London Aquarium – Dive into the ocean and discover the world’s underwater wonders

If you are visiting the city of elegance and sophistication, why not consider staying at a chic boutique hotel? London, after all, is the city do explore in style. To make the most of what England’s capital has to offer, choose a location that is central and has easy access to transport. If a luxurious and personalised urban escape is what you have in mind look no further than the Metropolitan by COMO, London and get ready to be pampered.

A ten minute drive will take you to Westminster Bridge and the heart of London’s historic sites. Nestled among these famous landmarks is the Sea Life London Aquarium. It is located opposite Big Ben, in the historic County Hall building on the south bank of the River Thames. Buying tickets ahead is recommended to save time in queues and secure the best rates. Special offers and deals are sometimes available online and families should look out for savings on family tickets.

The aquarium holds an impressive two million litres of water. With over five hundred species from every corner of the world, it is the largest worldwide marine life collection in Europe. You will need a couple of hours to explore all the fourteen themed zones, which span three floors. Sixty five displays are dedicated to underwater flora. Take a trip to the Antarctic at the new ‘Penguins: Ice Adventure’ section. The ‘Shark Walk’ and newly introduced ‘Shark Reef Encounter’ will introduce you to more than forty sharks from twelve different species and encourage visitors to overcome their fear or preconception of sharks. There is also the option of taking a dip with these magnificent ocean dwellers. Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the animals during feeding times, diving displays and in touch pools.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

Phuket Aquarium – Enter a World of Exotic Colours

Located on Cape Panwa of Phuket Island the Phuket Aquarium attracts over 300,000 visitors annually. Exotic species from the Andaman Sea and Thailand’s rivers and lakes are yours to marvel at here. Phuket luxury hotels are well placed around the islands key attractions while the Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa enjoys a stunning spot beside the bay on Phuket’s gorgeous western coast.

Sitting pretty on a private stretch of Layan beach the hotel is considered one of the most luxurious in Phuket. Enjoy lazy days on the white sandy beach and plenty of pampering at the serene spas. Accommodation at this elegant beach front resort comprises of 30 luxury rooms and 47 spacious pool villas. The well-appointed abodes offer modern comforts amidst contemporary décor. Laguna shops and restaurants are just 10 minutes away while Patong Beach, Fantasia and the Golf Course are half an hour away.

Phuket Aquarium is 45 minutes from the hotel and is well worth a visit, for its diverse collection of aquatic life-forms. Giant Groupers and electric eels exuding a charge of 600 volts dwell here. Children will love the snapping Piranha and underwater tunnel tank surrounded by schools of colourful coral fish, Eagle Rays and Leopard Sharks.

Coral life is another colourful feature, comprising of clown fish, sea anemones and seahorses. Explore further and take the nature trail to beautiful Cape Panwa, sights of kingfisher and herons are guaranteed while the hatchery offers you a chance to observe baby seahorses and cuttlefish before they are released to the wild.

Head over to the Sea Turtle pool and see how the injured turtles are treated or visit the endangered species museum for facts on whales and dolphins and enjoy loads of family fun here.