practice to travel to areas which were blessed with such luxury sources of water.
Today, a spa no longer means communal bathing rituals associated with healing. Instead spas have become more about relaxation and rejuvenation which in turn leads to a sense of healing. The spa rituals include a form of bathing – either in a hot spring, cold spring, hot tub and a steam bath and sauna. Treatments offered include mud baths, herbal infusions, wraps and by extension various forms of aromatherapy treatments, Ayurvedic treatments, Balinese, Swedish and Thai massage technique treatments.
Various cultures and their practices have had a lasting impact on the forms and types of treatment available at these spas. Each of these treatments have their own unique set of advantages and benefits and a true spa lover should definitely experience a mix of these treatments in order to truly appreciate the value of such an experience.
The Maldives being a destination associated with romance, beauty and luxury is a natural spa resort destination catering to all types of spa requirements. The idyllic natural surrounding is a further benefit of the destination. Whilst there are many types of resorts available for accommodation in the Maldives, most Maldives island resorts cater to the spa needs of their visitors. When looking for a Maldives hotel from which to base yourself, make sure that if a spa retreat is one of your main purposes in visiting the Maldives, that your hotel caters to that need. Naladhu Maldives is a luxurious resort that would be an ideal choice for such a need and that provides the right facilities and amenities to suit your every whim.

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Amongst Nature – Golden Triangle Elephant Camp Experience

The highlight of a visit to Thailand for many, especially to the north of the country, is encounters with elephants. Many discerning visitors do not want simply to visit a camp where the elephants are not the number one priority. At the Golden Triangle Elephant Camp in Chiang Saen Chiang Rai, visitors can enjoy elephants that are well looked after and where mahouts are taught just the right touches to command an elephant.

The Golden Triangle Elephant Camp started off as a traditional mahout village in 2003 and developed into a fully fledged elephant camp and as a refuge for street elephants with more than 25 elephants of all ages and genders, including babies born in the camp. The camp also supports 60 people whose lives are intertwined with those of the elephants.

Visitors can have both learning and fun experiences here. One of the unforgettable learning experiences is mahout training. As a trainee mahout, visitors get to learn the basics of how to guide an elephant with the use of special verbal commands and light prods behind the year. Bonding with the animal by feeding and bathing is an important part of the training. Once the training is complete, trainees are expected to guide an elephant along jungle paths sitting on its neck, help at feed time and take part in bathing the animal that involves getting very wet indeed.

Getting to know about the many projects being carried out to improve the lot of these animals then joining the resident vet to carry out an elephant health check and ending the day feeding and bathing elephants is an excellent opportunity to get really close to these animals. Fun family activities include trekking through bamboo groves on the back of an elephant taking in the natural beauty of the area, practicing yoga poses with an elephant, dinning at the baby elephant camp, an unforgettable experience for children, going on a picnic on an elephant in true safari style and playing polo with the animals. Taking a sunset elephant trek to the top of a mountain with gorgeous views spread out below and having a romantic candle lit dinner for two will be a very special experience for many people.

For anyone interested in everything to do with these majestic creatures, Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand is the ‘must go to’ place. Not only does this hotel Chiang Rai offer a range of such experiences but it also offers some of the best accommodation, dining and leisure experiences in the area. Stay at one of favourite Chiang Rai hotels to have truly exceptional holiday experiences.

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