Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Fancy Something Different Next Summer?

Have you ever visited a holiday destination for the first time but felt like you’ve been there before? Hotels and resorts have become the backbone of our summer holidays abroad but along with it came the ‘standard’ mentality and the tourist traps. So if you are bored of the usual holiday, below are a few UN-usual suggestions of places to visit on your next summer break.

Sichuan, China

Located in Sichuan, China is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Chiselled straight out of the mountainside in the 8th Century, it measures 233 feet tall and is one of the largest known Buddha images in the world. Whilst in Sichuan, the unique Panda Inn makes for an interesting stay, featuring panda images everywhere including on the walls and the furniture. Even the staff dress up as pandas for added fun!

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

If you are after an authentic African experience, consider climbing Kilimanjaro as part of your next summer holiday. Located on the border between Tanzania and Kenya, Kilimanjaro is in fact a dormant volcano. Sleeping in a tent on the mountain with only basic communal amenities is not the definition of a perfect holiday for most people, to say the least. But rest assured that the view and experience of climbing Africa’s tallest and most famous mountain, more than makes up for it. There are different routes to choose from, all offering something special and distinctive.

Desert Nomad House, Tucson

For a no frills, no disturbance holiday, this hidden retreat is perfect for getting away from everything. And we mean everything. Situated in the Tucson desert, Arizona, it gives new meaning to the word tranquillity. It is completely and splendidly isolated, except for the ever watchful Saguaro cacti. Consisting of two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and a dining area, this is ideal for a romantic getaway.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Florida

Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo truly is a unique experience. Guests have to scuba dive down to a depth of 21 feet to enter the hotel through an opening at the bottom. Although starting out as a research laboratory, it was converted into one of the world’s only underwater hotels and has two rooms on offer. Each room has a large round window from which you can gaze out into the see. What makes it even more special is that the lagoon in which it is located, is a natural nursery area for various different species of fish. It is the perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

Rent an Island, Fiji

If we’re honest, we’ve all dreamed of living on our own Island. Nothing says luxury like waking up to your own private chef, on your own private suite, on your own private beach. Just a short helicopter ride from Nadi International Airport, Wadigi Island Resort combines absolute privacy with gourmet dining and pristine beaches. What more can you wish for? Wadigi is one of a number of islands in Fiji that is rented out privately for an unforgettable holiday.

The road less traveled definitely leads to higher rewards when it comes to holidaying so go on, try something different next summer!

Your Summer of Sport

Your Summer of Sport

Contrary to popular belief, a lot of people are not very good at just lying on a beach and doing nothing.  For some, they find relaxation in being active. If you can relate to this or if you just want to try something different,  why not combine one of the below sporting events with your 2017 summer holiday or break.

Tennis:

Tennis is getting more exciting every year as players improve their game and become global superstar. It really has become an international sport in recent times and with the attention came investment and prestige. There are two fantastic tennis events to look forward to over the summer. The second of the four major Grand Slam events is hosted by Paris (Roland Garros). Paris is also known as the ‘City of Glamour’ and a trip to Paris is a dream for many. The third installment on the tour sees the players battle it out on the grassy courts of Wimbledon, London. Regarded by many as the premier Grand Slam tournament, it has seen the highs and lows of many legendary champions. The added bonus is that both these events are situated in tourist friendly cities with a plethora of attractions to keep you occupied.

Grand Prix:

When it comes to luxury sports tours, you will find it hard to beat a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. With a combination of leisurely accommodation, extravagant dining, views from the top-drawer and a spectacular street circuit, it’s a recipe for holiday success. It truly is the ultimate spectator experience. Situated along the French Riviera, the glitz and glamour of Monaco is ideal for a long weekend break or even for your next corporate event.

Golf:

It is not everybody’s cup of tea but can be a very satisfying holiday pastime for those that enjoy the sport. Head over to America this summer for the US Open Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to see the best Golf that the sport has to offer. This prestigious event never fails to thrill golf fans.

Horse Racing:

It doesn’t get more exciting than horse racing and where better to enjoy the spectacle than Dubai. The Dubai World Cup has a reputation as one of the most luxurious horse racing competitions in the world and appeals to an array of elite racers. Dubai is also a captivating holiday haven. Enjoy duty free shopping, sandy beaches or an unforgettable desert safari. There is always something new and unexpected to discover in this opulent city.

Polo

Although Polo is still in the growing phases (it’s only played by a small number of countries as an international sport), it can make a fantastic addition to a luxury holiday abroad. From upper class Royalty to young children, everyone can enjoy the spectacle of Polo. Barbados is by far the most popular destination when it comes to Polo as it hosts several tournaments throughout the year, including the glamorous Apes Hill event.

Make 2017 a memorable year and use ‘sport’ as an excuse to visit somewhere new and exotic!

Have You Considered Croatia?

Have You Considered Croatia?

When planning a summer holiday or break, most of us instantly think Spain, Italy or even Portugal. But unless you really plan to holiday off the beaten track, these go-to destinations rarely offer anything new or exciting. There are beautiful alternative holiday destinations across Europe which is just as accessible. One of these lesser known alternatives is Croatia.

Set against a scenery of rugged hillsides, lush green forests and beautiful coastlines, Croatia has something for everyone. From camping to luxury Croatian villas, you are bound to be pleasantly surprised about what’s on offer. Below are just a few examples of what a Croatian experience might look like.

Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s finest cities, with its imposing sea walls, mass of terracotta-coloured rooftops and sensational cliff top location. It’s the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, known for its marble streets, grand baroque churches and elegant 16th century Sponza Palace. Catch the cable car to the peak of nearby Mount Srd or take a stroll along the City Walls for the best views.

For nature lovers, Plitvice National Park is one of the most visited inland attractions. Steep forested hillsides are enveloped by blue lakes and rumbling waterfalls. A network of footpaths and wooden bridges runs through the park and boat rides across the lakes are also available. You can even do a spot of wildlife viewing as the park is known for its variety of animals. There are several hotels and resorts located on the edge of the park if you want to stay the night but you can also visit the park on an organised tour from the surrounding towns.

No holiday to Croatia will be complete without spending some time along the beautiful coastline and on one or two of its famous islands. Some choosing will have to be done on the latter as Croatia has more than a thousand islands! One of the more famous islands is the island of Pag. With the longest coastline of any of the Croatian islands, Pag has plenty of bays, coves and beaches. Although a large percentage of the island features a rocky landscape, visitors will find open grassy fields and lowlands ideal for winegrowing and cultivating olives. Pag also provides ample dining and accommodation options, from upmarket resorts to simple, child friendly hotels, showing again that whatever your catering need, you will find something suited for you.

In recent years Pag has become an increasingly popular island to visit. Apart from being the easiest island to reach (it’s connected by a bridge to the mainland at its southern tip), it is also considered one of Croatia’s prime party destinations. With a fair amount of clubs, Novalja plays host to several summer music festivals. If you are a party animal or music fan, you cannot afford to miss out on a Novalja festival! Of course there’s plenty more to do than clubbing day and night, so don’t be put off coming to Pag if that’s not your kind of holiday.
Make Croatia your new go-to summer holiday destination, you won’t be disappointed.

A Weekend Break in Paris

A Weekend Break in Paris

For a short weekend city break it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful city of Paris. With more than enough to explore and only a short hop from the UK, you really can’t go wrong.

Getting there:

Getting to and from Paris is straight forward and convenient. Although low cost airlines are the more popular method of travel (with flights taking just under an hour from most London airports) it is worth considering the Eurostar. It will take you to the heart of Paris in just over two hours from St Pancras International. For the more adventurous traveler you can of course drive yourself to Paris (with the aid of the Eurotunnel or using the ferry). It might take longer; with average journey times around 6 hours from London, but it is by far the best option for someone on a budget. And once you are there you will find secure Paris parking close to most of the major metro stations and tourist attractions with monitored and patrolled car parks widely on offer.

Where to stay and what to see:

As you can imagine the options for accommodation are near enough limitless in Paris, with every area bringing its own atmosphere and ambiance. It will be impossible to discover all that Paris has to offer in one weekend alone so the best advice is to plan what you want to see beforehand. Once you have a rough idea of the must-see attractions you want to visit, you can book your accommodation in the surrounding areas.

The Latin Quarter on the left bank of the river Seine is the best place to jump right into the heart of French culture. Home of the La Sorbonne University, you will find plenty of cafes, libraries and other meeting areas. This is a spirited, tourist friendly area with plenty of places to eat, drink and immerse yourself in the French way of life.

If you want a more remote, romantic break, Montmartre is just the place for you. Built on a hill, this is the highest point of the city. Guarded by the Sacre Coeur basilica, the views are spectacular. It’s no wonder artist like Picasso favoured this area. Close by is Tertre square where you can still watch artist paint and draw.

For those looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Le Marais on the north bank has just what you need. The carefully preserved historic centre serves as a launching pad for young fashion designers, many of them going on to become internationally famous.

If you are after beauty and architecture (including the Arc de Triumph monument), Champs Elysees is where you want to stay. This area might be a bit pricier than other areas but is definitely worth it. You will struggle to beat the glitz and glamour of Champs Elysees.

These are just some of the places to visit in Paris, merely the tip of the iceberg! We will leave the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Moulin Rouge for your next weekend mini-break to Paris.

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